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 an 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 about 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 office. As an agent, she works with a number of talented writers, assisting them to hone their skills and build their careers. In addition, she spends time developing the agency’s Hollywood film and multi-media contacts. Nephele comes from a diverse publishing and finance background, having worked in the editorial department at Simon and Schuster, as a financial advisor, in the marketing and communications departments of several major New York investment firms, and as a freelance writer. Her experiences in sales, marketing, and writing provide her with insights into multiple aspects of the publishing industry.
Nephele belongs to the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She continues to actively build her client list, and currently would love to take on some new contemporary and romantic suspense projects, with well developed characters who make you fall in love along with them; a young adult project with a fresh, compelling voice, whether that’s contemporary, historical, or has a fantasy element to it; contemporary middle grade projects that deal with real life issues; fantasy that takes place primarily in a secondary world; and speculative-type science fiction that makes her think. She’s being very selective in terms of women’s fiction and historical projects, but would love something upbeat with a strong protagonist.
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, historical, inspirational), Women’s Fiction 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.
Marketing and 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
Kristy Hunter joined The Knight Agency in April 2014. With a degree in Women & Gender Studies and English Literature from Vanderbilt University, Kristy moved to New York City immediately after graduation to try her hand at publishing. She completed the Columbia Publishing Course and worked in the city for several years—first at Grove/Atlantic and then at Random House Children’s Books—before deciding it was time to make the move back down south. She now takes advantage of her new surroundings by being outside as much as possible with her French bulldog, Gummi.
Kristy is currently accepting submissions from a wide variety of genres, including women’s fiction, mystery, historical romance, romance, young adult, and middle grade. Having spent significant time in the south and New York City, she particularly likes books set in these regions. She also enjoys books that feature horses, boarding schools, sisters, and sororities—to name just a few. Her favorite books include THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett, RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles, THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger, THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, and WONDER by R.J. Palacio.
Janna Bonikowski came to the Knight Agency with several years of experience as both an independent editor and a freelance editor for Lyrical Press/Kensington. Though her Bachelor’s degree focused on business and economics, her passion for books made a career in publishing inevitable.
Raised on a steady supply of books, Janna has a wide range of literary loves. Her current wish list includes romance of all types, women’s fiction, cozy mystery, suspense, and historical fiction. She'll also consider exceptional projects in contemporary young adult or middle grade. She’s not the right fit for horror or SF/F projects. Bold, take-charge women are her favorite characters, and she loves stories that evoke strong emotion, whether laughter or tears.