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Tawny Johnson is a Christian literary agent with the Illuminate Literary Agency. She has learned to rely on her professional instinct to recognize books that will have a solid message and win readers’ hearts.

She first honed this ability during her years of experience in retail as a bookstore manager, regional manager, product buyer, and marketing manager for a chain of 10 successful Christian bookstores. After her career in retail, she moved into publishing at Multnomah Press, where she shared her expertise in marketing and advertising while becoming adept in negotiating international book rights. In 2014, Tawny became a literary agent with Don Jacobson and Jenni Burke at D.C. Jacobson & Associates. And most recently, Tawny has joined forces with Jenni to lead the agency to an unprecedented new level of author care and excellence under the Illuminate banner.

“My career as a literary agent is a rewarding culmination of all my past experience in the industry, coupled with my passion for exceptional writing, depth of content, and theological integrity,” she says. “I consider it a privilege to support my clients as they develop life-changing books.”

As an agent, Tawny leverages her rich history in the book industry to benefit her clients. When asked what it’s like to work with Tawny, they describe her as offering extensive…expertise, encouragement and challenge, availability & responsiveness, celebration, loyalty, and humor.

Seeking: Tawny is seeking strong non-fiction writers who have an established platform and a beautiful way of expressing their unique perspective.

For Tawny, It’s Personal: She actually came to Christ through reading a memoir. So she knows, first-hand, how God can use the words printed in a book to touch the heart of a searching soul.

You Can Call Her Professor: Tawny teaches a course to graduate students at Portland State University on the intricacies of the publishing industry.

Tell me a bit more: Tawny holds a BA in Bible and Theology with a minor in English Literature from Multnomah University and a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. She is a native to Portland, Oregon who in her free time likes to travel, putter in her unruly English garden, and join her husband in his new pursuit of sailing. “I love to eat good food with my eyes closed, listen to interesting ideas, and laugh with my family and friends—preferably while in front of a fire in County Cork or watching a sunset on Nantucket,” says Tawny.

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