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Jill Marsal

Jill Marsal is a founding partner of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and has been in the publishing industry for over 15 years. Previously, she worked as a Literary Agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency for eight years and at Dorchester Publications and Tudor Publishing, editing women's fiction and suspense/thrillers. Jill also has a strong legal background and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She practiced as an attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for five years.

On the fiction front, Jill looks for all types of women's fiction, stories of family, interesting relationships, Southern fiction, or multi-generations, and all types of romance, including romantic suspense, historical, contemporary, and category romance. She also is looking for mysteries, cozies, suspense, and thrillers that keep the pages turning and have an original hook. She likes general commercial fiction and welcomes a dramatic storyline and compelling characters in interesting situations or relationships. If you have a novel that has a highly original concept or voice, Jill would love to see it.

On the non-fiction side, Jill's areas of interest include current events, business, health, self-help, relationships, psychology, parenting, history, science, and narrative non-fiction. She is particularly drawn to projects which will move readers or leave them thinking, which make provocative arguments or share interesting research, or which offer useful, new advice.

Jill enjoys working with both new and experienced authors. A few of Jillís recent and soon to be published books include THE MANGO BRIDE by Marivi Soliven (NAL), SUGAR'S TWICE AS SWEET by Marina Adair (Grand Central), TARGETED by Katie Reus (NAL), SHE CAN RUN by Melinda Leigh (Montlake), PUT YOUR MINDSET TO WORK by NYT bestselling authors James Reed and Paul G. Stoltz (Portfolio/Penguin), FEELING AT HOME: THE BRAIN AND WHERE WE LIVE by John S. Allen (Basic), and FACE YOUR FEARS by Dr. David Tolin (Wiley).

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