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Tessler Literary Agency is a full-service boutique agency that represents both established and first time authors of upmarket fiction and non-fiction.

Committed to developing careers, we work as our clients' creative and business partner throughout the entire publishing process. Sharp editorial focus is given to authors before their work is submitted, and marketing support is provided along the way, as publishers begin to position the book in the marketplace through catalog copy, jacket designs, and marketing, promotion and launch strategies.

We handle all domestic, UK, foreign, and subsidiary rights for our clients—including film and television, audio, and eformats.

With a strong network of co-agents throughout the world, we aggressively promote our authors' work internationally and place our titles with leading foreign publishers. We regularly attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, and Book Expo America. Translation rights are sold directly in association with: Andrew Nurnberg Associates in Western and Eastern Europe, China and Latin America; Tuttle Mori in Japan and Thailand; Eric Yang Agency in Korea; the Kayi Agency in Turkey; Read n' Right in Greece; and the Deborah Harris Agency in Israel.

We work non-exclusively with a variety of Hollywood-based agents for the placement of film, television and documentary rights.

Michelle Tessler has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before launching her boutique agency in 2004, Michelle worked at the William Morris Agency and the prestigious literary agency Carlisle & Company (now Inkwell Management). She also spent seven years working in content and business development in the Internet industry, beginning in 1994 when she was hired by best-selling author James Gleick to help launch The Pipeline. In light of the digital opportunities that are transforming publishing, Michelle's experience in the Internet world is of great benefit to her authors, both as they navigate ebook opportunities, and as they look for creative and effective ways to market their books to niche communities that can be targeted online.

Michelle is a member of AAR (Association of Author's Representatives), and Women's Media Group. She has attended numerous writing conferences such as Words & Music and the Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference. She holds a Master's degree in English Literature. Her interests are wide-ranging and include literary fiction as well as nonfiction, including narrative, biography, history, popular science, psychology, popular culture, cultural commentary, and memoir. She is particularly drawn to distinctive, original voices.

Laurie Chittenden (affiliate agent) began her career in book publishing as a bookseller at Rizzoli books while completing her degrees in English and history from The College of William & Mary in Virginia. She came to New York in 1993 to work for the newly formed publishing company, Hyperion, a division of The Walt Disney Company. After a year there, she moved to Simon & Schuster where she turned a self-published novel into a number one New York Times bestseller that launched the Christmas book category. As an Executive Editor inside major trade publishers including St. Martin's Press, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster, she worked with award-winning and bestselling authors including: Marisa de los Santos, Bryn Greenwood, Michelle Gable, Brunonia Barry, Jennifer Chiaverini, Richard Paul Evans, Viola Shipman, Diane Johnson, Lee Martin, Lori Gottlieb, Rachel Howard and Mark Woods. Laurie utilizes her extensive in-house knowledge and expertise on publishing trends and marketing to strategically position and help authors navigate the often times opaque world of book publishing whether that be in print, digital or audio.

Laurie is a member of Women's Media Group and former adjunct professor specializing in manuscript editing at NYU. She specializes in women's fiction (including literary, book club, historical, contemporary, commercial and young adult) and non-fiction (including memoir, narrative, popular history and adventure).

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