Senior Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner
When Rachelle was asked in eighth grade what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said she wanted to be a psychologist.
Many years later she did graduate studies in psychology, but had no idea she would end up using those skills not as a counselor but as an advocate and partner for authors in their publishing careers.
Rachelle’s been involved in publishing since 1995, joining Books & Such in 2012 after agenting with WordServe Literary Group since 2007.
Before becoming an agent, she was senior editor at NavPress, where she developed and launched the NavPress fiction line that included three Christy Award finalists and an ECPA Award finalist in its first year. She acquired and edited numerous nonfiction books as well.
Prior to working in the Christian publishing industry, Rachelle worked in mainstream publishing at General Publishing Group in Santa Monica, California, where she was director of rights and marketing, which entailed managing departments of special sales, subsidiary rights, international rights, international sales, and domestic marketing. Among other things, she built and managed a team of international sales agents and represented the company in Frankfurt, London, Tokyo, Chicago and New York.
In the early days of her career, Rachelle spent five years at Fox Broadcasting Company where she served as special programming coordinator, working on more than sixty network television specials including the Emmy Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Having ghostwritten eight published books and edited more than 100, Rachelle is familiar with the life of a writer and loves being involved in the creation and shaping of a book.
She acquires mostly adult fiction and nonfiction, with an occasional foray into books for teens.
Kathi Lipp, author of The Husband Project
- Austin Channing Brown, author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
- Kristy Cambron, award-winning author of seven books
- Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts
- Elizabeth Esther, author of Girl at The End of the World and Spiritual Sobriety
- Richard L Mabry, MD, award-winning author of 15+ books