Agent Consultation – Mark Kessler

Mark Kessler has been an agent at Susanna Lea Associates since 2002. With offices in Paris, New York, and London, our aim is to work in close collaboration with authors and publishers in order to maximize the potential of each project both domestically and in translation – in print, audio and electronic media — and, when applicable, for film. The defining characteristics of our list are: authors and projects that have potential on an international level; and a small and eclectic choice of projects, focusing on a select number of projects rather than spread our energies thin. Among the authors that Susanna Lea Associates work with are France’s bestselling novelist Marc Levy, the former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt, philosopher Tzvetan Todorov, the authors behind “How to be Parisian,” or novelists Louisa Hall, Violaine Huisman and Adam Ross.


After studying comparative literature at NYU, Mark worked in contracts and royalties for the French Publishers Agency in New York.  in foreign rights at Editions Robert Laffont in Paris, and as a literary scout in New York at Maria Campbell Associates.

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