Monica Odom is an agent at Bradford Literary Agency, where she represents nonfiction by authors and illustrators with demonstrable platforms in the areas of pop culture, science, history, business, social issues, race, feminism, illustration/art/design, food/cooking, humor, travel/adventure, self-help/self-reflection, and DIY/crafting/how-to, for all ages but primarily adult. In nonfiction, she loves to see a personal project turn into something original and surprising.
Monica also represents select fiction — primarily literary fiction and upmarket commercial fiction for adults — but is open to literary/upmarket commercial Middle Grade and YA with a particular appeal to her taste (see her Manuscript Wish List for more details on taste). In fiction, she likes to see original storytelling, incredible voice, compelling characters, and a vivid, detailed setting. If there’s a strong sense of narrative tension, that’s a plus. Monica is also looking for graphic novels and picture books, but only by author/illustrators. She does not represent genre fiction.
Monica is serious about the fact that We Need Diverse Books and is looking for authentic representation of all characters. She enjoys working closely with her clients to fine-tune manuscripts and develop proposals, and helping guide those clients throughout future projects and their publishing careers.
Prior to joining Team Bradford in 2015, she worked for five years managing finance, subrights and social media at Liza Dawson Associates, and became an associate agent there in 2013. Monica earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University in 2014.
|Some things Monica is especially interested in right now:
– Magical realism
– Bold female voices and stories about women, by women.
– Friendship, whether duos or groups of friends
– Love triangles
– Dark, moody literary fiction (think Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh)
– Working class/blue collar characters and settings, especially working women
– Untold, undiscovered or until-recently-hidden histories
– 1980’s and 1990’s nostalgia (the time/the setting/the pop culture/the history) – think Stranger Things for the ‘80s and Fresh Off the Boat for the ‘90s
– Clever juxtaposition of high-brow and low-brow culture
– Stories and projects on the themes of family, siblings, coming-of-age, race, feminism, socioeconomics and inequality, memory, language, domestic themes, and environmental change
– Character or characters traveling, on the road, nomads with or without a destination (think the traveling Shakespearean group in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven)