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Agent Spotlight: Jeff Ourvan

This week's Agent Spotlight features Jeff Ourvan of The Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, LLC.
Status: Open to submissions.
Jeff HR-0258About: “Jeff Ourvan, an attorney, published author and writing instructor, is a literary agent with the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. His interests are varied: he represents nonfiction works, especially narrative nonfiction, histories, biographies, science, food and sports. He also represents fiction writers, particularly in the young adult, thriller and romance categories. Jeff heads the Agency’s book-to-film efforts, and he is the founder of The WriteWorkshop, an intensive writing workshop for New York-area writers. His most recently authored work is THE STAR-SPANGLED BUDDHIST (Skyhorse).” (Link)
About the Agency:
“The Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, LLC is managed and owned by Jennifer Lyons, who has more than twenty years of domestic and international experience as a literary agent. The Agency provides personalized attention to each of its clients, from conception to publication and beyond. We seek to not only maximize the potential of every project we represent but also help to manage the long-term writing career of each client.” (Link)
Web Presence:
Jennifer Lyons Literary website.
Publisher’s Marketplace page.
What He’s Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Non-fiction, especially narrative nonfiction histories, biographies, international current events, finance, science and sports; fiction, particularly in the young adult, middle grade, mystery, sci-fi and thriller categories. (Link)
What He Isn’t Looking For:
Picture books.
Editorial Agent?
He asks for revisions as needed.
You can find a listing of Mr. Ourvan's clients on the agency website. His clients include Tatsha Robertson, Neesha Arter, Kerrie Hollihan,Peter Houlahan and Chris Knowlton, among others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query by e-mail.
See the agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
Mr. Ourvan does respond to queries, usually within a month. Requested material can take up to 6 weeks or so.
Worth Your Time:
Literary Agent Jeff Ourvan on YouTube at The San Diego Writer's Festival (04/2020)
A Chat with Agent Jeff Ourvan at Darkly Delicious (06/2014)
7 Questions for Literary Agent Jeff Ourvan at Middle Grade Ninja (04/2013).
Interview with Literary Agent Jeff Ourvan at Writer's Digest (12/2012).
Meet Our Agents- Jeff Ourvan of Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, LLC at MiG writers (05/2012).
Please see The Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/21/2020.
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes 
Last Reviewed By Agent? 6/5/2020.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's and/or teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.



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Ali B said...

Another great spotlight! Thanks.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks Casey for another awesome spotlight. I'm adding Jeff to my list of agents to query.

Matthew MacNish said...

Another great roundup!

cleemckenzie said...

It's always interesting to read about literary agents here on your blog! Thanks.