“When I began seeking representation for my book, I had no idea what I was doing and felt mentally paralyzed by the undertaking. Even after doing days of research on potential agents, I couldn’t find any that seemed to suit my specific genre and I felt so isolated and discouraged. It felt like a miracle to find Elizabeth as an agent matchmaker, who was like my fairy godmother through the daunting query process! She promptly took on the challenging task of seeking out agents who might be open to my unusual and hard-to-explain book idea, and she was so encouraging along the way.
Not only did she present me with a thorough list of potential agents, each with an explanation of why she chose them and extra helpful notes, but she got my query letter into shape and gave me great advice on how to present myself to agents. After our emails and phone call, I felt like I had my own personal cheer squad of one behind me, and I felt so much more confident in pitching my idea.
Within two weeks, I signed onto the ideal agency for me. A couple months later, I signed a fantastic book deal that has completely changed my life. None of this would have been possible without Elizabeth’s guidance. I credit her entirely with getting me through the intimidating query process and for finding an agency that perfectly aligned with my career goals. Elizabeth is equal parts warm and powerful. She’s kind and helpful, and she gets it done!” – Mari Andrew, Author of the forthcoming ANATOMY OF AN ADULT (Clarkson Potter, 2018)
“This is my first book and I had nervously hoped to find the perfect match for an editor. Elizabeth Evans was exactly that, and then some. From the very first e-mail I received from her, she demonstrated a sincere passion and interest in my book (a biography). Even before reviewing the other four candidates, I knew she was the one. Once we started to work together I knew immediately that I had made the right decision. Her insights were so helpful, and because of her previous experience as an agent in New York, she had some excellent ideas and was helpful on so many different fronts. I really appreciated all her hard work on my behalf and really enjoyed working with her. Can’t wait for the next project, Elizabeth!” – Biographer Timothy Hoover
“It was an honor to work with Elizabeth. My memoir wouldn’t have been published without her help. I am forever grateful.” -Dydine Umunyana, Author of EMBRACING SURVIVAL: A Memoir”Elizabeth Evans provided vital opinions and patient advice relating to form and content. She took a primordial, amorphous blob of words and squeezed it into the functional format that evolved into a live – and not too bad – book. Her causal demeanor, thoughtful encouragement, and subtle input masked a critical professionalism that greatly improved my work.” – Bill McConnell, Author of HIRE HONESTY
“It is incredibly difficult to convey in a few sentences how utterly wonderful and instrumental Elizabeth has been in helping me navigate the publishing world—my back has never felt so safe. Having spent two years with her as my agent, I am roughly one hundred percent sure that nobody else would have been able to instill such a calm, steady courage in a writer so young and uncultivated. Quite frankly, she is a superwoman.” Ella Frances Sanders, New York Times bestselling author of LOST IN TRANSLATION: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
“Elizabeth Evans has been a tremendous asset to the Agency and will be deeply missed. Her care for her authors and editorial acumen has resulted in a number of critically acclaimed works. We wish her all of the best in her new endeavor.” Jennifer Weltz, President of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.
“I had the privilege of calling Elizabeth Evans my agent for six years, during which she secured six book deals for me, as well as various international, audio and app-related opportunities. During this time, I relied on her wise counsel on everything from proposal strategies to writing edits and I credit her expertise for allowing me to become a published author. Elizabeth is intelligent, trustworthy and compassionate—any writer would be lucky to have the chance to work with such a talented literary professional.” Natasha Burton, Co-Author of THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF BIG RED FLAGS and Author of 101 QUIZZES FOR COUPLES and 101 QUIZZES FOR BFFs
“Elizabeth Evans has been invaluable to me in my writing career. Not only did she encourage me to delve into tackling books to begin with, she helped me to navigate the unfamiliar and ever-evolving world of the publishing industry. I always valued her sound advice and wise counsel on a host of different topics. Our discussions always led to better ideas, better writing, and better books, and I am forever grateful to have connected with her.” Megan Watzke, Co-Author of YOUR TICKET TO THE UNIVERSE, LIGHT: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond, and COLORING THE UNIVERSE: An Insider’s Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space
“Our literary agent, Elizabeth Evans, awed us with her sage advice, generous investment of time, and unfaltering belief in us.” Deb McKinney, Co-author of BEYOND THE BEAR
“Elizabeth has an incredible knack for understanding what makes your story tick and how to make it better, from the tiniest details to the big-picture structure. She’s a seasoned industry pro, with a deft, encouraging touch, and I always enjoy the process of working with her, as well as the stellar end results.” Doug Mack, Author of EUROPE ON FIVE WRONG TURNS A DAY: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide, and the forthcoming THE NOT-QUITE STATES OF AMERICA
“Elizabeth was my agent for two years, during which time she helped me hone my first book proposal, sold it to a great publisher, shepherded my book to completion through smart suggestions and thoughtful edits, and was indispensable in helping me navigate the experience of being a first time author. Elizabeth’s edits were always on point, helpful, and her approach was encouraging. Her strength lies in seeing the potential in an idea and helping you to realize it. She is also just great to work with. I can’t recommend her enough as someone to help you bring a project to fruition.” Summer Brennan, Author of THE OYSTER WAR: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America
“These pages would not exist without my super-powered agent, Elizabeth Evans, who had faith that the tiny seedling of an idea that I presented to her would one day be a book. Her intelligent encouragement helped me access a voice that I might otherwise have never found. For this, as well as for her untiring attention to all things large, small and in-between, I am deeply grateful.” Mari Ruti, Author of THE CASE FOR FALLING IN LOVE
“I owe my agent, Elizabeth Evans, at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, inestimable thanks for being the first professional to believe fully in this project. Thank you for your keen and literate eye, your professional advice, and your continued support.” Lisa Catherine Harper, Author of A DOUBLE LIFE: Discovering Motherhood