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agent, editor
Jacqueline Flynn
Joelle Delbourgo Associates, Inc.
101 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

As a literary agent with Joelle Delbourgo Associates Literary Agency, Jacquie represents thought-provoking non-fiction as well as unique fiction and children's titles. She is particularly interested in authors who offer fresh perspectives that counter conventional wisdom and cookie-cutter solutions. She now uses her finely-developed editorial acumen to guide authors through the process of positioning their books for the marketplace, preparing proposals, and marketing their work. Jacquie specializes in coaching authors to use social media and other marketing tools to build and connect with their reader community.

A former editor with two decades experience, she is also available to work with select authors as an editor:
- line editing book proposals
- development editing, particularly for non-fiction manuscripts
- query assessments

Please contact Joelle Delbourgo at for rates and to inquire about availability.

Jacquie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University where she majored in International Relations and rowed on the Women’s Crew team. She is also a Hockey/Volleyball/Soccer/Band Mom, knitter, and avid hiker who lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two sons.

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years experience: 20
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Reference, Biography, Computers/technology, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, Sports, African-American, Science, Parenting, New adult, Memoir
"Whether she’s giving notes on a book proposal or strategizing about an upcoming submission, Jacquie Flynn is savvy, direct and positive. She's helped me mull over projects through every stage, from early idea to polish drafts, and her advice has been transformative. She returns phone calls and always sounds cheerful and optimistic, even when the news isn’t. A wonderful agent whose efforts and deep publishing contacts have positioned my book to succeed." -- John Temple, AMERICAN PAIN and LAST LAWYER

"Jacqueline Flynn is smart, savvy, and instinctive. She has a sixth sense for discovering marketable stories, the editing expertise to polish them, and the publishing know-how to place them. On top of that, she's kind-hearted and protective of her clients' interests. I look forward to working with her for many years to come!" Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, THE GUARDIAN HERD: STARFIRE

"Jacquie's high energy and enthusiasm, not to mention her experience as both an editor and an agent, make her a strong advocate for her client's projects." Anne Greenwood Brown, LIES BENEATH and DEEP BETRAYAL

“A former editor, Jacquie Flynn is much more than a literary agent. She’s an insightful publishing pro who really understands writers’ interests and publishers’ needs. To put it simply, she ‘gets it.’ I’ve worked with Jacquie on six books now. She served as my editor on five trade-published business books and just sold my sixth book to a major publisher. Jacquie quickly identified ‘the right’ publisher and negotiated a terrific deal, which is just the beginning of a great things to come. I view Jacquie Flynn as my ‘publishing partner’ and friend, and I can’t wait to work with her—and the Joelle Delbourgo Associates team—again.” Nancy Flynn, HANDBOOK OF SOCIAL MEDIAL, THE E-POLICY HANDBOOK, and other nonfiction business books

Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr (World English to Merit Press)
The Twisted Life by Anne Greenwood Brown and Heather Anastasiu (World to Albert Whitman)
Guardian Herd #3: Landfall by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (North American Rights to Harper Childrens)
Peregrine Spring by Nancy Cowan (World Rights to Lyons Press)
The Yearbook by Carol Masciola (World English to Merit Press)
Media Circus: A Look at Private Tragedy in the Public Eye by Kim Goldman and Tatsha Robertson (World Rights to Ben Bella)
Dial Down the Drama by Colleen O'Grady (World Rights to Amacom)
Daughters of Divorce by Terry Gaspard and Tracy Clifford (World rights except Asia to Sourcebooks)
The Guardian Herd #2: Stormbound by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (World English to Harper Childrens)
It's Student, Not the College by Kristin White (World Rights to The Experiment)
Stress-Free Discipline by Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha Ph.D. (World Rights to Amacom)
American Pain by John Temple (North American to Lyons Press/GPP)
Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech (North American to Thomas Nelson/Harper)
Papyrus: The Plant that Changed the World by John Gaudet, Ph.D. (World Rights to Pegasus)
The Guardian Herd #1: Starfire, by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (World English to Harper Childrens)
Asking for It by Kate Harding (World Rights to DaCapo)
Trail of Dead by Melissa F. Olson(World Rights to 47North/Amazon)
Promise Bound by Anne Greenwood Brown (World English to Delacorte/Random House for publication in January 2014)
Mobile Influence by Chuck Martin (World English to Palgrave Macmillan)
The Creative Lawyer by Michael Melcher (World English to ABA Publishing)
The Gamification Revolution by Gabe Zichermann and Joselin Linder (World Rights to McGraw-Hill)
Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown (World English to Delacorte/Random House for publication in March 2013)
Dead Spots by Melissa Olson (World Rights to 47North/Amazon)
The Business Style Handbook by Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene (World Rights to McGraw-Hill)
Angels of the Underground: Resistance in the Philippines during WWII by Theresa Kaminski, Ph.D. (World Rights to Oxford University Press)
The e-Policy Toolkit by Nancy Flynn (World Rights to Pfeiffer/Wiley)
Lies Beneath by Anne G. Brown (World English to Delacorte, an imprint of Random House, for publication in Summer 2012, Italian rights to Mondadori, French rights to Milan)
The Social Media Handbook by Nancy Flynn (World Rights to Pfeiffer/Wiley)
Content is Currency: Developing Powerful Content for Web and Mobile by Jon Wuebben (World Rights to Nicholas Brealey for publication in January 2012)
Self Marketing Power: Branding Yourself as a Business of One by Jeff Beals (Vietnamese Rights to Van Lang Culture for publication in 2011)
The Web 2.0 Job Finder: Fortune 500 Hiring Pros Reveal Winning Strategies to Get the Job You Want by Brenda Greene and Coleen Byrne (World English to Career Press for publication in Spring 2011)
A Child, al Confino: The True Story of a Jewish Boy and His Mother in Mussolini’s Italy by Eric Lamet (World English to Adams Media for publication in December 2010)
The Third Screen by Chuck Martin (World Rights to Nicholas Brealey Publishing for publication in Fall 2011)
Risk and the Smart Investor by David Martin. (World Rights to McGraw-Hill for publication in Fall 2010)
Becoming a Successful Manager, 2nd edition, by J. Robert Parkinson, Ph.D. and Gary Grossman. (World Rights to McGraw-Hill for publication in Spring 2010)
Fly a Little Higher - Film rights optioned to Relativity
American Pain - Film rights optioned to Warner Brothers
Mobile Influence by Chuck Martin - Korean rights to Screen Cloud
Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech - Japanese Rights to Sunmark
Mobile Influence by Chuck Martin - Complex Chinese right to Business Weekly
Mobile Influence by Chuck Martin - Simple Chinese rights to Cheers Publishing
Lies Beneath by Anne Brown - Italian rights to Mondadori, French rights to Milan
Deep Betrayal by Anne Brown - French rights to Milan
Self Marketing Power by Jeff Beals - Vietnamese Rights to Van Lang Culture
A Child, al Confino by Eric Lamet - Italian rights to Sperling and Kupfer
World exclusive of Asia: Jenny Meyer,
Japan: Shimo, Owls Agency,
Korea: Duran Kim, Duran Kim Agency,
People's Republic of China: Jackie Huang, People Republic of China,
Taiwan: Wendy Hsu,
Indonesia: Santo Manurung,
Joelle Delbourgo,
Jacqueline Flynn, Agent,
Carrie Cantor, Associate Agent,
We love proposals and queries from smart and talented new authors, but please be sure to include everything we need so that we may evaluate your proposed work. Please read the agency Submission Guidelines on our site carefully as we do not respond to incomplete queries.

All Submissions: A stamped, self-addressed letter size envelope OR an email address is required to receive a response. We do not return proposals or manuscripts. Note that I do not respond to all unsolicited e-mail queries (though I try to), do not open unsolicited e-mail attachments, and do not click on links. Submissions that don't comply with our guidelines are automatically rejected. E-mail submissions MUST include QUERY in the subject and, if fiction or memoir, include the first 10 pages of the manuscript embedded in the email to receive a response.

In addition to reading these guidelines read the guidelines on the Delbourgo website at before querying.

For nonfiction: Please submit a complete, professional proposal that includes an overview, table of contents, marketing plan, author bio, and audience for the proposed work, along with the first chapter or two of actual text.

For memoir: Please submit a query letter, along with the first 10 pages, a brief Author bio, and a synopsis that clearly explains your story arc. Your arc must have all the qualities of an excellent novel and your writing has to be exquisite for your memoir to be marketable. Your memoir must be complete and polished prior to querying the agency. If I like your first pages, I will ask to see the entire manuscript.

For fiction: Please submit a query letter, along with the FIRST ten pages of actual text and your author bio. Your query letter should include a one-line description of your book that explains your premise and makes your book sound incredibly compelling. The query should describe your book in 2-3 paragraphs with a brief description of your bio and any important marketing information. If I like your first pages, I will ask to see your synopsis and the entire manuscript.

Some Fiction tips:
- Don't query your manuscript until it is perfect. Don't use agents as beta readers or editors.
- A unique and compelling premise that can be captured in one sentence is essential for pitching a successful novel. Read your one-line description to many people to make sure they all say "ooh I want to read that book."
- If I send you editorial feedback, I've taken extra time to give you an idea about why I can't sell your Work as is. I only do this if I see potential in the Work and Author. However, as an agent I am not giving you a full editorial assessment of your manuscript. Take the comments and go deeper. Run with them. Consider hiring a professional editor or work-shopping your book. Don't rush your edit and only re-query me after your manuscript is beyond perfect.
Some non-fiction tips
- You need a narrative arc or process that carries through the entire manuscript. Books in which each chapter is a separate story or about a separate person are very difficult to sell.
- An author platform is essential for selling a non-fiction book to a commercial publisher. Your platform must already be in place before your submit your proposal to the agency as it can take years of hard work to build up a platform that will sell books.
- Your competitive book analysis is important. Don't tell me there are no books exactly like yours, so there is no competition. Use your analysis to show that books in this space have been successful, but that you have a hook that will make your book especially appealing to potential readers.
- Research proposal do's and dont's before you submit.

Tips for Everyone:
- Do your research before you submit a query or a proposal to the agency. There are many online resources for writers that give excellent advice about how to get published. Do your homework to give yourself the best chance of success!
- Please read more about our agency on our website (including our blog) at

Follow me on Twitter on BookJacquie, however please keep in mind that I can not respond to queries via Twitter.

Some useful blog posts about writing, queries and more

Query Killers by me on our Joelle Delbourgo Associates blog

- Read the Query Shark archives starting with #187, The Query Template

Kicking Out a Fast First Draft by Anne Greenwood Brown from Writer Unboxed

Show Don't Tell: Pastrami, Aunt Cissy and Pineapple-Banana Smoothies by April Halprin Wayland from Teaching Authors

Writing a Novel Synopsis by Jane Friedman

How to Write a Terrific Author Bio by Rachelle Gardner

10 Rules for Suspense Fiction by Brian Garfield from The Big Thrill Archives

On Word Counts and Novel Length by Colleen Lindsay

Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle by Elmore Leonard

Age Categories Determine the Guidelines for Your Children’s Book by Jennifer Jensen

The Query Shark blog by literary agent Janet Reid - Study the archives and see how writers edit their query letters to get them ready for prime time.

Some Thoughts on Middle Grade Voice by Stacy Whitman

Why the Best Kids Books are Written in Blood by Sherman Alexie

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