Tanya McKinnon, Principal
I represent serious nonfiction, literary fiction, children's books, and graphic novels. Since establishing the agency in 2014, we have seen the publication of numerous New York Times bestsellers as well as numerous award winners and commercial successes.
Growing up all over—Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the US—I found my home in books where writers confront the chaos of reality and distill it into narratives that leave us wiser and more human for having read them. The books I represent embody this ethos.
Because I wanted to help make books happen, I entered publishing right out of college, and while my job titles have changed, I have never left that world. I began as an editor, where I deepened my love of accessible, idea-driven nonfiction with the power to transform culture. Next, I worked as a literary scout, representing foreign publishers and Hollywood producers. For the last eighteen years, I have been a literary agent, helping authors bring their ideas to life and find their audience.
The time I have spent on various sides of the industry lets me view the agent-author relationship holistically. I routinely help my clients shape and sharpen their projects through a rigorous in-house editorial process. In the bigger picture, I work to help authors hone a career trajectory for their work. This level of focus requires that I cap the number of new clients I will take on.
I am always looking for work that takes me beyond the boundaries of where I currently am. This can be in categories such as history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, medicine, cultural criticism, popular culture, journalism, and sheer whimsy. I look for fiction that is story- and character-driven and engrossing with a strong voice. I have a particular interest in multicultural and African American work. I also have a passion for graphic novels, be they for adults or young readers. In children's books, I represent the gamut from picture books through chapter books and middle grade readers, to young adult.
In addition to agenting, I hold an MA in cultural anthropology, and I teach a course on Writing for Children in the Publishing Certificate Program at City College.
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Carol Taylor, Editorial Director
I've been in commercial book publishing for over 25 years. I started as a Random House book editor, acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction with a specialization in multicultural, international, progressive, and woman-centric work. In my time in the book world, I’ve worked as an editor, co-author, book doctor, and ghostwriter with many of today’s top literary and commercial writers, noted academics, public figures, and celebrities. As editorial director at McKinnon Literary, I focus on editorial strategy and conceptual development, and act as a liaison between our clients and their publishers.
I also teach Introduction to Publishing and The Editorial Process in the Publishing Certificate Program at City College. At New York University, I taught Creative Writing and Introduction to Publishing in the School of Professional Studies. I’ve also written ten books, which explore race, family, relationships, love, culture and their intersection. I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and have traveled widely. These travels have informed my perspective on the world and my place in it, as a black woman, and an immigrant.
Sekou Campbell, Counsel
I attended Vanderbilt University as a Dean’s and Posse Scholar and then Columbia University's School of the Arts, earning an M.F.A. in Theater. I have been an actor (for theaters like LaMaMa ETC, the former Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Vital Theatre Company); founding teacher of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts, and theater producer at the Mud/Bone Collective. Working at a start-up school and theater company, I began to see how creative intellectual companies require strong and thoughtful legal representation, and so I went to law school.
I attended Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where I interned for a life-tenured, federal judge in Brooklyn; edited the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, a nationally-recognized intellectual property journal; and served as an officer for two student-led organizations (Public Interest Law Student Association and the Black Law Students Association).
I then worked with two prestigious, national law firms representing individuals and companies and gaining experience in a range of matters. Now, I represent intellectual creatives at my firm, Sekou Law, who explore the intersection of technology and traditional entertainment. I have seen the power of artists and entrepreneurs to change the world, and I seek to continue to represent intellectual creatives' interests while developing their business aspirations.
I take my passion into the community by participating as a member in the Copyright Society of the United States of America (CSUSA), Philadelphia Chapter and the Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association (BESLA). I also have volunteered for the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and participated in the Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia’s Business on Board program, a six-month boot camp-style course on the ins and outs of non-profit governance.
Devin McIntyre, Agent
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, I graduated from Brown University with a degree in English. I began my publishing career in 2002 at Mary Evans Inc., where I became an agent and director of foreign rights. I then opened my own agency in 2010 and joined with Tanya McKinnon in 2014.
I represent an eclectic list of fiction and nonfiction, and am interested in smart, funny, useful books of all kinds. I love fiction that has something to say and nonfiction that knows how to say it.
I’m always on the lookout for literary and multicultural fiction, mysteries, horror, and graphic novels. On the nonfiction side, I’m looking for narrative nonfiction, pop culture, humor, music, science, and sports. I’m particularly interested in Asian American and biracial perspectives.
Naomi Spratley, Intern
I graduated with a two-year degree from Kingsborough Community College in Journalism & Print Media before continuing my education at City College where I am currently a senior. I major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. I am also enrolled in the Publishing Certificate Program which has provided me with a great overview of the publishing industry. As an intern at McKinnon Literary, I handle reading submissions, writing reader’s reports, scheduling, operations, and other administrative tasks.