What are you currently reading? Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Bachman
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? Insight by Tasha Eurich (Crown), The Knowledge Illusion by Steven Sloman & Phil Fernbach (Riverhead), Barry Friedman's work on the Fourth Amendment, Unwarranted (FSG), and later this year new books by Bob Sutton, Chip & Dan Heath, & Gretchen Rubin.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? For non-fiction, I am really interested in books that use narrative to teach and explore worlds and ideas, without being didactic, whether that’s through journalism, memoir or research. For fiction, strong voices and compelling stories. Character is important but plotting really matters to me.
What are you NOT looking for? I’m not looking for genre fiction, children’s books, illness specific memoirs (unless it’s really literary), books that serve a niche audience (in any category), travel essays.
What are you currently reading? Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman; A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin; The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney.
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? Oh, so many. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, or should I say Bruuuuuuuuuce Springsteen. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. Blue Blood by Ed Conlon. The Perfect Spy by John le Carré; The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler; I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough; WAKING LIONS by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen; THE FIRE BY NIGHT by Teresa Messineoare forthcoming. And recently For the Glory by Duncan Hamilton, Clementine by Sonia Purnell, Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor, The Night the Rich Men Burned by Malcolm Mackay, The Crooked Heart of Mercy by Billie Livingston, The Last Pearl Fisher of Scotland by Julia Stuart.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? For fiction, books that “stimulate the mind and satisfy the heart” is a phrase I borrowed from an editor in London. It illuminates every read, regardless of categorization. This is especially true for me in the Crime/ Thriller/ Psychological Suspense space because I love writers who subvert my expectations in terms of plot and style. I’m crazy for literary fiction that engages me emotionally as much as I can fall in love with the voice. There’s nothing more exciting than getting that fire in your belly about a writer for the first time, knowing that you have a vision for what they are creating, one imagination reaching another. I am inevitably passionate about Irish Writing, naturally, and always eager to read more. I’d love to find more new American voices that can speak to an international audience. Spy stories, anything involving dysfunctional families and/or kick-ass female characters will always have a place in my heart.
Further in non-fiction, I am interested in food (having worked on a lot of cookbooks in a former life), Fashion, Narrative Biography and Literary Memoir.
What are you NOT looking for? Children’s books, traditional Sci-Fi, Travel Memoir or Romance.
What are you currently reading? My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent and I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell.
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? For fiction, all of Curtis Sittenfeld’s novels, The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer, The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. For non-fiction, Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, Quiet by Susan Cain, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman, The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky (William Morrow, February), Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, From River to Table by Langdon Cook (Ballantine, May), Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses (Grand Central, June), Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (Gallery, August), and National Book Award Finalist Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (HarperTeen, October).
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? My list is split pretty evenly between fiction and non-fiction. I work with a wide range of authors, from debut novelists to Food Network stars to seasoned bestsellers. In fiction, I’m looking for literary, upmarket, historical, literary suspense, and YA. I grew up in Michigan and went to the University of Michigan, so I have a soft spot for Midwestern settings (and a strong sense of place, period). I love domestic sagas, unique voices, and anything with page-turning momentum. For non-fiction, I look for narrative, science, food, lifestyle/health, and more. I work closely with my authors before submission, thoroughly editing as necessary, to make sure we’re sending out the best possible book, and every step of the way after that. I love matchmaking my authors with the right editors: the goal is to establish a whole career, not just place one book. And I'm always hoping that the next query I read is one that blows me away.
What are you NOT looking for?
Sci-fi, fantasy, horror, romance, picture books.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and the San Francisco Bay Area and hold a B.A. from Stanford University. I joined Fletcher & Company in 2012. After working in New York for several years, I relocated back to San Francisco, where I am based today.
I’m looking for strong writing and powerful stories in literary fiction and a wide range of non-fiction topics, including business, science, memoir and history. I prefer queries for fiction to include a sample chapter pasted in-line.
Which books of your clients are publishing soon or have recently published? B&N Discover Pick and Amazon Best of the Month pick, The Longest Night: A Novel by Andria Williams (Random House); New York Times bestseller Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz and Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age by Leslie Berlin (both Simon and Schuster, repped with Christy Fletcher); Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad by Krystal Sital (W.W. Norton, 2018); Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin (Portfolio/Penguin, 2018); B&N Discover Pick The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of a New American Life by Lauren Markham (Crown/Random House).
What are you currently reading? Hospital by Julie Salamon; My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
What are you currently reading? The Answers by Catherine Lacey; Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I’m drawn to voices with a new story to tell, especially voices from different parts of the world, Americans whose stories are underrepresented in traditional publishing, and works in translation. In fiction, I look for novels that grapple with the complexities of history, culture, and politics but balance those elements with a compelling, closely drawn portrayal of personal relationships, drama, and psychology. I love a fascinating, unusual storyline that gets you out of your element as well as quieter storytelling that delves deep into the everyday lives and inner worlds of its characters in a way that challenges expectations and gets you deeply invested in the emotional stakes of the story. On the nonfiction side, writing that tackles big ideas from a distinctive, engaging, and compassionate perspective. I’m interested in compelling critical takes on current and historical cultural, sociological, and pop cultural trends and issue-focused narrative nonfiction, as well as memoir that makes the personal political and vice versa.
What are you NOT looking for? Genre fantasy, sci-fi, and romance; commercial women’s and historical fiction; self-help.
What were you doing before you joined Fletcher & Company? I studied Spanish language and literature (as well as sociology and education) at Occidental College and then moved to Colombia to teach English and travel. After returning to the States I spent some time as a translator and worked at an academic publisher before making the move to the agency side of the business.
What are you currently reading? My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival by Michael Webber, Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith, The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan Howard, Night of the Living Shadows by Dave Coverly, Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I have a wide range of interests when it comes to non-fiction: from popular philosophy, science and psychology, to serious history, soft business, self-help and quirky gift books. I’m continually growing more interested in health, fitness and wellness and would like to work with more authors in this area. I work with many academics and historians and am open to projects in which the author is branching out from an academic audience to reach a broader trade market.
For fiction, I’m drawn to stories with a dark, suspenseful, philosophical or mysterious bent. They tend to be literary thrillers, mysteries or crime fiction (but not always) and could be literary or commercial, adult or YA. I’m intrigued by supernatural or fantastical elements (not high fantasy) woven into great writing, like the sensibility of Kelly Link, Karen Russell or Jonathan Howard.
What are you NOT looking for? Cookbooks, children’s books, genre fiction (unless it aligns with the above). I don’t personally read a lot of memoirs, so a memoir would have to be incredibly special in some way for me to take it on.
What are you currently reading? Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented? Caesar by Adrian Goldsworthy, Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt, Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed, The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, The Sports Gene by David Epstein.
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? Recent & 2017 forthcoming: Neal Bascomb’s The Winter Fortress, The West Point History of World War II, James Hamblin’s If Our Bodies Could Talk, Josh Katz’s Speaking American, Brandon Sneed’s Head in the Game, Keith Law’s Smart Baseball, Adam Piore’s The Body Builders, Chipper Jones’ Ballplayer, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s Everybody Lies, Brian Merchant’s The One Device, Brett Velicovich & Christopher Stewart’s Drone Warrior, David Macneal’s Bugged, Jan Swafford’s Language of the Spirit, William Hogeland’s Autumn of the Black Snake, Jody Foster & Michelle Joy’s The Schmuck in My Office, Saadia Zahidi’s 50 Million Rising, and (the late and much missed) John Saunders’ & John Bacon’s Playing Hurt.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? For history, I love working with authors to craft the arcs of narrative and to bring to life the characters who shaped them; for the sciences & culture, to bend big abstractions & ideas into engaging, smart, and fun books that illuminate the everyday; for memoir & intensive journalism, to help reveal the intricacies of life in extreme contexts; and to find within all of our work the arguments that are ultimately being made about the layers and truths of our collective little existence.
What are you NOT looking for? I focus exclusively on nonfiction (though am personally a fan of military, historical, and techno/Crichton-esque thrillers, and have always hoped to find the right project in those spaces). No children’s books – happy just to read them every night!
What are you currently reading? Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Which book(s) do you wish you had represented?
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, The Alienist by Caleb Carr, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres
Which books of your clients are publishing this year or have recently published? Black Man in A White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom, The Last Treasure by Erika Marks, Life’s Work by Dr. Willie Parker, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity by Dr. Ronald Epstein, Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum, City of Women by David Gillham, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? When it comes to fiction, I truly run on emotion and instinct (when it hits, it hits hard). I always know that I need (because it feels like that) to work with a particular author when I get so lost in a manuscript that I start having imaginary editorial discussions with the author in my mind. Often, I read material that I admire a lot–but it’s only when I feel that passion and connection (for the writing, for the story, for the potential) that I feel I need to represent this person. With non-fiction projects, I’m looking for a similar level of passion and connection to the material but also to the subject matter–I like to work with people who are particularly insightful and who write really well about things that I care deeply about (or who write so well that they make me care deeply about things I didn’t think I cared about before). I particularly look for books that take me into unfamiliar worlds, or force me to look at the world differently—oh and I love to laugh–it’s hard to write funny–and I’m a sucker for funny.
I hold a BA from Barnard College and a JD from George Washington University Law Center. Before law school, I briefly (but memorably) worked as a production assistant on MTV’s THE STATE. I'm originally from Montreal, Canada and am the proud mother of two “spirited” little girls.
What are you NOT looking for? Children’s books, Genre science fiction, Romance, Cook books.
What are you currently reading? The Idiot by Elif Batuman and Bones by Joe Tone.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? I’m interested in literary fiction with a strong narrative voice and a vivid setting. I’m particularly drawn to stories that explore complicated family relationships and fraught friendships, either in an intimate, domestic setting or as a sprawling, multigenerational saga. I’d love to find a novel or collection in the vein of Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation or literary memoir like Rachel Cusk’s Aftermath or Heidi Julavits’ The Folded Clock.
In nonfiction, I’m looking for narrative reportage, cultural criticism, popular science, and history with a surprising point of view.
What are you NOT looking for? Genre fiction, children’s books, YA, spiritual or religious books.
What were you doing before you joined Fletcher & Company? I grew up in Southern California and graduated from Vassar College with a BA in English and a minor in Art History. Before joining Fletcher & Company in 2016, I worked with The Wylie Agency and The Emma Sweeney Agency.
What are you currently reading? Tenth of December by George Saunders, Flâneuse by Lauren Elkin, and The One Device by Brian Merchant.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for? Nonfiction and fiction have almost equal claims to my mind; I like to be reading one of each at any given time. Social sciences and narrative/journalistic nonfiction stand next to capital-L Literature on my bookshelves, with some memoir and essays spread throughout to bridge the gaps. For fiction, if the characters & story are suited for it, bring on a challenging structure (think Only Revolutions), epic length (Infinite Jest), and complex intergenerational webs (Homegoing), I'll take them. Striking imagery is my weakness, especially with an emotional punch to match. And in both fiction and fact, books that fully illuminate a world--especially a vivid, unfamiliar one--are the ones that stick to me.
What are you NOT looking for? Police dramas, capital H, capital F High Fantasy, romance, picture and middle grade books. I’ve also read enough dystopia to last me until the next election cycle.
What were you doing before you joined Fletcher & Company? Interning at an NYC art gallery, lifeguarding on the Jersey Shore, and living in Cork, Ireland for a while. I attended Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and studied English Literature and Economics, with an Art minor.
What are you currently reading?
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
What’s important/interesting for potential clients to know about you and what you’re looking for?
As it relates to fiction, I am interested in books that have a strong character voice and a deep sense of place. I am drawn to stories that have broken and flawed characters with complicated family structures and histories, but whose voice is honest as they attempt to navigate difficult relationships and circumstances. In non-fiction, I enjoy books that focus on social justice issues, the south, and history-based narratives that deal with women, the Civil Rights era, and cultural movements.
What are you NOT looking for?
Romance novels, science and technology oriented books, horror, and pop culture or fads.
What were you doing before you joined Fletcher & Company? I joined Fletcher & Company in 2017 after helping ghostwrite a memoir in the hills of Tennessee that I call home. Before that, I spent time backpacking Europe and Southeast Asia and working in journalism. I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in English Literature and Psychology.
Todd started working as an affiliated agent with Fletcher & Company in 2010, working on a limited number of projects each year. He previously served as president of business book retailer 800-CEO-READ and co-wrote The 100 Best Business Books of All Time (Portfolio, 2009). He brings the perspective of having worked for ten years in companies both large (GE) and small (his family’s sheet metal fabrication shop).
It’s no surprise that, as an agent, Todd specializes in the genre of business books. His focus is on projects that provide unexpected perspectives on known business problems and provide clear prescriptions for solving those problems. He works closely with his authors to shape their books in a way that deepens their credibility and extends their reach. Todd has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a M.B.A from Marquette University. Todd lives and works in Portland, Oregon and teaches the business of publishing at Portland State University.