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Mansion Street Literary Mgmt


Mansion Street Literary Management got its start in a cute c1839 Greek Revival house on – wait for it – Mansion Street.


Jean Sagendorph is a twenty-year veteran of the entertainment industry whose award-winning work includes many New York Times bestsellers. She spent more than fifteen years at United Media, where she managed the firm’s publishing, interactive, film, and music interests. While at United Media, her clients included Food NetworkPeanutsDilbertFancy NancyRaggedy Ann & AndyRainbow Britehoops & yoyoDirty DancingIron ChefIron Chef AmericaHistory ChannelDeadliest CatchIce Road Truckers, and more.

Jean capitalized on her expertise within the publishing and entertainment industries when she launched Mansion Street Literary Management, a boutique literary agency that seeks exciting new authors and properties to represent. She recently spearheaded the creation of a Meals On Wheels cookbook, Made with Love: The Meals on Wheels Family Cookbook, which features recipes from renowned personalities like Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Helen Mirren, Joan Rivers, Patti LaBelle, Al Roker, and more.

Jean is the recipient of the Scripps Howard/William R. Burleigh award for community service for her work on the Peanuts book Why, Charlie Brown, Why?, which benefited Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang Camp. She has also been a featured speaker at leading industry conventions, like Comic-Con, NXNE, Crossroads, Activison/Atari Global Sales Meeting, Blogher, DFW Writers Conference, Undercurrents, and others.

She is the author of Starry Night, Hold Me Tight (Running Press), Icebox Cakes (Chronicle), and The Planner Book: Stylish Projects to Creatively Organize and Commemorate the Day to Day (St. Martin’s Press).

Hundreds of titles sold, millions of books in print. There’s a pretty long list here. 


Michelle Witte is an author and literary agent with Mansion Street Literary Management specializing in children’s fiction and nonfiction. As an agent, her tastes vary widely, and she represents authors across the spectrum of children’s literature, from illustrated board and picture books to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Michelle is always on the lookout for fascinating stories that are well told, especially those with a distinct and distinctive voice.

She began her career as a journalist, first reporting and then later copy editing for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City, Utah. From there, she transitioned to a position as associate editor with nonfiction publisher Gibbs Smith, where she edited titles on a variety of topics, including children’s activity, humor, gift, cookbooks, and green living. Her combined experience in the publishing industry is a boon for the authors she represents, as she is able to guide them through each of the stages of publication.

She is a voracious reader, but most of her reading nowadays comes in the form of client manuscripts and submissions from the slush pile. Her published work includes nonfiction humor books like Happy Little Accidents: The Wit and Wisdom of Bob Ross and The Craptastic Guide to Pseudo-Swearing  and The Faker’s Guide to the Classics though her great love is writing young adult fiction. While she considers herself an international vagabond and will travel the world whenever given the chance, she presently makes Utah her home.


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