PNWA Summer Conference 2006 - Agents
Jennifer Cayea (Agent) of Avenue A Literary LLC, is building a select list of emerging authors of fiction and non-fiction. Ms. Cayea’s recent projects include Here, There, and Everywhere (Gotham Books) a memoir about the Beatles; Real Life, Real Love (Berkley) by world renown spiritual leader Father Albert Cutie; and The Girl from Charnelle (William Morrow) by Prairie Schooner Prize winner K.L. Cook. Ms. Cayea also represents CBS’s Mario Bosquez, Sofia Quintero, Black Artemis, Yasmin Davvids, Rosario Marin and E-Fierce. Prior to starting her own literary agency, Jennifer was an agent and the foreign rights director of Nicholas Ellison, Inc., a division of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Jennifer also held a distinguished record as an editor at Random House, in the audio and large print division where she demonstrated a keen editorial eye and was known to be very aggressive in acquiring books. Jennifer is currently looking for literary and upmarket fiction; literary thriller; Latino/Hispanic fiction and non-fiction; young adult, memoir, narrative non-fiction; self-help and is desperate to represent a baseball book.
Meg Ruley (Agent) joined the Jane Rotrosen Agency in 1981. The agency represents authors of commercial fiction, many of whom hail from the Pacific Northwest.
She loves carrying heavy manuscripts in and out of Manhattan and hopes you will send her yours.
A former editor with major New York houses, Rita Rosenkranz (Agent) founded Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990. Her adult non-fiction list stretches from the decorative--FLOWERS, WHITE HOUSE STYLE: More Than 125 Arrangements by the Former White House Chief Floral Decorator by Dottie Temple and Stan Finegold (Simon & Schuster) to the dark--SAVING BEAUTY FROM THE BEAST: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship by Vicki Crompton and Ellen Zelda Kessner (Little, Brown; Books for a Better Life Award, 2003). Other titles include FORBIDDEN FRUIT: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus (Atria Books, essence.com bestseller); OLIVE TREES AND HONEY: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World by Gil Marks (Wiley, 2005 James Beard Award winner); BRANDED CUSTOMER SERVICE by Janelle Barlow and Paul Stewart (Berrett-Koehler), BUSINESS CLASS: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work by Jacqueline Whitmore (St. Martin’s Press). She represents health, history, parenting, music, how-to, popular science, business, biography, popular reference, cooking, spirituality, and general interest titles. Rita works with major publishing houses, as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets. She looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or less-known subjects presented commercially.
Stephen Barbara (Agent) is an agent and contracts director at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. Prior to this, he worked as a junior agent at the Fifi Oscard Agency, an editorial assistant at Regan Books, and an intern at the Kaplan Agency. He is interested in literary fiction, YA and middle grade novels, narrative non-fiction, historical and topical non-fiction, and a variety of commercial fiction genres.
Maura Kye-Casella (Agent) has been working at The Denise Marcil Literary Agency, Inc. since 2001. The Denise Marcil Agency was founded by Ms. Marcil in 1977 and represents a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. Titles range from award-winning crime novels to best-selling women’s fiction to parenting and business titles. With regards to fiction, Maura is looking for submissions in commercial and literary fiction (including chick-lit, thrillers, paranormals, women’s fiction and multicultural novels) and in non-fiction she is actively seeking memoirs, pop culture, adventure, cookbooks and food related writings, lifestyle, humor, parenting and self-help titles.
Maura’s recent books include LOST IN THE AMAZON (W Publishing) by Stephen & Marlo Carter Kirkpatrick, DARN GOOD ADVICE Babies/Parenting (Barrons) by Jan Faull and ONCE UPON A WEDDING NIGHT (Avon/HarperCollins) by Sophie Jordan.
Kelly Harms (Agent) came to the Jane Rotrosen Agency in Summer 2005 after editing at Morrow/Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins. She is building a list of commercial fiction authors while keeping an eye out for very special narrative non-fiction, especially women's interest and food memoir. Her list currently includes authors of romance, suspense, mystery, paranormal thrillers, and women's fiction.
Jeff Kleinman (Agent) is a literary agent and intellectual property attorney with Folio Literary Management, LLC, a literary agency and law firm in New York and Washington DC which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include Robert Hicks, Ron McLarty, Yolanda King, Philip Gerard, and Barbara Holland.
Nonfiction: especially narrative nonfiction with a historical bent, but also memoir, health, parenting, aging, nature, pets, how-to, nature, science, politics, military, espionage, equestrian, biography.
Fiction: very well-written, character-driven novels; some suspense, thrillers; otherwise mainstream commercial and literary fiction.
No: children’s, romance, mysteries, westerns, poetry, or screenplays, novels about serial killers, suicide, or children in peril (kidnapped, killed, raped, etc.).
Michelle Grajkowski (Agent) first opened her doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000. Since then, she's successfully sold more than 200 titles to major publishing houses including Harlequin, NAL, Berkley, Dorchester, Kensington, Avon, Pocket, Random House (both here and in the UK), Knopf, Andrews McMeel, Warner and HarperCollins.
Currently, she is looking for fantastic authors with a voice of their own. Michelle focuses on romance (including category), Chick-Lit, young adult, children's stories, female-focused fantasy, paranormal, women's fiction, historicals, regencies, westerns, romantic suspense, mysteries and thrillers. She also represents select non-fiction and other fiction projects.
Farley Chase (Agent) has worked in publishing for nine years. After an internship with Minnesota's non-profit Graywolf Press, he worked for several years at the New Yorker magazine. He has worked at The New Press, Talk magazine and later became an associate editor at Miramax Books. He has been an agent for three years, first with Goldfarb & Associates and now The Waxman Literary Agency. He is looking for original and enduring non-fiction projects in journalism, history, memoir, biography, and prescriptive non-fiction with an emphasis in narratives and subjects that range from current and military affairs, popular science, business, humor, pop culture, and sports.
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