Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Nicki Richesin of Wendy Sherman Associates

Screen Shot 2018-07-18 at 11.30.06 PM.pngNicki Richesin is a literary agent with Wendy Sherman Associates.

Nicki began her career at Bloomsbury in London during the exciting days when J.K. Rowling was first discovered by the publisher. She has worked as a freelance editor for over fifteen years with many talented writers, as well as publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Seal Press, and Little, Brown. She edited four literary anthologies (The May Queen, Because I Love Her, What I Would Tell Her, and Crush) featuring essays by best-selling authors including Jennifer Weiner, Lauren Oliver, David Levithan, Karen Joy Fowler, Chris Bohjalian, Amy Greene, and Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Nicki is especially interested in representing: literary and upmarket fiction, young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir.

She is eager to discover authors writing about somewhat unconventional protagonists with an imaginative slant on storytelling. In young adult fiction, she has a particular fondness for coming-of-age stories that take a cue from classic literature. Nicki is drawn to memoir with a genuine voice that instantly connects with readers and takes them on a journey. She will always champion a story that investigates the true meaning of life, love, and identity. After many years of collaborating with hard-working authors, she enjoys nothing more than helping them realize their vision and telling everyone all about it.

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jennie Kendrick of Lupine Grove Literary

Screen Shot 2018-05-14 at 1.17.16 PMJennie Kendrick is a literary agent with Lupine Grove Literary.

Jennie is looking for well-researched, character-driven young adult and middle fiction, particularly Own Voices works. She is particularly fond of historical fiction, paranormal fiction, classic 90s teen horror, and magical realism, but will gladly accept submissions from all YA/MG genres.

Jennie is a former criminal defense attorney, history major, and continues to be a lifelong reader. She began writing for Forever Young Adult, a popular review site for YA fans who are “a little less Y and a little more A” in 2013, and became an editor in early 2014. Her work with Forever Young Adult has included a review partnership with Kirkus books, travel to Book Expo of America, YALLFest and YALLWest, social media management, a podcast, and close work with many publicists and YA authors. She was a judge for the 2017 Elephant Rock Books Helen Sheehan YA publishing competition, is a part-time bookseller at The Booksmith in San Francisco, and leads the San Francisco chapter of the international Forever Young Adult book club. Her writing has appeared in Birth.Movies.Death., and Shipwreck, a humorous San Francisco literary competition.

Jennie’s passions and expertise include history, the legal system, art, rock music, travel, turquoise sparkly things, spreadsheets, teen TV and movies, cooking, and fancy cocktails. She loves well-researched, diverse, character-driven fiction of any kind. She regrets that Seth Cohen from The O.C. isn’t a real person (because he would totally be her boyfriend), that so far, she can’t time-travel to see U2 perform in the 80s, and that she does not have a bigger closet.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jennifer March Soloway

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 7.24.15 PM.pngJennifer March Soloway is a literary agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

She enjoys all genres and categories of children’s books, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures — but her sweet spot is young adult.

Jennifer is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries, full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative.

Prior to joining ABLA, Jennifer worked in marketing and public relations in a variety of industries, including financial services, health care, and toys. She has an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, and was a fellow at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto in 2012. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two sons, and an English bulldog.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Chiara Rosati of Veritas Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 3.21.00 PM.pngChiara Rosati is a literary agent with Veritas Literary Agency.

She is seeking: literary fiction, middle grade, young adult, new adult, women’s studies, and narrative nonfiction.

Chiara attended Middlebury College in Vermont where she cultivated her love for literature and mastered the Italian language. Prior to joining Veritas, she served as legal counsel to emerging companies in Silicon Valley. Chiara’s passion for nuanced expression in the written form, combined with her devotion to nurturing clients and their creations, fuels her artistic mission: that of helping noteworthy manuscripts make the transformative journey into published works.

When not reading, writing, talking or dreaming about books, Chiara plays with her son who is the light of her life and enjoys correcting her pronunciation from time to time.