Get to Know an Agent Assistant in Attendance: Rae Loverde of Donald Maass Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 6.06.26 PM.pngRae Loverde is an agent assistant at Donald Maass Literary Agency. At the 2022 online events, she will be acting as a literary scout — taking pitches at the workshop on behalf of her co-agents.

Her co-agent Cameron McClure represents a small and select group of authors and specializes in fiction. She is especially looking for projects that combine genre style plotting with literary quality writing. She’s up for anything speculative, and is interested in seeing science-fiction and fantasy, mystery and suspense, horror, and projects with multi-cultural, international, environmental, and LGBTQIA+ themes. Some of Cameron’s clients include Robert McCammon, Robert Jackson Bennett, Ada Palmer, Micaiah Johnson, Jonathan French, S.B. Divya, Molly Tanzer, Andy Marino, Ruthanna Emrys, and Amy Alko


Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Zoe Bodzas of McIntosh & Otis

Zoe Bodzas is a literary agent with McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

She is seeking:

For fiction, interested in dark comedy, dry humor, coming of age, campy/pulpy sensibility, strong and uncommon settings, dysfunctional family sagas, offbeat coming-of-age, graphic novels, friend groups, ghosts, outcasts and underdogs, books that feel like new Netflix romcoms, stories with unconventional structures/forms, novels by poets, #OwnVoices projects.

For nonfiction, interested in the Internet, gender, travel, design, forgotten histories, subcultures, mental health, pop culture, climate, family.

In general, looking to champion books that bend the rules, raise voices that are often overlooked, and offer readers something unusually funny, beautiful, or surreal.

No young adult, please.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Léonicka Valcius of Transatlantic Literary

Léonicka Valcius is a literary agent at Transatlantic Literary.

Areas of interest:

“As I build my client list, I will be co-agenting with senior literary agents at Transatlantic.

“I am eager to work with people of color, including (but not limited to) trans people, disabled people, religious minorities, and queer folks.

Adult and Young Adult fiction: “I like books I can read on a beach vacation — fun commercial fiction, romance that ranges from sweet to steamy, otherworldly fantasy, and sweeping historical fiction. For reference, my faves include Kevin Kwan, Alisha Rai, N.K. Jemisin, Philippa Gregory, Nicola Yoon, Marie Lu, and Elizabeth Wein. I do not represent literary fiction, mysteries or thrillers.”

Middle Grade and younger: “I love humour, adventure, and make believe. I also enjoy stories about children navigating their changing relationships with family and friends. I strongly prefer books with at least one human character. My faves include Jason Reynolds, Dan Santat, Dav Pilkey, and Christopher Paul Curtis. I do not represent picture books.”

Nonfiction: “At this time I am accepting non-fiction proposals by referral only.”

Léonicka Valcius was that kid who got in trouble for reading past her bedtime… and while the teacher was talking… and while crossing the street. In 2011 she was able to turn this obsession into an actual career, much to her mother’s relief.

After completing the publishing program at Centennial College, Léonicka interned at HarperCollins Canada before working at Scholastic Book Fairs Canada for nearly 4 years as a book buyer and marketer. She then joined the Online and Digital Sales team at Penguin Random House Canada where she sold ebooks and audiobooks. Léonicka is eager to draw from these experiences to return to her original passion: working with writers.

As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and the first Chair of the Board of the Festival of Literary Diversity, serving readers and writers of colour is the core of Léonicka’s career. She brings this same mandate to her work at Transatlantic. As Assistant Agent, Léonicka will be working closely with Senior Agents with whom she will be coagenting new clients.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Eloy Bleifuss of Janklow & Nesbit

Eloy Bleifuss is a literary agent with Janklow & Nesbit.

After a brief stint in journalism, Eloy began his publishing career as an assistant at Simon & Schuster where he worked in the editorial and publisher’s departments of the S&S, Touchstone, and Scribner imprints. Eloy switched to the agency side in 2019 when he started at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. He is building his client list and looking to work with both fiction and nonfiction writers.

Eloy is drawn to genre-blurring novels that balance character and voice with tension and plot. He enjoys stories of regular people navigating relationships and work (Bryan Washington, Deesha Philyaw, Torrey Peters, Lauren Oyler, Andrew Martin) and character-driven speculative fiction (Jeff VanderMeer, Rivers Solomon, Stephen Graham Jones, Seth Dickinson, Yoon Ha Lee). He likes writing that is dark, uncanny, funny, and queer.

When it comes to nonfiction, Eloy is interested in a broad range of categories from omnivorous cultural criticism and forgotten histories to big ideas books and relatable self-help.

A graduate of Vassar College, he hails from Chicago and now lives in Brooklyn. Some of Eloy’s clients include E.M. Tran, Claire Oleson, Julian K. Jarboe, and Jeremy Gordon.

(Headshot photo credit: Michael Baker Photography Studios)