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New Literary Agent Alert: Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency is seeking: She represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult fiction, and select nonfiction. With respect to fiction: she is drawn to fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose. For nonfiction: she is interested in memoirists with exceptional stories to tell, as well as authors with a strong platform in current affairs, history, education, or law.

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

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About Shannon: Shannon Hassan brings a depth of business and editorial experience to her role as agent at Marsal Lyon Literary, having worked in publishing and law for more than a decade.Based in Boulder, Colorado, she is also eager to hear from authors with a unique perspective on the New West.

(How many Twitter followers will impress an agent?)

Previously Shannon was an agent at the Warner Literary Group where she represented a range of literary and film projects, including the soon to be published FUTURE FLASH by Kita Murdock (Sky Pony Press). Prior to that she was the Acquisitions Editor at Fulcrum Publishing, where she worked with best-selling and award-winning authors such as Anita Thompson, Laurie David, Adam Schrager, Larry Schweiger, Marilou Awiakta, Matt Dembicki, Sally Kneidel, and Mitch Tobin.

Before entering the publishing world, she was a corporate attorney at Arnold & Porter in New York, and she received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University. She has served on the board of the Publishers Association of the West and was a founding board member of the Boulder Writing Studio. Find her on Twitter.

She is seeking: She represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult fiction, and select nonfiction. With respect to fiction: she is drawn to fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose. For nonfiction: she is interested in memoirists with exceptional stories to tell, as well as authors with a strong platform in current affairs, history, education, or law.

(Query letter FAQs answered.)

How to submit: Query Shannon [at] MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com and write "QUERY" in the subject line of the email. "In all submissions, please include a contact phone number as well as your email address. If we are interested in your work, we will call or email you. If not, we will respond via email. Our response time is generally 1-4 weeks for queries and 4-8 weeks for sample pages and manuscripts."

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