Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Amanda Jain of BookEnds Literary

Screen Shot 2019-12-03 at 9.26.24 PMAmanda Jain is a literary agent at BookEnds Literary.

Amanda came by her love of reading honestly, inheriting it from parents who always had books close to hand. She began her career in publishing at W. W. Norton, where she spent seven years before pursuing a masters degree in history of the decorative arts. She rejoined publishing shortly thereafter at Inklings Literary Agency, and is excited every day to encounter new writers and their stories.

Amanda currently reps adult romance, mystery, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, and science fiction & fantasy, with a special emphasis on historical fiction in all genres. She also represents narrative nonfiction, especially projects exploring the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, social history, and popular science. She loves projects with a strong sense of place and those that create a completely immersive world. She is particularly interested in books that add something important to the conversation, that explore stories we haven’t yet heard, and that introduce new voices to our reading experience.

Amanda currently lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and two kids. When she’s not reading, she likes to cook, root for the Cubs, and spend as much time outside as she can.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kirsten Neuhaus of Foundry Literary + Media

Screen Shot 2019-12-03 at 9.00.21 PMKirsten Neuhaus is a literary agent with Foundry Literary + Media.

As an agent, Kirsten is looking for nonfiction projects with the three ideal components: the right topic, at the right time, with the right author. She focuses on narrative and prescriptive nonfiction by authors with established audiences, in the areas of business, memoir, lifestyle, current events and stories with strong female voices, as well as smart fiction and select children’s books that appeal to a wide market.

She enjoys working closely with her clients to develop their book ideas and strategize how best to connect the book with an author’s existing platform and brand, including entrepreneur and star of ABC’s Shark Tank Daymond John, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Broke, and Rise and Grind (Crown Business) former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, author of the New York Times bestsellers It’s NOT OK and Single State of Mind (Gallery Books) fashion designer Rachel Roy, author of Design Your Life (Dey Street) and the young adult novel 96 Words for Love (Jimmy Patterson Books), Former CIA officer Jason Hanson’s New York Times bestsellers Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life and Survive Like a Spy (Perigee), Bradley Tusk’s The Fixer (Portfolio), and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and former holder of the title for Fastest Known Times on both the AT and PCT, Jennifer Pharr Davis, author of The Pursuit of Endurance (Viking).

Prior to joining Foundry Literary + Media, Kirsten worked at Elaine Markson Agency, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and Vigliano Associates, representing a diverse author group of blockbuster thriller writers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and multi-platinum selling recording artists. Before moving to New York, Kirsten lived in Miami and Buenos Aires. She earned a B.A. in English from Columbia University.