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agent : rebecca@fletcherandco.com
rebecca gradinger
Fletcher & Company
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Rebecca Gradinger joined Fletcher & Company in 2009 after previously working as an agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Prior to that she was a foreign literary scout and a lawyer, practicing media and intellectual property law. In a previous life, she had a short stint as a road manager/PA for the MTV comedy troupe, The State.

Rebecca has eclectic taste in the books that she represents but a common thread in almost all of her projects is a strong emotional core. She is interested in projects that fall into the following categories: literary fiction, up-market commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, self-help, memoir, Women’s studies, humor, and pop culture. Rebecca’s particular areas of interest are: fiction that is simply impossible to stop reading (and if it makes you weep, all the better!) and memoir that takes you into unfamiliar worlds or deals with everyday concerns with particular insight and/or humor.

Rebecca works closely and creatively with her clients from the editorial stage to strategizing ways to take advantage of multi-platform possibilities including film/tv development. Some of Rebecca’s recent clients include Kathleen Grissom’s THE KITCHEN HOUSE (S&S), Maggie Shipstead’s SEATING ARRANGEMENTS (Knopf), David Gillham’s CITY OF WOMEN (Amy Einhorn Books), Dr. Pauline Chen’s FINAL EXAM: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality (Knopf), Stephanie Dolgoff’s MY FORMERLY HOT LIFE (Ballantine),and Kirstie Alley’s THE ART OF MEN (S&S).

Rebecca holds a BA from Barnard College and a JD from George Washington University Law Center. She is originally from Montreal, Canada and is the proud mother of two “spirited” little girls.


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Biography, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Lifestyle, Science
LEADING CLIENTS
Kathleen Grissom (The Kitchen House); David Gillham (City of Women); Maggie Shipstead (Seating Arrangements); Keija Parssinen (The Ruins of Us); Erika Marks (Little Gale Gumbo); Kirstie Alley (The Art of Men); Pauline Chen (Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
New York Times bestselling author of SEATING ARRANGEMENTS, Maggie Shipstead's ASTONISH ME, about the twenty-year aftermath of an affair between an aspiring ballerina and the principal dancer in her ballet company, a brilliant and magnetic soviet defector, to Jordan Pavlin at Knopf

Assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center Dr. Damon Tweedy's BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor's Journey Through the World of Race, Medicine, and Inequality, following Tweedy's journey from med student to doctor facing prejudice and fighting against the prevailing belief that "being black is bad for your health," to Anna deVries at Picador

NYT bestselling author of The Kitchen House Kathleen Grissom's next two books, one about a character in The Kitchen House, and the other about Crow Mary, a Native American woman who was the heroine of the 1873 Cypress Hills Massacre in Saskatchewan, to Trish Todd at Simon & Schuster

Samantha Geimer's THE GIRL: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski, a memoir from the woman, now 47, who in 1977 at the age of 13, was "the girl" at the center of the infamous Roman Polanski sexual assault case, breaking a virtual 35 year silence to tell her story and reflect on the events of that day and their lifelong repercussions, to Peter Borland at Atria, for publication in fall 2013, by Rebecca Gradinger at Fletcher & Company (world).

MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
Film rights:

Maggie Shipstead's SEATING ARRANGEMENTS, set on an exclusive New England island over the two days leading up to a wedding, optioned to Sofia Coppola for her production company, Zoetrope, by Kassie Evashevski at UTA, on behalf of Rebecca Gradinger at Fletcher & Company.

Film rights:

David Gillham's CITY OF WOMEN, set during the height of the second World War, when Berlin has become a city of women, fallen soldiers, and Nazi watchdogs, the story of a woman who risks more than she thought she ever would, to Anonymous Content on behalf of Stanley Tucci who will be adapting to direct, by Rich Green at CAA on behalf of Rebecca Gradinger at Fletcher & Company.

TV Rights:

Rights to Stephanie Dolgoff's memoir MY FORMERLY HOT LIFE, to ABC, for development as a half-hour series, with Julie Anne Robinson directing, by Christy Fletcher and Rebecca Gradinger at Fletcher & Company, who will co-executive produce.

KEY PERSONNEL
Christy Fletcher- Literary Agent, President
Melissa Chinchillo- Literary Agent, Foreign Rights Director
Grainne Fox- Literary Agent, Manager of UK rights and co-representation
Donald Lamm- Affiliate Agent
Sylvie Greenberg- Literary Assistant
Rachel Crawford- Rights/Literary Assistant
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please attach/paste the first 5 pages in your email query

Hardcopy queries- send by regular mail with SASE. Responses within 3-4 weeks are customary, longer is not unusual.
Do not query multiple people within the agency- all initial queries are forwarded to one person.

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