Associate Agent
rdugas@talcottnotch.net
I joined Talcott Notch in July of 2011, directly following a six-month-long internship with Sourcebooks, Inc., where I assisted the editors with their romance, women’s fiction, and Jane Austen-related titles. My fabulous fiction clients have written works of young adult, middle grade, romance, and women’s fiction. I also represent two incredibly delicious cookbooks. I hope to continue procuring works in all of the aforementioned areas (especially YA/MG), and I would also love to add some memoir (especially food memoir) with a unique voice, 20th century American historical fiction, mainstream fiction that incorporates fairytale/magical elements, and non-fiction pertaining to the performing arts or food/cooking. In general, I look for books with incredible writing and real, loveable characters that make me laugh and/or break my heart.
I am a proud Ithaca College graduate (BA in English, minors in writing and theater). My hobbies include cooking, baking, cake decorating, smothering my Yorkie/Maltese-mix pup with affection, and playing the guitar and piano embarrassingly badly. I run on Diet Coke and iced coffee and I couldn’t live in a world without chocolate, carbs, or bacon. You can frequently find me singing, acting, and dancing (again, badly!) across the stages of southern Connecticut. Some books/authors I love include David Sedaris, Julie Powell, Jeffrey Steingarten, Jill Mansell, Curtis Sittenfeld, Sarah Addison Allen, Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Plath, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, John Connolly’s Book of Lost Things, Julia Child’s My Life in France, A.S. Byatt, Erica Bauermeister, and Ruth Reichl

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September 26, 2013 - Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson.

Children's: Middle grade

Authors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson's THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW, pitched as Harriet the Spy meets Coraline, when an eleven-year-old moves into the haunted house on the hill with her parents and stumbles upon dark secrets hidden behind the padlocked third floor; she must rally her elite detective squad friends to solve this mystery and save her family and the town from the evil inside, to Krista Vitola at Delacorte, for publication Fall 2015, by Rachael Dugas at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

August 28, 2012 - OF BREAKABLE THINGS by A. Lynden Rolland

Children's: Young Adult

A. Lynden Rolland's OF BREAKABLE THINGS, in which a seventeen-year-old, who after her death joins a seemingly benign and secret spirit community, is hunted by dark forces that believe her to be the incarnation of a notorious prophet who helped destroy them ages ago, to Georgia McBride of Month9Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2014, by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services (World English).

July 20, 2012 - ESCAPE TO GRETNA GREEN, TRAPPED IN LONDON and RETURN TO FLEETWOOD by Elle Daniels

Fiction: Women's/Romance

Elle Daniels' ESCAPE TO GRETNA GREEN, first of three fairytale-inspired Regency romances, in which a spirited bookstore owner delights in helping star-crossed couples reach happily ever after, but must compromise her principles when the a beastly Marquis demands she produce a replacement for the fiance she helped escape, TRAPPED IN LONDON, and RETURN TO FLEETWOOD, to Lauren Plude at Forever, for publication in Spring 2014, by Rachael Dugas at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

May 7, 2012 - SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell

Children's: Young Adult

Bethany Crandell's SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS, in which a snarky, privileged 17-year-old swaps her designer duds for lanyards and "Kumbaya" when forced to work at a summer camp for disabled teens, gaining unexpected friends and an important life lesson in return, to Marlo Scrimizzi at Running Press Children's, for publication in Spring 2014, by Rachael Dugas at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

 

April 21, 2015 - RETURN TO ME by Carolyn Menke

Digital: Fiction: Women's/Romance

Carolyn Menke's RETURN TO ME, in which a woman's privileged world crumbles when her true love disappears over enemy lines, leaving her with a startling discovery and an impossible choice: follow in the footsteps of the mother who gave her away, or face a life of hardship like she's never known, to The Wild Rose Press, by Rachael Dugas at Talcott Notch Literary Services.