Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Tia Mele of Talcott Notch Literary

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 10.30.30 PM.pngTia Mele is a literary agent with Talcott Notch Literary.

She is seeking: middle grade and young adult projects in any genre. “I’m especially interested in dark middle grade and contemporary YA. Please send me your LGBT+ stories, as well as stories featuring visible and invisible illnesses, especially relating to mental health. I like everything from deep, terrifying thrillers to sweet, heartwarming romances. Sports plots are always interesting to me, especially if they involve baseball or softball. Dogs are a huge part of my life, so I’m all for dog-related stories as well!”

Tia is also seeking limited adult projects in women’s fiction and romance. In nonfiction, she is looking for anything sports related, especially baseball, football, or basketball. “I’m also open to cookbooks from chefs who have a following from a blog or channel.”

“When I was in elementary school, our library held a contest to have breakfast with the author of a popular series. For each book from the series you borrowed from the library, you got one entry into the breakfast raffle. I read as many books as my brain could handle, including the ones I’d already read in order to get extra entries, but I still didn’t win the contest. It was disappointing, but looking back, that was when I realized just how much I love books and reading. Despite being an avid reader, writer, and book-lover, I ended up in school for Music Business. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a semester into my degree, I realized my favorite class was actually the English GenEd I was taking. It only made sense to switch gears, so I transferred to the University of Connecticut and completed a B.A. in English. After finishing my undergraduate studies, I went on to earn a M.A. in English and Creative Writing.”

“When I’m not exploring new worlds in literature, you can probably find me visiting MLB stadiums (I’ve been to 10 of 30!), cheering on the Yard Goats, or hanging out with my dogs and rabbit.”

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