Roz Foster is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. With a BA in English literature from UC San Diego, she studied philosophy for a year at the University of Sheffield, UK and earned her MA in English, with an emphasis in composition & rhetoric and creative writing, from Portland State University. She works from the Catskills of New York.
Roz spent over five years as a qualitative researcher in high-tech consumer products marketing. In 2008, she co-founded a web design company for which she provided non-profit organizations with audience-focused market research, project planning, and digital design. She joined SDLA in 2013.
Roz specializes in serious nonfiction in the areas of history, politics and current affairs. She’s also interested in technology, business, science, design and memoir. She looks for driven storytelling and big, bold ideas with national and international appeal. She's also interested in adult literary and commercial fiction and is actively looking for contemporary, historical, multi-cultural and literary sci-fi. She looks for fiction with a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure.
Recent sales include historian Benjamin D. Weber's American Purgatory: Prison Expansion and Global Racism (The New Press); historian Martha S. Jones's Vanguard: A Political History of African American Women (Basic Books); novelist Constance Sayers's A Witch in Time (Redhook/Hachette); historian Susan Eva O'Donovan's Becoming Citizens: The Political Lives of Slaves (Metropolitan); Google’s Über Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness Daniel Russell’s The Joy of Search: A Google Insider's Guide to Going Beyond the Basics (MIT Press); historian Emily Berquist's The Atlantic Slave Trade and Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire (Yale University Press); historian Claire Potter's Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy? (Basic Books); historian Michael K. Honey’s To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice (W.W. Norton); and historians Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle's Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy (The New Press).
Please note that Roz is specifically not interested in: sports, cookbooks, screenplays, poetry, romance, fantasy, new adult, young adult or children's books.