Rebecca Carter joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2012, after fifteen years as a Commissioning Editor at the Random House imprints Chatto & Windus and Harvill Secker. She represents both fiction and non-fiction, bringing her long editorial and publishing experience to bear on all aspects of the publication process.
In fiction, she is looking for ground-breaking new literary fiction writers, as well as writers of upmarket crime and thrillers, and some children’s and YA authors. She has very varied taste in fiction, enjoying the spare and the dark as well as the rich and linguistically playful; the big family drama alongside the smaller prose poem; the bitingly contemporary as well as the reflectively historical; novels set in worlds already familiar, as well as those opening up different, distant lives and places. In non-fiction, her curiosity and tastes are similarly broad but she works mainly in the fields of history, politics, social and cultural commentary, design and technology, the environment and travel, often mixed together with memoir, and with a strong emphasis on quality of writing and storytelling.
Books coming out from her clients in 2016 include (in fiction) crime writer Elly Griffiths’s The Woman in Blue, the paperback of Gavin McCrea’s acclaimed first novel Mrs Engels, Derek B. Miller’s eagerly awaited second novel The Girl in Green, and Tania Unsworth’s Middle Grade novel The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn; (in non-fiction) Alec Ash’s book about young Chinese Wish Lanterns, Kat Banyard’s Pimp State, Marina Benjamin’s reflections on middle age The Middlepause, Elena Lappin’s memoir What Language Do I Dream in?, Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City, Giorgia Lupi & Stefanie Posavec’s infographic feast Dear Data, and Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic’s The Language of Cities.
Rebecca writes a blog on Wordpress called ‘More than 140 characters’: