The Seymour Agency strives to offer aspiring and established authors the representation they need to succeed 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.
OUR FOUNDER -- MARY SUE SEYMOUR
Mary Sue Seymour was listed by Publishers Marketplace as one of the top dealmakers in the country.
Mary Sue founded The Seymour Agency in 1992.
Mary Sue Seymour was a member of the Author's Guild, the AAR, ACFW, WGA, and RWA.
She was named ACFW's AGENT OF THE YEAR in 2015.
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 believed 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 loved to attend church and sometimes went 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 taught Vacation Bible School and also did some work at a local catholic school with their vocal music and art program. Also Mary Sue taught 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.
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. Luke attended Canisius College in Buffalo, New York where he played D-1 soccer.
Always in our hearts, her agents carry on her legacy and vision.
PRESIDENT -- NICOLE RESCINITI
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 she won’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 wish list: 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."
AGENT -- JULIE GWINN
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.
She is a member of AAR and President of her local chapter of ACFW. You
can contact her at Julie@TheSeymourAgency.com and follow her
at https://www.facebook.com/julie.gwinn.5 or on Twitter @JulieGwinn
AGENT -- ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" POTEET
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Poteet
attended Colby College where she majored in English and Religious Studies.
While studying at St. Andrews, she realized that though she enjoyed Shakespeare
and the Dead Sea Scrolls, she preferred reading stories with a little more heat
and heart. Lizzie took her passion for romance and turned it into a position
with RT Bookreviews as a romance reviewer. In 2011, she joined the editorial
team at St. Martin's Press where she worked with romance, YA, nonfiction, and
women’s fiction. Then in 2015, Lizzie became the e-book original coordinator
for SMP Swerve, helping launch the digital only romance imprint.
Lizzie is always
looking for a good love story. She loves classic romance tropes, strong
dialogue, sassy heroines, witty banter, and good old fashion romance. She’s
actively seeking inspirational romance, cozy mystery, New Adult, YA, romantic
suspense, historical and contemporary romances, and loves anything with a happy
Please no poetry, picture books, or literary fiction novels.
AGENT -- TINA WAINSCOTT
Tina Wainscott is the USA
Today bestselling author of over thirty novels with romantic thrills and
suspenseful chills. She’s been published with houses such as St. Martin’s
Press, Harper Collins, Hachette, and Random House since 1995, so she
understands the business from the author’s perspective. As an agent, she’s
looking for self-help nonfiction that inspires people to reach for their best
and overcome life’s challenges.
A Note from Tina:
As I considered becoming an agent with this amazing agency,
I knew what my area of interest would be as soon as Nicole mentioned “self-help”
as one of the categories on which they wanted to focus. Though I continue to
write fiction, I am also invested in my own soul journey. I love the feeling of
reading a book that helps me transform, to see the world through a new
perspective, and its challenges in a new light. The idea of helping writers
share their vision with others, when it comes from their heart, is thrilling!
I’m looking to work with a select few authors who have an
idea that fits into self-help/ personal transformation/spiritual growth but
also has that special something to stand out in a crowded market. If you have a
provocative idea, a grasp on your platform, and a fabulous title and hook, I’d
love to see it! Diversity is welcome!
Please limit queries to self-help/non-fiction books. No
memoirs (unless it specifically aims to use your life/experience as a teaching
tool or you are someone of note), poetry, or children’s books, and please, no
fiction. Even spiritual fiction.
Note: Please send religious/Christian
queries to Julie Gwinn.
Send your query that includes your book’s blurb, what the
book targets, clear marketing/platform info (eg. your numbers as far as
followers go, subscribers, professional connections, etc.), your proposal, and sample
chapters (in a Word or PDF doc) to Tina@theseymouragency.com.
AGENT -- JENNIFER WILLS
has five years’ experience in some of the publishing industry’s leading
literary agencies. She worked with publishers around the world as an
assistant in Trident Media Group’s huge foreign rights department, and
with domestic publishers as an assistant at Writers House (where,
incidentally, she began her career as an intern).
She joined the
Seymour Agency in April 2016, where she has quickly moved up the ranks
to Associate Agent. Jennifer has always loved helping fledgling authors
become NYT bestsellers and she’s ready to be a relentless champion for
her own clients’ work. You can find her @WillsWork4Books on Twitter.
is particularly interested in a wide range of picture books and
cookbooks, with a soft spot for author/illustrators of sweet and wacky
picture books, and cookbooks with mouth-watering recipes of the health
conscious, budget friendly or celebrity chef variety. For fiction,
she’s also interested in middle grade and YA with a sci fi/fantasy,
horror/suspense, or contemporary bent, and upmarket women’s fiction with
a sense of humor. On the nonfiction side, narrative nonfiction and
memoir are also welcome. If your manuscript has a great hook, a
distinct voice, and can make her laugh out loud or ugly cry (or, even
better, both), she’d love to see it.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF R&D -- MARISA CLEVELAND
Marisa oversees the research and development innovations and is responsible for spearheading the Agency’s efforts to identify, inform, and involve the literary community in outreach and advocacy programs.
Her efforts to support literacy include establishing the Agency’s literacy fundraiser, supporting authors in their writing endeavors with motivational events, and teaching workshops on plotting. She is ridiculously adamant about supporting the cultural and performing arts, and she regularly donates critiques, phone chats, and coffee meet-and-greets in auctions and fundraisers.
Marisa is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She's a 2015 FACE Arts and Culture recipient, an award celebrating diversity in Southwest Florida, and a 2014 Forty Under Forty honoree.
ASSOCIATE AGENT -- LESLEY SABGA
Since graduating from The University of Kentucky (Go
Cats!) and obtaining her Editorial Certification from The University of
Chicago, Lesley has worked as an editorial intern and freelancer for multiple
publishing houses. She's also been working for The Seymour Agency since 2014.
Starting out as an eager intern, she worked her way up to a Literary Assistant,
and in the fall of 2017, Lesley became an Associate Agent with The Seymour
loves intricate and vivid world-building and character driven plots. She is
actively acquiring MG, YA, and Adult fantasy/science fiction and she is always
down to read a dark and twisty suspense or thriller featuring strong, female
protagonists. She also loves a classic
happily-ever-after romance. As for nonfiction, she has her eye out for unique
and fresh “How-To-Do” guides, coffee table or “gift” books, and provoking memoirs.
she is not rescuing animals or searching for her next debut author, Lesley is a
constant occupant at local bookstores in Louisville and is a self-proclaimed
coffee aficionado. She is also an active member of the Louisville Literary
To contact Lesley Sabga:
ASSOCIATE AGENT -- LYNNETTE NOVAK
Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent
seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced
writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a bachelor of education degree
from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French.
She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for
children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a
Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent.
Lynnette was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota
with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include
reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate
relationship), working on an assortment of crafts, all things having to do with
animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and
enjoying time with family and friends.
In adult fiction, Lynnette is interested in acquiring: thrillers, psychological suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy). In young adult fiction, she is looking for: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, historical, and contemporary.
To Contact Lynnette Novak:
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ASSOCIATE AGENT -- JESSIE STOVER
since Jessie was a little girl she was obsessed with stories. She acted out her
favorite movies with friends, wrote her own epics in high school, and loved
talking shop with any author she could get her hands on. As a 2017 honors
graduate from Taylor University, with a degree in Professional Writing,
Jessie’s eyes were opened to the dream job while learning about literary agents
in college. Through a practicum with Julie Gwinn, Jessie was taken on as an
Associate Agent for The Seymour Agency in Winter of 2017.
is constantly on the lookout for a fresh voice, strong pacing, detailed world
building, and unique main characters. She is interested in acquiring YA and New
Adult fantasy, as well as contemporary romance, romantic suspense, romantic
comedy, a brain twister (think Inception or
Black Mirror), and is a sucker for
military novels, especially anything to do with long separations or reunions.
Jessie is not interested in erotica or heavy fact laden historical romances, but
will be on board if it’s anything like Poldark.
As the wife of an
Active Duty Airman and slave to her own creative mind, Jessie’s days are full
of variety, knitting, and tea drinking.
To Contact Jessie Stover:
OUR INTERN -- KAT ENRIGHT
Ever since she got her hands on a copy of Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer’s Stone in third grade, Kat has been obsessed with stories.Her love of
books led her to a career in publishing, where she gained a variety of
experience working at Skyhorse Publishing, first as a Sales and Marketing
Assistant before transferring into editorial at Sky Pony Press. She’s thrilled
to explore the agenting side of the business with The Seymour Agency as an
Kat is looking for fresh, new stories particularly from
marginalized voices. She’s actively seeking YA of all genres, Adult SFF,
Romance of, and select nonfiction. In YA, she’s looking for twisty dark tales
with compelling protagonists and in SFF she’s looking for vibrant worlds that
draw from traditionally underrepresented cultures. A HEA is a must for all
romances. In nonfiction, she is looking for cookbooks and coffee table and gift
When she is not working, she writes fiction for young adults and
adults. She is often found playing video games or yelling about comic books.
She lives in New Jersey with her fiancé and their cat, Zuko.
To Contact Kat Enright: