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2018 PNWA conference agents and editors

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Note on genre definition from Agent, Laurie McLean: 

What used to be called urban fantasy is now being called contemporary fantasy or modern fantasy.  Urban was a misnomer to begin with (some of them occurred outside cities) and Urban Fantasy was kicked off the bookshelves by epic fantasy when Game of Thrones became super popular.  No editor would even look at an urban fantasy. So agents are now calling them contemporary fantasy novels.


AGENTS – Listed in alphabetical order


Margaret Bail - Agent

Margaret Bail has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing 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.




Madelyn Burt - Agent

Madelyn Burt joined Stonesong in May 2015. Since then, she has assisted on projects ranging from adult and children’s fiction to cookbooks to lifestyle. She looks forward to building long-lasting, collaborative relationships with her authors, and is interested in a variety of adult and children’s fiction, as well as historical nonfiction. Before entering the literary world, she earned her M.A. in Medieval Studies, with a focus on medieval England.




Rach Crawford - Agent

Rachel Crawford represents literary fiction, high concept YA, and narrative nonfiction. She loves stories about women by women and is particularly seeking LGBTQI+ and own voices submissions. In the nonfiction space, she’s seeking environmental and science journalism, ecological memoir, and queer and feminist pop culture.




 JD DeWitt - Agent

JD DeWitt is the founder of 5 Sons Media and Director of the film and literary conference. Connecting writers with Hollywood, JD DeWitt acquires intellectual property and pitches directly to producers in Hollywood. Recent option deals include best-selling authors Barbara Freethy and Tracie Peterson, with additional option offers soon to be announced.



Adam Eaglin - Agent

Cheney Agency

Adam Eaglin joined The Cheney Agency as a literary agent in 2012. He began his publishing career in editorial at Basic Books before working as an agent at The Wylie Agency. He studied English literature at Duke University and holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University. He represents a range of literary fiction and non-fiction, including history, politics, current events, narrative reportage, biography, memoir, and popular science.



Caroline Eisenmann - Agent

Caroline Eisenmann is an associate agent at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency. Prior to joining the agency in 2017, she spent four years at ICM Partners. She represents adult upmarket and literary fiction, as well as nonfiction including reported narratives, memoir, cultural criticism, essay collections, and history and biography with a surprising point of view. In fiction, she is particularly drawn to work that centers around intimacy and its discontents, stories about obsession, and narratives that grapple with our current cultural climate. Caroline was raised in the Boston area and received an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.



Adria Goetz - Agent

Adria Goetz is an Associate Literary Manager with Martin Literary & Media Management, where she’s been since she was a wee college intern. She lives in an old Victorian home in Tacoma, WA—which she hopes dearly is haunted with a few friendly ghosts—with her husband Alex and their two darling kittens, Maple and Mulberry. She represents all sorts of books, but her favorites are books for children, including picture books, middle grade and young adult. She also loves quirky gift books. 



Carrie Howland - Agent

Carrie Howland joined Empire Literary after eleven years as an agent at Donadio & Olson, Inc. She represents adult literary and upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, young adult, and middle grade authors. Carrie’s background is in poetry, so beautiful language is one of the first things she looks for in any project. Also important are a strong voice and great story, which she’s looking for across genres. Her list of remarkably talented clients includes Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman), Carmiel Banasky (The Suicide of Claire Bishop), and Melissa Gorzelanczyk (Arrows). Carrie is a member of the AAR as well as SCBWI. She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College. In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for a local dog rescue and with deployed military men and women through an organization called Soldiers’ Angels. She is an active volunteer and member of the Junior League, as well as a member of the executive board of the New York City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma. You can follow Carrie on twitter at @ecarriehowland or visit for more information, including conference appearances.

Liz Kracht - Agent

Elizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010.  She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer. In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women’s, historical, thrillers, and mysteries. In nonfiction, she is interested in finding narrative/creative nonfiction, voice- or adventure-driven memoir, spirituality, sexuality, self-help, true crime, investigative journalism, and pet stories.


Rachel Letofsky - Agent

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 for the newly merged Cooke McDermid Agency. She frequently travels throughout Canada and the US to various writer’s festivals and literary events such as Bloody Words, PNWA, CanSCAIP, SiWC, VWF, MUSE & the Marketplace, WWC, WRITE on the River, NorthWords and Quick Brown Fox Writer’s Workshops to take part in quick-pitch sessions, moderate panels and host workshops for authors. She has been a judge for the HarperCollins Canada/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction since its inception in 2013.

Rachel is actively seeking ground-breaking and heart-breaking middle grade and YA titles in all genres. She recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and is actively involved in SCBWI events near the Portland, Oregon area as much as possible. 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, in the adult or young adult categories, and anything quirky and life affirming. Rachel is particularly committed to working with previously unpublished authors in a focused, collaborative and hands-on manner.


Grace Menary-Winefield - Agent

Grace Menary-Winefield joined the Sourcebooks editorial team in 2015 after working at London’s Little, Brown Book Group, Pan Macmillan, and Palgrave Macmillan. In her current role as Associate Editor she champions New York Times bestselling authors and Indie-Next Picks such as The Radium Girls and The End of the World Running Club, and loves to discover and encourage new, rebellious voices in non-fiction with narrative history, science, personal development, and illustrated gift. Her fiction passion lies in the speculative with human stories that twist both your mind and your heart. She believes wholeheartedly in her publisher’s motto: “Books change lives.”

Shannon Orso - Agent

Shannon Orso is a Junior Agent at The Ruben Agency out of New York City. She began as a writer and then was mentored and trained by Eric Ruben in all aspects of publishing. She enjoys lending her experience and expertise to aspiring writers to help propel and enhance their future careers.


Lynn Price - Agent

Since 2003, Behler Publications ( ) has been publishing critically acclaimed memoir about everyday people who end up doing extraordinary things due to a pivotal event that alters their perspective about life. We seek stories where readers say, "I'm a better/more thoughtful/smarter person for having read this book."

Bestsellers include Jan’s Story, by CBS journalist Barry Petersen; Finding Dad by Emmy Awarding winning and Better Connecticut TV host Kara Sundlun; Fancy Feet, by PNWA attendee Heidi Cave, and The Chicken Who Saved Us: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful, by PNWA attendee Kristin Adams.


Eric Ruben - Agent

Eric Ruben is an attorney and literary agent who is currently interested in romance, young adult, erotica, LGBT, mystery, and MORE. Early in her career, Eric suggested that NY Times best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann write about Navy SEALs as heroes, thereby helping to create the genre of romantic military suspense. He represents clients as diverse as celebrity chef and health expert Alex Jamieson (Supersize Me), romance writer Anne Elizabeth (Sourcebooks) and others. He is NOT accepting screenplays, picture books, children’s books, nonfiction, cookbooks, memoir, short stories, novellas, graphic novels or poetry.


Regina Ryan - Agent

Regina Ryan has been the head of her own independent literary agency company for some 40 years, handling adult and juvenile nonfiction.  Her areas of interest are wide-ranging and eclectic and include narrative nonfiction, natural history (particularly birds), popular science (particularly the brain), the outdoors, gardening, women’s issues, parenting, psychology, business, health, wellness, self-improvement, lifestyle, history, food, travel, popular reference and a limited amount of memoir.  Among the authors she represents are Andrea Warren, Donald Kroodsma, Nathan Pieplow, Randi Minetor, Peter Meltzer, Kurt Stenn, Andrea Lyon and David and Kathryn Deardorff.  She loves good stories and good writing.


Paige Sisley - Agent

Paige Sisley joined CookeMcDermid (then The Cooke Agency) in June 2013 following an internship. Paige has her Master of Arts from Ryerson University's Literatures of Modernity program and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of King's College and Dalhousie. As a market-focused reader, Paige is currently looking for commercial fiction that both entertains and has something to say (e.g. Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies and Eliza Kennedy’s I Take You) and non-fiction books in the lifestyle and health and wellness space. A born and bred Torontonian, Paige loves to travel and has also lived in LA, a sleepy New Zealand surf town and Halifax, Nova Scotia. She's on Twitter at @paigesisley.


Carlisle Webber - Agent

Carlisle Webber is an agent with Fuse Literary. She specializes in high-concept commercial fiction for children, teens, and adults. If your book reads like a Shonda Rhimes show or keeps readers up all night turning pages, she’s the agent for you. She is on the lookout for all genres of middle grade and YA. In the adult realm, she wants thriller, mystery, suspense, horror, women’s fiction, and pop/mainstream fiction.

Paige Wheeler- Agent

As the founder of Creative Media Agency, Inc., Paige Wheeler has artfully merged her creativity and business savvy to create an agency that is dedicated to maximizing author potential. With over twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, Paige is propelled by an entrepreneurial spirit, ignited by the thrill of discovery. Through all of her professional endeavors, Paige has ventured to support her clients and their unique voices in an unprecedented way. In 2006, Paige also became a founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC. Through CMA, she is now able to manage the intellectual property rights of authors by selling both domestic and foreign rights, and co-agenting film and audio rights.


Monika Woods - Agent

Monika Woods is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. She is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and has worked at Trident Media Group and InkWell Management, where she worked closely with leading voices in contemporary literature. Her interests include literary and commercial fiction and compelling non-fiction in food, popular culture, journalism, science, and current affairs. Monika is particularly excited about plot-driven literary novels, non-fiction that is creatively critical, unique perspectives, a great cookbook, and above all, original prose.



EDITORS – Listed in alphabetical order


Jenny Chen – Editor

Jenny began her publishing career in 2014 while obtaining BA/MA degrees in English literature, interning for Touchstone at Simon & Schuster, and Berkley & NAL at Penguin Random House. Shortly thereafter, she joined Writers House for an intensive education about all things publishing before infiltrating the Crooked Lane team to work with books from the one genre that has made her an unapologetic binger of macabre stories.

Jenny is an editor with Crooked Lane Books and is seeking adult fiction in Mystery/Suspense and Thriller categories. She is also accepting adult nonfiction in the True Crime category.
Mystery/Suspense, Thriller, Adult Non-fiction


Alicia Clancy – Editor

Alicia Clancy is an Assistant Editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she works on a wide range of projects from young adult fiction to photobooks about raccoons! She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in English Literature, and moved immediately to NYC to pursue a career in publishing. After interning at FinePrint Literary Management, she joined Palgrave Macmillan as a Sales Assistant before finally finding her home in Editorial at St. Martin’s Press. Alicia is looking for young adult fiction across all genres (excluding paranormal), as well as upmarket and commercial women’s fiction, literary fiction, speculative fiction, mystery/thrillers, high fantasy/dystopian sci-fi, and select pop-culture/humor nonfiction projects. The most important elements to her, regardless of genre, are a strong voice and beautiful writing. She has a soft spot for books featuring diversity of all varieties, and an even softer spot for books set in the South. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and her cattle dog puppy, Whiskey.
Fantasy, Literary, Mainstream, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Memoir, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction


Jaime Coyne – Editor

Jaime Coyne began her career in Marketing at Macmillan in 2012 and later transitioned to Editorial at St. Martin’s Press, where she worked on a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. Her SMP list included YA novels Smothered by Autumn Chiklis and Kissing Games by Tara Eglington, the humorous illustrated guide The Big Redhead Book, and a yet-to-be-announced celebrity music memoir. In her current role as Associate Editor at Center Street, Hachette Book Group, she is interested in acquiring a range of narrative nonfiction. Jaime graduated from Colgate University with a degree in English literature and creative writing and lives in Brooklyn. Follow her @JaimeDCoyne


Sylvan Creekmore – Editor

Jenny began her publishing career in 2014 while obtaining BA/MA degrees in English literature, interning for Touchstone at Simon & Schuster, and Berkley & NAL at Penguin Random House. Shortly thereafter, she joined Writers House for an intensive education about all things publishing before infiltrating the Crooked Lane team to work with books from the one genre that has made her an unapologetic binger of macabre stories.

Jenny is an editor with Crooked Lane Books and is seeking adult fiction in Mystery/Suspense and Thriller categories. She is also accepting adult nonfiction in the True Crime category.
Historical, Horror, Mainstream, YA Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction






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