Jill is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
She graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.
After writing ad copy and features for published books for years, she knows how to find the "hook" and sell it.
Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women's commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, narrative non-fiction, sports, politics, current events, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir.
Some of Jill's recent and soon-to-be-published non-fiction includes the Travel Channel's Nick Groff's Chasing Spirits (NAL); Maybe We'll Have You Back (Skyhorse) by actor Fred Stoller; The Chosen Few (Da Capo) by USA Today writer Gregg Zoroya; Break Free from the Divortex (Seal Press) by Christina Pesoli; Teaching Kids to Think (Sourcebooks) by Darlene Sweetland, PhD and Ron Stolberg, PhD; Doulas A. Wissing's Funding Our Enemy (Prometheus Books); Press One for English (The New Press) by Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal; Why We Love Serial Killers (Skyhorse) by Scott Bonn; Mission High (Nation Books) by journalist Kristina Rizga; Don't Lick the Minivan (Skyhorse) by Leanne Shirtliffe; William Jones' More Than the Dream: The Untold Story of the March on Washington (Norton); and Spitting in the Soup (VeloPress) by Mark Johnson.
Some of Jill's new and upcoming fiction includes Brain Storm (Thomas & Mercer) by Anthony-and-Agatha-Award winning author Elaine Viets; A Place We Knew Well (Ballatine Books) by Susan Carol McCarthy; Moving Day and The Teller (Thomas & Mercer) by Jonathon Stone; Fishbowl (St. Martin's Press) by Bradley Somer; Bloodman and American Woman (Thomas & Mercer) by Robert Pobi; Dead Souls (Gallery) by J. Lincoln Fenn; The Bomb Maker's Son (Seven Stories Press) by Robert Rotstein; Dragon Springs Road (HarperCollins) by Janie Chang; A Killing at the Creek (part of the Ozarks Mystery series from Witness Impulse) by Nancy Allen; The Cordell Logan thriller series (The Permanent Press) by David Freed; LA Times best-selling Benefit of the Doubt (Tor/Forge) by Neal Griffin; The Dog Year (Berkley) by Ann Garvin; The Change Your Name Store and No More Beige Food (Sky Pony Press) by Leanne Shirliffe; and the Jaden Terrell series that includes the Shamus Award nominee Racing the Devil and A Cup Full of Midnight (The Permanent Press)
Please note that Jill is specifically not interested in: YA, children's books, sci-fi, romance, screenplays, graphic novels, or anything involving unicorns.