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Alice Volpe has held the positions of book publicist, staff writer, editor and publisher, and opened Northwest Literary Agency in the 1980’s to help bridge the chasm between lone author and remote, corporate publisher.  Her clients include J.A. Jance, Carola Dunn, Judith Smith-Levin, J. Carson Black, Lee Lofland, Jeffrey Layton and others.

Catherine Fowler has more than 25 years of experience in book and Internet publishing having held senior positions for such prestigious companies as Random House, Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, Excite and WebMD.  With Redwood Agency, Fowler is focusing on the core of her expertise and her passion: the development of high-quality projects for the general consumer market, working with talented writers and editors, and negotiating contracts.  Areas of interest include health, food and cooking, popular culture, women's interests, narrative nonfiction, parenting, aging, relationships, memoir and the occasional novel.

Rachel Vater represents writers of commercial and literary fiction. She is open to first-time authors and is especially looking for beautifully written fiction with an original concept and unique voice. She is looking for young adult fiction dealing with contemporary teen issues and also young adult fantasy. She handles genre fiction, but does not handle horror, westerns, poetry, screenplays, stage plays or category romance. For nonfiction, she is currently looking for well-credentialed authors who have a strong platform and are writing in the areas of business, personal finance, career books, women’s issues, social issues, spirituality, psychology, health, pop culture and narrative nonfiction. Of special interest are books that delve behind the scenes, reveal a forgotten piece of history or expose a new side of something most people don’t know about.

Elizabeth Wales, principal agent,  has been with WALES LITERARY AGENCYsince it was established in 1990.  She is a native of the New York metropolitan area, worked in publishing in New York City and moved to Seattle in 1983.  She is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR). A boutique agency based in Seattle, WALES LITERARY AGENCY represents an eclectic list of narrative nonfiction, and mainstream and literary fiction. The Agency's first interest is in compelling and well-crafted stories, whether in fiction or nonfiction -- with a special interest in writers from the West, Northwest, and Alaska. 

Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown LTD since Fall 2005.  She represents science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal chicklit, literary horror, and young adult and middle grade novels.  Previously, she worked at Writers House for six years as an Assistant Literary Agent.  Her first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at Tor Books.  She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.  She is the Secretary of the Contracts Committee of the AAR.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and four pet chinchillas.

Jennifer Cayea of Avenue A Literary LLC, is working with a select list of emerging authors of fiction and non-fiction. Ms. Cayea’s recent projects include debut crime author Daniel Serrano’s Gunmetal Black (Warner Books); The Girl from Charnelle (William Morrow) by Prairie Schooner Prize winner K.L. Cook; Efrain’s Secret by Sofia Quintero (Knopf Books for Young Readers) and international bestselling author Mabel Iam’s latest on sex and relationships (Atria Books). Prior to starting her own literary agency, Jennifer was an agent and the foreign rights director of Nicholas Ellison, Inc., a division of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.  Jennifer also held a distinguished record as an editor at Random House, in the audio and large print division where she demonstrated a keen editorial eye and was known to be very aggressive in acquiring books. Ms. Cayea is fiercely dedicated to her authors. Her ten years of publishing experience make her uniquely qualified to identify viable new projects and place them in the rapidly changing global marketplace. Jennifer is currently looking for literary and upmarket commercial fiction; intelligent chick lit; Latino/Hispanic fiction and non-fiction; young adult, memoir, narrative non-fiction and health.

Jim McCarthy interned for DGLM for three years while studying urban design at New York University. Upon graduating, Jim realized he would much rather continue working with books than make the jump (as he had originally intended) to the field of city planning. He is now agenting and, as an avid fiction reader, his interests encompass both literary and commercial works. Jim was raised just outside of NYC, and currently lives in Brooklyn. In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative nonfiction, politics, culture and current events.

After earning a Masters in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi, Kate McKean set out to become an agent in New York City.   Her interests lie in contemporary women's fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, mysteries, literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, sports related books, pop culture, craft, and health and wellness. She is primarily interested in people and the strange, wonderful, surprising, and heartbreaking stories they tell.  She's most happy immersed in a good book, especially Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Carver, and Chabon.

Lilly Ghahremani is an attorney and is owner/literary agent with Full Circle Literary. She represents whatever she falls for - to date this includes lifestyle (crafting, cookbooks), relationship, parenting, business, pop culture, picture book and YA. Some recent sales include Raina Lee's HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT karaoke book (Chronicle), Elisabeth Squires' bOObs: A Guide To Your Girls (Seal Press), King and Mackey's parenting book THE BILINGUAL EDGE (Collins) and Jon Yang's ROUGH GUIDE TO BLOGGING (Penguin/Rough Guides).  Please note that Full Circle does not represent genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, western, thriller, horror, crime, etc.), poetry, or screenplays.  Lilly is always interested in well-paced literary fiction, multicultural themes and characters, fresh and hip children's books, and smart and humorous explorations of pop culture.  She's had success signing (and selling!) authors from conferences before and looks forward to doing so again soon.

Michelle Grajkowski first opened her doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000.  Since then, she's successfully sold more than 200 titles to major publishing houses including Harlequin, NAL, Berkley, Dorchester, Kensington, Avon, Pocket, Random House (both here and in the UK), Knopf, Andrews McMeel, Warner and HarperCollins. Currently, she is looking for fantastic authors with a voice of their own. Michelle focuses on romance (including category), Chick-Lit, young adult, children's stories, female-focused fantasy, paranormal, women's fiction,  historicals, regencies, westerns, romantic suspense, mysteries and thrillers.  She also represents select non-fiction and other fiction projects.

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