Jill Marr is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in History. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write 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 the “hook” and sell it.
Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for nonfiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly in magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for nonfiction projects in the areas of self-help, inspirational, cookbooks, memoir (she especially loves travel and foodie memoirs), health & nutrition, pop culture, humor and music.
Some of Jill’s recent and soon-to-be-published nonfiction include the Travel Channel’s Nick Groff’s Chasing Spirits (Running Press); Nancy L. Cohen’s Delirium: The Shadow Movement That Fuels Our Political Wars(Counterpoint); Martha Biondi’s Black Revolution on Campus: 1968 and its Legacy (UC Press); Doulas A. Wissing’s Funding Our Enemy(Prometheus Books); Market Mind Games by Denise Shull (McGraw-Hill); Jay Michaelson’s God versus Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality(Beacon Press); Rick’s Café: How I Brought a Screen Legend to Life in Casablanca (Lyon’s Press) by Kathy Kriger; William Jones’ More than the Dream: The Untold Story of the March on Washington (Norton); Rocking the Pink (Seal Press) by singer-songwriter Laura Roppé; Drunks: America’s Search for Sobriety by Christopher Finan; and Argyle Armada: Life with America’s Top Pro Cycling Team (VeloPress) by Mark Johnson.
Some of Jill’s new fiction includes Bloodman (Thomas & Mercer) by Robert Pobi; The Silencer (St. Martin’s Press) by columnist Solomon Jones; Flat Spin (The Permanent Press), a thriller from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Freed; the second in Lexi George’s series Demon Hunting in the Deep South (Kensington); Prayers of an Ibo Rabbi (Africana Heritage Legacy Publishers) by Richard Cummings; and the Jaden Terrell series that includes Racing the Devil and A Cup Full of Midnight (The Permanent Press).
Please note that Jill is specifically not interested in: YA, children’s books, sci-fi, romance or anything involving unicorns.