PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2017 Philadelphia Writing Workshop are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind. More 2017 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.
Kimiko Nakamura is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary. Kimiko represents fiction (both YA and adult) within the genres of contemporary, literary, historical, and women’s fiction. She loves projects that reimagine what’s possible, characters with something (or nothing) to lose, unique viewpoints, trailblazing heroines, and anything with elements of magical realism. For nonfiction she represents cookbooks and memoirs. On her bookshelf and in her inbox, she looks for cookbooks she can read like the Sunday morning paper and daring memoirs of people making their mark on the world. Learn more about Kimiko here.
Lauren Jablonski [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan. Lauren is interested in acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction for both young adult and adult. She enjoys contemporary, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, romance, thrillers and anything with a unique voice — especially works that promote strong female characters, inclusion, and diversity. In nonfiction, she is interested in quirky, gifty, and celebrity projects as well as memoir, pop-science, business, and projects about strong women. She loves being sucked into worlds she knows nothing about. Learn more about Lauren here.
Kirsten Carleton [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with The Prospect Agency. She is seeking the following fiction genres: action, adventure, crime, fantasy, general, historical, humor, LGBTQ, literary, military, mystery, science fiction, thriller, and young adult. “I’m interested in YA, speculative, and literary fiction in which I connect with the characters and can’t wait to read what they will do next. Great writing is a must, but not enough to stand alone: I want plot, action, movement.” Learn more about Kirsten here.
Kaylee Davis is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary. Kaylee is actively acquiring middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction — particularly sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, literary, and LGBTQ. She is drawn to exciting, thought-provoking stories with a fresh perspective that explores what it means to be human. She loves plot twists, genre-bending, unlikely allies, flawed heroes, and stories that are both literally and figuratively out of this world. Learn more about Kaylee here.
Jennifer Unter [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent and the founder of The Unter Agency. The Unter Agency represents quality fiction and general nonfiction. Her nonfiction interests include memoir, food/cooking, nature/environment, biography, pop culture, travel/adventure, true crime, politics and health/fitness. Adult fiction interests are women’s/book club fiction and literary fiction. She is also open to seeing commercial thrillers and mysteries. (No romance or sci-fi or fantasy, please.) The Unter Agency also represents all types of children’s literature — picture books, middle grade, and young adult. Learn more about Jennifer here.
Amy Stern [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. She is currently accepting picture book, middle grade, and young adult submissions from authors and illustrators, particularly if the work explores underrepresented identities. She is open to picture book text submissions. She’s not your best bet for a heterosexual romance or historical fiction, but is open to pretty much anything else in all categories of kidlit. Learn more about Amy here.
Kelly Peterson is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary. She represents middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult. In middle grade, she seeks adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi with a lot of humor. In young adult, she seeks all sub-genres with an emphasis on fantasy, sci-fi, and diverse voices. In new adult and adult, she seeks contemporary romance that makes her sob uncontrollably. She specifically loves strong and witty voices, independent female characters, and a lot of action. Learn more about Kelly here.
Kimberly Brower [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Brower Literary & Management. She is interested in commercial and upmarket fiction, with an emphasis in general/book club fiction, psychological thrillers, contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and young adult (all genres). However, she is always looking for books that she wants to stay up all night reading, unable to put them down, regardless of what genre an author classifies it as. She loves stories that bring her into a world she doesn’t want to leave and characters that have strong character arcs. Learn more about Kimberly here.
Quressa Robinson [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with the D4EO Literary Agency and is actively building her client list. She represents adult science fiction, adult fantasy, speculative/magical realism, upmarket and commercial women’s fiction, historical fiction, family sagas, contemporary young adult, and YA/adult crossover material that’s sci-fi or fantasy. In nonfiction, she seeks celebrity books, pop culture books, and popular science. “I am particularly interested in OwnVoices and inclusive narratives. Genre bending is also great — i.e. epic fantasy romance or upmarket fantasy.” Learn more about Quressa here.
Hannah Fergesen [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with KT Literary. She represents young adult and middle grade, as well as some select adult fiction. In YA and MG, she is looking for speculative and contemporary stories, running the gamut from fantasy, mystery, horror and magical realism, to family-oriented dramas, historical fiction, and stories dealing with contemporary issues, such as mental health or addiction. In adult fiction, she wants weird and/or lyrical fantasies and speculative mysteries (such as anything by Neil Gaiman and Chuck Wendig) and stories with a good twist, like Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Learn more about Hannah here.
Erica Bauman [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, and is actively building her client list. She is seeking middle grade (all genres), young adult (all genres), and children’s nonfiction. In adult fiction, she seeks commercial fiction, women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, and historical fiction. For nonfiction, she seeks memoir and pop culture. Learn more about Erica here.
Damian McNicholl [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. He is looking for great nonfiction and fiction that appeals to a wide audience and makes people think, laugh, and sob. In fiction, his interests are accessible literary, upmarket commercial, historical, and some offbeat/quirky stories. Nonfiction interests are memoir, biography, history, investigative journalism and current events especially cultural, legal as well as LGBT issues that can help lead to meaningful change in society. Learn more about Damian here.
John Willig is a literary agent with Literary Services, Inc. John is primarily interested in: narrative nonfiction that shines a light on new topics, events or perspectives and research-based prescriptive nonfiction. Categories of interest include: science, psychology, history, politics, current events, business, travel, food/cooking, crafts, lifestyle/personal growth (please no memoirs), and reference. John’s also interested in historical fiction — crime/mystery and literary. Learn more about John here.
Vanessa Robins [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking: new adult—all, especially humorous; young adult—gritty plots with diverse characters; adult fiction—thought out thrillers, romance with strong female leads, heavily science-based sci-fi, and sports-centric plots; nonfiction—memoirs including coming of age, cultural/ethnic/sexuality, survivor, and humor themed. Bonus points for medical narratives (characters with medical illnesses and chronic diseases, or MS told through a medical professional’s view point). Learn more about Vanessa here.
Eric Smith [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with P.S. Literary. He is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in young adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), new adult, and literary and commercial fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in cookbooks, pop culture, humor, essay collections, and blog-to-book ideas. Learn more about Eric here.
Marie Lamba [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary. She is seeking: middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, especially with diverse points of view, or a STEM tie-in. She also wants general adult fiction and women’s fiction. She’d love to find an original women’s novel that would inspire the next smart and funny chick flick. Marie wants memoirs with strong voices and unique, inspiring stories (especially foodie memoirs, or ones with a celebrity or pop culture connection). She also represents a select number of established illustrators and picture book authors. She’d love a fresh non-gory ghost story for any age, and she’s fascinated with hidden treasures, artifacts and with discovering ancient civilizations right beneath our feet. Marie is a huge fan of folklore and fairy tales, and, while she wouldn’t want a retelling, she always enjoy those elements woven into a story in a unique way. Overall, books that are original, moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome. Learn more about Marie here.
Caitlin McDonald is a literary agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. She represents adult and young adult speculative fiction, primarily science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related subgenres, as well as contemporary fiction about geeky characters. She also handles a small amount of nonfiction in geeky areas, with a focus on feminist theory/women’s issues and pop culture. She enjoys secondary world fantasy, alternate history, genre-bending, cross-genre fiction, stories that examine tropes from a new angle, and diversity of all kinds (including ,but not limited to, race, gender, sexuality, and ability, in both characters and worldbuilding). Learn more about Caitlin here.
Adriana Dominguez is a literary agent with Full Circle Literary. Unfortunately, she has had to cancel her appearance at the event.
Elizabeth Copps is a literary agent with Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc. Unfortunately, she has had to cancel her appearance at the event.
Amy Singh is an acquiring editor with Skyhorse Publishing. Unfortunately, she has had to cancel her appearance at the event.
More 2017 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.
These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.
(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained on this website.)