12 years


Full Circle Literary

Stefanie Von Borstel

Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel is co-founder of Full Circle Literary, an entrepreneur, and mom with more than 20 years of experience in the book publishing industry. Prior to agenting, she worked in editorial, publicity and trade marketing with Penguin and Harcourt Children’s Books. Stefanie represents children’s books from toddler to teen, and adult nonfiction.

On the adult side, her focus is creativity, art, lifestyle, community and family-interest. Recent adult nonfiction she represents: A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon (Chronicle), and Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children by Angela Hanscom (New Harbinger).

On the children’s side, she represents both fiction and nonfiction. Children’s books she has represented have been awarded the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Best Picture Book, Pura Belpré Awards and Honors, The Christopher Award, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor for Best Nonfiction, and the Agatha Award for Best Mystery Novel. She is honored to work with Monica Brown, Toni Buzzeo, Diana López, Cindy Jenson-Elliott, Carmen Tafolla, and Jennifer Ward, to name a few. Some 2017 releases: Stack the Cats written and illustrated by Susie Ghahremani (Abrams), The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez (Viking/Penguin), and Monica Brown’s Lola Levine chapter book series (Little Brown).

Stefanie also represents new and award-winning illustrators including Susie Ghahremani, Lisa Congdon, Rafael López, John Parra, Alexander Vidal and Juana Martinez-Neal. She enjoys tapping her publicity and marketing background to champion writers and artists. Stefanie is always thrilled to work with creatives that have a distinct style or expertise that can crossover to both the children’s and adult markets. When not reading, Stefanie is probably searching for green fig beetles or seashells with her family.

Please note Stefanie is closed to submissions until October 1, 2017, 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!

  • Adult nonfiction that both informs and inspires from entrepreneurs with a strong platform, particularly women. Nonfiction I have represented: NYT bestseller The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney (Abrams), and Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon and Meg Mateo Ilasco (Chronicle).
  • Middle grade fiction contemporary or historical with unforgettable characters (please send fantasy or sci-fi to Taylor in our office).
  • Middle grade or young adult books with illustrations or interactive elements memorable characters that come to life through both words and visuals like ROLLER GIRL, THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB series, and THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN. I am very excited to represent Celia C. Pérez’s debut The First Rule of Punk coming from Viking in August 2017, which has been selected as a 2017 Indies Introduce Book by the American Booksellers Association.
  • Picture book author-illustrators timeless picture books with gorgeous lyrical writing and beautiful artwork that will be read again and again. I am thrilled to work with Susie Ghahremani on her author-illustrator debut just released by Abrams, Stack the Cats, which has received two starred reviews!


    Stefanie will be on faculty at the following conferences:

Latest Deal

Mexican 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.

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