New Literary Agent Alert: Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates

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About Jennifer: Jennifer Johnson-Blalock joined Liza Dawson Associates as an associate agent in 2015, having previously interned at LDA in 2013 before working as an agent's assistant at Trident Media Group. Jennifer graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Before interning at LDA, she practiced entertainment law and taught high school English and debate. When she's not reading, Jennifer enjoys film, food, and travel. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JJohnsonBlalock.

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She is seeking: Jennifer is focusing on nonfiction. She is looking for seasoned writers with strong platforms and is excited by narrative nonfiction and memoirs that use a unique story to explore a larger issue. Particular areas of interest include current events, social sciences, women's issues, law, business, history, the arts and pop culture, lifestyle, sports, and food, including cookbooks and health/wellness. She is actively seeking a political book on the liberal/progressive end of the spectrum, and she loves books that explain why we act the way we do and/or how we can live life better.

(If you're writing non-fiction, know what an agent wants to see in your proposal.)

In fiction, Jennifer is interested in thrillers, especially ones that are psychological or have a literary bent, and she is also looking for smart upmarket women's fiction and contemporary YA with a unique voice.

How to submit: E-mail queryjennifer [at] lizadawsonassociates.com. Please send just a query letter (no supporting materials) in the body of the e-mail.

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