I owe my love of books to the librarian of my childhood bookmobile, who, after I had worked my way through The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High, lifted the velvet rope and let me in to the grown-up section, where I discovered V.C. Andrews. And to my father, who gifted me Cat’s Cradle, Wuthering Heights, and One Hundred Years of Solitude for my 15th birthday.
In 2002, I began my career at a Chicago-based literary agency, moving to NLA in 2017 although I’m still Chicago-based. Originally from Poland, and by way of Canada, I’m all about narratives that deal with the themes of identity and the immigrant experience as well as those that delve into all aspects of the relationships that make us who we are – parents, siblings, best friends, and first love.
I’m looking for that epic adult or YA read that, at its center, beats with a universal heart. You can also visit me at Publishers Marketplace and follow me @joannamackenzie.
Katrina Monroe’s The Drowning Girls, a feminist horror about a woman untangling a generations-old curse after returning to the village of her youth, to Mary Altman at Sourcebooks.
Gillian Libby’s debut novel Something Real, following three twenty-something friends finding love as they leave New York City, in a 3-book series deal to Rachel Gilmer at Sourcebooks.
Kate Baer’s collection of poetry WHAT KIND OF WOMAN is an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller.
STARRED review: Galligan’s outstanding sequel to 2019’s Bad Axe County puts Wisconsin sheriff Heidi Kick, his all-too-human lead, through the wringer.
After a 72-hour exclusive, Berkley’s Jen Monroe pre-empts the debut novel The Other Me by Web developer Sarah Zachrich Jeng.
John Galligan’s FROM HELL HOLLOW, the next two books in the Bad Axe County series, set in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area and featuring Sheriff Heidi Kick, to Sean Delone at Atria
Kathleen West’s OVERTIME, exploring competitive parenting in youth sports and bad adult behavior, set again in Minneapolis, to Kerry Donovan at Berkley.
Bouchercon nominates Kristen Simmon’s THE DECEIVERS for the 2020 Anthony Award.
Cyma Zarghami’s MiMO Studio has acquired award-winning kids serialized kids podcast The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian to develop into multiple, animated TV-length movies.
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has bought, in a preempt, in a two-book deal, The Memory House by debut author Stacy Stokes.
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