Who We Are
Jennifer Lyons, Owner & President
Jennifer Lyons was a senior agent for sixteen years before she decided to open up her own literary agency. She represents numerous award-winning authors. The awards her clients have received include the Nobel Prize, The Pulitzer for both Fiction and Nonfiction, the National Book Award for both Fiction and Nonfiction, PEN Literary Awards, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, The Koret Award, The Lambda, and many others. Jennifer has attended the Frankfurt Book Fair sixteen times and has also visited the Jerusalem and London Book Fairs. She is the daughter of Nick Lyons, the founder of Lyons Press and a longtime Crown editor, and the sister of Tony Lyons, the publisher of Skyhorse Publishing. Jennifer is a contributing editor to the literary journal Fiction and the author of THE BUSINESS OF WRITING (Allworth Press, 2012), and she regularly teaches the business of writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
Although Jennifer prefers hard copy submissions, email submissions intended for Jennifer should go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Ourvan, Agent
Jeff Ourvan, an attorney, published author and writing instructor, is a literary agent with the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. His interests are varied: he represents non-fiction works, especially memoirs, histories, biographies, science and sports works. He also represents fiction writers, particularly in the young adult, thriller and international fiction categories. Prior to his career as a literary agent, Jeff was a litigator for many years at two large New York-based corporate law firms and a communications consultant working in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Jeff's next authored work, THE STAR SPANGLED BUDDHIST, will be distributed by Norton in June 2013.
Submissions intended for Jeff should go to email@example.com.
Sophia Jimenez, Assistant to Jennifer Lyons
Sophia Jimenez is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she concentrated in literature and music, and the Denver Publishing Institute. She grew up in Austin, TX and interned there for Badgerdog Publishing (now a part of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation). She moved to New York City in 2012 and is thrilled to be pursuing a career in publishing!