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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

 

Lisa Abellera - Kimberly Cameron - Agent

Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She earned her BA in Strategic Management from Dominican University and MFA in Writing from University of San Francisco. She enjoys stories with high personal stakes, characters with deep inner lives, and lush world-building. She is seeking upmarket, literary, and women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, thrillers, science fiction, most fantasy except paranormal, romance if an element or sub-genre, and all YA and middle grade fiction genres. She is especially looking for stories by #ownvoices authors and writers from marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds. 

 

Acquiring: Fantasy(Dark, High/Epic, Urban [no paranormal please], Historical Fantasy), Historical, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (Cozy, Detective, Romantic Suspense), Science Fiction (All types), Thriller (All types), Women's Fiction, Middle Grade (Upper Middle grade), YA Fantasy, YA Literary, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery/Suspense, YA Romance (If diverse characters, #ownvoices writers, LGBTQ), YA Science Fiction, and YA Thriller.

 

 

Margaret Bail - Fuse Lit - 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.

 

Acquiring: Fantasy, Historical, Mystery/Suspense (All types), Romance, Thriller (All types), Western, Book Length Projects (Cooking), and Memoir ( Not a fan of disease, divorce, relationship, or death memoirs)

 

 

Madelyn Burt - Stonesong - 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.

 

Acquiring: Historical, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (Cozy), Science Fiction ( Space Opera), Women's Fiction, Book Length Projects ( Biography, History), Middle Grade, YA Fantasy, YA Historical, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery & Suspense,YA Science Fiction (Space Opera), YA Thriller, and YA Book Length Projects ( Biography, History).

 

 

Rach Crawford - Wolf Literary - 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.

 

Acquiring: Literary, Short Fiction, Women's Fiction, LGBTQ, Book Length Projects (Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, LGBTQ ), YA Fantasy, YA Horrorm YA Science Fiction, YA Thriller,and  YA LGBTQ,

 

 

JD DeWitt -  5x5 Productions - Agent

JD DeWitt is Director of Development and Head of Acquisitions at 5x5 Productions which is a Literary Management and Production Company. Through our relationships in the entertainment world we collaborate with talented writers to bring their extraordinary works to the screen – both television and feature film.


Acquiring:
Inspirational & Spiritual, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (Cozy, Detective), Romance (All types), Screenwriting, Thriller (All types), Western, Women's Fiction

 

 

Adam Eaglin - Cheney Agency - Agent

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.


Acquiring:
Historical, Literary, Essays & Articles, Book Length Projects ( Biography, Events, Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature), and Memoir.

 

 

Caroline Eisenmann - Frances Goldin - 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.


Acquiring:
Historical, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense( Upmarket Fiction [Definition: Fiction that crosses over from Literary to Commercial]), Science Fiction (Dystopia, Upmarket Fiction ), Short Fiction (Literary), Thriller (Psychological, Upmarket Fiction) Women's Fiction, Essays & Articles, Book Length Projects (Biography, Ppo Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, Sports, Cultural Criticism), and Memoir (Literary)

 

 

Adria Goetz - Martin Lit - 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. 


Acquiring:
Children's Picture Books, Children's Chapter Books, Middle Grade, YA Fantasy, YA Graphic Novels, YA Historical, YA Horror, YA Inspirational & Spiritual, YA Literary, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery & Suspense, YA Poetry, YA Romance, YA Science Fiction, YA Thriller, and YA Book Length Projects (All types).

 

 

Carrie Howland - Empire Literary - 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 www.ecarriehowland.com for more information, including conference appearances. carrie@empireliterary.com


Acquiring:
Historical, Horror, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery Suspense ( All types), Short Fiction, Thriller (All types), Women's Fiction, Memoir, Middle Grade, YA Historical, YA Horror, YA Literary, YA Mainsteam, YA Mystery & Suspense, YA Romance, YA Thriller, YA Essay & Articles, YA Book Length Projects (all types), and YA Memoir


Liz Kracht - Kimberly Cameron - 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.


Acquiring:
Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (Cozy, Detective), Romance ( Contemporary), Thriller (Conspiracy, Espionage, Legal) Women's Fiction, Book Length Projects ( Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, Self Help), Memoir, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery & Suspense, YA Romance, YA Thriller, YA Book Length Projects ( Pop Culture, Science & Nature), and YA Memoir

 

 

Rachel Letofsky - Cooke Agency - 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.


Acquiring:
Literary, Book Length Projects ( Science & Nature), Children's Chapter Books, Middle Grade, YA Fantasy, YA Graphic Novels, YA Historical, YA Horror, YA Literary, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery, YA Romance, YA Science Fiction, YA Thriller, YA Western, YA Book Length Novels (All types)

 


Shannon Orso - Victress Literary - Agent

Shannon and her team at Victress Literary bring a unique take on the agent/writer relationship, specializing in a modern, yet hands on multimedia approach. Shannon started her career after being mentored for years by Eric Ruben and being promoted to the status of Agent at The Ruben Agency in 2017. In 2018 The Ruben Agency closed, but Shannon knew she could create something fresh with Victress, reflecting both the modern state of publishing and it's interactivity with evolving technologies and social media platforms. Aside from from picture books and MG, she is looking for it all. When in doubt, send/pitch it. 


Acquiring:
Fantasy (All types), Historical, Horror, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (All types), Romance (All types), Science FIction (All types), Thriller (All types), Women's Fiction, Book Length Projects (All types), Memoir, YA Fantasym YA Historical, YA Horror, YA Literary, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery & Suspense, YA Romance, YA Science Fiction, YA Thriller,


 

Regina Ryan - Regina Ryan Books - 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.


Acquiring:
Book Length Projects (Biography, Cooking, Lifestyle, Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, Self Help, Sports, Women's Issues), Memoir ( Unusual Stories), Children's Picture Books, Children's Chapter Books, Middle Grade, and YA Book Length Projects (All types).

 

Paige Sisley - Cooke Agency - 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.


Acquiring:
Historical, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (Detective), Screenwriting, Thriller (All types), Women's Fiction, and Memoir.

 

Carlisle Webber - Fuse Lit - 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.


Acquiring:
Horror, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (Detective, Domestic, Law Enforcement), Women's Fiction, Middle Grade, YA Fantasy( Contemporary and real-world fantasy, Magical Realism),YA Horror, YA Literary, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery & Suspense, YA Romance, YA Science Fiction, and YA Thriller


Paige Wheeler - Creative Media Agency - 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.


Acquiring:
Inspirational & Spiritual, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (Cozy, Detective, Amateur Sleuth), Romance (Contemporary, Historical), Thriller (All Types), Book Length Projects (Lifestyle, Self Help, Business Lifestyle, Narrative, Prescriptive), Memoir (Travel), Middle Grade, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery & Suspense, and YA Romance

 

Monika Woods - Curtis Brown - 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.


Acquiring:
Literary, Mainstream, Poetry, Short Fiction (Literary), Women's Fiction, Essays & Articles, Book Lengths Projects (Biography, Cooking, Lifestyle, Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, and Memoir (Feminism, Hip-hop, music, art)


 

 

EDITORS – Listed in alphabetical order

 

Melanie Billings- Wild Rose Press - Editor

Although new to Wild Rose Press at the very end of 2014, Melanie has worked in various aspects of Ebook publishing since 1998. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1997 having majored in both English Literature and Communication. She loves to write and enjoys participating in various writing challenges throughout the year. For example: NaNoWriMo! She has two works of poetry published (Climbing the Mountain and Whispers) and way too many works in progress to mention. You can find Melanie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Acquiring: Fantasy (All types), Historical, Horror, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (all types), Romance (all types), Science Fiction (All types), Short Fiction, Thriller (All types), Western, Women's Fiction, YA Fantasy, YA Historical, YA Horror, YA Literary, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery/Suspense, YA Romance, YA Science Fiction, YA Short Fiction, YA Thriller, and YA Western.

 

 

Jenny Chen - Crooked Lane Books - Editor

Jenny Chen joined Crooked Lane in 2017 by way of internships with Writers House, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. She obtained her BA and MA degrees in English literature, graduating with highest honors, in 2016. Now, she works on all stories criminal with wide-ranging authors, including those of critically acclaimed bestsellers. With an affinity for the macabre, Jenny is on the hunt for stories that challenge the human spirit: How much before we break? She is particularly interested in nuanced villains, “bad” mothers, missing/murdered indigenous women, procedurals (police or reporter), cabin in the woods settings, serial killers of all manners, and creepy dolls and wells. She loves a story that shakes her to her core, no holds barred.


Acquiring: Mystery/Suspense (All Types), Thriller (All Types), and Book Length Projects (True Crime)

 

 

Amy Cloud

Amy Cloud - HMH Books for Young Readers - Editor

Amy Cloud is a senior editor at HMH Books for Young Readers, where she edits commercial middle grade and YA fiction. Prior to joining HMH, she was an editor at Aladdin Books at Simon & Schuster. Over the course of her career she has worked on everything from picture books to nonfiction, though her heart firmly rooted in heartfelt, humorous middle grade fiction. She’s been fortunate enough to work with authors such as number one New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, Bruce Coville, John David Anderson, Jen Malone, and Alison Cherry. Amy started out at boutique publisher Callaway Arts & Entertainment, where she worked with everyone from David Kirk to Madonna on cross-platform stories.

Acquiring: Children's Chapter Books, Middle Grade, YA Mainstream, and YA Mystery & Suspense

 

 

Jaime Coyne - Hachette Book Group - 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


Acquiring:
Book Lenght Projects ( Biography, Events, Lifestyle, Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, Self Help, Sports), and Memoir

 

Sylvan Creekmore - St. Martin's Press / Wednesday Books -  Editor

Sylvan Creekmore has been an editor at St. Martin’s Press and Wednesday Books for just shy of five years. She is looking for YA across genres featuring female friendships, especially friend groups, and any spectrum of LGBT characters or characters of color. She’s recently loved MacKenzi Lee, Maggie Stiefvater, Cale Dietrich, and Nina LaCour. She’s also looking for upmarket adult fiction like Sweetbitter or The Girls, featuring or is aimed at 20- to 30-something women, especially if they’re doing things they’re not “supposed” to do; and select horror (she’s pretty hard to scare). Finally, Sylvan particularly wants more “smart books for smart women”: feminist nonfiction and millennial nonfiction, along the lines of Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Traister, and Ariel Levy.


Acquiring:
Historical ( Queer, Alternate History), Horror, Mainstream, Upmarket Fiction (Centers the experiences of 20s - 30s women like THE GIRLS and SWEETBITTER), Book Length Projects (Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, Feminist, Cultural Criticism), YA Fantasy, YA Historical, YA Horror, YA Mainstream, YA Romance (Queer/LBGT), YA Science Fiction (Queer, LGBT), and YA Memoir (Celebrity)

 

Grace Menary-Winefield - Sourcebooks - Editor

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.”


Acquiring:
Historical, Mainstream, Science Fiction (Mainstream), Women's Fiction, Magical Realism, and Book Length Projects (Biography, Lifestyle, Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, Self Help, History)


 

Lynn Price - Behler Publications - Editor

Since 2003, Behler Publications (http://behlerpublications.com/ ) 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.


Acquiring:
Book Length Projects ( Biography, Events, Lifestyle, Pop Culture & Humor, Self Help), Memoir


 

Ally Robertson - Wild Rose Press - Editor

 Ally Robertson, from Edmond, Oklahoma, has been with The Wild Rose Press since they opened in 2006. She is also a freelance editor and author, with more than twenty-five published titles. She’s partial to all things dark and scary. However, she’s not scary at all. She loves authors and enjoys helping them realize their dreams. One of the best perks of her job is meeting new people and discovering fabulous new stories. She adores editing, writing, reading, Elvis Presley, the MLB, and watching her favorite television shows--which she calls 'research' so it doesn't seem as though she’s wasting time.


Acquiring:
Fantasy (All types), Historical, Horror, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (All types), Romance (All types), and  Science Fiction (All types)

 

 

 

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