JABberwocky Literary Agency is pleased to announce that Jordan Hamessley has joined as a literary agent.
Jordan Hamessley has had a distinguished career in publishing for the past fifteen years, beginning in editorial at Penguin Books for Young Readers’ Grosset & Dunlap division and Egmont USA to heading the Adaptive Books imprint of Adaptive Studios. She became a literary agent in 2017 and quickly developed a distinctive list of authors, illustrators and content creators with a focus on children’s books at all levels, from picture books through YA. Among her most notable acquisitions and sales are:
LAMBDA nominee THE PASSING PLAYBOOK by Isaac Fitzsimons
Sydney Taylor Honor Book ELLEN OUTSIDE THE LINES by A.J. Sass
Booklist’s Top Picture Book of the Year A IS FOR BEE by Ellen Heck
Indie Bestseller FLOWERHEART by Catherine Bakewell
Indie Next List Pick DEAR MOTHMAN by Robin Gow
JABberwocky Literary Agency was founded in 1994, and has long been a global leader in science fiction and fantasy. In recent years the agency has steadily expanded its offerings in adult non-fiction and middle grade, YA and adult fiction. Charlaine Harris was the agency’s first #1 bestselling author, and Brandon Sanderson, Grady Hendrix and Silvia Moreno-Garcia have all had major bestsellers published during the past year. JABberwocky clients have won virtually every major award in the science fiction, fantasy and mystery genres. Lilliam Rivera is a recent Pura Belpré Honor recipient for Never Look Back, and Aki Peritz’s award-winning Disruption was on multiple best non-fiction lists for 2021.
Joshua Bilmes, the President and founder of JABberwocky said “We’ve been fans of Jordan Hamessley for fifteen years. She supported multiple of our authors when she was an editor, and in her time as an agent we’ve been especially impressed at the community she’s built for herself and her clients, something that’s always been especially important to us at JABberwocky. We can’t think of a better person to allow us to offer representation for books for all ages, from picture books on up, and we look forward to working with her and the many great authors she represents.”
Jordan Hamessley said “I’ve always had great admiration for Joshua and JABberwocky. As an editor I saw their unparalleled author care first hand. Now as an agent, I am honored to join the team and continue giving voice to my diverse list of storytellers. I’m thrilled to be a part of JABberwocky’s growth into the children’s space and can’t wait to see what amazing new projects come of it!”