Meet Agent Christina Hogrebe
Christina Hogrebe has been with the Jane Rotrosen Agency for over 15 years and is a tireless advocate for her clients’ goals. She represents authors at every stage in their careers—from debuts to bestsellers to established authors looking for a change. Driven by data and accountability, Christina is particularly adept at creating visionary strategies for taking authors’ careers to the next level.
A graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute and Franklin & Marshall College, she developed an affinity for all things British during a study abroad in Bath. Now her focus is on commercial adult fiction, especially domestic suspense, mystery, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and anything British, naturally.
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How long have you been an agent, and what did your career path look like?
Straight out of college, I got one of those awful, soul-sucking jobs only new college grads get, and it drove me to really dive hard into the search for a career I would love, one that wouldn't feel like work. I quit to attend the Denver Publishing Institute and met an agent there who referred me to an assistant position in NYC at Jane Rotrosen Agency. That was 17 years ago, and it still doesn't feel like work.
What's your favorite part of your job?
I love that feeling you get a few pages into a new submission where you just know where the book fits in the market, who will buy it, how you can add value, and suddenly you're reading all night long with all of the dominoes lining up.
What do you look for in an author to potentially represent?
Talent is a given, but when you're trying to navigate a competitive marketplace it takes so much more to sustain a writer's career. I look for authors who view themselves as partners in a business and who are actively engaged in the culture of publishing, the trends, their own sales, and self-promotion.
What do you look for in a project to potentially represent?
Within fiction, I'm keen to find book club reads, rom-coms, historical novels, and suspense that adds to the conversation we're currently having in the given genre and the world at large.