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SM 19 Monica Odom


MONICA ODOM, Agent with Liza Dawson Associates

Monica Odom is an agent at Liza Dawson Associates, where she represents a variety of nonfiction, literary and upmarket fiction, and illustrators. Monica earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University in 2014, and has a B.A. in English from Montclair State University. She was also schooled in book selling and event coordinating at her local indie, Watchung Booksellers. She loves to see a personal project turn into something original and surprising, and is committed to the expansion of diversity and inclusivity in the publishing industry.


Monica is looking for:  
  • Nonfiction by authors in the following categories:  Advice/Relationships, Self-help/Self-Reflection, How-To, Crafting/Creativity, Food and Cooking, Humor, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Fashion & Beauty, Biography, Memoir, Narrative, Business, Politics and Current Affairs, History, Science, Social Studies, including topics of: identity, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomics, civil rights and social justice
  • Literary fiction and upmarket fiction. Monica does not represent genre fiction.
  • Illustrators with demonstrable platforms, preferably author/illustrators, working on nonfiction, graphic memoirs or graphic novels.


Creating Nonfiction for Young Readers: Prove Your Idea with a Proposal 
Nonfiction books are typically sold to publishers (and submitted to agents) via a proposal document and sample pages. Nonfiction authors also need to have some kind of platform to help publishers spring board a nonfiction book to success. Learn all of the elements that go into a proposal, what kind of sample material to present, and how to define your platform to agents and publishers. Ultimately a proposal will help you prove to agents, editors, publishers, and yourself that this is a book that will have substantial, important, interesting and entertaining content, that this book should be published, and that you’re the one to write it!