Five years after the agency began, she launched the company’s move into production. Her first foray into feature producing led to the Anthony Hopkins’ film The Rite which opened at #1 and earned $100 million worldwide. She has worked extensively in television development working on scripted shows based on books like The Happiness Project (NBC), My Formerly Hot Life (ABC), Slouching Toward Adulthood (NBC), Hungry Boys (Warner Bros Television/CBS), Option$ (MRC/Epix), and Little Pink Slips (Lifetime).
For select clients, she assumes a larger role in overseeing the management and strategic planning for their intellectual property in areas such as merchandising, e-commerce, product extensions, consulting, training programs, as well as all related media rights.
Melissa Chinchillo joined the agency in 2004, after ten years of teaching literature, film, and women’s studies at universities in New York and Boston.
Melissa is the agency’s Digital Rights Manager and Director of Foreign Rights. In these capacities, she represents the agency at international book fairs and publishing conferences. She is actively engaged in building relationships with key players in digital publishing and ensuring that our clients have access to an array of top-notch services in the electronic rights industry.
She represents a small, select list of her own authors, ranging from academics to syndicated cartoonists, and from debut novelists to well-established authors. Melissa holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy, M.A. in World Literature (both from Simmons College), and is A.B.D. in the Ph.D. program at SUNY-StonyBrook’s English Department, where she also earned graduate teaching certification in film studies and women’s studies.
Gráinne Fox joined Fletcher & Company in September 2008, having worked as an agent at Ed Victor Ltd in London for 9 years. Her list consists of literary fiction and quality commercial authors, award-winning journalists and food writers. She is dedicated to her clients. She is especially looking for new American voices; books with an international sensibility; literary crime and smart, up-market fiction. In short, any book that will “both stimulate the mind and satisfy the heart” to borrow a phrase. She is also passionate about new Irish writing.
Gráinne studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin and went on to pursue a Masters in Public Relations at The Dublin Institute of Technology.
Rebecca Gradinger joined Fletcher & Company in 2009 after previously working as an agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Prior to that she was a foreign literary scout and a lawyer, practicing media and intellectual property law. In a previous life, she had a short stint as a road manager/PA for the MTV comedy troupe, The State.
Rebecca has eclectic taste in the books that she represents but a common thread in almost all of her projects is a strong emotional core. She is interested in projects that fall into the following categories: literary fiction, up-market commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, self-help, memoir, Women’s studies, humor, and pop culture. Rebecca’s particular areas of interest are: fiction that is simply impossible to stop reading (and if it makes you weep, all the better!) and memoir that takes you into unfamiliar worlds or deals with everyday concerns with particular insight and/or humor.
Rebecca works closely and creatively with her clients from the editorial stage to strategizing ways to take advantage of multi-platform possibilities including film/tv development. Some of Rebecca’s recent clients include Kathleen Grissom’s THE KITCHEN HOUSE (S&S), Maggie Shipstead’s SEATING ARRANGEMENTS (Knopf), David Gillham’s CITY OF WOMEN (Amy Einhorn Books), Dr. Pauline Chen’s FINAL EXAM: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality (Knopf), Stephanie Dolgoff’s MY FORMERLY HOT LIFE (Ballantine),and Kirstie Alley’s THE ART OF MEN (S&S).
Rebecca holds a BA from Barnard College and a JD from George Washington University Law Center. She is originally from Montreal, Canada and is the proud mother of two “spirited” little girls.
Lisa Grubka spent a decade first at the William Morris Agency and then Foundry Literary + Media, before joining Fletcher and Co. in 2012.
Lisa works with a broad variety of authors, from debut novelists to Food Network stars, and has represented several New York Times bestsellers. She represents and is looking for both fiction (literary, upmarket women’s, and young adult) and non-fiction (narrative, food, science, and more). She takes a very hands-on approach in working with her authors, and is a thorough editor, ensuring the best possible proposal or manuscript. She works closely with her authors every step of the way, and takes pleasure in matchmaking her authors with the right publishing home.
She began her career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Donald Lamm has been an agent with Fletcher & Company for four years, after previously working as an agent at Carlisle & Company. Before that, he served for forty-five years at W.W. Norton & Company as an Editor, President from 1976 until 1984, and company Chairman until his retirement in 2000.
At Fletcher & Company, he works with clients who are leaders in their respective fields, covering a wide array of non-fiction subjects and genres. His specialties include history, biography, investigative journalism, politics, current affairs, and business books for the trade. Don has been chair of the board of governors of the Yale University Press and a trustee of the Columbia University Press. He is currently a trustee of the University of California Press and of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he resides. Don is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honor shared with only two other book publishers in the 230 years of the institution’s history, and vice president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Todd Sattersten started working as an affiliated agent with Fletcher & Company in 2010, working on a limited number of projects each year. He previously served as president of business book retailer 800-CEO-READ and co-wrote The 100 Best Business Books of All Time (Portfolio, 2009). He brings the perspective of having worked for ten years in companies both large (GE) and small (his family’s sheet metal fabrication shop).
It’s no surprise that, as an agent, Todd specializes in the genre of business books. His focus is on projects that provide unexpected perspectives on known business problems and provide clear prescriptions for solving those problems. He works closely with his authors to shape their books in a way that deepens their credibility and extends their reach.
Todd has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a M.B.A from Marquette University. Todd lives and works in Portland, Oregon and teaches the business of publishing at Portland State University.
Sylvie Greenberg is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A. History) and the Columbia Publishing Course. She is looking for strong writing and powerful stories in literary fiction and a wide range of non-fiction topics, including business, sports, humor, science, memoir and history. She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Rachel Crawford moved to New York from tropical Queensland, Australia in 2011. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Creative Industries and worked previously as the marketing coordinator at the University of Queensland Press and in foreign rights at Sterling Lord Literistic. She is excited by international fiction, literary spec-fic, high-concept YA, and great science writing.
Jennifer Herrera has master’s degrees in Philosophy and Mathematical and Behavioral Sciences. Before joining Fletcher & Company, she worked as an assistant for Europa Editions’ editor-in-chief, Michael Reynolds. She likes literary and upmarket fiction, biographies, and books written by people with a technical or academic background, who are trying to make their work accessible to a popular audience.
Hillary Black is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied History and English Literature. Before joining Fletcher & Company, she worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. She particularly likes reading literary and historical fiction, narrative non-fiction, and books with potential for great film or television adaptations.