Join us at Paragraph for this month's agent roundtable!
Stéphanie Abou is an agent at Massie & McQuilkin (MMQ). Hailing from France but in NYC publishing for almost twenty years, Stéphanie started as an intern at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, before moving on to the agenting side, first at the Joy Harris Literary Agency, and most recently at Foundry Literary + Media. Multi-lingual and multi-cultured, she has developed a dual career as a foreign rights director and a domestic agent. She specializes in character-driven fiction, but in nonfiction and novels alike she is first and foremost interested in hearing from great story tellers.
Lexi Wangler (junior agent and foreign rights associate) holds a dual MFA in Fiction and Writing for Children from The New School. Coming to MMQ from PEN American Center and the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency, she graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2013. Lexi assists Maria on all foreign rights for Massie & McQuilkin, and is looking for books that focus on complex, three-dimensional characters, especially women and non-binary people. She is passionate about representation across the race, class, gender and sexuality spectrum and uplifting voices that historically have had less of an opportunity to resonate. Subverting genre boundaries and strong, distinct voices are appealing to her, as are books that reflect truth back to the reader. Her MFA background is proof of her strong dedication to exemplary writing, and she prizes a clear narrative above all else. She is primarily looking for literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, crime fiction, cultural criticism, narrative nonfiction, essay collections, memoir and young adult fiction.