Jennifer Mattson

Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Jennifer Mattson is a Chicago-based agent with boutique children’s book agency Andrea Brown Literary. Her career in children’s publishing began immediately out of college—including time as an editor (Dutton Children’s Books) and a reviewer (Booklist magazine). She represents all audiences and genres within the children’s literature umbrella, from picture book through young adult, and looks for authors or author-illustrators who bring a deep professionalism, an open mind, and a fresh point of view to their work. Her list primarily focuses on fiction, but she’s also open to occasional, impeccably researched nonfiction projects. She’s currently especially looking to add more middle grade novelists to her roster, especially those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, and she has soft spots for mindbending speculative and gripping survival stories of all kinds. But she’ll always give more than a passing glance to a slam-dunk of a picture book!

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Subject Focus

NF: Science
Children’s: Graphic Novel
Children’s: Middle Grade Fiction
Children’s: Picture Book
Children’s: Young Adult Fiction
Children’s: General
Children's: Fantasy



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