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ABOUT Metamorphosis Literary Agency

Metamorphosis Literary Agency Owner

Stephanie Hansen - Owner, Senior Agent, and Subsidiary Rights Manager

Stephanie represents authors with their debut novels and New York Times-bestsellers and has brokered deals with small presses, mid-size publishers, every major publishing house, foreign publishers, audio producers, gaming app companies, reading app companies, and film producers. She holds a master’s degree with a Creative Writing Specialization. She represents everything fiction from children's to adult books. She's also seeking non-fiction projects with heart. Previously editorial for Mind’s Eye Literary Magazine and consulting with Hollywood book & film agent Michele Wallerstein, she joined Metamorphosis July 2016. Originally looking to help Midwest authors in "flyover states" to garner the attention of major publishing houses, she found camaraderie with multiple agents and editors. Based in the Kansas City metropolitan area, she enjoys coffees and lunches with publishers & major house editors during trips to NYC. Stephanie is unilaterally deaf with 90 dB tinnitus and hearing loss as well as nerve damage on the other side. She's dedicated to elevating voices that often go unheard. AALA member

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Metamorphosis Literary Agency Senior Agent

Amy Brewer - Senior Agent & Subsidiary Rights Assistant Manager

Amy Brewer is a senior literary agent and subsidiary rights assistant manager. Her intuitive human understanding can help writers bridge the communication gap and jump into the publishing world. Her experience in the mental health field and yoga training help her guide and assist clients with stress and anxiety in this highly competitive industry. All of this is pulled together with a multi-tasking and hyper-organized brain, so that at the end of every day she feels accomplished and grateful. She is seeking captivating stories of human connection and books that touch her heart.

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Erica Christensen - Senior Agent & Subsidiary Rights Assistant Manager

Erica Christensen has been in the publishing industry since 2014, holding various positions. She was born and raised in the Heartland of America and now resides near the beautiful Emerald Coast with her family of five and her sassy, spunky lab-pit mix named Kali. She is seeking: Contemporary YA and Adult Romance ranging from Sweet to Erotic. Inclusive manuscripts from #OwnVoices authors are welcomed and strongly encouraged! Erica is not a fit for Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance or Historical Fiction, Fantasy, or Science Fiction.


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Jessica Reino - Senior Agent & Subsidiary Rights Assistant

Working for many years as a freelance substantive editor and being a multi-genre author herself, it is no surprise that Jessica has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to storytelling. She's a member of SCBWI New England, The Women’s Fiction Writers Association where she was a Webinar Program Leader, and The Editorial Freelancers Association. She has also been a contributor for The Children’s Writer’s Guild Online Magazine as well as a reviewer for Story Monsters Ink. She has experience as an author coach and freelance editor with Pandamoon Publishing. She also runs a monthly Twitter chat #thewriterszen. Whether the story is tackling tough topics, or serves solely to entertain, Jessica is looking for manuscripts that are well-written with a strong voice in order to make that emotional connection. Jessica is seeking MG, YA, Adult and nonfiction projects.

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Katie Salvo - Senior Agent

A traditionally published novelist and avid reader with eclectic genre interests, Katie Salvo loves nothing more than to see authors succeed in introducing new ideas and fresh voices to the publishing industry. With a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Katie has a background in literary criticism, philosophy, political theory, and history. She is legally blind and dedicated to shining a light on voices that often go unseen. She is particularly interested in representing women’s fiction, romance, children's books, middle grade, young adult, LGBTQ+, and historical biography. Katie is not a good fit for Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Dystopian, or Dark Fiction.

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Caroline Trussell - Junior Agent

Caroline has a background in editing, writing, and communications and has worked as an agent assistant, editorial assistant, journalist, and communications consultant. She is passionate about finding writers with unique voices and points of view and is looking for steamy romances, out of this world fantasies, and YA and MG that touch on vital topics that can’t be ignored. She’s also a self-published young adult author, a Columbia Publishing Course graduate, and a mental health advocate.

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C.J. Shaleesh - Literary Intern - SUCCESS STORY

Previously editor in chief at New Literati, copy editor at Sorin Oak Review, and writer for KWIR Media. Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward's University. CJ is a pleasure to work with, gives great editorial feedback, and has amazing social media support skills. NOW WITH: Scholastic as an editorial assistant

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Haley Casey - Literary Intern - Success Story

Haley has always had a special place in her heart for stories, but it was when she wrote her first chapter book in fifth grade that her true love of literature was realized. In 2015, she graduated from The University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and that fall, she attended the Denver Publishing Institute. She began her career at Ogden Publications, where she worked for four years as an editor, and now she’s focusing her career on book publishing. Haley
devours YA, fantasy, and #OwnVoices fiction, but romance is her guilty pleasure. NOW WITH: Creative Media Agency and has closed two deals with Familius & one with Running Press Kids.

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Morgan Noble - Literary Intern - Success Story

Morgan has dreamed of working with authors since she was fourteen years old. She pursued her dream and earned her B.A. in English and  History from Texas Tech University. She then spent time interning at two literary agencies before returning to Texas Tech and earning her M.A. in English. After a year away from the publishing world, Morgan is excited to return and join Metamorphosis Literary Agency as an intern. NOW WITH: Pippin Properties

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Jean Li Spencer - Literary Intern - SUCCESS STORY

Jean Li is a candidate for a BA in English (with honors) and Education Studies from Wellesley College. She is the Editor in Chief of GenerAsians, a cultural magazine for AAPI+ interests at Wellesley. As a once aspiring middle school teacher, Jean Li enjoys volunteering her time reading with children and learning more about how literacy education can be more holistic and liberatory. She is looking for women's fiction, thrillers, picture books, MG and YA, and mysteries (she is on the hunt for the next great feminist ghost story). Jean Li is joining the Metamorphosis Literary Agency as an intern before moving back to her hometown of New York City and working in publishing. NOW WITH Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as an Editorial Assistant reporting to Megan Tingley and Deirdre Jones

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Shania Soler - Literary Assistant

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Shania has been an avid book lover from the moment she picked up Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy. Ever since then, her TBR pile has steadily grown. Currently working on an MA at the University of Leeds, she has received her Bachelor’s of Arts in English from the University of Maine and plans to pursue a PhD in Japan, where she spent 7 months during her undergrad studying the language and culture. When not reading, she can be found lounging with her cat, Marlow, or studying for her degree.

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Des Salazar - Literary Assistant

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Des Salazar holds an MFA in Fiction having completed a thesis containing translations of stories and poems from an archived journal and reflection essays. Des has a passion for writing and working with other writers. All it took was a Sandra Bullock movie to make them want to read stories, and later, they realized that their nerdy editing could get them there (just not like Sandra Bullock level of editor). Their experience includes associate editing at Allium Literary Journal and their current position as a fiction editor at MASKS Literary Magazine.

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Huang Chen - Literary Intern

Huang Chen was raised in China and came to America during high school. She received a B.F.A. in Economics from Clark University. Since then, Huang has spent over three years working in a local high school as a paraprofessional. She’s currently pursuing an M.L.A. in creative writing from Harvard Extension School. Huang is interested in MG, Fantasy, Mystery, and Magic Realism fiction. Her most recent favorite author is Kate DiCamillo.


Shawrina Salam - Literary Intern

In classic middle child rebel fashion, Shawrina switched from science major to literature just to spite her parents and instead found her one true love. Escaping into the pages of a book is her favorite hobby, with of course, a snack on the side. She is always on the lookout for inspiration from the simple things in life. Currently studying Bachelors in English literature at East Delta University, she hopes to pen her own narrative one day.

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Kaylyn Aldridge - Literary Intern

Kaylyn Aldridge has been a ferocious reader ever since she learned how to read. Growing up, Kaylyn spent almost all of her free time devouring the stacks of books she would get from the library. When she wasn't deep in a story, she would write her own. Creating worlds and characters was one of the major ways Kaylyn expressed herself.


In her free time, Kaylyn loves to research underground internet subcultures. She believes that diverse perspectives are key to understanding cultures, communities, and nuances of the human experience. When she is not working or reading, she likes to feed the local magpies.

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Abigail Green - Literary Intern

Born and raised in Suffolk, England, Abby achieved her BA Hons Degree in Film and Media Studies with a focus on screenwriting. She can usually be found watching a musical, reading a book or drinking tea. Abby's love for literature started at an early age reading books with her grandad by the seaside. A writer herself, Abby enjoys the editorial side of publishing and has enjoyed leading writing workshops. Within the YA and adult space she loves horror, literary fiction, dark academia and high fantasy, and is also interested in children's picture books. 

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Alana Scherer - Literary Intern

Alana Scherer is pursuing a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. She has been reading her whole life and has no intention of stopping any time soon. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, but her (very cramped) book shelves contain a little bit of everything.

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Cassie Steenbock - Literary Intern

I’m Cassie, and a few of my favorite things are new books, travel, my husband, and if you put me on a beach with both books AND my husband, I’m the happiest you’ll ever see me. My love for books started as a young child when my grandparents bought me the first four books in the Harry Potter series. From there I would read anything I could possibly get my hands on. I mostly stuck to romcoms and chick-lit but have more recently branched out and am reading all genres, and discovered my love for all things historical fiction, magical realism, and psychological thrillers. My favorite authors at the moment are Kristin Hannah and Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I would truly read their grocery lists if they would let me. My goals for the industry are to become an agent or an editor, both are truly a dream job for me!

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Shanna Furey - Literary Intern

It was uncommon growing up to find Shanna without her nose in a book. An avid reader from a young age, she began to get lost in the lives of historical figures long gone, which aided her love of history and pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts in History at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Shanna currently lives in Colorado with her spouse and their two very cuddly cats. In her spare time she enjoys cozy gaming, knitting, and watching movies. She loves a good Historical Fiction or Nonfiction read, but is also a sucker for anything Mystery, Fantasy, Comedic, or Romance.

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La Quoia Malone - Literary Intern

La Quoia Malone is a born and raised Texan. She pursuing her BA degree in creative writing with a concentration on Fiction through SNHU. She has self published three books and on her way to publish the fourth. She has a passion for books, especially the paranormal romance genre. If she doesn't have a book in her hand then she is enjoying her time with her family. Her future career goal is to help other authors achieve their publishing dreams. 

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