ThrillerFest XIV • July 9 – 13, 2019 • Grand Hyatt • New York City


Please check back in early 2019 for the updated list of agents and editors who will be attending PitchFest 2019 at ThrillerFest XIV.

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2018 Agents:

Bernadette Baker-Baughman

Bio: Bernadette Baker-Baughman has a MS in Professional Writing and has worked on both the editorial and marketing sides of publishing. She began agenting in 2005, and joined Victoria Sanders & Associates in 2010.

Currently Looking For: Thrillers, Contemporary Fiction, YA, and middle grade fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels. In fiction, she gravitates towards fast paced, plot heavy books with a wide audience access point. In nonfiction, she is looking for image rich books, pop culture, art, quirky gift books, sociology, psychology, and narrative nonfiction. In graphic novels, she is seeking beautifully illustrated works of all types.

Not Looking For: N/A

Clients: The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine which is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and a SkimmReads pick. Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton which was a 2011 Kirkus Best Book and a Publishers Weekly and Library Journal BEST MYSTERY; PEN Center Award Winning author Leslye Walton; Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett whose work, Boilerplate, has been optioned for film by JJ Abrams company, Bad Robot; Eisner Award winning cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks; New York Times bestselling cartoonists Zack Giallongo, Maris Wicks, and Tony Cliff; and How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety author Zachary Auburn, among others.


Gary Brown, Koru Inc.

Bio: Gary is the co-founder and CEO of Koru Inc. He brings over 20 years of experience in publishing and licensing along with 15 years of experience in Television and entertainment.

Currently Looking For: I am looking for properties that invoke passion, both in the writing and in its appeal to the reader. Books that have franchise and or multimedia potential will be a big plus.

Not Looking For: I have an open mind.

Clients: Gary McAvoy, Soosh, Myles Knapp, Steven Marten, and Jimi Hendrix.


Chris Bucci, Cooke McDermid Agency

Bio: Chris Bucci is a literary agent, director, and full partner at CookeMcDermid Agency. He represents bestselling authors such as Bob Rae, Timothy Caulfield, Susan Delacourt, Jowita Bydlowska, James Grainger, and Kerri Sakamoto. Most recently senior editor at McClelland & Stewart, he worked primarily with non-fiction, bringing to the M&S catalogue the likes of Alain de Botton, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Watson, and Sir Martin Gilbert.

He began his career at the University of Toronto Press and soon became an acquisitions editor in social sciences and cultural studies. Bucci joined HarperCollins Canada in 2003 as a non-fiction editor. Moving to M&S in 2004, Bucci helped revitalize the McClelland & Stewart non-fiction program, establishing relationships with international authors, agents, and publishers.

Currently Looking For: Literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, commercial literary fiction, and narrative nonfiction. For nonfiction, he seeks popular science, sports, popular culture, politics, memoirs, and history.

Not Looking For: Poetry, Screenplays, Picture books, graphic novels, and religions/spirituality.

Clients: Amy Stuart, David Casarett, Sam Wiebe, Martin Gibala, Larry Burns, Jessica McDiarmid, Kirstine Stewart, James Grainger, Andrew F. Sullivan, and Amy Jones.


Allison Cohen, The Gersh Agency

Bio: Allison Cohen is a literary agent at The Gersh Agency. She got her start in publishing at Random House before moving over to the agency side of the business. Allison enjoys the freedom of working with authors across all genres – from picture books and YA to literary and commercial adult fiction and non-fiction – and is always on the lookout for new voices. Her clients include journalists, award-winning novelists, sports figures, TV/film actors, comedians, and illustrators.

Currently Looking For: Thrillers/psychological suspense, literary fiction, and commercial women’s fiction.

Not Looking For: Horror, science fiction, and romance.

Clients: Naomi Hirahara, Hy Conrad, Michael Knight, Lee Martin, Cameron Esposito, Mary Traina, Phoef Sutton, Tara Ellison, Bill Doyle, Chris Sharp, and Ed Rodriguez.


Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency

Bio: Marisa A. Corvisiero is the Founder and Senior Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, a New York City boutique literary management services agency representing authors around the world. Marisa is also a Corporate and Trust and Estates attorney with experience in top global firms and fortune 500 companies. She participates in and has taught several workshops and boot camps on writing and publishing for Writer’s Digest, at Conferences around the country, and various other Online Resources.

Currently Looking For: Marisa seeks creative stories with well-developed plots and rich characters with unique voices. She will consider Romance and Women’s Fiction, New Adult, Thrillers, Adventure, Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and any combination thereof. She is actively seeking thrilling adventure stories for YA and MG.

Not Looking For: NA I’ll consider anything in my respective categories.

Clients:  Tish Rabe, RJ Prescott, LP Dover, MJ Fields, Chelsea Camaron, JL Mac, Megan Erickson, Nicole Jacqueline, Ashley Suzanne, David Wallace, Stina Lindenblatt, Kevin James Boreaux, Kathryn Kupanoff, Kerry Adrienne, L.A. Cadieux, Ryk E. Spoor, Gwen Jones, Dan Kamin, Don Nardo, etc.


Jess Dallow, Brower Literary & Management

Bio: Having grown up with the same name as her favorite Sweet Valley High twin, Jess has always had a love for books, especially those that feature well developed, strong female characters. She is fascinated with complex characters and a world that she can fall in love with, stories that make her want to sob and laugh within minutes of each other, and a book that she can’t put down no matter what time it is or what rerun of SVU is on. She has a BFA in Writing for Film and Television from the University of the Arts and worked in entertainment for eight years before returning to her home state of NY where she worked at a literary agency for two years before joining Brower Literary & Management.

Currently Looking For: I would love psychological thrillers in either YA or adult. Anything with the FBI or serial killers is a big plus. I’m also looking for female centric mysteries/thriller with a touch of romance, but the dominant plot needs to be the thriller element.

Not Looking For: I don’t want supernatural, sci-fi, or anything military related.

Clients: Chelsea Logan, Chris Whitehead, Gabrielle DeMarco, and Annette Christie.


Tony Eldridge, Lonetree Entertainment
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Bio: Tony Eldridge is a Los Angeles based film and television producer. He developed and produced The Equalizer feature film starring Denzel Washington for Sony Pictures that was a box office blockbuster in 2014 and the sequel, The Equalizer 2 slated for release July 20, 2018. To see The Equalizer 2 movie trailer click here. His current projects include the feature film The War Magician, starring Benedict Cumberbatch for Studio Canal and a television series Joe Ledger based on Jonathan Maberry’s book series for Sony Television. His production company currently manages or controls the media rights to a number of literary properties including works by bestselling authors, Heather Graham, Eric Dezenhall, Raymond Benson, David Fisher and F. Paul Wilson.

Currently Looking For: Thrillers (suspense, crime, supernatural, erotic), mysteries, suspense horror, paranormal, futuristic, science fiction, true stories and any type of procedurals. Currently focused on character driven properties that have all of the essential elements needed to successfully make the transition from book to screen. At the moment, for big budget feature film it’s about unique characters between 15 and 35. This is what attracts the type of actor that can get a movie a greenlight from the studio. With projects developed for the independent market or for television, the age factor is less important.

Not Looking For: Anything with zombies, vampires, or werewolves.


Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency

Bio: Jessica has been with JRA since 2014. She is a native New Yorker and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in North Carolina, she interned with the editorial department of Algonquin Books, an imprint of Workman Publishing. After graduation Jessica returned to New York to work on the agency side of the business, where she feels she truly belongs. Her idea of paradise is a library on a rainy day.

Currently Looking For: Commercial women’s and book club fiction, mysteries and suspense, all genres of YA/MG, contemporary romance, the occasional historical fiction, and anything that might be read in a day on the beach.

Not Looking For: Non-fiction, Picture books, horror, poetry, or inspirational.

Clients: S.C. Perkins


Jessica Faust, BookEnds, LLC

Bio: Jessica Faust cut her teeth on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. She was riveted by Hannibal Lector and wanted to read The Alienist a thousand times over. These books, and many others, helped shape her love for mystery and desire to work in publishing. As president of BookEnds Literary Agency, Jessica has helped build the agency’s reputation as a cozy mystery powerhouse. Behind that cozy demeanor however, is a love for dark and mysterious, a passion to read more about serial killers and strong women. Jessica worked at Berkley Publishing, Macmillan and Wiley. A Minnesota girl at heart, she now lives in New Jersey with her family and their large-headed dog Buford.

Currently Looking For: Psychological & domestic suspense and thrillers, edgy female protagonists, literary and upmarket fiction, historical mysteries/suspense (especially WWII), women’s fiction, and more diverse books and own voices writers in all genres.

Not Looking For: Science Fiction or Military Thrillers.

Clients: Just a short list of some of Jessica’s amazing clients include 2016 ThrillerAward winner Michelle Painchaud, ThrillerAward nominee Shelley Coriell, New York Times bestselling authors Sheila Connolly and Ellery Adams, and Rosemary Simpson and Susan Furlong.


Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency, LLC  Twitter: @lizaroyceagency

Bio: Liza Fleissig, with her partner Ginger Harris-Dontzin, opened the Liza Royce Agency (LRA) in early 2011. Their goal was, and remains, to represent authors in all stages of their careers, from the most established to those developing their craft, as well as debuts. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a degree in Finance, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a JD, Liza is a former partner in a NYC based litigation law firm and brings more than 20 years of negotiating experience to the field. This background, along with connections rooted in publishing, movies and television, allowed them to focus and build on a referral based clientele. From picture books through adult projects, fiction and non-fiction, LRA welcomes strong voices and plot driven works. Their inaugural books became available in stores January 2013. Their first was an Edgar nominee, another was an Indie Next Pick, and two others were optioned for film. LRA’s success began right out of the gate. Here’s to more great books!

Looking For: Liza loves a good thriller/suspense/mystery that keeps her guessing until the end. She also gravitates to commercial women’s fiction and loves a sarcastic comic voice. Most of all, she loves being surprised. Nothing is more exciting that being over the moon for a book she’d never expected to like. So at the end of the day, just grab her attention, and she won’t care what the book is about!

Not looking For: Just make sure the writing is strong, and please watch out for unnatural dialogue and word repetition. Also, as much as she loves paranormal and dystopian, she is not taking any of those on at the moment.

Current Authors: Robert Bailey II, Linda Stasi, Walter Gragg, Estate of Marc Olden, among others.


Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune Agency, LLC (Will be sitting with John Talbot)

Bio: Gail Fortune is a literary agent and former book editor with over twenty five years of publishing experience. Prior to becoming an agent she spent sixteen years at Putnam Berkley (now part of Penguin Random House), where she rose from Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief to Executive Editor. Her authors won RITAs and Agatha’s and were nominated for Edgar and Anthony Awards. She has edited and agented New York Times bestsellers and Publishers Weekly Books of the Year. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Currently Looking For: Historical suspense, Historical mysteries, Mysteries (both Cozy and Traditional), and female driven suspense.

Not Looking For: Child in Jeopardy or serial killers.

Clients: N/A


Renee C. Fountain, Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management

Bio: Renee C. Fountain is the president of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management. A former television book scout, and publishing industry veteran, Ms. Fountain has more than 20 years of licensing, publishing and entertainment experience. Having worked for major publishing houses such as Harcourt and Simon & Schuster, Ms. Fountain had the great fortune of working with some of the best writers and illustrators in the publishing world.

Currently Looking For: All types of adult and YA fiction and non-fiction. I prefer thrillers, paranormal, horror/dark fantasy, pop-culture, true crime, memoirs and narrative/commercial non-fiction.

Not Looking For: Children’s Picture books/Middle Grade, short story collections, Poetry, Plot concepts based on: Bio-hazard/Viral Epidemics, terrorists of any kind, political/geopolitical themes, vampires, werewolves or witches.

Clients: Sarah Cain THE 8TH CIRCLE and ONE BY ONE (Crooked Lane) Danny Johnson, LAST ROAD HOME (Kensington), Michael Logan HELL’S DETECTIVE (Crooked Lane) Thommy Hutson NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (Permuted Press), Elizabeth Heaney THE HONOR WAS MINE (Grand Harbor), Rebecca Fox Starr BEYOND THE BABY BLUES (Rowan & Littlefield), TRAIN YOUR HEAD & YOUR BODY WILL FOLLOW- Sandy Joy Weston (Skyhorse Publishing).


Alexandra Franklin, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency

Bio: Alexandra Franklin graduated with an English major from the University of Alabama before moving to New York to become a literary agent. She joined the Vicky Bijur Literary Agency after internships and assistant experience at Writers House, HSG Agency, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, and Scholastic’s Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Currently Looking For: Realistic upmarket and literary fiction. Attention to well-crafted, intelligent prose is a plus; she’s drawn to smart projects–particularly literary mysteries–with a strong voice and a complex protagonist.

Not Looking For: YA, paranormal, sci-fi, noir, or romance.

Clients: N/A


Lori Galvin, Aevitas Creative Management

Bio: Lori Galvin is a literary agent at Aevitas Creative Management. She started her publishing career in the manuscript editing department in Trade at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, then later moved to America’s Test Kitchen, where she edited many landmark cookbooks. Moving to the agency side has allowed her to expand her expertise into fiction and nonfiction. Among her book deals, she has sold a debut author’s thriller in a 2-book deal to Ballantine and a debut author’s memoir to Knopf.

Currently Looking For: Thrillers/psychological suspense, contemporary noir, cozy culinary mysteries, horror, true crime, and commercial fiction.

Not Looking For: Science fiction, romance, or children’s.

Clients: Cambria Brockman, Eleanor Goodman, Hannah Kirshner, Kim Nelson, Kwame Onwuachi, and Sandy Pool.


Joshua Getzler, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency

Bio: Josh left Harcourt in 1993 to get an MBA from Columbia Business School. After Business School, Josh spent 11 years owning and operating a minor league baseball team (the Staten Island Yankees). He left baseball in late 2006 and rejoined the book world on the agent side. Josh worked at Writers House until November 2009, then joined Russell and Volkening. In May 2011, he partnered with Carrie Hannigan and Jesseca Salky to create HSG, and has been actively and happily running his list.

Currently Looking For: Josh is looking for foreign and historical thrillers and mysteries. He’d LOVE a good French Revolution novel. Strong atmosphere pieces are always welcome, especially if they teach the reader about another time or place.

Not Looking For: Religious fiction, illness memoirs, sci-fi, or picture books.

Clients: Samuel Thomas, Ph.D., Steve Hockensmith, Elaine Powell, Dana Cameron, Helen Wan, Frankie Bailey, Linda Hull, Julia Hersey, Sheila W. Boneham, Ph.D., James Phelan, Krishnadev Calamur, Jeff Cohen, Gerald Elias, Paul Goldberg, Keith Raffel, Linda Sands, Todd Moss, Brian O’Reilly.


Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group

Bio: Mark Gottlieb has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on Publishers Marketplace in Overall Deals and other individual categories. Using that same initiative and insight for identifying talented writers, he is actively building his own client list of authors. Mark is excited to work directly with authors, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available at book publishing’s leading literary agency, Trident Media Group. Since his time at Trident, he has represented numerous New York Times bestselling, as well as award-winning authors, and has optioned and sold numerous books to film and TV production companies. Mark is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres.

Currently Looking For: Mark is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres.

Not Looking For: Poetry, novellas, or short stories.

Clients: Some of the mystery/crime/thriller clients Mark represents include Christopher Brown, Chuck Grossart, Christopher Hinz, Levis Keltner, Gale Massey, Kate Moretti, Lisa Preston, Brad Smith, Timothy Jay Smith, and J.B. Turner.


Sandra Harding, Spencerhill Associates

Bio: Sandy Harding joined Spencerhill Associates in late 2015. Before that she worked for fifteen years at Penguin Random House and Penguin Group, USA, most recently as a Senior Editor at NAL, where she edited crime fiction, mystery and women’s fiction. As an editor she was fortunate to work with New York Times bestselling authors including T. Jefferson Parker and Victoria Laurie, and critically acclaimed authors such as Marcus Sakey and D.P. Lyle. But she also loved discovering new voices in unexpected places.

Currently Looking For: Psychological suspense, thrillers, crime fiction, mysteries of all sorts (mainstream, upmarket, historical, paranormal, cozy), upmarket commercial women’s fiction, historical fiction and book club fiction. She has a weakness for complicated protagonists, stories told from multiple POVs and intriguing settings/worlds, but mostly she seeks a book with a voice so riveting and a plot so compelling you simply cannot stop reading.

Not Looking For: Westerns, horror, poetry, middle grade, picture books, screenplays, and nonfiction.

Clients: As a newer agent Sandy is building her list, which currently includes Los Angeles Times bestselling author Patricia Smiley.


Elizabeth Kracht, Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Bio: Elizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010 as a literary agent and also works as a freelance developmental editor coaching authors. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist, and writer.

Currently Looking For: In fiction, she represents thrillers, mysteries, literary, commercial, women’s, and historical. In nonfiction, she is interested in finding true crime, investigative journalism, narrative/creative nonfiction, prescriptive, voice- or adventure-driven memoir, high concept, science, spirituality, sexuality, self-help, and pet stories.

Not Looking For: Elizabeth is not looking for children’s, poetry or short story collections, screenplays, and previously published works.

Clients: Elizabeth represents NFL Player Nate Solder of The New York Giants; Special Agent and two-time Bronze Star Medal recipient Tj Turner (Lincoln’s Bodyguard Series); Author, Actor, and Comedian Danny Gardner (Tales of Elliot Caprice Series); former Prison Administrator James L’Etoile (Detective Penley Series); retired FBI agent Art Kerns (Hayden Stone Series); Joe Clifford’s Lamentation Series; James Scarantino (Denise Aragon Series); Mia Thompson (Sapphire Dubois Series); Lily Gardner (Lennox Cooper Series); and Patricia Santos Marcantonio (Felicity Carrol Series), among others.


Andrew Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency

Bio: Andrew Lampack was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in English and interned at Simon & Schuster before moving to Los Angeles where he worked in film and television production for six years. He returned to New York and joined the Peter Lampack Agency in 2002. In addition to literary representation, he has also negotiated a number of theatrical rights deals based on existing client’s work.

Currently looking for: Commercial and literary fiction as well as non-fiction by recognized experts in a given field.

Not looking for: Horror, Westerns, Science Fiction, Romance, and Children’s Books.

Clients: Agency clients include: Patrick Foss, Michael Levine & Laura Kavanau-Levine, Dr. Richard Cytowic, Clive Cussler, Gerry Spence and J.M. Coetzee among others.


Kim Lionetti, BookEnds, LLC

Bio: With over twenty years of publishing experience, Kim has worked with award winners and bestsellers in a variety of genres. Using the editorial skills learned during her first eight years in the industry at Berkley Publishing, Kim helps authors shape their works into books their readers will love. Her love of fiction began in middle school when she raided her grandmother’s collection of gothic romances and then eventually evolved into addictions to Dean Koontz and Harlan Coben novels. With a client list that covers mysteries, suspense, women’s fiction, young adult and romance, Kim loves a wide variety of page-turners and is always eager to find exciting new voices in these genres.

Currently Looking For: Kim is hungry to find more #ownvoices, and as an autism mom, is especially interested in finding more stories featuring neurodiverse characters, and those with special needs. Kim’s tastes tend to run dark and gritty in both historical and contemporary suspense, and she looks for stories that are very atmospheric with a defined sense of place. She’s eager to see domestic suspense with a unique hook, and that also hugs the line with women’s fiction, focusing on relationships along with a tight, twisty plot. She’d love to find an unputdownable young adult thriller to add to her list.

Not Looking For: Political/medical thrillers, techno-thrillers or science fiction.

Clients:  Some of Kim’s clients include: NYT bestselling mystery writers, Sofie Kelly and Bailey Cates; NYT bestselling young adult and romantic suspense author, Christie Craig (aka C. C. Hunter); Helen Hoang (author of the upcoming The Kiss Quotient); James Markert (historical fiction and suspense, What Blooms from Dust ); Rochelle Weinstein (women’s fiction, Somebody’s Daughter); internationally bestselling romance author Nicola Marsh.


Albert Longden, Albert T. Longden Agency

Bio: I look for the cream within this milk-jug of an industry. With a limited amount of time, I want writers that are preferably experienced and are willing to listen to productive critiques of their work. I love old fashioned story telling in the mode of an Earl Biggers, Conan Doyle, Sax Rohmer, Rider Haggard, Kipling, Poe and Bourroughs. More recently, E. Peters, Anne Rice, Laurie King and Preston & Childs are my favorites. Look to these authors with a creative current-thinking attitude and you’ll have something. 35+ years within the publishing industry in all areas: editorial, product development, sales, foreign rights, administration, fulfillment and distribution. I’ve been a CFO, COO, VP and Publisher at major and minor houses and imprints. A writer and entrepreneur, I look for commercial projects with a strong literary attitude. If you’re looking for an Editor, this is, currently, the wrong agency for you.

Currently Looking For: Currently looking for non-fiction political or business related titles that have curb appeal for the general public. I am additionally looking for; Thrillers, mysteries, Gothic tales, and suspense novels, preferably from authors with a back list.

Not Looking For: Not now looking for the following genres: Urban tales of suspense or horror, children’s books, historical fiction, YA, western action or romance.

Clients: The estate of Sax Rohmer, Lisa Rogers, Richard Sand, Barry Grant, Harry & Maria Towers, William J. Morin, Sandra Cuza, Dr. Carl Metzger, James Vanore, Stuart Canterbury, Koos Herkaik, Marci Lee and more.


Sandy Lu, L. Perkins Agency

Bio: Sandy Lu joined L. Perkins Agency in 2009 and is actively building her client list. She holds BAs in psychology and sociology from Queens College, with minors in music, business, and Japanese. Prior to becoming an agent, she attended the Ph.D. Program in Social and Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center and worked as a business manager in the theater industry. Originally from Taiwan, she is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.

Sandy is looking for submissions that will draw her in with a unique voice, make her miss her subway stop and keep her up all night. She especially loves historical fiction and anything dark, twisted, or with a supernatural bent. For more information, please visit

Currently Looking For: Fiction: mystery/crime, thriller, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, psychological suspense, upmarket women’s fiction, and YA. Non-fiction: narrative, history, biography, science, and pop culture.

Not Looking For: Picture books, graphic novels, religions/spirituality, politics/current affairs, sports, and how-to/self-help.

Clients: Jennifer Harlow, Michael Boccacino, Dot Hutchison, Kim Foster, Robin Riopelle, C.V. Wyk, M. H. Boroson, and Randall Silvis.


Gina Maccoby, Gina Maccoby Literary Agency
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Bio: Gina Maccoby is a New York literary agent representing authors of literary and upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction for adults and children, including New York Times bestselling and award-winning titles. Gina is a member of the AAR, served four terms on the AAR Board of Directors, and is a member of both the Royalties and Contracts Committees. She belongs to SCBWI and is a long-time member of the Authors Guild. Prior to establishing her own agency in 1986 she was a literary agent at Russell & Volkening for six years where she handled her own clients as well as first serial, foreign, and movie rights for the agency. Gina grew up mostly in Northern California and graduated with Honors from Harvard College.

Currently Looking For: First and foremost she is captured by an engaging narrative voice; across all forms she is looking for strong storytelling and fresh perspectives. In fiction she is looking for upmarket novels, mysteries and thrillers, middle grade, and young adult. Areas of interest in nonfiction include history, biography, narrative journalism, current events, and popular science. She’d love to find a mystery with series potential, featuring an appealing protagonist (unusual background and skills?) and interesting setting.

Not Looking For: Picture books, science fiction, genre romance, cannibalistic serial killers, horror, or true crime.

Clients: Linda Barnes, Rick Riordan, Janet Taylor Lisle, Prof. Donald L. Miller, Lono Waiwaiole, Elizabeth Lim, Patricia Polacco, among others.


Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Agency

Bio: Paula Munier brings twenty years’ experience as a writer, acquisitions editor, and content specialist for such media giants as Disney, WGBH, and F&W Media to her work as a literary agent. She’s the author of PLOT PERFECT: Building Unforgettable Stories Scene By Scene. Munier has been with Talcott Notch Literary for three years. In that time she’s sold projects to HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, Sourcebooks, Penguin Random House, Skyhorse Publishing, Kensington, Career Press, Koehler Books, Crooked Lane Books, Entangled, F&W Media, New Horizon Press, and Five Star, among others.

Currently Looking For: Crime fiction of all kinds, true crime, women’s fiction, literary fiction, high-concept SF/fantasy, YA, and nonfiction.

Not Looking For: Paranormal, picture books, memoir, and poetry.

Clients: Kim Van Alkemade (Orphan #8), Brian Thiem (Red Line), Cate Holahan (Dark Turns), Michele Dorsey (No Virgin Island), Vaughn Hardacker (Sniper), Cynthia Riggs (the Victoria Trumbull Martha’s Vineyard mysteries), Kate Flora (Death Dealer), Meera Lester (the Henny Penny Farmette mysteries), James T. Shannon (Dying for Attention), and Richard Thomas (Disintegration).


Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management

Bio: Eric Myers has his own literary agency after working as an agent for several companies, including Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC. He was an agent with The Spieler Agency for over twelve years before that. He entered agenting through the back door–as an author himself, having written UNCLE MAME: THE LIFE OF PATRICK DENNIS (St. Martin’s Press, 2000) and co-authored two other books. His journalism has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES and TIME OUT.

Currently Looking For: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Thrillers, Pop Culture, Historical Fiction, and some memoir.

Not Looking For: Memoir from writers without a pre-existing platform; literary fiction, poetry, mysteries, unless the thriller aspect is very strong.

Clients: Chris Grabenstein, Derek Taylor Kent, John Anthony Gilvey, Bryan Batt, Lydia Kang, Anne Thompson, Alonso Duralde, Kim Stagliano, Robert Hofler, David Neilsen, Beverley McLachlin, and many more. Eric is also proud to represent Simon Gervais and Ryan Wick, both of whom he met and signed at PitchFest.


Lynnette Novak, The Seymour Agency

Bio: Lynnette Novak is an associate agent at The Seymour Agency and is currently building her list. Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a bachelor of education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent. Lynnette has since closed her editing business and is excited to bring her passion for the written word to agenting.

Although Lynnette was born and raised Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate relationship), working on an assortment of crafts, all things having to do with animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and enjoying time with family and friends. She loves dark and suspenseful, mysterious twists, unique worlds, light and funny, a good love story, and lots of voice.

Follow Lynnette on Twitter: @Lynnette_Novak

Currently Looking For: In adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy). In young adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary.

Not Looking For: Middle grade or younger, historical romance, inspirational romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, or women’s fiction.

Clients: Stephanie Sauvinet, Christine Clemetson, Natasha Neagle, Dr. Josh Michaels, Rachel Russell, and Kristi McMannus.


Gina Panettieri, Talcott Notch Literary Services

Bio: Gina Panettieri is Founder of the Milford, Ct-based Talcott Notch Literary, a three-member literary agency seeking the freshest voices in adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction. Some of her more prominent recent sales includes the WSJ-bestselling WAR SHADOWS by Andrews & Wilson (Thomas & Mercer), the Hillerman Prize-winning THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf (St. Martin’s Press), and her auction of Talcott Notch’s own Paula Munier’s A BORROWING OF BONES in a six-figure sale to Minotaur, debuting in September.

Currently Looking For: Fiction – mystery, thrillers, suspense, psychological suspense, upmarket women’s fiction, action-adventure and historical fiction; nonfiction – memoir, true crime, history, career, cookbooks, medicine and fitness, travel, parenting, self-help, coffee table books, juvenile fiction and nonfiction for middle-grade and young adult, particularly books that address timely and topical issues.

Not Looking For: Poetry, short story collections by new writers, novellas, and textbooks.

Clients: Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews, Scott Deitche, Dr. Seth Meyers, Drew Eric Whitman, Paula Munier, Kevin Wolf, A.E. Rought, Sara O’Shaughnessy, Peter Tupper, and Rick Morris.


Mel Parker, Mel Parker Books LLC

Bio: Mel Parker has worked in virtually every area of trade book publishing, from mass market and trade paperback to hardcover and book clubs. Before launching Mel Parker Books, LLC, a book packaging firm and literary agency, Mel was Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of Bookspan, the book club partnership formed by Time Warner and Bertelsmann. Mel came to the book clubs from Time Warner Trade Publishing, where he served as Senior Vice President of Warner Books and Publisher of its paperback division, working with bestselling authors such as Dean Koontz, James Patterson, David Morrell, and Nelson DeMille. Prior to joining Warner, Mel was Editor-in-Chief of the Berkley Publishing Group, where he acquired many bestselling books, most notably The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy.

Currently Looking For: Psychological suspense, crime fiction, international thrillers, political thrillers, military thrillers, espionage fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoirs. Topical nonfiction in categories such as science, technology, health, business, politics and current affairs.

Not Looking For: SF/fantasy, horror, true crime, graphic novels, illustrated books, poetry, screenplays, or romantic suspense.

Clients: Robert McCaw, Dickson Despommier, Amy Cortese, Linda Adams, Mick Cornett, Jennifer Grayson.


Sharon Pelletier, Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC

Bio: Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Sharon Pelletier moved to New York in 2009 and joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2013 after working for Europa Editions, Vantage Press, and Barnes & Noble and brings experience in marketing and production as well as extensive editorial experience to her work as an agent. At DG&B, in addition to growing her own client list, Sharon oversees digital projects and social media.

Currently Looking For: That upmarket sweet spot where a literary focus on craft meets a commercial attention to a propulsive plot. I always want realistic, fully developed characters with relatable emotional tensions, even when their circumstances are unusual, and in genre suspense I love to see a strong sense of place or an unexpected element to enliven the procedural tropes. I am especially eager to work with voices we haven’t always seen in the suspense categories, such as writers from marginalized communities. Whether upmarket suspense, genre thriller/mystery, or book club/women’s fiction, give me a great hook I can’t stop talking about! I am also eager for compelling reported narrative nonfiction and emerging voices with a growing platform who can speak to pop culture, feminism, sports, social justice, and/or religion.

Not Looking For: In general I don’t do high fantasy or scifi, practical nonfiction (cookbooks, crafts…), or children’s books (picture books or middle grade). I take on YA and romance very very very sparingly.

Current Authors: Nicole Blades, Amy Gentry, Tony Healey, Rena Olsen, John Pavlovitz, and Bernard Schaffer.


Kelly Peterson, Corvisiero Literary Agency

Bio: Kelly has her B.S.Ed. in English and originally became a teacher. She quickly found out that the teaching profession wasn’t for her and followed her passion for books instead. After working for Corvisiero Literary Agency over the last two years, Kelly has come to find that she’s extremely picky, a tough editor, and an even greater enthusiast due to her background in teaching, editing, and blogging. Her passion is her work and her enthusiasm shows. Working to continue her career as a literary agent, she’s begun the process of building her client list and continues to search every day for the fit that’s right for her.

Currently Looking For: Kelly is searching for compelling stories that bring something new to the table with a unique voice and a good amount of action. She thoroughly enjoys strong female characters, well developed plots, continuous character development, and a good amount of cunning wit. She is actively seeking Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Steampunk, and any combination of the above. Ghost stories and grit are a plus.

Not Looking For: Horror, Crime Scene, Mystery, Picture Books, Memoirs, or Psychological Thrillers.

Clients: N/A


Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency

Bio: Follow Nicole on Twitter, @niclitagent

Currently Looking For: In adult fiction: thrillers, suspense, procedurals, fantasy, sci-fi, romance (particularly romantic suspense), romantic comedy, women’s fiction, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy).

In young adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary.

Especially interested in projects that are high concept and feel really fresh. Would love to find something that focuses on: search and rescue, survivalist suspense, forensic or investigative thrillers with series potential.

Not Looking For: Stories that are obviously derivative of other popular works

Clients: NYT Bestsellers and Award-Winning Authors— Cindy Dees and Dr. Michael David Evans, Karna Small Bodman, Julie Ann Walker, Lauren Layne, Shelley Shepard Gray, Julie Cross, Melissa Landers, Kate Meader, Sara Driscoll, and Jen J. Danna.


Michelle Richter, Fuse Literary

Bio: Michelle Richter graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a BA in Economics and a minor in Russian, and worked for several years in banking and finance. She got her start in publishing at St. Martin’s Press, after earning her MS in Publishing from Pace University in 2005. She’s an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and an adjunct professor at Pace University. Crime fiction is her true love, especially if a tough woman is the one tracking the killer. She’s rarely found a British or Scandinavian crime show she couldn’t get wrapped up in. Recent favorite authors include Sara Blaedel, M.J. Arlidge, Mary Kubica, Ruth Ware, and Lisa Lutz.

Currently Looking For: Suspense, thrillers, amateur sleuth, traditional mystery, policy procedurals, romantic suspense, YA thrillers/suspense, commercial women’s fiction, magical realism, book club reads. She loves family secrets, twists, and unreliable narrators. Stories set in Boston, Baltimore, Ireland, and Russia hold particular interest for her, as do diverse voices.

Not Looking For: Military or espionage thrillers, science fiction/fantasy, poetry, middle-grade, memoir.

Clients: E.A. Aymar, Kellye Garrett, Laura Heffernan, C.C. Humphreys.


Katharine Sands, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

Bio: A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. 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. She has been a guest expert on writing and publishing for Poets and Writers, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, New York University, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Recently contributed “Grey is the New Black” to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, a nonfiction look at the cultural phenom of the bestselling novel.

Currently Looking For: When reading fiction Katharine wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters.

Not Looking For: N/A

Clients: Dr. Shawn Tassone, Dr. Kathryn Landherr, David Topus, Arden Leigh, Donna Ballman, Lia Romeo, Barbara Barnett, Helen Lee, Andy Partridge, Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, Laura Levin and John O’ Hara, Marvin Woods, Dr. Brenda Brasher, Sue Woodman, Dr. Nancy Groce, among others.


Alec Shane, Writers House, LLC

Bio: Alec majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency, where he quickly began building his own list. He is still aggressively looking for new talent across a wide variety of genres.

Currently Looking For: Horror, thriller, mystery, noir, grounded sci-fi, YA and middle grade “boy” fiction, and beautifully written historical fiction. In nonfiction: humor, biography, history, pop science, and all things sports.

Not Looking For: Romance (paranormal or otherwise), politics (fiction or nonfiction), women’s fiction, picture books, high fantasy, and science fiction featuring aliens/intergalactic warfare.

Clients: Casey Barrett, Hank Early, Stona Fitch, Ronald Kidd, Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Jack Murphy, Christopher Price, among others.


Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency

Bio: Victoria Skurnick is with the Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency, and represents both fiction and nonfiction. Among the books she has represented are Turn of Mind, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Critical – What We Can Do about the Healthcare Crisis, Bad Things Happen, Anonymous Sources, and The Dangerous Book for Dogs.

Victoria has been with LGR for eight years; before joining the agency, she was editor-in-chief of The Book-of-the-Month Club, Senior Editor at St. Martin’s Press and Pocket Books, and Advertising Director of Holt. She is also the co-author of seven novels published under the name Cynthia Victor.

Currently Looking For: Literary fiction, thrillers, narrative nonfiction, history, politics and pop culture. But she is open to just about every kind of book.

Not Looking For: Science fiction, fantasy, or romance.

Client List: Victoria’s client list includes Senator Tom Daschle, Alice LaPlante, Harry Dolan, Susan Elia MacNeal, Action Five, Kermit Roosevelt, and Pamela Wechsler among others.


Erica Spellman Silverman, Trident Media Group

Bio: I started my career as an agent at 23, having loved books all my life. Writing is quite literally in my DNA. Growing up in a family with a father who was a writer, my sister and I both turned to the publishing world. She became a writer and publisher, and I became an agent, starting at ICM, where I represented journalists Hunter S. Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Robert Scheer, Robert Greenfield, Tim White, and Cameron Crowe, among others. Many went on to become novelists, and then screenwriters, and then directors. After transitioning to the film side of the business, I found that I missed working with book writers and went to The William Morris Agency (now William Morris Endeavor), where I became Vice President. There I could work with writers in all categories: books, film, and theater. Lionel Schriver, Scott Spencer, Eve Babitz, and Robin Cook are among the many writers I’ve represented. I was also responsible for their movie and TV deals. I’ve been at Trident almost a decade, where I’ve had the incredible good fortune to work with fantastic writers. I also use my knowledge of the movie business to handle book to film and TV rights for many of Trident’s agents.

Currently Looking For: My interest lies less in the genre of a book than in great storytelling… anything that gets into your head and your heart and you can’t stop thinking about, whether it’s literary fiction, thrillers, young adult, or memoir. Books and stories that touch the soul, that make you laugh or cry or both. Stories that haven’t been told before or are told in a different way… manuscripts that you can’t stop thinking about.

Not Looking For: Fantasy, Children’s, Erotica, and Historical Fiction.

Clients: My client list is fairly eclectic. Rebecca Donovan, Jessica Sorensen, Jennifer L. Scott, Rachel van Dyken, Orest Stelmach, Charles Rosenberg, Kira Peikoff, Anne Sterling, Pepper Winters, Jay McLean, Andrew Mayne, Eve Babitz, Cherise Wolas, Michael Craven, Barbara Lynch, and Esther the Wonder Pig.


Uwe Stender, TriadaUS Literary Agency

Bio: Uwe Stender, is a Full Member of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives) and founder of TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Currently Looking For: We are always open to any strong fiction (our current focus in fiction is Mysteries/Thrillers, Psychological Suspense, YA, and middle grade) and all non-fiction projects. In mystery, I am big fan of both cozies and noir, but I need a unique hook to get (and keep) me interested. In psychological suspense think Patricia Highsmith, or Gone Girl.

Not looking For: Adult Fantasy and Adult Sci Fi.

Clients: Melody Thomas Scott, CNN HLN and TruTV’s In Session News Anchor Christi Paul, Eric Deggans, ‘Heroes’ actress Dana L. Davis Elizabeth LaBan, Stacy Tornio, Kate Hattemer and legendary NBA referee Bob Delaney. PLUS current EDGARS Award nominee Billy Taylor and current AGATHA Award nominee J.C. Lane.


John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency

Bio: John is a literary agent with twenty-five plus years of commercial book publishing experience. Prior to becoming an agent he was a Senior Editor at Putnam Berkley, where he had the honor of working with such global bestsellers as Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin, and Jack Higgins. He began his editorial career at Simon & Schuster.

Currently Looking For: Thrillers and high-end suspense with bestselling potential.

Not Looking For: N/A

Clients: Brad Taylor, author of the 12x New York Times bestselling Pike Logan series, retired Navy Commander Rick Campbell, author of the Trident Deception series, Steve Hartov, nationally bestselling author of the Hanover Square Press debut title, The Soul of a Thief, Cleo Coyle, author of the nationally bestselling Coffee House Mystery series, and many others.


Amy Tannenbaum, Jane Rotrosen Agency

Bio: Amy Tannenbaum began her book publishing career with a brief stint at Harlequin before joining Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, where she edited a diverse list of bestselling non-fiction and fiction books. She then switched over to the agency side and arrived at JRA over five years. She currently represents bestselling authors in a variety of genres, including suspense, thrillers, women’s fiction, and contemporary romance.

Currently Looking For: Amy is particularly interested in political and investigative thrillers, psychological suspense, true crime and women’s fiction. But she’ll look at anything that keeps her glued to her seat, turning the pages, and that features well-developed, intriguing characters.

Not Looking For: Dystopian, fantasy, paranormal, or science fiction.

Clients: Some of Amy’s clients include: Robert Bryndza, T.R. Ragan, Ellison Cooper, Yoav Blum, Audrey Carlan, Emma Chase, Katy Evans, Kim Jones, Noah Lederman, Max Monroe, Calia Read, Kelly Rimmer, Kylie Scott, Francesca Serritella, and Yara Zgheib.


Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC

Bio: Ann Leslie Tuttle joined DG&B in 2017 after working for 20 years at Harlequin Books where she most recently was a Senior Editor. At Harlequin, she was fortunate to work on an extensive and varied list of bestselling and award-winning titles in romance and women’s fiction. She received her B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. Finding and nurturing talented new writers has always been Ann Leslie’s passion. Ann Leslie lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter, who is just discovering the magic of books and writing.

Currently Looking For: I am actively seeking romance, including romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. Within women’s fiction, I am seeking thrillers, psychological suspense, historical fiction and commercial and upmarket fiction that focus on friendship, and the bonds between mothers and daughters and sisters. I’m especially drawn to projects that have well developed emotional conflicts and fully realized characters; provide a fresh take on a familiar subject, and include a strong sense of place. The South and Southern Gothics especially captivate me as do foreign locales.

Not Looking For: Dystopian, New Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery or Horror.

Current Authors: USA Today bestselling author Tara Taylor Quinn; PW bestselling authors Debbie Herbert and Jenna Kernan; debut authors Sloane Calder, Lisa Kröger, Amanda Hopkins and Carolyne Topdjian.


Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency

Bio: Lisa Erbach Vance has worked with numerous bestselling authors at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, which she joined in 1993 as Director of Foreign Rights. Shortly thereafter, she began representing her own clients. Prior to joining the agency, she was a Management Trainee at Random House, Inc. and a foreign rights associate at Crown Publishers. Lisa was raised outside of Chicago; and has a degree in English Literature from Northwestern University.

Currently Looking for: Propulsive, emotionally engaging thrillers–contemporary or historical, domestic or international. Moody psychological suspense. Romantic suspense. Any work that will take me on a surprising journey deep into another culture or subculture. I have a wide range of interests in the area of suspense, so I’m reluctant to put limits on what I’ll consider, but a strong premise and distinctive narrative voice are musts.

Not looking for: Science fiction, fantasy, or horror.

Clients: Harlan Coben, Gregg Hurwitz, Gayle Lynds, Glen Erik Hamilton, Anthony Franze, Matt Beynon Rees, Amanda Stevens, B. J. Daniels, Kathleen Sharp, G. M. Ford and Charlotte and Aaron Elkins, among others.


John Willig, Literary Services, Inc.

Bio: John Willig has worked in the publishing industry for 40 years. As an editor with top firms and agent, he has negotiated over 750 publishing agreements and represented many leading thought leaders. In 1991, he founded Literary Services Inc. ( John’s clients have authored numerous award-winning books in a wide variety of non-fiction categories.

Currently Looking For: Historical fiction, True Crime thrillers. A life-long avid reader (and collector) of crime/mystery books and thrillers, John has started to represent authors in this exciting genre…initially focusing on historical story lines and characters. He’s also very interested in works that introduce readers to undiscovered worlds and obscure cultures.

Not Looking For: Science or fantasy fiction. YA.

Clients: Diana Forbes, Mistress Suffragette; Chris Formant, Saving Washington; Dorothy Marcic, With One Shot


Terrie Wolf, AKA Literary Management

Bio: Terrie Wolf, a full member of AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives) and founder of AKA Literary Management, is a literary agent and foreign rights manager with a background in publishing, international media and criminal investigations. This fourth-generation Colorado ranch kid has built a solid reputation working with authors and entertainers across the globe and has literally traveled the world in search of real answers and unforgettable stories, but she might tell you the skills she developed as a member of The Greatest Show on Earth helped best prepare her – and her clients, no doubt – for the topsy-turvy, ever-changing, literary industry.

Currently Looking For: Fiction: crime fiction of any kind, commercial women’s fiction, inspirational, and most nonfiction. Think: anything between Hallmark Channel and Shonda Rhimes (How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal, etc.).

Not Looking For: N/A

Clients: Terrie’s fiction clients include Margaret Mizushima, Climate Nexus editor and former White House liaison Jeff Nesbit, Brooks Mencher, and C.C. Harrison. Terrie also represents nonfiction notables like Maria Shriver, QVC’s Toni Brattin, Ted White aka “Jason” from Friday the 13th fame, and a member of the Wahlberg troupe whose book will be released in 2020, among others.


2018 Editors:

Chantelle Aimee Osman, Down & Out Books

Bio: Chantelle Aimée Osman is an editor at Down & Out Books, New Wave Crime Division. The former editor-in-chief of RT Book Reviews and a freelance editor for over 10 years, she is the co-host of the Crime Friction podcast as well an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Find her on Twitter @SuspsenseSiren.

Currently Looking For: Mystery, thriller and suspense, particular new and unique voices representing all aspects, lifestyles and cultures of the modern world.

Not Looking For: Non-Fiction, Poetry, or anything outside of the above categories.

Clients: N/A


Bess Cozby, Tor/Forge

Bio: Bess Cozby is an Editor at Tor/Forge books, where she is actively building her list with a focus on historical fiction for adult and young adult audiences. On the adult side, Bess is also seeking suspense and women’s fiction. For YA, she also would love to find fun, fast, or nail-biting thrillers and contemporary novels with a high-concept hook. A few things she is particularly interested in: fame and its effects on people, sibling dynamics, American history, and philosophy. An element of romance is always a plus. The intersection of commercial, heart-warming, and surprising is where she is building her list.

Currently Looking For: Historical fiction, Women’s Fiction, Suspense, Psychological Thrillers, YA contemporary, YA mysteries and thrillers, YA Historical

Not Looking For: Fantasy and Science Fiction (I know! They still let me work at Tor).

Clients: Representative Titles: Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh, Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk, Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky, and Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid.


Chelsey Emmelhainz, Crooked Lane Books

Bio: Senior Editor Chelsey Emmelhainz joined Crooked Lane Books in 2017 by way of HarperCollins Publishers and Arcade Publishing.

Currently looking for: Chelsey’s list focuses on contemporary upmarket suspense, mystery, and crime fiction featuring elevated writing and compelling, high-concept conflicts with crossover potential. Chelsey is especially interested in culturally diverse voices (including Own Voices authors) and concepts involving coming-of-age, family dysfunction, and toxic friendships. She loves all things dark, gritty, and macabre and would love to see projects with a sophisticated supernatural twist or horror bent. Subgenres of interest include: small-town suspense, amateur sleuths, kidnapping, serial killers, psychological/domestic suspense, speculative fiction, magical realism, and horror/supernatural thrillers.

Not looking for: Cozy mysteries, international thrillers, espionage, PIs, noir, or romantic suspense.

Clients: Authors with whom Chelsey has worked with include ITW Best First Novel finalists LS Hawker and E.Z. Rinksy; Laurie Petrou, winner of the 2016 Half the World Global Literati Award; Andy Davidson, a 2017 Bram Stoker Award Finalist; and bestselling thriller author Carey Baldwin.


Tara Gavin, Kensington Publishing Corp

Bio: Tara Gavin, Executive Editor at Kensington Books, acquires and edits women’s fiction, romance—both historical and contemporary, romantic suspense and mysteries for hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats.

Currently Looking For: Romantic suspense, romantic thrillers, women’s fiction, action-adventure, mystery and Science Fiction for our new imprint, REBEL BASE.

Not Looking For: Previously published or self-published works; paranormal, fantasy.

Current Authors Working With: Lindsay McKenna, Annelise Ryan, Ella Joy Olsen, Rochelle Alers, Colette London, Michele Hauf, Cheryl Ann Smith, J.C. Eaton, Penny Richards and Anne Canadeo.


Bob Gussin, Oceanview Publishing

Bio: Robert Gussin is the CEO of Oceanview Publishing and Oceanview Vineyards. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson and Johnson. Oceanview is a traditional publisher of thriller, mystery and suspense novels. Titles are published in all formats: hard cover, paper, digital, and audio.

Currently Looking For: Suspenseful and gripping story line, a strong sense of place and setting, compelling protagonists and supporting characters, tension that builds throughout a books narrative, and authenticity.

Not Looking For: Worn out topics and stories that do not fit our genres.

Clients: Raymond Benson, Miles Corwin, Ward Larsen, Matt Coyle, and approximately one hundred others.


Michaela Hamilton, Kensington Publishing Corp

Bio: Michaela Hamilton, executive editor at Kensington, acquires and edits thrillers and mysteries for hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats.

Currently Looking For: Serial-killer thrillers; CIA/spy thrillers; Washington-based thrillers; black ops thrillers; psychological suspense; SF and fantasy; true crime.

Not Looking For: Noir fiction; previously published or self-published works; new books in a series that was previously published at another house or self-published.

Current Authors Working With: John Gilstrap, Lisa Black, Suzanne Chazin, Max Allan Collins, Barbara Allan, John Lutz, Leo J. Maloney, Dave Zeltserman, Rick Reed, and David McCaleb.


Ameila Ayrelan Iuvino, Quercus US (Hachette)

Bio: Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino is an editor for Quercus, where she’s had the pleasure of working with a number of excellent thriller authors, including K.J. Howe, Sam Wiebe, Adam Hamdy, Valentina Giambanco, and Roslund & Hellström. Quercus publishes a wide range of mysteries and thrillers, in addition to some literary fiction and nonfiction. Before joining Quercus in May 2016, Amelia worked at a literary nonprofit in Portland, Oregon, and as a freelance writer and editor. She studied sociology at Wellesley College and has always been an avid fiction reader.

Currently Looking For: Mysteries and thrillers with a strong sense of place and a distinctive narrative voice. I like books that allow readers to experience a time, place, or culture that they might not be familiar with otherwise, and that feature marginalized or underrepresented characters. Speculative fiction is welcome, and I’m open to both commercial and literary thrillers.

Not Looking For: Science fiction, fantasy, romance, poetry, YA, or children’s books.

Current Authors Working With: K.J. Howe, Sam Wiebe, H.B. Lyle, Lucy Atkins, and Valentina Giambanco.


Matthew Martz, Crooked Lane Books

Bio: Matt Martz began his publishing career in 2004 and joined Crooked Lane Books / Quick Brown Fox & Company in 2014 after 8 years at Minotaur Books.

Currently Looking For: He publishes crime fiction ranging from mysteries to psychological suspense and high concept thrillers.

Not Looking For: Romantic suspense.

Clients: The authors with whom he has worked include New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Kelli Stanley, and Barry Award nominee Tim O’Mara, as well thriller writers Alex Ryan and Matt Rees.


Anna Michels, Sourcebooks, Inc.

Bio: Anna Michels is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where she double-majored in English and Norwegian, and the Denver Publishing Institute. She is a Senior Editor at Sourcebooks and over the course of more than five years with the company has worked on a wide variety of projects, most recently focusing on acquiring adult fiction and nonfiction. She is also the author of one YA novel, 26 Kisses.

Currently Looking For: Fiction that hits the sweet spot between commercial and literary with interesting settings and a strong narrative voice; mystery (particularly cozies and crossover literary—think Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger), literary thriller, and psychological suspense; and memoir by writers who connect the events of their lives to readers through incredible storytelling, as well as a wide variety of prescriptive and narrative nonfiction and gift books.

Not Looking For: Children’s books, poetry, fantasy, sci-fi, or romance

Current Authors: NYT bestselling Craig Carlson, NYT bestselling Denise Swanson, USA Today bestselling Carter Wilson, USA Today bestselling Kelli Estes, Randall Silvis, Radha Vatsal, Cuyler Overholt, Cheryl Honigford, Derrick Levasseur, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Thomas W. Phelan, Kelly Simmons, and many more.


Christopher C. Payne, JournalStone Publishing

Bio: JournalStone has been in business since April, 2011, has over 250 books in publication, and publishes, paperback, hardcover, e-book and audio books.

Currently Looking For: Horror, Fantasy, Mysteries and Thrillers in the adult market. Novel, novellas, short story collections will all be considered. We will also consider audio only rights to certain books.

Not Looking For: Romance or YA

Current Authors Working With: Jonathan Maberry, Josh Malerman, Bentley Little, Ronald Malfi, Christopher Golden,, Adam Nevill, Brett J. Talley and many more.


Amy Stapp, Tor/Forge Books (Tom Doherty Associates)

Bio: Amy Stapp is an editor at Forge and Tor Teen. On the adult side, she acquires mystery, suspense, women’s fiction, and historical fiction. On the YA side, she is actively seeking character-driven contemporary suspense, thrillers, and romance. Special areas of interest include 1920s-1950s historicals, domestic suspense, Southern women’s fiction, Southern Gothic, magical realism, and YA romance.

Currently Looking For: Psychological thrillers; domestic suspense; historical fiction (in particular early 20th century); stories set in the American South or with an international or travel element. Complex characters and unexpected twists.

Not Looking For: Science fiction/fantasy, paranormal, military, political, ancient history.

Clients: Representative titles: Shelley Noble’s Ask Me No Questions; Amber Lynn Natusch’s Dare You to Lie; Sherri Smith’s Follow Me Down, Jessica Pennington’s Love Songs & Other Lies


Samantha Zukergood, St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books

Bio: Samantha Zukergood attended Lehigh University. After graduating with a degree in English and Psychology and internships at Oxford University Press and Rodale, she began her career at St. Martin’s Press in the Marketing Operations Department. Having recently transitioned to Editorial, Samantha brings a unique background of list strategy, publishing operations, marketing, and sales to the table. She is currently building her own list while working with a number of high-profile and bestselling authors at Thomas Dunne Books.

Currently Looking For: I’m seeking a wide range of unforgettable fiction and nonfiction. I’m particularly drawn toward debuts, women’s fiction, page-turning beach reads, mysteries, and psychological thrillers with elements of suspense. In terms of nonfiction, strong female voices, moving narratives, pop culture, business books, and true crime that reads like a heart-racing thriller especially appeal to me. In YA, I particularly love heart-felt contemporary fiction. I look to fall in love with the characters and the voice. I’m also seeking psychological suspense on the YA side.

Not Looking For: I am not seeking children’s, middle grade, or graphic novels.

Clients: N/A



Agents Holding Query & First Page Review:

Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management


Bio: Jeff is a founding partner at Folio Literary Management. He loves unique voices, magnificently strong characters, unusual premises, and books that offer up some new perspective on something he thought he already knew something about or never even dreamed existed. He’d particularly love to find some great dark upmarket or literary psychological suspense, if you have any lying around.

Current Clients Include: NYT Bestsellers Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Jacqueline Mitchard, Charles Shields, Elizabeth Letts, and Karen Dionne.


Jaime Levine, HMH Publishing Company


Bio: Jaime Levine, Senior Editor, joined HMH in April 2018; she primarily acquires upmarket suspense, mysteries, and thrillers. She previously worked at Diversion Books, Thomas Dunne Books, and Grand Central Publishing. At the latter she edited the #1 bestselling duo Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, the estate of Robert Ludlum, and the writers Julianna Baggott, Eric Van Lustbader, Octavia Butler, Jacqueline Carey, Kyle Mills, and Jamie Freveletti.



Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency


Bio: Jill is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in History. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces and promotional features for television. After writing ad copy and features for published books for years she knows how to find the “hook” and sell it.

Clients: In fiction, Robert Pobi, Robert Rotstein, David Burnsworth, Janie Chang, Nancy Allen, David Freed, Neal Griffin, Jon Miller, J Lincoln Fenn, Eyre Price, Stacy Allen, and Jaden Terrell, Jacob Appel, Alice Blanchard, Don Bruns, Alex Dolan, Jody Gehrman, and Maureen Lindley. In non-fiction, Travel Channel’s Nick Groff, actor Fred Stoller, Christina Pesoli, Scott Bonn, Kristina Rizga, Leanne Shirtliffe, singer-songwriter Laura Roppé, Christopher Finan, Mark Johnson, Hana Ali, Pramila Jayapal, and Garrett Madison.


Barbara Poelle (Remora), Irene Goodman Literary Agency


Poelle, Barbara - picture as of 03142016Bio: Barbara Poelle began her publishing career as a freelance copywriter and editor before joining the Goodman Agency in 2007, but feels as if she truly prepared for the industry during her brief stint as a standup comic in Los Angeles. She has found success placing thrillers, literary suspense, Young Adult and upmarket fiction and is actively seeking her next great client in those genres, but is passionate about anything with a unique voice. Barbara also writes the column Funny You Should Ask, in Writer’s Digest.

Clients: Current Clients include: # 1 NYT Bestseller Graham Brown, Bestseller Renee Ahdieh, International Bestseller Jamie Freveletti, Bestseller & Edgar Nominee Sophie Littlefield, Shamus Nominee Robert Lewis, Mary Higgins Clark Nominee Tracy Kiely.


Janet Reid (Query Shark and QOTKU), New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.


Reid, Janet - picture as of 04012016Bio: Janet Reid specializes in narrative non-fiction; and compelling crime fiction. Her publishing background includes fifteen years in book publicity with clients both famous and infamous. In her spare hours she drinks scotch and stalks Jack Reacher.

Ms. Reid is a member of the literary agents professional association AAR; an associate member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. She belongs to Biographer’s International Organization, the American History Association, and The Author’s Guild.

She keeps a blog with information about clients, and answering questions about publishing and query letters at Further information for new authors is available at Follow her on Twitter @Janet_Reid.


Peter Rubie, FinePrint Literary Management


Bio: Peter Rubie, is CEO of FinePrint Literary Management, where as a literary agent he represents a broad range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction. He’s a former BBC Radio and Fleet Street journalist, who was a member of the New York University publishing faculty for ten years, teaching the only university-level course in the country on how to become a literary agent.  For several years he was the director of the book publishing section of the NYU Summer Publishing Institute.  Prior to becoming an agent, Peter was an in-house editor for Walker & Co., for nearly six years, whose authors won prizes and critical acclaim.  He has also worked independently as a book doctor for what is now Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and other mainstream publishing companies. He was once a regular reviewer for the international trade magazine Publishers Weekly and is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction. A member of the Association of Authors Representative (AAR), he regularly lectures and writes on publishing and the craft of writing. (Blog:

Clients: Luke McCallin (The Man from Berlin), Chris Goff (Birdwatching mysteries, Dark Waters), J. Madison Davis (Dub Greenaway mysteries, Murder of Frau Schutz (Edgar nominated for Best First Novel, And the Angels Sang), Macolm Shuman (Mysterious Press mysteries), Vicki Stieffel (Bone Man, Body Parts), and William P Wood (Rampage, Sudden Impact).


Gretchen Stelter


Bio: Gretchen Stelter began her career in publishing while she was still finishing her master’s degree, helping launch the West Coast-based Baker’s Mark Literary Agency and later moving to editorial director. In 2010, she started editing and writing full-time and has worked on over 500 traditionally published books, doing everything from proofreading and copyediting to developmental editing and ghost writing, as well as working with select self-published authors. She’s a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Editorial Freelancers Association, and Sisters in Crime.

Current Clients Include: ITW members Liv Constantine (sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine, The Last Mrs. Parrish), Paige Dearth, Glenn Dyer, and Jerri Williams; as well as publishing houses Sourcebooks (including books by Marieke Nijkamp, Natasha Preston, Charles Belfoure, Nic Joseph, and Randall Silvis), Albert Whitman (including books by YALSA-honored Linda Joy Singleton), and others.