Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Marisa Cleveland of The Seymour Agency

Marisa Cleveland is a literary agent with The Seymour Agency.

According to Publishers Marketplace, she seeks: general fiction, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction. In nonfiction, she accepts business/investing/finance.

In her own words, she seeks “A manuscript I can’t put down until the last page and can’t stop discussing. Voice is definitely key for me. If I’m going to sign (and sell) someone or recommend someone, then the writer’s voice has to speak to me. I have to be able to listen (vocally and on the page) to that writer through revisions and edits and book after book. I want to find characters I want as my best friends and partners-in-crime long after the story ends, whether it’s in this world or an alternate universe.”

Marisa oversees publishing innovations and initiatives by implementing the Agency’s communication strategies and developing the enterprise media strategy. She is responsible for spearheading the Agency’s efforts to identify, inform, and involve the literary community in outreach and advocacy programs.

Marisa has been featured, participated, and moderated at book festivals, panels, and workshops on branding, communication, cultural agility, diversity, leadership development, and the state of the industry.

With more than two decades of experience in the education and publishing industries, Marisa is adamant about supporting efforts toward the betterment of the human condition. Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines honored Marisa with the Arts and Culture 2015 FACE Award, and in 2014, Gulfshore Business selected her as a “40 Under Forty” honoree. In June 2015, her young adult novel hit the New York Times as part of an anthology, and her other works include 8 academic peer-reviewed publications, 1 academic book chapter, and 9 published novels. She earned her doctorate in organizational leadership from Northeastern University, her master’s in educational administration and a bachelor’s in speech communications from George Mason University, and her master’s in English from National University. Marisa is a 2015 Leadership Marco graduate and a Hodges University Board of Trustee member.


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