Jill Marr is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
She graduated from SDSU with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 20 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, as well as book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.
After writing ad copy and features for published books for years, she knows how to find a project’s “hook” and sell it.
Jilll is looking for: fiction and non-fiction by BIPOC and Latinx writers, disabled persons, and people identifying as LGBTQ+, among others. She is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, and horror, book club, and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors with a big, timely, smart message as well as historical projects that look at big picture issues. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of current events, science, history, narrative non-fiction, sports, politics, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir.
Some of Jill’s recent and soon-to-be-published non-fiction includes the New York Times best-selling The Vagina Bible (Citadel Press) by Dr. Jennifer Gunter; Big Dirty Money (Viking) by Jennifer Taub; Use the Power You Have (The New Press) by Congresswoman, Pramila Jayapal; White Women, We Need to Talk (Sounds True) by Karen Fleshman; Keep Marching (Hachette) by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, the co-founder of MomsRising; Aurora (Berkley Press) by Dr. Lynne Fenton; Ali on Ali (Workman) by the daughter of Muhammad Ali, Hana Ali; Being Heumann (Beacon Press) by American disability activist Judith Heumann; Building a Business with a Beat (McGraw Hill) by the founder and CEO of Jazzercize, Inc. Judi Sheppard Misset; The Trigger Trap (Chicago Review Press) by August McLaughlin and Jamila M. Dawson; Walking Through Anger (Sounds True) by Dr. Christian Conte, the host of USA Networks’ The Secret Life of Kids; paranormal investigator Nick Groff’s Chasing Spirits (NAL); The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure (Pegasus Books) by Gerald Easter and Mara Vorhees; Escaping the Rabbit Hole (Skyhorse) by science writer and professional debunker Mick West; The Chosen Few (Da Capo) by USA Today writer Gregg Zoroya; Teaching Kids to Think (Sourcebooks) by Darlene Sweetland, PhD and Ron Stolberg, PhD; Mission High (Nation Books) by journalist Kristina Rizga; Don’t Lick the Minivan (Skyhorse) by Leanne Shirtliffe; and Spitting in the Soup (VeloPress) by Mark Johnson.
Some of Jill’s new and upcoming fiction includes Edgar Award-nominee Queen’s Gambit (Seventh Street Books) by Bradley Harper; Under Pressure (Minotaur) by Robert Pobi; The Missing Sister (Thomas & Mercer) by Elle Marr; Juror #3 (Little, Brown) a thriller written with James Patterson, by Nancy Allen; The Burden of Truth (Tor/Forge) by LA Times best-selling author Neal Griffin; The Wicked Hour (Minotaur) by Alice Blanchard; It Will Just Be Us (Crooked Lane) by Jo Kaplan; Last Dance (Blackstone Publishing) by Jeffrey Fleishman; Die Next (Grand Central) by Jonathon Stone; A Deadly Fortune (Pegasus Crime) by Stacie Murphy; Lost Souls (Gallery) by J. Lincoln Fenn; We, the Jury (Blackstone Publishing) by Robert Rotstein; Millard Salter’s Last Day (Gallery) by Jacob Appel; Library of Legends (William Morrow) by Janie Chang; Look What You Made Me Do (Grand Central) by Elaine Murphy; The Girls Weekend (Crooked Lane Books) by Jody Gehrman; and The Finders (Minotaur Books) by Jeffrey B. Burton
Please note that Jill is specifically not interested in: YA, children’s books, sci-fi, screenplays, poetry, novellas or anything involving unicorns.