Faculty

Cheryl Pientka

Cheryl Pientka

Cheryl Pientka always wanted to work in book publishing but took a slightly different route to get there. She spent her twenties working at trade magazines and for the Associated Press in Washington, DC, and New York. After pursuing an MS in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she became a part-time assistant in a literary agency and has been happily involved in book publishing for eleven years. She is currently the subsidiary and foreign rights director and an agent with Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Cheryl is especially interested in children’s, young-adult and adult-women’s fiction, and narrative nonfiction. A few notable clients include Dr. Cuthbert Soup (A Whole Nother Story, Another Whole Nother Story, No Other Story, Bloomsbury 2010, 2011, 2012), Christopher Healy (The Hero’s Guide to Savings Your Kingdom, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw, Harper Collins 2012, 2013, 2014), Katie D. Anderson (Kiss & Make Up, Amazon Children’s Publishing 2012), and Sarah Smiley (Dinner with the Smileys, Hyperion 2013).