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2020 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

Noah Ballard - Curtis Brown, Ltd. - Agent

Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He studied creative writing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency. Noah focuses on literary fiction, short story collections and narrative non-fiction, including memoir, journalism and pop culture. Noah has appeared at graduate writing programs and writers conferences across the country speaking about query letters, building non-fiction platforms and submission etiquette. A New Jersey native, Noah currently lives in Brooklyn.

 Acquiring: Horror, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (All Types), Short Fiction, Thriller (Psychological), Essays & Articles, Book Length Projects (Biography, Events, Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, Sports), Memoir.



Daniel Cramer - Flannery Literary - Agent

My love of reading started when I was young with The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved that I could escape into a world where magic and adventure existed. That love of books grew and has followed me into adulthood. Some of my best friends and greatest loves, through the years, have been fictional characters.
My heart beats for Children’s Literature because of the fearlessness these books and their authors have, tackling tough topics, celebrating diversity, or bringing awareness to issues.
I live in Burr Ridge, Illinois with my husband and two rescue dogs. When I'm not reading, I enjoy the outdoors, horror movies, and baking (and I'm definitely not imagining I'm on the Great British Bake off... actually, I'm totally doing that.)

 Acquiring: Children's Picture Book (No Rhyming), Children's Chapter Book, Middle Grade, YA Fantasy (Magical Realism),YA Graphic Novels, YA Historical (Especially WWII Historical Fiction), YA Horror, YA Literary, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery & Suspense (Agatha Christie or Janet Evanvich-esque), YA Science Fiction (Similar to Ready Player One, The Martian, Artemis, The Infinite Noise), YA Thriller (Psychological), LGBTQ+ Themes, and YA Book Length Projects (Cooking)


JD DeWitt - 5x5 Productions - Agent

JD has a passion for working with authors and screenwriters and in 2015, began toconnect writers directly with Hollywood.

As a literary manager, JD develops and packages material for film and television and is currently in co-production of four projects, two each for television and film. She is seeking a story that lends itself to episodic programming.

 Acquiring: Mystery/Suspense (Detective), Romance (Contemporary), Thriller (All Types), and Women’s Fiction.






Claire Gillespie - The Cheney Agency - Agent

Claire Gillespie works at The Cheney Agency, a boutique literary agency specializing in narrative nonfiction and literary and upmarket fiction. Recent agency titles include A VERY STABLE GENIUS by Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker and SHE SAID by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. She has worked with authors including Adelle Waldman, Julia Pierpont, Cris Beam, and Casey Schwartz. She is interested in novels centered around families or friendships, that make significant use of place.

 Acquiring: Literary, Mainstream, Science Fiction (Dystopian), Thriller (Conspiracy, Espionage), Women's Fiction, Essays & Articles, Book Length Projects (Biography, Cooking, Lifestyle, Pop Culture, Science & Nature, Sports), Memoir.



Elizabeth Kratz - Kimberley Cameron and Associates - Agent

Elizabeth Kracht is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and the author of The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript. She also works as a freelance developmental editor coaching authors. Elizabeth 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 thrillers, mysteries, literary, commercial, women’s, and historical. In nonfiction, she is interested in finding true crime, investigative journalism, narrative/creative nonfiction, prescriptive, voice- or adventure-driven memoir, high concept, science, spirituality, sexuality, self-help, and pet stories.

Elizabeth is not looking for children’s, poetry or short story collections, screenplays, or previously published works.


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


Robin McLain - 5x5 Productions - Agent

Prior to co-founding 5x5 Productions, Robin worked in management and operations for more than 20 years, the last 10 of which were as Director of Operations & Finance for 5x5 Media Inc, a production company focused on reality TV.  Over the years, Robin has cultivated key relationships in the media business, including with studios, producers and agents in Hollywood and in the growing media market in the Pacific Northwest.

In partnership with JD DeWitt, Robin helps 5x5 Productions identify and team up with extraordinary authors to bring their amazing stories to viewing to life, in both television and film.

Acquiring: Fantasy (Urban), Horror, Mystery/ Suspense (All Types), Science Fiction (Dystopia), YA Science Fiction (Grounded).



Sharon Pelletier - Dystel, Goderich & Bourret - Agent

Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Sharon Pelletier moved to New York in 2009 and joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2013 after working for Europa Editions and Barnes & Noble. While her interests are broad, Sharon is especially seeking upmarket fiction, including unexpected suspense fiction and smart, complex women’s fiction. On the nonfiction side Sharon is eager for compelling, fierce narrative nonfiction by journalists, experts, and emerging voices with a growing platform. In all categories she particularly welcomes marginalized voices.

Acquiring: Historical (General), Horror, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (Detective, Others), Romance (Contemporary, Rom Com), Thriller (Conspiracy, Espionage, Legal, Domestic, Psychological), Women's Fiction, Book Length Projects (Biography, Events, Lifestyle, Pop Culture & Humor, Science & Nature, Self Help, Sports, Religion, Current Events, Feminism).


Paige Wheeler - Creative Media Agency, Inc. - 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: Historical (General), Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (All Types), Romance (All Types), Thriller (All TYpes), Women's Fiction, Book Length Projects ( Lifestyle, Self Help), Memoir (Wish Fulfillment), Middle Grade.





EDITORS – Listed in alphabetical order


Val M. Mathews - Wild Rose Press - Editor
Val M. Mathews is a big-hearted, fun-loving editor at The Wild Rose Press, the kinder and gentler publishing house. Recently, she signed The Perfect Distance by Dianne May. Val also works as a freelance developmental editor and writing coach for and There’s a quote by Teddy Roosevelt that she loves to share: “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” Good advice for all writers! Fun fact: Val is an FAA certified flight instructor, and she used to fly Lear jets for a living.


Acquiring: Fantasy (All Types), Historical (General), Literary, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (All Types), Romance (All Types), Science Fiction (All Types), Thriller, Women's Fiction



Rhonda Penders- Wild Rose Press - Editor
Penders is Editor-in-Chief of The Wild Rose Press.  She and her business partner, RJ Morris, opened the company back in 2006 and continue to be the sole owners today. Penders has been on both sides of the query process and brings a special touch of compassion to authors.  She believes that publishing is a team effort between the author, the editor and the publisher.  
Penders has worked as a small town newspaper reporter, a confessional magazine writer, and is a published romance author.   But it is her story “Feeding Squirrels with Dad”, published by Chicken Soup for the Soul; Alzheimer’s Caregivers Edition that is the work of her heart.  
Last year, she started a company called The Write Advice (www.thewriteadvice) which is a division of The Wild Rose Press aimed at helping authors who wish to self publish but need the tools to make it happen.

At conferences, Penders is open to talking with authors in a formal pitch or standing in the hall. Her goal is to make every conference attendee get what they need from her as a speaker, as well as an editor on site.  


Acquiring: Fantasy (All Types), Historical (General), Horror,  Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense (All Types), Romance (All Types), Science Fiction (All Types), Short Fiction, Thriller (All Types), Western, Women's Fiction, Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, YA Fantasy, YA Historical, YA Horror, YA Mainstream, YA Mystery/Suspense, YA Romance, YA Science Fiction, YA Short Fiction (Romance), YA Thriller, YA Western


Lynn Price - Behler Publications - Editor

Since 2003, Behler Publications ( ) has been publishing best selling 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. Acquisitions Director Lynn Price looks for books 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 Heidi Cave; and IPPY Gold Medal winner, The Chicken Who Saved Us, The Remarkable Story of Andrew, and Frightful, by Kristin Adams.
Lynn employs two unreliable rescue beagles to serve as her secretaries.  

Acquiring: Book Length Projects (Biography, Events, Lifestyle, Self Help)




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