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



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

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2020 Agents/Editors/Producers:

Chantelle Aimee Osman, Agora Books

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

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

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

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

Lauren Bieker, FinePrint Literary Management

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

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

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

Clients: N/A

Jenny Chen, Crooked Lane Books

Bio: Jenny began her publishing career in 2014 while obtaining BA/MA degrees in English literature, interning for Touchstone at Simon & Schuster, and Berkley at Penguin Random House. Shortly thereafter, she joined Writers House for an intensive education about all things publishing before infiltrating the Crooked Lane team to work with books from the one genre that has made her an unapologetic binger of macabre stories. Jenny has worked with New York Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors in addition to award winners at Crooked Lane and is now on the hunt for raw stories that challenge and explore the resiliency of the human spirit. She is particularly interested in the fraught nature of intimate (and perhaps combative) relationships, especially those between parent and child, and siblings. She wants characters motivated (warped, even) by love in a twisted story about home.

Currently Looking For: Small town set stories where the setting is as much a character as the people; strong and raw female leads; domestic thrillers featuring children/parent dynamics; Southern gothics.

Not Looking For: Paranormal mysteries; political (government, drugs, gangs, mafia), military/spy, and/or international thrillers.

Clients:  Roz Nay, Christopher Swann, Jennifer Pashley, J. G. Hetherton, Elena Taylor, Ian Pisarcik, Nicola Upson, Frances Brody, Sheila Connolly, Heather Blake, Jennifer Greer, Jaimee Wriston Colbert.

Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency

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

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

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

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

Tony Eldridge, Lonetree Entertainment
No Agency Website

Bio: Tony Eldridge is a Los Angeles based film and television producer. He developed and produced The Equalizerfeature film starring Denzel Washington for Sony Pictures (2014) and the sequel, The Equalizer 2  (2018)  both opened at #1 and were box office blockbusters. His current projects include the feature film 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 manages or controls the media rights to a number of literary properties including works by bestselling authors Heather Graham, Raymond Benson, David Fisher, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry and Eric Dezenhall.

Currently Looking For: Thrillers (suspense, crime, supernatural, horror, erotic), mysteries, paranormal, futuristic, science fiction, true stories and any type of procedurals. Focused on character driven properties that have all of the essential elements needed to successfully make the transition from book to screen.

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

Stephany Evans, Ayesha Pande Literary

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

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

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

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

Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency, LLC  @lizaroyceagency

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

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

Not looking For: Just make sure the writing is strong, and please watch out for unnatural dialogue and word repetition. Also, as much as she loves repetition, she is not taking any of those on at the moment.  Also, although she never says never, at the moment she is not looking for high fantasy, non-medical sci fi or political thrillers.

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

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

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

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

Not Looking For: Child in Jeopardy or serial killers.

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

Renee C. Fountain, President
Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management

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

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

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

Clients: Jonathan Fredrick CASH CITY and HUM LITTLE BIRDIE (Audible Originals), Luke Romyn ASH (Audible Originals), Rebecca  Fox Starr BEYOND THE BABY BLUES and BABY EVER AFTER (Rowan & Littlefield), TRAIN YOUR HEAD & YOUR BODY WILL FOLLOW and MY 30 DAY RESET JOURNAL- Sandy Joy Weston (Skyhorse Publishing) Sarah Cain THE 8TH CIRCLE and ONE BY ONE (Crooked Lane) Danny Johnson, LAST ROAD HOME (Kensington), Michael Logan HELL’S DETECTIVE (Crooked Lane) Thommy Hutson NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (Permuted Press), Elizabeth Heaney THE HONOR WAS MINE (Grand Harbor).

Louise Fury, The Bent Agency

Bio: Louise Fury (The Bent Agency) is a literary agent in NYC and has sold books to both traditional and digital publishers including Random House, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan, and many others. Louise encourages authors to have one foot in traditional publishing and the other in the digital-first arena. She believes in staying ahead of the pack by embracing change, not just adapting to it and is a huge advocate for exploring secondary rights. She’s sold audio, film and foreign rights for her clients. For more information, visit or follow her on twitter @louisefury.

Currently Looking For: Thrillers, Suspense, Horror (especially literary and YA), Commercial Fiction, Speculative Fiction, all forms of Romance, Young adult, Graphic Novels and Non-Fiction with a hook.

Not Looking For: Memoirs, poetry, or screenplays.

Clients: Lisa Renee Jones, Geneva Lee, Jonathan Janz, W.D. Gagliani, Hunter Shea, Penny Reid, Francesca Zappia, Megan Frampton, and Jen McLaughlin.

Lori Galvin, Aevitas Creative Management

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

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

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

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

Ronald Gerber, Lowenstein & Associates

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

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

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

Joshua Getzler, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency

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

Currently Looking For: Josh is looking for foreign and historical thrillers and mysteries. He’d LOVE a good French Revolution novel. Strong atmosphere pieces are always welcome, especially if they teach the reader about another time or place—and that can be in the near future—Josh has been seeing a lot of speculative fiction these days.

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

Clients: Rob Hart, Michael Ledwidge, Chris Mooney, Elaine Powell, Dana Cameron, SJ Rozan, Linda Hull, Keir Graff, Shawn Cosby, Eryk Pruitt, Steph Post, Sergey and Marina Dyachenko, Julia Hersey, Jeff Cohen, Toni LoTempio, Diane Stuckart, Paul Goldberg, Todd Moss, Karen Odden.

Doug Grad, Doug Grad Literary

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

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

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

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

Not Looking For: YA, science fiction, fantasy

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

Jill Grosjean, Jill Grosjean Literary Agency

Bio: Jill Grosjean has been a literary agent for twenty-two years, the last twenty as head of her own agency.  Prior to becoming an agent, Jill managed an influential independent bookstore.  She also worked at a top advertising agency and in publishing.  Jill’s interests are mysteries, women’s fiction and literary fiction, both contemporary and historical.  To see a list of some of Jill’s published works, visit her website listed above.

Currently Looking For: Mysteries set in exotic locations with an historical bent.

Not Looking For: Science fiction, Fantasy, or Serial Killer thrillers.

Clients: A few of Jill’s clients are

Nev March, author of the forthcoming MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY SMP/MinotaurBooks/Mystery Writer’s of America First Crime Novel Award-winning Debut.

Julie McElwain, series author of five novels with Pegasus Books beginning with MURDER IN TIME.

Loretta Marion’s HOUSE OF ASHES and STORM OF SECRETS, published by Crooked Lane Books.

Bernadette Pajer’s Professor Bradshaw four book series with Poisoned Pen Press.

Bob Gussin, Oceanview Publishing

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

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

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

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

Michaela Hamilton, Kensington Publishing Corp

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

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

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

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

Sandra Harding, Spencerhill Associates

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth Kracht, Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Bio: Elizabeth Kracht is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and the author of The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript. She also works as a freelance developmental editor coaching authors. Elizabeth represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist, and writer.

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

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

Clients: Elizabeth represents Patricia Santos Marcantonio (Felicity Carrol Series); Special Agent and two-time Bronze Star Medal recipient Tj Turner (Lincoln’s Bodyguard Series); former Prison Administrator James L’Etoile (Detective Penley Series); retired FBI agent Art Kerns (Hayden Stone Series); James Scarantino (Denise Aragon Series); and Mia Thompson (Sapphire Dubois Series), among others.

Sarah Landis, Sterling Lord Literistic

Bio: Before joining Sterling Lord Literistic in 2017, Sarah worked as an editor for fifteen years, holding roles at G.P. Putnam Son’s, Hyperion Books, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Over the course of her career, Sarah has had the pleasure of editing many talented authors including the likes of: Lauren Groff, Cathy Marie Buchanan, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Claudia Gray, Eileen Cook, Michael Buckley, and Megan Shepherd. Sarah graduated with a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

Currently Looking For: Adult and Young Adult thrillers with a strong female protagonist and historical suspense. Books I wish I represented: THE DRY, anything by Tana French, THE ALICE NETWORK, IN A DARK DARK WOOD, SALT TO THE SEA, A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE.

Not Looking For: Techno or military thrillers, cozy mysteries.

Clients: Meredith Tate, Shelby Mahurin, Julie Abe, Erin Craig, Jessica Rubinkowski, Leah Johnson, Zilpha Snyder estate

Sandy Lu, L. Perkins Agency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew Martz, Crooked Lane Books

Bio: Matt Martz launched Crooked Lane Books in 2014 after eight years at Minotaur Books and St. Martin’s Press. During his career he has published New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestsellers and award-winning titles.

 Currently Looking For: He enjoys crime fiction, ranging from traditional mysteries to psychological suspense and high concept thrillers and all points in between. He is particularly drawn to small town settings, stories with compelling family dynamics, and seemingly ordinary characters who harbor dark and explosive secrets. Books that cross over to other genres, especially reading group fiction, or that take the traditional crime fiction genres to a whole new level are always welcome.

Not Looking For: Romantic suspense.

Clients: The authors he has published include New York Times and USA Today bestsellers P. J. Tracy, Wendy Corsi Staub, and Sheila Connolly as well as award winning and acclaimed authors Cate Holahan, Margaret Mizushima, and Vicki Delany.

James McGowan, Book Ends Literary Agency

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

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

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

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

Anna Michels, Sourcebooks, Inc.

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

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

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

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

Kelly Simmons, and many more.

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 Quarto to her work as Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary. She specializes in all manner of crime fiction, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, MG and crossover YA, and high-concept SFF; in nonfiction, she represents pop culture, mind/body/spirit, science and technology, self-help, and health. She’s the Mary Higgins Clark Award-nominated author of A Borrowing of Bones, the first in her Mercy Carr mystery series for Minotaur, as well as three popular books on writing: Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, and Writing with Quiet Hands.

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: USA Today bestselling author Cate Holahan (One Little Secret), Lefty winner and Agatha nominee Alexia Gordon (the Gethsemane Brown series), Agatha nominee Bruce Robert Coffin (the Detective Byron series), James R. Benn (the Billy Boyle WWII mystery series), Cynthia Riggs (the Victoria Trumbull Martha’s Vineyard mysteries), Thriller and multiple Pushcart Prize nominee Richard Thomas (Breaker), Tony Hillerman Award winner Carol Potenza (the Nicky Matthews series), Roger Johns (the Wallace Hartman series), and many more.

Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management

Bio: Eric Myers founded his own literary agency, Myers Literary Management, in 2017, after working as an agent for several companies including Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret, LLC and The Spieler Agency. He entered agenting through the back door–as an author himself, having written UNCLE MAME: THE LIFE OF PATRICK DENNIS (St. Martin’s Press, 2000) and co-authored two other books. His journalism has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES and TIME OUT.

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

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

Clients: Jack Barsky, Bryan Batt, Alonso Duralde, John Anthony Gilvey, Chris Grabenstein, Lydia Kang, Derek Taylor Kent, August Norman, Kim Stagliano, Anne Thompson, Robert Hofler, David Neilsen, Beverley McLachlin, and many more. He is pleased to have discovered Simon Gervais (HUNT THEM DOWN, THE THIN BLACK LINE) and Ryan Wick (the upcoming LAWBREAKER) at Thrillerfest.

Lynnette Novak, The Seymour Agency

Bio: Lynnette Novak is an agent at The Seymour Agency and is currently building her list.

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

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

Follow Lynnette on Twitter: @Lynnette_Novak

Currently Looking For:

In adult fiction: thrillers, horror, psychological suspense, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gina Panettieri, Talcott Notch Literary Services

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

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

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

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

Mel Parker, Mel Parker Books LLC

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

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

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

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

Michelle Richter, Fuse Literary

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

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

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

Clients: E.A. Aymar, Kellye Garrett, Laura Heffernan, C.C. Humphreys, Jennifer Gold, Tara Laskowski and Carl Vonderau.

Alec Shane, Writers House, LLC

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

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

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

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

Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Speilburg
Speilburg Literary

Bio:  Alice Speilburg is the founding agent of Speilburg Literary and has worked in book publishing for more than a decade. She represents commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her first editing gig was on the news desk of her college daily, and she is still drawn to compelling nonfiction stories, especially those written by journalists, that deepen our understanding of culture and society. In fiction, she is a lifelong fan of historical adventures and fantasy based on myths and legends. She loves a complete immersion read that takes her to another world through the eyes of original characters. Prior to launching Speilburg Literary, Alice worked at John Wiley & Sons, and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. Throughout her career, she has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors, literary and professional societies, and branded content. Alice spends her weekends hiking with her husband and two sons.

Currently looking for: In Adult Fiction, Alice is looking for historical novels from fresh and unique perspectives, women’s fiction that has thriller and/or horror elements, high-stakes mystery novels with female protagonists, fantasy that imagines fresh worlds with non-Western roots or fantasy that springs from newer American folk magic (especially Appalachian), contemporary fantasy that explores a dark version of childlike magic.

In YA Fiction, she’s looking for diverse retellings of classic stories, contemporary fantasy with magical/supernatural worlds alongside our own (but not necessarily “urban,” rural & suburban magical systems could be nice).

In Nonfiction, she’s interested in cultural narratives, microhistory, nature, and pop science written by journalists and academics.

Across the board, she’s looking for an inclusive cast of characters, across gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, and mental health spectrums.

Not looking for: Alice is not interested in picture books, middle-grade novels, screenplays, short stories/collections, or poetry. She’s not the right fit for memoir unless it is focused on a very specific topic. She’s also not interested in debuts that are contemporary fiction, unless they have a strong genre element (thriller, mystery, magical realism, etc.).

Clients: Include Melissa Lenhardt, Jennifer Mason-Black, Angela Jackson-Brown, Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), Josh Noel, and Erin Osmon, among others.

Jessica Spivey, Victoria Sanders and Associates

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

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

Not Looking For: Romance and science fiction.

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

Uwe Stender, TriadaUS Literary Agency

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

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

Not looking For: Adult Fantasy and Adult Sci Fi.

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

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

Bio: John is a literary agent with twenty-five plus years of commercial book publishing experience. Prior to becoming an agent he was a Senior Editor at Putnam Berkley (now part of Penguin Random House), where he had the honor of working with such global bestsellers as Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin, and Jack Higgins. He edited dozens of national bestsellers and several New York Times Notable Books. He began his editorial career at Simon & Schuster.

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

Not Looking For: N/A

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

Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary

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

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

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

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

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

Anne Tibbets, D4EO Literary Agency

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

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

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

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

Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC

Bio: Ann Leslie Tuttle joined DG&B in 2017 after working for 20 years at Harlequin Books, now a division of HarperCollins, where she acquired and edited an extensive list of bestselling titles in women’s fiction.  She received her B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from the University of Virginia.  Finding talented authors (established and debut) and growing a writer’s career have always been Ann Leslie’s passion. Ann Leslie lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter, who is just discovering the magic of books and writing.

Currently Looking For: I am actively seeking thrillers, psychological suspense, mysteries, romance, literary fiction and Middle Grade.  Stories set in the South and Southern Gothics especially captivate me as do other fictional works that convey a strong sense of place.

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

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

Jennifer Weis, Literary Agent
(No Website)

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

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

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

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

John Willig, Literary Services, Inc.

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

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

Not Looking For: Science or fantasy fiction. YA.

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

Terrie Wolf, AKA Literary Management
Bio: Terrie is CEO of AKA Literary LLC, a Colorado-based agency established in 2010. A full member of AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives), she has sold rights in more than 40 countries and represents an exciting group of authors who are at all stages of the writing journey, and an eclectic and unforgettable list of commercial fiction and nonfiction. With a background that spans nearly 30 years in publishing, international media, and large-scale events, this Emmy award-winning former broadcast special projects producer is also an accomplished speaker and frequent conference attendee.

Clients: Terrie’s clients include Margaret Mizushima, C.C. Harrison, Jeff Nesbit, Maria Shriver, Toni Brattin, Bill Coors, and Celine Jacobson, among others. Please visit for more information.

Marian Young, The Young Agency
(no website)

Bio: A graduate of Swarthmore College, Marian Young has been working in publishing her entire career. Her first job, with a publishers’ advertising agency, led to a position with Harper & Row (now HarperCollins) as advertising director. Preferring to work directly with writers, she decided to become an agent and worked at two literary agencies before going out on her own in 1986. Over the years, she has had the privilege of working with a diverse group of writers in many fields: art, history, fiction, cookbooks, and general non-fiction.

Currently Looking For: If there is a theme to her preferences, it would follow the words of Oscar Wilde: “My tastes are simple. I am always satisfied with the best.”

Not Looking For: N/A

Clients: She represents Bret Lott, author of one of the highest-selling Oprah’s Book Club picks, JEWEL; the PEN/Bingham Award-winner WE’RE IN TROUBLE, by Christopher Coake; historian Maury Klein; and the mystery/psychological thriller writer Carolyn Haines. Two of her cookbooks, ALL ABOUT BRAISING, by Molly Stevens, and TASTY, by Roy Finamore, were awarded the prestigious Beard Award. She is inordinately proud of WHY DOES THE OTHER LINE ALWAYS MOVE FASTER?, an informative and highly entertaining book about queuing by David Andrews.

Al Zuckerman, Writers House LLC

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

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

Not Looking For: N/A

Currents Authors Working With: Too many successes to count.