2024 Agent Session – Barbara Jones


15 Minute One-On-One Session with literary agent Barbara Jones

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15 Minute One-On-One Session with literary agent Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones is a literary agent with Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, a leading, independent New York literary agency representing a distinguished list of bestselling and award-winning authors. Jones represents writers of fiction and nonfiction, from highly literary works to more commercial fare, with an emphasis across all forms on voices from previously underrepresented communities and on durable talents and stories.

Previously, she spent several decades as an editor, first in magazines (HARPER’s, VOGUE, REAL SIMPLE) and then in books (as editorial director at Hyperion Books and as an executive editor at Henry Holt). Barbara edited celebrated novels such as TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi, which won the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, and Paul Auster’s Booker-Prize shortlisted novel 4 3 2 1. She published NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers such as Julie Lythcott-Haims’s HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT and Luvvie Ajayi’s I’M JUDGING YOUOther notable titles include ARCADIA and DELICATE EDIBLE BIRDS, by Lauren Groff, GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong, MY LIFE by Coretta Scott King, MY MONTICELLO by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li, and books by Janice Hadlow, Sebastian Faulks, Jacqueline Novogratz, Christa Parravani and Carl Safina. She has also led writing workshops for 30 years, at Yale University, New York University, Queens University of Charlotte, and elsewhere.


High quality debut novels and works of narrative nonfiction by writers with several books in them.


  • CONFIDENCE and BUGSY & OTHER STORIES, by Rafael Frumkin
  • THE SWANS OF HARLEM: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History, by Karen Valby
  • HOW TO GET ALONG WITHOUT ME, Stories by Kate Axelrod
  • I WILL DO BETTER: A Grieving Father and his Plucky Little Girl, a memoir by Charles Bock
  • Other clients include the fiction writers Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Elizabeth Ferris, Russell Hogg, Danielle Lazarin, Isaac Olivers, and the MacArthur Genius Award winner Byllye Avery.


  • Fiction: Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction
  • Non Fiction: Cultural/Social Issues, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Nature/Ecology, Narrative, Women’s Concerns

About Agent Sessions

These individual sessions are a rare opportunity to sit in private with a literary agent and present yourself and your work. At your option, you may submit a three-to-five page excerpt from your book, and/or a one page synopsis or query letter. If you submit such pages, the agent will read them in advance of your meeting and be prepared to talk with you about them. You may also opt not to submit in advance but to just present verbally at your session. Whether your goal is to find an agent to take you on as a client, or to get advice on your work and your path to publication from a literary professional, these sessions are an unprecedented chance to fulfill your objective.


You may sign up for up to a maximum of three one-one-one sessions. They are only for registered conference participants and take place between 8:45am and 12:00 noon from Friday through Sunday of the conference. Each session is fifteen minutes in length. After you have registered for your session(s), you will be invited to send what you wish to submit and schedule your appointment.