Literary tastemaker Marya Spence of Janklow & Nesbit Associates has an eye for the unconventional, representing an exciting new class of emerging writers to watch, and closely. Her time as a Harvard undergraduate, pursuit of an MFA at New York University, and stints at some of New York’s toniest publications no doubt contributed to Spence’s rise from assisting super-agent PJ Mark to becoming one herself, but her judgment is all instinct and smarts. Recent acquisitions include highly anticipated debut novels from Rachel Khong, Hermione Hoby, and Angelica Baker, as well as works by Jamie Lauren Keiles, Eugene Lim, and Jaroslav Kalfar. Spence also represents Perfect Pussy frontwoman Meredith Graves, beauty writer Arabelle Sicardi, and Slate journalist Katy Waldman. Though considered young by industry standards, Spence can throw down with the best of them, securing her writers, many of them new to the scene, big deals with top publishing houses.
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