Before Jemiscoe "Jem" Chambers-Black joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2020, she was an assistant director for film and television. Her love for books prevailed, and she went back to school to study English Literature and creative writing in fiction and earned her MFA. She represents adult fiction, YA, MG, picture book authors, illustrators and select adult nonfiction. 



Adult:

  • Romance—rom com, paranormal, and contemporary

  • Upmarket—commercial plot with beautiful writing

  • Suspense/Thriller, and a cozy mystery (think Golden Girls with a dead body)

  • Select nonfiction—narrative, memoir, and cookbooks


Young Adult:

  • Romance—rom com, paranormal, or contemporary

  • Thriller/Horror


Middle Grade:

  • Contemporary - can deal with hard themes, but with added humor for the younger reader. I am especially looking for stories that cover marginalized voices, and biracial storylines!

  • Fantasy: urban fantasy, paranormal – GHOSTS! And WITCHES!

  • Horror - would love any kind


Picture Book:

  • I am NOT open for picture books at this time


*Note: I prioritize human characters over animal characters in picture books. And if they are talking, I am absolutely allergic to them in novels. Well, unless they're a familiar in a fantasy MG, YA, or adult.* book.*


Illustrators:

  • Creators that illustrate any age group from picture book, chapter book, middle grade, YA, to adult

RECENT DEALS
Taj McCoy's THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN, follows a woman as she helps her two BFFs plan their weddings and tries to find a date worthy of taking to both, but she can't help feeling all the good men are taken; it doesn't help that her college friend puts salt in everyone's game, insisting no one is good enough; when he finally reveals his feelings for her, she'll have to decide if it's worth risking something good for something more. HarperCollins | Harlequin, MIRA will publish in spring 2024 and spring 2025 (world English).

Carol William's THE SUPERNATURAL FILES OF CJ DELANEY, in which a 12-year-old cub reporter investigates the biggest story in her small town's history—a mystery filled with lost pets, a witch, sacrifices, possession, and hellhounds; but when all answers point to someone close, she stands to not only lose her byline but the scariest thing of all—the people and pet she loves. Holiday House will publish in spring 2024.

Amaka Egbe's RUN LIKE A GIRL follows a 17-year-old high school track star who moves in with her estranged father only to find out her new school doesn't have a girls track team, so she joins the boys' team instead. HarperCollins | Harlequin, Inkyard Press will publish in summer 2024.

Nadia Fisher will illustrate Grammy-nominated musician Pierce Freelon's DADDY & ME, SIDE BY SIDE, a tale that touches on grieving the loss of a loved one as a father and son recreate old memories and make new ones in a day-long hiking adventure. Hachette | Little, Brown Children's will publish in summer 2023.

Courtney Lovett will illustrate NBA All-Star Chris Paul's BASKETBALL DREAMS, which chronicles young Chris's passionate pursuit of his basketball dreams and the lessons he learned both on and off the court from his beloved grandfather Papa Chilly. Macmillan | Roaring Brook Press will publish January 2023.

Sophia Ezomoghene's THE TRICKSTER IN THE VASE, the first in the Osagie Twins series, in which the twins break the number one rule of going into baba's home office, and when they stumble and knock over a vase, releasing a trickster god, they need to somehow stop the troublesome deity from unleashing chaos in their community and recapture him before baba gets home. Sold to Reycraft, in a three-book deal. Publication starts in fall 2023.

Maisha Oso's BEFORE THE SHIPS, celebrates the achievements of Africans centuries before the transatlantic slave trade and how it speaks to the strength and resilience of modern-day Black Americans, illustrated by Candice Bradley. Sold to Scholastic (world). Publication in spring 2024.
THINGS I LOVE:

Black joy!

Romance novels

Windy days

Starlight

Cats, owls, sloths, and tarsiers

Happy-Ever-Afters

I'd really love to see all the love stories in YA and Adult. And if you happen to be writing a Golden Girls/Living Single murder mystery, I'll be your best friend!
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One of my mentors, Jo Knowles, said that she looks for that beautiful page that brings what the book is about to its knees. Years later, that sentiment still holds true; I'm always on
the hunt for that
beautiful page.
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