Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 25, 2013

Agent Building List – Laura Biagi

Kathleen Rupff was the winner of Susan Dietwiler’s Big Cat, Little Kitty book give-a-way.


Jean Naggar opened her agency over 30 years ago and expanded in 2004, when she decided to partner with Jennifer Weltz, who had joined the agency in 1994. They incorporated as The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc., or JVNLA, Inc. They are located right in the heart of the Publishing Industry – NYC.

The team of seven agents each represents an independent list of authors that reflects her individual styles, tastes, and strengths, with all collaborating as a team to orchestrate the agency’s contracts, subsidiary rights, publicity, and editorial development.

Laura Biagi joined the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc. (JVNLA) in 2009. She is actively building her own client list, seeking young readers’ books (including picture books, young adult, and middle grade) as well as adult literary fiction.

She is particularly interested in young readers’ books that have magical tinges to them, cultural themes, strong voices, and vivid writing.  She loves books that incorporate high concept, dark/edgy, and quirky elements, and especially titles that challenge the way we typically view the world.

Laura also handles the sale of Australian and New Zealand rights for the agency, and she coordinates the submission of JVNLA’s titles internationally.  Laura studied creative writing and anthropology at Northwestern University, and she is the recipient of a Kentucky Emerging Artist Award in fiction writing. She grew up in a small town in Kentucky and maintains a fondness for Southern biscuits and unobstructed views of the stars.

You can meet Laura at the Niagara Falls Writers Illustrators Retreat. May 3-5.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks so much for the gift, Kathy and Susan. I am thrilled!!


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