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Michelle Brower

Michelle-BrowerCharleston Connection: Michelle has only visited Charleston once, but in the course of a few days she had enough delicious food to last a lifetime. She’s looking forward to seeking out the city’s very best shrimp n’ grits and fried chicken livers.

Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University, and has been hooked ever since. During that time, she assisted the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo, and found herself in love with the process of discovering new writers and helping existing writers further their careers. After graduating, she became an agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, and there began representing books in many different areas of fiction and non-fiction.   In 2009, she joined Folio Literary Management, where she is looking for literary fiction, thrillers, high-quality commercial fiction that transcends genre, and narrative non-fiction. She enjoys digging into a manuscript and working with authors to make their project as saleable as it can be, and her list includes the authors Hazel Gaynor, Rebecca Rasmussen, Tara Conklin, Jason Mott, and Carrie La Seur among many others.

What I’m looking for: I’m interested in fiction that pays equal attention to both the voice and the story, and I’m particularly drawn to thrillers and literary mysteries, quirky women’s fiction, “book club” fiction that brings a tear to the eye and a thrill to the heart, books with a fantastic/paranormal element that reach beyond genre fiction, and literary fiction that pops off the page. I am also selectively representing edgy YA with the same qualities. In non-fiction, I am mostly interested in subject-driven narratives, memoirs, or journalism, but will always be on the lookout for the right book on the right practical subject. Food, science, psychology, pets/animals, and humor are some of my favorite topics. Overall, I love a book that takes an unusual look at the world, whether that’s by writing through the lens of a personal story or focusing on the big picture.

Some of my favorite non-client authors are Alice Hoffman, Sarah Waters, Barbara Kingsolver, Lisa Unger, C.J. Box, Ian McEwan, Cormac McCarthy on the fiction side, and Temple Grandin, Barbara Ehrenreich, Alan Weisman, and Sarah Vowell. As you can see, my tastes vary!

What I’m not looking for: I am not looking for genre romance, cozy mysteries, westerns, hard science fiction or fantasy. I also do not represent children’s picture books, plays, or screenplays.


Posted November 09, 2014 in: by PubSense

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