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agent : melissa@foliolit.com
Melissa Sarver White
Folio Literary Management
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What I love most about being an agent is finding new voices that can express something in a fresh way or new subject matter that makes me view the world differently, whether it’s through fiction or non-fiction. One of the most thrilling aspects of my job is the constant exposure to a wide variety of topics; it’s truly thrilling to play a part ushering innovative projects into the world.

In addition to representing authors, I am the Director of International Rights at Folio and attend all the major international book fairs, keeping my finger on the pulse of what's working in book markets worldwide.

WHAT I LOOK FOR:

YA: contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, historical, magical realism, thrillers, issue books
I love quirky, humorous writing in contemporary YA, and always looking for something with a strong hook (whether it’s a sweeping sci-fi trilogy, or a contemporary story of friendship and first love). I will always get excited about strong sense of voice and writing that packs an emotional punch, like Sara Zarr’s STORY OF A GIRL; Gayle Forman’s IF I STAY, Jandy Nelson’s THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE (none of whom I rep!). I also enjoy lighter fare like ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, THE CARRIE DIARIES, and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. My YA taste runs much lighter, fun and romancy than adult fiction.

MG and Chapter Books: mainly contemporary stories that have a classic, evergreen feel to them. I’m not the right agent for your animal-narrated or adventure MG.

ADULT: I represent very select adult fiction titles and live for dark, raw voices that make me see the world in a new way. I love to get lost in anything that teaches me about another place and time through the lens of the character. Some of my favorite non-client authors are Michael Chabon, Nicole Krauss, Graham Swift, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Abraham Verghese, and Tana French.

NON-FICTION: I represent a wide variety of NF and looking for authors with a very strong platform along with a fresh idea and expertise in the area they propose to write a book. I’m actively looking for projects in the following areas:

*Cook books and food writing (including food history)
*Memoir (especially those that have a sociological, historical, anthropological or research-based component)
*Business
*Health/Diet/Wellness
*Parenting
*Narrative

The narrative NF and memoir I work on features strong voice and prose that reads like a novel, that aren’t just about the author’s personal story but one that uses that story as a springboard for a larger story about a place or an event that has deeper resonance.

I AM CURRENTLY CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS.


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Suspense/thriller, Juvenile fiction, Business/investing/finance, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, Science
LEADING CLIENTS
Todd Henry, Jessica Taylor, Kim Culbertson, Tessa Huff, Kimberly Palmer, Jessie Sholl, Jennifer Longo, Emily Bliss
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
UPCOMING:
* THE WONDER OF US, Kim Culbertson (Scholastic, May 2017)
* THE RATTLED BONES,S.M. Parker (Simon Pulse, August, 2017)
* THE ECONOMISTS' DIET, by Rob Barnett and Christopher Payne, PhD (Touchstone, 2018)
* A MAP FOR LOST GIRLS, a YA novel by Jessica Taylor (Dial, August 2017)
* UNICORN PRINCESSES, a chapter book series by Emily Bliss (Bloomsbury Children’s, August 2017, 6 books)
* HERDING TIGERS, by Todd Henry (Portfolio, January 2018)

2016 publications
* TOO MANY MOOSE!, a picture book by Lisa M. Bakos (Sourcebooks)
* DETROIT HUSTLE: A MEMOIR OF LIFE, LOVE, AND HOME, by Amy Haimerl (Running Press)
* LAYERED: BAKING, BUILDING AND STYLING SPECTACULAR CAKES, by Tessa Huff (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)
* THE GIRL WHO FELL, a YA novel by Shannon Parker (Simon Pulse)
* SMART MOM, RICH MOM: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family, Kimberly Palmer (AMACOM)
* THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED, a picture book by Lisa Bakos (Putnam BFYR)
* UP TO THIS POINTE, Jennifer Longo (Random House BFYR)
* THE POSSIBILITY OF NOW, Kim Culbertson (Scholastic)
* TWITTERATI CRYPTOGRAMS: Cryptograms: 350 Snarky Ciphers for Social Media Junkies, by @codeSparrow (Puzzlewright)

2015 & Previous publications
* ALL WE LEFT BEHIND, a YA novel by Ingrid Sundberg (Simon Pulse)
* LOUDER THAN WORDS: HARNESS THE POWER OF YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE, Todd Henry (Portfolio, 2015)
* LOW & SLOW II, Gary Wiviott with Colleen Rush (Running Press)
* TAKE MY SPOUSE, PLEASE: Using the Rules of Comedy to Keep Your Marriage Happy, Healthy, and Thriving, Dani Klein Modisett (Shambhala)
* SIX FEET OVER IT, Jennifer Longo (Random House BFYR)
* BROOKLYN CHEF'S TABLE, Sarah Zorn (Lyons Press)
* CATCH A FALLING STAR, Kim Culbertson (Scholastic)
* ROBICELLI'S: A LOVE STORY IN CUPCAKES, Allison & Matt Robicelli (Viking Studio)
* DIE EMPTY: UNLEASH YOUR BEST WORK EVERY DAY, Todd Henry (Portfolio)
* WINTERSWEET, Tammy Donroe Inman (Running Press)

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