2021

Amanda Orozco

AMANDA OROZCO

Amanda Orozco is a literary agent at Transatlantic. Before joining Transatlantic in the fall of 2020, she gained a breadth of experience in academic publishing, publicity, subsidiary rights, and agenting. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Physiological Science and an English minor and worked as a fine art instructor and freelance editor for several years before moving to New York to complete the NYU Masters of Science in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. While at NYU, she worked at the National Book Foundation, Shreve Williams Public Relations, and The Gernert Company; she was also selected to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Beijing International Book Fair. Upon graduating from NYU in 2019, she worked in Subsidiary Rights at Little, Brown, where she helped sell rights for authors such as Michael Connelly, Elin Hilderbrand, and Sarah Knight, until discovering agenting was her true calling. She worked at Park & Fine Literary and Media before moving back to Los Angeles, where she is now excited to build her list at Transatlantic. Amanda has been a member of PoCinPub since 2018 and currently works for Dryland, the literary journal born in South Central, where she aims to amplify marginalized voices from the literary underground.

Amanda is particularly drawn to stories from Asian and Latinx writers, though she is always looking for stories with compelling writing featuring protagonists with a distinct voice and personality; clever, quirky, gritty, and/or twisty stories that surprise her and keep her reading through the night.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Amanda is particularly drawn to stories from Asian and Latinx writers, though she is always looking for stories with compelling writing featuring protagonists with a distinct voice and personality; clever, quirky, gritty, and/or twisty stories that surprise her and keep her reading through the night.

For fiction, she’s looking for YA contemporary romance and fantasy, as well as literary and upmarket adult fiction in the contemporary, speculative, horror, and romance genres. She has a soft spot for coming-of-age stories, short story collections, and the occasional urban fantasy. Recent favorites include Mary H.K. Choi, Elizabeth Acevedo, Weike Wang, Kiley Reid, Ling Ma, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, and Leigh Bardugo. She is not the right agent for thrillers, mysteries, procedurals, space operas, or historical fiction.

For nonfiction, she’s interested in stories that offer fresh cultural, political, and/or social critiques along with personal narratives on art, pop culture, tech, and forgotten, unexamined history. She is looking for perspectives from the margins or from emerging artists and academics with original ideas and sharp commentary. She is open to select poetry, memoirs, and illustrated gift/humor books. Recent favorites include Carmen Maria Machado, Cathy Park Hong, Roxane Gay, Ayad Akhtar, and Jenny Odell.

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, Fantasy, Horror, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Romance, Short Story Collections, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism , Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Pop Culture, Psychology,

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Children's, Commercial Fiction, Erotica, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, Picture Books

NONFICTION: Dating/Relationships, Gift Books, Juvenile, Memoir, Politics, Spirituality, Travel, Women's Concerns

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Maggie Cooper

MAGGIE COOPER

Maggie Cooper is an agent with Aevitas Creative Management, representing adult fiction and select nonfiction projects. Maggie is actively seeking imaginative, genre-bending literary fiction; capacious historical novels; beautifully told queer stories; and smart, feminist romance. Her other loves include epistolary novels, well earned happy endings, and narratives that disrupt cisness, whiteness, and the heteropatriarchy.

Based in Boston, Maggie joined Aevitas in 2018. She holds a degree in English from Yale University, attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, and earned her MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as an editor for The Greensboro Review. Prior to becoming an agent, she worked in the world of independent and university presses, as a bookseller, and as a teacher to students ages 10 through 85.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I'm seeking imaginative, genre-bending literary fiction; capacious historical novels; beautifully told queer stories; and smart, feminist romance. I love fabulism and the strange, epistolary novels, well earned happy endings, clever retellings, and narratives that disrupt cisness, whiteness, and the heteropatriarchy.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Raft of Stars, Andrew J. Graff
Love of the Bard, Jessica Martin
The Sum of the Trifles, Julia Ridley Smith

Specializes In

FICTION: Chick Lit, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance, Short Story Collections, Upmarket Women's Fiction

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Graphic Novels, Multi-Cultural

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Melissa Danaczko

MELISSA DANACZKO

Melissa Danaczko is a literary agent with the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. Prior to agenting, she was a Senior Editor with the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Melissa focuses on literary and commercial fiction, and is particularly fond of historical fiction, psychological thrillers, mystery, speculative fiction and family dramas. She also represents non-fiction including memoir, narrative history, long-form reportage and popular science. In all categories, she gravitates towards books with a fresh perspective, energetic writing and deep sense of place. It’s a big plus if a book can introduce her to a new world, make her think differently about one she already knows or tap into the cultural climate.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I am on the hunt for novels that play with genre elements (particularly horror), dark psychological thrillers/mysteries, family sagas and contemporary fiction with strong emotional cores, and historical novels set around the world.

On the non-fiction side, I would love to find a project about the food industry. I'm also very interested in environmental writing, neuroscience and psychology.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Bernice McFadden
Amanda Jayatissa
Addison Armstrong

Specializes In

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

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, History, Investigative Journalism, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Psychology, Science,

Considers

FICTION: Crime, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Memoir, Parenting, Pop Culture, Technology, True Crime, Women's Concerns

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Leah Pierre

LEAH PIERRE

A Texas native, Leah briefly moved to the East Coast to attend Rosemont College and to pursue her dream of working in publishing. Now having graduated from Rosemont with her B.A. in English and History and accomplished that dream, she has moved back to the South. In addition to searching for the next commercial YA or Adult project that will hook her (or make her cry), Leah 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.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I'm looking for YA and Adult rom-coms, mysteries/thrillers, and gothics. I want diverse and unique work that is fast-paced and has a complex cast of diverse characters. Something that will keep me on the edge of my seat and unable to put down.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Ravynn K. Stringfield
Helen Lane
H.D. Hunter

SPECIALIZES IN

FICTION: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult

CONSIDERS

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Science Fiction, 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.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Adult literary fiction, upmarket commercial women's fiction, multi-cultural fiction. Strong voices and stories that excite, surprise, disarm.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Dietland, Sarai Walker
The Talented Miss Farwell, Emily Gray Tedrowe
Blow Your House Down, Gina Frangello
GRIT, Gillian French

SPECIALIZES IN

FICTION: Commercial fiction, Family Saga, Literary Fiction, Short Story Collections, Upmarket Women's Fiction

CONSIDERS

FICTION: Chick Lit, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult

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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 is leaning against a wall.

Mariah Stovall 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, Ninth Letter, 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

Considers

FICTION: GLBT, Historical Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION: GLBT, Medical, Psychology, Sports, Technology, Women's Concerns

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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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