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Ashley Hong is a literary agent with Gardner Literary representing adult nonfiction and select fiction.

She was previously an editor at Penguin Random House, where she acquired and edited the New York Times bestselling This Here Flesh by Cole Arthur Riley and A Rhythm of Prayer by Sarah Bessey. At PRH, Ashley edited and project managed titles across the Crown and Random House publishing groups, giving her a deep understanding and fondness for a wide breadth of books encompassing general interest, politics, business, history, cookbooks, wellness, Christian/Catholic writing, and more. Prior to book publishing, she cut her teeth in journalism by working at such outlets as Truthdig, CNN, and WNET, which instilled a love for narrative nonfiction in all its forms.

“Ashley joined Gardner Literary in 2023, and is delighted to partner with authors and shepherd their creative work.”


She is most interested in the books that haunt her in a good way—the kind of writing that she keeps thinking about long after the first read. She gets excited about projects that are incisive, witty, transporting, equal parts seismic and granular—in essence, books that unearth something within her, be it curiosity, laughter, longing, ache, or sonder. Recent and forthcoming projects include Eli Harwood’s Raising Securely Attached Kids, Alexis Barber’s Too Smart for This, and GG Renee Hill’s Story Work.


As always, please review the agency’s submission guidelines before you submit.

The agency only accepts queries via Query Manager.

“To have your project considered for agency representation, it’s important that you do two things:

  • Make sure you know if your project fits into what we’re looking for, and
  • Read and follow our submission guidelines.”


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