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Interview with New Agent Jackie Williams + News




T.J. Klune’s THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA made the USA Today Best-Selling Books List, while his Young Adult debut, THE EXTRAORDINARIES, made #12 on the Indie Bestseller List.

One of Bookish’s "Six Mystery Audiobooks for Your 2020 TBR" included WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by Alyssa Cole. In addition, Alyssa’s book made Book Riot’s 45 Upcoming Books by Black Authors You Can Preorder Right Now,” Bookish’s "10 Books by Black Authors Releasing in June, and 10 Upcoming Books to Request on NetGalley," and Popsugar’s “74 Books to Buy to Highlight Black Authors During the #BlackoutBestsellerList Initiative” lists. Alyssa also did an interview with Publishers Weekly, which gave the novel a starred review.

Book Riot’s Best Books of 2020 So Far included TWO ROGUES MAKE A RIGHT by Cat Sebastian, THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin, and THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune.

ACROSS THE WINDING RIVER by Aimie K. Runyan is an Amazon First Reads selection.

Nalini Singh’s debut thriller, A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE, made the longlist for the Ngaio Marsh Awards.

A REUNION OF RIVALS by Reese Ryan earned a recommendation from Harlequin Junkies. It was also included on Bookish’s 10 Books by Black Authors Releasing in June list.

David Mack’s STAR TREK: TNG: COLLATERAL DAMAGE won a Scribe Award for Best Original Novel – Speculative.

James Ellman, author of HOT STOCKS, appeared on The Money Answers Show and The John Rothmann Show. He also has articles on Medium here and here.

COMMON GOAL by Rachel Reid received a great review from Publishers Weekly.




Jackie Williams

Jackie Williams joined the agency in July of 2020, after working as a Food & Lifestyle Editorial Fellow for Chronicle Books.

She lives lives in Atlanta with her fiancé and her Shih-Tzu mix, Yuna. As a thriller writer, she’s also a member of the female-led, crime-fiction organization, Sisters in Crime (SINC).


TKA: Please share a bit more about yourself and how you became an associate agent.

Jackie: I always loved reading and storytelling and wrote tons of short stories and plays throughout my childhood. However, I came from a hardworking, practical family, and didn't realize it was possible to have a creative profession until much later. I started my career in public policy and law, graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies. After, I worked in international trade and consumer protection at the United States Trade Representative and the Bureau of Consumer Protection. I enrolled at the George Washington School of Law, but (quickly) realized I preferred the courtrooms of literary fiction to the actual courtroom. So, after my 1L year, I left law school and pivoted to a career in publishing, starting as an Editorial Fellow for Chronicle Books.

I assisted in editing books and novelty items published within the Lifestyle and Food & Drink departments. But as a lover of fiction, I also founded Where to Begin, a blog and newsletter dedicated to exploring the thriller and speculative fiction.

My editorial supervisor at Chronicle, Deanne Katz—who also pivoted from law to publishing—mentioned that I should consider agenting. I immediately loved the idea of combining my creative and business sides and working with wonderfully creative people to get more books out into the world. I began conducting informational interviews with agents until I met TKA agent Kristy Hunter, and later Deidre Knight. Soon after, I was offered an opportunity to join TKA!

TKA: Who are some of your favorite authors?

Jackie: Some of my favorite authors include N.K. Jemisin, Haruki Murakami, Cixin Liu, Greek Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, Blake Crouch, Daniel José Older, Rachel Caine, Brandon Sanderson, and Carmen Maria Machado.

TKA: What advice can you give to writers who are submitting to you?

Jackie: Having the plotline and conflict is essential, but please don't forget about your characters! A great query not only gives a clear idea of your overall story but also the main characters.

TKA: Do you have any specific dislikes in query letters or the first pages submitted to you?

Jackie: No dislikes (as of yet); however, I appreciate writers who try to find a connection between us in some way. Whether it's mentioning that we have the same favorite authors or how one of my tweets resonated with them, this personalization and research allow us to build an immediate connection and working relationship.

TKA: Finally, what are you most looking for right now?


I'm interested in all types of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in MG, YA, and Adult. Novels that span generations similar to Cixin Liu’s Three-Body Problem, Justin Cronin’s The Passage and Netflix’s Dark. Wildly imaginative magic systems like N.K. Jemisin's THE FIFTH SEASON and Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season. Or, magical realism and surrealism books like The Mexican Gothic and Haruki Murakami's work.

I also love novels with light-hearted magic such as The Emperor's Soul, the Shadowshaper Cypher series, and The Wayward Children series. Geeky books that inspire nostalgia like Stranger Things and Ready Player One. And science fiction and fantasy mixed with romance like Dark Matter and The Night Circus.

Generally, I enjoy mysteries, thrillers, and suspense with smart female protagonists and/or unreliable narrators, like the Lou Norton series, The Wife Between Us, The Other Sister, Sharp Objects, and You.

I’m into contemporary books with a unique take on sports, dance, and hip-hop like Love & Basketball, Pose, or The Get Down. I’m also interested in books that explore status and beauty like The Belles and grief and loss like The Astonishing Color of After.

I tend to prefer literary fiction with a commercial appeal or that includes elements of other genres; authors like Celeste Ng, Steph Cha, and Tana French are particularly great at this.

Memoirs, inspirational, and mind/body/spirit books that expand the readers' empathy and self-awareness like Educated and When Breath Becomes Air.

Productivity, self-improvement, and practical nonfiction that promotes business, entrepreneurship, creativity, success, or leadership like Atomic Habits and Digital Minimalism.

Lifestyle and funny gift book topics like Am I Overthinking This?

#Ownvoices/Underrepresented communities
Whether it's #ownvoices or diverse characters, identities, and cultures, I'm interested in bringing more underrepresented communities to the publishing forefront.


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Deborah Blake is the author of MODERN WITCHCRAFT, a guidebook to witchcraft as a female-empowering religion, including detailed instructions on how to practice self-care in today's society through goddess worship and magic. Learn more about her at


Most people talk about writing as being a creative endeavor, but I actually think that a writing career is one part creativity, one part hard work, and one part slightly-demented determination. Being a great writer—or even a good one—isn’t enough if you don’t approach your writing as if it were as important as any other job. I write almost every day, for at least a couple of hours (and yes, I have a day job, although thankfully not full time). I write when I am tired, or feeling uninspired, or just don’t really feel like it. Not everyone can do that, but at the very least you need to put your butt in the chair and your hands on the keyboard on a regular basis.

The determination part comes from the nature of publishing. Every once in a while someone gets lucky and gets an agent right away, sells their first book, and is successful enough that they never hit a dry spell. For most of us, the path is a little less simple. Authors often take years to break through, and then sometimes have to reinvent themselves and break through again. Of course, if you love to write, all of this is worth it. Certainly after all the ups and downs of a fifteen-year career in both nonfiction and fiction, I have found that to be true. Every book is still the result of these three factors...sometimes with a healthy dose of chocolate thrown in. After all, an author’s got to keep her strength up, right?


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Max's love for writing is as strong as his fear of spiders, which makes him quite unstoppable in front of a blank screen (unless there's a spider on the keyboard, then throw out the entire computer). He writes stories of all kinds centered around memorable characters and unforgettable adventures. Max uses his voice as an out and proud gay man to make sure all colors of the rainbow are easily found on the page.

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- Sharon Cooper's BUSINESS (NOT) AS USUAL, an #OwnVoices romantic comedy featuring a woman determined to be a #GirlBoss by winning the lottery and building her own business, to Angela Kim at Berkley in a two-book deal for publication in 2022, by Melissa Jeglinski

- Shirley Jump's New England Small Town series, in which three sisters discover their grandmother is the local Dear Abby and set out to create happy endings for her letters—unaware that grandma is already busy matchmaking happily-ever-afters for her granddaughters too—to Alex Logan at Forever in a nice three-book deal, by Pamela Harty

- Rachel Reid's THE LONG GAME, sequel to HEATED RIVALRY, continuing the tempestuous secret relationship between two NHL superstars and archrivals, again to Kerri Buckley at Carina Press in a nice two-book deal, by Deidre Knight

- Debbie Mason's next book in her Highland Falls series, to Alex Logan at Forever in a very nice deal, by Pamela Harty

- Jules Bennett's untitled contribution to the Texas Cattleman's Club series, to Stacy Boyd at Harlequin Desire, by Elaine Spencer

- Michelle Dayton's DISASTER GIRL, in which a mouthy, independent data recovery specialist teams up with a brilliant hacker to strike back at a sleazy internet predator, to Meghan Farrell at Tule, by Janna Bonikowski

- Michelle McLean's three untitled Victorian historical romances, for publication in February 2021, November 2021, and November 2022; and a romantic comedy featuring an aging gunslinger who wants nothing more than retirement, and the woman who only needs him for his gun, the latter in a two-book deal, to Liz Pelletier at Amara, by Janna Bonikowski

- Kira Archer's untitled new romantic comedies, to Liz Pelletier at Amara in a two-book deal, by Janna Bonikowski

- Joseph Crawford's JOVE BRAND IS NEAR DEATH, in which a failed actor who once disastrously portrayed a famous fictional superspy is forced to go full method and play the part for real when he is framed for the murder of his celebrated successor, to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books, with Helga Schier editing, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver

- Jenn Burke's ALL FIRED UP, the first book in a spin-off of her paranormal mystery series Not Dead Yet, in which a vampire PI gets reluctantly pulled onto a new case only to find that his new partner might be the real mystery, to Stephanie Doig at Carina Press in a three-book deal, by Deidre Knight


The Extraordinaries

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Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune's YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick's best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

Spells for the Dead (A Soulwood Novel Book 5)

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Nell Ingram faces a dark magic with no known origin in the newest pulse-pounding paranormal procedural in the New York Times bestselling Soulwood series.

Nell is a rookie PsyLED agent, using the powers she can channel from deep within the earth to solve paranormal crimes. Together with her team, she's taken on the direst magic and the most twisted foes. But she'll need to tap into every ounce of power she has for her newest case.

The Beast of Blackmoor

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Dive into the world of beasts and barbarians in this prequel to the exhilarating Gathering of Dragons series by Milla Vane.

A warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. When she arrives in Blackmoor, however, she finds a land cursed by a demon and ruled by an evil warlord...and discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

A Touch of Stone and Snow (A Gathering of Dragons Book 2)

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Milla Vane returns to a world of kings, magic, and passion in her exhilarating A Gathering of Dragons series, as a great alliance forms to stand against an evil warlord intent on their destruction.

Danger lurks in the western realms. The Destroyer’s imminent return has sent the realms into turmoil as desperate citizens seek refuge—but there’s no safety to be found when demons and wraiths crawl out from the shadows. Even Koth, a northern island kingdom left untouched by the Destroyer a generation past, is besieged by terrors spawned from corrupt magics.

Modern Witchcraft: Goddess Empowerment for the Kick-Ass Woman

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Deborah Blake's Modern Witchcraft is a guidebook to witchcraft as a female-empowering religion, including detailed instructions on how to practice self-care in today's society through goddess worship and magic.

Hot Stocks: Investing for Impact and Profit in a Warming World


The world is warming, our portfolios will have to adapt, and the stocks we own can help shape our future; James Ellman shows how to invest wisely as climate change impacts multiple sectors across the stock market.

The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil)

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In the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm, and fairy tales are real.

Raised in the human world, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a fairy-tale princess―until she begins to commune with mirrors. Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.

With powers beyond her imagination or control, Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As Everly faces disasters and betrayals, giving in to her dark side proves more tempting. Can she resist, or will she become the villain she was born to be?

A Reunion of Rivals (The Bourbon Brothers Book 4)

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She can’t let anything derail her passion project,

Not even a second chance with the sexiest man alive…

The deal that could bring Quinn Bazemore’s career back from the brink has one catch: she must partner up with her ex-lover Max Abbott. Quinn can’t forget the pleasure-filled summer they shared. But now she’s butting heads over business strategy with the mouthwatering marketing VP, even as their reawakened desire threatens to expose her deepest secrets…

Time's Assassin


Time-travelers and their Ancient allies must end a tangled misfuture or surrender all to chaos and blood.

Tobias Doljan and his love, Mara Lijar, fifteen-year-olds trapped in adult bodies, have Walked back in time to prevent a war. With the orphaned daughter of their murdered king as their ward, they are pursued over land and sea by armies, time-traveling assassins, and winged demons.


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When Lady Ariane Burke-Marchand’s brother is killed, a Kalian refugee named Rook Galloway is suspected of the murder. Though Ariane once loved Rook from afar, she now turns her back on him and stokes the flames of hatred between the Marchands and Kalians.

The Queen's Road

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Ramon "Ray" Cosa's life is not what he expected it to be. Living in a small Texas town ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, Ray has suffered many losses in his young life, and he has little hope left that anything will ever change or get better.

That is, until the vintage Ford Galaxie and its strange, dying owner enters Ray's life. Given a jeweled ring he cannot remove and a desperate mission, Ray is plunged into a universe of secrets, wonders, and terrors he never dreamed exists.

The Forest Lord (The Fane Series Book 1)

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After eloping with her mysterious cousin Cornelius, Eden Fleming discovers he is, in reality, a powerful, otherworldly being, a guardian of the forest, and she was “given” to him by her father in a bargain for the latter’s life. Though her feelings for the forest lord are real, Eden flees—only to learn she is pregnant with his halfling child.

Body & Soul

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Though mountain search-and-rescue worker Jesse Copeland is used to risking herself to save others, she must tap into all her reserves of bravery to solve the most haunting mystery of her life: her mother’s puzzling death. Little does Jesse know her investigation will make her the target of two men: a present-day threat and a centuries-old hero . . .

Prince of Wolves (The Val Cache Series Book 1)

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Joelle Randall has traveled to the small town of Lovell in the Canadian Rockies with one goal: to confront the pain of her past. Twelve years ago, her parents died in a plane crash near Lovell and Joelle is determined to find the site of the accident, but she will need someone familiar with the area to guide her through the wilderness.

Prince of Dreams (The Val Cache Series Book 2)

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Plagued by nightmares of her sister’s death, San Francisco psychologist Diana Ransom is faced with a new fear when her cousin disappears. While searching for the beautiful young artist, Diana meets her anonymous patron, philanthropist Nicholas Gage. The attraction Diana feels for the darkly mysterious man seems otherworldly—because it is. Nicholas is a vampire who feeds on the energy of dreams, therefore never draining his human donors of their lives. But there are others of his kind—including his own brother—with no such scruples.

Prince of Shadows (The Val Cache Series Book 3)

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Spending the summer in Minnesota as a child, Alexandra developed a strong bond with a wolf pup named Shadow. The encounter led to a lifelong love of wolves, and she has never forgotten Shadow—or the young boy she met one day who acted like her friend.

Twice a Hero

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To lift a family curse, MacKenzie Sinclair heads to the Guatemalan jungle to return an amulet her great-great grandfather, Perry Sinclair, took from a Mayan temple. On that same expedition, his partner, Liam O’Shea, disappeared—possibly betrayed or killed by Perry—which started the Sinclair family’s string of bad luck.

Kinsman's Oath (The Kinsman Series Book 2)

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Human telepath Ronan VelKalevi, a Kinsman, was kidnapped by the catlike Shaauri when he was a child. Now, more than two decades later, he has escaped from the aliens who have held him captive for much of his life. On the run, he is saved by the captain of the spaceship Pegasus, Cynara D’Accorso.

High Heat (Hotshots Book 2)

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Smoke jumping is Garrick Nelson’s life. Nothing, not severe injuries nor the brutal physical therapy that follows, is going to stop him from getting back with his crew. But when a lost dog shows up on his front porch, he can’t turn her away, and he can’t take care of her on his own. Thankfully, help comes in the form of his new sexy, dog-loving neighbor. As they work together, trying to re-home their little princess, Garrick can’t resist his growing attraction for the other man, even though he knows this guy isn’t the staying type.

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(Italian Version)

Ox aveva dodici anni quando suo padre gli impartì una lezione davvero importante. Gli disse che non valeva niente e che la gente non lo avrebbe mai compreso.