PITCH MADNESS: Meet the agents!

While we’re busy reading the slush and waiting for game day, we thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce the wicked awesome, crazy talented, good looking (I think that’s enough adjectives. Yeah, agents love adjectives, right? Oh? More?) badalious gamers, sneaky competitors, and on any day but game day, extremely kind and generous agents.
So, in no particular order and because they just landed that way, here are the freakintabulous agents…
Molly Ker Hawn 
Molly Ker Hawn
Molly, aka Sharp-shooter, will need to use her accurate shot if she wants to defeat her opponents from across the pond in London. 
Molly’s looking for young adult and middle grade fiction that’s inventive, well-crafted, and rich with emotion, whether contemporary, historical, fantasy, sf, thriller, romance, or mystery. Her favorite books have characters she wishes she could talk to in worlds she wishes she could visit, and she loves stories that grab hold of her and keep her up reading long into the night.
 Jude
Judith Engracia 
Judith, aka Spider Ninja, will use her speed and martial art skills to outrun her opponents and capture the flag. 
Judith is currently building her client list and looking for all types of fiction, particularly literary fiction, middle grade, young adult, urban fantasy, steampunk, paranormal romance and light science fiction. 

 Louise Fury
 Louise Fury

Louise, aka AgentFury, will blaze across the arena leaving mayhem and the paint riddled bodies of her opponents in her wake. 

Louise is seeking well written, teen Sci-Fi and Young Adult horror. She is also on the hunt for deep, dark contemporary YA and select Middle Grade fiction with a literary feel–it must be realistic and thought provoking and the characters must be authentic and original. Louise loves horror and romance, especially Regency & Victorian.

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 John M. Cusick
John, aka The Jester, must use his wit and skill of balancing his martini while yielding his paintball gun to distract his opponents. 
John’s specialty is middle-grade and young adult fiction. He is the author of the young adult novel GIRL PARTS (Candlewick Press, 2010) and the forthcoming CHERRY MONEY BABY. He is a founder and managing editor of the literary magazine Armchair/Shotgun. 
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 Dawn Frederick
Dawn, aka Red Dawn, will take aim at her opponents from the comfort of her sofa.  
Dawn carries a B.S. in Human Ecology, and a M.S. in Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution.  “Not only do I know what people like to read and are currently  reading;  I also have the experience of  working one-on-one with authors, book distribution centers, and literary organizations.”

 Brittany Howard
Brittany, aka The Mask, will use her acting talent to trick her opponents into trusting her before clobbering them with a rainbow of paint. 
Brittany’s first love is YA–from High Fantasy to Paranormal to soft Sci-fi to Contemporary–she loves it all. She also likes high concept, adventure themed, and funny MG, but a strong voice is MUST for her in MG. For adult fiction, she prefers stories that are a romance at heart–Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Historical are all genres she enjoys. Anything with theatrical or artistic or historical elements will probably catch her eye, too.
Brooks Sherman
Brooks Sherman

Brooks, aka Otter Agent, will use his sleek body to slither past his opponents and his tattoo fists to wallop any agents aiming for pitches he has his eyes on. 
Brooks is on the lookout for adult fiction that runs the gamut from contemporary (with an eye toward multicultural or satirical) to speculative (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy, horror/dark fantasy, and slipstream). He also has a weakness for historical fiction and a burgeoning interest in crime fiction. On the children’s side, he is looking to build a list of boy-focused Middle Grade novels (all subgenres, but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance.

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Sarah LaPolla


Sarah, aka The Bomber, don’t let the name fool you, she can move silently around glass cases to avoid her opponents’ shots, but she must be careful not to let the The Jester or Otter Agent distract her with Reece’s peanut butter cups. 
Sarah represents both adult and YA fiction. For adult books, she is looking for literary fiction, urban fantasy, magical realism, dark/psychological mystery, and literary horror. On the YA side, she welcomes all genres and is drawn to unique voices and strong, complex characters.
Victoria Marini
 Victoria Marini
Victoria, aka Neo-Agent, may be newer to the game, but her tenacity and vigor will make her a force the other agents won’t see coming until they get a paintball shot to the head.  
Victoria represents ADULT – Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction (suspense, thriller, mystery) Women’s Commercial Fiction (suspense, light romance and romantic suspense, thriller, mystery, urban fantasy and light sci-fi). YOUNG ADULT – pretty much everything! Literary, contemporary, heartwarming and funny YA, as well as dark, edgy and commercial YA (thriller, noir, horror, light sci-fi/ fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, urban fantasy, suspense, mystery). MIDDLE GRADE – Boys Middle Grade Fantasy novels, Girls Fantasy Middle Grade, and coming-of-age humorous middle grade. 
Come back tomorrow for the rules of the game post.
And don’t forget to check out my partners in crime on their sites:
 
Shelley Watters
YATopia
Erica M. Chapman

Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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11 Comments

  1. Hi, Brenda,

    Thanks for the intro of these amazing agents. AND thanks to the agents for giving their time for this!

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  2. OMG! I love the agent nicknames. Would love to see their reactions to the pitches. Good luck everyone and thanks you awesome hosts you!

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  3. Ooooo! I love that so many are looking for middle grade. Now, to make it out of the slush…

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  4. Sounds like you’ve got a good group here– and I like the nicknames. I’m definitly curious to see how this turns out. 🙂

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  5. Wow, even if I don’t make it into the next round, this is an amazing list to look at for agents and their current wants. Thanks!

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  6. Thanks for doing this. That’s a fantabulous list of freakalicious agents. Or was that freakintabulous? Can’t wait to see who makes it out of the slush. *whispers over and over, please let me be one of them.

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  7. Thanks for this contest! Even if I don’t get in the round of 60 chosen it was a great experience and an awesome contest!! Good luck to all who made it. You deserve it!

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