12 years


Full Circle Literary

Stefanie Von Borstel

Stefanie 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 and 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 on design, lifestyle, art, and family-interest. Recent adult nonfiction she represents are The Joy of Swimming by Lisa Congdon (Chronicle), Furniture Makes the Room by Barb Blair (Chronicle), and Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children by Angela Hansom (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 new 2017 releases: What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani (Bloomsbury), Bravo! by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López (Macmillan), 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 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 will be closed to submissions from November 1, 2016 to May 1, 2017. Please submit to Taylor, Adriana or Lilly via our online Submissions Form — thank you!

  • Adult nonfiction that both informs and inspires from entrepreneurs with a strong platform (public speaking, major media, social media), particularly women. Adult nonfiction she has represented: The New Bohemians by NYT bestselling author Justina Blakeney (Abrams), 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 an unforgettable voice (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. She can’t wait for Celia C. Perez’s The First Rule of Punk coming in August 2017!
  • Picture book author-illustrators timeless picture books with gorgeous lyrical writing and beautiful artwork that will be read again and again. Books represented in this area: Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López (Houghton Miflin Harcourt), Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra (Random House).

(Please note that Stefanie is not accepting rhyming picture book manuscript submissions.)


Stefanie will be on faculty at the following conferences:

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Anna-Marie McLemore's BLANCA & ROJA, a magical realist Snow-White & Rose-Red meets Swan Lake, in which two sisters become rivals in a game that will turn the losing girl into a swan, to Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends by Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary.

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