Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 5, 2014

Chalberg & Sussman – Nicole James

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After nine years at The Aaron Priest Agency where she was an agent and the Foreign Rights Director for Aaron Priest, Nicole James joined Chalberg & Sussman in December 2013, as a full time agent. As the foreign rights director at Aaron Priest, Nicole sold and managed international and New York Times bestselling authors worldwide, including David Baldacci, Robert Crais, and Philip Caputo, while also managing the foreign rights to the agency’s 35-year backlist. As for her own authors, Nicole represents a diverse list of commercial and literary adult and young adult fiction as well as non-fiction, clients include Nick Burd, author of THE VAST FIELDS OF ORDINARY (Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin), winner of The American Library Association’s 2010 Stonewall Book Award and Ben Coes and his New York Times bestselling thriller series featuring Dewey Andreas (St. Martin’s Press). Nicole also represents a strong list of works in translation including, international bestselling thriller author Jorgen Brekke (Minotaur); literary sensation, Johan Harstad, author of the adult novel BUZZ ALDRIN, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN ALL THE CONFUSION? (Seven Stories Press) chosen as a best novel of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews, and Harstad’s young adult novel 172 HOURS ON THE MOON (Little, Brown for Young Readers) winner of Norway’s prestigious Brage Prize, among others.

Nicole would love to learn about novels that are celebrated in other countries but are unknown here in the U.S. She is equally interested in weighty literary fiction as she is in more commercial and plot driven fiction. To be a bit more specific, she loves to represent action packed thrillers with great heroes. She is eager to find a female driven thriller, a fantastic beach read for women – such as a love story or a family drama, or a smart and thoughtfully written young adult series. On the non-fiction side, Nicole would love to discover any of the following: a book about weddings (“how-to” or memoir) or a hip and intelligent “self-help” book. Otherwise she will take a look at anything that calls to her: whether it be a compelling story, intriguing characters, or a timely issue.

Nicole actively supports every angle of a client’s project by exploiting all applicable rights whether it be foreign, audio, film or digital–including enhanced e-books and apps. She feels strongly that in this brutally competitive marketplace an agent’s job must exceed contract negotiations and career guidance, an agent must play an intergral part in the creation of the book’s marketing, publicity, and ultimately the growth of its sales.

Nicole’s Specific interests: Young adult fiction, non-fiction (narrative, how-to, political, and pop-culture), and literary and commercial fiction (specifically dealing with social and cultural issues). Nicole is also on the look-out for a female driven thriller and a smart and thoughtfully written young adult series.


General fiction
Juvenile fiction

Works in translation
Gay & Lesbian

To query Nicole use this email address: To query by regular mail, please address your letter to Nicole at the address below and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

We will respond only if we are interested in requesting your material.

Submission Guidelines


Our submission policy is as follows:

Please submit a one page query letter via e-mail.

The query letter should describe your work as well as your background. Please do not send attachments. However a first chapter pasted into the body of an e-mail query is acceptable.

Due to the number of queries they receive, they are not able to respond to everyone. She will get back to you if interested.

Contact Information

115 West 29th St, Third Floor
New York, NY 10001

Talk tomorrow,


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