Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency

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. Jennifer is on the advisory committee of World Poetry Books, and she is a contributing editor to the literary journal Fiction and the author of THE BUSINESS OF WRITING (Allworth Press, 2012). She regularly teaches the business of writing based on her own book.

Jennifer is currently closed to queries.

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 nonfiction works, especially narrative nonfiction, histories, biographies, science, food and sports. He also represents fiction writers, particularly in the young adult, thriller and romance categories. Jeff heads the Agency’s book-to-film efforts, and he is the founder of The WriteWorkshop, an intensive writing workshop for New York-area writers. His most recently authored work is THE STAR-SPANGLED BUDDHIST (Skyhorse).

Submissions intended for Jeff should go to jeff (at) jenniferlyonsliteraryagency (dot) com.

Pamela Malpas, Agent

Pamela Malpas has spent more than two decades in publishing; before joining the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, she was an agent with Harold Ober Associates, and prior to that, with Knox Burger Associates. She has worked with winners of the Stella Prize, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel, PEN/New England, PEN/West, and Ippy awards. Pamela represents work in several categories of fiction and narrative nonfiction. AALA member.

Queries for Pamela Malpas should be directed to pamela (at) jenniferlyonsliteraryagency (dot) com.

Jessica Felleman, Agent

Jessica Felleman began her publishing career in Los Angeles after receiving her MFA in writing from CalArts. She relocated to New York in 2015, where she spent five years at a mid-sized agency before joining the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. She represents a range of creators, loves fresh stories about magic, and looks for commercial and literary fiction featuring underserved voices, unforgettable places, and complicated families. Jessica is not considering poetry, individual short stories, romance/erotica, thrillers, true crime, memoir, unillustrated graphic novels, or Children’s or Middle Grade books at this time.

Queries for Jessica Felleman should be directed to jfsubmissions (at) jenniferlyonsliteraryagency (dot) com.

Mikaela Bender, Assistant

Mikaela Bender graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Editing, Writing, and Media. She’s a graduate of the New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute and Columbia University’s Columbia Publishing Course in Oxford, UK. At Florida State, she interned as a writing consultant at the university’s writing center, and she served as a copy editor for Her Campus FSU. She’s an award-winning writer, and she partners with Wattpad to work with brands like General Electric, MasterClass, Tongal, Target, and the movie A Cure for Wellness. Her work was recently adapted into a pilot for the SYFY network.