Jill Marsal

Jill Marsal is actively looking for new projects right now and is open to queries from both new and experienced authors.

She is a founding partner of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and has been in the publishing industry for 20+ years. She also has a strong legal background and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and practiced as an attorney for five years.

She is looking for a broad range of fiction, including commercial fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary, historical, stories of family, interesting relationships, Southern fiction, romance, upmarket fiction, and book club fiction. She has worked with many top fiction authors including:

  • NYT bestselling author Marina Adair
  • WSJ bestselling author Jamie Beck
  • USA Today bestselling author JL Berg
  • USA Today bestselling author Amanda Bouchet
  • USA Today bestselling author Christie Carlyle
  • USA Today bestselling author Eva Devon
  • NYT bestselling author Stacy Finz
  • USA Today bestselling author Janice Kay Johnson
  • NYT bestselling author Kelsie Leverich
  • USA Today bestselling author Stefanie London
  • USA Today bestselling author Renee Ann Miller
  • USA Today bestselling author Stacy Reid
  • NYT bestselling author Katie Reus
  • WSJ bestselling author Winter Renshaw
  • NYT bestselling author Michelle Valentine

Jill is also looking for mysteries, psychological suspense, cozies, and thrillers that keep the pages turning and have an original hook. She welcomes a dramatic storyline and compelling characters in interesting situations or relationships. She has worked with leading mystery/suspense authors including:

  • NYT bestselling author Lynn Cahoon
  • NYT bestselling author Diane Capri
  • NYT bestselling author Rachel Howzell Hall
  • USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes
  • Washington Post bestselling author Minka Kent
  • WSJ bestselling author Melinda Leigh
  • USA Today bestselling author Annette Lyon
  • NYT bestselling author Kristin Miller
  • USA Today bestselling author Diana Orgain
  • USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian
  • USA Today bestselling author Rose Pressey

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 business (entrepreneurship, management and leadership, sales, growth, customer experience, creativity, etc.), current events, health/wellness, self-help, lifestyle, advice/relationships, psychology, parenting, history, science, nature, 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 has extensive non-fiction experience and has worked with many top business leaders and journalists including:

  • CEO and founder of AI Truth Cortnie Abercrombie
  • WSJ bestselling author Brent Adamson
  • President of Claris Consulting Hugh Blane
  • Managing Director of the Broad Center Chaka Booker
  • Vice President, Pepsi Co. Allan Church
  • Director of ForbesWomensMedia Nancy Clark
  • Chairman of the Kravis Leadership Institute Jay Conger
  • WSJ bestselling author Matthew Dixon
  • WSJ bestselling author Peter Economy
  • Head of Talent Development for CVS Health Ted Fleming
  • Former President and CEO of ForeSee Larry Freed
  • Forbes columnist Zack Friedman
  • NYT bestselling author and Emmy award winning journalist Carolyn Gusoff
  • USA Today bestselling author Stella Grizont
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch.com columnist Catey Hill
  • Chairman & CEO of Founders Space Steven Hoffman
  • Forbes Contributor Melissa Houston
  • NYT bestselling author Michael Levin
  • USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Areva Martin
  • Founder of Watermark Consulting Jon Picoult
  • Former CEO of Charles Schwab David Pottruck
  • NYT bestselling author James Reed
  • Senior Vice President at Gartner, Inc. Jamie Roca
  • Founder and CEO of Women Leaders in Data and AI Asha Saxena
  • LAT bestselling and award-winning investigative journalist Nicholas Schou
  • Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact and Government Affairs Officers, Global Citizen Michael Sheldrick
  • Chief Strategy and Growth Officer Money 20/20 Scarlett Sieber
  • Forbes columnist Daniel P. Simon
  • CEO at Inflection Point Partners Matt Spielman
  • NYT bestselling author Paul Stoltz
  • Co-founder of OPI Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

She has also worked with many of the nation’s premier academics, scholars, and educators including:

  • Associate Dean for Research, Vanderbuilt Law School Rebecca Haw Allensworth
  • Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education Faculty Member Margaret Andrews
  • Professor of Political Science and Classics at the University of Toronto Ryan Balot
  • Research Director for International Security Studies at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and Professor of Economics at University of California, San Diego Eli Berman
  • Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education, at Stanford University Jo Boaler
  • Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley Paula Fass
  • Professor of Biology at Stanford University Deborah M. Gordon
  • Professor of International Business at the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Irvine John Graham
  • Professor of Psychology at Boston College Peter Gray
  • Associate Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University of Texas Eli Greenbaum
  • Executive director of the Stanford Accelerator for Learning Isabelle Hau
  • Associate Professor of Economics, School of Global Policy and Strategy at UCSD Ruixue Jia
  • Economist and research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University Tim Kane
  • Co-director of the Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions Hongbin Li
  • Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation Arthur Lupia
  • Senior Research Scientist at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and Adjunct Professor of Political Science John Mueller
  • Professor of Classics and Political Science at Stanford University Josiah Ober
  • Research Professor at University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research Terri Orbuch
  • Professor of Political Science at University of California, San Diego Samuel L. Popkin
  • Senior Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Zorana Pringle
  • Professor of Organizational Science at UNC Charlotte Steven Rogelberg
  • Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles Abigail Saguy
  • Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego Susan Shirk
  • Professor in the School of Engineering, University of New Castle Mark Stewart
  • Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU Michael Mehta Webster
  • Co-director of the Penn Master’s in Medical Education program Kandi Wiens

In health, science, and medicine, she has agented:

  • Former president of The American Geriatric Society and Stanford University School of Medicine’s Dr. Walter Bortz
  • Director of the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research at the University of Miami Dr. Berit Brogaard
  • Senior contributor with Forbes and Psychology Today David DiSalvo
  • Neuroscientist, department of psychiatry at University of California, Los Angeles Dr. Alex Korb
  • Dr. Robert F. LaPrade of the Steadman Clinic in Vail
  • Chair of the global social movement, OneSharedWorld, Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, and faculty member of NextMed Health Jamie Metzl
  • Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine Dr. Michael Miller
  • Former Associate Clinical Professor at University of California, Los Angeles Dr. Howard Murad
  • Radiation oncologist and cancer researcher at the London Health Sciences Centre Dr. David Palma
  • Former National Institute of Health Research Fellow Lisa Price
  • Chair of Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine Dr. Michael Scheeringa
  • Co-chair for Spine & Pain Rehabilitation for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Dr. Saloni Sharma
  • Director of Mind/Body Medicine for Georgia Cancer Treatment Center Brenda Stockdale
  • Founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at The Institute of Living and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine Dr. David Tolin
  • Clinical researcher in the areas of migraine, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and physician at Emory Healthcare Dr. Joshua Turknett
  • Clinical researcher at the University of California Irvine Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Dr. Tonia Vojtkofsky

Jill welcomes projects from both new and published authors.

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