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Jesseca Salky began her publishing career at Random House and spent her formative years as an agent and foreign rights manager at the boutique literary agency, Russell & Volkening. Jesseca represents a wide variety of literary authors, with a focus on literary fiction. Her clients include New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler, among other critically acclaimed and prize-winning writers. Jesseca is also an attorney, and in addition to being an agent, does legal work for authors, publishers, agents and other publishing industry professionals who need a legal perspective. For legal matters only, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesseca is looking for literary fiction submissions that are family stories (she loves a good mother/daughter tale), have a strong sense of place (where the setting feels like its own character), or a daring or unique voice (think Jamie Quatro), as well as upmarket fiction that can appeal to men and women and has that Tropper/Hornby/Matt Norman quality to it. She loves interwoven or multiple narratives, novels in stories, and surprising character arcs. Some recent books she wishes she’d agented are The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti, Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout and Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. She also represents select narrative non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, food, psychology, science, history and parenting.
NOTE: If Jesseca has not responded to your query within ten weeks of submission, please consider this a pass.
Assistant: Alexis Sattler
Alexis worked and interned her way across the U.S., from The Oxford American in Arkansas to McSweeney’s and Chronicle Books in California. She eventually landed in the editorial department of Putnam, an imprint of Penguin Random House. During her four years there she edited over a dozen #1 New York Times-bestselling titles. She then made the transition to the agency side of the industry, joining HSG to provide support to Jesseca Salky and develop her own list of clients. In her free time, she paints portraits of her favorite characters on everything from dresser drawers to salt shakers.
Alexis reads across genre with a particular eye toward literary fiction, contemporary family sagas, science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, mysteries, and historical fiction. She is also open to idea-driven nonfiction in the spaces of science, technology, history, politics, cultural criticism, and narrative journalism. An avid armchair traveler, she looks for works that explore unique clashes of culture and believes deeply in the power of world-building. Whether your story is set on another planet, in another time, or at your local convenience store, she wants to know the rules your characters live by. She appreciates big ideas grounded in relatable details and opportunities to dive right into the hearts and minds of characters.
Alexis is not currently accepting queries.