Founder + Team



Ayanna Coleman founded Quill Shift Literary Agency in 2013. With an educational background in marketing and English, Ayanna has worked within the publishing industry at a publishing house, literary agencies, as a book reviewer, and many years as a children’s librarian. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, currently the top program in the nation.


As a child, and later as a librarian, Ayanna noticed that the books that could capture a child’s imagination and create a lifelong reader were not getting into children’s hands. Children (and their parents, teachers, and librarians) weren’t discovering the right books…or they hadn’t been created yet. With that in mind, Ayanna created Quill Shift Literary Agency to not only help usher books worthy of inspiring a passion for reading in children through the publication process, but to also encourage worthwhile story discovery before the book is even published.


Marleen Seegers, Co-founder of 2 Seas Agency, helps find the perfect home for quality books in international markets. 2 Seas Agency represents foreign rights on behalf of an exciting variety of authors, publishers and agents from around the world and is excited to represent QSLA.

Marleen Seegers

Foreign Rights



Charlene Adhiambo

Former Intern / Quill Shift Literary Agency

As an intern for Quill Shift Literary Agency, I got a glimpse of what it’s like to work for a literary agency — from reviewing manuscripts to gathering content for the agency’s social media accounts. In addition, Ms. Coleman was incredibly supportive and really made sure that the both of us benefited from the internship.


Laura Nsafou

Former Intern / Quill Shift Literary Agency

Working at Quill Shift Literary Agency showed me there’s only one thing that can prevail over fear–trying. The first step of trying is convincing yourself it’s possible.Trying also means shaping an idea, finding solutions, using new tools and…asking for help! The advice of Ayanna Coleman helped me develop my own voice and I look forward to developing others’.


Emily Kramer

Former Intern / Quill Shift Literary Agency

My internship with Quill Shift Literary Agency provided me with my first taste of the publishing world – and got me hooked for life. What other job combines reading, writing, creative social change, passionate co-workers, and (best of all) original and exciting stories?


Aimee Lucido

Former Intern / Quill Shift Literary Agency

The Quill Shift Literary Agency internship allowed me to get the inside scoop on what it means to be a publishable author. Hint: it’s a lot of ripping your book to shreds and putting it back together again.


Nicole Pierce

Former Intern / Quill Shift Literary Agency

Being an editorial intern with Quill Shift was an amazing opportunity. Not only did I gain tons of experience from reading manuscripts, writing reports, and doing developmental edits, I learned so much about the ins and outs of the publishing industry during my chats with Ms. Ayanna Coleman. Working with her was a pleasure and she has encouraged my passion to work in this industry tenfold.