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Sep 22, 2020

Agent Spotlight Series: Mariah Nichols

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Today we virtually sat down for a chat with literary agent Mariah Nichols. Mariah has a great passion for storytelling and the publishing industry. With a BS degree in Business, she wanted to apply her degree towards the world of books. After interning at Howland Literary, she transitioned to the role as a reader and in-house editor for the D4EO Literary Agency, working with Bob Diforio in all aspects of the business, with the intention of being named a D4EO literary agent.

CM: Welcome, Mariah! Let’s start with a fun fact about you.
Mariah: I actually hated to read as a kid. I would avoid it at all costs, until I stumbled upon the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park. Totally changed my view on literature and the love for books grew from there.

Sep 14, 2020

Agent Spotlight Series: Danya Kukafka

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A warm welcome to literary agent Danya Kukafka! Danya is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized study, and the author of the novel Girl in Snow. She began her publishing career at Riverhead Books as an acquiring assistant editor, where she worked with authors like Meg Wolitzer, Paula Hawkins, Lauren Groff, Brit Bennett, Emma Straub, Gabriel Tallent, Helen Oyeyemi, Maile Meloy, Sigrid Nunez, and many, many more. Released in 2017, her debut novel Girl in Snow was a national bestseller.

Sep 8, 2020

Agent Spotlight Series: Melissa Edwards

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A warm welcome to literary agent Melissa Edwards! Melissa joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a forty-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Melissa also acts as a contract consultant for authors and agents under the business MLE ConsultingShe can be found on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE, where she often tweets her active Manuscript Wishlist requests under #MSWL.

Sep 1, 2020

Agent Spotlight Series: Andrea Somberg

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We are thrilled to kick off our Agent Spotlight series with Andrea Somberg, a literary agent for almost twenty years. Ms. Somberg’s books have been NYTimes and USABestsellers, winners of ALA’s Alex Award and the Nebula, nominated for The Edgar Award, The Governor General’s Award, the Lambda Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, the Ohioana Award and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and named best books of the year by NYPublic Library and Book of the Month Club. Ms. Somberg also teaches courses for MediaBistro and Writers Digest on topics such as middle grade, nonfiction, memoir, mystery and thrillers, fantasy and sf.