Once upon a time, twelve years ago, Lilly Ghahremani co-founded Full Circle Literary with Stefanie. But here’s how it really began for her: after graduating from law school, she joined a small law firm that represented authors. While she loved finessing the perfect deal for an author, she realized that what she loved even more was working closely with them. She wanted to be part of the entire creative process, helping to grow and manage their careers. So, she decided to apply her powers of persuasion to advocating for writers at all stages of their careers.
Since striking her first book deal (a pop culture book she loves to this day, sold to Random House), Lilly has focused on publishing her clients with the right publishing partner for them, whether it was Random House, Penguin, Hachette, Chronicle Books, Simon & Schuster, Wiley, Ten Speed Press, New Harbinger, or other (many, many!) fabulous publishing houses, big and small, that an author has to choose from. She does this because she loves it, and so she handpicks the authors she works with. She prides herself on representing the author, not just a specific project. She will work with you on how to brand, protect and market yourself and your work throughout the world (she’s actually taught workshops on this stuff!)
Lilly is a proud graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Go Blue!), UCLA School of Law (JD), and San Diego State University’s School of Business (MBA). She’s a recent transplant from San Diego to gorgeous Seattle (before you make fun of the weather, remember: it gives her more time to read your queries!) Whenever time allows, she’s off on a plane to explore somewhere new, most recently Tulúm, Mexico, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and the adorable towns along the Rhine River from Switzerland up to the Netherlands. If you have a travel suggestion or just want to say hi, you can catch up with her on Twitter @Wonderlilly.
RECENT BOOK DEALS BY LILLY
Hello Color – Founder of the lifestyle blog The Crafted Life, Rachel Mae Smith’s vibrant collection of quick and simple DIY decor projects, plus lifestyle, entertaining, and photography tips, to bring color and personality to every home, to Quirk Books, in a two-book deal for publication in Spring 2018.
The Sh!t No One Tells You – multi-book and audio deals for Dawn Dais’s tell-all parenting series to Seal Press/DaCapo/Hachette. To date, Dawn’s work has been translated into Portuguese, which neither Lilly nor Dawn can read, but someday, when her agenting has been successful enough, Lilly will retire and learn it!
The Overly Honest Baby Book, Dawn’s debut gift book, a tell-all confessional baby book for new parents (Seal/DaCapo, Spring 2017).
The Latin Kitchen, popular west coast chef Isabel Cruz’s new Latin cookbook, featuring some of the recipes in her original NY Times-recognized cookbook, to Skyhorse
The Complete Guide to Paying for College, by family finance guru Leah Ingram, to Career Press (publishing Fall 2017!)
James Beard semifinalist Rob Connoley’s critically acclaimed foraging cookbook Acorns & Cattails: A Modern Cookbook of Field, Farm & Forest to Skyhorse
Fact: The thrill of telling an author they have an offer never gets old! We’ll be announcing a few deals later this spring, so stay tuned!
LILLY’S MANUSCRIPT WISH LIST
I look forward to learning what you’re writing about. See you in the submissions inbox!
Lilly will be a guest agent at the Idaho Writers’ Conference this year in Boise, May 2017.
Author-illustrator Tania de Regil's picture book debut, A NEW HOME, which tells the story of a boy's move from New York City to Mexico City and a girl's simultaneous move from Mexico City to New York City, to Carter Hasegawa at Candlewick, in a two-book deal at auction for publication in 2019, by Adriana Dominguez at Full Circle Literary.