Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 5, 2019

Agent Jennifer Chen Tran

Jennifer Chen Tran is an agent at Bradford Literary, joining in September 2017. She represents both fiction and non-fiction. Originally from New York, Jennifer is a lifelong reader and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Bradford Literary, she was an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and served as Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jennifer understands the importance of negotiation in securing rights on behalf of her authors. She counsels her clients on how to expand their platforms, improve on craft, and works collaboratively with her clients throughout the editorial and publication process. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a positive social impact on the world—books that also inform and entertain.

Jennifer is very interested in diverse writers and #ownvoices from underrepresented/ marginalized communities, strong and conflicted characters who are not afraid to take emotional risks, stories about multi-generational conflict, war and post-war fiction, and writing with a developed sense of place. In non-fiction, she loves books that broaden her world view or shed new light on ‘big ideas.’

In short, Jennifer is looking for:

  • Fiction:
    • Women’s Fiction (Contemporary, Upmarket, Literary)
    • Select Young Adult (must have distinct voice)
    • Select Middle Grade
    • Graphic novels and visually-driven projects
  • Non-Fiction, particularly in the areas of:
    • Narrative non-fiction (biography, current affairs, medical, investigative journalism, history, how-to, music, pop-culture, travel)
    • Cookbooks & culinary projects
    • Lifestyle (home, design, beauty, fashion)
    • Business Books (social entrepreneurship, female and/or minority-led businesses, and innovation)
    • Select memoir with an established platform
    • Parenting
    • Relationships and Psychology
    • Mind, body, spirit

Jennifer is NOT looking for:

  • Children’s picture books
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
  • Westerns
  • Erotica
  • Poetry
  • Screenplays

Fun facts about me:

I’m originally from New York and have lived in St. Louis, Boston, and San Francisco. I was originally an art major before I became an English major. The way to my heart: cheesecake.

Twitter: @jenchentran

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed using Jennifer Chen TranUse this form

To avoid falling into spam, the subject line MUST begin as follows: QUERY: (The title of the manuscript and any SHORT message you would like us to see should follow). We do not open email attachments, unless specifically requested by an agent. Your entire submission must appear in the body of the email and not as an attachment.

Queries not following the above guidelines will be deleted unread.


Please email a query letter along with the first chapter of your manuscript and a synopsis pasted into the body of your email. Please be sure to include the genre and word count in your cover letter.


Please email your full non-fiction proposal including a query letter and a sample chapter.

Please send your query to only one agent at a time.

Please follow the guidelines on our agency website:

Talk tomorrow,


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