Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Rebecca Eskilden of Writers House

Rebecca Eskilden is a literary agent with Writers House.

I am actively growing my list, with a particular interest in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Across the board, I’m looking to elevate LGBTQ+ and BIPOC voices, among other underrepresented narratives.

In middle grade, I’m mainly looking for contemporary books that make kids feel seen. Mostly I want to see fresh, engaging voices, particularly narratives with a sense of humor and a strong emotional core.

For YA, I’m looking for some darker themes and twisty, gripping stories — give me your ambitious “unlikable” girls (ugh – I’ll like them). Separately, I’m looking for funny, slow-burn YA rom coms.

I’m looking for a more limited variety of adult books. I’d love to have my inbox full of contemporary rom coms. I’m also looking for sagas about families and/or friends, of any age or topic, and I’m looking for 20-something coming-of-age stories.

Regardless of whether you recognize your book in this MSWL, if you think we’ll be a good fit, feel free to pitch me!

I grew up reading and traipsing through the endless forests of the Seattle area and graduated with a BA from the University of Washington. After beginning my publishing career in the Seattle small press scene and spending two years bookselling at Barnes & Noble, I moved to New York, where I joined JABberwocky Literary Agency as a foreign rights associate. I pitched client books at the London Book Fair and worked with the entire list of JABberwocky clients, including Charlaine Harris, Brandon Sanderson, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Daniel Jose Older, and Peter V. Brett.

I’ve been at Writers House since 2017, supporting Merrilee Heifetz with all client needs, from editorial to accounting, contract negotiation, and other administrative details. I have worked closely with a range of authors, including Neil Gaiman, the Estate of Octavia E. Butler, Alexandra Bracken, Beth Revis, Melissa Marr, Kristen Orlando, Amanda Panitch, Allyson Dahlin, and Robin McKinley, among many others.

I currently live in Brooklyn with my toothless and VERY demanding cat, Violet.

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