ThrillerFest XV • July 7 – 11, 2020 • Grand Hyatt • New York City



The following agents and editors will be attending PitchFest 2020 at ThrillerFest XV.

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2020 Agents/Editors/Producers:

Chantelle Aimee Osman, Agora Books

Bio: Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine and a freelance editor for over ten years, and she also co-hosts the Crime Friction podcast. She teaches writing internationally, including with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large, and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guides To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction. She was named a Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor in 2016. Find her on Twitter @SuspenseSiren.

Currently Looking For: Agora focuses on crime novels that delve into the most important issues of our time—exploring society, economy, politics, culture, race, and gender in unique and different ways—from a roster of diverse authors from varying backgrounds.

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

Authors: John Vercher, Patricia Smith, Tori Eldridge, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gary Phillips, and Gabino Inglesias.

Lauren Bieker, FinePrint Literary Management

Bio: After a brief career in the fashion industry, Lauren made her move to publishing as an intern for agent Paige Wheeler. She moved to FinePrint to assist with day-to-day administrative tasks, but is now developing her client list and is open to queries. Lauren is looking for commercial and upmarket women’s fiction and some well-crafted and differentiated YA novels. She is also open to select science fiction, as well as high concept and literary fiction works. She appreciates great storytelling and is a “sucker” for outstanding writing and convincing characters. While primarily interested in fiction, she will consider non-fiction proposals related to the world of fashion. She is also looking for #OWNvoices, Feminist lit/ #MeToo, and LGBTQ authors in both fiction and non-fiction. Lauren writes during her free time and has been published on various online platforms. She has attended many writing workshops and intensives, including the National Academy of Writing’s intensive at Cambridge University in the UK.

Currently Looking For: Lauren is open to all genres except for religious fiction or political/military fiction

Not Looking For: Religious fiction or political/military fiction.

Clients: N/A

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: 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.

Stephany Evans, Ayesha Pande Literary

Bio: For thirty years, Stephany Evans has represented nonfiction writers in the areas of health and wellness, spirituality, lifestyle, memoir and narrative nonfiction. She represents a wide range of primarily women’s fiction, from literary to commercial, to romance; and mysteries, from cozy to mainstream.

Currently Looking For: Any of the above categories, but at Thrillerfest I’m particularly looking for mysteries, crime capers, and romantic suspense. Looking for a fresh story, and voice – can be either dark or humorous – and love a vivid or unique setting.

Not Looking For: Children’s books, and screenplays.

Clients: USA Today bestseller Gretchen Archer (Davis Way crime capers), Maia Chance (The Discreet Retrieval Agency series), Suzanne Chazin (Jimmy Vega mysteries), Jassy Mackenzie (Jade DeJong thrillers), cozy authors Tina Kashian (the Kabob Kitchen mysteries) and Jane Willan (Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn mysteries), Hammett Prize- and Nero Award-winner Stephen Mack Jones (August Snow crime fiction), as well as NBCC award-winner Sam Quinones (Dreamland, nonfiction, New York Times “Crime” bestseller).

Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency, LLC  @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/domestic suspense and loves a sarcastic/comedic 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 repetition, she is not taking any of those on at the moment.  Also, although she never says never, at the moment she is not looking for high fantasy, non-medical sci fi or political thrillers.

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

Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune Agency
(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: Domestic suspense, psychological suspense, thrillers, crime novels, espionage novels, mysteries of all types, historical thrillers, women’s fiction, historical fiction with suspense elements. I’m a big fan of duel narratives, different time periods and multiple POV.

Not Looking For: Child in Jeopardy or serial killers.

Clients: Include New York Times bestseller Jodi Thomas, Vivien Chien, Kylie Logan and signed at last year’s Thrillerfest—debut author Colleen Winter.

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, Sandy Pool.

Ronald Gerber, Lowenstein & Associates

Bio: Ronald Gerber joined Lowenstein Associates in 2019 as a literary agent and manager of foreign rights, permissions, and contracts, following several years in literary scouting. He is currently building his list in historical and contemporary fiction, thrillers, narrative nonfiction, and middle grade, focusing on cinematic stories with strong hooks and relatable characters. Ronald is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and received his B.A., summa cum laude with high honors, from Clark University. He is a proud native New Yorker. You can find him on Twitter @Daysleeper95.

Currently Looking For: In fiction: historical, contemporary, literary, mystery, thrillers, horror, grounded sci-fi, romance, and middle grade. In nonfiction: biography/memoir, history, narrative nonfiction, and true crime.

Not Looking For: Religious, erotica, puzzles, games, practical nonfiction (i.e. business, advice, hobbies, DIY), textbooks, picture books.

Doug Grad, Doug Grad Literary

Bio: Doug’s path on the road to publishing may have been set early. His first job in the industry came in 1978, walking up and down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan wearing a sandwich board advertising a new book during the 1978 New York City newspaper strike…for $5 an hour. The next year, he took creative writing at Stuyvesant High School with Frank McCourt. He studied creative writing at Northwestern University with Reginald Gibbons. Doug opened the Doug Grad Literary Agency, Inc. in May 2008. This is his 33rd year as a publishing professional.

An editor with imprints at Simon & Schuster, Random House, Penguin and HarperCollins for 22 years, Doug acquired and edited fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, including Jeff Shaara’s first two New York Times bestselling novels. He also edited NYT bestsellers by historical novelist John Jakes. On the nonfiction side, Doug has worked with astronauts, generals, war heroes, gangsters, politicians, sports stars, journalists, musicians, historians and humorists.

Since becoming an agent, Doug has taken on a number of high profile clients, including Kerri Rawson—the daughter of serial killer Dennis Rader (known as BTK), world-renowned concert pianist Byron Janis, jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Hugh Shelton, NBA Hall of Famer Bernard King, New Orleans Times-Picayune sports columnist Jeff Duncan, and NHL Hall of Famer Mark Howe, as well as a number of novelists in the mystery/thriller genre.

Currently Looking For: On the fiction side, Doug’s looking for mysteries (cozy, contemporary or historical) and all stripes of thrillers. On the nonfiction side, Doug’s looking for military, narrative nonfiction, celebrity memoir, history, politics, travel, music, science, language, and sports.

Not Looking For: YA, science fiction, fantasy

Clients: Some of Doug’s clients are: Kerri Rawson (New York Times bestselling author of A Serial Killer’s Daughter), Jerome Preisler (New York Times bestselling author currently writing the relaunch of the Net Force series created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik), Sue Pethick (light romantic fiction), Ellen Byron (Agatha Award winner, Left Coast Crime Award Winner and USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author), Joseph L. Galloway (New York Times bestselling author and famed war correspondent), Bennie Adkins (Medal of Honor recipient), and Terrence McCauley (thriller and Western writer).

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.

Elizabeth Kracht, Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Bio: Elizabeth Kracht is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and the author of The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript. She also works as a freelance developmental editor coaching authors. Elizabeth 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 Patricia Santos Marcantonio (Felicity Carrol Series); Special Agent and two-time Bronze Star Medal recipient Tj Turner (Lincoln’s Bodyguard Series); former Prison Administrator James L’Etoile (Detective Penley Series); retired FBI agent Art Kerns (Hayden Stone Series); James Scarantino (Denise Aragon Series); and Mia Thompson (Sapphire Dubois Series), among others.

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.

James McGowan, Book Ends Literary Agency

Bio: Since interning at BookEnds as an undergrad in the summer of 2015, James has (basically) never left. He’s just continuously level-up-ed inside of BookEnds. Now he is the Literary Assistant and Social Media Manager for the team. James is a Staten Island native, and just recently graduated with his master’s degree in English from the College of Staten Island. He’s been a reader since his mom gave him the first A Series of Unfortunate Events book and ordered the sequels regularly through Scholastic book orders.

Currently Looking For: James is currently growing his own list and is actively seeking submissions in adult literary and upmarket fiction, mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological and domestic suspense/thrillers, literary and upmarket thrillers, and historical mystery. He is also accepting submissions in all sub-genres of Young Adult fiction and is actively looking for Picture Books.

Not Looking For: James is NOT currently looking for romance for any age group, middle grade fiction, science fiction or fantasy for adults.

Clients: James represents Cheryl Hollon, James Queally and Kym Roberts in the adult Mystery/Thriller space, and several picture book and YA authors including Susan Cunningham, Jessica Kulekjian, Becky Scharnhorst and Debbie Zapata.

Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management

Bio: Eric Myers founded his own literary agency, Myers Literary Management, in 2017, after working as an agent for several companies including Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret, LLC and The Spieler Agency. 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: Jack Barsky, Bryan Batt, Alonso Duralde, John Anthony Gilvey, Chris Grabenstein, Lydia Kang, Derek Taylor Kent, August Norman, Kim Stagliano, Anne Thompson, Robert Hofler, David Neilsen, Beverley McLachlin, and many more. He is pleased to have discovered Simon Gervais (HUNT THEM DOWN, THE THIN BLACK LINE) and Ryan Wick (the upcoming LAWBREAKER) at Thrillerfest.

Lynnette Novak, The Seymour Agency


Bio: Lynnette Novak is an 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, horror, psychological suspense, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy).

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

In middle grade fiction: horror, contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, mystery, and humor.

In children’s fiction: picture books (non-rhyming preferred).

Always looking for own voices, diversity, and LGBTQ+!!!

Not Looking For: Historical romance, inspirational romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, Christian fiction, adult sci-fi, or adult fantasy.

Clients: Dr. Joel Shulkin, Christine Clemetson, Hannah Kates, Steve Hickner, Michael Park, Steven dos Santos, Laura Brown, and more.

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.

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 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, Jennifer Gold, Tara Laskowski and Carl Vonderau.

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.

Jessica Spivey, Victoria Sanders and Associates

Bio: Jessica has always had a book by her side. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth and joined VSA in 2016. She is absolutely thrilled to be surrounded by words every day. She enjoys all fiction, but is particularly drawn to literary fiction, magical realism, thrillers/mysteries, and anything high concept. Jessica will be scouting for the entire agency. Victoria Sanders & Associates are honored to represent international bestselling and award winning authors, and are passionate about finding new and diverse voices and viewpoints.

Currently Looking For: Crime fiction of all kinds, true crime, literary and commercial fiction, YA, and nonfiction

Not Looking For: Romance and science fiction.

Clients: VSA Clients: Karin Slaughter, KJ Howe, Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks, Liv Constantine, Kassandra Montag, Barbara Bourland, May Cobb, Carolina De Robertis, Lauren Francis-Sharma, Francesca Momplaisir, R.L. Maizes, and Vanessa Lillie among others.

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
(Will be sitting with Gail Fortune)

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 (now part of Penguin Random House), where he had the honor of working with such global bestsellers as Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin, and Jack Higgins. He edited dozens of national bestsellers and several New York Times Notable Books. He began his editorial career at Simon & Schuster.

Currently Looking For: Thrillers, military thrillers, espionage, domestic suspense, crime novels, mysteries, high-concept suspense with bestselling potential. I look particularly for authenticity, a strong and engaging voice, and, most of all, a singular protagonist who grabs my attention from page one.

Not Looking For: N/A

Clients: Brad Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Pike Logan series, Josh Hood, author of Robert Ludlum’s Treadstone Resurrection, LynDee Walker, author of the Nichelle Clark series, Rick Campbell, author of the Trident Deception series, David Bruns and J.R. Olson, authors of Rules of Engagement, George Wallace and Don Keith, authors of Final Bearing, Steve Hartov, author of The Soul of a Thief, Cleo Coyle, author of the nationally bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series, Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery series, the Wicked Cozy writing group, who between them have authored over a dozen mystery series, and, signed at last year’s Thrillerfest, R. Taylor Moore.

Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary

Bio: Nikki established Holloway Literary in 2011 after working in marketing communications as a writer and editor. Nikki is the senior agent at Holloway Literary and also handles all negotiations for the agency’s film deals. She loves all types of fiction, but is particularly interested in finding interesting mysteries, fresh Southern voices, ethnically and culturally diverse fiction and culinary non-fiction.  When she’s not working or wrangling her three sons, she enjoys traveling to the beach, mountains and all historical sites in between.

Currently Looking For: Romance (contemporary, historical, sweet, POC), Women’s fiction,

YA (especially science fiction and fantasy), Historical fiction, Mysteries (cozy, traditional, contemporary, historical), Thrillers (military, political, espionage, domestic suspense), Literary fiction, Southern fiction, Nonfiction (culinary, heirloom skills, mindfulness, lifestyle, American south). Particularly interested in southern USA voices.

Not Looking For: Stories that focus on chronic illness or dying, Erotica, Graphic horror (light elements of horror are acceptable), Stories with graphic sex scenes, Police procedurals, Stories in which children are abused, Stories that explore sexual abuse and its effects, Stories in which racism or discrimination are the focus (unless it is historical non-fiction), Fiction set in the 60,s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s.

Clients: Internationally bestselling domestic suspense author, Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling contemporary romance author, Katie Oliver and USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author, Catherine Bruns. Kimberly Belle’s Three Days Missing is currently optioned to Two Jacks Productions, her bestselling novel The Marriage Lie is in development at ABC Studios and Rea Frey’s Not Her Daughter is in development with Argent Pictures.

Anne Tibbets, D4EO Literary Agency

Bio: Anne Tibbets began her career as a screenwriter, author, and literary agency intern at
D4EO Literary Agency, becoming a full-time agent in 2018 at Red Sofa Literary. Anne joined D4EO Literary Agency in 2019 and is best found on Twitter @AnneTibbets and her blog

Currently Looking For: Adult and Young Adult: Science Fiction and Fantasy, Thrillers, Mysteries, Historicals, Romance, and Horror.

Not Looking For: Self published works or anything which is part of a self published series, Non-fiction, novellas, plays, screenplays, Middle Grade or Picture Books.

Clients: Emery Hayes, JJ Blacklocke, Dawn Ius, McCormick Templeman, Benjamin Evett, and others.

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, now a division of HarperCollins, where she acquired and edited an extensive list of bestselling titles in 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 talented authors (established and debut) and growing a writer’s career have 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 thrillers, psychological suspense, mysteries, romance, literary fiction and Middle Grade.  Stories set in the South and Southern Gothics especially captivate me as do other fictional works that convey a strong sense of place.

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

Current Authors: USA Today bestselling author Tara Taylor Quinn; PW bestselling authors Debbie Herbert and Jenna Kernan, and national bestselling authors Nancy Robards Thompson and Rhyannon Byrd.

Jennifer Weis, Literary Agent
(No Website)

Bio: Jennifer Weis recently left St. Martin’s Press where she was Executive Editor for 30 years to move to the other side of the desk. Many things have changed for her but one thing has remained constant:  that is, the hunt for page-turning fiction of all kinds, with a focus on suspense. With bestsellers like B.A. Paris’ BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, THE BREAKDOWN and BRING ME BACK, and the national bestselling BABY TEETH in the past few years, her editorial list has also included such long-time suspense writers as Erica Spindler.

Jennifer is the co-chair of Project Lyme, a nonprofit based in NYC that focuses on awareness, education and advocacy. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale University (M.A. in English) and lives in NYC with her husband and 4 children.

Currently Look For: In her new role as agent, the goal is to identify the stars of tomorrow and help editorially and every which way to find them a publishing spot where they can shine. I am looking for cleverly plotted and well -told stories – domestic and psychological suspense, political and historical/international as well. Also bookclub fiction, romantic fiction and novel YA series and standalone. They’ve got to have a hook and a consistent voice that brings the reader immediate buy-in. Also in search of nonfiction in the areas of health, psychology and narrative, by authors with a platform.

Not Looking For: Biography, history, or academic books.

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.

Al Zuckerman, Writers House LLC

Bio: Al Zuckerman founded Writers House LLC, a literary agency, in 1973. Over the decades, he’s been midwife to such books as, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, Moneyball by Michael Lewis, The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, and many more. He’s also been the agent for such movies as: The Blind Side by Michael Lewis, Patch Adams by Hunter Patch Adams and many more. He’s enjoyed success in launching and relaunching writers of fiction and non-fiction. He recommends reading his book, Writing the Blockbuster Novel.

Currently Looking For: Al Zuckerman has a keen eye for exceptional stories of all varieties.

Not Looking For: N/A

Currents Authors Working With: Too many successes to count.