Lisa will be open to queries from February 15, 2022 to May 15, 2022. Beyond this period, Lisa is closed to unsolicited submissions but holds open calls which are posted on her website here. For submissions requested at writers conferences, please submit per the instructions on the card given to you when you had pitched her.
Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She has studied creative writing, design, and business, earning her BA in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. In 2015, she was promoted to literary agent, and in 2020, she became an associate member of AALA, formerly known as AAR.
With adult and children's fiction, Lisa responds to well-crafted prose with strong hooks and high personal stakes, complex and sympathetic characters, a tangible sense of place and lush world-building, multicultural aspects, and emotionally-immersive fiction that explores the human condition, especially within family and close relationships. Please take a look at her Manuscript Wish List (#MSWL) for a better idea of the stories she is looking for.
Lisa is committed to uplifting underrepresented voices and infusing more diversity and inclusion in books, so she is actively looking for strong female characters, diverse characters, and stories by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other authors who identify with marginalized or underrepresented communities.
Lisa is also looking to build her client list with limited nonfiction. With children's nonfiction, she is primarily looking for middle-grade, prescriptive projects that are entertaining, informative, and inspire life-long-learning and curiosity in kids. With adult nonfiction, Lisa is only looking for prescriptive business books for women or by women.
Lisa does not represent memoir or nonfiction other than what is mentioned above, translations, poetry collections, picture books, early readers, screenplays or other works of drama, nor does she represent self-published or previously published books.