Regina Brooks, and the staff of Serendipity Literary Agency, are not only
exceptional agents well respected in the publishing industry, they are also
editors, writers, and advocates for writers who aspire to succeed as authors. I’m
forever grateful to have Regina Brooks as my literary agent.
Regina Brooks, Lead Agent & President
Ms. Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC in New York, New York. Her agency is the largest African American owned agency in the country and has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. Her authors have appeared in USA TODAY, NY TIMES, and the Washington Post, as well as on Oprah, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSBNC, TV ONE, BET, and a host of others. In 2015, Publishers Weekly nominated Regina Brooks as a PW Star Watch Finalist, and she was honored with a Stevie Award in Business. Writer's Digest magazine named Serendipity Literary Agency as one of the top 25 literary agencies. Formerly, she held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons (where she was not only the youngest but also the first African-American editor in their college division) and McGraw-Hill.
Prior to her publishing career, she worked as an aerospace engineer and made history as the first African American woman to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from The Ohio State University. She is a graduate of The School of the Arts High School in Rochester, NY.
She is the author of Essence Magazine’s quick pick children's book, NEVER FINISHED NEVER DONE (Scholastic), WRITING GREAT BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS 2e (Sourcebooks), and YOU SHOULD REALLY WRITE A BOOK: HOW TO WRITE, SELL AND MARKET YOUR MEMOIR (St. Martin’s Press), and a well received blogger for the Huffington Post. Brooks is also on the faculty of the Harvard University publishing program the Whidbey Island Writers MFA, Western Connecticut MFA low residency programs, Writer’s Digest University and teaches annually at more than twenty worldwide conferences. She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Publishers Weekly, Forbes, Media Bistro, Writers and Poets, Essence Magazine, Ebony, Jet, Women on Writing, Writer's Digest Magazine, The Writer, The Network Journal, and Rolling Out.
She was named Woman of the Year by The National Association of Professional Women, A New York Urban League Rising Star Award winner, and a finalist for the StevieTM Award for Women Entrepreneurs. Regina Brooks is featured in books such as The Guide to Literary Agents and the NAACP nominated Down to Business: The First 10 Steps for Women Entrepreneurs, How to Build a Platform, and Bill Duke's Dark Girls. She is also listed in International Who's Who under the categories of Professional Management, Technology, Entrepreneurs, and Engineering.
In November 2010, Brooks partnered with Marie Brown, of Marie Brown and Associates, and Marva Allen of Hue Man Bookstore to launch a new publishing imprint with Johnny Temple’s Akashic Books called Open Lens.
Further, Possibiliteas is the brainchild of literary agent and tea enthusiast, Regina Brooks, who believed that tea—the world’s oldest performance-enhancing beverage—could have a beneficial effect on her clients—writers, artists, and other creative professionals who were looking for fuel for their creative fire.
She is a pilot and cofounder of Brooklyn Aviation as well as a member of the Association of Author Representatives and New York Women in Film and Television.
Ms. Brooks is the founder and co-Executive Director of Y.B. Literary Foundation, Inc. (www.ybliterary.org), a not-for-profit organization designed kindle a passion for literature within high school students and an appreciation for the possibilities and opportunities that reading can provide.
Dawn Michelle Hardy, Associate Agent
Dawn Michelle Hardy has been called a “literary lobbyist” by Ebony magazine for her ability to help authors reach their readership using strategic promotions, win awards, and garner national and local media attention. She has dual roles in the book publishing industry as both publicist and literary agent. She founded Dream Relations PR & Literary Consulting Agency in 2004. Additionally, in 2011 she joined Serendipity Literary Agency, where she aids in shaping the careers of platformed writers. Some of her clients at Serendipity include Jean McGianni Celestin, co-writer of the upcoming Nat Turner biopic The Birth of a Nation, Kent Babb, Washington Post sports writer and PEN Literary Award finalist for Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson, Clay Cane, entertainment editor at BET.com and director of Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church.
As a publicist, she works with both fiction and non-fiction authors, including New York Times bestseller D. Watkins, author of The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America, Tia Williams, former magazine beauty editor and author of The Perfect Find, and Clint Smith, award-winning poet, Ted Talk conference speaker, and contributor to The New Yorker.
While actively building her client list at Serendipity Literary Agency, Dawn likes memoirists who can capture a larger narrative through their personal story and strong hook, best-in-class professionals and educators in a variety of fields, an engaging and outspoken cultural critic, pop-culture, sports or music enthusiast with a ‘hip’ idea from an untold vantage point. Creatives who use art as activism. Loud millennials, women and multicultural voices looking to better the world through their writing.
What She's Looking For:
As an agent, she is continuously seeking acquisitions for platform-driven general interest narratives that can spark debate and heavy conversation. She welcomes the process of collaborating with editors and authors on topics in the areas of sports, pop culture, blog and trend, music, lifestyle, and social science.
Feel free to contact her in reference to any non-fiction subject.
Foladé Bell, Associate Agent
Foladé Bell began her career in publishing shortly after graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She brings a multifaceted background to Serendipity. Having worked within several fields, she brings a diverse background in various aspects of media, new media and publishing. A creative activist, Foladé cultivated her sales, negotiation and client management skills within positions at Reed Elsevier, Business Wire and Radio & Records. Since joining Serendipity Literary Agency, she is focused on unearthing the raw potential of new authors ready to enter the collaborative process as well as assisting existing authors advance their careers.
What She's Looking For:
Bell is actively seeking to represent a broad range of projects. She is particularly drawn to: literary and commercial women’s fiction with a strong sense of story, voice and character; funny and relatable fiction; daring YA books that showcase a fresh, unique perspective; literary mysteries/thrillers that aren’t formulaic or market saturated, contemporary historical fiction, African-American issues, gay/lesbian, Christian fiction, humor and books that deeply explore other cultures. No subject is out-of-bounds. She loves non-fiction that reads like fiction. Feel free to approach her with ideas adapted from blogs or websites with new views on pop culture.
Nadeen Gayle, Associate Agent
After representing clients in law for over 7 years, Nadeen Gayle brings her zeal for representation and championing voices to book publishing. Prior to graduating from Hofstra law school, Nadeen majored in English with a Mass Communications minor at Clark Atlanta University and was a very active participant in the English department’s annual Writers Conference. After receiving her BA in English, Nadeen taught briefly in the Atlanta public school system. Her short stint with students and parents in Atlanta shaped her focus with connecting to both children and adults, after which she worked as counsel for Administration for Children Services. As a parent herself, Nadeen’s work with children and parents shapes her dual interest in both YA and adult titles.
Nadeen’s law career was not without its share of great stories. Her love for entertainment and media took her to Court TV, where she worked as a production assistant during its heyday. She is a big fan of narratives that are seamlessly written yet with ideas that might be stripped from the headlines. In addition, her experience in the Congressional Black Caucus Boot-Camp training furthered her interest in politics and the deal behind the deal.
From studying literature, to teaching, to practicing law, Nadeen’s experience has sharpened her ability to see the potential for your project from many angles, be it fresh storytelling or the potential for marketing reach. Her advocacy skills translate well into agenting. Once she’s on your side, watch out!
When she’s not agenting, she is developing and coordinating events for numerous organizations including Delta Sigma Theta, Girl Scouts, or her school’s alumni organization. Nadeen is a native Wilmington, DE, and has been a New Yorker since 2001.
What She's Looking For:
Chelcee Johns, Associate Agent
Hailing from Detroit, Chelcee began her publishing career after moving to New York and receiving her M.S. in Print and Digital media with an emphasis in book and digital publishing at New York University. Chelcee has studied under senior editors and VPs from Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Rodale and many other top publishing houses and media companies.
Before coming to Serendipity, Chelcee worked for New York Times writer and bestselling author Bill Rhoden, where she was instrumental in managing his author and media engagements. With experience in book buying as the assistant manager for an Uptown bookstore, Chelcee is keen to understand what readers desire to see on shelves (or iPads, Nooks, Kindles and smartphones).
She has a passion for discovering emerging talent and championing your manuscript until it finds the perfect home. Chelcee possesses strong developmental editorial skills and looks forward to truly working one-to-one with authors to produce the best proposal and manuscript possible. With a background in journalism, Chelcee loves working on nonfiction projects but is also highly interested in literary fiction.
What She's Looking For:
Chelcee is actively seeking to represent a broad range of topics. She is looking to acquire narrative nonfiction, investigative journalism, memoir, inspirational self-help, religion/spirituality, international, popular culture, and current affairs, as well as literary and commercial fiction.
Rebecca Bugger, Junior Agent
Rebecca began her literary career as a ghostwriter, helping her clients create books--in a myriad of genres--that sell, ultimately producing more than 500 successful projects. Within her career, she has written and edited with Guinness World Record holders, athletes and coaches from the NCAA, NBA, MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, and the Premier League. She has also consistently worked with a handful of motivational speakers that have gone on to produce best-selling books nationally and internationally. Finally, she has helped several celebrities, actors, and musicians produce their first written works.
After freelancing for many years and guiding her clients through the process of securing an agent or self-publishing, she decided to jump the fence and begin her next adventure as a Junior Agent with Serendipity. Rebecca's experience working directly with the writer gives her an edge when it comes to agenting--it has taught her the importance of building a strong collaborative team, and, as a result, she has created long-term working relationships with all of her clients.
What She's Looking For:
Rebecca is currently seeking non-fiction projects (narrative, memoir, investigative) that are related to fitness, nutrition, health and wellness, sports (especially those with a psychological spin), youth sports, theology, military, and politics. She also has an avid interest in any projects related to musical theater, Broadway, touring Broadway, and off-Broadway. Within all of these categories, she has a specific interest in projects that hold the potential for additional branding opportunities.
She is currently interested in literary fiction, middle grade fiction, and children's books by authors who have been published in the adult market, athletes, actors, journalists, politicians, and musicians.
Jocquelle S. Caiby, Junior Agent and Literary Assistant
Jocquelle started at Serendipity Literary Agency as an intern, and has since transitioned into a dual role as a Junior Agent and Literary Assistant. With degrees in both English literature and sociology, her specialties are project management and editorial development.
As Literary Assistant to President and Lead Agent Regina Brooks, she reviews and evaluates potential projects—constantly on alert for that one book in a thousand that is capable of flourishing in a highly competitive marketplace. She works closely with the talented clients of our agency, providing developmental editorial reports and proofreading manuscripts and proposals, which has aided in the sale of multiple projects to members of the Big Five publishing houses.
She is currently looking to acquire her own projects with the goal of championing creativity and diversity, and building fresh, new voices into commercial and literary powerhouses.
What She's Looking For:
Jocquelle specializes in young adult fiction, gravitating mostly towards the subgenres of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and horror. She loves stories that take her on an adventure with vividly imagined and well developed characters, and is particularly struck by stories that surprise her with shocking plot twists and gasp-inducing revelations. For adult fiction, she is primarily interested in literary and historical fiction, as well as novels with an anthropological bent. Her interests in nonfiction include mind/body/spirit titles, professional wrestling, and mental health projects.
Arielle Loren, Digital Strategist
Arielle Loren is a digital strategist with a portfolio of corporate, non-profit, start-up, and personal branding clients. Born digital, she’s fluent in the language of the Internet and social media, giving her clients an in-depth understanding of the ever-evolving social web. She has executed projects for Sierra Mist, Tennis Channel, Broadway Housing Communities, and Yoxi, a creative competition to discover big ideas and bright stars in social innovation, in addition to working with various bloggers and online brands to develop strategic marketing plans. She also writes and produces video projects on travel, gender, and sexuality.
Arielle is a graduate of New York University, founder of L Media House, and lead social media consultant at Serendipity Literary Agency.