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Rhea Lyons is thrilled to join Hannigan, Salky, Getzler as an agent. She began her publishing career while studying at the University of Rochester and interning at Open Letter, a press which exclusively publishes literature in translation. She then joined the Random House Publishing Group, which includes the imprints of Random House, Spiegel & Grau, Ballantine, Bantam Dell, and Del Rey, working in Subrights. In 2011, she became a scout at Franklin and Siegal Associates, and spent the next few years working to help international publishers discover and acquire new and upcoming works of fiction and nonfiction. Most recently, Rhea was the Subsidiary Rights Director at Rodale, where she also acquired books for their adult list as well as for their newly launched children's imprint, Rodale Kids.
Rhea is looking to represent writers from a range of disciplines, from adult fiction, to popular nonfiction, to children's and young adult -- anything that encourages readers to look at the world around them with fresh eyes. For fiction, she is looking for literary/commercial crossover (especially those with a speculative bend), plot-driven commercial fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and romance -- both niche to the genre as well as genre-busting -- told in an accessible, entertaining voice. She is also interested in narrative nonfiction, health & wellness, pop culture, and true crime-- particularly books that blend history, science, and pop culture. For children's books and young adult, Rhea is especially interested in novels about girls who play sports for the sake of sports, and in nonfiction books that hint at being educational / empowering but are primarily entertaining.
Rhea will automatically love any story that focuses on women involved in athletics (portrayed in fiction, especially romance), stories that look at our relationship with the environment (either fiction or nonfiction), novels that feature a female protagonist dealing with an intense emotion (especially rage or fear), books about space, witches, space witches, or a rom com involving space witches. Her favorite random settings / time periods include Classical Hollywood, the Old West, the Mexican/American border, the Rocky Mountains, Las Vegas, and 1980s NYC, especially seen through the eyes of Own Voices and LGBTQ/non-cis writers.
NOTE: Due to the volume of queries Rhea receives, she will only respond to those in which she's interested.