The Premier Global Publishing and Literary Agency Since 2005

Acorn Publishing – Global – Trusted – Experienced

An Exceptional Publishing and Literary Agency

Acorn Publishing is a unique leader in the literary field. We combine the strength of a publishing house with our own in-house team of literary agents. As a result, we have an exceptional ability to provide an all-encompassing, full range spectrum of literary and publishing services. APA focuses on all aspects of client careers. We actively study, achieve, evolve, and introduce industry trends. Our agents possess extensive experience and knowledge of subsidiary rights management in the areas of foreign, television and motion picture, audio, electronic rights, and merchandising. Additionally, our publicity and marketing department offers wide-ranging support in the areas of book promotion and branding.

Our team has placed well over 2,000 titles throughout the world as well as at independent houses throughout the country. Though we have represented clients in virtually all genres, our areas of fiction expertise include young adult, literary, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction, as well as inspirational/religious and multicultural fiction. Our agents have also placed narrative nonfiction, health, self-help, financial/business and memoirs titles.

In the continually evolving world of publishing, The Acorn Publishing Agency remains committed to providing cutting-edge services and scouting for fresh, talented, unique voices to bring to the forefront of the entertainment industry. Acorn Publishing’s vast experience and personalized hands-on management affords our authors the springboard required to achieve successful writing careers. Since 2005 The Acorn Publishing Agency has utilized these principles to guide countless writers from query letters to published books, and in the process, have developed a powerhouse roster of bestselling authors.



Meet Our Talented and Experienced Agents

Literary Agent

Paula Henley

President – Senior Literary Agent

Paula Henley earned her master’s in English from Columbia University. She established The Acorn Publishing Agency in 2005 after working in the entertainment industry. In the years since that time, she has built a dynamic, bestselling client list, placing nearly seven hundred titles in a broad range of categories, including women’s fiction, romance, inspirational, memoir and nonfiction narrative, business, personal finance, popular culture, self-help, religion, parenting, and health. Read more about Paula

Literary Agent

Becky Halverson

Submissions Coordinator – Literary Agent

Becky joined The Acorn Agency in April 2013. She has worked for several renowned publishing agencies before deciding to join the Acorn family as Submissions Coordinator. Mrs. Halverson belongs to the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Becky is currently accepting submissions from a wide variety of genres, including mystery, women’s fiction, romance, historical romance, middle grade and young adult. Read more about Becky

Literary Agent

Jerry Bently

Senior Literary Agent – Vice President

Jerry Bently joined Paula as business manager and Vice President of Operations in 2005.

Jerry earned his master’s in business and has worked in the entertainment, editorial, marketing, and advertising industries before joining the Acorn family. Jerry’s love of books and work as a freelance writer has enabled him to diligently assist hundreds of authors by helping to bring their vision to light. Read more about Jerry

Literary Agent

Patricia Woodard

Associate Agent – Literary Liaison

Patricia came to the Acorn Agency in 2014 with nine years of experience as both an independent editor and a freelance editor. Though her Bachelor’s focused on graphic design, her passion for books made a career in publishing inevitable. Patricia provides content and layout support for the agency newsletter, designs both advertorials and book covers, aids in the management of the agency’s social media venues, and processes digital titles through a number of platforms. Read more about Patricia

Literary Agent

Jeanene Fallwood

Literary Agent

Jeanene is a graduate of Clarion University, where she majored in English with a writing concentration. Jeanene began her career as a freelance editor and editor with multiple agencies. Looking to work with a variety of authors and genres, she joined The Acorn family in 2008. With over two decades experience in the publishing industry, she has brought to light hundreds of authors’ works. Her knowledge and experience in the literary agent and publishing industries make her an invaluable asset to the Acorn team. Read more about Jeanene

Literary Agent

Steve Morgan

Literary Agent – Public Relations

As our PR person, Steve uses all forms of media and communication to build, maintain, and manage our clients’ careers and reputation. Steve joined The Acorn Agency in January, 2007, opening our Los Angeles branch.

He works with a number of talented writers, assisting them in taking the correct steps to advance in the writing field. In addition, Steve spends time developing the agency’s Hollywood film and multi-media contacts. Read more about Steve

Literary Agent

James Roper

Literary Agent

Welcome James Roper. James is coming to us from the London office and will be posting not only information about his background, but the types of genre he will be looking for…

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