About me: I’m an agent at Folio Literary Management representing fiction and select nonfiction, focusing on thrillers and book club fiction.
Previously, I was an agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. After graduating from Duke University, I spent over a decade as a NYC-based book publicist, first working on mysteries and thrillers for Minotaur, then holding managerial and directorial roles at Penguin’s Dutton and Gotham imprints and St. Martin’s Press, promoting debut and #1 bestselling authors in fiction and nonfiction.
Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with a range of bestselling and award-winning authors including “Grammar Girl” Mignon Fogarty, Russell Simmons, Timothy Keller, P.C. and Kristin Cast, Alyson Noël, T. Jefferson Parker, Randy Susan Meyers, Louise Penny, John Hart, Tyler Cowen, Hari Kunzru, Susan Shapiro Barash, and Michael Palmer.
My experience building relationships with local and national media, securing reviews, features, radio and television interviews, online placement, bookstore and “outside the box” author events, serves me well as an agent, and I actively encourage and guide my clients to promote their work effectively in this rapidly-changing bookselling landscape.
I’m eagerly looking for new voices and projects, particularly commercial and upmarket adult fiction with an immediate, commercially appealing voice, in the areas of thrillers and suspense, bookclub and women’s fiction, historical, crime and the occasional exceptional work of Young Adult and Middle Grade.
Some of my well-known titles include THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE by Amy E. Reichert, GIRL LAST SEEN by Nina Laurin, SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN by Jeff Garvin, and LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sandra Block.
What I’m looking for: I’m on the hunt for the next WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, GRIST MILL ROAD, LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, and BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. In other fiction, I’m especially drawn to family secrets, historical elements, unique settings, and strong (sometimes funny) voices, and I don’t shy away from dark themes. TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT, THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE BEAR, ONE HUNDRED SUMMERS and HARMONY are prime examples of books I devoured, but didn’t want to end!
In nonfiction, I’m most interested smart but accessible platform-driven projects that provide a new perspective in areas of psychology/mental health, social issues, parenting, nature and animals. Forthcoming titles by current clients include THE ANIMAL LOVER’S GUIDE TO CHANGING THE WORLD, and PREGNANCY, OMG!. I’d love to find projects in the vein of WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE, THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES and MYCOPHELIA.
In Middle Grade and Young Adult, I’m looking for polished, voice-driven projects in any genre, including YA and MG nonfiction. If it makes me laugh, or cry (preferably both)—then I’m probably hooked. I’m very interested in themes of nature/wilderness, animals, and characters who challenge the status quo.
I can tell I’m falling in love with a project when I want to stay up all night reading it, and I can’t wait to talk about it with someone. I feel this way about every project I represent. If it can spark my enthusiasm, then I know it will resonate with readers and start conversations.
What I’m not looking for: poetry, screenplays, memoir, romance, cozy mysteries, thrillers set in the realm of finance or politics, high fantasy, hard science fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, or picture books.
I frequently do workshops, panels, and one-on-one meetings with authors at conferences, and I’m the co-founder of Littsburgh, a literary community.
Creative Nonfiction, Pittsburgh, PA | May 24-26
Thrillerfest, New York, NY | July 10-14, 2018
Additional dates to come.