Jenissa Graham

Associate Agent & Subrights Manager

For Jenissa, her passion for books started in third grade when she read Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and fell in love with the world building and underdog story. Her interest in storytelling bloomed the same year in an essay she wrote for school about a magical crayon that came to life to help solve a mystery. This was the first of many ideas in her head that she decided to write in spiral notebooks and jot down on sticky notes. Jenissa’s publishing career started at Writers House when she was selected for the Fall 2020 internship class. In January 2021, she was hired full time in the subrights department as the Global Licensing and Media Rights Assistant. She moved to BookEnds in April 2022, where she is thrilled to begin building a list as an Associate Agent and Subrights Manager. Jenissa is interested in increasing the BIPOC space in Publishing and is always on the lookout for new underrepresented authors. Born in upstate New York and raised in Georgia, Jenissa is a first-generation Jamaican. She is an alumna of Georgia State University where she received her Bachelor’s in English, Creative Writing. Jenissa currently lives in New York, and when she’s not reading submissions, plotting new story ideas, or adding books to her never-ending to-be-read pile, you will most likely find her snacking, power napping, or binging reruns of Criminal Minds and The Office. Watch our interview with Jenissa on YouTube!

Jenissa Graham Wishlist

Jenissa is currently seeking submissions in middle grade, YA/NA, and adult projects. Across those categories, she is interested in contemporary, mystery/spooky, grounded fantasy/sci-fi, psychological thrillers, and literary fiction. While reading, Jenissa is a sucker for a good theme, and a few of her favorites include coming-of-age, good vs evil, fate vs free will, faith vs doubt, the consequence of choices, man vs. society, and identity. Jenissa’s drawn to protagonists with a distinct, narrative voice that hits her from page one and carries her until the end. She is also particularly keen when authors find new ways to structure their story. Jenissa is not currently seeking picture books, graphic novels, nonfictions, memoirs, or historical fictions. For a more in-depth breakdown of her MSWL, please check out her website. You can query Jenissa on Query Manager.

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