Monday, May 25, 2015

Secret Agent Unveiled: Jennifer Rofé

Applause and thanks for the thorough and sharp-eyed Jennifer Rofé of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Jennifer's Bio:

Jennifer represents projects ranging from picture books to YA. Middle grade is her soft spot and she's open to all genres in this category, especially the tender, hilarious, or zany. She is always looking for fresh and distinct voices; stories that simultaneously tug at her heartstrings and make her laugh out loud; and "adorkable" heroes. As for YA, Jennifer is drawn to contemporary works; dramatic, funny, or cringe-worthy romance; and urban fantasy/light sci-fi. She's especially interested in smart stories that are layered, complex, and unexpected, and she appreciates big, developed worlds. In terms of picture books, she is interested in character-driven projects and smart, exceptional writing. Jennifer also represents illustrators and author-illustrators.

Some of Jennifer's clients include Meg Medina, author of the Pura Belpré Award winning novel YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS and the Ezra Jack Keats Award winning picture book TIA ISA WANTS A CAR (Candlewick); Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of A THUNDEROUS WHISPER (Knopf/Random House) and the forthcoming MOVING TARGET (Scholastic); Joy Preble, author of FINDING PARIS (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins); Crystal Allen, author of HOW LAMAR'S BAD PRANK WON A BUBBA-SIZED TROPHY and the forthcoming MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS series (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins); Tameka Brown, author of the Charlotte Zolotow Honor picture book MY COLD PLUM LEMON PIE BLUESY MOOD (Viking/Penguin); Kathryn Fitzmaurice, author of DESTINY, REWRITTEN and THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY (HarperCollins); Samantha Vamos, author of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor picture book THE CAZUELA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN STIRRED (Charlesbridge); and Denise Doyen, author of the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor picture book ONCE UPON A TWICE (Random House) and the forthcoming THE POMEGRANATE WITCH (Chronicle). Jennifer also represents author-illustrators Eliza Wheeler, illustrator of WHEREVER YOU GO (Little, Brown); Mike Boldt, illustrator of I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG (Random House); and Renée Kurilla, illustrator of ORANGUTANKA (Holt).

Jennifer is co-author of the picture book PIGGIES IN THE PUMPKIN PATCH (Charlesbridge). She has been on faculty for several conferences including the Big Sur Writer's Workshop and numerous SCBWI conferences, and she is especially known for her The "So What?" Factor presentation. Jennifer earned a BA in English with a minor in Social and Ethnic Relations from UC Davis and has a background in secondary education.

What Jennifer is currently looking for:

Illustrators, author-illustrators, character-based picture books, literary picture books, middle grade of all kinds, sweet or bittersweet coming-of-age YA with depth.

Winners forthcoming!


  1. Thanks to Jennifer and Authoress! Just curious … what is MYA?

    1. It's the name of a series! I had her clarify, and I edited it. Thanks for pointing that out -- it was certainly confusing! :)

  2. Thanks, Jennifer and Awesome Authoress! I learned so much as always.

  3. Thanks to Jennifer and to Authoress. Just reading all those critiques really helps. I learned a lot!

  4. Huge thanks for her efforts and wise words and to all else for a great critique round.

    Huge thanks as well to Authoress! You've created something amazing here. Sincere thanks.

  5. Thank you so much, Authoress and Jennifer, for this great opportunity to get our pitches out there, read a ton of great advice, meet other writers, and get personal feedback on our work. Invaluable!

  6. Thanks Jennifer and Authoress for this opportunity. The tips were incredibly helpful.