Who Am I, Anyway?

The Short Version
I'm Jennifer Laughran, and I'm surrounded by books. I'm an agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency specializing in children's &YA fiction. I'm also a (very) part-time children's bookseller, and I often throw fab parties for books and authors.

When I am not at writers conferences, I split my time between the beautiful Hudson Valley and NYC. Sometimes, when the moon is full, I even get to sit down and just read for fun.

The opinions expressed here are strictly my own and are not those of my employer, or possibly anyone else. Salt to taste.

The Long Version, in Third Person
Jennifer began her career in agenting after working as a long-time children's bookseller and buyer. She is also the founder of the extremely popular YA event series "Not Your Mother's Book Club". She joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007. Always on the lookout for sparkling YA and middle grade fiction with unusual and unforgettable characters and vivid settings, she is drawn to all kinds of books, whether realistic comedies or richly imagined magical adventures. However, the common thread in her favorite stories is an offbeat world-view. Jennifer adores simplicity, but she is not interested in the conventional, predictable, mechanical, gimmicky or ordinary. Jennifer loves funny books, thrilling books, romantic books, books that make her cry, and all-around un-put-downable books... and her true favorites are all of the above.

Clients include: National Public Radio's own "children's book ambassador" and the author of over 100 books for young readers, Daniel Pinkwater, whose latest novel is BUSHMAN LIVES! (Houghton/HMH). His wife, the talented artist Jill Pinkwater, who did the vibrant illustrations for their book BEAUTIFUL YETTA (THE YIDDISH CHICKEN) (Feiwel & Friends). Author/illustrator Calef Brown, whose whimsical drawings and poems have garnered him praise and the number one spot on the NYT bestseller list. Ilsa J. Bick, author of ASHES (Egmont), who is quickly becoming one of the most gripping voices in YA thrillers. Jackie Dolamore, whose fantasy worlds are so gorgeously wrought in books like BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY (Bloomsbury). Edgy debut YA novelists like L.K. Madigan, whose FLASH BURNOUT (Houghton/HMH) was an ALA Morris Award Winner. And Erin Lange, author of BUTTER (Bloomsbury). These are to name just a few.

Jennifer attends several conferences each year. Past conferences include Willamette, Writer's League of Texas, SCBWI-NY, NE-SCBWI, Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop, Book Passage Children's Writers Workshop, and Big Sur Children's Writer's Workshop. She spends most of her free time... well, reading, what else?! You can find out more about Jennifer and her clients on her blog. She's also on twitter @literaticat.