Stefanie Von Borstel

co-founder, Full Circle Literary


Stefanie Von Borstel is co-founder of Full Circle Literary, an entrepreneur, and mom with more than 20 years of experience in the book publishing industry. Prior to agenting, she worked in editorial and marketing with Penguin and Harcourt Children’s Books. Stefanie represents children’s books from toddler to teen, and adult nonfiction.

On the adult side, her focus is on design, lifestyle, art, how-to, family-interest and narrative nonfiction. Recent adult nonfiction she represents include ART INC: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon and Meg Mateo Ilasco (Chronicle Books), The New Bohemians by designer Justina Blakeney (Abrams), Furniture Makes the Room by Barb Blair (Chronicle Books), and Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting by Anne Weil (Potter/Random House).

On the children’s side, she represents both fiction and nonfiction. Children’s books she has represented have been awarded the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Best Picture Book, Pura Belpré Honors, The Christopher Award, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor for Best Nonfiction, and the Agatha Award for Best Mystery Novel. She is honored to work with Monica Brown, Sarah O’Leary Burningham, Toni Buzzeo, Diana López, Cindy Jenson-Elliott, Carmen Tafolla, and Jennifer Ward, to name a few. Some new releases in 2016 include Diana Lopez’s new middle grade novel Nothing Up My Sleeve (Little Brown), Cindy Jenson-Elliot’s picture book biography Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams A Life in Nature (illustrated by Christy Hale, Henry Holt) and Monica Brown’s Lola Levine chapter book series (Little Brown).

Stefanie is building a select list of new and award-winning illustrators including Susie Ghahremani, Rafael López, John Parra and Juana Martinez-Neal. She loves to tap into her publicity and marketing background to champion writers and artists. Stefanie is always thrilled to work with creatives that have a distinct style or expertise that can crossover to both the children’s and adult markets.

When not reading, Stefanie is probably searching for green fig beetles or tide-pooling with her family.