The following agents and editors are confirmed to attend PitchFest 2022 at ThrillerFest XVII.
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Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment
Bio: Richard Abate has been a literary manager for over fifteen years. In 2009 he joined 3 Arts Entertainment, a premier management company based in Los Angeles, to begin their literary division in New York. He has worked with top creative talent such as Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Issa Rae, B.J. Novak, Guillermo del Toro, Tim Kring, Howard Gordon, and others. He has worked with the award winning scientist, physician, and NYT bestselling author Sharon Moalem on titles including Survival of the Sickest and DNA Restart. He has also worked closely with Bob Harper to create his NY Times #1 bestselling diet and health series, The Skinny Rules. He has worked with sports celebrities Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Josh Hamilton; he has also worked with top sports personalities such as Al Michaels, Colin Cowherd, and The Talented Mr. Roto, Matthew Berry. Richard represents many literary writers such as Sally Ball, Kate Christensen (PEN/Faulkner winner), Sana Krasikov (Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature winner), and Oscar Casares, and screenwriter-authors as well such as Attica Locke, Amy Sohn, and Chuck Hogan (screenwriter and author of The Town and Hammett Award winner). He also represents YA authors Daniel Kraus, Lisi Harrison, and Melissa De La Cruz. He also represents Jeff Tietz (National Magazine Award nominee), Tara Bray Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner Tamara Jones, historian James Swanson, journalist Mitchell Zuckoff, Editor-in-Chief of The Boston Globe Brian McGrory, National Book Award nominee David McCumber, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Snyder.
He has also developed and produced for television and film. Projects he has developed, produced, or created include THE STRAIN by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, forthcoming series 59 (FX) and BLACK WATER RISING (Starz) by Attica Locke; FROM SCRATCH (Hello Sunshine/Reese Witherspoon) by Tembi Locke, and NIGHT WATCH (AMC) with Sam Rockwell attached. Feature credits include 13 HOURS with Paramount, DANIEL ISN’T REAL with SpectreVision, GODS UNKNOWN with The Russo Brothers at Amazon, and with Sony: LOVE CANAL with Patricia Arquette attached as director, and HUNTING EL CHAPO with Michael Bay attached as director.
Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Victoria Sanders & Associates
Bio: Bernadette Baker-Baughman has completed a Master’s Degree in Writing at Portland State University, and spent several years in-house (first editorial, then marketing). She began agenting in 2005 and has worked with VSA since 2010.
Currently Looking For: She is drawn to strong storytelling in all genres, with a special interest in thrillers, contemporary novels, magical realism, young adult, and books for kids. She is also open to pop-culture, gift books, and memoir. She loves smart writing, high concept books, work with great emotional resonance, and humor. She is always looking for authors with a distinctive voice.
Clients: She has represented a number of New York Times bestselling and award-winning writers and illustrators, including Leslye Walton, Faith Erin Hicks, Tony Cliff, Maris Wicks, Liv Constantine, and Carson Morton, to name a few.
Stephen Barbara, InkWell Management
Bio: Stephen Barbara is a literary agent with InkWell Management in Manhattan, which he joined in 2015. Prior to joining the agency, he worked as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins, as Contracts Director of the Donald Maass Agency, and as an agent with Foundry Literary + Media for six years. Stephen represents a mix of writers, storytellers, thinkers, and entertainers, and he is always looking for high-quality commercial properties.
Clients: Lauren Oliver (creator, writer, and executive producer of Panic, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video), British Fantasy Award winner and national bestseller Paul Tremblay (A Head Full of Ghosts and Survivor Song), USA Today bestseller Zoje Stage (Baby Teeth), New York Times bestseller Laura Amy Schlitz (Splendors and Glooms, Amber & Clay). Emerging clients include Flora Collins, author of the debut domestic suspense novel Nanny Dearest (published in November 2021 from Mira Books); and journalist with The Independent, Clémence Michallon, whose debut thriller The Quiet Tenant was acquired by Knopf in the summer of 2021 and subsequently sold in 30 foreign territories as well.
Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates
Bio: Caitlin Blasdell has been a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates since 2002, focusing on commercial fiction. Before becoming an agent, she was a senior editor at HarperCollins Publishers. A graduate of Williams College, she lives in Westchester with her husband, four sons, and an ever-expanding flower garden.
She is looking for quality commercial fiction, which to her means a strong plot, memorable voice, clean prose, and, ideally, a good hook. Her specialties include science fiction and fantasy, romance and women’s fiction, thrillers, and historical fiction. She also handles a few select middle grade and YA authors and a very few nonfiction titles.
Her clients include Zen Cho (Hugo-Award-winning author of BLACK WATER SISTER), Scott Hawkins (THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR), Brian McClellan (The Powder Mage series), Joel Ross (THE FOG DIVER), Karen Schwabach/Sage Blackwood (STARTING AT SENECA FALLS and the JINX trilogy), Charles Stross (the Hugo-Award-winning Laundry series), and Rebecca Zanetti (NYT-bestselling author of YOU CAN RUN).
Katie Shea Boutillier, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Bio: Katie Shea Boutillier joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2011. She is the agency’s Rights Director handling translation, audio and selected film/TV rights. In addition, Katie focuses on commercial adult fiction and young adult fiction. She is always on the hunt for upmarket women’s fiction, psychological suspense and has a soft spot for coming-of-age fiction. She loves books that present big hooks, imperfect characters, and strong voices. Katie is committed to help achieve her clients’ long-term career goals. She lives in the Jersey suburbs with her family.
Katie’s best known suspense/thriller projects are: BEST DAY EVER by USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda; MY SISTER IS MISSING by USA Today bestselling author Carissa Ann Lynch; THE UNREMEMBERED GIRL by Amazon Charts bestselling author Eliza Maxwell; I DON’T FORGIVE YOU by Aggie Blum Thompson.
Joe Brosnan, Grove Atlantic
Bio: Joe Brosnan is a Senior Editor at Grove Atlantic, focusing on crime fiction. He got his start in the industry in 2014 when he joined St. Martin’s Press as a Web Editor for CriminalElement.com. In 2015, he moved over to the marketing team at SMP/Minotaur while also taking over as Site Manager for Criminal Element. In addition to those responsibilities, in 2019, he began acquiring books for Minotaur. In Spring of 2021 his first acquisition, Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay, was published to great acclaim and was named an Indie Next, Library Reads and an Amazon Book of the Month selection.
Madelyn Burt, Stonesong
Bio: Madelyn Burt joined Stonesong in 2015 and has worked on a variety of projects ranging from adult and children’s fiction to cookbooks, lifestyle, and more. She is now actively building her own list, and looks forward to establishing long-lasting, collaborative relationships with her authors. A life-long lover of history, she earned her MA in Medieval Studies before joining the publishing world.
Madelyn is currently focused on adult mysteries, crime, and thrillers, although she is interested in both adult and children’s fiction. She is drawn to character-driven stories that feature tight-knit groups and strong friendships, quests and heists, and unique voices. She is also particularly interested in fiction and select nonfiction that is able to make a historical person or period accessible to the modern reader.
Adam Chromy, Moveable Type Management
Bio: Adam Chromy, president of Movable Type Management, represents a select list of authors while pursuing the film/TV exploitation of MTM’s clients’ work. This approach has led to deals with Netflix, Hallmark Network, USA Network, Sony and many others.
Currently Looking For: Adam is looking for high concept fiction and nonfiction, especially thrillers, with strong film and television potential. I’m particularly interested in well crafted, even archetypal, stories set in interesting worlds and subcultures.
Not Looking For: Nothing average – I am looking for breakout books and authors.
Clients include: Alicia Bessette, Donia Bijan, Jamie Brenner, JD Dickey, Zygmunt Miloszewski, Trent Preszler, and Annelise Ryan.
Victoria Dillman, Howland Literary
Bio: Before Howland Literary, Victoria Dillman was an assistant and foreign rights associate at Sobel Weber Associates and an intern at Linda Leith Publishing, as well as a reader for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Awards. She holds a B.A. in English from McGill University, and an MFA in Fiction from The New School. Her pronouns are she/her.
She is most interested in adult literary/upmarket fiction and narrative and expert driven nonfiction. She’s always looking for a well-paced plot with a strong, distinctive voice. She is fascinated by complex characters and pieces that subvert genre conventions. Give her anything that makes her heart race, a bold new voice, a weird and wonderful plot, and she’s sold. On the nonfiction side, she is drawn to passion and in-depth knowledge of niche topics. Some of the topics she is interested include social justice, climate change, mental health, cults, true crime, and counterculture.
Lily Dolin, United Talent Agency
Bio: Lily Dolin represents clients in both fiction and nonfiction. In fiction, she is drawn to dark and offbeat humor, gripping narratives, strong commercial hooks, and nuanced female perspectives. For nonfiction, she is looking for short story collections and memoirs that are funny, outrageous, shocking, emotional, or all of the above. She also enjoys true crime, pop culture, and narrative pop psychology. Lily graduated from New York University and currently lives in Manhattan.
Tony Eldridge, Lonetree Entertainment
Bio: Tony Eldridge is a Los Angeles based film and television producer. He developed and produced The Equalizer feature film starring Denzel Washington for Sony Pictures (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.
Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency
Bio: Liza Fleissig, with her partner Ginger Harris-Dontzin, opened the Liza Royce Agency (LRA) in early 2011. A cross-platform company providing development, representation, and strategic career management for clients in all media, their goal is to represent clients in all stages of their careers, from the most established to those developing their craft, as well as debuts. Both former partners in NYC based litigation law firms, Liza and Ginger bring a combined 40 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.
Clients: Robert Bailey II, Isabella Maldonado, Amy Impellizzeri, Danielle Wong, Walter Gragg, Estate of Marc Olden, among others.
Carolyn Forde, Transatlantic Agency
Bio: Carolyn is a Partner and Senior Agent at Transatlantic Agency, in addition to overseeing the International rights division at the agency. She represents bestselling and award-winning authors and is always on the lookout for more compelling stories and talented writers. Currently she is seeking upmarket commercial fiction by female identifying authors, really funny and romantic romcoms from diverse voices, agenda setting non-fiction – either investigative journalism or literary memoir that offers a window into an unusual or rarely seen part of society. Her authors include USA Today bestselling Karma Brown (RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE), critically acclaimed romcom author Jean Meltzer (THE MATZAH BALL), bestselling thriller author Hannah Mary McKinnon (NEVER COMING HOME), bestselling memoirist Clayton Thomas-Muller (LIFE IN THE CITY OF DIRTY WATER) and bestselling investigative journalist Sarah Berman (DON’T CALL IT A CULT).
She is not looking for YA, fantasy, military/CIA thrillers or children’s books.
David Forrer, InkWell Management
Bio: David Forrer began his career in publishing in 1997 after receiving a Masters in Creative Writing (fiction) from Boston University. He has been an agent with InkWell Management since it was created in 2004. He enjoys smart, propulsive fiction with a great hook and unforgettable characters, including crime, suspense and thrillers that range from commercial to literary. He’s had the privilege of working with many talented authors including Catherine Burns (THE VISITORS), Ella Berman (THE COMEBACK), and Claire Fuller (BITTER ORANGE).
Lori Galvin, Aevitas Creative Management
Bio: Lori Galvin worked as a book editor before moving to the literary agent side in 2015. She works with a diverse group of writers of both fiction and nonfiction. Through Pitchfest, she is looking for high quality writing across crime and suspense, both literary and commercial—and from all voices. In addition to twisty, dark novels of crime and suspense; mystery/horror crossovers, and high concept thrillers; she is eager to work with writers whose work engages both the head and the heart. Some her clients’ projects have been optioned by A24 and Netflix. She has signed and sold books by writers she has met through Pitchfest, including Wanda M. Morris (All Her Little Secrets, Morrow 2021) and Cheryl A. Head (Time’s Undoing, Dutton 2023).
Clients: Harrison Ash, William Brashears, Cambria Brockman, Sara Goudarzi, Cheryl A. Head, Hannah Kirshner, Jennifer Lavallee, Irene Li, Margaret Li, Wanda M. Morris, Jennifer Morita, Kwame Onwuachi, Sebastian J. Plata, Phoebe Rowe, Samantha Skal, Sarah Stevens, Ross Wilcox.
Doug Grad, Doug Grad Literary Agency
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, nearly two decades before he won the Pulitzer Prize for Angela’s Ashes. He studied creative writing at Northwestern University with Reginald Gibbons. Doug opened the Doug Grad Literary Agency, Inc. in May 2008. As a third generation New Yorker and 25-year resident of Brooklyn, Doug moved to Salem, Massachusetts in 2021. No, he has not been turned into a toad by a witch (yet), and yes, he made out like a bandit on the sale of his apartment…
After starting at Simon & Schuster as an assistant to the assistant of Michael Korda, 2022 begins Doug’s 36th 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. On the nonfiction side, Doug has worked with astronauts, generals, war heroes, gangsters, cops, politicians, sports stars, journalists, musicians, historians and humorists. His work is never boring!
Since becoming an agent, Doug has taken on a number of high-profile clients, including New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction Jeff Shaara (whose first two novels Doug edited); New York Times bestseller Kerri Rawson (daughter of serial killer Dennis Rader, known as BTK); New York Times bestselling WWII historian Larry Alexander; jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Hugh Shelton, and true crime and mob writer Michael Benson, among others. In the mystery/thriller genre, Doug represents Agatha Award and three-time Lefty Award winner Ellen Byron (and her alter-ego Maria DiRico); Jerome Preisler, author of the NET FORCE series created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik; New York Times bestseller David L. Robbins; Debbie Babitt; Matthew Betley; and A.J. Chambers.
Currently Looking For: On the fiction side, Doug’s looking for mysteries (cozy, contemporary or historical), all stripes of thrillers, and contemporary fiction with interesting voices. On the nonfiction side, Doug’s looking for military, narrative nonfiction, celebrity memoir, history, politics, travel, music, science, language, and sports.
Not Looking For: Children’s picture books, YA, science fiction, fantasy
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.
Clients: Raymond Benson, Miles Corwin, Ward Larsen, Matt Coyle, and approximately one hundred others.
Cate Hart, Harvey Klinger Agency
Bio: Cate Hart joined Harvey Klinger in 2019 after 5 years with another NYC boutique agency. While she specializes in Historical, whether Middle Grade or Young Adult, Women’s Fiction and Romance, or narrative nonfiction, she is also on the hunt for fresh takes on fantasy, cozy mysteries, psychological thrillers, and all things Gothic. She is particularly drawn to forgotten stories in history, especially from underrepresented and marginalized voices. In all genres and age groups, she loves voicey, character-driven stories with a great hook and concept.
Her clients include: Maxym Martineau (The Beast Charmer series), award-winning author Jamie Thomas (the Asperfellseries), Bonnie Blaylock (Light to the Hills), Amanda DeWitt (Aces Wild: A Heist), Leila Siddiqui (House of Glass Hearts), and Lindsay Bandy (Nemesis and the Swan)
Shannon Hassan, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Bio: Shannon Hassan, an agent at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2013, brings a depth of business and editorial experience to her role as agent, having worked in publishing and law for more than 15 years. She represents authors of accessible literary and commercial fiction, young adult fiction, and middle grade fiction. She is drawn to fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose, and is currently acquiring contemporary, historical, thriller/suspense, and slightly speculative novels for adults, tweens, and teens.
Jordan Hill, New Leaf Literary
Bio: Jordan Hill is an Associate Literary Agent at New Leaf Literary and Media. Prior to agenting she worked in the advertising world at a boutique agency, and before that was a bookseller. She is primarily pursuing literary and upmarket fiction for adults. She loves intergenerational stories that grapple with complexities of families and culture through time and anything with an unreliable narrator or a speculative bent. She’s also a fan of weird short fiction. In the YA space, she’s drawn to contemporary thrillers–anything with high stakes and a heart. For Middle Grade readers, she looks for adventure or contemporary stories that deal with tough topics for kids. Across the board, she also considers historical fiction or retellings with a fresh approach and compelling perspective.
Jenna Jankowski, Sourcebooks
Bio: Jenna Jankowski is an Associate Editor at Sourcebooks, a midsized publisher based in the Midwest. She began her career in publishing with internships at Sourcebooks and Browne & Miller Literary Associates (while cobbling together odd jobs, of course). Jenna works primarily under two imprints, Sourcebooks and Poisoned Pen Press.
For fiction, Jenna is looking for psychological suspense, crime fiction, literary thrillers featuring fresh voices, trade paperback cozies, and horror with feminist elements. She also acquires rich and immersive historical novels that illuminate stories from marginalized communities, feminist retellings, mainstream contemporary fiction with a literary edge, upmarket women’s fiction, and speculative fiction—all with an emphasis on diverse voices.
Amy Moore-Benson, Meridian Artists
Bio: Amy Moore-Benson discovered her love of publishing at 17, when she landed a job at a magazine in Paris. She worked for Harlequin Enterprises for thirteen years, where she helped launch and build the commercial fiction imprint, MIRA Books, before starting her own literary agency, AMB Literary Management. In 2015, Amy moved her agency in-house at Meridian Artists, where she continues to manage a stellar roster of writers of commercial fiction and narrative non-fiction, working with authors and publishers in both Canada and the US, and pitching their projects directly for TV/film development.
Amy is excited by strong, confident voices, authors who know instinctively how to lay down a foundation, word by word, to draw a reader into their unique story. Of particular interest: relationship-driven thrillers, surprising speculative fiction just left of centre, suspense that delves into dark places, women’s fiction that explores the complexities of female relationships, voice-driven narrative non-fiction that allows a reader to experience something new. Surprise me!
Some clients include Victoria Dahl, Rick Mofina, Jamie Mason, Alisha Rai, Josh Stallings, Adam Frost, Jamie Messum, Bethany Crandell, Robert Rotenberg, Kate Robards, Mark Sedore, Elaine Lui.
Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
Bio: Eric Myers founded his own 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, also for St. Martin’s Press. His journalism has appeared in numerous publications including THE NEW YORK TIMES and TIME OUT. He is looking for Young Adult, Thrillers, Pop Culture, Historical Fiction, and some memoir, but only if the author already has a strong platform. He is not looking for literary fiction, poetry, or mysteries, unless the thriller aspect is very strong.
Clients: Jack Barsky, Bryan Batt, Alonso Duralde, Kathleen Marple Kalb, Lydia Kang, Derek Taylor Kent, August Norman, Justus Rosenberg, Kim Stagliano, Anne Thompson, Beverley McLachlin, and many more. He is pleased to have discovered Simon Gervais (HUNT THEM DOWN, THE THIN BLACK LINE, THE LAST PROTECTOR) at Thrillerfest.
Lynnette Novak, The Seymour Agency
Bio: 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. She is always looking for own voices, diversity, and LGTBQ+. In adult fiction, she is looking for thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy). In Young Adult, she is looking for thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, contemporary, mysteries, fantasy, and sci-fi. In Middle Grade, she is looking for contemporary, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, mystery, humor, and novels in verse. In Children’s fiction, she is looking for picture books (non-rhyming preferred.) In graphic novels, she is looking for chapter books, early readers, MG and YA.
Clients: Lynnette Novak is an agent at The Seymour Agency and is currently building her client list.
Gina Panettieri, Talcott Notch Literary Services
Bio: Gina Panettieri is Founder of the Milford, Ct-based Talcott Notch Literary, a five-member literary agency seeking the freshest voices in adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction. Some of her more prominent recent sales includes SONS OF VALOR and DARK INTERCEPT by WSJ-bestselling authors, Andrews & Wilson, THE HIDING PLACE by USA-Today bestselling author, Paula Munier, and UNDER COLOR OF LAW, by Aaron Philip Clark.
Clients: Her list includes Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews, Scott Deitche, Dr. Seth Meyers, Drew Eric Whitman, Paula Munier, Kevin Wolf, Aaron Philip Clark.
Melissa Rechter, Crooked Lane Books
Bio: Melissa Rechter is the Associate Editor at Crooked Lane Books, an independent publisher of crime fiction, mysteries, and thrillers and Alcove Press, their new book club fiction imprint, based in New York. She joined the team in 2019, while obtaining her Masters in Publishing.
For Crooked Lane, Melissa is seeking cozy mysteries, suspense and thrillers that deal with small town secrets, complicated family dynamics, and has a particular interest in unreliable narrators, cults, poisonous plants, and locked room mysteries. She’s also looking for historical and traditional mysteries with interesting premises.
For Alcove Press, Melissa is seeking historical fiction (particularly in the 20’s, 40’s) and is always looking for new stories about women and their roles in WWII, stories that center around female friendships and found family, and book club fiction that sparks conversation.
Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency
Bio: Nicole is currently looking for the following in adult fiction: thrillers, suspense, procedurals, fantasy, sci-fi, romance (particularly romantic suspense), romantic comedy, women’s fiction, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy).
In young adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary.
She is especially interested in projects that are high concept and feel really fresh. She would love to find something that focuses on: search and rescue, survivalist suspense, forensic or investigative thrillers with series potential.
Not Looking For: Stories that are obviously derivative of other popular works
Clients: NYT Bestsellers and Award-Winning Authors— Cindy Dees and Dr. Michael David Evans, Karna Small Bodman, Julie Ann Walker, Lauren Layne, Shelley Shepard Gray, Julie Cross, Melissa Landers, Kate Meader, Sara Driscoll, and Jen J. Danna.
Michelle Richter, Fuse Literary
Bio: Michelle Richter is a Senior Agent at Fuse Literary, which she joined from St. Martin’s Press. Crime fiction is her true love, from police procedurals to domestic suspense to thriller. Not to mention heists and con artists. She’s rarely found a British or Scandinavian crime show she couldn’t get wrapped up in. Recent favorite authors include Ruth Ware, S.A. Cosby, P.J. Vernon, Halley Sutton, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden. She is currently looking for suspense, thriller, amateur sleuth, traditional mystery, police procedural, YA thriller/suspense, commercial women’s fiction, book club reads. She loves family secrets, sister/friend stories, lots of twists, and unreliable narrators. LGBTQ, BIPOC, and disabled voices are very welcome. She is not looking for military or espionage thrillers, science fiction/fantasy, poetry, middle-grade, memoir.
Clients: E.A. Aymar, Kellye Garrett, Tara Laskowski, Jennifer Gold, Alan Orloff, and Carl Vonderau.
Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein, McIntosh & Otis
Bio: Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein, President and senior agent at McIntosh & Otis, has degrees from New York University and Manhattan School of Music. She began her book publishing career in subsidiary rights and then took on the responsibilities of acquisitions editor at a major audio publishing imprint. Initially, she joined McIntosh & Otis to manage all subsidiary rights but began working as an agent shortly thereafter. Her primary interests include literary fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, mystery/suspense, and memoir, along with narrative non-fiction, history and current affairs. Elizabeth represents numerous New York Times bestsellers, and both Agatha and Edgar Award winners and nominees.
Alec Shane, Writers House
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, Jar of Hearts, Bad Things Happen, The Unexpected President, Anonymous Sources, and The Dangerous Book for Dogs.
Victoria has been with LGR for 14 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.
She is currently looking for literary fiction, thrillers, narrative nonfiction, history, politics and pop culture. But she is open to just about every kind of book. She is not looking for science fiction, fantasy, or romance.
Clients: Victoria’s client list includes Susan Elia MacNeal, Jennifer Hillier, Mary Louise Kelly, Mariah Fredericks, Alice LaPlante, Harry Dolan, and Kermit Roosevelt among others.
Anne Tibbets, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Bio: Anne Tibbets joined Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2021, and was previously at D4EO Literary Agency. She represents adult and young adult commercial genre, primarily thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and historical fiction. A screenwriter and published author, Anne lives in the Los Angeles area and has a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton.
Jennifer Weis, Ross Yoon Agency
Bio: Jennifer is a Senior Literary Agent at the Ross Yoon Agency. In 2019, she left St. Martin’s Press, where she was Executive Editor for 30 years, to move to the other side of the desk. With bestsellers from her editor days including B.A. Paris’ Behind Closed Doors and the nationally bestselling Baby Teeth, as well as non-fiction bestsellers like Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg, she continues to seek out compelling voices in fiction and nonfiction. Some recent agented sales include Melissa Hill’s upcoming movie tie-in Something From Tiffany’s along with a new book by Melissa as well as Mallika Narayanan’s novel of psychological suspense, No. 5 Shore Drive. One of her most recent nonfiction sales, Take Care of Them Like My Own, is by pediatric and adult surgeon and CNN Hero, Dr. Ala Stanford. The just-published national bestselling memoir Forever Boy by Kate Swenson represents one of Jennifer’s very first sales as an agent. She brings to the table editorial guidance and development as well as an advanced understanding and knowledge of the inner workings of publishing houses and the publishing landscape today. Jennifer focuses on identifying the stars of tomorrow and helping to place them at publishers where they can attract attention, shine, and grow.
Currently looking for: In fiction, she is seeking high-concept, cleverly plotted book club fiction of all categories, including psychological and domestic suspense, women’s fiction, and selected young adult, series and stand-alone. To grab her attention, a novel has got to have a hook, a compelling plot and a distinctive voice that brings the reader right in.
Jennifer is the co-chair of Project Lyme, a non-profit based in NYC that focuses on Lyme Disease awareness, education, and advocacy. She also serves on the Leadership Council for the Yale School of Public Health and the UJA Executive Committee for Publishing. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale University (M.A. in English) and lives in NYC, where she is based, with her husband and 4 children.
Sally Wofford-Girand, Union Literary
Bio: Sally Wofford-Girand co-founded Union Literary 10 years ago (merging Brick House Literary Agency with another boutique agency). Union authors include international best-selling, New York Times best-selling, award winning authors such as: Jenny Offill (DEPARTMENT OF SPECULATION, WEATHER), Michael Frank (THE MIGHTY FRANKS and forthcoming ONE HUNDRED SATURDAYS), Vanessa Diffenbaugh (THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS and a new novel in the works), Grace Paley, James Welch, Susie Yang (WHITE IVY), Jenny Lee (ANNA K), Alyson Richman (THE LOST WIFE and forthcoming THE THREAD COLLECTORS with debut novelist Shaunna Jones), Jardine Libaire (WHITE IVY), Debra Magpie Earling (THE LOST JOURNALS OF SACAJEWEA) Laura McHugh (THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD and most recently WHAT’S DONE IN DARKNESS) and emerging talent, such as first novelist Ana Reyes (THE HOUSE IN THE PINES).
She is definitely looking for the next Laura McHugh (this is Thrillerfest!) and also literary horror, and character driven thrillers, suspense and crime novels. She loves an unreliable narrator and history. She cares as much about good writing, a strong voice, and engaging characters as she does about plot. Some favorite authors include Shirley Jackson, Amor Towles, Laura Dave, Jess Kidd, Jane Harper (The Dry), Daphne du Maurier, Madeline Miller, Lucy Foley (The Paris Apartment), Kevin Wilson, Maggie O’Farrell and a recent find, Antoine Wilson, author of MOUTH TO MOUTH.
She is a hands-on agent with a passion for great storytelling. She loves the thrill of discovery in working with debut novelists. Union has a network of literary agents around the world and they are active in the foreign market. They work with film agents across the board–from WME, CAA, UTA, ICM to a number of independent agents. Sally is a founding board member of the non-profit Literary Agents of Change, a member of the AALA and the DEI committee. She is also a board member of Writers Omi, an international writers colony in New York. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.
Faye and Jonathan Kellerman*
Larry D. Thompson
J. Jackson Bentley
Jack F. Du Brul*
Eric Van Lustbader*
D. P. Lyle M.D.*
Michael Palmer (2004-2013)*
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Susan Arnout Smith
B. J. Daniels
Vince Flynn (2004-2013)*
Bonnie Hearn Hill*
Harley Jane Kozak
Dennis Lynds (2004-2005)*
Carl T. Smith*
M. Diane Vogt*
Inkwell Management, LLC*
*original member joined by June 4, 2005