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 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 based on her own book.

Although Jennifer prefers hard copy submissions, email submissions intended for Jennifer should go to jenniferlyonsagency (at) gmail (dot) com.

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. AAR member.

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

Caroline Timmings, Intern

Caroline is a graduate of the New York University Summer Publishing Institute, has a Bachelor’s in English Literature, Philosophy, and Creative Writing from Manhattanville College, and a Master’s in Philosophy from Fordham University. She has always been an avid reader and has particular interest in Romance, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. Caroline can be reached at jenniferlyonsagency2 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Emily Galow, Assistant

Emily is a graduate of St. Michael’s College and has a Bachelor’s in English Literature. After graduating, she went on to attend the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. She’s been a lifelong bookworm, and is fascinated by a wide range of genres.