Full Agent Profile: Michelle Brower


Michelle Brower

Folio Literary Management

Literary Fiction | Science Fiction | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Humor/Satire | Young Adult | Thrillers/Suspense | Short Stories | Gay & Lesbian | Offbeat/Quirky | Graphic Novels

Sports | Food & Lifestyle | Science | How-To | Drama/Music | Memoirs | Dating/Relationships | Pop Culture | Narrative | Psychology | Nature/Ecology | Pets | Gay & Lesbian | Film & Entertainment | Cultural/Social Issues | Humor | Journalism

  • This agent accepts queries

    • Fiction that truly embraces the strange and the wonderful, and non-fiction that approaches a smart subject in an entertaining way.
    • Issues that would interest an audience in their twenties and thirties.
    • She is particularly drawn to thrillers and literary mysteries, quirky women’s fiction, “book club” fiction that brings a tear to the eye and a thrill to the heart, books with a fantastic/paranormal element that reach beyond genre fiction, and literary fiction
    • She is also selectively representing edgy YA with the same qualities
    • In non-fiction, she is mostly interested in subject-driven narratives, memoirs, or journalism, but will always be on the lookout for the right book on the right practical subject.
    • Food, science, psychology, pets/animals, and humor are some of her favorite topics
    • Also interested in graphic novels and craft how-to's
    • She does NOT represent genre romance, cozy mysteries, westerns, hard science fiction or fantasy.
    • She also does not represent children’s picture books, plays, or screenplays

    • Received Master's Degree in English Literature from NYU

    Non-Fiction | Journalism
    Journalist Novella Carpenter's FARM CITY: The Education of an Urban Farmer, about the author's urban farm in downtown Oakland, where she keeps ducks, chickens, rabbits, pigs, fruits, and vegetables, and the triumphs and travails of living the rural life in the middle of the inner city, to Ann Godoff and Jane Fleming at Penguin Press, in a good deal, at auction, by Michelle Brower at Wendy Sherman Associates

    Non-Fiction | Humor
    Julia Wertz, ed.'s I SAW YOU…MISSED CONNECTION COMICS, an anthology of comics artists' interpretations of oddball, heartbreaking, and humorous Craigslist Missed Connections posts, to Brandi Bowles at Three Rivers Press, in a nice deal, at auction, by Michelle Brower at Wendy Sherman Associates

    Non-Fiction | Memoirs
    Blogger Cori Crook's GAG REFLEX: A Paternity Memoir, an experimental memoir of her delinquent, dysfunctional family (10 siblings, 7 fathers, 4 addictions, 2 incarcerations) and strangely captivating mother as told through photographs, diary entries, confessions, and the wonder of DNA testing, to Brooke Warner at Seal Press, by Michelle Brower at Wendy Sherman Associates.

    Non-Fiction | Pop Culture
    Founder of Kitchen Sink Magazine and UC Berkeley professor Kaya Oakes's SLANTED AND ENCHANTED: Indie Culture in America, detailing the development and significance of the indie lifestyle, from its counter-cultural roots to the mainstream 'rock-star' adaptation prevalent today, with anecdotes focusing on current incarnations of the indie aesthetic across the country, to Supurna Banerjee at Holt

    Scott Browne's debut BREATHERS, in which a newly-minted zombie joins Undead Anonymous and finds kindred souls (and a sexy undead girlfriend) with whom he joins forces to fight for zombie rights, to Laura Swerdloff at Broadway, by Michelle Brower at Wendy Sherman Associates (NA).

    Non-Fiction | How-To
    Libuse Binder's TEN WAYS TO CHANGE THE WORLD IN YOUR TWENTIES, a guide for young activists who want to make the most out of giving back and making a difference, to Shana Drehs at Sourcebooks, by Michelle Brower at Wendy Sherman Associates.

    Fiction | Literary Fiction
    Richard Martin's MIXED ANIMAL, a tale of hillbilly magical realism about the unlikely friendship that develops between a grumpy fix-it man and Reader's Digest connoisseur and the strange animal that fate (and a mad scientist uncle) drops into his lap, to David Adams at MacAdam/Cage, by Michelle Brower at Wendy Sherman Associates (World).

    OH, THE HUMANITY!: A Gentle Guide to Social Interaction for the Feeble Young Introvert
    Author:   Jason Roeder
    Genres:   Dating/Relationships | Pop Culture | Humor
    Publisher:   TOW Books (October 8, 2007)
    A Gentle Guide to Social Interaction for the Feeble Young Introvert satirizes not only patronizing manuals on interpersonal skills, but also the inhibitions and hang-ups those books attempt to address in the first place
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    Evil Penguins: When Cute Penguins Go Bad
    Author:   Elia Anie
    Genres:   Humor/Satire
    Publisher:   Simon Spotlight; Gallery; Original edition (August 5, 2008)
    In Evil Penguins, Elia Anie captures the antics of cute little birds who have gone over to the dark side. If you thought the worst a penguin could do is make you feel guilty about global warning, think again. Here are cartoons of penguins leading revolts, giving SpongeBob a swirly, causing plagues, clubbing baby seals, killing Inuits while dressed as ninjas, and wreaking havoc in dozens of other hysterically appalling ways. Both penguin lovers and those who know that evil can come in even the cuddliest packages will appreciate these bad birds.
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    Death Notice
    Author:   Todd Ritter
    Genres:   Thrillers/Suspense
    Publisher:   Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
    The story of a small town police chief must thwart a serial killer who is sending in obituaries to the local newspaper before the subjects end up gruesomely murdered
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    Drinking at the Movies
    Author:   Julia Wertz
    Genres:   Memoirs | Humor
    Publisher:   Three Rivers Press (August 31, 2010)
    Creator of the autobiographical comic "The Fart Party", Julia Wertz's first full-length, autobiographical comic narrative chronicling the year she turned twenty-five, moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn, and survived the most chaotic twelve months of her life against the backdrop of a tumultuous year in American history: 2008
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    Miss Me When I'm Gone: A Novel
    Author:   Philip Stephens
    Genres:   Literary Fiction
    Publisher:   Plume (January 25, 2011)
    A haunting story of folk music and murder, longing and renewal, and a songwriter's search for his sister that takes astonishing turns in his cave-strewn hometown in the Ozarks
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    The Bird Sisters: A Novel
    Author:   Rebecca Rasmussen
    Genres:   Literary Fiction | Women's Fiction
    Publisher:   Crown (April 12, 2011)
    The story about two elderly sisters who rescue fallen birds and the one heartbreaking summer of their youth that has bound them together forever
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