Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Rachel Kent of Books & Such

Screen Shot 2019-11-19 at 3.10.16 PMRachel Kent is a literary agent with Books & Such Literary.

Rachel acquires fiction and nonfiction projects with a special interest in young adult, 20-something and 30-something projects, and teen nonfiction. Specifically, she gravitates toward women’s fiction, romance (including suspense and inspirational / Christian), literary fiction, and mainstream fiction.

She has been an agent with Books & Such since 2007. Rachel started at Books & Such as a summer intern while she was attending U.C. Davis and then, after graduating, worked part-time at the agency as an assistant. Her favorite part of the job was reading a manuscript and providing an author with feedback to help him or her to improve the project.

She graduated from Davis in three years with a bachelor’s degree in English and minors in both religious studies and psychology.

Rachel has more than ten years of experience and training working closely with Janet Kobobel Grant and Wendy Lawton, as well as part-time with author Robin Jones Gunn in creating marketing materials and promotional ideas to keep Robin connected with her readers. Through Rachel’s work at the agency and with authors, she has gained an understanding of the publishing process, contract negotiation, and what it takes to successfully write and market a book.

Rachel’s goal is to develop strong relationships with her authors and to help them to develop lasting relationships with their editors and publishers. Good relationships have always been important to her. She likes to stick by people. She believes that as long as two people are dedicated toward working together, the relationship can work, and they can accomplish the task at hand.

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