The RQLA Literary Agent Team
RQLA was founded in 2020 by Jacqui Lipton to develop the careers of unique, high quality, engaging, and often underrepresented voices in children’s literature. From picture books through young adult and occasionally beyond, our goal is to provide individually tailored and dedicated representation for creators of books that share new messages, create a sense of joy and wonder, and make a difference in the world.
Jacqui is the Founder of Raven Quill Literary Agency, having previously worked as an Associate Agent and intern at several leading kidlit agencies. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A law professor and attorney with American and international experience in commercial and intellectual property law, she is the author of Law & Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers (University of California Press, 2020). She also writes columns on legal issues for writers for the SCBWI Bulletin, Luna Station Quarterly, Catapult Community Page, and Savvy Authors and is a frequent presenter on these issues around the country. Jacqui focuses on representing authors of middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
Kelly Dyksterhouse grew up with a book always in her hands and a story always in her head. The important role that books played in her early years developed into a passion for children’s literature in her adult life. Kelly holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults for Vermont College of Fine Arts and has interned as an editorial reader at leading literary agencies and worked as an independent developmental editor and writing mentor. She considers the opportunity to help bring books into existence to be a great honor, and it is a particular joy for her to work alongside authors as they develop their project from idea to polished manuscript. The best feeling of all is when those manuscripts end up as books in the hands of children.
Kortney graduated with a B.A. in English from Greenville University in 2014. Since then, she has interned with several prominent literary agencies, worked as an agency assistant at Holloway Literary and was an associate agent at Corsiviero Literary. She found her home with Raven Quill in January of 2020 and is building up her list of wonderfully talented authors. Kortney specializes in books for children from picture books through young adult with an eye for all things dark and spooky to light and fluffy. To connect and learn more about Kortney, check out her Twitter, Pinterest, or MSWL page.
Lori joins the RQLA team as an Agent after working with young readers’ literature for more than a decade. Her experience runs the gamut from school librarian to freelance editor to intern/assistant with two kidlit agencies. She holds degrees in history, education, as well as an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she currently serves as Coordinator for their Oxford/Bath summer residency program. When not holding a quill, Lori is often planning her next travel adventure or perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe.