Meet the Pitch Wars Agents!
Now’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for– it’s time to see which agents are participating in the 2015 Pitch Wars agent round! On November 3 through 5, the Pitch Wars agent round will go live for all the mentees who had been chosen by mentors to revise for two months. These agents will go through the entries on this blog, which includes a 50 word pitch and the first 250 words of the manuscript.
For those of you new to Pitch Wars, check out this earlier post for the rules and mentor blog hop.
This is the list of agents participating in the Agent Round in November. They are not mentors. To find the perfect mentors for you go to the blog hop post listed above.
Check out the agents below and see what they’re looking for most in a manuscript.
Without further ado… meet our agents!
Louise Fury – The Bent Agency
Louise Fury represents young adult, middle grade, new adult, commercial fiction including romance, and select nonfiction. In young adult, I look for manuscripts that are written with an unforgettable voice—this can be deep, dark and gritty or literary, lyrical and emotional. I want delicious adult romances with creative plots, sexy liaisons and unique characters who sweep me up in their love story.
Melissa Edwards – Aaron Priest Agency
Melissa’s taste ranges in genre from classic Victorian literature to hard-boiled crime dramas. She is interested in reading international thrillers with likeable and arresting protagonists, light-hearted women’s fiction and YA, female-driven (possibly small-town) suspense, and completely immersive fantasy.
Alexandra Machinist – ICM Partners
Alexandra is seeking new clients particularly in the areas of commercial women’s fiction, suspense, high-concept young adult fiction, and anything and everything that keeps her up all night reading.
Laura Biagi – Jean V. Naggar
She is actively building her own client list, seeking literary fiction, magical realism, cultural themes, and debut authors. She loves young readers books that have a magical tinge to them and vivid writing. She also looks for titles that incorporate high concept, dark/edgy, and quirky elements, as well as titles that challenge the way we typically view the world.
Claire Anderson Wheeler – Regal Literary
In non-fiction, she is chiefly looking for topical memoir, popular science and pop psychology with a solid research background; in fiction, her primary interests are literary fiction, Young Adult fiction and upper-end middle grade, and commercial women’s fiction with strong contemporary themes.
Stefanie Lieberman – Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Stefanie Lieberman joined the agency in 2005 after practicing intellectual property law at The Guggenheim Museum; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; and boutique entertainment firm, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. She holds a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Carrie Prestritto – Prospect Agency
She is looking for commercial fiction with a literary twist, fresh chick lit, contemporary romance, upmarket women’s fiction, near-historical fiction (from about the Gilded Age on), mystery/thrillers for a female audience, and high-concept YA fantasy, as well as diverse YA and upper MG. She is drawn in by relatable characters, unusual premises, or re-imaginings of classical books.
Melissa Nasson – Ruben Pfeffer Content
Melissa is looking for edgy characters with unique voices, enjoys surprising settings, and loves romance that builds slowly and gives her butterflies. She is open to MG, YA, and NA fiction in any genre, though she has a soft spot for fantasy and sci-fi and tends to shy away from thrillers. She will also consider fiction intended for the adult market, particularly edgy speculative fiction and gothic/horror novels.
Uwe Stender/ Brent Taylor/Laura Crockett – TriadaUS
Uwe Stender is always open to any strong fiction (our current focus in fiction is YA, middle grade, Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction and Mysteries) and all non-fiction projects.
Brent Taylor’s tastes are eclectic, but all of his favorite novels are similar in that they have big commercial hooks and fantastic writing. He is seeking smart, fun, and exciting books for readers of middle grade, young adult, new adult, and select mystery/crime and women’s fiction
Represents: YA, A
Literary Agent Assistant Laura Crockett is interested in a variety of YA and adult fiction. In YA, she is interested in contemporary realistic fiction (such as study abroad experiences, strong female friendships, falling in love, anxiety and abuse), high and low fantasy, and gothic horror. In adult fiction, she is interested in WWI and WWII historical fiction, gothic horror, neo-Victorian mystery, contemporary women’s fiction, and fantasy.
The New Leaf Literary Agents
Joanna Volpe has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them, whether they be horror, drama or comedy. She’s not the kind of reader that needs a romance in her novels, though she does appreciate a good one. Overall, she’s looking for anything that highlights under-represented characters. More diversity, please!
In YA, Kathleen Ortiz gravitates more toward beautiful and exceptional world building as well as contemporary stories whose main characters stay with the reader far beyond the pages. She would love to see a beautifully written YA set within other cultures and experiences.
Suzie Townsend represents adult and children’s fiction. In adult, she’s specifically looking for new adult, romance (all subgenres), fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy) and crim fiction (mysteries, thrillers). In children’s, she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects (especially something akin to the movie Super 8).
Danielle Barthel is building her own list of clients. Following her completion of the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation, Danielle began interning at Writers House. She worked as a full-time assistant for three years, and continues to help keep the New Leaf offices running smoothly in her role of Coordinator of Team and Client Services.
Jaida Temperly is very excited to be building her client list. For Children’s, MG, and YA titles, she’s drawn to quirky, dark stories (The Mysterious Benedict Society, Coraline, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, I Don’t Like Koala, etc.) For Adult Fiction, she loves those with strong mystery, high fantasy, or religious undertones (The Westing Game, A Discovery of Witches, and The DaVinci Code).
Jackie Lindert earned her degree in English in her home state of Wisconsin. After college, she trekked to Colorado to attend the Denver Publishing Institute, eventually landing an internship in NYC with New Leaf Literary & Media. Following the internship, she found a job with the publishing house formerly known as Penguin Group as a Subsidiary Rights assistant.
Peter Knapp is actively looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as suspense and thrillers for all ages. He will consider select adult fiction, including psychological suspense and mysteries, and plot-driven literary fiction.
Molly Glick – Foundry Literary
Mollie takes great pride in breaking out a number of debut novelists each year. Her list includes literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, popular science, memoir and YA projects.
Kitty Walker – Eve White Literary Group
Represents: MG, YA, A
Moe Ferrara – Bookends Literary Agency
Moe is interested in science fiction and fantasy for all age groups. She loves a bit (or a lot!) of romance in her fiction, so the right contemporary or historical romance will spark her interest. She’s LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back pocket! At this time she’s not looking for nonfiction, women’s fiction, or cozy mysteries.
Margaret Bail – Inklings Literary Agency
Margaret Bail is looking for all sub genres of romance, except Christian or inspirational; science fiction—preferably soft, rather than hard; mystery, thrillers/action adventure, historical fiction, Westerns, fantasy (Not a big fan of classic ‘sword and sorcery’ or anything with unpronounceable names).
Julia Weber – J.A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH
Julia represents international authors of unique and captivating commercial children’s and adult fiction, namely Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, Women’s Fiction, thrillers, and romance. Julia’s not too keen on sci-fi and futuristic stories, and Fantasy should be set in the real world. A hooking plot, engaging characters, and a fresh voice are a must.
Rachel Brooks – L. Perkins Agency
She is excited about representing young adult fiction, as well as adult romance. In YA, she’s looking for authentic voices and memorable characters. In romance, whether contemporary or historical, sweet or spicy, she loves swoon-worthy heroes and determined heroines.
Leon Husock – L. Perkins Agency
Leon is actively building his client list. He has a particular interest in science fiction & fantasy, young adult and middle-grade novels filled with strong characters and original premises, but keeps an open mind for anything that catches his eye. He is also looking for historical fiction set in the 20th century, particularly the 1980s or earlier.
Christa Heschke – McIntosh & Otis
She is a fan of young adult novels with a romantic angle, and strong, quirky protagonists. Within YA, Christa is especially interested in contemporary fiction, horror and thrillers/mysteries. As for middle grade, Christa enjoys contemporary, humor, adventure, mystery and magical realism for boys and girls.
Stacey Donaghy – Donaghy Literary Group
Stacey Donaghy is looking for romantic suspense, LGBT stories (no BDSM), mysteries (not cozy), contemporary romance (smart and edgy characters), thrillers, romance with varying heat levels, erotic romance (must have lots of sexual tension, and be a well developed story), new adult contemporary. In middle grade, she is looking for quirky not cute, and in YA, she’s looking for everything except sci-fi/ fantasy or historic.
Taylor Haggerty – Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
Taylor is currently seeking young adult fiction, historical fiction, and historical romance. She is also looking for middle grade and young adult of all genres, women’s fiction, and romance—contemporary, historical, and new adult.
Emmanuelle Morgen – Stonesong Literary Agency
Represents: YA, A
Emmanuelle Morgan seeks general adult fiction, young adult fiction, women’s fiction and romance, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery.
Amy Cloughley – Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Amy Cloughley seeks authors with unique, clear voices who put forth smart, tightly-written prose. She enjoys literary and upmarket fiction of all types in addition to commercial—including well-researched historical and well-told women’s fiction. She also loves a page-turning mystery or suspense with sharp wit and unexpected twists and turns. She has a soft spot for distinctive, strong, contemporary characters set in small towns.
Amy Jameson – A+B Works
Amy is actively seeking humorous MG, animal story MG, sweet YA love stories, feel-good contemporary YA, and YA and MG in lesser-explored time periods or cultures.
Carlie Webber – CK Webber
Carlie Webber is seeking YA, MG, New Adult and Adult in the following genres: Women’s fiction, Literary and general fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Memoir.
Brianne Johnson – Writers House
She represents middle grade (the whimsical, the imaginative, the dark/crass/wacky/hilarious), young adult (creepy/horror/suspense, historical, historical fantasy, and creative fantasy in general, as well as beautiful, literary works that explore the coming-of-age theme from a truly original angle and beg for multiple re-readings), and adult.
Mandy Hubbard – D4EO
Mandy Hubbard is a successful author, who brings a unique perspective to agenting. She is seeking YA across genres, LGBTQ and diverse characters WELCOME. For MG, think fun, humorous girl books, blazing adventures, and diverse characters! For genre romance, she’s seeking contemporary, new adult, and historical. In historical, she’s eager for the next Sarah Maclean! In contemporary and NA, the sexier the better!
Rebecca Podos – Rees Literary Agency
Represents: MG, YA
Rebecca Podos is a graduate of the MFA Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College, whose debut YA novel THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES is forthcoming from Balzer + Bray. Rebecca is interested in Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction, particularly books about complex female relationships, beautifully written contemporary, genre novels with a strong focus on character, romance with more at stake than “will they/ won’t they,” and LGBTQ books across all genres.
Jessica Sinsheimer – Sarah Jane Freyman Literary Agency
Represents: MG, YA, NA, A
Whatever the age group, Jessica Sinsheimer tends to love contrast–highbrow sentences and lowbrow content, beautiful settings and ugly motives–the books that are beautiful and scary, heartbreaking and hilarious. She loves secrets, scheming, revenge, plotting–and stories that have to be written forward and backward to make sense (She LOVES discovering a very cleverly planted clue that makes sense in retrospect). She loves watching powerful people navigate their public and private lives. As you can probably imagine, she’s totally addicted to House of Cards (She loves that Frank is both warm AND evil), Scandal, Revenge, and Pretty Little Liars. And also The Avengers from 1965 onward. She’s open to all genres. She’s the founder of Manuscript Wish List, #MSWL, and #PubTalkTV.
Patrica Nelson – Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Represents: MG, YA, A
Patricia received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 2008, and also holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she interned at The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency and in the children’s division at Running Press, and before joining the world of publishing, she spent four years as a university-level instructor of literature and writing. She is open to a wide range of genres, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, horror, and fantasy. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters in all genres.
Rachel Marks – Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency
Represents: YA, NA, A
Rachel Marks began her career in the entertainment industry. Starting out as a production assistant, she has worked on popular shows like So You Think You Can Dance, The Biggest Loser, and The Golden Globe Awards Show. In 2011 her focus shifted to publicity and marketing where she worked for Sony Computer Entertainment, assisting in the launches of several video game titles. She is a graduate of University of Miami and lives in Los Angeles. Rachel is interested in young adult, science fiction, fantasy, new adult and romance
The Fuse Literary Agents
Represents: MG, YA, A
Founding Partner Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a publicity agency and 8 years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror, etc.) plus middle-grade and young adult children’s books. She does not handle non-fiction, or commercial, literary or women’s fiction, nor does she handle children’s picture books or graphic novels.
Represents: YA, NA, A
Jennifer is seeking literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, contemporary romance, mature Young Adult, New Adult, suspense/ thriller and select graphic novels (both adult, YA or MG). She is particularly interested in voices from underrepresented and marginalized communities, strong and conflicted female characters, war and post-war fiction, and writers who are adept at creating a developed sense of place. She admires writers who have an ear for dialogue and who are not afraid to take emotional risks. Currently Jennifer does not acquire science fiction or fantasy.
In Fiction, Connor is seeking Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, Thrillers, and ‘Upmarket’ Commercial Fiction with a unique and memorable hook. He is especially interested in books by and about people from marginalized perspectives, such as LGBT people and/or racial minorities. Connor does not represent Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Children’s manuscripts at this time.
Michelle is primarily seeking fiction, specifically book club reads, literary fiction, and smart women’s commercial fiction, thrillers and mysteries (amateur sleuth, police procedurals and smart cozies). Her favorite authors include Laura Lippman, Harlan Coben, Richard Russo, Tom Perrotta, Chelsea Cain, and Gillian Flynn. For nonfiction, she’s interested in fashion, film, television, science, medicine, sociology/social trends, and economics for trade audiences. She has a soft spot for fiction and nonfiction in and about Boston/Massachusetts, Ireland, and Russia.
Bridget Smith – Dunham Literary, Inc.
Represents:MG, YA, A
A lifelong fan of children’s books, Bridget Smith is looking for middle grade and young adult novels in a range of genres, including fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary, plus anything that bends the rules of genre. She is actively seeking books with underrepresented or minority characters.
She is also seeking fiction for adults, especially fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, and literary women’s fiction.
Jessica Watterson – Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Represents: YA , A
Jessica Watterson is currently building her list and is most interested in all genres of romance. She greatly enjoys romance novels with strong characters that jump right off the page and a plot that stays with the reader long after the book has finished. She is also interested in select women’s fiction and young adult fiction. Her most recent sales include Melissa Brown’s two upcoming romance novels to Montlake Romance, Beth Ehemann’s Cranberry Inn series and an additional untitled book to Montlake Romance, as well.
Alex Slater – Trident Media Group
Alex Slater has been since 2010. He became a very successful agent representing the company’s children, middle grade and young adult authors in many licensing arrangements in the global marketplace for translation and in the English language in the U.K., having placed books with publishers in dozens of countries. Alex was Trident’s representative at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy, as well as the broader-based London and Frankfurt book fairs. His experience in representing fiction in these areas showed him what elements in stories work well, and how to maximize the value of what an author has created.
Rena Bunder Rossner – Debra Harris Agency
Represents:MG, YA, NA, A
Rena Bunder Rossner represents Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thrillers, Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy. She’s most interested in representing Fantasy and Science Fiction of all types, and is always looking for Israeli and Middle Eastern Science Fiction and Fantasy, and also SciFi/Fantasy with Jewish content and themes from writers all over the world. This includes Adult/Middle Grade/Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. She also represents Middle Grade and Young Adult contemporary novels, and would love to find a New Adult or Adult novel written about the Israeli army (LGBQT also!). She would love to represent historical fiction set in Ancient Israel, or historical fiction with Israeli/Jewish content and themes – for Adults/Middle Grade/Young Adult. She’s also willing to look at literary novels set in the Middle East – historical fiction, fantasy, and especially multicultural romances.
Caitie Flum – Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency
Represents: YA, NA, A
Caitie Flum is looking for commercial and upmarket fiction with great characters and superb writing, especially historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers of all kinds, magical realism, and book club fiction. Caitie is also looking for Young Adult and New Adult projects, particularly romance, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, and contemporary books with diverse characters.
Lana Popovic – Chalberg & Sussman
Represents: YA, NA, A
With an abiding love for dark themes and shamelessly nerdy fare—Battlestar Galactica and Joss Whedon are two of her great loves—Lana is looking for a broad spectrum of Young Adult and Middle Grade projects, from contemporary realism to speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. For the adult market, Lana is interested in literary thrillers, horror, fantasy, sophisticated erotica and romance, and select nonfiction. An avid traveler, she has a particular fondness for stories set in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia, although she also loves reading about American subcultures.