ThrillerFest XIII • July 10 – 14, 2018 • Grand Hyatt • New York City

Agents/Editors

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2018 Agents:

Lisa Abellera, Kimberley Cameron & Associates
www.kimberleycameron.com

Bio: Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She studied creative writing, design and business, earning her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. Lisa had a successful career in the corporate world before joining the world of publishing. After editorial internships with an independent press and Kimberley Cameron & Associates, she now follows her true passion for books and writing. She leverages her business and marketing expertise to help authors navigate the complexities of publishing.

Currently Looking For: Lisa is drawn to well-crafted fiction with strong hooks and complex characters with high personal stakes, a tangible sense of place, multicultural aspects, international settings and page-turning twists. She is seeking mysteries, suspense, thrillers (especially with a dose of science or the supernatural), science fiction, fantasy (most speculative fiction), romance if it’s an element or part of another genre (such as romantic suspense), upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, YA and middle grade. She is actively looking for diverse books, especially by #ownvoices authors and writers from marginalized backgrounds.

Not Looking For: Military, dystopian/apocalyptic, space operas, paranormal (no demons, angels, vampires, werewolves, etc.), nonfiction, short story or poetry collections, picture books, chapter books, nor does Lisa represent self-published books.

Clients: Samantha Reed, Holly Teresa Baker, Richard Sweitzer, Bonnar Spring, Nancy McConnell, Zachary Woodard, D.C. Mallery, and James Matlack Raney.

 

Bernadette Baker-Baughman
www.victoriasanders.com

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.

 

Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency
www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/vbijur

Bio: Vicky Bijur runs the Vicky Bijur Literary Agency, which she started in 1988. She represents fiction and non-fiction. Her list includes commercial and literary fiction, mysteries, psychological suspense, journalism, graphic nonfiction, memoir, biography, and cookbooks. Vicky has served as president of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives) and is currently chair of its Ethics Committee.

Currently Looking For: Thrillers, commercial, and literary fiction.

Not Looking For: Mysteries at the very cozy end of the spectrum, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Clients: Laura Lippman, James Sallis, Sujata Massey, Lisa Black, Lisa Genova, Margaret Maron, G.M. Malliet, Sarah Shaber, Marcia Talley, and Susan Rogers Cooper.

 

Chris Bucci, The McDermid Agency
www.mcdermidagency.com

Bio: Chris Bucci is a literary agent, director, and full partner at The McDermid 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, essays, 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
www.gershbooks.com

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
www.corvisiero.com

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
www.browerliterary.com

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, Joseph DeQuattro, Gabrielle DeMarco, Annette Christie, and Kathryn Gallagher.

 

Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency
www.janerotrosen.com

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
www.bookends-inc.com

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, romantic suspense, historical mysteries, women’s fiction, and more diverse books and writers.

Not Looking For: Science Fiction, 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.

 

Heather Flaherty, The Bent Agency
www.thebentagency.com

Bio: Heather grew up in Massachusetts, and worked in New York City as a playwright during college. After much country-hopping, she began her publishing career in the editorial department at Random House UK. She then became a Literary Scout, advising foreign publishers and Hollywood on the next big books. Now, as an agent at The Bent Agency, she’s thrilled to focus on helping authors find that same success.

Currently Looking For: Complex female-centric Thrillers; Commercial Women’s Fiction; Upmarket General Fiction, Horror stories that are deep, dark, and disturbingly intricate; YA across all genres, especially if it’s dark; Middle-Grade coping and coming-of age stories; Non-Fiction focused in pop-culture, humor, social media, and True Crime.

Not Looking For: N/A

Clients: N/A

 

Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency, LLC
www.lizaroyce.com  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)
www.talbotfortuneagency.com

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: 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.

 

Alexandra Franklin, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency
www.vickybijuragency.com

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

 

Joshua Getzler, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency
www.hsgagency.com

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
www.tridentmediagroup.com/agents/mark-gottlieb

Bio: Mark Gottlieb has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on Publishers Marketplace in Overall volume of Deals and other individual categories by volume. 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.

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.

 

Doug Grad, Doug Grad Literary Agency
www.dgliterary.com

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. In college, he studied creative writing at Northwestern University with Reginald Gibbons. Doug opened the Doug Grad Literary Agency, Inc. in May 2008. This is his 30th 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 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, relief pitcher Skip Lockwood, and NHL Hall of Famers Mark Howe and Pat LaFontaine, 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 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: N/A

Clients: Some of Doug’s clients are: Bernard King (NBA Hall of Famer), Jerome Preisler (NYT bestselling author), Allan Kreda (NYT sportswriter), Derek Beck (historian), Sue Pethick (light romantic fiction), Ellen Byron (USA bestselling cozy mystery writer and Left Coast Crime Award Winner), Randy Denmon (winner of the Faulkner-Wisdom Award for Narrative Nonfiction), Marvin J. Wolf (nonfiction co-author and novelist) and Leo Maloney (thriller writer).

 

Sandra Harding, Spencerhill Associates
www.spencerhillassociates.com

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.

 

Abigail Koons, Park Literary & Media
www.parkliterary.com

Bio: Abigail joined Park Literary & Media in 2005. In addition to her role as the Executive Director of International Rights, she represents both emerging and established authors, including Emily Anthes, Catherine McKenzie, Emily Voigt, and Martin Michaud. Although her projects—and tastes—run the gamut from popular science and narrative nonfiction to commercial fiction and thrillers, all her clients’ work share elements of adventure, surprise and the unexpected.

Currently Looking For: Looking for big commercial novels, preferably with a sense of adventure. I love international settings and novels set in the near future with a good political or conspiracy angle. And a good eco or disaster thriller is hard to say no to!

Not Looking For: In regards to the thrillers, I am less likely to take on a legal or romantic thriller.

Clients: Emily Anthes, Catherine McKenzie, Emily Voigt, and Martin Michaud.

 

Elizabeth Kracht, Kimberley Cameron & Associates
www.kimberleycameron.com

 

Albert Longden, Albert T. Longden Agency
www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/atlong

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
www.lperkinsagency.com

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 www.lperkinsagency.com.

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.

 

Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary, Inc.
www.macgregorliterary.com

Bio: Chip MacGregor is president of MacGregor Literary, Inc.. A 30-year publishing veteran and former associate publisher with Time-Warner Book Group, he began working as an agent 15 years ago, and has represented hundreds of titles, including numerous award-winners and bestsellers.

Currently Looking For: Well-written commercial thrillers, romantic suspense, and literary novels with a suspense or mystery element. We’re open to both contemporary and historical settings.

Not Looking For: Classical sci-fi, fantasy, cozies, porn, or most horror novels, unless they have a literary quality.

Clients: Vincent Zandri, Dave Zeltserman, Mark Bertrand, Les Edgerton, Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, and Mark Mynheir.

 

Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
www.dijkstraagency.com

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.

Currently Looking For: Commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. Non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Non-fiction projects in the areas of history, sports, politics, current events, self-help, memoir, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor and music, cut cookbooks, and narrative non-fiction.

Not Looking For: YA, children’s books, sci-fi, romance or anything involving unicorns.

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.

 

Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Agency
www.talcottnotch.net

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
www.myersliterary.com

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, 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, Simon Gervais, David Neilsen, and many more.

 

Lynnette Novak, The Seymour Agency
www.theseymouragency.com

Bio: Lynnette Novak is a literary assistant at The Seymour Agency and is currently building her client list. Nicole Resciniti, the agency president, is her mentor.

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, and Natasha Neagle.

 

Sharon Pelletier, Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC
www.dystel.com

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: Above all, I respond to that upmarket sweet spot where a literary focus on craft meets a commercial attention to a propulsive plot. I want realistic, fully developed characters with relatable emotional tensions, even when their circumstances are most unusual, and in genre suspense I love to see a strong sense of place or an unexpected element to enliven the procedural tropes. 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: You never know what might win my attention, but 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

 

Kelly Peterson, Corvisiero Literary Agency
www.corvisiero.com

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

 

Michelle Richter, Fuse Literary
www.fuseliterary.com

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.

 

Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency
www.therubenagency.com

Bio: Eric Ruben is an attorney and literary agent in New York City who is currently interested in romance, young adult, erotica, LGBT, mystery, and more. Additionally, Eric is a professional actor who is a member of all the acting unions. He has appeared in numerous commercials, films and theatres including off-Broadway. Eric began work in publishing when he suggested to his friend, NY Times best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann, that she write about Navy SEALs as heroes, thereby helping to create the genre of romantic military suspense. He represents clients as diverse as celebrity chef and health expert Alex Jamieson (Supersize Me), romance writer Anne Elizabeth (Sourcebooks), and legal thriller writer and Edgar nominee Ed Gaffney.

Currently Looking For: Eric is looking for all novel length genre and literary fiction.

Not Looking For: He is NOT accepting screenplays, picture books, children’s books, nonfiction, cookbooks, memoir, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, or poetry.

Clients: Anne Elizabeth, Adriana Allegri, Marlo Berliner, Denise Coyle, Jennifer Della’Zanna, Ed Gaffney, Dr. Maurice Godwin, Denise LaHines, Josh Roots, and Paula Scardamalia.

 

Alec Shane, Writers House, LLC
www.writershouse.com

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
www.lgrliterary.com

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
www.tridentmediagroup.com

Bio: Erica Spellman Silverman started her career as a literary agent at ICM and then moved to the William Morris Agency, as a senior vice president, where she represented writers, screenwriters, directors, and actors. Returning to her roots in publishing in 2009, she now represents a diverse and accomplished client list with Trident Media Group.

Currently Looking For: YA, NA, Thrillers, Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Memoir.

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

Clients: 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
www.triadaus.com

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
www.talbotfortuneagency.com

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
www.janerotrosen.com

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.

 

Robert Thixton, Pinder Lane & Garon-Brooke Associates
www.pinderlaneandgaronbrooke.com

Bio: Bob Thixton, Agent and Co-Owner Pinder Lane & Garon-Brooke Associates, has been an agent since 1976. Member of AAR.

Currently Looking For: Sci-Fi, Epic Fantasy, Thrillers and suspense (contemporary or historical), historical Egyptian fiction, general historical sagas, contemporary literary fiction and non-fiction (women and men).

Not Looking For: Doomsday/Apocalyptic subjects or religious novels nor religious non-fiction.

Clients: Eric Harry ( Arc Light, Protect & Defend, Invasion) Greg Sumner, (Unstuck in Time A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels Seven Stories Press), Tom Doyle (The American Craftsmen – new three book series from TOR/FORGE, The Wizard of Macatawa collection of short stories), A.J.Carlisle (The Codex Lacrimae- 9 part series), Deanna and Dharma Windham (I, Nemo, Raise the Nautilus), Terry Smith (The High Grass Hunter), Nancy Friday (LULU –fiction & Jealousy and Envy, The Power of Beauty, Women On Top- nonfiction), David Kaufelt (FLORIDA , Silver Rose, Midnight Movies) and Richard Steinberg (The Gemini Man, Nobody’s Safe and The 4 Phase Man) plus others.

 

2018 Editors:

Bess Cozby, Tor/Forge
www.us.macmillan.com/torforge

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.

 

Tara Gavin, Kensington Publishing Corp
www.kensingtonbooks.com

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
www.oceanviewpub.com

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.

 

Tony Eldridge, Lonetree Entertainment
No Agency Website

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 in August. 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.

 

Gary Goldstein, Kensington Publishing Corp
www.kensingtonbooks.com

Bio: Gary Goldstein started his editorial career at Crown Publishing in 1986. He spent two years Bantam Doubleday Dell (which then became Bertelsmann AG and is now Penguin Random House) from 1988-1990. He joined Putnam Berkley Publishing in May 1990. Following his stint at Berkley, in 1997 he moved on to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books division. He rejoined Penguin USA in 2000 (Alpha Books division, publisher of the Complete Idiot’s Guides, which was, some say, the perfect position for him). In October 2003, he joined Kensington Publishing Group as Editorial Director. A lifelong New Yorker, he currently resides in Manhattan.

Currently Looking For: As Editorial Director, Goldstein acquires and edits fiction for Kensington’s Pinnacle Books imprint (mysteries, thrillers, westerns, and suspense).

Not Looking For: N/A

Clients: Among Goldstein’s clients are NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors Marc Cameron, A.J. Tata, Tim Washburn, and Anderson Harp.

 

Michaela Hamilton, Kensington Publishing Corp
www.kensingtonbooks.com

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 Luvino, Quercus US (Hachette)
www.quercus.com

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, as well as contemporary YA.

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

Current Authors Working With: K.J. Howe, Sam Wiebe, Adam Hamby, Valentina Giambanco, and Roslund & Hellström.

 

Matthew Martz, Crooked Lane Books
www.crookedlanebooks.com

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.
www.sourcebooks.com

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
www.journalstone.com

Bio: Chris was born in January 1967 and grew up in DeSoto, IL. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, graduating in 1990. Has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco and currently JS is headquartered in Carbondale, IL.

Currently Looking For: Horror, Mysteries and Thrillers in the adult market. Novel length, 70k minimum but also considering Short Story Collections. Will also consider audio only rights to certain books – we produce and publish Audio Books.

Not Looking For: Romance or YA

Current Authors Working With: Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Golden, Joe R. Lansdale, Adam Nevill, Brett J. Talley and many more.

 

Samantha Zuckergood, Simon & Schuster, Thomas Dunne Books
us.macmillan.com/thomasdunne

 

Agents Holding Query & First Page Review:

Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management
www.foliolit.com

WRITER RESOURCE: QUERY LETTER / FIRST PAGES REVIEW – NO PITCHING PLEASE

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.

 

Chantelle Aimee Osman, Author Connect
www.chantelleaimee.com

WRITER RESOURCE: QUERY LETTER / FIRST PAGES REVIEW – NO PITCHING PLEASE

Bio: Chantelle Aimée Osman is the founder of Author Connect, a service enabling aspiring writers to get feedback on manuscripts from experts in their genre. A freelance editor specializing in mystery/suspense/thriller, science-fiction and fantasy, she is also an instructor with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and editor of RT Magazine. A former lawyer and head of development for production companies in Hollywood, Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing THE QUICK AND DIRTY GUIDE TO… she has also published numerous flash fiction and short stories. She is currently editing an episodic anthology, SERIAL KILLER, for Polis Books to be released Fall, 2016.

Find her online at www.chantelleaimee.com and on Twitter @SuspenseSirens.

 

Barbara Poelle (Remora), Irene Goodman Literary Agency
www.irenegoodman.com

WRITER RESOURCE: QUERY LETTER / FIRST PAGES REVIEW – NO PITCHING PLEASE

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.
www.JetReidLiterary.com
www.newleafliterary.com

WRITER RESOURCE: QUERY LETTER / FIRST PAGES REVIEW – NO PITCHING PLEASE

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 JetReidLiterary.blogspot.com. Further information for new authors is available at jetreidlitery.com. Follow her on Twitter @Janet_Reid.

 

Peter Rubie, FinePrint Literary Management
www.fineprintlit.com

WRITER RESOURCE: QUERY LETTER / FIRST PAGES REVIEW – NO PITCHING PLEASE

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: http://lincolnsquarebooks.com/author/prubie/)

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
www.gretchenstelter.com

WRITER RESOURCE: QUERY LETTER / FIRST PAGES REVIEW – NO PITCHING PLEASE

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.