Beth Vesel, President
Beth Vesel began her publishing career at the Watkins Loomis Agency in New York in 1985, working under principal agent Gloria Loomis, after which she joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates as a senior agent for fourteen years. She then founded The Beth Vesel Literary Agency in 2003.
Beth is known for her work with academics, psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals in helping them transition to authors of landmark books. Her areas of specialty include narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, cultural criticism, psychology, psychiatry, science, health and memoir. Best sellers include Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez, I Don't Want to Talk About It by Terrence Real, Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck, Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson by Keith Ablow, Against Love by Laura Kipnis, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, and NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman. For more information about her interests, please see her q&a.
Beth has a B.A. from UC Berkeley in English and Political Science where she also completed graduate work in comparative literature.
Lauren Champlin, Agency Assistant
Lauren Champlin graduated from the University of Michigan in 2022 with a major in English language and literature and minors in women’s and gender studies and digital studies, and she completed the Columbia Publishing Course in 2023. At the University of Michigan, she served as the features editor at SHEI magazine and an editorial assistant and social media coordinator at the Michigan Quarterly Review. In addition to working as an assistant at Beth Vesel Literary Agency, she is a bookseller at Barnes & Noble.
Lauren is interested in books that shift our perspectives and alter the way we interact with the people and world around us. She is primarily interested in literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and personal narrative, and in whatever she reads, Lauren is captivated by unique, offbeat voices and introspective stories. A few books Lauren loved reading recently were Nevada by Imogen Binnie, The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa, and Glitch Feminism by Legacy Russell.