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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 illustrators, picture book authors (by referral only), MG, YA, and adult authors. In picture books, she enjoys laugh-out-louds, tight rhyming, and heartfelt books that deal with family, friendships, and emotional literacy.


Illustrators:

  • Creators that illustrate any age group from picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA


Middle Grade:

  • Contemporary

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

  • Horror—would love any kind

  • Graphic novels

  • Novels in verse


Young Adult:

  • Romance—rom com, paranormal, or contemporary

  • Contemporary

  • Fantasy

  • Mystery/Suspense


Adult:

  • Romance/Women’s Fiction—rom com, paranormal, and contemporary

  • Upmarket

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


Jem is especially interested in stories written by marginalized voices.

RECENT DEALS
Annie Silvestro’s BRAVO, LITTLE BIRD! tells the story of a friendship between an old man and a bird who bond over their shared love of music—until the day when the old man’s music stops and Little Bird finds a very special way to honor his memory, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will publish in spring 2023.

World rights to JOIN THE CLUB, MAGGIE DIAZ by Nina Moreno (DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS), illustrated by Courtney Lovett. The illustrated middle grade novel follows a 12-year-old girl who becomes determined to find her one true passion, no matter how many activities or clubs it takes. Scholastic will publish. Publication is scheduled for Spring 2022.

In Ashley Franklin's picture book, XAVIER'S VOICE, illustrated by Tatiana Gardel, a socially awkward boy who has no idea how to use his voice to make friends and learns he doesn't have to mask who he is in the name of friendship. Sold to The Innovation Press.

Maryann Macdonald's picture book, HOW TO HAVE FRIENDS, illustrated by Cyndi Wojciechowski, is a guide for kids offering advice and tips on how to treat friends, buddies, and really, just about anyone. Because everybody knows, everything is better with friends! Sold to Albert Whiteman.

Heather Powell's THE LIARS BENEATH, pitched as one teen's need to seek the truth about her best friend's death until she realizes that some lies should stay buried; and MIDNIGHT AND BEX, in which a boy narrowly escapes a mass cult death to start over in a new town and high school with a new girlfriend, except that the man who haunts his dreams is hunting them down. Sold to Wise Wolf Books in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2022 and fall 2022.
THINGS I LOVE:

Black joy!

Romance novels

Windy days

Cats and tarsiers

Starlight

Happy-Ever-Afters

I'd really love to see voicey MG manuscripts and all the love stories in YA and Adult. And if you happen to be writing a Golden Girls murder mystery, I'll be your best friend!
REPRESENTATIVE TITLES
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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