All agents are members of the Association of American Literary Agents (AALA), formerly known as the AAR

Cristina Concepcion

Cristina Concepcion has been at Don Congdon Associates since 1996 and represents writers of crime fiction, narrative non-fiction, political science, journalism and history.  She’s also looking for novels outside the crime genre that aren’t too commercial or overly literary, but are readable, thought provoking and character driven.  In non-fiction she is interested in books on cities, classical music, biography, science for a popular audience, philosophy, food and wine, iconoclastic books on health and human relationships, essays and arts criticism.  She is also the foreign rights manager.

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Michael Congdon

Following a career in journalism and public relations, Michael became a literary agent after he joined the Harold Matson Company in 1977. He left Matson in 1983 to start Don Congdon Associates, Inc., with his father, Don, of which he is now President. He has served on the Board of Directors, and as Literary Vice President, of the Association of Author’s Representatives (AAR, now AALA) and has been a member of the organization’s Ethics, International and Program committees. He has interest in, and represents, a variety of non-fiction, such as history, military history, biography, current affairs and narrative non-fiction (adventure, medicine, nature and science). While open to receiving new work by authors who have self-published previouly, he is not interested in signing up works which, themselves, have already been self-published.

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Katie Grimm

Katie joined Don Congdon Associates in 2007. She represents vivid literary fiction (be it voicey, historical, speculative, or mysterious), up-market women’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, and graphic novels. In young adult, she loves compelling and heartbreaking contemporary novels and speculative high-concepts rooted in science and history. In middle grade, she enjoys novels with a heartfelt, timeless quality, and stories that explore the magic of our world or those imagined. For non-fiction, she is looking for memoirs and narratives that explore greater social issues, dark and weird times in human history, the personal impact of science, and any off-beat topic explored through an academic lens. Across all genres, she’s looking for books with a heartbeat, and she’ll always be interested in previously under- or misrepresented experiences and stories that contribute to a larger cultural conversation. She is also a member of SCBWI. Katie is currently closed to queries.

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Katie Kotchman

Katie began her career at Denise Marcil Literary Agency in 2005 and joined Don Congdon Associates as an agent in 2008. In non-fiction, she specializes in business (all areas), narrative non-fiction (particularly popular science, pop culture, memoir, and social/cultural issues), and self-help that focuses on success, motivation, and psychology. Katie is actively seeking new nonfiction clients with built-in platforms from whom she can learn something new. In fiction, she’s interested in representing women’s fiction and literary fiction. In all areas, she’s particularly interested in characters who struggle with dualities of nature and/or culture, as the topics of cognitive dissonance and those who straddle two different worlds fascinate her. She has soft spots for the Midwest, family secrets, and a good underdog story. Please do not send her fantasy, sci-fi, screenplays or poetry. Katie also manages digital rights for the agency and is a member of the AALA DEI Committee, International Committee, and the Media and Digital Innovations Committee. She currently serves on the AALA Board of Directors as well.

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Maura Kye-Casella

Maura traded in her legal briefcase for a manuscript bag and joined the Denise Marcil Literary Agency.  In 2008, Maura became an agent with Don Congdon Associates.  Maura represents writers of narrative non-fiction, women’s fiction, thrillers, young adult, middle grade and cookbooks. She is seeking literary works, women’s fiction, thrillers/suspense and she is especially interested in works for both the young adult and middle grade markets. As to non-fiction, Maura is seeking narrative works, books on popular science (especially space), cookbooks, lifestyle, and fun/interesting works that fall into the humor category. Maura is looking for diverse voices across the various genres she represents.

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Susan Ramer

Susan started at Don Congdon Associates in 1986. She looks for literary fiction, upmarket 'book club' fiction (contemporary and historical, American in particular), and narrative non-fiction.  Susan is drawn to an authentic voice, unforgettable characters with an edge, and an unfamiliar, well-crafted story that is emotional in unpredictable ways.  For non-fiction, her interests include social history, cultural history, smart pop culture (fashion, food, art, music), women’s issues, and literary memoir with a distinctive theme. She particularly likes a narrative that combines a personal thread with reporting and analysis of a broader social or cultural issue.  In everything, Susan appreciates a sense of humor, especially when it’s on the dark side. Please do not query Susan in the following categories: romance, sci-fi, fantasy, espionage, mysteries, politics, health/diet/fitness, self-help sports or children's (young adult, middle grade or picture book); and she does not represent screenplays. Susan served two terms on the AAR (now AALA) Board of Directors (2014-2018). As of November 2021, Susan is currently closed to queries.

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