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Dara Hyde is Senior Agent at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency in Los Angeles and represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including literary and genre fiction, graphic novels, narrative non-fiction, memoir, young adult, and children’s literature. Her clients include Myriam J.A. Chancy, Angie Cruz, Natashia Deon, Maggie Downs, Jamie Harrison, Matt Mendez, Justin Eisinger, Gene Ha, Rye Hickman, Soo Lee, Jordan Morris, Samuel Sattin, Lilah Sturges, and more, and they have been winners or finalists for the the Women’s Prize, NAACP Image Award, Carnegie Medal, Eisner Award, Anthony Award, YALSA Award, Harvey Award, International Latino Book Award, and the Reading the West Award, among others. Before joining Hill Nadell, she spent over a decade as an editor and rights and permissions manager at independent publisher Grove Atlantic in New York City.


I’m drawn to stories that examine social issues in unique ways, and voices that have been historically under-represented in publishing; stories that explore the bonds and complexities of both blood and chosen families; stories with crossover appeal, whether that’s YA/adult or blending genres in surprising ways. I relish being hooked by a high concept and a clever premise, but that creative vision needs strong character development and an attention to every word. I find imperfect characters more interesting than those that start off with all the answers, and I want to walk away from every book having learned something new.


How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz
Buzzing by Samuel Sattin and Rye Hickman
The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison


Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Memoir, Narrative


FICTION: Children's, Crime, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Investigative Journalism, Pop Culture, True Crime