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PNWA Summer Conference 2006 - Agents

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.




Ann Tobias (Agent) is both a children’s book editor and literary agent.  She heads A Literary Agency for Children’s Books, which was established in 1988 in Washington, D.C., and is now located in New York City. As an agent, she represents authors and artists of books for children of all ages--from infancy through adolescence—picture books, mid level novels, young adult fiction, and selected nonfiction and poetry.


Ann is also the Executive Editor of Handprint Books, a start-up children’s book publishing company in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.  Handprint Books specializes in picture books but has begun adding novels for the mid-level reader to its list as well.


A graduate of the University of Virginia, Byrd Leavell (Agent) began his career at Carlisle & Company and then served as an agent at InkWell Management and Venture Literary. His clients include The Modern Drunkard, Tucker Max, and The Phat Phree. A fan of writing that makes an impression, he specializes in books that attempt to push the publishing envelope to reach new audiences.  

Personal Statement:
Early in my career I started to realize that a certain segment of the population, guys between the ages of 16 and 40, were being routinely dismissed by editors with the phrase "they don't buy books." It had become a self-sustaining cycle, but they were always there and it soon became clear that an opportunity to find them again lay in utilizing the potential of an extremely talented and unapologetic group of writers that had already established huge followings within this audience on the internet. 

As an agent these are the situations I live for– working with authors on books that attempt to reach undiscovered audiences.  And it doesn't matter whether that book is about cleaning up dead bodies, drinking seven nights a week, or church camp.  It's all about taking a great idea and then working together to turn it into something that people want to read - twice. I love writing that makes an impact and the work I represent covers a broad spectrum, from nimble, intelligent literary fiction like Euny Hong's My Blue Blood, to Tucker Max's blistering I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, and Erik Barmack and Max Handelman's genre-defining Why Fantasy Football Matters.



Arielle Eckstut Arielle Eckstut (Agent) is a literary agent who runs the West Coast office of the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. She is also the co-author of three books including, Putting Your Passion into Print (Workman, 2005) and Pride & Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen (Simon & Schuster, 2001).

Whether working with a medical doctor or an interior designer, an academic or a poet, Arielle is most excited by ideas that expand our consciousness, challenge our assumptions and seek to make our world a more visually exciting place. Her clients include New York Times bestselling author, Larry Dossey; Bellwether Award-winner, Gayle Brandeis; James Beard Award-winners, Laura Schenone and Georgeanne Brennan; While You Were Out star, Mark Montano; and numerous others. The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction clients. Their bestselling authors include The Onion (Our Dumb Century), Geoffrey Moore (Crossing the Chasm), Chuck Klosterman (Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs), Roslyn Wiseman (Queen Bees and Wannabes), and Patrick Lencioni (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team).

A voracious reader of 19th century novels and a wide range of nonfiction, Arielle has always been a lover of books. Her "Great Books” major at the University of Chicago focused on only six texts in four years--which lent a whole new meaning to the words "close reader”. Before she became an agent, Arielle baked for Madonna, performed improvisational comedy at the Edinburgh Theater Festival Fringe, and cut karyotypes.


Susan Ann Protter (Agent), a native New Yorker, has worked in the publishing industry for three decades.  After a brief stint as a French teacher, she began her career at Harper & Row (now HarperCollins) as associate director of subsidiary rights.  In 1970 she left and became a consultant to Addison-Wesley requiring her to commute weekly to Massachusetts.  In the course of these trips she met several authors who were at a loss as to how to proceed with their manuscripts.  She advised them that although she had never been an editor she knew many people who were and would be happy to introduce them.  And so her literary agency was born.


Over the years she has handled a variety of books including the best sellers GETTING ORGANZIED and THE ORGANIZED EXECUTIVE by Stephanie Winston, THE HOUSE OF GOD BY Samuel Shem and THE PLANTATION BY George McNeill as well as the works of mystery writer Lydia Adamson:  the Alice Nestleton series beginning with A CAT IN THE MANGER, the Dr. Nightingale series and the new Lucy Wayles series.  She is the agent for FURY ON EARTH: The Biography of Wilhelm Reich, WALDHEIM: The Missing Years by Robert Edwin Herzstein and INSIDE THE MIRAGE: America’s Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia by Thomas W. Lippman..  She also handles parenting and self-help books such as the classic  THE TEENAGE BODY BOOK by Kathy McCoy, PhD and Charles Wibbelsman, MD.  TWENTY TEACHABLE VIRTUES by Jerry L. Wyckoff and Barbara C. Unell, THE REAL VIATMIN AND MINERAL BOOK by Shari Lieberman, PhD and Nancy Bruning, STOPPING SCOLIOSIS by Nancy Schommer and SEW FAST SEW EASY: All You Need to Know When You Learn to Sew by Elissa K. Meyrich.  And she presently represents a number of prominent award winning science fiction writers and editors such as Ian R. MacLeod, John G. Cramer, Patrick O’Leary, Rudy Rucker,  Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell.


She is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives where she serves on the program committee. She is also an agent member of the Author’s Guild.  Her agency deals with all publishers and maintains an office in Manhattan.

Catherine Fowler (Agent) has more than 20 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, working with talented writers and editors, and negotiating contracts.  Areas of interest include health, food and cooking, popular culture, women's interests, narrative nonfiction, nature, parenting, aging, general reference, relationships, popular psychology, non-fiction "chick lit”, business, humor, lifestyle, cultural technology, quirky projects, memoir and the occasional novel.




Lauren Abramo (Agent) joined  Dystel and Goderich Literary Management (DGLM) over a year ago after earning an M.A. in Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Prior to attending NUIG, she completed a B.A. in English at New York University


With two particularly impractical degrees under her belt, Lauren sought work in publishing, and DGLM has turned out to be a great fit.   She is an avid reader of fiction, especially anything literary, smart and fun, as well as non-fiction designed to make you think or laugh - particularly history, politics, current affairs and philosophy.  She also enjoys books on science, though she cannot claim she always understands them.


Born in New York City and raised not far outside it, she now lives in Brooklyn.

Loretta A. Barrett (Agent) is a literary agent and president of Loretta Barrett Books, Inc. in New York. She founded the agency in 1990. Prior to that she was Editor-in-Chief of Anchor Books and Vice President and Executive Editor at Doubleday.  She is a member of AAR, and has representation in every major foreign market, East and West.


Ms. Barrett’s nonfiction interests cover a wide range of topics. These include psychology, science and technology, religion, spirituality, current events, biography and memoir. She represents the New York Times bestseller Symptoms of Withdrawal, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford; the New York Times bestseller Mother Angelica, by Raymond Arroyo, the national bestseller The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil, and Stressed-Out Girls, by Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D.  Other notable clients include George Weigel, Ann Douglas, Wayne Muller and Stephen Levine.


Her fiction preferences are largely mainstream and contemporary.  She is particularly drawn to women’s fiction and thrillers.  Her current fiction list includes the New York Times bestseller Cold Truth, by Mariah Stewart, and national bestseller The Lake of Dead Languages, by Carol Goodman. In addition, she represents noteworthy novelists such as Gary Birken, MD, Laura Van Wormer, M.J. Rose and Dora Levy Mossanen.  For a complete list of clients, as well as submissions guidelines, please visit .


After earning a Masters in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi, Kate McKean (Agent) set out to start her publishing career as an agent in New York City.  She has recently joined Howard Morhaim Literary Agency after working previously with Dystel & Goderich Literary Management and Brick House Literary Agents.  Her interests lie in contemporary women's fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, sports related books, pop culture, 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.

Howard Morhaim Literary Agency represents a wide variety of clients in a number of areas including science fiction/fantasy, history, politics, literary fiction, science, business, and journalism. Some of the agency's notable clients include Stephen R. Donaldson, author of the Thomas Covenant fantasy series,  Joanne Harris, international best selling author of CHOCOLAT, and international best-selling author Arturo Perez-Reverte, just to name a few.

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