Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Savannah Brooks of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2018-11-15 at 1.03.06 PMSavannah Brooks is a literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

Savannah joined the Jennifer De Chiara team in 2018 as an associate agent after interning for a year and a half. She earned her MFA, focused in creative nonfiction, from Hamline University and her BS in marketing management from Virginia Tech. As well as agenting, she works as a teaching artist at the Loft Literary Center and is a reader for multiple literary magazines. Her own creative work has been publishing in Barely South Review, Hobart, Lime Hawk, and Every Writer’s Resource, among others. When not immersed in the world of words, she can be found on her motorcycle, at her MMA gym, or lounging at one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.

What she is looking for:

“I focus mainly on young adult and middle grade, and I’m interested in books that focus on friendship, conflicting identity, and the theme of truth. I’m always drawn in by a protagonist venturing into a realm where society says they don’t belong (think swapping gender norms), and characters with weird obsessions are a weird obsession of mine—teach me strange new things, and I’m yours. I’m all about magical realism, mythology, and modern retellings, but I’m not the best fit for high fantasy or science fiction. Mostly, I’m invested in representing the diverse world in which we live and would like to see that reflected in a cast of characters. Show me variations in race, sexuality, gender, dis/ability, and ethnicity without that difference being a point of contention, and I’ll be thrilled. Call me an idealist, but my goal for each book is to give kids/teens an opportunity to point to the page and say, ‘Finally, there I am.'”

“For adult fiction, I’m interested in contemporary/literary novels that are relevant to culture and focus on themes and issues that impact our daily lives. I love a meaty cast and am drawn in by the fine line between humor and depth (think Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers). I would love to hear more from marginalized voices, regardless of whether or not marginalization is a central theme.”

“I’d love to bring more topic-driven nonfiction into this world—think Mary Roach, Leslie Jamison, Michelle McNamara, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bill Bryson—anything that keeps my curious mind engaged and wanting more. I’m not currently looking for memoir.”

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