Ian Bonaparte

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Ian Bonaparte
Literary Agent

Ian began his career in publishing at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, where he worked at the nexus of sales, publicity, and marketing. Having booked tours, pitched and edited essays from authors across Macmillan, and rescued numerous readings from disaster and near-miss, he departed for the agency world, joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2016.

A graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Journalism School, Ian holds a B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University. He is actively acquiring in the areas of journalistic reportage, current events, science, big idea, creative memoir, and history, and is especially interested in social justice, radical thought, and moving the Overton window of discourse. He is able to help writers place journalism and op-eds. With an extensive background in editing fiction, he is also seeking a select list of fiction writers, particularly in the spaces of literary/crossover, horror, and elevated, genre-inflected stories. He is interested in seeing any novel that is both moving and plot-driven.

With his combined experience in the literary agency and publisher trenches, Ian brings a holistic understanding to the total endeavor of publishing, from proposal to indie bookshelf. He is fiercely committed to his authors and deeply grateful to assist in bringing new ideas, outlooks and worlds into existence. He hails from Portland, Oregon.

Twitter: @ianbonaparte

Selected authors

  • Kate Aronoff
  • Brendan Basham
  • Tim Blackburn
  • Jaswinder Bolina
  • Edna Bonhomme
  • Greg Brennecka
  • Jonny Diamond
  • Eliot Duncan
  • Eva Fedderly
  • Andrew Gelwicks
  • Tao Leigh Goffe
  • Sophie Lewis
  • Natasha Marin
  • Laura Marris
  • Kathleen McLaughlin
  • Tamara Nopper
  • Vicky Osterweil
  • Liz Pelly
  • Aarathi Prasad
  • Arianna Rebolini
  • Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
  • Nick Seabrook
  • Mary Ann Sieghart
  • Jamie Stewart
  • Esther Yi