Jane Rotrosen Berkey left New York University just short of a degree and went to work for a small literary/dramatic agency in the City. Determined on following her own path, after only 12 months as an assistant and an associate agent, Jane divided her one-bedroom apartment in half and hung out the shingle of Jane Rotrosen Agency.
The year was 1974. In less than three years, the Agency had its first New York Times Bestseller. The following year, Jane moved the Agency to the townhouse on East 51st Street, where it has remained.
Jane’s interest has ranged over fiction and non-fiction of every variety. Though she no longer accepts new clients for individual representation, Jane continues to oversee the Agency’s worldwide operations in an executive capacity, and remains actively involved in the careers of all Agency clients.
Andrea fell under the spell of publishing from the day she first interviewed at Delacorte/Dell and saw Kurt Vonnegut sitting in the waiting room. Working in the Dell editorial department, she apprenticed with two of the most respected and gifted editors ever to put pencil to manuscript, Linda Grey and Beverly Lewis, who inspired and nourished her appreciation for commercial fiction. In 1980 she joined the Jane Rotrosen Agency intending to learn a new perspective, only to discover her true home. An unapologetic optimist, she loves nothing more than the anticipation of a valued client’s manuscript landing on her desk or the promise of a brand new and exciting voice. Her list includes bestsellers in suspense and women’s fiction of all sorts.
Andrea can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meg grew up on Nantucket Island, graduated from Wheaton College, and attended the Denver Publishing Institute. She has been with the Agency for over 30 years and represents commercial fiction, with strong interest in suspense, mysteries, romance and general fiction.
Meg can be reached at email@example.com.
Annelise Robey has been with the Jane Rotrosen Agency since 1995 after answering a want ad in The Village Voice for a part time receptionist. The ad specified talking to authors on the phone as the primary task, and she couldn’t think of anything she’d rather do. As a recently-graduated English major, she thought she had the best job in the world. It wasn’t long before her part time position answering phones evolved into much more. She soon developed a client list of her own, which now includes bestsellers in women’s fiction, suspense, mystery, literary fiction and the occasional non-fiction project. She’s always looking for new material she can sink her teeth into, and she still believes she has the best job in the world.
Annelise can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A native of northeastern Pennsylvania, Christina Hogrebe grew up on a steady diet of Anne of Green Gables and Sweet Valley Twins novels before graduating to the classics at Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Denver Publishing Institute. In 2003, inspired by her favorite chick lit heroines, she left the wilds of PA in search of dirty martinis and adventure and landed at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. Soon, an obsession with the Twilight series introduced her to the worlds of YA fiction and fanfiction, where she loves to hunt for new voices. More than ten years later, she continues to search for her next literary obsession and her next client – which are almost always one and the same.
Christina is driven by the desire to help her clients achieve their goals – from bestsellers to debut authors, to those in need of a change. She is currently accepting queries from published and unpublished writers with works in the following categories of commercial fiction: Young Adult, New Adult, Book Club Fiction, Romantic Comedies, Mystery, and Suspense.
Christina can be reached at email@example.com.
Amy Tannenbaum began her book publishing career with a brief stint at Harlequin where she edited romances that were far more entertaining than the books she read while earning her English degree at Wesleyan University. She then joined Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, where she edited a diverse list of bestselling non-fiction and fiction books, including several indie-published titles. The first time she stepped inside the Jane Rotrosen Agency she thought she had died and gone to book publishing heaven. Her list includes bestsellers in contemporary romance, erotic romance, psychological suspense, and new adult. Amy is particularly interested in those areas, as well as thrillers and women’s fiction that falls into that sweet spot between literary and commercial.
Amy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Rebecca Scherer first walked into the JRA townhouse, she thought the parlor looked like something out of her favorite Edith Wharton novels and couldn’t believe how lucky she was. She dove in whole-heartedly and had the good fortune to apprentice with the some of the best agents in the industry. Having worked her way through each department of the agency, Rebecca enjoys all aspects of the business and has a comprehensive perspective on the type of career management that JRA is known for. Now an Associate Agent, Rebecca works closely with Meg Ruley and Andrea Cirillo on their client lists while actively building her own. A lifelong New Yorker, Rebecca holds a BA in English Literature, Political Science, and German from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. She is particularly interested in works of women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, romance, and upmarket/literary-leaning fiction.
Rebecca can be reached at email@example.com.
Jessica Errera was born and raised on Long Island and credits her love of reading to the built-in book club that is her large family. Jess attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a BA in English and Dramatic Arts before returning home to New York in search of the elusive “real world job.” Luckily, JRA was in need of interns and, in the tradition of good romance novels, it was love at first sight. Jessica now works full-time as an assistant to Christina and Rebecca, reading to her heart’s content while also tracking book sales and PR. A self-proclaimed book nerd, Jess can often be found curled up on the couch with the latest bestseller. Her favorite genres include young and new adult, contemporary fiction, fantasy, and anything that can be read in a day on the beach.
Jessica can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a young bookworm in Yonkers, New York, Liz spent many hours amid the endless shelves of her local library, poring over The Babysitters Club series and every Beverly Cleary novel she could get her hands on. Fast forward to May 2010: with one year of college to go and a semester in London under her belt, Liz found herself at the JRA doorstep as an intern to the subsidiary rights department. The next year, having received her BA in Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz, she was invited back into the JRA family full-time, making her way as an eager assistant through various departments of the office. Now, after a brief departure to pursue other interests in 2013, Liz has gladly returned to the agency to reassume her role as Office Manager- working behind the scenes to make sure the office runs like a well-oiled machine, while also assisting Annelise Robey with the day-to-day management of her clients. Still an avid reader, Liz is most interested in young- and new adult fiction, but can easily lose herself in a good tearjerker.
Liz can be reached at email@example.com.
Peggy’s love of literature began when she was growing up in the leafy suburbs of London. From Agatha Christie to Shakespeare, she read voraciously, often finishing a book a day. After earning her degree in English Literature from Middlebury College, Peggy returned to the UK to pursue a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of London.
She traveled back to North America to embark on a publishing career that now spans 20 years. She began in the subsidiary rights department of Workman Publishing, moved to Viking Penguin for several years, and returned to Workman as Associate Rights Director where she sold translation rights for Workman, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, and Artisan.
As Global Rights Director, Peggy spearheads a rapidly expanding arm of JRA’s worldwide business. The team aggressively promotes the interests of over 150 authors and estates in every market throughout the world, working with co-agents in 34 countries, and selling rights directly to the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Attendance at Frankfurt, the London Book Fair, and BookExpo America are yearly pulse points. JRA’s rights department enjoys consistent strong annual growth, with multiple author appearances on bestseller lists in Great Britain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as an expanding reach in digital and international film/television ventures.
Peggy brings an abundance of experience, wit, and charm to the Agency, along with her passion for reading and all things British.
Peggy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle’s love of books began as a young girl when she discovered a kindred soul in Cassandra Mortmain from her favorite childhood book, I Capture the Castle. Danielle has since become enamored with all of literature’s leading ladies, from the young and untainted Pollyanna to the beguiling and wily anti-hero. In 2010, Danielle left her native Texas and set off for New York to begin her career in subsidiary rights at a publishing house. Realizing that the agency-side was her true calling, she found her publishing home at Jane Rotrosen Agency in 2012. She now works closely with the subsidiary rights director on audio and foreign deals for many of the agency’s clients and is still on the lookout for a captivating story to get lost in. Since Cassandra Mortmain captured her heart, Danielle has grown to love other compelling, character-driven stories across a wide range of genres, including women’s fiction, romance, suspense, and literary fiction.
Danielle can be reached at email@example.com.
Business Affairs Our Back Office is committed to supporting the relationship between the author and the agent as a ‘third member’ of the team. Our staff of experienced professionals handles all the ‘paperwork’, from the tracking of contract documents to the timely processing of all payments; from obtaining proper foreign tax forms to analyzing royalty statements; from maintenance of the agency’s data base to overseeing compliance with all contractual terms by all parties. This group of royalty and contract specialists form an integral part of the service team that is JRA.
Chris Prestia began her publishing career at a literary agency while earning a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University and moonlighting as a stage manager in off-off Broadway theatres. She then landed at St. Martin’s Press and assisted with the editing of a novel—represented by Jane Rotrosen Berkey--which proved to be life-changing. Jane offered Chris a position at the agency, but she politely declined believing that in order to be successful at JRA she should first cultivate a well-rounded knowledge of the business. She went on to work in production, subsidiary rights, contracts, and even picked up a dual diploma in Culinary Arts and Management along the way. Ten years later, on the exact day that Chris spotted the ad for her current position, Jane’s address book fell open to Chris’s entry. The Universe spoke and she now happily wears many hats at the agency as Director of Contracts and Operations. When not reading 32-page publishing agreements she enjoys narrative nonfiction, psychological thrillers, contemporary fiction, and true-crime.
As a child Julianne spent most of her free time devouring books instead of playing outside. She carried her love of reading into adulthood, graduating from college with a degree in English literature and a plan to turn her passion for books into a career. Nevertheless she had a nagging feeling that her time as a student wasn’t quite over. She was undeniably a bookworm, but she was also interested in other areas, including intellectual property law and the legal side of the entertainment industry. Ultimately, those interests lead her to Brooklyn Law School where she soon discovered that the agency side of the publishing industry was the perfect marriage of her interests. She joined the Jane Rotrosen Agency in December of 2012 and knew immediately she was right where she belonged. Now, as Associate Contracts Manager and licensed to practice law in the State of New York, she is beyond thrilled to combine her legal background with her bookworm propensities. Julianne enjoys reading just about anything, but is especially drawn to character-driven fiction across many genres, including psychological suspense, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, and romance.
Julianne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
A true "numbers person," Donald is a much welcomed addition to the business office. The son of former business affairs director and current business affairs consultant Don Cleary, Donald has worked for the agency on and off since the summer of 2001. While attending Syracuse University, Donald worked for the physics department helping to teach the introductory physics courses, and spent his summers working as a camp counselor. In 2008, he graduated with a degree in physics, and began working as a substitute teacher. During the second half of the 2009-2010 school year, he worked as a one-on-one aide for a child with special needs in a kindergarten class. Donald is excited to be working at the agency as Royalty Manager, and plans to continue his work with children.
Michael began his publishing career as a teenager shelving books in his local public library and has been working with books and their authors ever since. That obsession led him from printing to nonprofit publishing and, inevitably, to New York and the world of trade publishing. After a decade of working for publishing houses though, he happily found his way to the doors of the Jane Rotrosen Agency. These days he’s excited to be working for our authors as part of the back office, helping to keep the data clean and the contracts moving.
Michael can be reached at email@example.com.
Donald Cleary originally embarked on a career in show business, which led to positions in arts administration, as Director of Marketing for the Oakland Symphony, and as manager of a subsidiary of San Francisco Opera. Don also worked as a press secretary to two political campaigns. In March of 1977, Don put politics and arts administration aside and joined the Jane Rotrosen Agency. As the Agency grew over the decades, so did Don’s responsibilities. Based upon his 32 years of service as Director of Business Affairs, Don has continued to provide a valuable consultation service for every aspect of the Agency’s business and financial activities.
Joshua, CGC, TT, TD Inc is a rescued “pit bull” and our agency mascot. He has made appearances in Michael Palmer’s novel, the Fifth Vial and on CNN. He is an ambassador for all dogs as well as his misunderstood “breed” and is a beloved addition to this dog-friendly office.
Learn more about Josh and his friends at www.animalfarmfoundation.org
Beep is a rescued “pit bull” and an avid reader who has achieved her Canine Good Citizen certification.
Learn more about Beep and her friends at www.animalfarmfoundation.org
Petal, CGC, a rescued "pit bull", affectionately known around the office as "The Beetle", traveled on December 3, 2008. Her spirit lives on in Luanne Rice's Dream Country and Tami Hoag's Deeper than the Dead and mostly, in all of our hearts.
Learn more about Petal's friends at www.animalfarmfoundation.org
Sculpture of Petal by Tim Racer
Sunny, a rescued Australian Cattle Dog/Belgian Malinois mix, is always on the hunt for a bestseller – when she’s not looking for a squirrel out back or agility training with her JRA pals. Among her favorite things in the world: play dates with her mentor, Beep, and putting in a long hard day at the office.
Learn more about Sunny's friends at www.animalfarmfoundation.org
Photo: © Randi Lass, 2014