Jessica Watterson

Jessica has been an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency since 2014.

A graduate of the University of California at Irvine, Jessica has immersed herself in books and literature from the time she could first read. While in college, she started an indie review blog that has featured author interviews and reviewed several self-published books that eventually ended up on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Jessica is always on the hunt for new and diverse voices, and is most interested in all genres of romance. For historical romance, she favors settings in America, Scotland, or somewhere outside of the traditional Regency setting.  

In the contemporary sphere, she loves novels with strong characters that jump off of the page and stay with you long after you have finished the book. 

In paranormal romance, she is looking for anything unusual and unique, vampires need not apply.

In regards to romantic suspense, it takes something different and edgy to capture her attention, and she greatly enjoys anything Kristen Ashely has written in this genre.

She also loves Women’s Fiction that concerns itself with elements of life that can greatly change one’s perspective and outlook on cultures and experiences.

On the YA side, Jessica is looking for just about anything that aligns itself with fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, lgbtq reads, #ownvoices, and of course a bit of romance thrown in is never a bad thing in her opinion.

She is also interested in author illustrated picture books that capture the fun and joy of reading between adults and children.

Jessica’s sales include: Lori Anne Bailey's Highland Pride series (Entangled Select Historical), Dylann Crush's Holiday Texas series (Sourcebooks Casablanca), Katie Allen's 11 book back list and brand new 3 book series (Carina Press), Katie Ruggle's Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters series (Sourcebooks Casablanca), Emily Albright's Perfect Harmony (Amberjack), Katie Ruggle's 4th Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit book (Sourcebooks Casablanca), Amber Lynn Natusch’s Dare to Tell a Lie (Tor Teen), Katie Ruggle’s Christmas Search and Rescue/K9 novel (Sourcebooks), Jade Chandler’s Brotherhood Investigations (Carina Press), Dawn Luedecke’s Montana Mountain Series (Lyrical/Kensington), Debbie Burns Rescue Me Series(Sourcebooks), Emily Alibright’s Everyday Magic (Merit Press).

Please note that Jessica is specifically not interested in: middle grade, non-fiction, memoir, cookbooks, poetry, short stories, screenplays, self-help, or religious/spiritual books.