I broke into publishing in 2009, through a high school workshop that placed me with former young adult editor Brian Farrey at Flux (now North Star), a small imprint in Minnesota, where I pulled, from the slush pile, the lovely Out of the Blue by Holly Schindler, which received a starred review in Booklist. I then moved on to intern with Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency.
What I Want to Represent
I am looking to build out a list of talented novelists and writers in these genres:
- young adult
- fantasy & sci-fi
- literary fiction
- commercial fiction
- women’s fiction
- crime, mystery & thrillers
- non-fiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.)
If you’re not sure whether you fit the categories, submit a query. I will not consider middle grade, children’s or picture books.
What I Read
I love beautiful writers, worlds, characters; I love smart, quirky and genre-bending stories. Some of my favorite novelists and writers include Edith Pattou, John Green, A.S. King, Laini Taylor, Alison Croggon, Jandy Nelson, Markus Zusak, Anthony Doerr, Flannery O’Connor, Haruki Murakami, Mark Haddon, Khaled Hosseini, Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts, Graemie Simsion, Rainbow Rowell, Gillian Flynn, J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, George R.R. Martin, John Grisham, Sue Johnson, and Brené Brown, among many others. I am very much a reader that likes to be challenged.
How I Agent
Where I and my clients agree it is necessary and good, I am a heavily editorial agent, with much experience and background in structural editorial work. Beyond this, I agent very personally: we’re a team, setting you up for a writing career, and so this means close work on the manuscript, on submissions, on marketing, on learning the field and placing you well for growth and success, and on friendship. I am of the mind that, where there is something personally shared, we’ll love and do our mutual work with greater joy and freedom.