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agent : dross@newleafliterary.com
Devin Ross
New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.
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Devin hails from the windiest city in the Midwest where she spent most of her childhood. She earned her B.A. in English from Lawrence University and her Publishing Certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute. She began her publishing career as an author’s assistant, helping authors grow their platforms and meet their deadlines. Her next career move landed her in the Subsidiary Rights department at Crown Publishing Group before she found her home at New Leaf Literary & Media where worked under Joanna Volpe, soaking up every lesson in agenting she could, before becoming and agent herself.

In adult, Devin is looking for peculiar, eccentric, character driven, commercial or upmarket fiction that is conceptually unique. She’s also looking for upbeat women’s fiction or rom-coms. She loves all types of fantasy, and is drawn to stories with magical realism. While she loves science fiction, she is not looking for it at this time. In nonfiction she loves a book that explains complex science to people unlike her *cough* who almost failed junior chem.

In YA she’s looking for commercial fiction; coming of age, plot driven books with strong voices and crossover appeal that break the status quo. She’d love to see more contemporary projects that will make her laugh and cry and leave her with a smile. She is also drawn to fantasy and thrillers that suck you in from the very first page.

Devin loves books that make her feel strongly; bonus points for stories that make her laugh and cry. Finally, she is looking for books that teach her things, whether purposeful or through the telling of a story, it doesn’t matter. She is a lifelong learner and is always looking to expand her horizons.

New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. is a passionate agency with a relentless focus on building our clients’ careers. Our approach is big picture, offering a one-stop shop built without silos and access to a variety of services including international sales, film and television, and branding resources for all clients. Our aim is to challenge conformity and re-imagine the marketplace while equipping our clients with the tools necessary to navigate an evolving landscape and succeed.


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Mind/body/spirit, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, Science, Debut Fiction
SUB-AGENTS/ RIGHTS CONTACTS
Foreign Rights: Veronica Grijalva vgrijalva@newleafliterary.com and Mia Roman mroman@newleafliterary.com
Film/TV: Pouya Shahbazian, pouya@newleafliterary.com
KEY PERSONNEL

Joanna Volpe, President/Agent
Pouya Shahbazian, Director of Film/TV
Hilary Pecheone, Director of Brand Development
Kathleen Ortiz, Agent
Janet Reid, Agent
JL Stermer, Agent
Mia Roman, Subrights
Veronica Grijalva, Subrights
Devin Ross, Agent
Cassandra Baim, Assistant
Abigail Donoghue, Assistant
Dani Segelbaum, Assistant
Jordan Hill, Assistant
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Send a query to QUERY(at)newleafliterary.com

Make sure the word QUERY is in the subject line AND "Jordan Hamessley" (if you do not put my name in the subject line, it won't get to me -- and I'll never see it).

Paste the query and the first five pages of the manuscript in the body of the email.

Do not attach anything.

You will receive an auto-response confirming receipt of your query.