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 Rosenbaum is the rights manager at Nancy Yost Literary Agency, handling both foreign and audio. Amy is looking for YA, middle grade, and picture books that take readers off the beaten path. A lover of the warm and the wacky, she falls hard for irresistible characters, strong relationships, diverse perspectives, and imaginative world-building. Books that elicit surprised laughter or unexpected tears are her favorites. All genres and types of children’s books are welcome in Amy’s submission inbox, as stories with magic and stories that find the magic in ordinary life can both be found on her overflowing bookshelves.
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
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.
Brent Taylor is a literary agent at Triada US, where he represents upmarket fiction for middle grade, young adult, and adult audiences. Some of his recent sales featuring diverse protagonists include YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner (Knopf), PERFECT TEN by L. Philips (Viking), and ALAN KIM IS NOT A COWARD by Eric Bell (Katherine Tegen Books). You can find him on Twitter @NaughtyBrent.
Brianne Johnson has a great love for middle grade—bring on the whimsical, the imaginative, the dark/crass/wacky/hilarious. Roald Dahl’s bizarre flights of fancy comprise some of the most pleasurable reading time of her life, and she loves lower-fantasy in general—-she would go live at Hogwarts if she could..! It’s a career goal of hers to rep a Newbery winner. She grew up reading Karen Cushman, Sharon Creech, and Scott O’Dell’s books until they fell apart in her hands. She’d love to find a historical MG that is also fun and exciting–a lot of submissions she sees for this genre are a little too serious/earnest for her taste. Really, she’d just love to find a fresh, beautiful, fun, thoughtful story that makes that first real step into adulthood seem brand-new, all over again. Brianne Johnson has been an agent at Writer’s House since 2012.
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.
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.
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.
An agent at Red Fox Literary, Danielle Smith began her career as the well-known blogger behind the online review site There’s a Book. Her children’s book reviews have also appeared in top online and print publications such as Parenting Magazine and Women’s World. Smith’s expertise in children’s literature led her to a career as an agent eager to work with many more talented authors and illustrators. When she’s not got her nose in a book Danielle can be found spending time with her two kiddos and husband exploring the town they love.
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.
Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary and book club fiction, YA, and narrative non-fiction. After receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, she began her career in publishing in 2008 at the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency and moved to Folio Literary Management in 2012. She enjoys working with both debut and established authors and is particularly drawn to fiction set against the backdrop of another time, place, or culture; fiction with mystery or suspense in its DNA; or fiction that includes a fabulist element. On the non-fiction side, she looks for compelling narratives that reveal underlying yet unexpected truths about our world. Some of her authors include: Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power; NYT Editor’s Choice novelist Daniel Levine; YA novelists Emiko Jean and Marie Marquardt.
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 of ICM Partners is 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. A lifelong obsessive reader, she got into the literary game as soon as she could. Prior to working at ICM, she interned at Random House, Janklow & Nesbit (for many a summer) and Alloy Entertainment. She is a graduate of Brown University. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Lindert is actively building her list at New Leaf Literary & Media. She is looking for voice-driven fiction and narrative non-fiction that makes her think in new ways. She has a passion for stories that add something new to the cultural landscape, especially those featuring underrepresented characters and topics. She has a soft spot for history, politics, or anything featuring a strong female lead.
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.).
Jennifer Azantian began her agenting career in 2011, first as an intern and then as an assistant and associate, at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In 2014, after working with senior agent and entertainment lawyer Paul Levine, Jennifer opened the Azantian Literary Agency specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and smart-psychological horror novels for middle grade, YA, and adult readers. Of particular interest are stories that explore meaningful human interactions against fantastic backdrops, magical realism, underrepresented voices, literary science fiction, historical fantasy, non-dystopian/well-crafted futures, internally consistent epic fantasy, and quirky middle-grade. She is also branching out into literary and women’s fiction with characters and topics that connect with her on a personal level. Website: www.azantianlitagency.com Twitter: @jenazantian
Jennifer Johnson-Blalock joined Liza Dawson Associates as an associate agent in 2015, having previously interned at LDA in 2013 before working as an agent’s assistant at Trident Media Group. Jennifer graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Before interning at LDA, she practiced entertainment law and taught high school English and debate. In addition to both narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, Jennifer is acquiring commercial and upmarket fiction, especially thrillers/mysteries, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, young adult, and middle grade.
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.
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.
Kathleen Rushall comes to the Andrea Brown Literary Agency after agenty for nearly five years with the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She represents writers and illustrators for picture books (both fiction and non-fiction), middle grade, and young adult literature. Kathleen’s taste runs the gamut across genres in kid lit. In any genre, she is most drawn to strong voice. Characters are the key!
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
Laura Biagi joined the Jean V. NaggarLiterary Agency Inc. (JVNLA) in 2009. She is actively seeking young readers’ fiction (YA, middle grade, and picture books), adult literary and upmarket fiction, and select nonfiction. Manuscripts of particular interest to her include contemporary and gritty YA with fresh, unforgettable characters; magical realism and fairy tale retellings; smartly told YA or MG fantasy or scifi; speculative or surrealistic fiction; literary family sagas and novels of all stripes exploring social issues and cultural themes; unique, literary historicals; and novels with psychological twists. Laura also handles the sale of UK/Australian and audio rights. She grew up in a small town in Kentucky and graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in creative writing and anthropology. Her writing background has honed her editorial eye and has driven her enthusiasm for discovering and developing literary talent. @LauraJBiagi
Laura Crockett is a literary agent assistant at TriadaUS Literary Agency. She received her MA in Publishing from Rosemont College in Philadelphia, where she earned top awards for her graduate thesis on YA Gothic literature and its nineteenth-century influences. She’s previously worked as a freelance editor and writing tutor, currently runs a book blog, and works a couple days a week as a reference librarian at her local library. In YA, she’s interested in contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, historical, and Gothic horror. In Adult, she’s interested in women’s fiction, chick lit, historical, and fantasy.
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.
Lauren E. Abramo is Vice President and Subsidiary Rights Director at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, where she maintains a carefully cultivated client list with a heavy emphasis on middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, and interdisciplinary, accessible adult nonfiction approaches to important issues in contemporary culture. In all categories she is especially interested in underrepresented voices. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenabramo.
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 commercial Adult fiction. Whatever the age group or genre,Lauren is passionate about finding diverse voices. In MG, she’s drawn to heartfelt contemporaries, exciting adventures, contemporary fantasy, and magical realism. Some of her favorite recent novels include Rules for Stealing Stars, George, My Seventh-Grade Life In Tights, The Seventh Wish, and Rooftoppers. In YA, she’d love to find authentic teen voices in any genre. Her recent favorites include Dumplin’, Scorpio Races, Since You’ve Been Gone, Feed, The Lunar Chronicles, Six of Crows, and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. In Adult, Lauren is seeking commercial fiction, particularly twisted thrillers in the vein of Lauren Beukes and Gillian Flynn, and immersive fantasies, such as The Night Circus, The Miniaturist, The Rook, and A Darker Shade of Magic. She is also interested in Women’s Fiction and pop-culture non-fiction.
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
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.
Molly Jaffa has been at Folio Literary Management since 2008 and is an Associate Member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). In addition to building her selective but growing list of clients, Molly is Folio’s Co-Director of International Rights.Molly looks for projects that challenge the reader intellectually and emotionally, from the high-concept and fantastical to the frank, fresh, and contemporary. Her clients include #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy (DUMPLIN’ and SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY), Jeramey Kraatz (THE CLOAK SOCIETY), Paula Garner (PHANTOM LIMBS), Kristen Lippert-Martin (TABULA RASA, INCOGNITA), and Lana Krumwiede (FREAKLING, JUST ITZY, etc.).
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.
Peter Knapp represents middle grade, young adult and adult fiction. He is largely genre-agnostic, as long as the writing is great—meaning a standout voice, complex characters, and plotting that keeps the reader engaged from the first page through to the very end. He is particularly eager to find middle grade fiction (both commercial series and literary standalone novels), high concept young adult fiction, character-driven adult thrillers, voice-driven science fiction (think DARK MATTER or READY PLAYER ONE), and upmarket and literary adult fiction (recent favorites include THE AGE OF MIRACLES, ME BEFORE YOU, THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS). Peter works at The Park Literary Group, and prior to that he was a story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, consulting on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles-based movie and TV entities. He graduated from NYU and lives in Brooklyn with his husband.
Before joining the L. Perkins Agency, Rachel Brooks worked as an agent apprentice to Louise Fury. 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.
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.
Sara Megibow is a literary agent at KT Literary with over ten years experience in publishing. She represents authors of middle grade, young adult, romance, science fiction and fantasy – specializing in strategy for debut authors looking for long-term commercial and artistic success in traditional publishing. She represents New York Times bestselling authors Jason Hough (THE DARWIN ELEVATOR), Jaleigh Johnson (THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY) and Roni Loren (CALL ON ME) as well as USA Today bestsellers and international bestsellers including Tiffany Reisz, Stefan Bachmann and Ashlyn Macnamara.
SHIRA HOFFMAN began her career in publishing as an intern at Tor Books and started working at McIntosh & Otis, Inc. in 2007. In 2013 she took over as M&O’s Director of Subsidiary Rights. Shira is currently developing her own list and is interested in a broad range of fiction and non-fiction in the adult market as well as an occasional YA or middle grade title. Her primary interests include mainstream commercial fiction, mystery, literary fiction, literary thrillers, women’s fiction, romance, urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Shira is particularly keen to acquire projects that push genre boundaries without shattering them and challenge the way that readers see the world. She hopes to discover writers with well developed and original voices.
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
Tahra Seplowin, an Editorial Assistant for HQN and Desire, was born and raised in New York City. She fell in love with romance novels as a tween and never looked back. She’s worked at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, Entangled Publishing, and is now with Harlequin, where she is happily and looking to acquire fresh new voices, especially romance and women’s fiction projects.
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/.
Tricia Skinner is an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary. She primarily represents Romance in most subgenres. She’s currently seeking YA to Adult romances in horror, fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, and historical. Contemporary romances that offer truly fresh ideas are welcomed. She does not represent children’s books, inspirational/religious, or nonfiction.
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.