12 July, 2013

Joëlle Delbourgo, President and Founder

Joëlle Delbourgo is President and Founder. She represents a broad range of adult nonfiction and fiction.

Her authors include New York Times bestselling fiction writer Ben H. Winters, winner of both the Edgar Award and the Philip K. Dick Award; Jim Obergefell, named plaintiff in the Supreme Court marriage equality case (Obergefell v. Hodges), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper and Dale Russakoff; Dr. Michele Borba, award-winning educator and parenting contributor to The Today Show; the late Dr. Susan Forward, memoirists Ariel Burger, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, and Israel Meir Lau (former Chief Rabbi of Israel);  historians Philip Freeman and Elizabeth White; true crime writer James Renner;  novelists Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Julie Valerie, Marj Charlier and Lindsey J. Palmer, among many others.

What Joelle would like to see more of right now:  history and science (especially neuroscience) that tells a great story or is cutting edge, nonfiction and fiction with a strong voice or point of view, lifestyle books with an innovative twist, out of the box thinkers, diverse and own voices, literature in translation.

Prior to founding  the agency, Delbourgo was a senior editorial executive at HarperCollins and Ballantine Books, a division of Random House for more than two decades. Among the authors she worked with are 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 editorial 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 AALA (Association of American Literary Agents), an industry organization that upholds ethical standards.

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.  Joëlle is as sought-after speaker, panelist, workshop leader and instructor at writing conferences.  She has taught publishing and editing at Rutgers University to graduate students.  She has lived on three continents, is fluent in French, and considers herself to be a citizen of the world.  The proud mother of two, she is an ardent student of Latin and ballroom dance and a dedicated home baker.

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You can also follow her  Facebook,, and see her latest sales on her Publishers Marketplace page



12 March, 2010

Jacqueline Flynn – Senior Literary Agent

Note: Jacquie is currently closed to unsolicited queries.

Jacqueline Flynn represents both fiction and non-fiction. She is particularly interested in authors who offer unique perspectives (esp. #ownvoices, #weneeddiversebooks), narrative non-fiction that sheds light on important issues or corrects the historical record, and experts with well-developed platforms who counter conventional wisdom and avoid one-size-fits all solutions.  She uses her finely-developed editorial acumen to guide authors through the process of positioning their books for the marketplace, preparing proposals, and marketing their work.  A former editor with two decades experience, she is also available to work with authors as an editor on proposals and manuscripts, both nonfiction and fiction.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University where she majored in International Relations and rowed on the Women’s Crew team. She is Hockey/Band Mom, an active community volunteer, and avid hiker and kayaker who lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two rather tall sons. Like Joelle she also speaks French, but not nearly as well.

You can follow @bookjacquie Mastodon, Post, and the agency on Facebook.

Note: Please email your query to Jacquie directly, carefully following the agency submission guidelines. Queries that don’t follow the guidelines WILL NOT be reviewed.  If you do not receive a response within 2 months you may consider that a pass.


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12 March, 2010

Carrie Cantor – Editorial Services and Associate Agent

Contact Carrie Cantor

Carrie Cantor is a veteran editor who has been in publishing for over 25 years For the past decade, Carrie has helped authors to prepare polished proposals and has edited manuscripts for private clients, including publishers.  She now also works with agency clients who need in-depth editorial attention and is building a client list for literary representation.

Carrie is seeking to edit and represent projects about current events, politics, history, popular science and psychology, memoir, and narrative nonfiction.

A graduate of State University of New York at Binghamton (where she majored in comparative literature), Carrie holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is the author of two history books for children.