Jennifer Laughran, of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, 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 ADVENTURES OF A CAT-WHISKERED GIRL (Houghton). 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 New York Times bestseller list. Illustrator and graphic novelist Matt Faulkner, who draws picture books for authors such as Laurie Halse Anderson and Judith St. George, as well as his own books and graphic novels. Jackie Dolamore, whose wonderful debut MAGIC UNDER GLASS (Bloomsbury) has been described as “Libba Bray meets Charlotte Bronte”. Edgy debut YA novelists L.K. Madigan, whose FLASH BURNOUT was an ALA Morris Award Winner (Houghton) and Tara Kelly (HARMONIC FEEDBACK, Holt). Kate Messner, who made a splash in 2009 with the E.B. White Readaloud Award-winning BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z (Walker)… these are to name just a few.
Jennifer attends several conferences each year. Past conferences include Willamette, Writer’s League of Texas, 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?!