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Victoria Sanders

When I founded Victoria Sanders & Associates in 1992, it was the first step toward the culmination of a dream and a calling.  Following my law school graduation, driven by a lifelong love affair with reading and books, I immersed myself in the world of publishing.  I worked in the legal/contracts departments of Simon & Schuster, and at two literary agencies. It's been an incredibly exciting journey, and one that keeps getting better.  While representing a multi-cultural roster of internationally bestselling and award-winning authors, I endeavor to seek out and champion new and diverse voices and viewpoints. As a literary agent for these 25 years, I've taken great pride in having represented many of my clients for their entire careers. I am honored to work with the extraordinary group of visionary writers and thinkers who grace this agency, the publishing marketplace, and their devoted readers with their talent and artistry.


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DIANE DICKENSHEID

As the co-founder of VSA, I facilitate the legal, financial, administrative, and regulatory needs of VSA. If it makes your eyes glaze over, it’s my department. Glamorous? No, but it supports the important work of nurturing new voices and making the world a better place through the written word. I graduated from Smith College in 1982 (including a year abroad in the certificate program for foreign students at L’institut d’etudes politiques in Paris) where I majored in Comparative Literature. After a few years in NYC as a litigation paralegal, karate student, and member of a collective that published a monthly women’s newspaper, I attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and graduated magna cum laude in 1988. I was the general counsel of a financial guarantee insurance company and, prior to that, counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft where I represented entrepreneurs and worked on complex financial products and transactions. I love stories, dogs, and gardening. I am currently a member of the board of directors of the Mid-Hudson Kennel Association.


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Bernadette Baker-Baughman

After completing a Master’s Degree in Writing at Portland State University, and spending several years in-house (first editorial, then marketing) I began agenting in 2005. I have worked with VSA since 2010. I am drawn to strong storytelling in all genres, though I have a special interest in thrillers, contemporary novels, magical realism, young adult, and books for kids. I am also open to pop-culture, gift books, and memoir. I love smart writing, high concept books, work with great emotional resonance, and humor. I am always looking for authors with a distinctive voice. I’ve represented a number of New York Times bestselling and award winning writers and illustrators, including Leslye Walton, Faith Erin Hicks, Tony Cliff, Maris Wicks, Liv Constantine, and Carson Morton, to name a few.

 


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Jessica Spivey

For as long as I can remember, I have always had a book by my side. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Major in Theatre and a Minor in English, and joined VSA in 2016. I am absolutely thrilled to be surrounded by words every day. I enjoy all fiction, but am particularly drawn to literary fiction, magical realism, thrillers/mysteries, and anything high-concept. I do have a soft spot for short story collections, and am open to memoirs and nonfiction.