Here are the participating agents for PitchAmérica, 2016 edition. Thanks so much for all those who agreed to participate, and I’m proud to present this list with 50 awesome agents!
Ammi-Joan Paquette is a senior agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, representing all types of children’s and YA literature. She is also the author of many picture books and novels for young readers, the most recent of which is the Princess Juniper series. Joan is particularly drawn to richly voiced, unforgettable characters and settings, as well as tightly-paced, well-plotted stories with twists and turns that keep you guessing right until the end. Visit her on the web at: ajpaquette.com
Amy Elizabeth Bishop joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret after interning at DG&B in 2014. Before diving into the world of publishing, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Creative Writing. She grew up in upstate New York and has now made the traitorous switch to downstate living. Reading-wise, she is interested in both commercial and upmarket women’s fiction, fiction from diverse authors, historical fiction (focusing on untold stories or well-known stories from a different perspective; think, minority voices), and contemporary YA. In terms of nonfiction, she’s on the hunt for a killer feminist voice and loves historical narrative non-fiction, as well as memoirs. Amy is also a poet (in her spare time) and is a reader for The Rumpus.
A literary agent for over fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including projects for adult, young adult and middle grade audiences. Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in the spring of 2005. Her clients’ books have been NYTimes and USABestsellers, as well as nominated for The Governor General’s Award, the Lambda Award, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Andrea also teaches courses for MediaBistro and Writers Digest, on topics such as nonfiction, memoir, mystery and thrillers, fantasy and sf. Her client list is quite full, however she is always actively looking to take on new authors. To learn more about her and her list, you can visit www.andreasomberg.com or www.harveyklinger.com and find her on Twitter: @andreasomberg and Facebook
Ashley Hearn is an Associate YA Editor at Page Street Publishing. Prior to joining Page Street, she worked as a sports producer while interning and assisting at Entangled Publishing. She is an addictive coffee drinker, a Gilmore Girls fanatic, and a proud Gryffindor. She’s drawn to high concept stories with a unique twist and an unforgettable voice. She’s especially interested in fantasy, gothic horror, paranormal, magical realism, quirky contemporary, and historicals—with a special affinity for atmospheric stories that offer a strong sense of place and time. Anything “Southern” and/or “sporty” is her kryptonite.
Ayesha Pande has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before becoming an agent Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. She is a member of AAR, PEN and sits on the advisory board of the German Book Office. She has attended numerous writing conferences and has taught college level courses in editing. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. Her interests are wide-ranging and include literary as well as popular fiction, young adult, women’s, international fiction, and especially books featuring diverse characters or written by diverse authors.
Becky LeJeune is an associate agent at Bond Literary Agency, a Denver-based agency run by Sandra Bond. Before working with Sandra, Becky was a commissioning editor for The History Press and a freelance cookbook editor. She is a Denver Publishing Institute alum with a bookseller background. Bond Literary Agency is accepting queries for fiction and non-fiction, but does not represent romance, poetry, or children’s picture books.
Beth Phelan is a literary agent at the Bent Agency. After graduating from New York University, she got her start in publishing with an internship at Levine Greenberg Rostan. She later held positions at Waxman Leavell Literary and Howard Morhaim Literary before joining the Bent Agency in 2013. Beth is also the creator of #DVpit, a Twitter pitch event focused on the voices and stories of marginalized writers, which debuted on April 19, 2016. She represents MG and YA fiction, contemporary romance and romantic suspense, domestic suspense and thrillers, and cookbooks. You can find her at bethphelan.com, thebentagency.com, and on Twitter at @beth_phelan.
Bridget Smith is an agent at Dunham Literary, Inc., where she represents middle grade, YA, and adult novels, with special interest in fantasy & science fiction, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Her tastes run to literary and character-driven novels. She is the co-host of the podcast Shipping & Handling with Jennifer Udden. She has also studied anthropology and archaeology, worked as a radio DJ, performed an experiment at NASA, and fenced on her college team.
After graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in Drama, Brooks Sherman worked for several years in the entertainment industry (in both New York and Los Angeles) before joining the Peace Corps and spending two years stationed in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Upon returning to the United States, he set his sights on the publishing industry, starting in 2011 as an assistant at FinePrint Literary Management and working his way up to literary agent, moving to the Bent Agency in 2014, and joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2017. Across all categories, Brooks seeks projects that balance strong voice with gripping plot. Ones that make him laugh earn extra points! He is particularly drawn to stories that elevate marginalized voices and where contemporary social issues are either prominently centered or woven into the worldbuilding; he prefers nuanced narratives over “issue books,” in which characters confront such issues over the course of larger personal journeys.
Caitie Flum joined Liza Dawson Associates in July 2014 as assistant and audio rights manager. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2009 with a BA in English with a concentration in publishing studies. Caitie interned at Hachette Book Group and Writers House. She was an Editorial Assistant then Coordinator for Bookspan, where she worked on several clubs including the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club.
Caitlen Rubino-Bradway joined the LKG Agency in 2008, where she works with the amazing Lauren Galit, representing non-fiction as well as middle grade and young adult fiction. She is also the author of the middle grade fantasy, Ordinary Magic, and the co-author of the Jane Austen-inspired novel, Lady Vernon and Her Daughter (which she wrote with her mother). Caitlen is always looking for warm, practical womens non-fiction; for middle grade and young adult, she’s on the lookout for funny contemporaries, magical realism, sweeping fantasies, and stories and characters that turn tropes on their head. She also has a soft spot for anything with spaceships.
Caitlin McDonald joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2015, and was previously at Sterling Lord Literistic. She represents adult and young adult speculative fiction, primarily science-fiction, fantasy, horror, and related subgenres, as well as contemporary fiction about geeky characters. She is always looking for fun, clever projects featuring badass women, diverse worldbuilding, tropes and genre-bending, heists, and LGBTQ protagonists. She also handles a small amount of nonfiction in geeky areas, with a focus on feminist theory/women’s issues and pop culture. Caitlin grew up overseas and has a BA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. You can read more about her on her blog or follow her on Twitter @literallycait.
Dorian Maffei graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Creative Writing, and began at Kimberley Cameron & Associates as an intern in 2013. She has since become a junior agent as she is now looking to build a client list of her own. She is interested in magical realism, fabulism, reimagined fairy tales, speculative fiction, unique voices, and innovative storytelling that sometimes veers on the weird.
Eric Smith is an associate agent with P.S. Literary, mostly working on YA with a bit of adult fiction, sci-fi and fantasy, and non-fiction in the mix. You can learn more about what he’s looking for on his website, and take a look at some of his recent sales, here. He can be found living in Michigan, with his wife, corgi, and legion of small animals.
Erica Bauman is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has worked in the publishing industry for the last five years. Before coming to Aevitas she worked at Spectrum Literary Agency. Based in New York, Erica is currently focused on representing a wide range of authors across middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as some select narrative nonfiction projects. She is most interested in novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial, imaginative tales with a speculative twist, fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues, and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity.
Before settling in New York City, Hannah Fergesen worked and went to school in Denver, where she obtained her degree in Writing for Film and Television. Opportunities in New York presented themselves before she could run off to LA, and she course corrected her career toward publishing, a dream of hers since childhood. After stints as a remote intern for a well-known agent, a bookseller at the famous Books of Wonder, an intern at Soho Press, a literary assistant at Trident Media Group, and a freelance editor working with well-known authors, Hannah joined KT Literary in 2016. Hannah is a proud geek and TV junkie, with an all-consuming love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and anything created by Joss Whedon. With her background in film and television, she is attracted to stories with strong visuals and sharp dialogue, whether presented in edgy speculative or contemporary YA and MG fiction, or dark and lyrical speculative adult fiction.
Hillary Jacobson is a literary agent at ICM Partners and actively building a list consisting of commercial and literary fiction, YA, as well as narrative non-fiction and memoir. She is especially seeking high-concept YA, upmarket fiction, and psychological thrillers. Novels with antiheroes or unexpected twists are always a favorite. Prior to working at ICM, she interned at Random House, Janklow & Nesbit and Alloy Entertainment. She is a graduate of Brown University. She can be reached at email@example.com
Hilary Harwell joined the KT Literary team to support office operations and assist with queries and manuscripts, and now acts as Associate Agent with clients of her own. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in Anthropology and went on to work in the back office of a major Swiss Investment Bank for eight years before deciding to trade numbers for letters. When not reading or editing or writing stories of her own, Hilary likes to hike the Rockies with her family and dreams of one day owning her own horses.
Jaida Temperly is actively building both her Children’s and Adult list. She has a particular love for all things Middle Grade, especially those that are a bit quirky, strange, and fantastical (a la The Mysterious Benedict Society, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Snicker of Magic, Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, etc.). She’s also open to YA submissions (all genres), and picture books by author-illustrators with completed dummies. For Adult Fiction, she has an affinity for magical realism, historical fiction, horror, and literary fiction, as well as stories with a strong mystery and/or religious undertones (The Westing Game, A Discovery of Witches, The DaVinci Code, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Outlander, The Rule of Four, etc.).
After interning with Kate Brauning at Entangled Publishing, Jessie Devine joined the D4EO team as an agency intern. He has since been promoted to associate agent. Under the mentorship of the brilliant Pam Victorio, Jessie is just starting to actively build his list with YA and MG titles.
Jessica Sinsheimer has been reading and campaigning for her favorite queries since 2004. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she went east for Sarah Lawrence College and stayed for the opportunity to read soon-to-be books for a living. Now an Associate Agent at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, she’s developed a reputation for fighting office members to see incoming manuscripts first—and for drinking far too much tea. Always on the lookout for new writers, she is most excited about finding literary, women’s, and Young Adult fiction, and—on the nonfiction side—psychology, parenting, self-help, cookbooks, memoirs, and works that speak to life in the twenty-first century.
Jim McCarthy interned for DGLM while studying urban design at New York University. Upon graduating in 2002, Jim realized he would much rather continue working with books than make the jump (as he had originally intended) to the field of city planning. As an avid fiction reader, his interests encompass both literary and commercial works in the adult and young adult categories. He is particularly interested in literary women’s fiction, underrepresented voices, mysteries, romance, paranormal fiction, and anything unusual or unexpected. In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative nonfiction, memoir, and paranormal nonfiction. Jim was raised just outside of NYC and currently lives in Manhattan.
Joanna Volpe represents all brands of fiction (commercial, literary and genre) and has an affinity for stories that feature nuanced characters and complex relationship dynamics. She is currently on the lookout for stories with rich settings, diverse and unique perspectives, and she has a soft spot for speculative and/or fantastical elements. She’s personally not the kind of reader that needs a romance in her novels, though she does appreciate a good one. On the non-fiction side her tastes are much more specific. In adult non-fiction she tends toward all things geek-related, foodie books, travel books, general pop-culture, pop-science and narrative non-fiction featuring interesting and powerful women. For children’s books she looks for topics that captivate kids: biographies (particularly untold stories), animal-related stories, all sciences, tech, history, etc. Joanna also enjoys morbid, weird or offbeat topics.
Kate Brauning is an editor at Entangled Publishing. She acquires young adult with romantic elements, new adult, and adult romance across Entangled’s imprints. Authors Kate has worked with include Lydia Kang, Ingrid Paulson, Julie Hammerle, and Golden Heart finalist and RT Awards nominee Kimberly Bell. Books of note on Kate’s list include USA Today bestseller No Kissing Allowed by Melissa West, Kirkus star recipient and Kirkus indie book of the month Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron, and the much-anticipated fall 2017 releases 27 Hours by Tristina Wright and The November Girl by Lydia Kang. Books she’s looking for combine beautiful, razor-sharp writing with a high-concept plot and surprising, nuanced characters. High-tension romances, big personalities, rural settings, sibling relationships, and ambitious characters will usually catch her attention.
Kathleen Nishimoto began her career in the Literary Department at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment after graduating from Brown University with a BA in Comparative Literature. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as some narrative nonfiction, with a focus on voice-drivenmaterial—especially those voices we don’t hear often enough. She considers adult, young adult, and middle grade material and gravitates towards unusual characters or storylines, often with a darker edge. Her client roster includes National Book Award-winner Jacqueline Woodson, Sharon M. Draper, Kirsty Logan, Steve Aoki, and Coco Rocha. She also works closely with the Speakers Department at WME. Born in New Hampshire, Kathleen currently resides in New York City.
Kelly Van Sant has nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She cut her teeth in New York working at esteemed literary agencies such as Writers House and Harold Ober Associates, where she developed an eye for compelling, emotionally resonant stories, honed her editorial skills, and soon grew adept at contract vetting and negotiation. After relocating to Minnesota, Kelly joined Llewellyn Worldwide as their Contracts Manager across all three imprints and then moved to Quarto Publishing Group where she led the contracts department. She is a teaching artist at the Loft Literary Center, and also blogs about the publishing industry at Pub(lishing) Crawl and co-hosts their weekly podcast. She joined D4EO in 2017 and is actively building her client list.
Kirsten Carleton represents upmarket YA and adult fiction, and is actively seeking speculative, thriller, and literary projects. Before joining Prospect Agency in 2015, Kirsten learned the agenting ropes at Sobel Weber Associates and the Waxman Leavell Agency. She fell in love with working on writers while getting her B.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration from Amherst College, and cemented her fascination with publishing with a Graduate Certificate in Publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course and internships at Charlesbridge and Liza Dawson Associates. As an agent, she gets to be a champion for the author throughout the challenging publishing process. She loves sharing an author’s vision for the book, working to help him or her uncover it, and finding a home for it with editors and readers who also feel that connection. Beyond the individual book, she wants to develop satisfying and successful careers that celebrate great talent. Follow her on Twitter: @kirstencarleton
Kurestin Armada began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing, and spent time as an assistant at The Lotts Agency before joining P.S. Literary. She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College, as well as a publishing certificate from Columbia University. Kurestin is based in New York City, and spends most of her time in the city’s thriving indie bookstores. She reads widely across genres, and has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction.
Lana Popovic holds a B.A. with honors from Yale University, a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, and an M.A. with highest honors from the Emerson College Publishing and Writing program. Prior to joining Chalberg & Sussman, Lana managed foreign rights at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, where she built a list of Young Adult and adult literary authors. She is also the author of Wicked Like a Wildfire, forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. With an abiding love for dark themes and shamelessly nerdy fare—Battlestar Galactica, Joss Whedon, and Lev Grossman’s Magicians series are three of her great loves—Lana is drawn to beautifully and diversely voiced Young Adult and Middle Grade projects ranging from contemporary realism to speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. For the adult market, Lana represents literary thrillers, horror, fantasy, sophisticated erotica and romance, and select nonfiction. She has a particular fondness for stories set in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia, although she also loves reading about American subcultures
Laura Zats graduated from Grinnell College with degrees in English and anthropology. While completing her studies, she took advantage of her love of Young Adult (YA)
literature and wrote a thesis on identity formation in YA. She’s been working as an editor since 2011 and has held positions at companies in both the US and the UK. In 2013, Laura joined Team Red Sofa as an intern but quickly became more of an apprentice, leveling up to Associate Agent in the same year. Even though she loved YA books first, titles that are Middle Grade, romance, and Sci-fi/Fantasy have been slowly taking hold. Picking a favorite genre now would be like choosing between puppies and kittens. In her free time, Laura likes to craft, swing dance, bake, and binge on Netflix marathons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who.
Literary Agent Lauren Spieller comes to TriadaUS with a background in literary scouting and editorial consulting. She is seeking Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, as well as select Adult fiction and non-fiction. Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about representing #ownvoices. In MG, she’s drawn to heartfelt contemporaries, adventurous fantasies, and books that push boundaries. In YA, she’d love to find authentic teen voices in all genres. She is especially fond of fantasy, contemporary stories with a hook, and anything with a feminist bent. In Adult, Lauren is seeking twisted, female-driven psychological thrillers in the vein of Lauren Beukes and Gillian Flynn, immersive literary fantasies, and female-driven Upmarket Fiction (especially if it’s funny or involves a touch of magical realism!). She is also open to unique non-fiction with an existing platform.
Linda Camacho joined Prospect Agency in 2015 after nearly a decade in publishing. After graduating from Cornell University, Linda interned at Simon & Schuster and Writers House literary agency, and worked at Penguin before happily settling into children’s marketing at Random House. She has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.Unofficially, Linda loves chocolate, travel, and far too much TV. In terms of submissions, she’s pretty omnivorous. She enjoys a variety of categories and genres, ranging from picture book to adult, from clean and lighthearted contemporary to edgy and dark fantasy. Follow Linda on Twitter: @LindaRandom
Lindsay Mealing has been writing stories since she could first hold a pencil. It wasn’t until she sat down to edit a manuscript for the first time she realized her true love was not on the writing side of the publishing industry, but the business side. She began interning for Mandy in early 2015 and quickly realized agenting was what she wanted to do forever more. Lindsay is a self-proclaimed nerd, loving everything science fiction and fantasy – from epic tomes to gaming. She fell head over heels with the SFF genre when she read KUSHIEL’S DART by Jacqueline Carey (she even has Phedre’s marque tattooed on her back).
Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She has studied creative writing, design and business, earning her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. Lisa responds to well-crafted prose with strong hooks and high personal stakes, to idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, to a tangible sense of place, to multicultural aspects and international settings, to page-turning twists, and to emotionally immersive fiction that explores the human condition, especially within family and close relationships. She is seeking to represent upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense/thrillers (especially if it has a dose of science or the supernatural), science fiction, fantasy, most speculative fiction except for paranormal fantasy (no demons, angels, vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.), romance if it’s an element or part of another genre, NA, YA and middle grade.
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.
Maria Vicente is an associate literary agent at P.S. Literary Agency, providing support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process. She is dedicated to managing authors’ literary brands for the duration of their careers. Maria specializes in children’s fiction and nonfiction projects for readers of all ages. She is actively looking for young adult, middle grade, illustrated picture books, and nonfiction projects in the following categories: pop culture, science, design, and lifestyle. She has affinities for literary prose, diverse characters, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky.
Mary C. Moore has been a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates since 2012. She is looking to expand her Latinx author list both in commercial genre fiction and literary/magical realism. She believes diversity in publishing is important. On a more personal note she married into a Mexican family and wants her daughter to have books she can relate to when she is older.
Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Melissa represents authors of children’s fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. She is looking for warm and timeless middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women’s fiction.
Natascha Morris spent most of her childhood in a leather chair with her nose in a book. Formerly an editorial assistant at Simon$Schuster, her passion for books across genres and her desire to finding amazing talent drove her to make the transition from editorial to literary agent. She now works at BookEnds as a literary agent.
Patricia Nelson has been a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2014, representing women’s fiction, romance, and select literary fiction, as well as all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction. Recent sales include books placed with St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin Random House, among others. Patricia holds master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and, prior to joining the world of publishing, spent several years teaching literature and writing at the college level. She is actively building her list and is currently seeking new talent in all genres she represents.
Quressa Robinson joined the Nelson Literary Agency in 2017 after working at a previous agency and as an editor for five years. She represents a wide range of literature in the adult and YA market and is actively building her client list. Quressa was an acquiring editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she edited both fiction and nonfiction. Her acquisitions include Certain Dark Things (a Publishers Weekly Fall Announcement Top 10 Pick, B&N Staff Pick, a 2017 Locus Nominee, and longlisted for a 2017 Sunburst Award) and The Beautiful Ones, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia; Spells of Blood and Kin (which received a starred PW review and is a shortlisted for a 2017 Sunburst Award) by Claire Humphrey; and The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams. She is an alumnus of the University of California Santa Cruz, and Columbia University’s MFA program.
Before joining the Bookends, Rachel Brooks worked as an agent apprentice to Louise Fury, and then worked for several years as an agent at L. Perkins Agency. In addition to her industry training, Rachel has a business degree and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English from Texas A&M University-CC. She is excited about representing young adult fiction, as well as sexy adult romances. In YA, she’s looking for authentic voices and memorable characters. In romance, she loves alpha heroes and determined heroines.
After five years in children’s book marketing, including stints at Simon & Schuster and Bloomsbury, Rachel Stark joined Sky Pony Press as an Assistant Editor in 2015. She acquires fiction and graphic novels for the middle grade and young adult markets, as well as the occasional picture book, and is particularly interested in stories in any genre that reflect the diversity of the world we live in and speak directly to communities that face oppression; complex female characters with deep, well-articulated inner worlds; and speculative fiction, especially fantasy, that uses the conventions of its genre to critique or subvert the rules that structure contemporary society. You can follow her on Twitter at @syntactics.
Rebecca Podos is a graduate of the MFA Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College. Her debut YA novel The Mystery of Hollow Places was recently published by Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). Rebecca is interested in Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction, particularly books about complex female relationships, beautifully written contemporary romance with more at stake than “will they/won’t they”, genre fiction with a strong focus on character, books featuring marginalized voices and cultures and LGBTQIA stories across all genres.
Rena Rossner is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars Program, where she double-majored in poetry and non-fiction writing. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin and holds an MA in History from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She worked at bookstores in four countries, has written extensively for The Jerusalem Report and The Jerusalem Post, and worked in PR, grant-writing, and website development at The Jerusalem Foundation. She is a writer of both fiction and poetry as well as the author of the cookbook EATING THE BIBLE, which has been translated into five languages. Rena is interested in representing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction in all genres, Adult Literary and Contemporary Fiction especially Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction and Thrillers. She is also actively seeking Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Books.
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/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 a member of SCBWI and on Twitter @RivetingRosie.
Sandy Lu is a senior agent at the L. Perkins Agency. She represents literary and commercial adult and young adult fiction, as well as select non-fiction. Born and raised in Taiwan, Sandy is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker. She has a particular fondness for crime and speculative fiction, and she loves psychology and history. For more information, please visit the L. Perkins Agency website www.lperkinsagency.com. You can also find out more about her taste in books on Goodreads or follow her on Twitter @sandynyc.
Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency as an agent in 2013. She had previously worked in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd., and became an associate agent there in 2010. Sarah received her MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from The New School in 2008, and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College. Representing MG, YA, and Adult fiction, Sarah is especially drawn to the following genres: literary fiction, science fiction, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, literary horror, and upmarket contemporary fiction. No matter the genre, Sarah is drawn to layered/strong characters with engaging voices. She seeks stories that evoke strong connections and novels that offer a wide range of emotions. Whether they write dark, gritty YA, light coming-of-age narratives, or edgy urban fantasy, Sarah’s authors tend to reflect larger themes within a character-focused story, such as feminism, tolerance, religion, and challenging the status quo.
Prior to joining Ayesha Pande Literary, Serene Hakim worked at Laura Gross Literary Agency in Boston. She has also interned at David Godine Publisher and Chase Literary Agency. Serene holds an M.A. in French to English translation from NYU and a B.A. in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Kansas. She is actively seeking YA (all genres but in particular: sci-fi and fantasy with a unique hook, realistic YA with diverse characters), upmarket women’s fiction, and anything that gives voice to those whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized. Stories dealing with the Middle East and the variety of immigrant experiences out there will definitely catch her eye. Intriguing female characters are also a huge plus. For nonfiction, she is seeking humorous and fascinating memoirs, and is particularly interested in LGBTQ and feminist issues.
Stefanie Von Borstel is co-founder of Full Circle Literary and proud Latina from San Antonio, with more than 20 years of experience in the book publishing industry. She represents many award-winning authors and artists including Monica Brown, Carmen Tafolla, Rene Colato Lainez, Diana López, Malín Alegria, Celia C. Perez, John Parra, Rafael López, and Juana Martinez-Neal, to name a few. Books she has represented have been awarded Pura Belpré Awards and Honors, The Christopher Award, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor for Best Nonfiction, the Agatha Award for Best Mystery Novel and the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Best Picture Book. Some new releases from Full Circle include Diana López’s third middle grade novel Nothing Up My Sleeve, debut YA novel The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore, and Reyna Grande’s award-winning adult memoir The Distance Between Us, with a middle grade edition coming this fall. For more information, please visit Full Circle Literary or Twitter @FullCircleLit
Taylor Martindale Kean is a literary agent with Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring fiction and non-fiction projects. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she studied English and Hispanic Studies. Taylor is looking for young adult fiction, literary middle grade fiction, and young adult and middle grade nonfiction, all genres. She is interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices in contemporary, fantasy, historical and multicultural novels. She is looking for books that demand to be read. More than anything, Taylor is looking for diverse, character-driven stories that bring their worlds vividly to life, voices that are honest, original and interesting. When considering non-fiction projects, Taylor uses much the same approach, and hopes to find authors with fresh ideas and perspectives, with writing that is accessible, entertaining, and compelling. Clients include: Annie Cardi, Emery Lord, Aisha Saeed, Debra Driza, Anna-Marie McLemore, Lois Miner Huey, Tim Bradley, Sally J. Pla, Diana Rodriguez Wallach and more.
Thao Le is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency Thao is currently looking for Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators. In general, she loves beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook. She is most excited to add more writers of diversity (including, but not limited to, all ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental and physical health, and socioeconomic status) to her client list. You can find her manuscript wishlist items on:http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/thao-le/.
Whitley Abell joined Inklings Literary Agency in 2013. Before joining Inklings, she completed successful internships with Carol Mann Agency and P.S. Literary Agency. She is based in St. Louis, MO, where she daylights writing proposals of the entirely unromantic variety. She graduated in 2011with a BA in English and Creative Writing, and again in 2012 with a MAT in Secondary English Education, which basically means she can tell you anything there is to know about feminist literary theory and the Common Core Standards.