After graduating from UCLA and working in film development, Terra Chalberg began her publishing career in 2002 at Scribner. Later, at Simon & Schuster and Simon Spotlight Entertainment (now Gallery), she edited and acquired a diverse list of projects.
As an agent, she represents a range of fiction and nonfiction writers, including Allison Amend, finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and author of Enchanted Islands; Elise Blackwell, author of The Lower Quarter; Victoria Fedden, author of This Is Not My Beautiful Life; Margaux Fragoso, author of the New York Times and international bestseller Tiger, Tiger; Elizabeth Isadora Gold, author of The Mommy Group; Lori Ostlund, author of Barnes & Noble Discover selection, finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Ferro-Grumley Award nominee After the Parade, and recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award, Flannery O'Connor Award, Edmund White Award, California Book Award, and O. Henry Prize; Andrew Porter, Flannery O'Connor Award-winner and author of the Barnes & Noble Discover selection and Indie Next List pick In Between Days; Melissa Radke, author of Eat Cake. Be Brave.; Glenn Taylor, NBCC Award Finalist in Fiction and author of A Hanging at Cinder Bottom; and Sara Zaske, author of Achtung Baby.
A graduate of Brown University, Rachel Sussman worked as an editor at Scribner and as an agent with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth before co-founding Chalberg & Sussman. She represents a wide range of nonfiction—narrative, memoir, psychology, history, lifestyle, and pop culture—and a select list of literary fiction.
Rachel’s clients run the gamut from self-proclaimed mediocre mother Karen Alpert, author of the New York Times bestseller I Heart My Little A-Holes, and DIY experts Sherry and John Petersik, authors of the New York Times bestseller Young House Love, to journalists Mary Papenfuss, author of American Huckster, and Linda Hervieux, author of Forgotten: The Untold Story of the Only African-American Combat Unit at D-Day.
Rachel’s diverse list includes memoirists Matt Logelin, author of the New York Times bestseller Two Kisses for Maddy; Stephanie Wittels Wachs, author of Everything is Horrible and Wonderful; and Ginger Sprouse, author of the forthcoming Kinda Like Grace; illustrators Beau and Bryan Abbott, authors of the forthcoming Baseball Card Vandals, and Emma Lee, author of Hidden Heartbreak; and academics writing for a trade audience, including psychology professor Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight about Animals, and Deborah Cohen, MD, author of A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic.
Nicole James joined Chalberg & Sussman as an agent in December 2013. Primarily focused on commercial fiction and nonfiction, Nicole is drawn to plot-driven novels with relatable characters and addictive pacing—whether she’s reading a white-knuckle thriller, a breezy beach read, an intense family drama, or a thoughtful young adult novel. On the nonfiction side, Nicole is seeking inspiration, how-to, self-help, and has a soft spot for illustrated gift books.
Her adult clients include thriller authors Ben Coes, New York Times bestselling author of the Dewey Andreas series, Luca Veste, international bestselling author of The Bone Keeper, Jorgen Brekke, a #1 international bestseller, as well as celebrated Norwegian novelists Johan Harstad, author of Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You In all the Confusion? and Maja Lunde, author of the international sensation The History of Bees.
Nicole’s young adult clients include Diana Harmon Asher, author of Sidetracked, a 2018 ALA Notable Book, and Nick Burd, winner of The American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award for The Vast Fields of Ordinary. Nicole also represents select nonfiction ranging from pop-culture titles such as Manny the Frenchie’s Art of Happiness to serious memoir such as the Washington Post bestseller, A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science by Sarah Gray.
Previously Nicole was the Foreign Rights Director as well as an agent at The Aaron Priest Agency, where she sold international and New York Times bestselling and brand name authors including David Baldacci, Robert Crais, Greg Iles, and Philip Caputo.
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Raised on a steady diet of Holly Black & Philip Pullman, Jennifer Grimaldi has always gravitated toward otherworldly, fantastical novels that reflect our own world’s past and present. At St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne, she edited and acquired S. Jae-Jones’ New York Times bestseller WINTERSONG—a Labyrinth-inspired gothic YA—and worked with numerous bestselling and award-winning authors such as Kate Forsyth. Jennifer’s broad exposure to the domestic and foreign publishing markets as a scout with Barbara Tolley & Associates further shaped her taste for the eclectic.
Now an agent with Chalberg & Sussman, where she first started her publishing career in 2012, Jennifer is building a list of historicals, romance, horror, and YA & adult sci-fi and fantasy.
Although the titles on her shelves have changed over the years, the content has not: they are still stuffed with magic and spaceships, fairytales and faraway lands. Across all genres, Jennifer loves strong, voice-driven novels, dark and romantic themes, and books that make her think—and learn. She is particularly excited by books that explore gender and sexuality, especially those with diverse, LGBTA+ leads, and own-voice writers.
Aspects sure to delight her include: cities and urban-planning, anecdotal histories, that trope where there were supposed to be two rooms at the hotel but they’re all booked up so the leads have to share, spies, thieves, mythological retellings, witches just trying to get by, weird obsessions, and puns.