Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jessica Watterson of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 6.40.14 PMJessica Watterson is a literary agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

A graduate of the University of California at Irvine, Jessica has immersed herself in books and literature from the time she could first read. While in college, she started an indie review blog that featured author interviews and reviewed several self-published books that eventually ended up on the New York Times best seller list.

Jessica is always on the hunt for new and diverse projects, and is most interested in all genres of romance. She’s drawn to fun, fresh voices, and character driven stories that keep a reader turning the page needing to know what happens next. Independent heroines are a must, in addition to well realized heroes who aren’t alpha-holes. Some of her favorite authors include: Kristen Ashley, Jennifer Armentrout, Jeaniene Frost, Amy Harmon, and Colleen Hoover.

She also loves Women’s Fiction that concerns itself with elements of life that can greatly change one’s perspective and outlook on cultures and experiences.

Jessica is also open to select Cozy Mysteries that feature fun and independent heroines that can take what life throws at them with aplumb and a bit of humor.

On the YA side, she is looking for just about anything in the contemporary sphere, and of course a bit of romance thrown in is never a bad thing in her opinion.

She is also interested in select author illustrated picture books that capture the fun and joy of reading between adults and children.

Some of Jessica’s recent sales include: Kerry Rea’s The Wedding Ringer (Berkley), Angie Hockman’s Shipped (Gallery), Alexa Martin’s Unfiltered (Berkley), Jennifer Yen’s A Taste for Love (Razorbill), Rosie Danan’s Never Have I Ever (Berkley), Debbie Burn’s A Chance at Forever (Sourcebooks), Dylann Crush’s The Cowboy Says I Do (Berkley) and many more.

Please note that Jessica is specifically not interested in: nonfiction, memoir, cookbooks, poetry, short stories, screenplays, self-help, or religious/spiritual books.

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