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 MARGARET BAIL
Inklings Literary Agency

Margaret Bail is with Inklings Literary Agency. She has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing everything from medical documents to manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft. Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads.


Margaret is looking to acquire: Fantasy (dark, high/epic, urban); Historical (NO WWII); Mystery and Suspense (all types); Romance (all types, no inspirational/religious); Science Fiction (all types); Thriller (all types); Adult Nonfiction (cooking).  

 

NOAH BALLARD
Curtis Brown LTD

Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency where he sold foreign rights for the agency in addition to building his own client list. Noah specializes in literary debuts, upmarket thrillers and narrative nonfiction. He is always on the lookout for honest and provocative new writers. He lives in Brooklyn.


Noah is looking to acquire:
Historical; Horror; Literary; Mainstream; Mystery and Suspense (all types); Short Fiction (collections); Thriller (all types); Women's Fiction; Adult Nonfiction (essays and articles, biographies, events, lifestyle, pop culture and humor, science and nature, sports, memoir).

 

AMY CLOUGHLEY
Kimberley Cameron & Associates
 

Amy is looking to acquire:
Historical; Literary; Mainstream; Mystery and Suspense (all types but NO paranormal); Thriller (legal, grounded, psychological); Women's Fiction; Adult Nonfiction (pop culture and humor, sports, narrative, memoir--travel).
 


AYANNA COLEMAN
Quill Shift Literary Agency

Ayanna Coleman founded Quill Shift Literary Agency in 2013. With an educational background in marketing and English, Ayanna has worked within the 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. 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 weren’t discovering the right books…or they hadn’t been created yet. With that in mind, Ayanna created Quill Shift Literary Agency to help usher books worthy of inspiring a passion for reading in children through the publication process and to encourage worthwhile story discovery before the book is even published.

Ayanna is looking to acquire: YA and New Adult (fantasy, horror, literary, mainstream, mystery and suspense, science fiction, thriller); Children's Books (chapter books, middle grade); Children and YA Nonfiction (cooking). 


JD DEWITT

TBA

JD is looking to acquire: Adult Fiction, Children's Books, Young Adult, New Adult, Adult Nonfiction, Children's and YA Nonfiction


APRIL EBERHARDT
April Eberhardt Literary

April
is looking to acquire: Details coming soon. In the interim, please feel free to check her out online. 

 

CONNOR GOLDSMITH
Fuse Literary

Connor Goldsmith is an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary. He began his career in publishing in 2012 at Lowenstein Associates, where he was promoted to Associate Agent in March 2013. He joined Fuse the following year. Prior to transitioning into the world of books, he spent a year as a full-time intern and relief assistant in the commercial film and television department at Abrams Artists Agency. Born and raised in New York, Connor lived for a brief stint in the Midwest studying English and the Classics at Oberlin College in Ohio. He is passionate about narrative fiction across all media as a vehicle for social progress, and received a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from The New School for Public Engagement.

You can follow Connor on Twitter at @dreamoforgonon.


Connor
is looking to acquire: Fantasy (all types: dark and high/epic preferable); Horror; Literary; Mainstream; Science Fiction (all types: space opera and hard sci-fi preferable); Thriller (all types but NO middle east counter-terrorism); Women's Fiction; Adult Nonfiction (biography, pop culture and humor, narrative history).

 

SHANNON HASSAN
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Shannon Hassan brings a depth of business and editorial experience to her role as agent at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, having worked in publishing and law for more than a decade.  She is drawn to fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose. Shannon also represents select nonfiction, and seeks exceptional narratives from authors with strong platforms. Before becoming an agent, Shannon was the Acquisitions Editor at Fulcrum Publishing, and prior to that a corporate attorney at Arnold and Porter in New York. She received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University.

Shannon
is looking to acquire: Historical; Literary; Mainstream; Women's Fiction; Children's Books (middle grade); YA and New Adult (historical, literary, mainstream, mystery and suspense, thriller); Adult Nonfiction (biography, science and nature); Children and YA Nonfiction (biography, events, science and nature).

 

RACHEL LETOFSKY
The Cooke Agency

Rachel Letofsky is a graduate of both the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English literature. She joined The Cooke Agency in 2010 and is currently an Associate Agent. She is drawn to works with a whimsical nature or a grounded, gritty edge in equal measure, though in either instance, unforgettable characters and original concepts are a must. In non-fiction, Rachel is looking for narrative-driven memoirs, and anything quirky and life affirming. Rachel is particularly committed to working with previously unpublished authors in a focused, collaborative and hands-on manner.

Rachel
is looking to acquire: YA and New Adult (fantasy, historical, horror, literary, mainstream, mystery and suspense, romance, science fiction, thriller); Children's Books (middle grade); Adult Nonfiction (lifestyle, pop culture and humor, science and nature); Children and YA Nonfiction (all types except essays and articles). 

 

CHIP MacGREGOR
MacGregor Literary Inc.

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor Literary, Inc., a full-service literary agency located on the left coast. He has been working in the publishing industry for three decades, and made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years. He is the author of numerous books, including a couple of bestselling nonfiction titles, and formerly served as a publisher with Time-Warner. Chip began working as an agent sixteen years ago, and has represented hundreds of titles, including numerous award winners and bestsellers. Eight years ago he began his own literary agency. He works with both fiction and nonfiction titles, but the majority of the business he is currently doing is fiction. He lives on the Oregon coast.

Chip
is looking to acquire: Historical; Inspirational and Spiritual; Literary; Mainstream; Mystery and Suspense (all types); Romance (all types); Thriller (all types); Adult Nonfiction (lifestyle, self help, sports, memoir).



MARY C. MOORE
Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Mary C. Moore is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. In addition to being an agent she also balances for job as author and editor. She finds that all three experiences help and support the other. She appreciates literary fiction in the style of Herman Hesse, Jane Austen, or John Steinbeck. Some of her favorites are wild and fun stories with depth like A.C. Weisbecker's Cosmic Banditos or Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. Strong female characters and unique cultures especially catch her eye.


Mary
is looking to acquire: Fantasy (all types); Historical; Literary; Romance (all types); Science Fiction (all types); YA and New Adult (fantasy, historical, literary, romance, science fiction).


MONICA ODOM
Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency

Monica Odom joined Liza Dawson Associates in 2010, where she is currently an associate agent. She is also the agency's manager of finance and social media. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Montclair State University, and recently earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University. In her free time, Monica can most often be found with her nose in a book (or handheld screen), unless she is catering to the various and extensive needs of her spoiled-rotten cats, Sam and Luna. 


Monica
is looking to acquire: Historical; Horror; Literary; Mainstream; Science Fiction (dystopian, magical realism and speculative fiction); Short Fiction; Women's Fiction; Children's Books (picture books); Adult Nonfiction (essays and articles, cooking, lifestyle, pop culture and humor, science and nature, current events and issues, memoir). 

 

RITA ROSENKRANZ
Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency

Rita Rosenkranz founded Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990 after a career as an editor with major New York houses. She handles, almost exclusively, adult non-fiction titles, encompassing the decorative to the dark. She looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or lesser-known subjects presented commercially. Rita works with major publishing houses, as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets. Her award-winning list includes health, history, parenting, how-to, popular science, business, biography, sports, popular reference, cooking, memoir, music, writing, spirituality and general interest titles. She is a member of the Authors Guild, the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and the Women’s Media Group. Please see Rita's full client list online at www.ritarosenkranzliteraryagency.com.


Rita is looking to acquire: Adult Nonfiction (biography, cooking, events, lifestyle, pop culture and humor, science and nature, self help, sports, memoir).


GORDON WARNOCK
Fuse Literary

Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary, serving as a literary agent and Editorial Director of Short Fuse Publishing. He brings years of experience as a senior agent, marketing director, editor for independent publishers, publishing consultant, and author coach. His client list is an even balance of seasoned veterans and promising new voices including local authors Robert V. Taylor, Kelsye Nelson, and Anna Quinn. With a zest for fresh, new stories and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively seeks out both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres.

Gordon is looking to acquire: Adult Graphic Novels; Literary; Mainstream; YA and New Adult (graphic novels, literary, mainstream); Adult Nonfiction (biography, cooking, events, lifestyle, pop culture and humor, science and nature, self help, memoir); YA Nonfiction (biography, cooking, events, lifestyle and games, pop culture and humor, science and nature, memoir). 

 

CARLY WATTERS
P.S. Literary

Carly Watters is a VP and senior literary agent with P.S. Literary. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

Her blog (www.carlywatters.com) has been named one of ‘101 Best Websites for Writers’ by Writer’s Digest magazine. Follow her on Twitter @carlywatters.


Carly
is looking to acquire: Historical; Women's Fiction; YA and New Adult (historical, romance); Adult Nonfiction (lifestyle, memoir).

 

ROSEANNE WELLS
The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency (JDLA)

Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales and editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer's advocate, editor, and partner. She is also an arts reviewer for PlayShakespeare.com and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC.

Roseanne is looking to acquire: Literary; Mystery and Suspense (detective, paranormal, upmarket, con/heist); Science Fiction (all types); YA and New Adult (fantasy, graphic novels, literary, mainstream, mystery and suspense, romance, thriller); Children's Books (middle grade); Adult Nonfiction (biography, cooking, pop culture and humor, science and nature, memoir). 

 

JENNIFER WELTZ
JVNLA, Inc. (The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.)

Jennifer Weltz is President of JVNLA, Inc. (The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.), and has made over 2,000 deals domestically, internationally and for film for over two decades. Her interests are varied with strong writing, plot and voice married to a unique story as the unifying factor. Jennifer is a Board member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR), a member of the Women's Media Group, on the board of the BEA Conference Advisory Board, Pace University Masters in Publishing program and the DBW Conference Council.

Jennifer
is looking to acquire: Details coming soon. In the interim, please feel free to check her out online.

 

TERRIE WOLF
AKA Literary Management

Terrie
is looking to acquire: Details coming soon. 

 

ANDREW ZACK
The Zack Company, Inc.

Andrew Zack is president of The Zack Company, Inc., a literary agency, and Author Coach, LLC, an author coaching and editorial consultation service, as well as publisher of Endpapers Press. A publishing veteran with more than a quarter-century in the business, Andy has worked in-house and freelance for many majors. He began his literary agent career at Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency in New York, and started his own firm in 1996. In 2006, he moved to San Diego, CA. Those interested in author-coaching services or independent-publishing options should visit www.authorcoach.com.

Andrew is looking to acquire: Fantasy (all types); Historical; Horror; Literary; Mainstream; Mystery and Suspense (all types); Romance (all types); Science Fiction (all types); Thriller (all types); Women's Fiction; Adult Nonfiction (biography, events, science and nature, memoir).


 

KATIE ZAUN
Emma Sweeney Agency

Katie Zaun is rights manager for the Emma Sweeney Agency. Most recently, she worked as a literary scout for Barbara Tolley & Associates. Previous to scouting, she interned in the UK at Conville & Walsh in London and Canongate Books in Edinburgh. Katie has a B.A. from the University of Arizona and a Master's in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Katie is looking to acquire: Historical; Literary; Western; YA and New Adult (literary); Adult Nonfiction (essays and articles, biography, events, pop culture and humor, science and nature, self help, memoir).


editors

PETER FIELD
The Louisville Review & The Timberline Review

Peter Field is Founding Editor of the Willamette Writers’ literary journal, The Timberline Review, debuting in the summer of 2015.  He also serves as Assistant Editor for The Louisville Review, founded in 1978. As First Vice President for Willamette Writers, one of the country’s oldest and largest non-profit organizations for writers, Mr. Field discovers speakers and leaders for meetings and workshops that advance the skills and careers of both aspiring and professional writers. Field cut his teeth on great storytelling over twenty years ago as a Story Analyst for Miramax Films and New Line Cinema.  His urban conspiracy thriller earned a top ten Finalist place in the 2013 Final Draft/Big Break competition.  Mr. Field has taken recent writing residencies in Ireland and Kentucky.

Peter is looking to acquire for The Louisville Review: Literary; Poetry; Short Fiction; Adult Nonfiction (essays and articles).

Peter is looking to acquire for The Timberline Review: Graphic Novels (short--less than 15pgs); Literary; Poetry; Short Fiction; Women's Fiction; Adult Nonfiction (essays and articles, travel writing).



SHEILA E. GILBERT
DAW Books, Inc

Sheila E. Gilbert has worked in publishing since 1970, starting at Ace Books, then moving to NAL in 1972, where she ran the Signet Science Fiction and Fantasy line. She has worked as a free-lancer for Dell, Warner, and Doubleday. In 1985, Sheila joined DAW Books, becoming a partner and co-publisher with Betsy Wollheim. Sheila works closely with her authors to make sure their work is well represented in the market place. 2013 and 2014, she was a Hugo Award nominee for Best Editor Long Form.

 

Sheila is looking to acquire: Fantasy (all types); Science Fiction (all types).



BRIT HVIDE
Simon & Schuster

Brit Hvide joined Simon & Schuster after completing internships with both Writers House and Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Originally from Singapore, Brit studied creative writing and physics at Northwestern University where she wrote for North by Northwestern. Her upcoming projects include books by graphic novelist Jeff Lemire, pop culture writer Glenn Weldon, science fiction writer Nicholas Sansbury Smith, and fantasy author Stephen Power.


Brit is looking to acquire: Fantasy (dark, high/epic); Graphic Novels; Horror; Literary; Science Fiction (all types); Adult Nonfiction (pop culture and humor, science and nature).

 

JENNIFER LETWACK
Thomas Dunn Books

Jennifer Letwack is an assistant editor at Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's press. She is interested in creative and detailed world building, complex, diverse characters, and strong female heroines. On the non-fiction side, she is interested in histories focused on dynamic personalities in American history, as well as her two non-literary loves, feminism and video games.

Jennifer
is looking to acquire: Fantasy (dark, high/epic, historical fantasy); Historical; Science Fiction (all types); YA and New Adult (fantasy, science fiction); Adult Nonfiction (biography--focus on women, cooking--baking specifically, historical narrative).


ALLISON LYONS
Harlequin

Allison Lyons began her career at Harlequin as an Editorial Assistant on the Silhouette Intimate Moments line. After more than 17 years, she’s found a home at Harlequin Intrigue as an editor. Since romantic suspense is so popular, you can be sure that her desk is never empty. Although she works with many prolific writers, she still gets excited at the prospect of finding new authors.She is open to hearing about projects that would fit any of Harlequin’s various lines, both in print and digital.  

Allison is looking to acquire: Mystery and Suspense (detective); Romance (contemporary, suspense); Thriller (all types); Women's Fiction.


ANNA MICHELS
Sourcebooks

Anna Michels is an Associate Editor at Sourcebooks, an independent publisher located outside of Chicago. Over the course of her three years with the company she has worked on a wide variety of projects, most recently focusing on acquiring fiction and memoir.


Anna is looking to acquire: Historical; Literary; Mainstream; Mystery and Suspense (cozy, detective); Women's Fiction; Adult Nonfiction (memoir-travel, women's stories). 



LYNN PRICE 
Behler Publications

Lynn Price is the Editorial Director for Behler Publications, along with being the award-winning author of Donovan’s Paradigm, and The Writer’s Essential Tackle Box. Since 2003, Behler Publications has been publishing bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir/nonfiction about everyday people who end up doing extraordinary things, due to a pivotal event that alters their perspective about life. Behler looks for books where readers say, "I'm a better, more thoughtful, or smarter person for having read this book." In between her editing duties, Lynn is the unrepenting voice of the Behler Blog: http://behlerblog.blogspot.com/, and employs two unreliable rescue beagles to serve as her secretaries. 

Lynn is looking to acquire: Adult Nonfiction (biography, memoir).

 

JOHN RAAB
Suspense Publishing

 TBA

John is looking to acquire: Fantasy (dark, urban); Historical; Horror, Mystery and Suspense (all types); Thriller (all types); YA and New Adult (horror, mystery and suspense, thriller).


ROBERT SAPPINGTON
Harken Media

Robert Sappington’s experience writing and publishing critically acclaimed science fiction (Life on Nubis and “Snow Falling”) inspired him to create Harken Media, to bring thought-provoking and entertaining stories to the world. He utilizes his storytelling talent, law degree, MBA, and decades of business experience to help new artists share their unique insights on compelling themes with readers. Mr. Sappington resides in Seattle, Washington.

Robert is looking to acquire: Fantasy (all types); Historical; Literary; Mainstream; Mystery and Suspense (all types); Science Fiction (all types); Thriller (all types); Women's Fiction; Humor; YA and New Adult (fantasy, historical, literary, mainstream, mystery and suspense, thriller, humor).

 

ADAM WILSON
Gallery Books

Adam Wilson is a Senior Editor at Gallery Books, having joined Simon & Schuster in 2011 from MIRA and Harlequin Teen. He has worked on projects in a variety of genres, such as upmarket commercial fiction, supernatural thrillers, sexy contemporary romance, and pop culture nonfiction.


Adam
is looking to acquire: Horror; Mainstream; Mystery and Suspense (paranormal); Romance (contemporary); Science Fiction (dystopian, near-future); Thriller (conspiracy); Adult Nonfiction (pop culture and humor, memoir--issues related memoirs and celebrity).



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