13 years


Full Circle Literary

Lilly Ghahremani

Once upon a time, more than a decade 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.


Bean Sprouts Kitchen by co-founders of the popular kids’ restaurant Shannon Seip and Kelly Parthen, introducing families to easily made, healthy and allergy-friendly recipes, each with a whimsical twist that keeps kids coming back for more to Jess Habermas at Fair Winds Press coming December 2018.

World Happiness Summit co-founder, and Psychology Today contributor Maureen Healy’s Raising An Emotionally Healthy Child, which provides parents, teachers and professionals with the tools they need to help children steer themselves toward positive emotional health to Jason Gardner at New World Library by Lilly Ghahremani.

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. Check out cover reveal here.

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 Table: Easy, Flavorful Recipes from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Beyond, popular west coast chef Isabel Cruz’s new Latin cookbook, to Skyhorse for publication in April 2018

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 in the new year, so stay tuned!


Please note Lilly is closed to submissions until April 15, 2018, with the exception of requested conference and contest submissions. Please submit to another of our wonderful Full Circle Literary agents via our online Submissions Form. Thank you!

  • Prescriptive (how-to) non-fiction from an author with a strong and growing audience I love books that teach someone how to do something new or live a better life, written in an engaging way. Platform is important (you hear that ad nauseam; you know it by now), but writing style counts for a lot as well. If you are an expert and write so naturally that I forget I’m learning along the way, I’d love to hear from you. Even if you write in a nonfiction category I haven’t done before, I’m open if the writing blows me away.
  • Nonfiction books by Middle Eastern women and other underrepresented voices. As a woman of Middle Eastern descent, I’m intrigued by what others are doing and representing diverse voices has been part of Full Circle’s mission since we founded it 12 years ago. SO – this request is not to exclude others, but to say it adds a different angle of interest for me!
  • Extremely well-written, useful nonfiction (in no particular order):
    • Health & fitness
    • Self-help
    • Parenting
    • Business As a female entrepreneur, I’d love to see what you have to teach me!
    • Relationships
    • DIY/Craft
    • Design & Lifestyle
    • Cooking
    • Pop culture and entertainment I am a musicophile and a child of the 80s. I am also the founder of a celebrity trash bio book club. Make of that what you will.
    • Literary fiction with commercial appeal. PLEASE DO NOT PITCH ME GENRE FICTION – I’m not your girl for that! I’m opening my list to limited fiction, but I’ll be picky with it– be the novel that wins me over!I read literary fiction 90% in my personal time, so I love it. The key to books that captivate me: beautiful writing that doesn’t get in its own way as the author tells a compelling, pace-driven story. For me, pace is everything in fiction. I’m particularly interested in high concept setups, unfamiliar voices and settings and narratives driven by a strong female character.
    • Humor and gift books I represented The Overly Honest Baby Book. Say no more!
    • Multicultural fiction, especially fiction by and about women contending with the world around them.
    • Middle Eastern middle grade and Middle Eastern or otherwise diverse YA. Being Iranian myself, oh how I’ve been there! I’d love to read your story about a character’s adventures as ‘other’ – whether Middle Eastern or any other perspective we don’t usually see in these categories.
    • Narrative nonfiction. Please have a compelling case for why thousands of people would want to read a book on this topic, and by you! There’s a difference between a book you want to write (still valuable!) and a book that readers will be clamoring to read. Highly personal memoirs are typically not a great fit for me unless they cross over with something I’ve mentioned on this page. For anything narrative, please remember that the first few pages will need to absolutely hook me to keep me reading.

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.

Latest Deal

LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE author Katheryn Russell-Brown’s A VOICE NAMED ARETHA, a picture book biography of the legendary Queen of Soul, to be illustrated by Laura Freeman, to Mary Kate Castellani at Bloomsbury, by Adriana Dominguez representing the author.

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