University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Jessica Regel


Jess Regel represents fiction and nonfiction in both the adult and the children’s market.

Her authors include New York Times best-selling authors Bryn Greenwood "All The Ugly and Wonderful Things," Amber Smith "The Way I Used to Be" and Shea Ernshaw "The Wicked Deep," critically-acclaimed author Jillian Cantor "The Lost Letter," national best-seller and award-winning writer/podcaster Nora McInerny "It’s Okay to Laugh" and Pura Belpré Honor Winner Pablo Cartaya "The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora." No matter the genre she looks for distinctive voices and stories that are one of a kind.

Jess is passionate about discovering books that are compulsive, contagious and creative. She’s particularly interested in conversation starters, novels that bridge the literary-commercial divide, combining a high-concept plot with beautiful writing and voice-driven contemporary stories. She’s always looking for diverse characters who tell a story from a unique perspective, and through which we see the world differently. Jess is drawn to coming-of-age stories, ambitious fiction, charming and stylized love stories, atmospheric magical realism, dark and twisty suspense, and genre-bending literary fiction. She is not looking for genre fiction, such as high fantasy, sci-fi, romance, westerns, chick lit, cozy mysteries, etc.

In the nonfiction space, she specializes in memoir and pop culture, with a focus on female voices, humor, and single-topic narratives.

Originally from Iowa, Jess was working at her local library when she was offered a job at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and packed up for New York City. She spent 11 years at the Naggar Agency before moving over to Foundry in 2013. She is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in English Literature.

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Scheduled events:
The Agent-Author Relationship
Jessica Regel, who represents fiction and nonfiction in both the adult and children’s markets, will discuss the ins and outs of navigating the business side of publishing with three of her author clients: Mark Ferguson, Victoria Loustalot, and Jillian Cantor.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jillian Cantor, Mark Ferguson, Victoria Loustalot, Jessica Regel

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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