This is the official list of agents, editors, and publishers who will be attending PitchFest 2017 at ThrillerFest XII. Please check back periodically for changes to the list.
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Pamela Ahearn, The Ahearn Agency
Bio: Born in Cincinnati and raised on Long Island, Pamela Ahearn holds an MA from University of Chicago in Comparative Literature, and an AB from Brown University in Comp. Lit/German. She worked at Bantam Books, Dell Books and Richard Curtis Agency before moving to New Orleans, where she was with Southern Writers Agency for eight years. In l992, she founded The Ahearn Agency, Inc., which currently represents between 30-35 authors working in romance and suspense. She has sold over 400 books and has represented several New York Times, USA-Today and Walden’s Bestselling authors as well as RITA, Anthony and Agatha Award winners/nominees. She is the author of one historical romance, and lives with her husband Barry and son Thomas in New Orleans.
Currently Looking For: Thrillers of all kinds, and mysteries as well.
Not Looking For: Science fiction, straight fantasy or non-fiction.
Clients: Jeremy Burns, Julie Compton, Julia Heaberlin, S.W. Hubbard, Sabrina Jeffries, Deb Marlowe, Meagan McKinney, Laura Joh Rowland, Carlene Thompson, Allan Topol, Carter Wilson, and Emily Littlejohn.
Lauren Bieker, FinePrint Literary Management
Bio: Lauren graduated from Gonzaga University in 2012 and then spent several years working as a fashion buyer for prominent online retailer Nasty Gal. She moved to London in 2015 after being accepted in a writing intensive at Cambridge University. In early 2016, she arrived to NYC with her sights set on being a literary agent. Currently, she is a junior agent working with Peter Rubie and Stephany Evans at FinePrint Literary Management and is eager to find new and extremely well written projects.
Currently Looking For: Commercial and upmarket women’s fiction, high concept and literary fiction, thrillers/psychological suspense, Vonnegut- like science fiction, and she is open to YA but must be well written and original.
Not Looking For: Religious fiction, horror, fantasy, political/military fiction.
Allison Cohen, The Gersh Agency
Bio: Allison Cohen is a literary agent at The Gersh Agency. She got her start in publishing at Random House before moving over to the agency side of the business. Allison enjoys the freedom of working with authors across all genres – from picture books and YA to literary and commercial adult fiction and non-fiction – and is always on the lookout for new voices. Her clients include journalists, award-winning novelists, sports figures, TV/film actors, comedians, and illustrators.
Currently Looking For: Thrillers/psychological suspense, literary fiction, and commercial women’s fiction.
Not Looking For: Horror, science fiction, and romance.
Clients: Naomi Hirahara, Hy Conrad, Michael Knight, Lee Martin, Cameron Esposito, Mary Traina, Phoef Sutton, Tara Ellison, Bill Doyle, Chris Sharp, Ed Rodriguez.
Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency
Bio: Marisa A. Corvisiero is the Founder and Senior Literary Agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, a New York City boutique literary management services agency representing authors around the world. Marisa is also a Corporate and Trust and Estates attorney with experience in top global firms and fortune 500 companies. She participates in and has taught several workshops and boot camps on writing and publishing for Writer’s Digest, at Conferences around the country, and various other Online Resources.
Currently Looking For: Marisa seeks creative stories with well-developed plots and rich characters with unique voices. She will consider Romance and Women’s Fiction, New Adult, Thrillers, Adventure, Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and any combination thereof. She is actively seeking thrilling adventure stories for YA and MG.
Not Looking For: NA I’ll consider anything in my respective categories.
Clients: Tish Rabe, RJ Prescott, LP Dover, MJ Fields, Chelsea Camaron, JL Mac, Megan Erickson, Nicole Jacqueline, Ashley Suzanne, David Wallace, Stina Lindenblatt, Kevin James Boreaux, Kathryn Kupanoff, Kerry Adrienne, L.A. Cadieux, Ryk E. Spoor, Gwen Jones, Dan Kamin, Don Nardo, etc.
Elise Erickson, Harold Ober Associates, Inc.
Bio: Elise graduated from St. Olaf College and the NYU Summer Publishing Institute in 2014, and spent several months interning at Penguin’s New American Library imprint, Folio Literary Management, and Susanna Lea Associates before taking on her current position at Harold Ober Associates. She grew up in both Florida and Minnesota, but is quickly learning to love city life in NYC. Elise is passionate about the role and responsibility of the literary agent, especially being an advocate for authors. She currently works with two of Harold Ober’s agents, including the film and subsidiary rights agent, and is actively building a client list of her own.
Currently Looking For: Romance and all of its subgenres, women’s fiction, paranormal, mystery including clever cozy mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, commercial literary fiction, and some YA. She is particularly drawn to stories that contain a strong sense of place, and female protagonists with unique, compelling voices.
Not Looking For: Poetry, Screenplays, Picture Books, Horror, and Self-Help.
Jessica Faust, BookEnds, LLC
Bio: Jessica Faust cut her teeth on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. She was riveted by Hannibal Lector and wanted to read The Alienist a thousand times over. These books, and many others, helped shape her love for mystery and desire to work in publishing. As president of BookEnds Literary Agency, Jessica has helped build the agency’s reputation as a cozy mystery powerhouse. Behind that cozy demeanor however, is a love for dark and mysterious, a passion to read more about serial killers and strong women. Jessica worked at Berkley Publishing, Macmillan and Wiley. A Minnesota girl at heart, she now lives in New Jersey with her family and their large-headed dog Buford.
Currently Looking For: Psychological & domestic suspense and thrillers, edgy female protagonists, 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.
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.
Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group
Bio: Mark Gottlieb attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s Chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on publishersmarketplace.com in Overall Deals and other categories.
Currently Looking For: Mark represents all genres of fiction, nonfiction, middle grade, young adult, children’s picture books, and graphic novels.
Not Looking For: Poetry, novellas, short stories.
Doug Grad, Doug Grad Literary Agency
Harvey Klinger, Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Bio: A native New Yorker, Harvey received his M.A. at The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. in languages at New College. He began his publishing career as an editorial trainee at Doubleday, but left four months later to work for an agent who taught him how not to be an agent. After a two-year stint working under the aegis of an independent publicist, he began forming his own list of clients and went independent in October, 1977. Over the years, the agency has grown to become among the most respected ‘boutique’ agencies offering personalized editorial guidance and direction to its authors. Member of AAR. Twitter: @HKLiterary
Currently Looking For: Thrillers with interesting new angles, mysteries that go beyond ‘cozies,’ great women’s, commercial and literary fiction, narrative non-fiction by renowned individuals in their respective professions.
Not Looking For: Children’s books (my other associates do, however), science-fiction, fantasy, erotica, religious fiction, illustrated books.
Clients: Barbara De Angelis, Brian Little, Terry Kay, George Taber, Jonathan Skariton, James R. Hannibal, Augusta Trobaugh, Barbara Wood, Deborah Blum, Deborah Johnson, Robert Patton, among many others.
Abigail Koons, Park Literary & Media
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 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. She is serving her fourth term on the AAR Board of Directors and is a member of both the Royalties and Contracts Committees. She belongs to the 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.
Not Looking For: Picture books, science fiction, romance, cannibalistic serial killers, cozies, horror, or true crime.
Clients: Linda Barnes, Rick Riordan, Janet Taylor Lisle, Prof. Donald L. Miller, Lono Waiwaiole, Julia Leonard, among others.
Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Bio: Jill is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in History. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces and promotional features for television. After writing ad copy and features for published books for years she knows how to find the “hook” and sell it.
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.
Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency
Bio: Evan Marshall is president of The Evan Marshall Agency, a literary management firm founded in 1987 and specializing in adult and young-adult fiction. An award-winning literary agent, he handles a wide-ranging roster of writers in numerous genres, from romance to mystery and thriller to literary fiction. The agency takes pride in providing careful career guidance and strategizing to its clients. As a result, a number of its authors have been clients for nearly three decades, and their titles regularly hit national bestseller lists including Amazon, USA TODAY, Barnes & Noble, Publishers Weekly and the New York Times. The Evan Marshall Agency is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and adheres to its Code of Ethics. Before becoming an agent, Evan held senior editorial positions at Houghton Mifflin, Ariel Books, New American Library, Everest House and Dodd, Mead, where he acquired national and international bestsellers. An expert on fiction writing, he has served as a contest judge for Wattpad and is a NaNoWriMo Mighty Catalyst for Literary Righteousness. He authored the classic writing guide The Marshall Plan® for Novel Writing in 1998. It is now available as How To Write A Novel-The Marshall® Plan Software, co-created with Martha Jewett. The Marshall Plan® takes the frustration out of writing and delivers successful results fast. Evan is a graduate of Boston College and the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course. He is the author of ten traditionally published mystery novels in the Hidden Manhattan series and Jane Stuart series, called “Miss Marple lite” by Kirkus Reviews.
Currently Looking For: Amish romance, sweet romance, domestic/suburban thrillers, and cozy and historical mysteries.
Not Looking For: Children’s books, memoirs, nonfiction, novellas, poetry, screenplays, short stories, stage plays.
Current Authors Working With: V. S. Alexander, Cynthia Blair, Leigh Carman, Mary Carter, Tracy Clark, Nancy J. Cohen, Lori Copeland, Cheryl Crane, Isis Crawford, Colleen Faulkner, V. K. Forrest, Judith E. French, Steve Goble, Sarah Gray, Michael Griffo, Dorothy Howell, Hannah Howell, Charlotte Hubbard, Katherine Irons, Alexandra Ivy, K. M. Jackson, Vanessa Kelly, Rebecca Kertz, Naomi King, Cathy Lamb, Heather C. Leigh, Laura Levine, Alyssa Maxwell, Emma Miller, Hunter Morgan, J. J. Murray, Constance O’Banyon, Charles O’Brien, Carlene O’Connor, Sharon Page, Deborah Raleigh, Robin Reardon, Farrah Rochon, Michael Salvatore, Michele Sinclair, Bobbi Smith, Karen Rose Smith, S. A. Stovall, V. K. Sykes, Vincent Wilde, and many others.
Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Agency
Bio: Paula Munier brings twenty years’ experience as a writer, acquisitions editor, and content specialist for such media giants as Disney, WGBH, and F&W Media to her work as a literary agent. She’s the author of PLOT PERFECT: Building Unforgettable Stories Scene By Scene. Munier has been with Talcott Notch Literary for three years. In that time she’s sold projects to HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, Sourcebooks, Penguin Random House, Skyhorse Publishing, Kensington, Career Press, Koehler Books, Crooked Lane Books, Entangled, F&W Media, New Horizon Press, and Five Star, among others.
Currently Looking For: Crime fiction of all kinds, true crime, women’s fiction, literary fiction, high-concept SF/fantasy, YA, and nonfiction.
Not Looking For: Paranormal, picture books, memoir, and poetry.
Clients: Kim Van Alkemade (Orphan #8), Brian Thiem (Red Line), Cate Holahan (Dark Turns), Michele Dorsey (No Virgin Island), Vaughn Hardacker (Sniper), Cynthia Riggs (the Victoria Trumbull Martha’s Vineyard mysteries), Kate Flora (Death Dealer), Meera Lester (the Henny Penny Farmette mysteries), James T. Shannon (Dying for Attention), and Richard Thomas (Disintegration).
Eric Myers, Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC
Bio: Eric Myers is an agent with Dystel and Goderich Literary Management and 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.
Gina Panettieri, Talcott Notch Literary Services
Bio: Gina Panettieri is President of Milford, Ct-based Talcott Notch Literary and is a 23-year publishing industry veteran as an agent, and has also worked as a freelance editor and writer, and is author of THE SINGLE MOTHER’S GUIDE TO RAISING REMARKABLE BOYS, published by Adams Media.
Currently Looking For: Fiction – mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror, science fiction, romance, mainstream, action-adventure; nonfiction – memoir, true crime, history, career, cookbooks, medicine and fitness, travel, parenting, self-help, humor, test prep and study guides, coffee table books, juvenile fiction and nonfiction for middle-grade and young adult.
Not Looking For: Poetry, short story collections by new writers, novellas, and textbooks.
Clients: Brian Andrews, Dawn-Michelle Baude, Dr. Bruce Cohen, Scott Craven, Scott Deitche, Beth Fehlbaum, Nancy Holzner, Lisa Jakub, Erik Lawrence, Dr. Seth Meyers, Paula Munier, C.S. Nelson, General (Ret) Richard (Val) Pattee, Dr. Karyn Purvis, A.E. Rought, Cpt. Daniel Sjursen, Brette Sember, Wayne Simmons, Michael Stewart, Brian Taylor, Drew Eric Whitman, Jeff Wilson, Stacy Laabs and Sherri Field.
Kelly Peterson, Corvisiero Literary Agency
Bio: Kelly has her B.S.Ed. in English and originally became a teacher. She quickly found out that the teaching profession wasn’t for her and followed her passion for books instead. After working for Corvisiero Literary Agency for the past 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, and Psychological Thrillers.
Beth Phelan, The Bent Agency
Bio: Beth Phelan is originally from Fall River, Massachusetts but now lives in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of New York University, lifelong reader and dog person. After holding positions at Waxman Leavell Literary (then called the Scott Waxman Literary Agency) and Howard Morhaim Literary, Beth joined the Bent Agency in 2013 where she is continuing to build her list. She can be found at bethphelan.com, thebentagency.com, and on Twitter at @beth_phelan.
Currently looking for: For fiction, she is looking for strong story-telling and richly-drawn characters in suspense, mystery and thrillers; young adult of any genre; contemporary romance; and general literary and commercial fiction. When it comes to non-fiction, she is selectively building a list limited to cookbooks and humor/pop culture.
Not looking for: Historical, memoir, poetry, short story collections, screenplays, picture books, graphic novels, how-to, serious or academic non-fiction.
Clients (to name a few): S.L. Smith, Donna Hosie, Scarlett Cole, Kathryn (K.E.) Ormsbee, Helene Dunbar, Ingrid Seymour, M.J. Pullen, Jenna Sutton, and Julie Hammerle.
Peter Rubie, FinePrint Literary Management
Bio: Peter Rubie, is CEO of FinePrint Literary Management, where as a literary agent he represents a broad range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction. He’s a former BBC Radio and Fleet Street journalist, who was a member of the New York University publishing faculty for ten years, teaching the only university-level course in the country on how to become a literary agent. For several years he was the director of the book publishing section of the NYU Summer Publishing Institute. Prior to becoming an agent, Peter was an in-house editor for Walker & Co., for nearly six years, whose authors won prizes and critical acclaim. He has also worked independently as a book doctor for what is now Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and other mainstream publishing companies. He was once a regular reviewer for the international trade magazine Publishers Weekly and is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction. A member of the Association of Authors Representative (AAR), he regularly lectures and writes on publishing and the craft of writing. (Blog: http://lincolnsquarebooks.com/author/prubie/)
Currently Looking For: Well written contemporary and historical crime novels, and thrillers with interesting main characters and original settings. Anything that has a hook in the cozy field.
Not Looking For: Mickey Spillane like hard boiled, or familiar mysteries and characters who are cynics, drunks, divorced or at the end of the career. If you’ve seen it somewhere else don’t send it to me.
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), William P Wood (Rampage, Sudden Impact).
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 has worked directly under agents Jodi Reamer and Amy Berkower since 2009. In that time, he has worked on and provided strong editorial feedback for a large number of Adult and Young Adult titles of all ranges and genres. Alec is now actively seeking out clients for his own list.
Currently Looking For: Horror, thrillers, mysteries, noir, YA and middle grade “boy” fiction, and beautifully written historical fiction. In nonfiction: humor, biography, history, and all things sports.
Not Looking For: Romance (paranormal or otherwise), women’s fiction, picture books, high fantasy, and science fiction featuring aliens/intergalactic warfare.
Clients: Casey Barrett, Stona Fitch, Ronald Kidd, Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Christopher Price, Jerry Thornton, among others.
Jessica Spivey, Victoria Sanders & Associates, LLC
Paul Stevens, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Bio: Paul Stevens joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2016. Before that, he worked as an editor for 15 years, primarily at Tor and Forge Books, where he edited mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. Paul has worked with authors such as Hilary Davidson, Kevin Egan, Jon Land, Marie Brennan, Brandon Sanderson, and Robert Jordan.
Paul is an Ohio native and a graduate of the Ohio State University. He grows carnivorous plants.
Currently Looking For: Mystery, psychological thrillers, and suspense. Stories with a speculative element (ghosts, magic, monsters) or with an unusual setting are a plus. Ideally the book should have an intriguing concept that makes the reader think, “Oh, that’s a cool idea.” Well-rounded LGBT characters and characters of color are a plus.
He is also looking for science fiction, fantasy, and humor (both fiction and nonfiction).
Not Looking For: Political / action thrillers, poetry, memoirs, screenplays, picture books, or chapter books.
Clients: Paul recently started at DMLA and is actively looking for new clients.
Robert Thixton, Pinder Lane & Garon-Brooke Associates
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.
Bio: As ACX’s Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX and Audible Studios are publishing arms of Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the preeminent provider of spoken-word products to iTunes. Prior to ACX, Coleen worked at Lionsgate Entertainment and John Wiley & Sons. She has a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.
Currently Looking For: Thrillers, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Romance, etc. All genres considered.
Not Looking For: Anything not suited for audio such as works that rely heavily on imagery.
Clients: The authors with whom she has worked include Hugh Howey and Mark Tufo.
Tony Eldridge, Lonetree Entertainment
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Bio: Tony Eldridge is a film and television producer. The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington for Sony Pictures was a box office blockbuster in 2014. His current projects include the feature film Patient Number One for HBO and The Bubble Gum Thief as a television series after meeting the author at 2014 PitchFest. His production company currently manages or controls the media rights to several dozen literary properties including works by bestselling authors, Heather Graham, Eric Dezenhall, Raymond Benson, David Fisher, Sheila Lowe and Eric Gethers.
Currently Looking For: True stories, thrillers (suspense, crime, supernatural, erotic), mysteries, paranormal, young adult, futuristic, science fiction 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: Fantasy or anything with zombies, vampires or werewolves, Suspense horror is okay.
Ali Fisher, Tor Teen and Starscape
Bio: As of 2016, Ali Fisher is the newest editor at Tor Teen and Starscape, where she acquires speculative and reality-based young adult and middle grade fiction. Ali would like ThrillerFest attendees to know that between 2003 and 2010 she was murdered on the regular (as a cast member of the interactive mystery events aboard the Spirit of Washington dinner train). Ali studied English literature at Hamilton College and now she reads like it’s her job because it is!
Currently Looking For: Mysteries, thrillers, and horror with a speculative element, psychological suspense, comedic voices, and stories featuring underrepresented and marginalized characters.
Not Looking For: Adult fiction, picture books, and nonfiction.
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, and approximately seventy 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.
Matthew Martz, Crooked Lane Books
Bio: Matt Martz began his publishing career in 2004 and joined Crooked Lane Books / Quick Brown Fox & Company in 2014 after 8 years at Minotaur Books.
Currently Looking For: He publishes crime fiction ranging from mysteries to psychological suspense and high concept thrillers.
Not Looking For: Romantic suspense.
Clients: The authors with whom he has worked include New York Times and USA Today bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Kelli Stanley, and Barry Award nominee Tim O’Mara, as well thriller writers Alex Ryan and Matt Rees.
Christopher C. Payne, JournalStone Publishing
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.
Amy Stapp, Tor/Forge Books (Tom Doherty Associates)
Bio: Amy Stapp is an associate editor at Forge and Tor Teen, where she acquires mystery, suspense, women’s fiction, and historical fiction. She is actively seeking gritty suspense, mature YA, psychological/literary horror, character-driven historical fiction, and smart romance. When not reading, she enjoys travelling, experimenting in the kitchen, long runs with her dog, and champagne with friends. Find her on Twitter at @AmyStappNY.
Currently Looking For: I am currently looking for psychological thrillers, domestic suspense, historical fiction (in particular early 20th century), stories set in the American South or with an international element. Particularly interested in complex characters and unexpected twists.
Not Looking For: I am not interested in science fiction/fantasy, paranormal, military, political, ancient history.
Misty Williams, Fiery Seas Publishing
Bio: Misty Williams founded Fiery Seas Publishing in 2014. She has over ten years experience from writing to marketing and publicity to editorial. She now uses the things she has learned over the years to help build the companies growing number of authors. You can find her on twitter at @misty_williams
Currently Looking For: A great book that will keep readers up all night. Mysteries, thrillers (medical and psychological), horror, science fiction, fantasy, YA/middle grade, romance, and historical fiction.
Not Looking For: Nonfiction, cookbooks, picture books, and poetry.
Current Authors Working With: Paul H.B. Shin, Glover Wright, Michael H. Rubin, Stacy Allen, and more.
Agents Holding Query & First Page Review:
Chantelle Aimee Osman, Author Connect
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
WRITER RESOURCE: FIRST PAGE REVIEW – NO PITCHING PLEASE
Bio: 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), Fine Print Literary Management
WRITER RESOURCE: QUERY LETTER REVIEW – NO PITCHING PLEASE
Bio: 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.