11036664_898034086899157_6428279584703294035_nI’m an agent at the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, representing children’s literature, including picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction, as well as author-illustrators. Before joining the agency  in 2011, I read manuscripts, book proposals, and queries at Folio Literary Management; was Submissions Manager at The McVeigh Agency; did a short stint at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and a longer stint at Meryl Zegarek Public Relations. Prior to that I was Community Relations Manager at Barnes and Noble, where I set up author readings and signings and organized book groups and book fairs. I graduated from Buffalo University with a BA in English and Environmental Studies and went on for graduate work in Creative Writing at Temple University. I also  seem to have picked up a BSN from New York University in my travels.  I’m a member of the New York chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and SCBWI. I speak frequently at writing conferences and retreats all over the country. I’m also available for Skype visits for writing groups. Some day I’ll finish writing my own novel.