Jill Marr


Jill is an acquiring associate agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in History. She has a strong Internet and media background as well as over 10 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces and promotional features for television.

After writing ad copy and features for published books for years she knows how to find the “hook” and sell it.

Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, sports, politics, current events, self-help, inspirational, cookbooks, memoir (she especially loves travel and foodie memoirs), health & nutrition, pop culture, humor and music.

Some of Jill’s recent and soon-to-be-published non-fiction include the Travel Channel’s Nick Groff’s Chasing Spirits (Running Press); Nancy L. Cohen's Delirium: The Shadow Movement That Fuels Our Political Wars (Counterpoint); Martha Biondi’s Black Revolution on Campus: 1968 and its Legacy (UC Press); Doulas A. Wissing’s Funding Our Enemy (Prometheus Books); Market Mind Games (McGraw-Hill) by Denise Shull; Jay Michaelson’s God versus Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon); Rick’s Café: How I Brought a Screen Legend to Life in Casablanca (Lyons Press) by Kathy Kriger; William Jones’ More than the Dream: The Untold Story of the March on Washington (Norton); Rocking the Pink (Seal Press) by singer-songwriter, Laura Roppé;  Drunks: America’s Search for Sobriety (Beacon) by Christopher Finan; and Argyle Armada: Life with America’s Top Pro Cycling Team (VeloPress) by Mark Johnson.

Some of Jill’s new fiction includes Bloodman (Thomas & Mercer), by Robert Pobi, The Silencer (St. Martin’s Press) by columnist, Solomon Jones; Flat Spin (The Permanent Press), a thriller from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Freed; the second in the Lexi George’s series Demon Hunting in the Deep South (Kensington); Prayers of an Ibo Rabbi (Africana Heritage Legacy Publishers); and the Jaden Terrell’s series that includes Racing the Devil and A Cup Full of Midnight (The Permanent Press).

Jill is not looking for YA, children’s books, sci-fi, romance or anything involving unicorns.

Jill Marr

SiWC Workshops

Saturday 1:30pm

Our most popular session is back! Sometimes brutal, sometimes thrilling, always a great learning experience, SiWC Idol gives you a first-hand look at how agents react when they read the opening page of a submission.

Volunteers submit first pages anonymously for random selection to be read aloud by our host, the inimitable Jack Whyte. Our panel stops the reading when they would stop reading the submission and tells you why, something you'll never know from a "not right for me" rejection letter.

Submissions of first pages can only be handed in at the workshop, and will be selected in random order. They will not be returned, and not all submitted openings will be read.