Literary Agent Mary Keeley

Mary Keeley Literary Agent

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Mary blogs every Thursday on the Books & Such Blog

Personal Bio:

Mary Keeley still remembers a particular book she read about Pocahontas when she was a young girl. Action-packed with danger, disappointments, heroism, and a love story, she discovered how much she had learned about trust, friendship, self-sacrifice, and history without even working at it. The value of a good book was firmly rooted.

She began her career in publishing at Tyndale House Publishers where she worked for eight years, first as a product manager, then as an administrator, and finally as an acquisitions editor for nonfiction. Having worked with Randy Alcorn, Joel Rosenberg, Chuck Colson, Josh McDowell, Gary Smalley, Dianne Matthews, and numerous others on multiple book projects, Mary has a thorough understanding of the entire publishing process.

Her fours years at Christianity Today International have extended her knowledge of the industry to the fast-track world of magazine publishing. There she also spearheaded an author relations initiative for the long list of contributing editors of Leadership journal.

What Mary’s Clients Say…

“When Mary became my agent, she took time to get to know my passions, dreams and goals for writing. She looks at developing a writer and not just garnering quick contracts. It’s great to have an agent who listens, gives wise advice, and understands an author’s vision.
We started together in the midst of one of my tight deadlines but as soon as that drew to a close Mary amazed me by quickly placing a book proposal and working to negotiate more time to develop a proposal an editor requested (that is now being contracted).
She responds quickly to my emails and text messages. Mary is guiding me in the right direction and I look forward to continuing this partnership for a long time.”
-Karen H Whiting, author of The 365 Most Important Bible Passages for Women

“I enjoy working with Mary Keeley. She is an encourager who cares about her clients and their futures. I appreciate her guidance and expertise in helping me develop goals for my career. She is very approachable, easy to work with, and has a heart for the Lord and a passion for supporting writers.” -Becky Melby, author of Tomorrow’s Sun

“Mary is a force with which to reckon. Her keen intellect, business savvy, and decades of publishing experience enable her to guide authors through every phase of the literary process. Perhaps more importantly, her willingness to think outside the box, and consider the future of publishing and my career, anchor her as an pivotal member of my team. I simply could not be more delighted with Mary Keeley, my literary agent.” –Norma Horton, author of When Camels Fly

Mary, a natural encourager, enjoys serving on the faculty of such writers conferences as CLASS. Fulfillment comes from helping authors develop their personal brand and refine their concepts. She constantly monitors trends to help clients understand and fashion their writing to be relevant and enriching for current markets.

Mary acquires Adult Fiction & Nonfiction books.