AGENTS

All agents are members of the AAR

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 Representative (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 biography, history, military history, and narrative non-fiction (business, humor, medicine, nature, science, sports, and true crime).

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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, and lurid mysteries & thrillers with exotic or historical settings.  In young adult, she is actively seeking both contemporary and fantastical high-concepts rooted in history that have a touch of romance.  In middle grade, she looks for novels with a timeless quality and a strange twist. For non-fiction, she is looking for memoirs that reveal greater social issues, narratives about dark times in human history, popular/weird science, and off-beat topics explored through an academic lens.  Most importantly, she's looking for projects with emotional resonance and longevity. She is also the business manager and a member of the AAR Programming Committee and 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.  She’s interested in up-market women’s fiction, young adult, mystery, thriller/suspense, and literary fiction.  In non-fiction, she specializes in business, narrative non-fiction, and pop culture.  For Katie, compelling writing consists of strong, carefully crafted characters with a unique voice.  Particularly interesting to her are characters who exhibit a fatal flaw or struggle with dualities of nature and/or culture.  In the mystery and thriller genres, she’s specifically looking for high concept plots with literary underpinnings, psychological conflict, quirky protagonists, and fast-paced writing.  In the non-fiction projects she represents, she is actively seeking authors with built-in platforms from whom she can learn something new.

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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, cookbooks, women's fiction, young adult, self-help and parenting and is seeking literary works, women's fiction, horror, thrillers, 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), any food related projects or cookbooks, pop culture, self-help, parenting 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 represents writers of literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction (contemporary and historical), and narrative non-fiction.  She is drawn to an authentic voice, unforgettable characters 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 and family 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.

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