Jess Regel

Jess represents all genres of young adult and middle grade books, as well as a select list of adult general fiction, women’s fiction, and adult nonfiction. She is passionate about discovering projects that are compulsive, contagious, and creative. She’s particularly interested in books that are “conversation starters” and novels that bridge the literary-commercial divide, combining a high-concept plot with beautiful writing.
Originally from Iowa, Jess was working at her local library when she was offered a job at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and packed up for New York City. She spent eleven years at the Naggar Agency representing subsidiary rights and building her list of authors before moving over to Foundry in 2013. Some of her books include: Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange series (HarperTeen), Amber Smith’s The Way I Used to Be (Simon & Schuster), Emily Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Balzer + Bray), Linda Liukas’ Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding (Feiwel & Friends), Nora McInerny Purmort’s It’s Okay to Laugh (Dey Street), J.C. Carleson’s The Tyrant’s Daughter (Knopf), and Jillian Cantor’s Margot (Riverhead). Jess is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in English Literature.
Jess Regel only accepts submissions by email. Please send all queries to For more information on submitting your project, please see the Foundry Submissions page.

  • Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding
    Linda Liukas

  • The Way I Used to Be
    Amber Smith
    New York Times Bestseller

  • None of the Above
    I.W. Gregorio

  • The Hours Count
    Jillian Cantor

  • Placebo Junkies
    J.C. Carleson

  • It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying is Cool Too)
    Nora McInerny Purmort

  • Popular
    Lauren Urasek

  • “The
    Mark Andrew Ferguson
    A B&N Discover New Writer’s Pick

  • “Cherry”
    Lindsey Rosin

  • “All
    Bryn Greenwood

  • Vermouth
    Adam Ford

  • “Champagne
    Laure Dugas

  • “Fashion
    Tala Raassi

  • “Lincoln's
    Samantha Seiple

  • “The
    Jocelyn Davies

  • “What
    Karen Lachelt