Amanda Ayers Barnett began her publishing career 20 years ago, fresh out of Middlebury College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. She has worn many hats—Publicity Assistant at Random House, Associate Editor at Pocket Books, Acquisitions Editor at Re.ad Publishing, freelance book editor for New York Book Editors—all of which have given her extensive and valuable experience. She is thrilled to add Literary Agent to these titles, and to join the Donaghy Literary Group.
While she has worked on a variety of different genres throughout her career, Amanda's heart lies in middle grade and young adult fiction. She loves all kinds of middle grade stories (except those with animals as main characters!) and is specifically looking for contemporary, historical and thrillers in young adult. She enjoys coming of age novels and precocious main characters. But more than anything, she loves an intriguing and well-written story. With a strong, bordering on obsessive, attention to detail, she is especially excited to work closely with authors and help them develop into amazing storytellers.
When she isn't working, Amanda can be found in the bleachers of one of her three sons' numerous sporting events.
Amanda's client list: Scott Taft, Jennifer Dillard, Maya Creedman, Lèonie C. Kelsall, Tom Kowitz and Emma Nelson.
Amanda's Wish list
Middle grade fiction
Young adult contemporary fiction
Young adult historical fiction
Young adult mystery/thrillers
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