The Muse 2014 | Manuscript Mart Agents & Editors

Use the following search form to narrow down our list of agents and editors according to their profession and the fiction and non-fiction genres in which they specialize. Note that we also include genres that each agent and editor will consider, though they are not their specialty. The form is not searchable by these "considerations," but we encourage you to examine them as well.

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Stéphanie Abou (Literary Agent)
Stéphanie Abou Growing up in France, Stéphanie Abou always knew that she wanted to dedicate her life to being the passionate advocate that authors need. She planned on a career in journalism until she interned for a few months at Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York City, and realized that literary agenting was her calling. A lover of storytelling above all else, she likes for both her fiction and non-fiction to be character driven, with a strong voice and emotional undercurrent. Stéphanie believes in the transformative power of literature, and while losing oneself in the narrative is a must, she likes fiction one can learn from and non-fiction that entertains. She is particularly attracted to works that focus on a singular experience as the original point of entry into a deeper, more universal topic. Many of her authors have become New York Times, National and International bestsellers, and she believes in a close partnership both editorially and business-wise with her clients.

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Fiction Specialties:
Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Children's, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cultural/Social Issues, Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Science, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, Health & Fitness, History, Juvenile, Medical, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Travel

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Miriam Altshuler (Literary Agent)
Miriam Altshuler Miriam Altshuler established her own agency in 1994 after twelve years as an agent at Russell & Volkening. She focuses on literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction. Fiction writers she represents include Robb Forman Dew (National Book Award winner), Doug Trevor, Maya Lang, Alice Lichtenstein, Donna Freitas and Kevin McIlvoy. Her nonfiction authors include New York Times bestselling author Andrew Carroll, journalist, Marja Mills, Harriet Brown, Adina Hoffman (winner of the 2010 Wingate Literary Prize), Wednesday Martin, Janna Malamud Smith, and New York Times columnist Alina Tugend. Miriam also represents writers of young adult and middle grade fiction, including National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and bestselling author, Walter Dean Myers. Most important to her are the quality of the writing and how the subject is approached.

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Fiction Specialties:
Children's, Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Chick Lit, Graphic Novels, Humor/Satire, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Biography, Cultural/Social Issues, Journalism, Juvenile, Memoir, Narrative, Psychology, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Business, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, History, Medical, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Travel

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Lisa Bankoff (Literary Agent)
Lisa Bankoff Lisa Bankoff is a New York-based book agent with ICM Partners whose love of literary fiction and compelling narrative nonfiction has helped foster numerous careers. Ranging from now-established writers Joshua Henkin, Nancy Horan, Laura Kasischke, Nicole Kelby, Mameve Medwed, and Ann Patchett to historian Douglas Brinkley, The New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, John Colapinto of The New Yorker, political activist Chris Hedges, and NBCC award-winning bioethicist Harriet Washington, her list also reflects a continuing delight in working with new and emerging voices such as Alethea Black, Lori Carson, Lisa Howorth, Christa Parravani, Christine Sneed and Jessica Maria Tuccelli. Lisa joined ICM Partners after working the other side of the desk in trade publishing (promotion, editorial, publicity) and a brief detour to The Neighborhood Playhouse where she would be found reading instead of method breathing.

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Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Offbeat/Quirky, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Crime, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Mystery, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Journalism, Memoir, Narrative
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Cookbooks, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Humor, Medical, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Pets, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Stephen Barr (Literary Agent)
Stephen Barr Stephen Barr spent the first 21 years of his life in Southern California, and the only thing he really knew about publishing before he moved to New York City was Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of Terry Crabtree in Wonder Boys—he’s an editor, and he flies into Pittsburgh (wearing a big, comfy-looking east coast coat) to coax a second novel out of his troubled but probably brilliant author, and then come the hijinks. That sounded pretty swell to Stephen, so he read Wonder Boys on the flight over to New York, and over the course of six or seven months of interviews and internships, he realized that he still wanted the coat and the authors, but would be more comfortable playing the role (so to speak) of their agent (though editing is perhaps his favorite thing in the whole wide world, and he works very closely with his clients to polish and perfect their manuscripts before and after submission). Stephen landed at Writers House in 2008, became its biggest fan about four seconds later, was promoted to senior agent in 2013, and just got his coat back from the dry cleaner.

1J: Query Lab

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Fiction Specialties:
Children's, Offbeat/Quirky, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Military/Espionage, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Memoir, Narrative
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, History, Home/Design, Humor, Journalism, Juvenile, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Photography, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Millicent Bennett (Editor)
Millicent Bennett Millicent Bennett is a senior editor at Simon & Schuster's flagship imprint. She publishes voice-driven and emotionally authentic literary fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction including memoir, social and cultural history, science, biography, and women’s issues. Her Simon & Schuster authors include Will Allison, Susannah Cahalan, Marjorie Celona, Chitra Divakaruni, Jim Gavin, Siri Hustvedt, Phillip Lopate, Brigid Pasulka, David James Poissant, Liesl Schillinger, Brando Skyhorse, Nina Teicholz, and Teddy Wayne. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, she had the honor of working with a number of literary luminaries at Knopf, Ecco, Random House, and Free Press.

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Fiction Specialties:
Literary Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Memoir, Narrative, Science
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Humor, Journalism, Medical, Multi-Cultural, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Meredith Bernstein (Literary Agent)
Meredith Bernstein Meredith Bernstein has been a literary agent for over 30 years. Prior to becoming a literary agent, she worked as a story editor for film producers on both the east and west coasts, as well as a freelance reader. In addition to being a literary agent, Meredith Bernstein has packaged two romance lines and co-authored Sexual Chemistry with Julius Fast (M. Evans/Pocket). Her client list includes: fiction, both commercial and literary fiction (women’s and men’s); young adult fiction; mysteries and thrillers (series and standalone); and all genres of romance. In non-fiction: memoir; women's issues and health/medicine; parenting; psychology; business; spirituality and inspirational works; science; and travel. Regarding non-fiction, Meredith seeks authority written/driven works that shed new light on a given subject. She loves personal memoirs that bring out heroic individualism, and are further interested in writers of “special” projects and creative endeavors that supersede genre.

Meredith Bernstein also has been very successful in representing individuals who have accomplished memorable and outstanding achievements in their lives. Among such clients are Miep Gies (the woman who hid Anne Frank’s family and found her diary), Patricia Ireland, the former president of N.O.W., and Dennis Conner, of sailing fame. Most recently, David Carroll, a naturalist and environmental writer and illustrator, won the MacArthur Genius Award for his body work. He was also a finalist in the non-fiction category for the National Book Awards in 2009. Meredith is a member of AAR; Sisters In Crime; and Author’s Guild. Meredith Bernstein has created and given an annual creative writing award to her alma mater, The University of Rochester.

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Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Children's, Crime, Erotica, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Western
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, Home/Design, How-To, Medical, Memoir, Narrative, Parenting, Pop Culture, Psychology, Self-Help, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Cookbooks, Finance, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, History, Humor, Journalism, Juvenile, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Pets, Photography, Politics, Religion, Science, Spirituality, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime

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Lane Shefter Bishop (Literary Manager & Producer)
Lane Shefter Bishop Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award winning producer/director who has received numerous accolades for her work including an Emmy®, six Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television.

Currently, Ms. Bishop is CEO of Vast Entertainment, a book-to-screen company with numerous projects in development, including feature films: Reboot (Peter Chernin/Chernin Ent) for Fox 2000, Bloody Mary: Origins (Neal Moritz/Original Films), The Fallen (Film Engine), The Last Apple (Ineffable Pictures) and The Duff (McG/Wonderland) for CBS Films; the TV Movie Choke (Dick Clark Productions) for Lifetime, which Ms. Bishop will also be directing. Other projects include television series like Stripped (John Davis Ent), and Confessions of a Sociopath (Scott Stuber Productions). Additionally, Ms. Bishop co-produced the film Assassination Games for MPCA. Ms. Bishop is also the former EVP of Motion Pictures/Television at TwinStar Entertainment.

Ms. Bishop began her work in the industry at Moxie Productions, where she produced and directed projects for such networks as ABC, Showtime, HBO and MTV. She has directed numerous television shows and five feature-length motion pictures, including The Day Laborers (aka Los Jornaleros) which was distributed through HBO and Blockbuster.

Ms. Bishop holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Production from USC's School of Cinema/Television. She is a director-member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

5L: Loglines: Selling Your Book in a Single Sentence

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Fiction Specialties:
None
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Christian, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, Horror, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Military/Espionage, Offbeat/Quirky, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Biography, Celebrity, Cultural/Social Issues, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, History, Humor, Journalism, Juvenile, Memoir, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Spirituality, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Peter Blackstock (Editor)
Peter Blackstock Originally from England, where he worked as a literary scout, consulting for foreign publishers and for film, Peter Blackstock moved to the New World and to Grove Atlantic in 2011. He began as assistant to the publisher, Morgan Entrekin, and is now an associate editor, working on his own list as well as with house authors. His list includes literary fiction, thrillers, nonfiction, and plays, including books in translation. Books Peter has published include the debut novel Fobbit, which was named a New York Times notable book of the year and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the New York Times bestseller Full Service, the historical thriller Then We Take Berlin, which was named one of the Top 10 Mysteries/Thrillers of Fall 2013 by Publishers Weekly, and The Revisionist, a play by Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg. Upcoming titles include the Booker-longlisted The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris, A History of the Future by James Howard Kunstler, and Shark by Will Self. Peter was a fellow at the 2010 Turin and 2011 Moscow book fairs, and has also attended fairs in London and Frankfurt. He has been a guest at Art OMI’s Ledig House writers’ residency, and was featured as an “up and coming editor” in the Association of Authors’ Representatives Fall 2011 newsletter. He studied German and Russian at Oxford University and lives in Manhattan. Aside from books, he is interested in running, theatre, film, food blogs, and discovering restaurants in Queens and beyond.

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Fiction Specialties:
Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Military/Espionage, Multi-Cultural, Thrillers/Suspense
Fiction Considerations:
Crime, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Western, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Current Affairs, History, Journalism, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Narrative
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Cultural/Social Issues, Film & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Humor, Memoir, Music, Nature/Ecology, Photography, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Science, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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William Boggess (Literary Agent)
William Boggess William Boggess began his career at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, before working at Barer Literary until 2010. After a stint in editorial at Little, Brown and Company, where he worked with renowned authors such as Sam Kean, Edna O’Brien, and Tom Wolfe, he has returned to Barer Literary to represent literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. He grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Fiction Specialties:
Literary Fiction, Short Story Collections
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Military/Espionage, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Science Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
History, Memoir, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Science, Sports
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Humor, Journalism, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Photography, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Regina Brooks (Literary Agent)
Regina Brooks Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. She represents a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature, including: three-time National Book Award finalist, Newberry Honor Winner and the Coretta Scott King Honor and the 2006 Michael Printz Honor Award-winning author Marilyn Nelson; winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids author Sundee Frazier; Stonewall Book Award Winner, Bil Wright.

Brooks is a former Executive Editor at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill.

She is the author of several books including, Never Finished Never Done (Scholastic) , Writing Great Books for Young Adults (Source Books) You Should (Really) Write a Book: Writing, Selling, and Marketing your Memoir (St. Martin’s Press) and a well-received blogger for the Huffington Post. Brooks is also on the faculty of the Writer’s Digest University, Harvard University publishing course, The Discovery Channel’s Media Boot Camp for Doctors, the Whidbey Island Writers MFA program and teaches annually at more than twenty worldwide conferences. She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Forbes, Media Bistro, Writers and Poets, Essence Magazine, Ebony, Jet, Women on Writing, Writers Digest Magazine, and The Writer. She is the owner of Possibiliteas.co, a tea company of master-blended teas developed for creative minds. She is always interested in new and emerging writers. www.serendipitylit.com

2B: Crafting a Powerful Memoir that Will Sell

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Fiction Specialties:
Children's, Christian, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Gay & Lesbian, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Erotica, Family Saga, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Biography, Business, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Home/Design, How-To, Humor, Journalism, Juvenile, Medical, Memoir, Music, Parenting, Pets, Photography, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports, Technology, Travel, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Dating/Relationships, Gay & Lesbian, History, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Religion, True Crime

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Ann Collette (Literary Agent)
Ann Collette Ann Collette was a freelance writer and editor before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000. This background makes her particularly interested and able to work with debut authors. Her list includes books by New York Times bestselling author, NEIBA Book Award winner 2013, 2012 Boston Authors Society Award for Fiction winner, 2012 New England Society of New York Award for Fiction Winner,and Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery of 2012 B. A. Shapiro; Oprah's "Fall 2012 Unputdownable Mysteries" author Mark Pryor; Anthony Nominee Vicki Lane; RT Award Nominees Clay and Susan Griffith; Steven Sidor; National Bestseller Carol Carr; and natural remedies mystery author Chrystle Fiedler. She likes thrillers, literary, commercial women's fiction, mystery, suspense, horror and vampire fiction; in non-fiction, she prefers narrative non-fiction, military and war, work to do with race and class, and work set in or about Southeast Asia. She also represents cookbooks. Ann does not represent children's, YA, sci-fi, or high fantasy.

3F: The 12 Do's and Don'ts of Writing Crime Fiction

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Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Crime, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Erotica, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Humor/Satire, Military/Espionage, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Journalism, Memoir, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Travel
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Celebrity, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, History, How-To, Humor, Medical, Music, Nature/Ecology, Pets, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Self-Help, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Ayanna Coleman (Literary Agent)
Ayanna Coleman Ayanna founded Quill Shift Literary Agency in 2013 to represent writers who create unique, thoughtful, and representative books for middle grade and young adult readers. She has worked in the publishing industry in a number of capacities: in the digital department of a publishing house, within a literary agency, as a book reviewer, and most recently as a children’s librarian. Ayanna holds a BA in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and a minor in English and an MS in Library Science with a concentration in Youth Services from the University of Illinois.

When she was a child, and in adulthood as a librarian, Ayanna noticed that the books that could capture a child’s imagination and create a lifelong reader were not getting into children’s hands. Children (and their parents, teachers, and librarians) weren’t discovering the right books… or they hadn’t been created yet. Ayanna wants to make sure books that change kids' lives and perspectives are not only getting out into the market, but are being discovered.

As an agent, Ayanna is looking for middle grade and YA fiction containing plucky, so-real-you-can-feel-them-standing-next-to-you characters, especially those representing our multicultural society. Ideally, characters in the books she represents are dealing with the complex and simple everyday problems of “normal” adolescent life–-normal being loosely defined by whatever world or dimension the characters find themselves in. Self-discovery and shifting world views are welcome, as are all manner of genre fiction (romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy.)

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Fiction Specialties:
Children's, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense
Non-Fiction Specialties:
None
Non-Fiction Considerations:
None

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Shaun Dolan (Literary Agent)
Shaun Dolan Shaun Dolan is a literary agent at Union Literary. He previously worked with award winning authors – including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, Story Prize Winners, and B&N Discover Award Winners – as an assistant at WME. He's interested in representing both muscular and lyrical literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, pop culture, and sports narratives. He’s ready and able to dive into the trenches editorially and seeks to foster new, exciting voices. Shaun is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in Brooklyn.

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Fiction Specialties:
Literary Fiction, Short Story Collections
Fiction Considerations:
Children's, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Military/Espionage, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Science Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Memoir, Narrative, Sports
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, History, Humor, Journalism, Medical, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Photography, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Spirituality, Technology, Travel, True Crime

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April Eberhardt (Literary Agent)
April Eberhardt April Eberhardt, a self-described “literary change agent” and author advocate, founded her own agency to assist and advise authors as they navigate the increasingly complex world of publishing. Her agency specializes in building long-term strategies with authors, which often include a blend of traditional and independent (formerly known as "self-") publishing. April works with authors who recognize the need for professional support, and the importance of publishing in the highest-quality way regardless of route. She holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Boston University and a CPLF from the University of Paris.The agency's website is www.aprileberhardt.com.

In addition to working with authors of full-length novels, April also works with short story writers, with a particular focus on linked collections. After five years as head reader for Zoetrope: All-Story, she currently serves as a reader for The Best American Short Stories Series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

2J: Choosing Partner Publishing: An Agent-Author Discussion

6L: 50 Shades of Publishing: An Agent's Perspective

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Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Chick Lit, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
None
Non-Fiction Considerations:

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Sorche Fairbank (Literary Agent)
Sorche Fairbank Since establishing Fairbank Literary Representation in 2002, Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank has had the pleasure of working with a dynamic and varied list, representing best-selling authors, Edgar recipients, award-winning journalists, and of course one of her favorite kinds of client – the debut author. Tastes in novels tend toward literary fiction, international voices, and women’s voices. On the nonfiction side, books that tackle current events and topical and societal issues with a narrative treatment. She has a strong interest in women’s voices and class and race issues, quality lifestyle books (food, wine, design), memoir that goes beyond the me-moir, and humor, gift books, and pop culture. Subjects and genres not of interest by Sorche and Fairbank Literary include: sci-fi and fantasy, children’s and YA, self-help, romance, or sports fiction. Actively seeking fiction (literary, international, and damn good), humor and pop culture, food/cooking, and compelling memoir.

Authors and books represented by Fairbank Literary include: O. Henry Prize winner Charlotte Forbes; Pulitzer nominee & Los Angeles Times Cairo Bureau Chief Jeffrey Fleishman; Edgar winner Rex Burns, Matthew Frederick and his best-selling 101 Things I Learned series; Eudora Welty prize winner Miroslav Penkov (East of the West), Jonathan McCullough’s A Tale Of Two Subs: An Untold Story Of World War II, Two Sister Ships, And Extraordinary Heroism; Essayist Jessica Handler; New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich; Sharron Kahn Luttrell, author of Weekends With Daisy. Humor and gift book clients include Chuck Sambuchino (How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack; Red Dog, Blue Dog), Terry Border (Bent Objects Empire), and Carl Warner (Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes).

1J: Query Lab

7H: Rejection, Rejection: Why It's Happening to You and How to Avoid It

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Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Chick Lit, Crime, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Thrillers/Suspense
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, Home/Design, Humor, Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Pop Culture, Science
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Health & Fitness, History, How-To, Military/War, Music, Nature/Ecology, Pets, Photography, Politics, Psychology, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Katherine Fausset (Literary Agent)
Katherine Fausset Katherine Fausset is a literary agent with Curtis Brown, Ltd., where she has worked since 2006. She represents commercial and literary fiction, and non-fiction. In fiction, she particularly loves explorations of family dynamics; morally-complicated protagonists; humor; and rich descriptions of place. Recent books by her clients include Benjamin Percy’s Red Moon, Laura van den Berg’s The Isle of Youth, Lisa Brackmann's Hour of the Rat, Ioan Grillo’s El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency, Cynthia Hand’s Boundless (the third in the New York Times-bestselling Unearthly series), Kyle Minor’s Praying Drunk, Nina McConigley’s Cowboys & East Indians, Emily St. John Mandel’s The Lola Quartet, and Elise Juska’s The Blessings. She has worked in publishing since 1998 and lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Chick Lit, Crime, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Military/Espionage, Romance, Short Story Collections, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Food & Lifestyle, Journalism, Narrative, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Celebrity, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Home/Design, How-To, Humor, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Music, Parenting, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality

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Erin Harris (Literary Agent)
Erin Harris Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary and book club fiction, as well as YA and narrative non-fiction. She loves to work with debut authors and received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in order to better serve her clients in an editorial capacity. Some of the writers she represents include debut novelists Daniel Levine (Hyde) and Jennifer Laam (The Secret Daughter of the Tsar), journalist Carla Power (If the Oceans Were Ink), and poet and critic David Yezzi (Anthony Hecht: Poet and the Age). Erin is particularly drawn to fiction set against the backdrop of another time, place, or culture; fiction that includes an element of magic; and fiction with mystery or suspense in its DNA. In non-fiction, she looks for compelling narratives that reveal underlying yet unexpected truths about our world. Outside the office, she is an active participant in New York’s literary community. A member of PEN American Center and Women’s Media Group, she is a founder and host of H.I.P. Reading Series.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Crime, Horror, Mystery, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Psychology, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Art, Biography, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, History, Humor, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pop Culture, Religion, Science, Travel, True Crime

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Diana Finch (Literary Agent)
Diana Finch Diana Finch represents a wide range of nonfiction and fiction, and is particularly interested in books dealing with issues that affect the world, as well as narrative nonfiction, including memoir, that features strong story-telling and focuses on specific dramatic events.

Her client list includes journalists and foreign correspondents, PhDs and tenured professors, foreign authors, authors of popular self-help, business books and YA, New York Times bestsellers, and writers under 30 and over 70.

One of her strengths is selling foreign rights for her authors: she attends the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs most years and currently chairs the Association of Authors’ Representatives International Committee.

She also handles assignments with the major magazines for her clients, including recently Fortune, Harper’s, CNN.com, Atlantic.com, The Nation and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Before becoming an agent, she learned the editorial ropes at St. Martin’s Press, moving from assistant to assistant editor by acquiring her own titles. She sold her first books at the Sanford Greenburger Literary Agency before joining the Ellen Levine Literary Agency, and started her own agency in early 2003.

Diana grew up in New Hampshire, the eldest daughter of a professor of English and Drama at Dartmouth College. She graduated from Harvard and earned an MA in American Literature at Leeds University, England. Her personal interests include sports, from yoga to soccer to watching the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants and World Cup soccer. She lives in the Bronx, NY, and tries to run in the Bronx Botanical Gardens every week.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Literary Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Crime, Erotica, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Military/Espionage, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Business, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, History, How-To, Journalism, Memoir, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Politics, Science
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Biography, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness, Juvenile, Medical, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Pets, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Katie Grimm (Literary Agent)
Katie Grimm Born in Colorado and a graduate of Bowdoin College, Katie Grimm joined Don Congdon Associates in 2007 as the assistant for the agency. Now, in addition to growing her own client list, she manages the agency and handles subrights for select agency clients and Estates. She focuses on vivid literary fiction, transportive historical fiction, up-market women’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, and lurid mysteries & thrillers with exotic or historical settings. In young adult, she is actively seeking both contemporary and fantastical high-concepts rooted in history with a touch of romance. In middle grade, she looks for novels with a timeless or classic feel with a strange twist. Most importantly, she is hooked by fiction with emotional resonance and longevity, and in her opinion, this requires an authentic voice, relatable characters, and a twisting plot that keeps her intrigued. For non-fiction, she is looking for memoirs that reveal greater social issues or incorporate outside research, narrative non-fiction about history that reveals the darker side of human nature, popular/weird science, and other off-beat topics explored thoroughly. She is also a member of the AAR Programming Committee and SCBWI.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Children's, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Humor/Satire, Military/Espionage, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, History, Journalism, Memoir, Narrative, Pop Culture, Science
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Cookbooks, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Humor, Juvenile, Medical, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Pets, Photography, Psychology, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Robert Guinsler (Literary Agent)
Robert Guinsler Robert Guinsler has been with Sterling Lord Literistic for over 12 years. His primary interests include literary and commercial fiction (including YA), journalism, narrative nonfiction with an emphasis on pop culture, science and current events, memoirs and biographies. Robert’s clients include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, novelists and academics. With a journalism background, Robert is interested in all kinds of nonfiction and he has represented such writers as New York Times-bestselling author and Harvard Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein, Wendy Lawless, Adam Bradley, Jason Stearns, Chelsea Lately, and writer and New York Times-bestselling author Sarah Colonna. His fiction writers include Samantha Peale, Vanina Marsot, Barnes and Noble Discover pick Doug Crandell, and Grant Jerkins, among others. Additionally, Robert represents the Estate of Jack Kerouac and the Estate of Anne Sexton.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Children's, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Crime, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Military/Espionage, Romance, Short Story Collections, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Celebrity, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, Humor, Journalism, Medical, Memoir, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Politics, Pop Culture
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Business, Dating/Relationships, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, History, Home/Design, How-To, Juvenile, Nature/Ecology, Photography, Psychology, Religion, Science, Spirituality, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Gail Hochman (Literary Agent)
Gail Hochman Gail Hochman is the President of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc., a century-old agency located in the heart of Times Square. Her list includes literary fiction writers and memoirists, mystery writers and commercial novelists, children's writers, and serious nonfiction. Clients include Julia Glass, Michael Cunningham, Scott Turow, Ann Hood, Ron Carlson, Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer, Mary Pope Osborne, Avi and numerous others.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Children's, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Juvenile, Memoir
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, History, Humor, Journalism, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Psychology, Science, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Carrie Howland (Literary Agent)
Carrie Howland Carrie Howland is a literary agent at Donadio & Olson, Inc. where she represents literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, and young adult authors. In addition to her own clients, she handles foreign, first serial, and audio rights for the agency. Carrie is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and writes for its newsletter, The Pitch. She also enjoys speaking at various writing conferences throughout the year. Carrie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College, where she was the Poetry Editor of The Albion Review. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and magazines. In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for Waggytail Rescue, a local dog rescue, and with the program Soldiers' Angels, which sends care packages to deployed military men and women. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can follow her on twitter at @ecarriehowland or learn more about Donadio & Olson, Inc. at www.donadio.com.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Literary Fiction, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Memoir, Narrative
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Biography, Celebrity, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, History, How-To, Humor, Journalism, Juvenile, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Pets, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Allison Hunter (Literary Agent)
Allison Hunter Allison Hunter, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, began her publishing career in 2005 working for the Los Angeles-based literary publicity firm, Kim-from-L.A. She joined the InkWell team in New York City in 2010, and is actively acquiring literary and commercial fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, cultural studies and prescriptive titles, including cookbooks. She especially loves fiction that spans multiple generations and nonfiction aimed at a female audience.

Her authors include journalist Emily Matchar (author of Homeward Bound, Simon & Schuster), novelists Anne-Marie Casey (No One Could Have Guessed the Weather, Amy Einhorn Books) and Megan Mulry (A Royal Pain and If The Shoe Fits, Sourcebooks), writers and bloggers Katie Heaney (Never Have I Ever, forthcoming from Grand Central) and Anne Helen Petersen (Scandals of Classic Hollywood, forthcoming from Plume) and Tiffany Beveridge, creator of the viral Pinterest phenomenon "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter," whose book How To Quinoa is forthcoming from Running Press. She has also worked with writer/director/actress Lena Dunham, novelists Julie Orringer and Ivy Pochoda and chefs Daniel Boulud, Danny Bowien, David Chang, Gabrielle Hamilton, David Kinch, Andy Ricker and Christina Tosi.

Allison has a B.A. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Erotica, Family Saga, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Christian, Crime, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fiction, Military/Espionage, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle, Journalism, Memoir, Narrative, Pop Culture, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Home/Design, How-To, Humor, Juvenile, Medical, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Photography, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime

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Emi Ikkanda (Editor)
Emi Ikkanda Emi Ikkanda is an Associate Editor at Henry Holt & Company and her list includes Time Magazine contributor Carla Power’s forthcoming book If The Oceans Were Ink, an eye-opening memoir built around the year the secular journalist spent studying the Koran with her longtime friend, the renowned Islamic scholar Mohammad Akram Nadwi. Emi has also worked on the publication of books by President Jimmy Carter, John Banville, Bill McKibben, Rick Atkinson, Tony Horwitz, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jill Abramson, and Elaine Sciolino. Emi pursues nonfiction narratives, humorous or moving memoirs, and reportage projects that explore subcultures, multiculturalism, race, science, war, history, adventure, food, and the arts. She is also seeking upmarket voice-driven fiction, particularly novels with strong multicultural, historical, mid-20th century noir, slipstream, or folktale elements. She is drawn to emotionally rich stories that center on family secrets, loss, disappearances, or unusual friendships or marriages. In fiction or nonfiction, she loves discovering a lost chapter in history, going on a journey, and exploring hidden worlds.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Christian, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Gay & Lesbian, Humor/Satire, Military/Espionage, Mystery, Romance, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Western
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Food & Lifestyle, History, Humor, Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Science, Travel, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Biography, Celebrity, Film & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, Medical, Military/War, Music, Nature/Ecology, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Spirituality, Technology, True Crime

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Jeff Kleinman (Literary Agent)
Jeff Kleinman Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Bruce Watson, Neil White, and Philip Gerard.

Nonfiction: especially narrative nonfiction with a historical bent, but also memoir, health, parenting, aging, nature, pets, how-to, nature, science, politics, military, espionage, equestrian, biography.

Fiction: very well-written, character-driven novels; some suspense, thrillers; otherwise mainstream upmarket commercial (i.e. book club) and literary fiction.

No: children’s, romance, mysteries, westerns, poetry, or screenplays, novels about serial killers, suicide, or children in peril (kidnapped, killed, etc.).

For more information about Jeff (including interviews, books sold, and so forth), please go to www.foliolit.com/jeffkleinman.

3J: Buy This Book!

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Literary Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Erotica, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Military/Espionage, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
None
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Home/Design, How-To, Humor, Journalism, Memoir, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Photography, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Sarah Levitt (Literary Agent)
Sarah Levitt Sarah Levitt joined The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency in 2010. She is interested in the space between fiction and non-fiction; fiction so informed that it reads like non-fiction, non-fiction so enthralling and far-reaching that it feels like novel. For non-fiction, she is looking for biography, cultural history, memoir, science, “ideas” books, and narrative non-fiction. For fiction, she is looking for imaginative, fresh, voice-driven stories. The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency is a boutique literary agency with a particular focus on literary fiction and serious non-fiction. Their US clients include Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, author of the prize-winning When Skateboards Will Be Free, Tom Vanderbilt, author of NYT bestseller Traffic, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Wayne Biddle; historians Louis P. Masur and Alice Kessler-Harris; novelists Rosie Dastgir, Alice Mattison, and Dirk Wittenborn; and narrative non-fiction writers Tom Folsom, Brendan I. Koerner, and Andrew Blum. The agency also works closely with several UK agencies and represents a number of writers in the US and Canada on their behalf.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Horror, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Adventure/True Story, Biography, Film & Entertainment, History, Humor, Journalism, Medical, Memoir, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Psychology, Science, Technology, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Art, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, Health & Fitness, How-To, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Parenting, Pop Culture, Religion, Sports, Travel

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Leah Miller (Editor)
Leah Miller Leah Miller, editor, joined the Crown Group in 2012, where she acquires for Crown Archetype and Harmony Books. She is interested in smart, entertaining writing particularly in the fields of memoir, social issues, health, food, travel, and family. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars program, Leah previously worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, and also at Sterling Lord Literistic in both domestic agenting and foreign rights. Among the bestselling and award winning authors with whom she has worked are Mira Bartók, Julia Scheeres, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, and Michelle Phan. She lives in New York with her husband, author Kristopher Jansma, and their son.

7L: Promotion and Publicity for the Non-Fiction Writer

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Fiction Specialties:
Fiction Considerations:
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Dating/Relationships, Health & Fitness, Medical, Memoir, Narrative, Parenting, Psychology, Self-Help
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Celebrity, Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Home/Design, How-To, Humor, Journalism, Pets, Religion, Science, Spirituality, Travel, Women's Issues

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Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Offbeat/Quirky, Romance
Non-Fiction Specialties:
None
Non-Fiction Considerations:
None

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Kathleen Nishimoto (Literary Agent)
Kathleen Nishimoto Kathleen Nishimoto began her career in the Literary Department at William Morris Endeavor 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-driven material. She considers adult and young adult material, and likes unusual characters or storylines, sometimes with a darker edge.

Kathleen has worked with such talent as Sian Griffiths, S.L. Jennings, Cheri Johnson, Peyton Marshall, Neil McMahon, Coco Rocha, Adam Stein, and Jacqueline Woodson.

Kathleen has a strong interest in the changing book industry, managing WME’s groundbreaking new digital arm. She also handles all magazine and first serial submissions for the department.

Born in New Hampshire, Kathleen currently resides in New York City.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Christian, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Erotica, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Horror, Humor/Satire, Military/Espionage, Mystery, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Western, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Narrative, Spirituality
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Biography, Celebrity, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, History, Humor, Journalism, Juvenile, Memoir, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Ayesha Pande (Literary Agent)
Ayesha Pande Ayesha Pande has worked in the publishing industry for almost twenty-five years. Before Before launching her boutique agency nine years ago, 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 (Association of Author’s Representatives), PEN, the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, and sits on the advisory board of the German Book Office. She has attended numerous writing conferences including Muse and the Marketplace, Aspen Summer Words and the Miami Writer’s Institute. She has taught college level courses in editing. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. She represents a wide array of fiction, YA and nonfiction, including the international bestselling author Shilpi Gowda, Pen/Bingham Award winner Danielle Evans, YA authors Sheba Karim and Elizabeth Richards among many other talented writers.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Commercial Fiction, Crime, Erotica, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cultural/Social Issues, History, Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Juvenile, Medical, Military/War, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science

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Jessica Papin (Literary Agent)
Jessica Papin Jessica Papin is an agent at Dystel and Goderich in New York. Prior to that, she was the Director of International Rights at the American University in Cairo Press, in Egypt, and an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central Publishing) in New York. With a background on both sides of the desk, Papin loves working collaboratively with clients to shape and refine their work. She is interested in literary and smart commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, history, medicine, science, economics and women’s issues. In every case, she looks for passion, erudition, and storytelling skill.

Jessica is always on the lookout for story-driven fiction that hits the sweet spot between literary and commercial--beautiful writing married to a strong plot line. She is actively seeking substantive non-fiction—history, science, economics, women’s issues, international affairs—that illuminates big ideas in engaging, accessible and surprising ways. She is also interested in memoir that uses personal story to capture some larger historical or political narrative. She rarely represents genre fiction, and does not represent Christian books, children’s books, screenplays or poetry.

Writers interested in querying me should do so via e-mail at jpapin@dystel.com and include the first chapter of their work as a document attachment.

7J: What is Ethnic Writing?

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Fiction Specialties:
Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Horror, Humor/Satire, Military/Espionage, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Adventure/True Story, Biography, Business, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, History, Journalism, Medical, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Psychology, Science, Travel, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Art, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, How-To, Humor, Military/War, Parenting, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Self-Help, Spirituality, Technology, Travel, True Crime

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Kim Perel (Literary Agent)
Kim Perel Kim Perel joined Wendy Sherman Associates in January 2009. After graduating from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, Kim worked in the editorial department at Forbes magazine and later as a copywriter and freelance journalist. While pursuing an MFA degree at The New School in New York City, Kim joined WSA and fell in love with the idea of championing emerging talent and helping writers through the process of getting published.

Kim is drawn to voice-driven fiction, novels that illuminate an unknown world, and true-to-life characters. She looks for queries that provide fresh insight or a wide lens that captures life at a certain period in time. She also loves humor, memoir that tells a unique story, and journalistic non-fiction.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Chick Lit, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, Home/Design, How-To, Humor, Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Pets, Pop Culture, Psychology, Spirituality, Travel, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Gay & Lesbian, History, Medical, Military/War, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Photography, Politics, Self-Help, Sports

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Ladette Randolph (Magazine Editor)
Ladette Randolph Ladette Randolph is editor-in-chief of Ploughshares magazine and teaches in the writing program at Emerson College. The recipient of several awards, including a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Award, and a Nebraska Book Award, she is the author of four books: a short story collection, two novels--Haven's Wake and A Sandhills Ballad, and a forthcoming memoir, Leaving the Pink House.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
None
Fiction Considerations:
Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Non-Fiction Considerations:

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Rita Rosenkranz (Literary Agent)
Rita Rosenkranz A former editor with major New York houses, Rita Rosenkranz founded Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990. Her adult non-fiction list stretches from the decorative--Flowers, White House Style: More Than 125 Arrangements by the Former White House Chief Floral Decorator by Dottie Temple and Stan Finegold (Simon & Schuster) to the dark--Saving Beauty from the Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship by Vicki Crompton and Ellen Zelda Kessner (Little, Brown; Books for a Better Life Award, 2003). Other titles include Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus (Atria Books, essence.com bestseller); Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World by Gil Marks (Wiley, 2005 James Beard Award winner); Twenty Strengths Adoptive Parents Must Discover by Sherrie Eldridge (Bantam Dell) and Wrigley Field Year by Year by Sam Pathy (Skyhorse Publishing). She represents health, history, parenting, music, how-to, popular science, business, biography, popular reference, cooking, spirituality, sports and general interest titles. Rita works with major publishing houses, as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets. She looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or lesser-known subjects presented commercially.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Fiction Considerations:
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Adventure/True Story, Business, Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, History, How-To, Medical, Memoir, Military/War, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Pop Culture, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Art, Biography, Celebrity, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, Home/Design, Humor, Journalism, Juvenile, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Photography, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Benjamin Samuel (Magazine Editor)
Benjamin Samuel Benjamin Samuel is the co-editor of Electric Literature, an independent and groundbreaking digital publisher based in Brooklyn, and its weekly fiction magazine Recommended Reading. Electric Literature was the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2011 Innovations in Reading Prize and has been recognized by Best American Short Stories, the Pen/O’Henry Prize, and Best American Non-Required Reading. In addition to editing Recommended Reading, Benjamin produces Electric Literature's blog, The Outlet, and manages the company's social media. Poets & Writers magazine and Brooklyn Magazine have recognized @electriclit and his personal feed, @benasam, as essential literary feeds to follow. His writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, and Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine. He has an MFA from Brooklyn College.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Literary Fiction, Short Story Collections
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Humor/Satire, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Science Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
None
Non-Fiction Considerations:

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Katharine Sands (Literary Agent)
Katharine Sands A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of fiction and non-fiction authors who publish a diverse array of books. Highlights include Dating the Devil (producer: Vast Entertainment) by Lia Romeo; XTC: SongStories; Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, MD; Make Up, Don't Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil; Playwright Robert Patrick's novel, Temple Slave; The Complete Book on International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child; Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman's Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods; Under the Hula Moon; Whipped: A Professional Dominatrix's Secrets for Wrapping Men Around Your Little Finger; The Gay Vacation Guide; CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Syle-Obsessed; Writers on Directors; How to Create an Identity for a Brilliant Career, Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Annulled, Beheaded, Survived: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Ford model Helen Lee's The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn't Want You to Know; The SAT Word Slam; Divorce After 50; The Complete Book of Bone Health; and The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery, to name a few. She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers' lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Chick Lit, Crime, Erotica, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness, History, Home/Design, Humor, Parenting, Psychology, Self-Help
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, How-To, Journalism, Medical, Memoir, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Pets, Photography, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Science, Spirituality, Sports, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Adam Schear (Literary Agent)
Adam Schear Adam Schear is a graduate of Tulane University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He began his publishing career at the William Morris Agency and joined DeFiore and Company in 2009. He is interested in literary fiction and well crafted commercial fiction, work that captivates the reader with both its prose and its plot, humor, YA, smart thrillers, historical fiction, and quirky debut literary novels. For non-fiction he is interested in popular science, politics, popular culture, and current events.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Crime, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Horror, Military/Espionage, Mystery, Western
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, Gift Books, Humor, Journalism, Medical, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Photography, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Technology
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Health & Fitness, History, Home/Design, How-To, Juvenile, Parenting, Pets, Self-Help, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Christopher Schelling (Literary Agent)
Christopher Schelling Christopher Schelling is the founder of Selectric Artists, a literary agency representing a wide-ranging list of fiction and nonfiction authors, including New York Times bestselling memoirist Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors, This Is How) and bestselling YA novelists Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl) and Cinda Williams Chima (The Seven Realms, The Heir Chronicles). Prior to being an agent, he held Executive Editor positions at both Dutton and HarperCollins.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Offbeat/Quirky, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Chick Lit, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Celebrity, Gay & Lesbian, Memoir
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Biography, Film & Entertainment, Humor, Journalism, Juvenile, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Pets, Pop Culture, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Jill Schwartzman (Editor)
Jill Schwartzman Jill Schwartzman is an Executive Editor at Dutton, part of the Penguin Random House Group, where she acquires platform, publicity, and voice-driven nonfiction, with a focus on pop culture, memoir, humor, music, biography, and narrative nonfiction.

Her Fall 2013 list features Nick Offerman's Paddle Your Own Canoe, a memoir peppered with salty treatises about the state of manhood from the star of NBC's hit show Parks and Recreation, and Tracey Garvis Graves's second novel, Covet, the follow-up to her 2012 New York Times and USA Today bestseller On the Island, which has sold more than 500,000 copies in trade paperback and e-book editions.

Other forthcoming titles include Long Mile Home, the definitive book on the Boston Marathon bombings, written by Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, published to coincide with the first anniversary of the bombing, and Romance Is My Day Job, a memoir about a Harlequin editor's unlikely real-life romance. Previously published titles at Dutton include Duran Duran bassist John Taylor's New York Times, USA Today, Globe and Mail, and Publishers Weekly bestseller In the Pleasure Groove and former Fox News insider Joe Muto's memoir, An Atheist in the FOXhole.

Before joining Dutton she was a Senior Editor at Hyperion and a Senior Editor at Random House Trade Paperbacks. Her list has featured the New York Times bestsellers Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander, White Girl Problems by Babe Walker, Rafa by Rafael Nadal, and Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch.

3J: Buy This Book!

6K: Industry Guide to Publishing: Non-Fiction

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
None
Fiction Considerations:
Commercial Fiction, Crime, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Thrillers/Suspense, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Celebrity, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Humor, Journalism, Memoir, Music, Narrative, Pop Culture, Sports
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Medical, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science, Spirituality, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Lindsey Schwoeri (Editor)
Lindsey Schwoeri Lindsey Schwoeri is an editor of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction at Penguin Books. Authors she has worked with include Rebecca Makkai, Charlie Lovett, Krys Lee, Marisha Pessl, Karen Thompson Walker, Gail Caldell, Robin Black, Yiyun Li, Sally Bedell Smith, Jane Fonda, Dawn Tripp, Elizabeth Gaffney, Alex Espinoza, Bruce Levine, Katherine Boo, and Maziar Bahari, whose memoir is currently being adapted for the screen by Jon Stewart. A graduate of Vassar College and the Columbia Publishing Course, she began her publishing career at Random House, joining Penguin in June 2013. She hails from the Boston area and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Family Saga, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Military/Espionage, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Science Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Western
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cultural/Social Issues, Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Women's Issues
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Celebrity, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, History, Medical, Military/War, Music, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Travel, True Crime

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Daniel Smetanka (Editor)
Daniel Smetanka Daniel Smetanka has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. As an Executive Editor at Ballantine/Random House, Inc., he acquired and published award-winning debut books including The Ice Harvest by Scott Philips and Among the Missing by Dan Chaon, a 2001 finalist for the National Book Award. He is currently an Executive Editor for Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press, one of the largest independent presses in the country and one of the few located on the west coast, where he has edited works by Thomas Steinbeck, Linda Gray Sexton, James Brown, Scott Phillips, Janna Malamud Smith, Craig Nova, Neil Jordan, Dana Johnson, Karen E. Bender, Joshua Mohr, Emma Woolf, Ilie Ruby, Maria Hummel, Andrea Portes, Frank Browning, and John N. Maclean. He is based in Los Angeles.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Story Collections
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Crime, Gay & Lesbian, Humor/Satire, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Thrillers/Suspense, Western, Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Current Affairs, Journalism, Memoir, Narrative
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Cultural/Social Issues, Dating/Relationships, Film & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, History, Multi-Cultural, Music, Nature/Ecology, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Travel, Women's Issues

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Rob Spillman (Magazine Editor)
Rob Spillman Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House, a fifteen-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. Tin House has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies. He is also the Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Literary Festival, now in its twelfth year. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, which was published in 2009.

3B: Establishing Authority

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Short Story Collections
Fiction Considerations:
None
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cultural/Social Issues, Memoir, Narrative
Non-Fiction Considerations:
None

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Emma Sweeney (Literary Agent)
Emma Sweeney Emma Sweeney is the owner of Emma Sweeney Agency LLC, a boutique literary agency based in New York City. ESA has had six New York Times bestsellers and represents authors who have won The Booker Prize and the American Book Award, been short-listed for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and are Guggenheim Fellows as well as the recipients of NEA grants. ESA specializes in general fiction, historical fiction and narrative nonfiction projects including memoir, history, science and religion.

Emma Sweeney is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives and the Women's Media Group, where she served as president in 2003. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in English Literature. Emma is also a writer whose own books include Tulipa (Artisan, 2000) and As Always, Jack (Little, Brown, 2002; Back Bay Books, 2003; Axios Press 2012).

4J: Ask the Marketing Director

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Erotica, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Horror, Multi-Cultural, Offbeat/Quirky, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Western, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Cultural/Social Issues, History, Memoir, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Science, Spirituality
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Biography, Business, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, Home/Design, Journalism, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Parenting, Pets, Photography, Pop Culture, Religion, Self-Help, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Alice Tasman (Literary Agent)
Alice Tasman Alice Tasman has been a literary agent at JVNLA since 1995. Her writers have earned numerous awards and honors, including the Calvino Prize, the C. Hugh Holman Award, the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, the O. Henry Prize, and the Willie Morris Award. Her authors' writing has appeared in The New York Times, Best American Short Stories, McSweeney's, One Story, Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, The Normal School, and A Public Space. Awards and honors for her middle grade writers include the following: Texas Bluebonnet Award, Newbery Award nominee, Cybil Award nominee.

She loves finding debut writers and is committed to working with authors over the long term. She is very hands-on in every stage of the publishing process—from editing manuscripts and refining proposals, to amassing the perfect list of editors for the project and negotiating contracts, to actively working with publishers on the publicity and marketing of the books.

Alice earned her BA from Brown University and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Offbeat/Quirky, Short Story Collections, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Children's, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Thrillers/Suspense
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Memoir, Narrative
Non-Fiction Considerations:
None

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Mitchell Waters (Literary Agent)
Mitchell Waters Mitchell Waters has been an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. for nineteen years. Prior to joining the agency, he was a doctoral student specializing in 19th Century British Literature at Fordham University. He represents an eclectic array of writers of both literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, and prescriptive non-fiction. Some of his recent and forthcoming titles include Where You Can Find Me by Sheri Joseph, The Paternity Test by Michael Lowenthal, Nearer Home and Family Trouble by Joy Castro, Death of a Dyer by Eleanor Kuhns, The Unseen World of Poppy Malone by Suzanne Harper, Now and Yesterday by Stephen Greco (Kensington, May 2014), I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy (Doubleday, June 2014) and Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark (Little, Brown, August 2014). He also proudly represents the estates of Louis Auchincloss and Frederik Pohl.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Women's Fiction
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Children's, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Erotica, Family Saga, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Horror, Middle Grade, Military/Espionage, Multi-Cultural, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Biography, Celebrity, Cookbooks, Cultural/Social Issues, Film & Entertainment, Food & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness, History, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Self-Help
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Art, Business, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Finance, Gardening, Gay & Lesbian, Gift Books, Home/Design, How-To, Humor, Journalism, Juvenile, Medical, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Politics, Religion, Science, Spirituality, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Kent Wolf (Literary Agent)
Kent Wolf Kent D. Wolf, an agent at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin, began his publishing career in 1997 at Dalkey Archive Press. After eight years in subsidiary rights at Harcourt Trade Publishers, he launched a career as a literary agent with his first book sold as an agent spending over ten weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Kent represents a number of bestselling and award-winning authors and is on the lookout for literary fiction, upmarket women's fiction, memoir, pop culture, all types of narrative nonfiction, and select YA. He is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives and PEN.

Seats Remaining: 0

Fiction Specialties:
Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
Fiction Considerations:
Adventure, Chick Lit, Children's, Crime, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Military/Espionage, Mystery, Offbeat/Quirky, Science Fiction, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense
Non-Fiction Specialties:
Biography, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Film & Entertainment, Humor, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Pop Culture, Travel
Non-Fiction Considerations:
Adventure/True Story, Business, Celebrity, Dating/Relationships, Finance, Food & Lifestyle, Gay & Lesbian, History, How-To, Journalism, Juvenile, Medical, Military/War, Music, Nature/Ecology, Pets, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science, Spirituality, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Issues

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Porter Anderson (Special Guest)
Porter Anderson Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson), BA, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in book publishing and its digital disruption.

He is programming the first-ever BookExpo America (BEA) setting for entrepreneurial authors, the uPublishU AUTHOR HUB, for the trade-show floor of #BEA14, May 29-31, 2014.

He is speaking at the Klopotek Publishers Forum 2014 in Berlin this spring, and his Porter Anderson Media consultancy is a Media Partner with the London Book Fair #LBF14. He also has spoken this year at the all-new London Author Fair and at Bath Spa University in the UK, as well as at the debut of PubSmart, a new conference for writers in his hometown, Charleston.

Anderson's weekly "Porter Anderson Meets" newsmaker interview is read in London's The Bookseller and conducted live on Twitter with the hashtag #PorterMeets.

His "Writing on the Ether" column is read at JaneFriedman.com.

His Issues on the Ether, a column and live discussion hashtagged #EtherIssue, is read on the international Publishing Perspectives site produced by the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Anderson’s media outlets have included CNN-USA, CNN International, CNN.com, and The Village Voice, The Dallas Times Herald, and many others.

His diplomatic posting to Rome with the United Nations made him the World Food Programme’s first Creative Advisor and Multimedia Manager. He also served as Executive Producer with INDEX: Design to Improve Life, the Danish government's program to award international humanitarian design.

More is at PorterAnderson.com.

3H: What Every Literary Writer Needs To Know About the Digital Disruption: A Town Hall Debate

7K: How to Catch The Reviewer's Eye

Porter Anderson is a consultant for the Social Media Mart.

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Michael Borum (Special Guest)
Michael Borum Michael Borum has been working in digital media since 1994, holding in leadership positions at agencies and non-profits in technical, marketing, and creative roles. In addition to his extensive corporate experience, he established his own digital marketing agency, etherweave, in 2002, with a mission to serve writers, artists, and small non-profits. Since then, Michael has worked with over 60 authors (across multiple genres), publishing houses, and literary agencies to help them build strong and successful online presences. His clients have included authors Steve Almond, Christopher Castellani, Kevin Young, Margot Livesey, Scott Heim, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, Stephen McCauley, Aminatta Forna, Elinor Lipman, Michael Lowenthal, Stacy Schiff, Caryl Phillips, Tom Perrotta, Robin Hemley, Mameve Medwed, Carla Kaplan, Michael Rowe, Peter Spiegelman, Cormac McCarthy (for whom he developed a website on behalf of Knopf), Alfred A. Knopf, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, PEN New England, and Grub Street. He resides in Boston, where he works for international non-profit Oxfam America.

Michael Borum is a consultant for the Social Media Mart.

Seats Remaining: 0

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Crystal King (Special Guest)
Crystal King Crystal King is a 20 year marketing and communications veteran. Currently she manages social media for Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and has led global social media programs for companies such as CA Technologies and Sybase. Crystal is also a freelance writer and Pushcart-nominated poet who has recently finished her first novel and embarking upon her second. She holds an M.A. in Critical & Creative Thinking from UMass Boston where she centered her thesis on developing a system to help fiction writers in progress. Crystal has taught classes in writing, creativity and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, Mass College of Art and UMass Boston. Find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/crystallynking, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/crystallyn and on Google+ at http://gplus.to/crystallyn.

Crystal King is a consultant for the Social Media Mart.

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Kristen McLean is a consultant for the Social Media Mart.

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Lauren Vargas (Special Guest)
Lauren Vargas Lauren Vargas, Head of Social Media and Community at Aetna, is based in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a well known community management blogger and speaker who has developed an expertise in integrating social media tools into marketing and business strategy.

Vargas is a multi-faceted communications professional with experience in internal and external corporate communications, governmental affairs and community relations. As a professional and former adjunct university professor, she assists companies and second-career students engage with the communities they serve by fostering authentic relationships built on trust through conversations and participatory media.

Lauren Vargas is a consultant for the Social Media Mart.

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