Agent

Joanna Volpe

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Super Power: Teleportation

Who I Work With:
April Genevieve Tucholke, David J. Peterson, Holly Black, Lori Nichols, veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, T. Michael Martin, Ameriie, Danielle Paige, Sam Miller, Sasha Alsberg, Susan Dennard, Val Tejeda, Brent McCluskey, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, etc.

My Personal Taste In Five Words:
Commercial, Diverse, Dark, Smart, Genre-Bending

What I Am Looking For:
Diverse Voices and perspective in all markets (fiction, non-fiction, illustrated)

If I Wasn’t a Literary Agent, I Would Be:
A bookseller or chef

What Three Characters Would You Invite To Dinner?

Kaz Brekker

Lucifer Morningstar

Melisande Shahrizai

I would be terrified but it could prove to either be very dull or the most entertaining dinner party of all time.

Agent

Suzie Townsend

Super Power: Harness Electricity

Who I Work With:
Victoria Aveyard, Cora Carmack, Natalie Lloyd, Jennifer Ryan, Kara Thomas, etc.

My Personal Taste:
Voice, Romance, Poignant, Magical, (all the) feels

What I Am Looking For:
Literary and commercial fiction for children, young adults, and adults, particularly page-turning suspense, mysteries, thrillers, romance, magical realism, and historical fiction.
I love anything with beautiful writing, strong voices, interesting, unique, and underrepresented characters.

If I Wasn’t a Literary Agent, I Would Be:
A librarian

What Three Characters Would You Invite To Dinner?
Elizabeth Bennet (because I love a woman with strong opinions and a sharp wit)

Quintana of Charyn (She would have great stories to share)

Cassie Maddox (in case someone nearby committed a crime)

Agent

Janet Reid

Super Power: Tormenting writers

Who I Work With:

Jeff Somers, Laird Barron, Sean Ferrell, Terry Shames, Patrick Lee, Loretta Sue Ross, etc.

My Personal Taste In Five Words:

Narrative non-fiction, History and Biography. Crime fiction of all types.

What I Am Looking For:

I love the clean elegant writing of Lee Child. I love the ongoing character development in Louise Penny’s novels. I love the atmosphere in Alan Furst novels.

If I Wasn’t a Literary Agent, I Would Be:

A gunslinger

What Three Characters Would You Invite To Dinner?

Miss Marple

Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle

Abby Sciuto (from NCIS)

Agent

JL Stermer

Super Power: Mind Control

Who I Work With:
Carmen Rita Wong, Mandy Mikulencak, Jeffrey Bowman, Zach Wahls, Kati Morton, Shira Lenchewski, Jessica Pilot & Katla McGlynn, etc.

My Personal Taste:

Funny, Gripping, Revealing, Original, and Full of Emotion

What I Am Looking For:
Voices that reflect the world as it changes, stories that share the human experience of life, love, growth and achievement. And they don’t have to be serious–having fun is very important to me!

If I Wasn’t a Literary Agent, I Would Be:

A stylist, a comedy booker, a documentarian, a baker, a full-time volunteer

What Three Characters Would You Invite To Dinner?
Any Roz Chast characters

Any of the Libson sisters

Tyler Durden

Agent

Kathleen Ortiz

Super Power: Can fully function without ever sleeping

Who I Work With:
Virginia Boecker, Liz Climo, Sarah Fine, Sarah Marino, Jaime Reed, etc.

My Personal Taste:
Humor and heart (think Pixar), voice, captivating

What I Am Looking For:

Picture books with Pixar-esque humor and heart; web comic artists who portray relatable scenarios through humor.

Young adult: a strong protagonist I can’t stop sharing an adventure with; stories that take me around the world and immerse me in another point of view; a plot that makes me choose reading over taking a break to get coffee (this usually seals the deal for me)

If I Wasn’t a Literary Agent, I Would Be:
Sad (ok seriously, I’d be teaching but still sad)

What Three Characters Would You Invite To Dinner?

Peggy Carter (in case we get attacked. Also, crazy smart and sarcastic)

Claire Randall (I respect a woman who speaks her mind and is blunt)

Rory the dinosaur (he and my son would be BFFs. Plus, Dino. I’m starting to think I should’ve made a “kids table” list….)

Agent

Jaida Temperly

Super Power: Omnilingilism

Who I Work With:
Eric Telchin, Kirsten Hubbard, Kim Liggett, Genevieve Santos, Catherine Hapka, Ellen Vandenberg, Amber McRee Turner, etc.

My Personal Taste:
Quirky, Offbeat, Smart, Mysterious, Artsy

What I Am Looking For:
All things Adult — Magical Realism, Literary Fiction, Historical, a smart Mystery.

If I Wasn’t a Literary Agent, I Would Be:
Pediatrician

What Three Characters Would You Invite To Dinner?

Dr. Dolittle

Mr. Penumbra

Diana Bishop