About New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. is a non-traditional, full service management and representation firm. In the three years since morphing from a traditional literary agency into a one-stop shop for writers and artists, New Leaf has had twenty books hit the New York Times bestseller list and seven films produced, including CBS Films’ sleeper hit, THE DUFF, the DIVERGENT series, and the currently in-production HIDDEN FIGURES with Fox 2000, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Kevin Costner.


Literary Department


Joanna Volpe

President and Literary Agent

Suzie Townsend

Literary Agent

Janet Reid

Literary Agent

Jl Stermer

Literary Agent

Jaida Temperly

Literary Agent

Devin Ross

Assistant to Joanna Volpe

Sara Stricker

Assistant to Suzie Townsend

Kathleen Ortiz

Director of Foreign Rights, Agent

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Working with publishers of more than 55 languages, the Foreign Rights department represents a strong list of international bestselling and award-winning authors, including several titles that are being made into major motion pictures and require a strong global plan to support their endeavors.

We are committed to finding the right translation publisher for our titles and working with them far beyond the sale of the book — we work closely with publishers on publicity and marketing details and have a full-service approach to help our clients reach their international fans. Our goal is to ensure readers everywhere have the best opportunity to read our clients’ books. Our rights department attends major international book fairs every year to keep our network strong on a global scale.

Kathleen Ortiz coordinates all subrights efforts for New Leaf clients. Contact Kathleen at KOrtiz@NewLeafLiterary.com


Kathleen Ortiz

Director of Foreign Rights, Agent

Mia Roman

Assistant to the Director of Foreign Rights



New Leaf’s Film & Television Department handles film and television rights for the company’s clients in a managerial capacity. Our team focuses on packaging and strategizing New Leaf’s books for adaptation from the ground-up — from the developmental stages; to the attachment of major value-added filmmakers, producers, writers, or on-camera talent; and finally, to the sale of our projects. In doing so, our Film & Television Department seeks to cut through the fog of the nebulous sales and meaningless options generally delivered to authors, and instead, find a path to getting projects made with efficiency and high levels of quality. By maintaining a consistent eye towards quality, prestige, and textual fidelity, our Film & Television Department often supervises our projects throughout the development and production processes in order to provide clients a hands-on role in the adaptation of their work. This experience and first-hand knowledge of sales and production provides New Leaf clients a leg up in the industry, as demonstrated by the seven New Leaf projects that have undergone filming in the last 36 months alone.

Pouya Shahbazian coordinates all film, TV, and Digital representation for New Leaf clients.


Pouya Shahbazian

Director of Film & Television




The Duff

American Honey



At New Leaf Literary, our goal is to integrate branding and marketing strategies that increase market visibility and build long-lasting fan bases for New Leaf clients. We are constantly on the lookout for ideas that fascinate and motivate new consumer behaviors, navigate existing and emerging consumer journeys, and challenge the norms in the marketplace, all of which allow us to help develop promotional plans that enhance and support the publisher’s outreach. Whether you are a first-time author, a seasoned veteran, or a bestseller, we offer full-service digital and marketing support tailored to your needs including:

  • Social Media Strategy
  • Paid Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Graphic Design
  • Copy Writing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Website Optimization

Contact Hilary at Hpecheone@NewLeafLiterary.com


Hilary Pecheone

Director of Brand Development



The accounting department at New Leaf is responsible for providing the company with comprehensive financial support for its clients and employees. From processing payments to reviewing royalty statements to preparing tax paperwork at the end of the year, the department’s knowledgeable staff promptly and efficiently answers questions, while maintaining concise and accurate records to keep the company running smoothly.

Contact Accounting at accounting@newleafliterary.com