The Bindery Agency represents a select roster of authors, leaders, pro athletes, influencers, musicians, and novelists to navigate their writing and publishing. We are especially relentless when it comes to finding the right publishing home for our authors. As the journey is long, choosing the right people to go with you is of critical importance. Publishing is a commitment and our goal is to make the experience rewarding for each of our clients.
ALEXANDER FIELD, Founder & Literary Agent
Alex Field launched The Bindery after 20 years of work in book publishing and journalism as an editor and publisher, including a short stretch at the Los Angeles Times right out of college. Prior to launching The Bindery, he served as vice president and publisher for several imprints of Penguin Random House. As a reader, he falls for books that rarely sit on the same shelf, including anything by Wendell Berry, James Baldwin, or Mary Oliver; the latest novel by N.K. Jemisin, Michael Chabon, Naomi Novik, or Dave Eggers; an obscure title about Radiohead and philosophy, a memoir about a pilgrimage, or the biography of a writer/director, entrepreneur, or bookseller. As a result, he represents authors writing in categories such as, religion & spirituality, memoir & biography, self-help, pop culture, parenting, advice and relationships, and very select fiction projects, including science fiction & fantasy. Field grew up on the beaches of Southern California. Today, he and his family live along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
INGRID BECK, Managing Director
After earning her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Kansas State University, Ingrid Beck spent more than 17 years working in book publishing, serving in diverse roles such as acquisitions editor, managing editor, and editorial director. Ingrid joined The Bindery in 2019 as managing director and oversees day-to-day operations, proposal development, client relations, scheduling, and a variety of other special projects. Representing a diverse list of clients in multiple genres, she loves collaborating with authors to help refine their messages to reach their intended audiences. Ingrid is seeking compelling nonfiction proposals in the following categories: practical self-help, mindfulness, mental health and wellbeing, religion and spirituality, social and cultural issues, and lifestyle. A passionate and voracious reader, Ingrid strives to keep up with the latest buzzworthy reads in both fiction and nonfiction. When she’s not reading, Ingrid enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her extended family, especially her sixteen nieces and nephews.
TRINITY MCFADDEN, Senior Literary Agent
Trinity McFadden joined The Bindery in 2020, after having worked in traditional publishing for more than a decade in editorial and public relations roles for both trade and academic imprints. Her undergraduate education in philosophy, English, and journalism is supplemented by her master’s degree in business administration. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband and daughter. While her interests are broad, Trinity is especially seeking to promote under-represented voices with growing platforms. She values excellent writing combined with fresh ideas, especially around messages of liberation. If a book can help a reader understand themselves or the world in a new or better way, she’s intrigued. Her specialties include compelling practical and narrative nonfiction in categories including social & culture issues, feminism, religion & spirituality, history, biography, reportage, subcultures, and mental health & wellness. She is also interested in select children’s picture books and in select suspense, upmarket, literary, and book club fiction.
ANDREA HEINECKE, Literary Agent
Andrea Heinecke brings a broad publishing background to every project she represents, having worked as an editor, publicist, and literary agent with award-winning authors writing both fiction and nonfiction for adults, youth, and children. Andrea represents bestselling and critically acclaimed authors—thoughtful and diverse women and men who contribute to the culture and dialogue of our world. She has been a literary agent for over a decade and currently represents authors in a variety of categories including religion and spirituality, advice and relationships, psychology, self-help, parenting, and humor. Her love for the written word began early in life and took her to Seattle Pacific University, where she majored in English Literature. She has served within her community and industry as a board member for the Henri Nouwen Society and a member of the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club. She lives in California with her family.
JOHN BLASE, Associate Literary Agent
John Blase spent over a decade as an editor and ghostwriter in traditional publishing working with such names as Eugene Peterson, Ann Voskamp, and Brian Zahnd. During that time, he penned two books with his name on the spine—one of them a self-published poetry endeavor titled The Jubilee. At the end of the day, he tries to live by writer George Saunders’ advice: “Stop trying to teach the world something and instead refuse to be boring.” John and his wife, Meredith, lived in Colorado for almost twenty years but recently moved back to Arkansas. They have three children, all grown now and out living their one wild and precious lives. John’s long been a culture junkie hooked on everything from the drama of “Hill Street Blues” (which dates him) to the wonder of Game of Thrones to the thoughts of Ta-Nehisi Coates to the poetry of Taylor Swift. And he still mourns the loss of Anthony Bourdain. While loving all genres of literature, he admits a weakness for fiction, short stories, and memoir. A good story, well-told, he simply finds hard to resist.
KESIA LUPO, Associate Literary Agent
Kesia grew up in the UK and Germany, studied History at Oxford University and Creative Writing at Bath Spa, then launched her publishing career at Pan Macmillan, London, as an editorial assistant in 2013. She transitioned from adult books to children’s when she joined boutique publisher Chicken House—then from a senior editorial role to agenting when she joined The Bindery in 2023. While her expertise lies in middle-grade and YA fiction, Kesia reads widely across genres, including adult SFF and horror, historical fiction, romance, and non-fiction. Kesia is a new US resident and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. As well as working in publishing, she's the author of three YA novels—We Are Blood and Thunder, We Are Bound by Stars (a fantasy duology), and Let’s Play Murder, a horror/thriller, all published by Bloomsbury in the UK. You will normally find her writing if she’s not reading!
MORGAN STREHLOW, Associate Literary Agent
As a literary agent and book coach, Morgan Strehlow comes alongside authors from longing to launch, cultivating courage, clarifying their message, and offering advocacy, accountability, and soul care through the writing and publishing process. An experienced freelance editor and writer, Morgan has worked in various capacities with a range of content providers and education platforms, including Christianity Today, Baylor University, Sacred Ordinary Days, Called Creatives, and Go and Tell Gals. Morgan spent the first decade of her career in the sports industry as a go-to communications strategist and creative collaborator for major brands, coaches, and athletes. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Hardin-Simmons University and an M.S. in Sport Management from Texas A&M University. Morgan is seeking compelling nonfiction by athletes, journalists, experts, academics looking to publish for the general market, and emerging voices with a growing platform who can speak to pop culture, sports, feminism, social justice, sex/sexuality, or religion/spirituality. She's especially interested in the dynamic and interesting voices writing and speaking at the intersection of sport and society. On the fiction side, Morgan is eager for upmarket fiction, complex women's fiction, and sports fiction. Morgan lives in Waco, Texas, with her husband, Sean, and their son.