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agent :
Whitley Abell
Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency is a New York City-based full-service literary agency founded in 2001 and named one of the top 25 literary agencies in the country by Writer’s Digest. The agency represents children’s literature for all ages – picture books and middle-grade and young adult novels – but also represents high-quality adult fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of genres. JDLA is proud to represent illustrators, as well as screenwriters for both television and film, including Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writers and illustrators. What sets JDLA apart from other agencies is our holistic approach to managing every aspect of an author’s career to make the most of their project's potential.

- A designated Foreign Rights team, with co-agents in every country and an established presence at Book Expo and book fairs throughout the world.

- A designated Film/TV/Media agent based in Hollywood.

- An affiliated Presentation Service and Media trainer to help authors communicate with clarity, precision, and greater impact.

- An affiliated Speakers Services agent who coordinates booking speaking engagements.

- Strong affiliations with top merchandising agents to handle merchandising opportunities as they arise.

JDLA is truly a full-service literary agency, and we regularly help our authors in everything from creating book ideas to editing and promoting their books. We are proud to represent established authors and help advance their careers, but we are committed to discovering talented new writers and making their literary dreams a reality.

years experience: 4
General fiction, Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, History, Mind/body/spirit, Lifestyle, Children's books, African-American, Science
BODY PARTS by Jessica Kapp, Diversion Books (Summer 2017)
TIME TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO MODERN ROMANCE by Madeline Reynolds, Entangled Teen (Fall 2018)
OF LOVE AND ILLUSIONS by Madeline Reynolds, Entangled Teen (2019)
Whitley Abell joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in 2018. Previously with Inklings Literary Agency, she also interned with the Carol Mann Agency and P.S. Literary Agency, and worked as a medical/S&T journal editor and a sales content project manager. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with degrees in English and Secondary Education, which means she can tell you everything there is to know about feminist literary theory and the Common Core Standards. Whitley is a proud geek—still expecting to find her misplaced Hogwarts letter, the spare key to the TARDIS, or the secret entrance to Narnia—and is beyond thrilled to have found the perfect profession for channeling her fangirl powers: Associate Literary Agent.
I am actively building my list in YA, MG, and select adult fiction and narrative non-fiction. Please see for more information.

To submit, please submit your query letter, a 1-2 page synopsis, and first 5 pages to http://QueryMe.Online/jdlit_whitley. For graphic novel submissions ONLY, please use the artwork link at the bottom to upload appropriate sample(s) in lieu of pages. If the artwork is too large to upload via this platform, please link via Google Drive and provide the link at the bottom of your query.

PLEASE NOTE: I only accept Query Manager submissions; any queries sent by email or regular mail will not be considered.