Monica Odom is an agent at Liza Dawson Associates, where she represents a variety of nonfiction by authors, as well as literary and upmarket fiction, and illustrators. Monica earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University in 2014, and has a B.A. in English from Montclair State University. She was also schooled in bookselling and event coordinating at her local indie, Watchung Booksellers. She loves to see a personal project turn into something original and surprising, and is committed to the expansion of diversity and inclusivity in the publishing industry.
Her clients include:
-New York Times Bestselling author/illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World; Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win; Ecosystems of the World, Ten Speed Press)
-Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing, Harper Perennial)
-Siobhan Gallagher (In a Daze Work: A Pick-Your-Path Journey Through the Daily Grind, TarcherPerigee)
-Carol Rossetti (Women: Body-Positive Art to Inspire and Empower, Skyhorse)
-Camille Chew (Basic Witches illustrator; The Astrology of You and Me illustrator, Quirk)
-Sharee Miller (Princess Hair; Don’t Touch My Hair, Little Brown Children’s)
-Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin (Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space, Ten Speed Press)
-Tyler Feder (Dancing at the Pity Party, Dial)
-Keiko Agena (No Mistakes, TarcherPerigee)
What she's looking for
Monica is looking for:
– Nonfiction by authors in the following categories:
Advice/Relationships, Self-help/Self-Reflection, How-To, Crafting/Creativity, Food and Cooking, Humor, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Fashion & Beauty
Biography, Memoir, Narrative, Business, Politics and Current Affairs, History, Science
Social Studies, including topics of: identity, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomics, civil rights and social justice
– Literary fiction and upmarket fiction. Monica does not represent genre fiction.
– Illustrators with demonstrable platforms, preferably author/illustrators, working on nonfiction, graphic memoirs or graphic novels.
Please send only a query letter in the body of the email to querymonica@