Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved literature and design. As a result, I've gathered numerous experiences in both areas, giving me the know-how to help your projects come to life.
My name is Sarah Leonard, although many of my friends call me Lenny. Currently, I am a co-agent for a client at Serendipity Literary Agency, where I was once the design & editorial assistant for CEO Regina Brooks. My responsibilities encompassed co-agenting, online media, editorial support, and client development. I led many of our visual projects—designing marketing materials and book proposals—and designed and launched a new version of the company’s website. On the editorial front, I reviewed submissions, researched and acquired clients, fashioned editor lists and pitches, and collaborated with authors on revising their projects.
Before starting at Serendipity, I had the opportunity to intern at numerous companies in the publishing industry, including Foundry Literary + Media, Sourcebooks Publishing, and Corvisiero Literary Agency. I worked for Learned Owl Bookshop as their Events and Social Media Manager, a catering company as a server, and a highly regarded wedding planner at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I graduated from NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute in 2018 and recently earned my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the New School.
When it comes to my interests, as my rule of thumb, if the book is good, I’ll read it, regardless of genre! Although for Calyx, I only work on fiction full-length novels, not including my copy editing services. While I love many genres, children’s literature is where my heart is. I’m especially well-versed in middle-grade and young adult. Anything by Jason Reynolds is fantastic, House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune had me feeling like a kid again in the best way, and I personally believe the Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor is severely underrated.
In my spare time, I LOVE baking, my specialities being pie, boujee cookies, and tiramisu (aka. Sarahmisu). I also love archery, singing, jamming on my ukulele, writing, and doing nail art. I'm currently learning Mandarin and, yes, it's as hard as you think it is.