Stonesong was founded in 1979 to produce and package nonfiction books. Today, Stonesong has three arms: a literary agency representing a wide range of successful nonfiction, fiction, children’s, middle grade, and adult authors, including numerous bestsellers; a custom publishing division that can deliver anything from edited manuscript to finished books and e-books for organizations and institutions; and a book production/packaging division that offers design and production services to all major publishers. We urge you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can serve you best.
Alison Fargis is a partner in Stonesong. With more than 20 years in publishing, Alison represents a wide range of commercially successful properties and is actively looking for lifestyle, pop culture, health/wellness, diet, parenting, select middle grade and young adult fiction, and adult fiction that blurs the line between literary and commercial. Prior to joining Stonesong in 1995, she taught English to President Vaclav Havel’s staff at the Prague Castle and taught high school English in Příbram, Czech Republic. Alison was the recipient of a Dana Foundation Grant and a Foundation for a Civil Society (Soros Foundation) Fellowship. She graduated Vassar College with a B.A. in Art.
For more information about the types of projects Alison represents and is looking for, please see our Literary Agency page.
Ellen Scordato, a partner in Stonesong, has more than 25 years of publishing experience. She manages Stonesong’s production and editorial services for everyone from major New York publishers to custom clients large and small. Titles produced recently include I, Spy: Be Your Own P.I. by Dan Ribacoff (St. Martin’s Press, 2016); Raising Men by Eric Davis (St. Martin’s Press, 2016); Bulletproof: The Cookbook (Rodale, 2015); The Hell’s Kitchen Cookbook (Hachette, 2015); The Biggest Loser Bootcamp + bookazine (Oxmoor House, 2015), Mysteries of the Unknown, Mysteries of the Criminal Mind, and Mysteries of Miracles (books + bookazines, Time Inc. 2014-15), Lincoln and the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell (St. Martin’s Press, 2015); The New Explorers: Making Meaning in the 21st Century Landscape by Kris Timken (Conveyance Press, 2015); Miraval Mindful Intentions, Mindful Living, and Mindful Eating (Hay House, 2014, 2012, 2011), the bestselling Daring Book for Girls (HarperCollins, 2007-09) and Dancing With the Stars (HarperCollins, 2006). Prior to joining Stonesong in 1997, Ellen was managing editor of the Smithsonian Guides at Random House and was an editor and copy editor at Chelsea House, Charles Scribner and Sons, and St. Martin’s Press. She has been the copy chief at an ad agency, is the author of four young adult nonfiction titles, and has been an adjunct faculty member at the New School, where she taught grammar and punctuation. She graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Classics.
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Judy Linden is Executive Vice President and Literary Agent. She has been a respected publishing professional for thirty years – as an editor, book developer, and successful literary agent. Prior to joining Stonesong in 2005, Judy was Vice President, Executive Editor at Penguin Putnam, Inc. and after that Vice President, Executive Editor at The Philip Lief Group, Inc. Judy represents authors in cooking, health/wellness, diet, interiors, fashion, and other lifestyle areas, pop culture, parenting, narrative non-fiction, memoirs, and select fiction. She is known for being involved in every step of writing book proposals that sell and creating ideas for authors looking for their next project. Editorial guidance and managing careers is as much a part of her work as selling, negotiating contracts, and providing financial advice. She follows every book from its inception through its sale to a publisher, its publication and marketing, and beyond.
For more information about the types of projects Judy represents and is looking for, please see our Literary Agency page.
Emmanuelle Morgen joined Stonesong as an agent in January 2012. Previously she was an agent at Judith Ehrlich Literary and Wendy Sherman Associates, and an editor at Fodor’s, the travel division of Random House. She enjoys developing long-term relationships with her clients, working closely with them to build their literary careers.
Emmanuelle represents adult and children’s fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction in the areas of memoir, psychology, sociology, and popular science. In children’s books, she is looking for young adult and middle grade novels. In adult books, she is looking for women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, and a certain type of thriller in which a team of people or a partnership battle impossible odds.
For more information about the types of projects Emmanuelle represents and is looking for, please see our Literary Agency page.
Maria Ribas began her career on the editorial side, first at Simon & Schuster and Harlequin Nonfiction, then at Adams Media, where she was an associate editor before moving to the agency side in 2014. As a former editor, she has a keen sense of what editors are really looking for, and she has years of experience building lasting relationships with authors. She prides herself on being very hands-on as an agent and enjoys working closely with authors on their entire career and platform, not just one book.
Maria specializes in nonfiction in the areas of cooking, home, health/diet, personal development, business, psychology, and memoir. For practical nonfiction, she enjoys working with bloggers, experts, business owners, and media influencers who understand how a thoughtfully produced, proudly promoted book can grow their brands and their businesses. For narrative nonfiction, she’s looking for journalists, bloggers, and writers who understand how to bring a subject to life in unexpected ways.
For more information about the types of projects Maria represents and is looking for, please see our Literary Agency page.
Leila Campoli joined Stonesong as an agent in March 2015. Before joining the agency world, she worked closely with authors as an editor at Palgrave Macmillan in business, economics, finance, international relations, and politics. She prides herself on putting the concerns of her authors and the quality of their books above all else. She is passionate about representing books that break our established understanding of the world.
She is looking for perscriptive and narrative nonfiction projects in business, science, technology, current events, history, and self improvement.
For more information about the types of projects Leila represents and is looking for, please see our Literary Agency page.
Alyssa Jennette joined Stonesong Literary in June 2015 after interning at Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. As a result, she has unique insight and expertise when it comes to design-heavy or illustrated works. Alyssa is a very editorial agent; she finds a lot of joy in shaping stories alongside the author and delights in building long-term partnerships.
Alyssa represents children’s and adult fiction and picture books, and has dabbled in humor and pop culture nonfiction. She is especially drawn to diverse voices, ensemble casts, and thorough world-building, plus any book with a format that is specific to the story and gives it its own context.
For more information about the types of projects Alyssa represents and is looking for, please see our Literary Agency page.
Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond.
Melissa represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. She is looking for warm and timeless middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction. She can be found on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE, where she often tweets her active Manuscript Wishlist requests under #MSWL.
For more information about the types of projects Melissa represents and is looking for, please see our Literary Agency page.
Madelyn Burt joined Stonesong in May 2015. Since then, she has assisted on projects ranging from adult and children’s fiction to cookbooks to lifestyle. She looks forward to building long-lasting, collaborative relationships with her authors, and is interested in a wide variety of adult and children’s fiction, as well as historical nonfiction. She is drawn to stories that feature tight-knit groups and strong friendships, quests and heists, and clever use of myths or folklore. She is also particularly interested in fiction and nonfiction that is able to make a historical person or period accessible to the modern reader. Before entering the literary world, she earned her M.A. in Medieval Studies, with a focus on medieval England.
For more information about the types of projects Madelyn is looking for, please see our Literary Agency page.