Roz Foster is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. With a BA in English literature from UC San Diego, she studied philosophy for a year at the University of Sheffield, U.K., and earned her MA in English, with an emphasis in composition & rhetoric and creative writing, from Portland State University. At PSU, she taught writing in exchange for tuition. She works from the Catskills of New York.
Roz spent over five years as a qualitative researcher in high-tech consumer products marketing. In 2008, she co-founded a web design company for which she provided non-profit organizations with audience-focused market research, project planning, and digital design. She joined SDLA in 2013.
Roz specializes in serious nonfiction in the areas of history, politics and current affairs. She’s also interested in technology, business, sociology, cultural studies, urban studies, science, design and memoir. She looks for driven, narrative storytelling and big, bold ideas with national and international, appeal. She's also interested in adult literary and commercial fiction and is actively looking for crime/mystery/thriller, contemporary, multi-cultural and literary sci-fi. She looks for fiction with a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure. Across the board, she's looking for books that make her feel the author is tuned into a rising revolution — political, cultural, sociological, or whatnot — which is about to burst on the scene.
Recent sales include historian Susan Eva O'Donovan's BECOMING CITIZENS: THE POLITICAL LIVES OF SLAVES (Metropolitan); Google’s Über Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness Daniel Russell’s THE JOY OF FINDING OUT (MIT Press); historian Emily Berquist's THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SPANISH EMPIRE (Yale University Press); historian Claire Potter's CLICK BAIT NATION (Basic Books); historian Michael Honey’s TO THE PROMISED LAND: MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE FIGHT FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE (W.W. Norton); historians Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle's DENMARK VESEY'S GARDEN: SLAVERY AND MEMORY IN THE CRADLE OF THE CONFEDERACY (The New Press); historian Arthur Eckstein's BAD MOON RISING: HOW THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND BEAT THE FBI AND LOST THE REVOLUTION (Yale University Press); and urban scholar Alessandro Busà's THE CREATIVE DESTRUCTION OF NEW YORK CITY: ENGINEERING THE CITY FOR THE ELITE.
Please note that Roz is specifically not interested in: sports, cookbooks, screenplays, poetry, romance, fantasy, new adult, young adult or children's books.