12 years


Full Circle Literary

Stefanie Von Borstel

Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel is literary agent and 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, New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, Pura Belpré Awards and Honors, The Christopher Award, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor for Best Nonfiction, and 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 exciting 2017 releases: Stack the Cats written and illustrated by Susie Ghahremani (Abrams) named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and Amazon Best Book of the Year, The First Rule of Punk by debut middle grade writer Celia C. Pérez (Viking) named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, illus by John Parra (NorthSouth) selected as one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year.

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 seashells with her family.

Please note Stefanie is closed to submissions until January 15, 2018, with the exception of MIDDLE GRADE FICTION AND NONFICTION and requested conference/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 with illustrations, art, music 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 middle grade debut The First Rule of Punk (Viking), which has been selected as a 2017 Kids’ Indie Next Book, Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.
  • Picture book author-illustrators timeless picture books with gorgeous lyrical writing and beautiful artwork that will be read again and again. I am honored to work with Susie Ghahremani on her author-illustrator debut Stack the Cats (Abrams), a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and Amazon Best Book of the Year.


Stefanie will be on faculty at the following conferences:

Latest Deal

Aisha Saeed’s debut picture book BILAL COOKS DAAL, about a boy who teaches his friends how to cook a favorite meal that requires patience, and then shares it with his community, to be illustrated by Anoosha Syed. Sold to Salaam Reads, for 2019 publication, by Taylor Martindale Kean.

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