Jess Regel

Jess Regel

Jess represents young adult and middle grade books, as well as adult fiction and nonfiction. In the nonfiction space, she represents memoir and pop culture, with an emphasis on female voices, humor, or single-topic narratives that would appeal to a female audience. She also represents children’s nonfiction and YA memoir.
In the fiction space, Jess is passionate about discovering projects that are compulsive, contagious, and creative. She’s particularly interested in books that are “conversation starters,” novels that bridge the literary-commercial divide, combining a high-concept plot with beautiful writing, and voice-driven contemporary stories. She’s always looking for diverse characters that tell a story from a unique perspective, and through which we see the world differently. Jess is drawn to coming-of-age stories, ambitious women’s fiction, charming and stylized love stories, atmospheric magical realism, dark and twisty suspense, and genre-bending literary fiction. She is not looking for genre fiction, such as high fantasy, sci-fi, romance, westerns, chick lit, cozy mysteries, etc.
Originally from Iowa, Jess was working at her local library when she was offered a job at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and packed up for New York City. She spent eleven years at the Naggar Agency before moving over to Foundry in 2013. Some of her books include: Amber Smith’s New York Times Bestseller The Way I Used to Be (Simon & Schuster), Emily Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Balzer + Bray), Linda Liukas’ Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding (Feiwel & Friends), Nora McInerny Purmort’s It’s Okay to Laugh (Dey Street), J.C. Carleson’s The Tyrant’s Daughter (Knopf), Jillian Cantor’s Margot (Riverhead), Bryn Greenwood’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (MacMillan/Thomas Dunne) and Laure Dugas’ Champagne Baby (Ballantine). Jess is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in English Literature.
Jess Regel only accepts submissions by email. Please send all queries to For more information on submitting your project, please see the Foundry Submissions page.

  • It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying is Cool Too)
    Nora McInerny Purmort
    National Bestseller

  • The Way I Used to Be
    Amber Smith
    New York Times Bestseller

  • “All
    Bryn Greenwood
    New York Times Bestseller
    USA Today Bestseller
    Book of the Month Club 2016 Book of the Year

  • “The
    Adrienne Kress

  • “How
    Sandra Uwiringiyimana & Abigail Pesta

  • “The
    Lesley Livingston

  • Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding
    Linda Liukas

  • “The
    Mark Andrew Ferguson
    A B&N Discover New Writer’s Pick

  • “Cherry”
    Lindsey Rosin

  • “Fashion
    Tala Raassi

  • “Champagne
    Laure Dugas

  • “The
    Crystal Cestari