2021

Leah Pierre

LEAH PIERRE

A Texas native, Leah moved to the east coast to pursue her dream of working in publishing. She recently graduated from Rosemont College with her B.A. in English and History, and she is currently pursuing her MA in Publishing. Leah spends her time enjoying the company of fictional characters more than people. When not in the company of fictional characters, Leah hangs out with friends and family, cooks, and catches up on movies and tv shows she is always behind on. For more information on what Leah is looking for, please visit https://www.ladderbird.com/leah-pierre.html.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

YA/Adult SFF, historical, romance, and mystery/horror/thriller

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Ravynn K. Stringfield
Helen Lane
H.D. Hunter

SPECIALIZES IN

FICTION: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult

CONSIDERS

FICTION: Historical Fiction, Horror, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Romance, Upmarket Women's Fiction

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Allison Wright

ALLISON WRIGHT

Allison Wright is the Executive Editor and Publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review, the 2019 National Magazine Award winner for General Excellence. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, CNN, Popular Mechanics, the Texas Observer, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She teaches journalism at the University of Virginia, where she is an affiliate of the Center for Biomedical Ethics & Humanities. She is also a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Overseas Press Club. She holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Cultural criticism, creative nonfiction, reported essays, literary journalism, short fiction

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Leslie Jamison, "Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain"
Roxane Gay, "Bad Feminist"
Kaitlyn Greenidge's critical essays
William Pei Shih, "Enlightenment"

WHAT WE LOOK FOR AT VQR

VQR publishes all types and lengths of poetry; short fiction from 2,500 to 8,000 words (we are generally not interested in romance or fantasy); and nonfiction from 3,500 to 9,000 words. We do not publish many interviews or memoirs.

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Alice Tasman

ALICE TASMAN

Alice Tasman has been a literary agent at JVNLA since 1995. Alice represents a wide variety of writers with an emphasis on fiction. Her writers have earned numerous awards, honors, and fellowships, including the Calvino Prize, the C. Hugh Holman Award, the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, the O. Henry Prize, the Saint Francis College Literary Prize, the Willie Morris Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her clients' writing has appeared in The New York TimesBest American Short StoriesMcSweeney'sOne StoryOxford AmericanPrairie SchoonerThe Normal School, and A Public Space. Awards and honors for her children's writers include an ABA Indie Choice E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Award, Midwestern Booksellers Association Award, The Monarch Award, Texas Bluebonnet Award, Newbery Award nominee, Cybils Award nominee.

She loves finding debut writers and is committed to working with authors over the long term. She is very hands-on in every stage of the publishing process—from editing manuscripts and refining proposals, to amassing the perfect list of editors for the project and negotiating contracts, to actively working with publishers on the publicity and marketing of the books.

Alice earned her BA from Brown University and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

More info to come!

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Renée Jarvis

RENÉE JARVIS

Renée is an assistant agent at MacKenzie Wolf Literary. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated with a BFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. She previously interned at Don Congdon Associates and spent two years as a writing teacher at the non-profit organization Legal Outreach.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Renée is seeking narrative nonfiction, speculative fiction, literary fiction, and children’s books. She is looking for works across these genres which center BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ voices. In nonfiction, she is interested in pop culture analysis, cultural histories, linguistics, international stories, and explorations of music, fashion, and art. In fiction, she loves books with strange and unique formats,  humorous narrators, robust plots, and lyrical prose.

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Children's, Commercial Fiction, Erotica, Fantasy, GLBT, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Technology, Women's Concerns

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Mariah Stovall

MARIAH STOVALL

Mariah Stovall recently joined Howland Literary after three years at Writers House, where she worked alongside Susan Golomb. Prior to that, she worked at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and at Gallery Books.

She is a graduate of Pitzer College, of the Claremont Colleges, where she studied English and World Literature with a minor in Linguistics.

She has published fiction and nonfiction with Poets & Writers, The Paris Review, Literary Hub, Joyland, Hobart and more. In her free time, she volunteers as the BIPOC Survey Coordinator for VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts.

Mariah is seeking adult literary and upmarket fiction and short story collections. For adult nonfiction, she is seeking narrative nonfiction, essay collections and memoir.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Voice-driven fiction and nonfiction that can teach me something new about the world or the craft of writing, but ideally both.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Post-Traumatic, Chantal Johnson
Groupies, Sarah Priscus

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, History, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Politics, Pop Culture, Science, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Crime, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION: Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Health & Fitness, Humor, Medical, Sports, Technology

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Jemiscoe Chambers-Black

JEMISCOE CHAMBERS-BLACK

Before joining the Andrea Brown Literary Agency family, Jemiscoe worked for over a decade in film and television as an Assistant Director. She has a BA and MFA in creative writing in fiction, working with mentors Wiley Cash, Jo Knowles, Marcus Burke, and Richard Adams Carey. She has also been a freelance editor and writing tutor for over five years and contributed to the online literary magazine ​The Assignment. Jemiscoe lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, three kids, and two cats.

Jemiscoe is currently building her client list in the middle grade, YA, and adult categories. She is also interested in considering illustrators and author-illustrators.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Jemiscoe is currently building her client list in the middle grade, YA, and adult categories. She is also interested in considering illustrators and author-illustrators.

In middle grade, Jemiscoe is most interested in contemporary manuscripts. They can focus on hard themes, but she enjoys those that also weaves in humor, whimsy, adventure, and wonder. She's also open to fantasy, which can include paranormal, low fantasy, and magical realism. Horror, mystery, and graphic novels are also of interest.

In YA, Jemiscoe would love to see romance, especially rom-coms. Give her all the love stories in whatever form they come! She loves contemporary fiction that deals with friendship - its joys and struggles. She would also like to see fantasy (except high fantasy), mystery, and horror.

In the adult space, Jemiscoe is looking for romance. It can range from sweet to steamy, but she is not interested in erotica or historical romance. She is also open to psychological thrillers, mysteries, friendship stories, strong power-women stories, or laugh-out-loud stories. Jemiscoe loves literary fiction with beautiful prose and a strong cast of characters. She would also like to see adult fantasy (except high fantasy).

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Fantasy, GLBT, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Crime, Horror, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural

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Melanie Castillo

MELANIE CASTILLO

Melanie Castillo is a literary agent at Root Literary. She represents middle grade, YA, and adult fiction along with select nonfiction titles. What she loves most about the job is the balance of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating with a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked as an editorial project manager at Quarto and then as a freelance editor for several years before joining the agency in 2018. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. She currently lives in Long Beach and can be found on Twitter at @wellmelsbells.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I'm actively looking for fiction and narrative nonfiction. I'm especially excited to find high-concept commercial and literary leaning general fiction, young adult novels with a strong voice and propulsive pacing, and heartfelt and humorous middle grade novels across genres.

SAMPLE TITLES AND AUTHORS

The Memory Collectors, Kim Neville
Trouble in the Stars, Sarah Prineas
Nura and the Immortal Palace, Maeeda Khan

Specializes In

FICTION:  Children's, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTIONCultural/Social Issues, Pop Culture, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION:  Chick Lit, Family Saga, GLBT, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTIONDating/Relationships, History, Memoir, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Psychology, Science

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Tanusri Prasanna

TANUSRI PRASANNA

Tanusri began her career as an advocate for human rights and the whole range of un- or under-represented stories. Today, she translates this passion for voice into her client representation. Tanusri looks for accessible and wide-reaching narrative non-fiction set against themes in social justice, rights, and representation, and her clients include thought leaders and activists in these fields.  She also represents memoirs that speak to these issues with authenticity, humor and heart, and particularly those highlighting diverse viewpoints, experiences and even storytelling styles.

In the children’s space, Tanusri represents picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction. Her favorite middle grade novels blend literary voices with compelling and intricate plots, magical realism, mysteries, or light-hearted stories set in schools or interesting neighborhoods. In young adult, she looks for ambitious world-building fantasies, contemporary coming-of-age stories, charming and relatable romances, and voice-driven suspense. And in the picture book space, Tanusri gravitates towards wry humor and twisty endings, but also meaningful, concept-driven, texts.  She also selectively represents children’s nonfiction featuring fascinating aspects of our world introduced in a manner that excites the imagination and curiosity of young readers.

Tanusri was born and raised in India and has strong roots in the sub-continent. She has a law degree from the National Law School of India, an LLM from Harvard Law School, and holds a PhD in jurisprudence and human rights law from Oxford University. She has worked in the World Bank’s legal department in Washington and as a fellow at Columbia Law School.

More info coming soon!

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Eva Scalzo

EVA SCALZO

Eva Scalzo was born in New Jersey, but lived in Houston, Buenos Aires, San Juan, and Boston before settling down outside of Binghamton, New York. She has been reading romance since the fifth grade when she discovered the Sweet Valley High series. On inheriting her grandmother’s collection of vintage Harlequin Romances, she set a goal to someday finish reading them all on top of her already massive TBR.

Eva has a B.A. in the Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. Since graduating in 2002, she has spent her career in scholarly publishing, working for Houghton Mifflin, Blackwell Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and Cornell University in a variety of roles. She has been with Speilburg Literary since 2013, and started accepting clients in 2017. Eva is a member of RWA and SCBWI.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

In Adult Fiction, Eva represents Romance (all subgenres but inspirational) and Science Fiction/Fantasy. She also represents all subgenres of Young Adult Fiction.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

If We Were Us, K.L. Walther
In Deeper Waters, F.T. Lukens
Wild Love, Lauren Accardo

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, GLBT, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Historical Fiction, Horror, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction

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Kat Kerr

KAT KERR

Kat joined Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2019. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in English in 2009 and is drawn to literary and commercial voices within the adult and YA markets, as well as adult nonfiction. Kat feels strongly about supporting programs like We Need Diverse Books and is passionate about creating space in this industry for those from historically marginalized communities. She is actively seeking to grow her client list and is particularly hungry for magical realism, literary leaning speculative and science fiction, women’s fiction, YA works with a lot of heart, and narrative nonfiction with something to say.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Adult Literary, Women’s Fiction, Multicultural Lit, particularly Family sagas, literary speculative and magical realism as well as more commercial science fiction and fantasy works, and YA across all genres.

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Music, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Fantasy, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction

NONFICTION: Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Travel

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