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Cristina Concepcion

Cristina Concepcion has been at Don Congdon Associates since 1996 and represents writers of crime fiction, narrative non-fiction, political science, journalism and history.  She’s also looking for novels outside the crime genre that aren’t too commercial or overly literary, but are readable, thought provoking and character driven.  In non-fiction she is interested in books on cities, classical music, biography, science for a popular audience, philosophy, food and wine, iconoclastic books on health and human relationships, essays and arts criticism.  She is also the foreign rights manager.

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Michael Congdon

Following a career in journalism and public relations, Michael became a literary agent after he joined the Harold Matson Company in 1977.  He left Matson in 1983 to start Don Congdon Associates, Inc., with his father, Don, of which he is now President.  He has served on the Board of Directors, and as Literary Vice President, of the Association of Author’s Representatives (AAR) and has been a member of the organization’s Ethics, International and Program committees.  He has interest in, and represents, commercial and literary fiction, including novels of suspense, mysteries and thrillers, as well as a variety of non-fiction, such as history, military history, biography, memoir, current affairs and narrative non-fiction (adventure, medicine, science, and nature). While open to receiving new manuscripts by authors who have self-published previous works, he is not interested in signing up works which, themselves, have already been self-published.

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Katie Grimm

Katie joined Don Congdon Associates in 2007. She focuses on vivid literary fiction, transportive historical fiction, up-market women’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, graphic novels, and mysteries with faraway or historical settings.  In young adult, she is actively seeking compelling, heartbreaking contemporary and fantastical high-concepts rooted in history.  In middle grade, she looks for novels with a heartfelt, timeless quality and a strange twist. For non-fiction, she is looking for previously under- or misrepresented voices, memoirs that reveal greater social issues, narratives about dark times in human history, weird science, and off-beat topics explored through an academic lens or with a practical approach.  Most importantly, she's looking for projects with emotional resonance and longevity. She is also the business manager and a member of SCBWI.

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Katie Kotchman

Katie began her career at Denise Marcil Literary Agency in 2005 and joined Don Congdon Associates as an agent in 2008. In non-fiction, she specializes in business (all areas), narrative non-fiction (particularly popular science and social/cultural issues), self-help that focuses on success, motivation, and psychology, and pop culture. Katie is actively seeking new nonfiction clients with built-in platforms from whom she can learn something new. In fiction, she’s interested in representing women’s fiction, realistic young adult, literary fiction, and psychological thrillers. In all areas, she’s particularly interested in characters who struggle with dualities of nature and/or culture, as the topics of cognitive dissonance and those who straddle two different worlds fascinate her. She has soft spots for the Midwest, family secrets, and a good underdog story, and tends to shy away from terrorist plots, medical thrillers, high fantasy, and anything paranormal. Please do not send her screenplays or poetry. Katie also manages digital rights for the agency and is a member of the AAR Digital Innovation Committee.

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Maura Kye-Casella

In 2001, Maura traded in her legal briefcase for a manuscript bag and joined the Denise Marcil Literary Agency.  In 2008, Maura became an agent with Don Congdon Associates.  Maura represents writers of narrative non-fiction, women's fiction, young adult, middle grade, self-help and cookbooks and is seeking literary works, horror (all ages), women's fiction, multicultural voices, and any well-written novels with quirky characters and/or unique plots and settings.  She's especially interested in works for both the young adult and middle grade markets.  As to non-fiction, Maura is seeking narrative works (memoirs/adventure/true crime), books on pop culture, lifestyle, sports, and fun/interesting works that fall into the humor category.

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Susan Ramer

Susan started at Don Congdon Associates in 1986.  She is looking for literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction (contemporary and historical, American in particular), and narrative non-fiction.  She is drawn to an authentic voice, unforgettable characters with an edge, and a well-crafted story that is emotional in unpredictable ways.  For non-fiction, her interests include social history, cultural history, smart pop culture (music, film, food, art), women’s issues, psychology and mental health, and memoir with a distinctive theme. She particularly likes a narrative that combines a personal thread with reporting and analysis of a broader social or cultural issue.  In everything, Susan appreciates a sense of humor, especially when it’s on the dark side. Susan is not looking for romance, sci-fi, fantasy, espionage, mysteries, politics, health/diet/fitness, self-help, or sports.

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