A smiling white woman in her 40's with dark hair and cool glasses.

JL Stermer is the owner and CEO of Next Level Lit. She's previously worked as a literary agent representing both fiction and nonfiction at New Leaf Literary & Media, UTA, and the Donald Maass Literary Agency. She holds a BA from Columbia University.


I'm looking for voices reflecting the world as it changes and stories sharing the human experience of life, love, growth, and achievement in both fiction and non-fiction categories, YA and adult.

Non-fiction: smart pop-culture, social justice, current events, fashion/style, health & wellness, self-help, essays, memoir, sports, (pop) business, tech, and science.

For fiction: commercial adult and YA: coming-of-age, rom coms, family stories, and new original voices.


Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women's Football League, by Britni de la Cretaz and Lyndsey D'Arcangelo

Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers is Saving Ballet from Itself, by Chloe Angyal

Counting Down With You, by Tashie Bhuiyan

Specializes In

FICTION: Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, GLBT, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, GLBT, Men's Concerns, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pop Culture, Psychology, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports, Women's Concerns


FICTION: Family Saga, Horror, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Music, Pets, Politics, Science, Technology, Travel