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.

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 specializes in popular nonfiction and prescriptive titles that offer realistic advice or new perspectives to help readers better understand themselves and the world, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller THE HIDDEN POWER OF F*CKING UP by The Try Guys.

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.

Julia Hegger, Intern

Julia Hegger is a Boston College alum, where she earned a degree in English and American studies. In Boston she worked with the Black Seed Writers Group, which provides a place for the homeless to find their voices and a means to publish their work. This rewarding, perspective-altering experience solidified her desire to spread other peoples’ original stories into the world in publishing. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in Oxford, U.K., where she learned from a variety of incredible publishing professionals and developed a passion in particular for children’s book publishing, from picture books to young adult. Now based in New York, Julia is a cat lover and candle enthusiast who enjoys being outdoors, binging movies and teen dramas, and of course, reading and writing, and she continues to pursue a career in book publishing.