About New Leaf Literary & Media

New Leaf Literary & Media is a full service management and representation firm. Established in 2012 from a  boutique literary agency New Leaf has since morphed into a one-stop shop for writers and artists, with over seventy books on the New York Times bestseller lists and nine films and TV shows produced, including CBS Films’ sleeper hit, The DUFF, the Divergent series, Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner American Honey, LOVE, SIMON and Netflix’s SHADOW & BONE.


Literary Department


Joanna Volpe

President and Literary Agent
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Suzie Townsend

Vice President and Literary Agent

Kathleen Ortiz

Literary Agent

Jordan Hamessley

Literary Agent

Stephanie Kim

Literary Agent

Patrice Caldwell

Literary Agent

Janna Morishima

Literary Agent

Jordan Hill

Associate Literary Agent

Abigail Donoghue

Assistant to Joanna Volpe

Jenniea Carter

Assistant to Joanna Volpe
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Sophia M. Ramos

Assistant to Suzie Townsend
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Kendra Coet

Assistant to Suzie Townsend



Working with publishers of more than 56 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.


Veronica Grijalva

Foreign Rights Associate

Victoria Hendersen

Foreign Rights Assistant



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 nine New Leaf projects that have undergone filming in the last 36 months alone.


Pouya Shahbazian

Director of Film & Television
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Katherine Curtis

Film & Television Assistant




The Duff

American Honey

Love, Simon

They Remain

Love, Victor

Shadow and Bone


Innovation & Partnerships


At New Leaf, 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
  • Merchandise Strategy
  • Brand Partnerships
  • Paid Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Graphic Design
  • Copy Writing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Website Optimization


Business Development

New Leaf supports our clients across the board, bringing innovative partnerships with digital, audio, event, and video partners to bear to extend clients’ careers from books into other multimedia (or vice versa!) to fulfill all aspects of a clients’ career goals. Whether you are a creator with an established platform in a non-literary arena looking to join up with our publishing partners, someone who knows their book idea has new lives in other media, or looking to build a community in ways no one has seen before, New Leaf is your perfect partner for thinking outside the box, outside the social platform, outside the norm.

Content Development

At New Leaf, clients and their content are central to everything we do. We are dedicated to supporting our clients holistically across the lifetime of their career, whatever shape that career takes. In partnership with the client and agent handling the project, the content development department supports clients through editing, exploring new outlets for storytelling, offering services to facilitate production schedules with our publishing partners, and advising on the submission process to ensure our clients are presented in the best possible way.


Hilary Pecheone

Director of Brand Development

Meredith Barnes

Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development
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Kate Sullivan

Senior Content Development Manager



Superior business and financial administration constitutes the core goal of the accounting department at New Leaf, which performs a myriad of services towards ensuring client satisfaction.

Our primary task is prompt collection of advances and royalties from publishers and entertainment companies, together with appropriate analysis and disbursement thereof to clients. We support all clientele with processing of royalty statements, tailor-made reporting, and oversight of tax paperwork, as well as arm our agents with insightful information and data to help formulate innovative business strategies for writers and illustrators.

Contact Accounting at accounting@newleafliterary.com

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Avery Gaskin

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Kim Rogers

Accounting & Administrative Associate

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