2021

Ken Sherman

KEN SHERMAN

Ken is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency www.kenshermanassociates.com. The company was established in 1989, and handles  book, film, television, and stage writers as well as selling film, television and stage rights for  books and life-rights.

An agent for more than twenty years, Ken has accumulated an impressive list of clients, present and past including a few estates, with notable names such as David Guterson, Anne Perry, Franz  Kafka, Willa Cather, John Updike, Starhawk, and Eleanor Roosevelt. He has taught and lectured  extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, both in New Orleans and Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference, the American Film Institute,  The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The Kauai Writers  Conference, The University of Oklahoma, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, The La Jolla Writers Conference, The Novelists, Inc. Conference in San Diego, The Chautauqua Institute, The  Aspen Institute, the Aspen Summers Words Writers Conference, and The Eugene International Film Festival where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

We are looking for manuscripts that have an eye towards complexity but resonance. Many different genres are considered, as long as they are penned with a thoughtful mind.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Anne Perry
David Guterson
John Updike

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Crime, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Narrative, Politics, Psychology, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports, Travel, True Crime

Considers

FICTION: Romance, Science Fiction

NONFICTION: Health & Fitness, Memoir, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Religion

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José Araguz

JOSÉ ARAGUZ

José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and the author of seven chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear, Small Fires, Until We Are Level Again, and, most recently, An Empty Pot’s Darkness. His poems, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Prairie Schooner, New South, Poetry International, and The Bind. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, he runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence and composes erasure poems on the Instagram account @poetryamano. He is also a faculty member of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA program. With an MFA from New York University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, José is an Assistant Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston where he also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Salamander Magazine.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Poetry (including translation); creative nonfiction and fiction (flash as well as long-form); reviews of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction books.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Emily Rose Cole
Jinwoo Chong
Darius Stewart

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Sharon Pelletier

SHARON PELLETIER

Sharon Pelletier joined DG&B in 2013 after working for Europa Editions, Vantage Press, and Barnes & Noble, and was named senior agent in 2021. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Sharon moved to New York in 2009 but still has a soft spot for the Midwest. While her interests are broad, Sharon is especially seeking upmarket fiction, including unexpected suspense fiction; smart, complex women’s fiction; and hearty, unforgettable book club fiction. On the nonfiction side Sharon is eager for compelling, fierce narrative nonfiction by journalists and experts, and emerging voices with a growing platform who can speak to pop culture, feminism, crime, social justice, and/or religion.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

book club fiction, literary fiction, upmarket suspense, upmarket women's fiction, narrative nonfiction from authors with platform

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Migrations, Charlotte McConaghy
How to Fail at Flirting, Denise Williams
Bad Habits, Amy Gentry

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, GLBT, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, True Crime, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Christian, Historical Fiction, Horror, Romance, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Current Affairs, GLBT, History, Investigative Journalism, Medical, Nature/Ecology, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports, Technology

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Paige Wheeler

PAIGE WHEELER

An industry veteran for 30 years and founding partner at Folio and then Creative Media, Paige Wheeler is proud to represent both bestselling as well as award-winning authors, and she has launched the career and built the brand for many New York Times, USA Today, Writers Guild and Emmy award winning authors.

Paige loves to represent general commercial and upscale fiction, as well as the mystery, thriller, psychological suspense, and women’s fiction. She also represents narrative and prescriptive nonfiction by authors with a significant platform and new ideas. Paige is ultimately looking for unique stories, fresh voices, and unexpected twists.

Paige is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, the Women’s Media Group, and the Authors Guild, Agents Roundtable, as well as Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America. She can be found online at www.cmalit.com.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I’m looking to represent a broad range of projects. In particular, I’ve been reading upscale commercial fiction and nonfiction books that tell a unique story or ones in which the author has a huge platform. I seem to be especially drawn to a story if it has a high concept and a fresh, unique voice.

Fiction: All commercial fiction and Upscale (think book club) fiction, as well as women’s fiction, romance (all types), mystery, thrillers, suspense. I enjoy both historical fiction as well as contemporary fiction, so do keep that in mind.

Nonfiction: I’m looking for both narrative nonfiction and prescriptive nonfiction. I’m looking for books where the author has a huge platform and something new to say in a particular area. Some of the areas that I like are lifestyle, relationship, parenting, business/entrepreneurship, food-subsistence-homesteading topics, popular/trendy reference projects and women’s issues.

Children's: I'm looking for all types of middle grade fiction

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Library of Ever, Zeno Alexander
The Poison Garden, AJ Banner
A Fire Sparkling, Julianne MacLean
The Blueberry Years, Jim Minick

Specializes In

FICTION: Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Dating/Relationships, Narrative, Parenting, Pop Culture, Self-Help, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Christian, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Gift Books, Memoir

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Haley Heidemann

HALEY HEIDEMANN

Haley Heidemann is a literary agent at William Morris Endeavor, representing adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, and pop-culture. In the fiction space, she is looking for upmarket commercial and literary fiction with a strong voice. She is drawn to novels with complex female characters, dark female friendships and relationships, and a fun family saga. For non-fiction, she’s looking for voice-driven narratives, pop-culture, sex and dating, essay collections, thought leaders, and lifestyle. In both, she is looking for books that move her and say something subversive about our culture.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Upmarket commercial and literary fiction with a strong voice. Novels with complex female characters, dark female friendships and relationships, and a fun family saga. For non-fiction, she’s looking for voice-driven narratives, pop-culture, sex and dating, essay collections, thought leaders, and lifestyle. Books that are diverse, fiercely feminist, or queer.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

You Deserve Better, Tyler Cameron
The Big Reveal, Sasha Velour
Lights, Camera, Christmas, by Keith and Juliet Giglio

Specializes In

NONFICTION: Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, Pop Culture

Considers

FICTION:  Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, GLBT, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, GLBT, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Self-Help, True Crime, Women's Concerns

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Sabrina Taitz

SABRINA TAITZ

Sabrina Taitz is a literary agent at William Morris Endeavor, representing adult fiction, YA, and nonfiction. On the fiction side, Sabrina is looking for literary and upmarket writing for both her adult and YA titles. For non-fiction, she’s looking for journalism, narrative, memoir, inspirational, lifestyle, and essay collections. Sabrina is particularly interested in championing diverse voices writing stories that have been underrepresented in the publishing landscape.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

On the fiction side, Sabrina is looking for literary and upmarket writing for both her adult and YA titles. For non-fiction, she’s looking for journalism, narrative, memoir, inspirational, lifestyle, and essay collections. Sabrina is particularly interested in championing diverse voices writing stories that have been underrepresented in the publishing landscape.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Out of Love, Hazel Hayes
The Crazies, Amy Gamerman
Black Genius, Tre Johnson

Specializes In

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Family & Lifestyle, Investigative Journalism, Multi-Cultural, Pop Culture

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Gift Books, Health & Fitness, Humor, Memoir, Sports, Technology, True Crime

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Cecilia Lyra

CECILIA LYRA

Cecilia Lyra is an agent at P.S. Literary actively acquiring adult fiction and nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to stories centered around dysfunctional families, ethical or moral dilemmas, and taboo subjects. She adores reading about protagonists who grew up straddling two opposing worlds and appreciates subtle storytelling, with characters who are nuanced and flawed, as opposed to overwritten and nice. Cecilia enjoys writing that is thoughtful on a line level with a strong, almost hypnotic voice. Some of her recent favorite novels include White Ivy by Susie Yang, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, and Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan.

In terms of nonfiction, Cecilia is seeking books about popular subjects written by experts in their field examined through original angles, particularly ones that deal with psychology and social behavior. Cecilia also loves memoirs, and strongly believes that a good memoir reads like a novel. Favorite nonfiction titles include Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado.

No matter the category or genre, stories centered around feminist issues have a special place in Cecilia’s heart, particularly those that explore intersectionality: race, sexual orientation, national identity, economic privilege and class. As a mixed race Latinx immigrant, Cecilia is passionate about representing under or misrepresented voices that contribute to a larger cultural conversation. She believes in editing with compassion, and that words of affirmation can make all the difference in a writer’s life.

Cecilia began her bookish career through the Centennial College Book, Magazine, and Electronic program and The Rights Factory. Before working in publishing, Cecilia was a lawyer, and now reserves her litigious energy for rants against the patriarchy.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Cecilia Lyra is actively acquiring adult fiction and nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to stories centered around dysfunctional families, ethical or moral dilemmas, and taboo subjects. She adores reading about protagonists who grew up straddling two opposing worlds and appreciates subtle storytelling, with characters who are nuanced and flawed, as opposed to overwritten and nice. Cecilia enjoys writing that is thoughtful on a line level with a strong, almost hypnotic voice. Some of her recent favorite novels include White Ivy by Susie Yang, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, and Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan.

In terms of nonfiction, Cecilia is seeking books about popular subjects written by experts in their field examined through original angles, particularly ones that deal with psychology and social behavior. Cecilia also loves memoirs, and strongly believes that a good memoir reads like a novel. Favorite nonfiction titles include Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, and In the Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado.

No matter the category or genre, stories centered around feminist issues have a special place in Cecilia’s heart, particularly those that explore intersectionality: race, sexual orientation, national identity, economic privilege and class. As a mixed race Latinx immigrant, Cecilia is passionate about representing under or misrepresented voices that contribute to a larger cultural conversation.

Specializes In

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

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

Considers

FICTION: GLBT, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction

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Larissa Melo Pienkowski

LARISSA MELO PIENKOWSKI

Larissa Melo Pienkowski is a literary agent at Jill Grinberg Literary Management, the associate publisher of Dottir Press, and a freelance editor. As a mixed-race Latinx bookworm, she’s passionate about reading and supporting #OwnVoices stories, uplifting underrepresented authors, and reading voraciously across genres, with a soft spot for MG, YA adult literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and books that stretch the boundaries of genre altogether. A Massachusetts native, she earned her BSW from Simmons College and her MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College, and when she doesn't have a book in hand, she can be found in her pottery studio.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I gravitate toward books with emotional depth, unforgettable narrators whose voices leap off the page, lyrical writing, and topics that often go silenced or unexplored.

In fiction, I am looking for character-driven, idiosyncratic stories that center underrepresented voices; braided, multigenerational family sagas; stories of migration, diaspora, and displacement; haunting, haunting, atmospheric queer horror in the vein of Carmen Maria Machado; smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud rom-coms with spirited, unforgettable protagonists; non-Western gothic horror; non-Western retellings of folklore/mythology/cultural stories; quirky coming-of-age stories featuring protagonists and communities of color; middle-grade novels that emphasize Black and Brown joy; and darkly complex mother-daughter, sister-sister, and best friend relationships.

On the nonfiction side, I am seeking emotionally searing memoirs from underrepresented perspectives; narrative nonfiction that explores the underbelly of contemporary society; cookbooks that feature diverse cuisines; essay collections that chronicle contemporary life through the lens of social justice; and underexplored cultural history and criticism.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

J K Chukwu
K. Tempest Bradford
Aline Mello

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, GLBT, Horror, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Romance, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Travel, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Children's, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Gift Books, Juvenile, Nature/Ecology, Pop Culture

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Ayla Zuraw-Friedland

AYLA ZURAW-FRIELAND

Ayla Zuraw-Friedland joined the David Black Agency in 2019. Previously, she worked as an editorial assistant and assistant editor at Beacon Press in Boston, and as a development editor for encyclopedias at Oxford University Press. She received her BA in English and Creative Writing from Connecticut College in 2015, and her writing can be found in GAY the Magazine and Publishers Weekly. She is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction that inspects queer experiences and narratives, and would love to see pitches from BIPOC and disabled writers from a diversity of backgrounds. A few of her favorite contemporary writers are Carmen Maria Machado, Kristen Arnett, Hanif Abdurraqib, Helen Oyeyemi, Daniel M. Lavery, Raven Leilani, Candice Carty-Williams, Kacen Callendar, Alexander Chee, Akwaeke Emezi, and Samantha Irby.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Literary fiction that inspects identity in fresh ways with gorgeous prose, memoirs incorporating literary and cultural critique, fiction or non-fiction by and about LGBTQ+ people and communities

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

how to be a good girl: a miscellany, jamie hood
Ross Showalter
Margaret Lee
Aimee Keeble

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, GLBT, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, GLBT, History, Humor, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative

Considers

FICTION:Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire

NONFICTION: Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, Investigative Journalism, Pop Culture, Psychology, Women's Concerns

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Veronica Goldstein

VERONICA GOLDSTEIN

Veronica Goldstein has been with Fletcher & Company since 2015. Her list includes contemporary literary fiction and voice-driven narrative nonfiction, criticism, and memoir that probes important social issues. She’s drawn to distinctive voices with a new story to tell and a strong sense of urgency. Writers who engage critically with questions of identity and our collective future (political and economic systems, technology, climate) are nearest to her heart. On the fiction side, she appreciates a sharp sense of humor, fully realized characters, and a strong sense of imagination. She previously worked in academic publishing and Spanish translation and interpretation and is a graduate of Occidental College.

Recent books from her clients include A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Tin House, Sept. 2020) and A World Beneath the Sands by Toby Wilkinson (Norton, Oct. 2020). A few forthcoming books include Warmth by Daniel Sherrell (Penguin, August 2021), Masters of the Lost Land by Heriberto Araujo (Custom House); In Whose Ruins by Alicia Puglionesi (Scribner); and Into Flames by Daisy Pitkin (Algonquin, Spring 2022).

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Fiction: Contemporary literary fiction. I look for novels with a contemporary voice that balance the complexities of culture and politics with storytelling that delves deep into the inner worlds of its characters in a way that challenges expectations and deepens the emotional stakes of the story (Zadie Smith, Sheila Heti, Sally Rooney). Autofiction, speculative fiction, and experimental forms are always of interest to me.

Nonfiction: Issue-driven narrative nonfiction with or without personal elements, investigative journalism, criticism and pop culture. I’m interested in compelling critical takes on cultural and sociological trends and investigative and issue-focused narrative nonfiction, as well as memoir that makes the personal political and vice versa (Eula Biss, Maggie Nelson).

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

A Girl is a Body of Water, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Warmth, Daniel Sherrell
Masters of the Lost Land, Heriberto Araujo

SPECIALIZES IN

FICTION: Literary Fiction

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

CONSIDERS

FICTION: Family Saga, GLBT, Humor/Satire, Multi/Cultural, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, GLBT, History, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Technology, True Crime

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