Andrea Brown is the President of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. Founded in New York City in 1981, it was the first literary agency to represent both children's book authors and illustrators. Prior to opening her own firm, Andrea was an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, and worked in the editorial departments of Random House and Dell. In 1990, she moved her literary agency to Northern California. Her literary agency has sold over 2,000 books to just about every publisher, from toddler board books to serious, award-winning young adult. Andrea has published articles and published a chapter about the children's book field in THE PORTABLE WRITER'S CONFERENCE, published by Quill Driver Books. She has been quoted in the NEW YORK POST, CNN.com, Yahoo News, FORBES, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING and REUTERS NEWS SERVICE.
Being an avid reader practically since birth, Kristin is equally happy reading a Pulitzer prize-winning literary novel for her book club as she is reading a sexy historical-romance. She established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 after the literary agent she was working for expressed dismay that Kristin wanted to represent genre fiction–gasp!–as well as literary novels. Forming NLA was absolutely the right thing to do. When she is not busy selling books, Kristin plays tennis and also enjoys playing bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club). She can also be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog, Chutney.
Kristin is looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category. For specifics, check out her examples on our Submission Guidelines page and read about Kristin’s latest sales at Publishers Marketplace.
Rachelle Gardner is an agent with Books and Such Literary Agency, representing both fiction and non-fiction. She’s looking for mainstream commercial projects for both the Christian and general markets. In non-fiction and memoirs, she looks for authors with established platforms, strong marketing hooks and an understanding of how to use social media. Non-fiction authors must have a book proposal and three sample chapters to be considered. She’s also seeking all kinds of fiction, and authors must have a completed manuscript to be considered.
Nicole has been listed by Publisher's Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country, and named ACFW's 2012 Agent of the Year. She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors to take their career to the next level. Do you have the next project to feed her book addiction? A smart, tight read she won’t be able to put down? A signature voice she’ll fight to represent? HEA’s (Happily Ever After) are a must for romance. Mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece. Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, RWA, and Mensa. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Like Mary Sue, Nicole taught in the public school system and has worn many hats before heeding her calling to become a literary agent--for which she will forever be indebted to Mary Sue Seymour.
Adriana Dominguez has 15 years of experience in publishing, most recently as Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, where she managed the children's division of the Latino imprint, Rayo. Prior to that, she was Children's Reviews Editor at Criticas magazine, published by Library Journal. She has performed editorial work for many children's and adult publishers, both on a full time basis and as a freelance consultant, on English and Spanish language books. Adriana is also a professional translator who has worked on a number of translations of award-winning and best-selling children's books, and one of the founders of the Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference in New York City. Adriana joined Full Circle in 2009, and is based on the East Coast. She is interested in children's picture books, middle grade novels, and literary young adult novels. On the adult side, she is looking for literary and women's works of fiction that feature characters with unique voices telling unforgettable stories. In the area of non-fiction, she seeks pop culture, and how-to titles geared toward women of all ages, written by authors with rock-solid platforms. Adriana has a long trajectory of publishing underrepresented authors and illustrators, and welcomes submissions that offer diverse points of view. Her client list includes seasoned authors such as Reyna Grande, Las Comadres Para Las Americas, Tim Z. Hernandez, Lorena Siminovich, Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, and Rafael Lopez, as well as newcomers such as Angela Cervantes, Katheryn Russell-Brown, and Lila Quintero-Weaver, among others.
Kelly represents writers for all age groups within children's literature (picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels), as well as illustrators. In picture books and middle grade fiction, Kelly looks for clever writing, a good sense of humor, stories that stretch a young reader's imagination, and fresh ideas. In young adult, she appreciates literary voices and character-driven stories with heart but is also drawn to thrillers, light science fiction, and well-crafted fantasy. She'd love to see a novel that has the feel of The Twilight Zone, Fringe, Lost, or The X Files. In non-fiction for children, Kelly looks for projects that inspire and stimulate the minds of our younger generations and that cross over from the school/library market into the trade market. Kelly is not accepting submissions of adult fiction or adult non-fiction.
Jessica Regel has been with JVNLA since 2002. She maintains her own list of talented writers while also handling Film, Audio, and UK rights for the agency. Originally from Iowa, she was working at her local library when she was offered an internship at JVNLA and she promptly moved to New York City. After receiving her B.A. in English Literature from Hunter College, she became a full agent at JVNLA, representing both children's and adult writers. With energy and persistence, Jessica works closely with her writers to develop and sell their work to publishing houses.
Elizabeth Evans joined JVNLA in January 2010. Previously, she worked for six years in the San Francisco Bay Area with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She represents a robust nonfiction list and a small but dynamic list of novelists. Elizabeth graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College with a degree in English literature and received an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. She credits her parents with inspiring her love of books from an early age. Elizabeth especially loves launching new authors' careers and works closely with her clients to fine-tune their proposals and manuscripts. She is the founder of Room to Write, a volunteer group of over forty New York City publishing professionals, and she teaches a weekly creative writing workshop to high school students in the Bronx.
The Holmes Agency represents a wide range of nonfiction books, specializing in the genres of health and wellness, spirituality, psychology, relationships, sex, science, nature, environmental issues, business, women’s issues, literary nonfiction, memoir, cookbooks and gift books.
Kristina is looking for books that:
- Are highly compelling, original, intelligent, and fun to read
- Offer research, advice, and tools that address readers’ deep needs, desires, fears, and interests
- Share a highly innovative program or process around mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, sexual, professional and/or financial health
- Are written by leaders in their respective fields that live what they teach
- Are well crafted, thoroughly edited, and have a distinct and appealing voice
- Deeply inspire readers
- Have significant commercial potential
As owner and literary agent at BookEnds, Jessica Faust prides herself on working closely with her authors to make their goals come to fruition. When open to submissions Jessica is looking in the areas of historical and contemporary romance, women's fiction, historical, cozy and female-driven mysteries, and issue-driven contemporary YA. In nonfiction, Jessica specializes in current affairs, business, and career.