I'm a literary agent in New York City representing mostly nonfiction and a small selection of fiction. Since 2001 I've proudly represented books called "firebreathing" and "righteous" by the New York Times, "exuberant" by O: The Oprah Magazine and "a godsend" by Publishers Weekly. My list includes New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestsellers, winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award, Books for a Better Life nominees, a PEN finalist, and numerous "best of year" citations.
Someone asked me at a party to describe what I do and I joked, "I care." After pondering it later and searching for a proper answer, I decided I'd inadvertently gotten it right. My selling proposition is I care about my authors, the important work they do, how it gets translated into book form, what happens to the book before and after publication and ultimately, the effect it has in the world. My authors are purposeful, sincere, sometimes controversial and ever determined. Among their many accolades are the Pulitzer Prize, George Polk Award, Peabody Award, Global Teaching Prize (finalist), National Headliner Award and GLAAD Media Award. I mean, look at some of them in action!
I have an MBA and a BA in Philosophy. Before publishing, I worked in management and marketing positions and have served on the board or staff of notable non-profit organizations, such as Dress for Success, Bottomless Closet and the American Bar Association. I currently serve on the advisory board of the Woodstock Book Fest.
I came to live and work in New York City by way of Saigon where I was born, Bangkok where I learned to speak English at the International School, Dunedin (Florida), Austin, Dallas and Chicago. I'm thankful everyday for the people in my life, a decent grocery store across the street, and a home with sunlight. I just wish I had space for more bookshelves.