Jody Kahn

Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.

My Manuscript Wish List

I represent both literary and upmarket fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction; across all categories I am looking for books that are beautifully written while also containing a really good story, and I'm especially drawn to characters with a lot of depth and to voice-driven narratives. Dark and edgy is always a plus. In nonfiction, I'm particularly interested in story-driven narrative related to sports, food, history, science, pop-culture, literary memoir and journalism.  

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Query by email with first 10 pages of your work in the body of the email (not as an attachment). If I like what I read, I will be in touch to ask for more.

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Some of my favorite novels and why: The History of Love’s quirky and lovable characters, and heart-wrenching story; The Tiger's Wife’s elements of folklore; Once Upon a River’s strong female protagonist and rugged setting; Dept. of Speculation’s unique format and emotional insights; I also love dysfunctional family sagas like John Irving's novels; interesting historical fiction with complicated and rich characters like Euphoria and Let the Great World Spin; and quirky, humorous fiction like Super Sad True Love Story and Then We Came to an End.  

Some of my favorite nonfiction titles: Born to Run, Devil in the White City, A Shining Affliction, The Argonauts.  I like narrative that reads like fiction and tells a fascinating story about a little known subculture or time period.  I'm also interested in essays and thoughtful literary memoir by smart, edgy, analytical, feminist thinkers like Maggie Nelson, Allison Bechdel, and Leslie Jamison.

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