Meet the Agents

Sandra Dijkstra | Elise Capron | Jill Marr
Thao Le | Roz Foster | Andrea Cavallaro
Jessica Watterson | Jennifer Kim

Literary agent Elise CapronELISE CAPRON is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In addition to handling her own list, she oversees the daily operations of the SDLA office, and works closely with Sandra Dijkstra on author development and management. She is most interested in character-driven literary fiction and well-written narrative non-fiction (particularly serious history with a good story).

A graduate of Emerson College, Elise holds a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing. She has been with the Dijkstra Agency since late 2003.

Elise is interested in fiction that has unforgettable writing, a distinctive narrative voice, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. She aims to work with writers who are getting their work published regularly in magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Some of Elise's recent and soon-to-be-published fiction titles include Tiphanie Yanique's Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead) and How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf); Courtney Brkic's The First Rule of Swimming (Little, Brown); Rachel Toor's On The Road to Find Out (FSG); Jonathon Keats' The Book of the Unknown (Random House); Rikki Ducornet's Netsuke (Coffee House Press); Maureen McHugh's After the Apocalypse (Small Beer Press), which was picked as a "Top 10 Best of the Year" by Publishers Weekly; Ali Liebegott's The IHOP Papers (Carroll & Graf); Peter Plate's Soon the Rest Will Fall (Seven Stories Press); and more.

On the non-fiction front, Elise is looking for fascinating true stories told in a compelling way. Currently, Elise is especially interested in working with up-and-coming scholars (particularly historians) who are looking to transition from the academic market to a trade readership, as well as journalists. Some of Elise's recent and soon-to-be-published non-fiction titles include Cynthia Barnett’s Rain: A Natural and Cultural History (Crown), which was long-listed for the National Book Award; Meera Subramanian's A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka (Public Affairs); Jack Shuler's The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose (Public Affairs); Jonathon Keats’s You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future (Oxford University Press); Leo Braudy's Haunted; Jane Vandenburgh's The Wrong Dog Dream: A True Romance (Counterpoint); Billy Smith's Ship of Death: The Voyage That Changed the Atlantic World (Yale); and more.

Please note that Elise is specifically not interested in: fantasy, young-adult/middle-grade, picture books, romance, sci-fi, business books, cookbooks, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, or self-help. And while she will consider memoir, please note that she takes on little in this area.

Elise is NOT currently accepting unsolicited submissions. If you have a referral or have met her at an event, you are welcome to submit, and please note this in your submission.

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Literary agent Jill MarrJILL MARR is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

She graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.

After writing ad copy and features for published books for years, she knows how to find the "hook" and sell it.

Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women's commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, sports, politics, current events, cookbooks, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir.

Some of Jill's recent and soon-to-be-published non-fiction includes the Travel Channel's Nick Groff's Chasing Spirits (NAL); Maybe We'll Have You Back (Skyhorse) by actor Fred Stoller; The Chosen Few (Da Capo) by USA Today writer Gregg Zoroya; Break Free from the Divortex (Seal Press) by Christina Pesoli; Teaching Kids to Think (Sourcebooks) by Darlene Sweetland, PhD and Ron Stolberg, PhD; Doulas A. Wissing's Funding Our Enemy (Prometheus Books); Press One for English (The New Press) by Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal; Why We Love Serial Killers (Skyhorse) by Scott Bonn; Mission High (Nation Books) by journalist Kristina Rizga; Don't Lick the Minivan (Skyhorse) by Leanne Shirtliffe; William Jones' More Than the Dream: The Untold Story of the March on Washington (Norton); and Spitting in the Soup (VeloPress) by Mark Johnson.

Some of Jill's new and upcoming fiction includes Brain Storm (Thomas & Mercer) by Anthony-and-Agatha-Award winning author Elaine Viets; A Place We Knew Well (Ballatine Books) by Susan Carol McCarthy; Moving Day and The Teller (Thomas & Mercer) by Jonathon Stone; Fishbowl (St. Martin's Press) by Bradley Somer; Bloodman and American Woman (Thomas & Mercer) by Robert Pobi; Dead Souls (Gallery) by J. Lincoln Fenn; The Bomb Maker's Son (Seven Stories Press) by Robert Rotstein; Dragon Springs Road (HarperCollins) by Janie Chang; A Killing at the Creek (part of the Ozarks Mystery series from Witness Impulse) by Nancy Allen; The Cordell Logan thriller series (The Permanent Press) by David Freed; LA Times best-selling Benefit of the Doubt (Tor/Forge) by Neal Griffin; The Dog Year (Berkley) by Ann Garvin; The Change Your Name Store and No More Beige Food (Sky Pony Press) by Leanne Shirliffe; and the Jaden Terrell series that includes the Shamus Award nominee Racing the Devil and A Cup Full of Midnight (The Permanent Press).

Please note that Jill is specifically not interested in: YA, children's books, sci-fi, romance, screenplays, graphic novels, or anything involving unicorns.

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Office support Thao LeTHAO LE handles the financials and select contracts at the Dijkstra Agency. She is also an agent.

She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a double major in Econ-Management Science and Chinese Studies. While interning at the agency during college, she realized where her true love lies — books — and joined the agency full-time in the spring of 2011.

Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators. For Adult and YA SF/F, she enjoys stories rooted in mythology, fairytales, and legends with atmospheric settings and strong world building. For contemporary YA, she’s seeking witty, heartfelt writing with an authentic teen voice. Think Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, or Sarah Dessen. For Middle Grade, she’s looking for fantastic adventures and clever heroes/heroines the likes of Lemon Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and Soman Chainani’s School of Good and Evil. She’s a fan of picture books by Jon Klassen, Kate Beaton, Cale Atkinson, and Liz Climo and would like to add picture books in the same vein to her list. For Romance, she’s drawn to strong, memorable characters whose individual journeys brings them together. She’s particularly seeking unique historical romance and speculative romance similar to Gail Carrier’s Parasol Protectorate series. She also loves magic realism and beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook. She is always on the lookout for more diversity and LGBTQ stories.

Thao’s recent sales include: Kathryn Tanquary's middle grade debut The Night Parade (Sourcebooks), Roshani Chokshi's YA fantasy The Star Touched Queen (St. Martin’s), author-illustrator Jessie Sima's picture book debut Not Quite Narwhal (S&S), Elle Katharine White's fantasy of manners Heartstone (Harper Voyager).

Thao is not looking for: adult literary fiction, mystery/thriller (unless it has a speculative element or is YA), non-fiction, memoirs, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, or short stories.

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literary agent roz fosterROZ FOSTER is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She works from New York.

She has a BA in English literature from UC San Diego, studied philosophy for a year at the University of Sheffield, U.K., and earned her MA in English, with an emphasis in composition & rhetoric and creative writing, from Portland State University. At PSU, she taught writing in exchange for tuition. She began learning French in 2009.

Roz spent over five years as a qualitative researcher in high-tech consumer products marketing. In 2008, she co-founded a web design company for which she provided non-profit organizations with audience-focused market research, project planning, and digital design. She joined SDLA in 2013.

Roz is interested in nonfiction in the areas of politics, history, current affairs, business, technology, sociology, cultural studies, urban studies, science and design. She looks for driven, narrative storytelling and big, bold ideas with national, even international, appeal. She's also interested in literary fiction with a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure. Across the board, she's looking for books that make her feel like the author is tuned into a rising revolution – political, cultural, sociological, or whatnot – that's about to burst on the scene.

Recent sales include historian Arthur Eckstein’s Bad Moon Rising: The Weatherman Underground and the FBI (Yale University Press), urban scholar Alessandro Busà's The Creative Destruction of New York: Engineering the City for the Elite (Oxford University Press) and prison rights advocate Cecily McMillan's memoir The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan (Nation Books).

Please note that Roz is specifically not interested in: sports, cookbooks, screenplays, poetry, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, new adult, young adult or children's books.

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Rights Manager Andrea CavallaroANDREA CAVALLARO is Rights Manager for SDLA. A graduate of Tufts University with a BA in English, she first worked at Random House in New York, then spent 15 years at Harcourt Trade Publishers in Subsidiary Rights and Special Markets. She has been with SDLA since 2009. On behalf of the authors represented by SDLA, she handles all subsidiary rights and works with the large team of overseas agents and foreign scouts to obtain translation editions, which results in over 150 licenses each year. She is the liaison with film agents and also works directly with producers and studios for film rights. In addition, she handles audio and e-book negotiations and attends Book Expo and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Please note: Andrea does not accept manuscript submissions directly, nor does she accept film scripts.

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“LiteraryJESSICA WATTERSON is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

She graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica has made books a serious part of her life for many years. During college, she started an indie review blog that has featured author interviews and has reviewed several self-published books that eventually ended up on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Jessica is actively building her list and is most interested in all genres of romance, especially historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, and paranormal. She greatly enjoys romance novels with strong characters that jump right off the page and a plot that stays with the reader long after the book has finished. She is also interested in young adult fiction that takes the reader on an emotionally satisfying journey, whether that be in far off places or at home.

Her most recent sales include: Sophia Henry’s continuation of the Pilot’s Hockey series (Flirt/Random House). Jamie Howard’s Until We Break series (St. Martins), Amanda Heger’s Without Borders (Diversion), Emily Albright’s The Heir and the Spare (Merit Press), Tara Wyatt’s Body Guard series (Forever/Grand Central), Melissa Brown's Red Carpet Kiss (Montlake Romance), Beth Ehemann’s Cranberry Inn series (Montlake).

Please note that Jessica is specifically not interested in: middle grade, cookbooks, poetry, short stories, screenplays, self-help, or religious/spiritual books.

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“LiteraryJENNIFER KIM is the office assistant at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

A graduate from the University of California Irvine, Jennifer holds a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish literature, and spent a year studying Spanish literature and art at the University of Barcelona. She has experience working at various literary organizations in the Los Angeles area, including MovieMaker Magazine and Red Hen Press, and made the leap to San Diego and SDLA in July 2015. She also works as a bookseller.

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