ABOUT US . . .
The Seymour Agency strives to offer aspiring and established authors the representation they need to thrive in the publishing world. From foreign rights to film rights and everything in between, we provide emotional, professional, promotional, and editorial counsel to each of our authors.
MARY SUE SEYMOUR -- Founder
Mary Sue Seymour is listed by Publishers Marketplace as one of the top dealmakers in the country. Mary Sue founded The Seymour Agency in 1992.
Mary Sue Seymour is a member of the Author's Guild, the AAR, ACFW, WGA, and RWA.
After graduating from the State University of New York, Mary Sue taught in a public school system for almost fifteen years. While teaching, she completed graduate work at The State University of New York. At the same time, she wrote for national publications such as Junior Scholastic, The Artist's Magazine, The American Artist, and teaching magazines.
Mary Sue is a Christian but believes in the Bible verse in Romans 10:12
that states, "For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him..."
Mary Sue loves to attend church and sometimes goes to the local service
at her Protestant church and then later in the day goes to the Contemporary Christian service at nearby St. Lawrence University. She teaches Vacation Bible School at her church and also does some work at a local catholic school with their vocal music and art program. Also Mary Sue teaches adult watercolor on Wednesday evenings as part of the Continuing Education Program at The State University of New York at Potsdam - her alma mater. A former class room teacher, Mary Sue has also given private piano and art lessons in her home for over 20 years. She loves to be busy and is working just about all the time. When Mary Sue stands before God someday, she hopes she can tell him that she took each and every talent God gave her and used them up so that there is no more left.
Mary Sue's two sons, Matt and Luke, [named after the gospel writers] are her pride and joy. Matthew, a 2004 graduate of Clarkson University lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She goes there to see him any chance she gets and is becoming a real Oriole baseball fan. Luke attends Canisius College in Buffalo, New York where he plays D-1 soccer. He is a goal keeper and is majoring in communications. He attended Avon Old Farms in CT on a scholarship to be their goal keeper.
NICOLE RESCINITI -- Senior Agent
Nicole has been listed by Publisher's Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country, and named ACFW's 2012 Agent of the Year.
She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors to take their career to the next level. Do you have the next project to feed her book addiction? A smart, tight read shewon’t be able to put down? A signature voice she’ll fight to represent?
HEA’s are a must for romance. Mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece.
Currently on her wishlist: high concept middle grade, any kind of romance, and really fresh voices in YA.
Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, RWA, and Mensa. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Like Mary Sue, Nicole taught in the public school system and has worn many hats before heeding her calling to become a literary agent--for which she will forever be indebted to Mary Sue Seymour.
"I have the best job in the world. I read for a living and make author's dreams come true."
JULIE GWINN -- Associate Agent
Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager for
the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade
Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line
at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Last
year she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction
Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words. She has more than 25 years public
relations and marketing experience and has also worked in marketing for several
Nashville non-profit organizations including the TN Assoc. for the Education of
Young Children, the Nashville Area Red Cross and the YWCA. She is married and
has two children.
LANE HEYMONT - Junior Agent
Serving as a Literary Assistant for the past two years at
the Seymour Agency, Lane Heymont has led the marketing efforts for their
authors and enjoyed connecting clients with readers. As a lover of literature
since childhood, he decided to pursue his passion as a literary agent to bring
more well written books to the masses.
With a bachelor's degree in Psychology, business and
literature, Lane continued his education in Creative Writing and English,
Lane is hungry for well-written science fiction and fantasy
novels. Exceptional world building is a must. In the non-fiction, he is looking
for the inspiring, intriguing, and mysterious.
Lane is a member of HWA, ITW, and AAR. He believes what John
Gregory Dunne said: “Writing is manual labor of the mind.”
A PERSONAL NOTE: Hi, all! Lane Heymont here, new to
agenting, but not to the industry. I am looking to represent a select few
authors in the fantasy and science fiction genres.
As a child, I read most the classics of literature, mostly
due to my grandfather’s insistence. However, my heart always belonged to
fantasy, weird, and science fiction. Most of my fantasy selections included
Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, James Lowder, R.A. Salvatore, Robert Jordan. You
might have guessed I was big into Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, and I was.
As for science fiction? I leaned toward the hard and subtle.
Little green aliens shooting death rays don’t work for me. Try Who Goes There?
by John W. Campbell Jr. (the inspiration for the 1982 movie The Thing). Others include Isaac Asimov,
Carl Sagan, and weird horror/science fiction in the veins of H.P. Lovecraft.
Without the overt racism.
What exactly am I looking for? Well, my all time favorite
novel is Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. It’s
everything, Gothic horror, science fiction, and a dash of the weird unknown and
possesses what makes these genres great.
In fantasy, I’m open to most genres. High, urban,
contemporary, or magical realism, but I love it dark, gritty, and believable.
That might sound strange, but how would you react to seeing a monster in real
life? I have no interest in the perfect heroine or hero. We all have problems
and I want to see them play out just as much as the dragon breathing flames
everywhere. Also, English medieval societies have gone stale for me. Medieval
times are great, but I’d like to see some different (read: multicultural) types
of societies. Perhaps a fantasy based on tribal Africa. Or Native American. A
Polish culture? These, without any marginalization of said culture, would be
In science fiction, I’d love to discover the next great
weird, otherworldly novel. Keep it hard or mysterious. Think Carl Sagan’s
Contact, Frankenstein, or H.P Lovecraft.
I look forward to seeing everyone’s submissions and if you
have any questions, feel free to connect with me on Twitter. You’ll see I’m very active!
MARISA CLEVELAND - Executive Director, Research and Development
It all started in New York City!
At RWA 2011, Marisa accepted the position of literary assistant for The Seymour Agency. She judged a contest, loved one of the entries, and encouraged that entrant to query Nicole. She then learned that the same entrant received six agent offers. The rush of discovering new talent was too much to resist. She's never without a book to read, and working with Mary Sue and Nicole is thrilling.
Marisa has been responsible for spearheading the agency’s efforts to identify, inform, and involve the literary community in outreach and advocacy programs. She will oversee the R&D for both the New York and Florida offices.
Cleveland, who has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration in Organizations, joined the agency in 2011 after she ended an eight-year career teaching students language arts, grades 6-12. Previous to teaching, Cleveland worked as an assistant director for a graduate school in Washington, D.C. before settling in Southwest Florida.
In February 2015, Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines will honor Cleveland with the Arts and Culture 2015 FACE Award, celebrating diversity in Southwest Florida. This fall Cleveland was selected as a 2014 “Forty Under Forty” in the September issue of Gulfshore Business magazine. She was honored for her efforts to support literacy. She established the Agency’s literacy fundraiser and supports authors in their writing endeavors with motivational events such as Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Critiques at the Romance Writers of America National Conference. Last fall she taught a workshop on plotting for writers, and she is ridiculously adamant about supporting the cultural and performing arts. She regularly donates critiques, phone chats, and coffee meet-and-greets in auctions and fundraisers through the agency. Her most recent project included a nationwide fundraiser to support the Literacy Council Gulf Coast.
KATHLEEN S. ALLEN - Literary Assistant
Kathleen has been writing since she could hold a pen. She published her first book of poetry at the age of eight—okay it was a bunch of notebook paper tied together with a red ribbon and had an orange construction paper book jacket, but that counts, right? Her first poem published in a more traditional way was in a cat magazine (of course) at the age of fifteen. Since then she has published novels, short stories, flash fiction, poetry and self-published novellas and novels.
She has published two murder mysteries If It’s Monday, It Must be Murder and If It’s Tuesday, It Must be Trouble, along with a YA contemporary, How To Be Almost Famous in Ten Days with Gypsy Shadow Publishing and two YA fantasy novels, Lore of Fei and War of Fei with Muse It Up Publishing. She has a Master’s in Children’s Literature with an emphasis in creative writing for YA.
Kathleen loves to read and reads five to seven novels a week, depending on her writing schedule and isn’t afraid to cry in public when reading. She often walks into walls because a book is plastered to her nose, but it might be because she’s staring at her smartphone and on Twitter and who put that wall there anyway?
is a dream come true for Danielle to be interning with The Seymour Agency! Her ideal career has always been to read
books all day and help people fulfill their dreams of being published. She is a
voracious reader across many genres, and craves stories with great characters
and a powerful plot. Upon completing her
BA in literature from the University of South Florida, Danielle ventured into
teaching young minds literature and writing. This past year she decided to
follow her heart and pursue her Masters in English at Florida Gulf Coast
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