Sally van Haitsma is head of van Haitsma Literary, a boutique West Coast agency she recently founded after having served six years at the Castiglia Literary Agency and, prior to that, apprenticed at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Some of the titles she has represented include the New York Times bestseller Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien (Simon & Schuster), Silverstein & Me by Marv Gold (Red Hen Press), America Libre and House Divided by Raul Ramos y Sanchez (Grand Central), Hick by Andrea Portes (Unbridled Books, optioned for film), Big Brown by Greg Niemann (Wiley), NATO 2.0 by Sarwar Kashmeri (Potomac Books), Does this Mean You’ll See Me Naked? by Robert Webster (Sourcebooks), Illuminations by Mark Tompkins (Ten Speed/Random House), The Five Year Party by Craig Brandon (BenBella Books) and The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian (HarperCollins, optioned for film). Reflecting her influences as a West Coast girl with Midwestern roots, Sally gravitates toward stories and topics that explore the American experience in an ethical, pragmatic and independent spirit. Across all categories, she is on the quest for books with literary ambitions and mainstream appeal.
Advance Submission Critique: Commercial and literary fiction (no sci-fi or fantasy) and non-fiction; first 15 pages, cover letter