PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2018 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 2018 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.
Moe Ferrara is a literary agent with BookEnds Literary Agency. Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres–especially science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and light horror. The right contemporary or paranormal romance (sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest. She’s LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back pocket. Learn more about Moe here.
Lucinda Karter is a literary agent with Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. “On the fiction side, I am looking for upmarket commercial fiction, be it a thriller or a literary novel. I also represent historical or literary young adult novels and am seeking young adult nonfiction. I also have a few children’s book authors. I do not represent fantasy or science fiction. I seek out strong voices and good style and pacing. I am also looking for serious nonfiction, in either memoir, biography, or economics/finance. That said, an important current events book or a true crime book would interest me too. I’m also interested in works about food and health.” Learn more about Lucinda here.
Rahiem Jerome Brooks heads Prodigy Gold Books, a small traditional press, as CEO and Publisher. Prodigy Gold Books is seeking: commercial YA and adult projects in the following genres: speculative fiction (horror, science fiction, fantasy, and all sub-genres), African-American fiction, mystery/suspense, thrillers, historical fiction, and general/literary fiction. “We’re looking for strong plots that are ninety-percent complete and needs the Prodigy team to bring out that last ten-percent.” Learn more about Rahiem here.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. Personally, she seeks Christian nonfiction for adults, and picture books (secular and Christian) for children. That said, she is taking pitches for her entire agency and co-agents, and is happy to hear pitches for science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. Nonfiction areas of interest for the agency include theology, Bible studies, religious/inspirational, professional, church issues, social/cultural issues, career, and reference. She takes both secular and Christian submissions. No erotica or very vulgar manuscripts, please. Learn more about Michelle here.
Damian McNicholl [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary. He is seeking: great nonfiction and fiction that appeals to a wide audience and makes people think, laugh and sob. “In fiction, my interests are novels that hit the sweet spot between literary and commercial and select offbeat/quirky. Nonfiction interests are memoir, biography, history, investigative journalism and current events especially cultural, legal and LGBTQ issues that can help lead to meaningful change in society. Please do not pitch him genre fiction. That means no mystery, thriller, romance, science fiction, or fantasy. Learn more about Damian here.
Alec Shane is a literary agent with Writers House. “On the fiction side, I love mysteries, thrillers (although I’m experiencing a bit of terrorist fatigue at the moment), bad-ass protagonists with a chip on their shoulders, beautifully told historical fiction (The Vietnam War, the Maccabees, and The American Revolution fascinate me in particular), well-researched adventure stories, and great horror. In terms of children’s books, getting boys to read again is especially important to me, and thus I’m particularly on the lookout for a fun middle-grade adventure series, ghost story, or anything else geared toward younger male readers. On the nonfiction side, I’m attracted to odd, quirky histories, military history, biographies of people I didn’t even know existed (but definitely should have), ‘guy’ reads, humor, narrative nonfiction that sheds light on under-the-radar events and lifestyles, and all things sports.” Learn more about Alec here.
Stephany Evans [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Pande Literary. Stephany has represented nonfiction writers in the areas of health and wellness, spirituality, lifestyle, food and drink, and sustainability, running and fitness, memoir and narrative nonfiction. She also represents a range of women’s fiction, from literary to upmarket commercial, to romance, as well as crime fiction (mysteries, thrillers), and the occasional literary or commercial novel not aimed at a female market. She is looking for fine, accomplished writing, whether the work is by a first time or established author. She loves to be told a great story! Learn more about Stephany 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.
Amelia Appel is a literary agent with TriadaUS Literary. For adult fiction, she is most interested in literary fiction, mystery, thriller, upmarket women’s fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and horror. Projects with a smart, distinct voice, a fantastic setting to jump into, and/or a witty protagonist are all up her alley. She is not looking for romance novels. For adult nonfiction, she is primarily looking for creative (narrative) nonfiction, humor, sports, how-to, pop culture, and true crime. She is not looking to represent memoir. For YA, she is particularly interested in stories with a savvy protagonist and a slightly dark tone that deal with serious coming-of-age issues well. Learn more about Amelia here.
Marie Lamba is a literary agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. What she is looking for: ”I’m currently seeking middle grade and young adult fiction and no-fiction, especially with diverse points of view, or a STEM tie-in. I also want general adult fiction and women’s fiction. I’d love to find an original women’s novel that would inspire the next smart and funny chick flick. I want memoirs with strong voices and unique, inspiring stories (especially foodie memoirs, or ones with a celebrity or pop culture connection). I also represent a select number of established illustrators and picture book authors.” Learn more about Marie 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.
Alyssa Eisner Henkin [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary with Trident Media. She represents the entire spectrum of kidlit: picture books, middle grade, and young adult. In middle grade and young adult fiction and memoir, Alyssa craves tight plotting, lyrical prose, rich regional flavors, and unexpected conclusions. She especially enjoys mysteries, period pieces, contemporary school-settings, issues of social justice, family sagas, eerie magical realism, and retellings of classics. On the picture book front, Alyssa is considering texts alone as well as fully-illustrated dummies. She adores rhyming stories when they gracefully roll off the tongue. She’s also drawn to biographies, fresh spins on seasonal themes, and inventive premises that make one stop, think and laugh. In kidlit nonfiction, history and STEM/STEAM themes are always intriguing. Alyssa would also love to find a series with the interactive spirit of a trivia game. Learn more about Alyssa here.
Cari Lamba is a literary agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. Children’s novels: “I’m interested in middle grade fiction with wacky plots (Roald Dahl is a favorite of mine) and characters that drive the story. I would also like contemporary stories that are both humorous and heartfelt. Both fiction and nonfiction picture books are welcome. I’m looking for unique ideas with fun and quirky elements as well as sweet, endearing picture books. In nonfiction I’m especially looking for strong female role-models. For adult fiction, “I’m looking for commercial fiction with original plots and clever characters. While I’m not interested in romance novels, elements of romance are welcome. I also have particular interest in mystery/detective fiction, and novels with culinary ties. I’m NOT interested in science fiction, horror, high fantasy, Christian fiction, political novels, or books with extremely violent elements.” Learn more about Cari here.
Anjali Singh is a literary agent with Pande Literary. As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or nonfiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, literary thrillers, memoirs, YA literature and graphic novels. She is a member of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Learn more about Anjali here.
Nadia Cornier is a literary agent and the founder of Firebrand Literary, and is also taking pitches on behalf of Firebrand Publishing. “As an agency, we are looking for amazing women’s fiction, romance, and middle grade fiction. Nadia really loves historical romance with witty banter and swoon-worthy heroes. Cristi likes smart, sassy characters and a tightly woven plot. For Firebrand Publishing, Nadia looking for amazing nonfiction and is open to considering middle grade series (although that would be new for the imprint). Nonfiction interests: Christian, cooking, health & fitness, relationships, business (especially online business), software design-related texts, and anything to do with homesteading. The imprint pays a small advance and excellent royalties. Learn more about Nadia here.
More 2018 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.)