Joëlle Delbourgo, President and Founder, Literary Agent and Publishing Consultant

Delbourgo006 high resJoëlle Delbourgo is President and Founder of Joëlle Delbourgo Associates. She represents a broad range of adult nonfiction and fiction, as well as a select and growing list of young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction.

Joelle’s authors include New York Times bestselling fiction writer Ben H. Winters, author of the acclaimed novel, Underground Airlines and winner of both the Edgar Award and the Philip K. Dick Award  (The Last Policeman, Countdown City, World of Trouble) and New York Times bestselling author, Dale Russakoff (The Prize:  Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools),  Jim Obergefell, named plaintiff in the Supreme Court marriage equality case (Obergefell v. Hodges), Dr. Michele Borba, award-winning educator and parenting contributor to The Today Show (author of UNSELFIE), New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Susan Forward, Ashley Rhodes-Courter (Three Little Words) Missy Chase Lapine (The Sneaky Chef), Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (For the Next Generation), Israel Meir Lau (former Chief Rabbi of Israel), breast cancer awareness crusader Geralyn Lucas (Why I Wore Lipstick, Then Came Life), Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writers Ellen E. Schultz and Geeta Anand, classicist Philip Freeman (Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great), American Public Media host of Marketplace and Sound Money, Chris Farrell (Un-Retirement), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper (Washington Post), religious scholar and award-winning documentarian, Simcha Jacobovici (co-author of The Lost Gospel), among many others.

Prior to founding Joëlle Delbourgo Associates, Delbourgo was a senior editorial executive at HarperCollins and Random House for more than two decades. The authors she published included Ken Davis, Abraham Verghese, Lee Smith, Barbara Tuchman, Carl Sagan, Robert Massie, James P. McPherson, Jim Davis, Sophy  Burnham, Delia Ephron and Margaret George.  She began her career at Bantam Books, where she discovered and launched the Choose Your Own Adventure series for kids, which sold millions of copies worldwide.

Joëlle is a member of AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives).

She holds a Master of the Arts in English and Comparative Literature with Honors from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of the Arts from Williams College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a double concentration in History and English Literature. She also attended Vassar College.  Joëlle is as sought-after speaker, panelist, workshop leader and instructor at writing conferences, such as the Madison Writers Institute, the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Jackson Hole Writers Conference, and also teaches each year at Rancho La Puerta (“Rancho Reads and Writes”).  Born in Alexandria, Egypt, she has lived on three continents, is fluent in French, and considers herself to be a citizen of the world.  The mother of two gainfully employed millennials, she is an ardent student of Latin and ballroom dance and makes a mean chocolate mousse.

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You can also follow her @jldelbourgo on Twitter and see her latest sales on her Publishers Marketplace page



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