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Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively looking to build her list. In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On read more
Shannon Hassan brings a depth of business and editorial experience to her role as agent, having worked in publishing and law for more than a decade. She represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, and select nonfiction. With respect to fiction, she is drawn read more
Deborah Ritchken has a broad based knowledge of the book world. After college she managed a chain of bookstores in the Midwest; learned editing and production with a small LA-based publishing house, and had positions as a marketing manager at both Prentice-Hall and Harcourt Brace. Deborah was previously with the read more
Kathleen Rushall joined Marsal Lyon in 2011. She represents writers for all age groups of children’s literature, including picture books (fiction and non-fiction), middle grade, and young adult novels. The most important element that draws Kathleen to any project is a strong voice and unforgettable characters. In addition to her read more
Jill Marsal is a founding partner of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and has been in the publishing industry for over 15 years. Previously, she worked as a Literary Agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency for eight years and at Dorchester Publications and Tudor Publishing, editing women’s fiction and read more
Kevan Lyon is a founding partner of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. With over 20 years in the publishing business, including over 9 years as a literary agent and 17+ years on the wholesale, retail and distribution side of the business, Kevan brings an informed and unique perspective to her work read more
Erica Spellman Silverman’s current clients include Jennifer L. Scott, New York Times and USA Today, Bestselling authors Jessica Sorensen and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Donovan. Erica started her career as a literary agent at ICM and then moved to the William Morris Agency, as a senior vice president, where read more
Don has published over a dozen New York Times bestsellers, and his authors and books have won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the P.E.N. Faulkner Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award… Don is aggressive in looking to read more
As an English major and former graduate student in literature, Melissa has a strong interest in literary and commercial fiction that engages the time-honored questions of love, loss, and how to live. “I’m always on the lookout for the work that makes you want to take the day off,” says read more
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