Kayla Lightner, Agent at Ayesha Pande Literary Agency

Kayla Lightner is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. An adventurous reader, Kayla loves stories––across adult upmarket fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction––that can masterfully straddle the line between great storytelling and teaching her something new. In terms of taste, Kayla primarily gravitates toward speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, horror, and magical realism; Bookclub fiction with razor-sharp prose; BIPOC family sagas; compelling, well-researched narrative histories that blur the line between high-brow and low-brow; and platform-driven memoirs. She also represents a small, select group of illustrators and middle-grade titles.

Meet with Kayla

Meet face-to-face, from home. Choose Zoom, Google Meet, or phone, and speak for the appointed time about your query, first page, and/or first ten pages (for longer meetings). Does not include written notes, but is a chance to have an honest discussion about your work, and to ask follow-up questions. International meetings welcomed.

Book A Written Critique

Receive insightful notes on your pages–direct to your email. No need to schedule a time to be at a computer, or even deal with technology–all you have to do is keep yourself from hitting refresh. Your critique will arrive within 24 hours of the date selected on the calendar.