Michelle Tessler represents a select number of best-selling and emerging authors in both fiction and nonfiction. Clients include accomplished journalists, scientists, academics, experts in their field, as well as novelists and debut authors with unique voices and stories to tell. She values fresh, original writing that has a compelling point of view.

She has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before forming her boutique agency in 2004, Michelle worked at the William Morris Agency and the prestigious literary agency Carlisle & Company (now Inkwell Management). She represents, among others, Seth Casteel (Underwater Dogs); Paul Collins (Murder of the Century), Frans de Waal (The Bonobo and The Atheist, Our Inner Ape); Leanne Ely (Saving Dinner); Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing); Amy Stewart (The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants); Amanda Eyre Ward (The Jetsetters, How to Be Lost); David Sloan Wilson (The Neighborhood Project, Evolution for Everyone). She is a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives and Women’s Media Group.


Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction


Salt Houses, Hala Alyan
The Jetsetters and The Sober Lush, Amanda Eyre Ward
Good Talk and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, Mira Jacob

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION:  Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Gift Books, History, Investigative Journalism, Medical, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Psychology, Science, Women's Concerns


FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction

NONFICTION: Current Events, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Health & Fitness, Humor, Men's Concerns, Military/War, Parenting, Pets, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Self-Help, Spirituality, Technology, Travel