Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Janell Walden Agyeman of Marie Brown Associates

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 4.33.34 PM.pngJanell Walden Agyeman is a member of Marie Brown Associates, a literary agency known for its roster of critically acclaimed, ethnically diverse authors who write for children and for adult readers. 

She formerly held editorial positions at Doubleday & Company and Howard University Press, where she also administered the Howard University Press Book Publishing Institute, a trainee program for the book publishing industry.  A contributing author to Contributions of Black Women to America, 1777-1976, her favorite activities include singing in the community choir, cultivating her Qi Gong practice, learning to grow veggies and researching and writing the family history.

She is primarily seeking middle grade and young adult fiction at this conference.  For young adult fiction, she’d most like to see contemporary stories–with or without fantasy elements–that reflect some aspect of multicultural America and are free from stereotypes.  Also, stories that can make her laugh will always appeal. For adult readers Janell will also consider women’s upmarket fiction and non-fiction on creative living topics in essay, memoir or advice genres.


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