Senior Agent and President
Deidre Knight established The Knight Agency in 1996 after working in the entertainment industry. In the years since that time, she has built a dynamic, bestselling client list, placing nearly eight hundred titles in a broad range of categories, including romance, women’s fiction, commercial fiction, inspirational, memoir and nonfiction narrative, personal finance, business, popular culture, self-help, religion, health, and parenting.
Her recent sales include books placed with Penguin Putnam, Random House, St. Martin’s, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Thomas Nelson, and Avon. Deidre’s clients have appeared on every major bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists. Her authors have won countless awards, including the coveted RITA, the Gold Medallion, the Walden Books Award for Best New Author, and many others. She belongs to The Association of Authors’ Representatives and Romance Writers of America. She’s a knitter, an amateur photographer, and an author who loves to spend time with her family.
She's currently seeking romance (Contemporary Romance, Historical, M/M, PNR). But her interests aren’t limited to romance by any means. She’s hungry to find Women’s Fiction, Southern Fiction, high-concept Commercial Fiction with an elegant voice, a historical novel about a unique culture or time period. Also YA and MG of all stripes. Despite her large profile as one of the top fiction agents in the industry, she’s also had monumental success with memoir. The book 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, for instance, spent almost five years on the NYT and has nearly 10 million in print. She’d love to find stand-out memoirs about unique narrative experiences, told with a vibrant, unique voice. Deidre’s also seeking narrative non-fiction, personal development, business, financial, Net culture, and unusual subjects explored brilliantly. Would love to find that fantasy/women’s fiction that straddles the genres lyrically, i.e. Time Traveler’s Wife and The Night Circus.
Judson Knight joined Deidre and Pamela in 2003 as business manager and Vice President of The Knight Agency. A professional writer since 1990, he has published more than a dozen books on history, music, and science and contributed to hundreds of reference volumes. He has edited or co-written numerous other works and is currently writing a supernatural thriller. As Deidre’s husband, Judson has been involved in The Knight Agency from its inception.
Vice President of Sales/Agent
Pamela Harty joined The Knight Agency in the summer of 2000, and has placed hundreds of titles in a broad range of categories, including; health, parenting, southern history, African-American interest, business, motivation, romance, young adult, children’s, middle grade, and Christian living. Recent sales include books to Penguin Putnam, Grand Central, Random House, Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Harlequin/Silhouette, Thomas Nelson, Water Brook, McGraw Hill, and Baker/Revell. She brings to the agency a successful sales background combined with a genuine love of books. Says Pamela, “Agenting is my dream job. I get to read for a living while working with incredibly talented people in a competitive and challenging industry. It’s a great time to be in publishing where there are more opportunities than ever before for writers."
Pamela serves as The Knight Agency’s Vice President of Sales, and belongs to the Association of Authors’ Representatives and Romance Writers of America. She’s currently seeking submissions for contemporary and historical romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, young adult, business, motivational, diet and health, memoir, parenting, pop culture, and true crime..
Vice President of Operations/Agent
Elaine Spencer entered the publishing industry after realizing she didn’t want to spend the rest of her life as an Economist. After studying Economics and Comparative Literature at The University of Georgia, she joined the TKA team in 2005 and assumed a variety of roles including submissions coordinator and sub rights manager before settling in her current position as VP of Operations and Associate Agent.
Elaine keeps a focused client list as it is most important to her to be able to work closely with her clients through each step of the publishing process, from a manuscript’s inception all the way through publication, promotion and beyond. She enjoys seeing her clients grow as authors, and one of her favorite parts of the job is working side by side with her clients to educate them not only about the process but also the business at large. Elaine is a member of RWA and AAR and is interested in a wide-variety of subgenres including but not limited to romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade material. She loves stories that include dogs, cooking, fashion, secret societies or clubs, southern flair, wit and humor, heart-tugging conclusions that will bring her to tears and smart sassy characters that stay with you long after the final pages. In addition to channeling her inner Martha Stewart and flexing her Pinterest-inspired muscles, Elaine spends her spare time traveling, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, and enjoying the great outdoors with her husband and four-legged child, Claude.
Lucienne Diver joined TKA in 2008, after spending fifteen years at New York City’s prestigious Spectrum Literary Agency. With her sharp eye and gift for spotting original new voices, Lucienne is one of the most well-respected agents in the industry. A lifelong book addict, she graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Potsdam with dual majors in English/writing and anthropology. She thus came well-equipped for her work as an agent.
Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, romantica, suspense and young adult. Her authors have been honored with the RITA, National Readers’ Choice, Hugo, and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Awards, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. A publishing veteran, Lucienne has superb industry knowledge, numerous editor relationships, and a keen understanding of the foreign rights market. She is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives, RWA, MWA and SFWA.
Her list is currently very full, but she never wants to close herself off to new submissions with which she might fall in love. Specifically, she’d love to find more diverse voices in any commercial fiction field from Young Adult up, with an emphasis on strong characterization and stories which emotionally invest the reader.
Nephele Tempest joined The Knight Agency in January, 2005, opening the Los Angeles-area office. As an agent, she works with a number of talented writers, assisting them to hone their skills and build their careers. Nephele comes from a diverse publishing and finance background, having previously worked on the editorial side of the business, as well as for several major New York investment firms as a financial advisor and later a financial marketing and communications writer. Her previous experience provided her with insight into multiple aspects of the publishing industry.
Nephele continues to actively build her client list and looks for work with both strong, well-developed characters and a story that pulls her in and won’t let go. She is seeking women’s fiction, historical fiction, single-title romance, fantasy and science fiction, and both young adult and middle grade fiction of any sub-genre. In particular, she would like to see work with diverse cultural influences, #ownvoices projects, and stories that inspire and/or make her think.
A graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English with a writing concentration, Melissa began her career as an editor with Harlequin Enterprises. Looking to work with a variety of authors and genres, she joined The Knight Agency in 2008.
With over two decades experience in the publishing industry, Melissa has fostered her clients to National prominence including a recent Newbery Honor. She is a member of RWA and AAR. Melissa is currently seeking projects in the following areas: Romance (contemporary, category, inspirational), Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade and Mystery.
Jamie Pritchett joined The Knight Agency in July of 2006 as Account Manager. Her background includes a strong foundation in the customer service arena, as well as extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of bookkeeping and contracts. Her knowledge of financial and human resources matters, as they specifically relate to the special needs of the publishing industry, makes her an invaluable asset to the agency team.
Media and Marketing Director, Associate Agent
After working in the education field for over ten years, Travis turned his attention to writing, completing his first novel and helping others market their books as well. He launched a media business that has assisted both independent and New York Times bestselling authors with branding their work. He provides content and layout support for the agency newsletter, designs both advertorials and book covers, aids in the management of the agency’s social media venues, and processes digital titles through the assisted self-publishing program.
As an associate agent, he is especially seeking Young Adult and Middle Grade, Thrillers and Suspense, Literary fiction, and Historical fiction. He's open to other genres as well.
Submissions Coordinator and Associate Agent
As a graduate of Vanderbilt University and The Columbia Publishing Course, Kristy Hunter began her publishing career in New York City—first as an editorial intern at Bloomsbury Children’s Books and then as a book publicist at Grove/Atlantic and Random House Children’s Books. When she moved to the agenting side of the industry, she was closely mentored by Deidre Knight, president and founder of The Knight Agency, and her first co-agented project sold at auction soon after. As an associate agent, Kristy enjoys being able to bring a unique perspective to her clients thanks to her diverse publishing background. When she’s not curled up with a fantastic book or manuscript, she can be found kickboxing or hiking with her dog.
Currently, Kristy is looking for new talent to add to her list. She loves voice-driven stories, strong characters, and being surprised by the unexpected. As a result, she is open to most genres but is specifically looking for strong women’s fiction with book club appeal, literary fiction, historical fiction, romance (and all subgenres of romance except paranormal), suspense, young adult, and middle grade. Books that feature a diverse cast of characters are always at the top of her list and she’d love to see even more own-voices projects in her inbox. Some of her favorite reads include Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin, and The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin.
Janna Bonikowski joined the Knight Agency in 2016 with several years of experience as both an independent editor and a freelance editor for Lyrical Press/Kensington. She holds a bachelor’s degree focused on business and economics, but her passion for books made a career in publishing inevitable.
Janna enjoys sassy, bold voices; authentic and diverse casts of characters; and stories centered around strong women. She loves books that spark conversation and is always hunting for memorable, unique concepts. More than anything, she wants to be surprised.
She’s currently looking for contemporary & fantasy young adult; commercial, upmarket, historical, & women’s fiction; cozy mystery; and romance with fresh, exciting concepts. She’s not the right fit for futuristic, outer space settings or anything gruesome.