ELISE CAPRON is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She also manages the Dijkstra Agency office and works closely with Sandra Dijkstra. She is most interested in serious, character-driven literary fiction and well-written narrative nonfiction (particularly serious history with a good story).
A graduate of Emerson College, Elise holds a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing, and served on the editorial staff of the Emerson Review for several years. She interned at Harcourt and the Dijkstra Agency before joining the agency full-time in late 2003.
Elise is interested in fiction that has unforgettable writing, a terrific narrative voice/tone, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge, and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. On the nonfiction front, Elise is looking for many of these same qualities: fascinating true stories told in a compelling way. 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 books include Courtney Brkic's The First Rule of Swimming (Little, Brown), Jane Vandenburgh's The Wrong Dog Dream: A True Romance (Counterpoint), Tiphanie Yanique's The Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead) and How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf), Jonathon Keats' Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age (Oxford University Press) and The Book of the Unknown (Random House), Rikki Ducornet's Netsuke (Coffee House Press), Maureen McHugh's After the Apocalypse (Small Beer Press), Cynthia Barnett's Blue Is the New Green: An American Water Ethic (Beacon), Jack Shuler's The Noose: A History (Public Affairs) and Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town (University of South Carolina Press), Billy Smith's Ship of Death: The Voyage that Changed the Atlantic World (Yale), Ali Liebegott's The IHOP Papers (Carroll & Graf), Peter Plate's Soon the Rest Will Fall (Seven Stories Press), 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.
She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. 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 and horror, women's commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for nonfiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly in magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for nonfiction projects in the areas of self-help, inspirational, cookbooks, memoir (she especially loves travel and foodie memoirs), health & nutrition, pop culture, humor and music.
Some of Jill's recent and soon-to-be-published nonfiction include the Travel Channel's Nick Groff's Chasing Spirits (NAL); Maybe We’ll Have You Back (Skyhorse) by actor Fred Stoller; Get Over It (Seal Press) by Christina Pesoli; Doulas A. Wissing's Funding Our Enemy (Prometheus Books); Why We Love Serial Killers (Skyhorse) by Scott Bonn; America’s Greatest "Failing" School (Nation Books) by journalist Kristina Rizga; Don’t Lick the Minivan (Skyhorse) by Leanne Shirtliffe; Rick's Café: How I Brought a Screen Legend to Life in Casablanca (Lyon's Press) by Kathy Kriger; William Jones' More Than the Dream: The Untold Story of the March on Washington (Norton); Rocking the Pink (Seal Press) by singer-songwriter Laura Roppé; Stop Reading Baby Books (Skyhorse) by JJ Keith; Drunks: America's Search for Sobriety by Christopher Finan; and Argyle Armada: Life with America's Top Pro Cycling Team (VeloPress) by Mark Johnson.
Some of Jill's new and upcoming fiction includes Bloodman and River of the Dead (Thomas & Mercer) by Robert Pobi; Corrupt Practices (Seven Stories Press) by Robert Rotstein; Three Souls (HarperCollins) by Janie Chang; Madam (Plume) by Cari Lynne and Kellie Martin; The Cordell Logan thriller series (The Permanent Press) by David Freed; Benefit of the Doubt (Tor/Forge) by Neal Griffin; The Crossroads thriller series (Thomas & Mercer) by Eyre Price; The Dog Year (Berkley) by Ann Garvin; 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 or anything involving unicorns.
ANDREA CAVALLARO is Rights Manager for SDLA. A graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. 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 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, and also handles audio and e-book negotiations. She attends Book Expo and the Frankfurt Book Fair each year.
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 selectively building her list and is currently looking for adult and YA soft science fiction, fantasy, and horror and all of their sub-genres. Her taste for speculative fiction is eclectic and she enjoys both gritty, dark narratives like Anne Bishop's Black Jewel series and fantastically quirky stories like Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles. She is also looking for light-hearted, funny, and moving contemporary YAs with a raw, authentic teen voice. Thao is drawn to stories with multicultural elements and whose protagonists come from diverse cultural heritages. She’s looking for a story with characters to fall in love with, tight writing, smart-mouthed dialogue, and strong plots that can balance romance and action. Recent sales include Katherine Harbour's debut fantasy, Thorn Jack, to Harper Voyager, in a three-book deal.
Thao is specifically not interested in: biographies, business books, cookbooks, picture books, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, self-help, short stories, or travel books.
She has a B.A. in English Literature from UC San Diego, studied philosophy for a year at the University of Sheffield, U.K., and earned her M.A. 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's been learning French since 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 literary and commercial fiction, literary YA with crossover value for the adult market, and literary sci-fi. She loves novels that make her feel like the author is tuned into a rising revolution -- cultural, political, literary, or whatnot -- that's about to burst on the scene. She looks for a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; complex characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure. Roz is also interested in non-fiction in the areas of cultural anthropology/social science, politics, design and business. Here, she looks for driven, narrative storytelling and sharp concepts that have the potential to transcend their primary audience.
Please note that Roz is specifically not interested in: sports, cookbooks, screenplays, poetry, romance, fantasy, or children’s books.