Jennifer Chen Tran


Superpower // seeing the potential in a book idea and translating that potential into reality. tolerating long drives in minivans and listening to loud children with a smile on her face.

Jennifer Chen Tran is a literary agent with over a decade of experience in publishing. Originally from New York, Jennifer is a lifelong reader, ex-art major, and attorney. Prior to joining Idea Architects, Jennifer was a literary agent at two west-coast based literary agencies and served as Of Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She is admitted to the California and New York state bars.

Jennifer believes in the art of collaboration and works closely with her authors from concept, to proposal, to publication, and beyond. As a person of color and daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Jennifer is committed to championing voices from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a lasting positive social impact on the world.

On the weekends you can find Jennifer in a bookstore, perusing the titles and buying way too many books, playing board games, baking, making crafts with her three daughters and husband, or taking leisurely walks with her Pomeranian rescue dog.