Sonyo Estavillo is an agent assistant with Metamorphosis Literary. At the 2019 Los Angeles event, she will be taking pitches on behalf of her co-agents actively seeking new writers.
With a background in the entertainment industry and a master’s degree in television, radio, and film, Sonyo has always held a deep passion for visual and written storytelling. She delights in reading and writing adult commercial fiction punctuated by flawed, quirky characters with offbeat sensibilities.
Personally, she seeks stories led by male or female characters in general commercial fiction or thriller, detective, women’s, and horror genres. Romance woven into stories with drama or comedy is appreciated, but not required.
On behalf of her acquiring co-agents, Sonyo is seeking the following types of pitches: young adult (any kind), adult science fiction and fantasy, thrillers, romance (all kinds), LGBTQ+, women’s fiction, book club reads, paranormal (romance or not), horror, and #ownvoices.
Anne Tibbets is a literary agent with D4EO Literary (formerly Red Sofa Literary).
She is seeking:
- Adult science fiction: “Give me your dystopia, your utopia, your bloody, bomb-ridden, and gun-blazing shoot ‘em ups with hearts of gold and threads of hope. Earth bound or in space. Bring on your new planets and aliens of all sorts. I’m not afraid of grit, but I do detest sexism. Blow my socks off.”
- Adult and young adult fantasy: “Give me your twist on magic, urban or high fantasy. Give me a unique kingdom or city to conquer, and I will be your greatest champion. Bonus points if female driven.”
- Adult thrillers: “Innovative thrillers only. Can’t stress this enough. ‘Just say no’ to alcoholic detectives investigating dead girls. Give me something fresh and well researched. Historical a plus. No redemptive Nazi plots. Anything else? Bring it on.”
- Adult and young adult horror: “I want demons, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, or just really awful human beings – perhaps not all at once. Think early Stephen King mixed with Gillian Flynn. Scare me. Make me sleep with the lights on and marvel at your creepy word choice. My soul is ready.”
Anne is the author of multiple science fiction novels and a former screenwriter. In her free time, Anne watches television, reads, games, and participates in a myriad of “Old Lady” hobbies. She can be found on Twitter @AnneTibbets.
Betsy Amster is a literary agent and president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises.
Her areas of interest — all for adult readers — include:
- literary fiction
- upscale commercial women’s fiction
- voice-driven mysteries and thrillers
- narrative nonfiction (especially by journalists),
- memoirs (including graphic memoirs)
- social issues and trends
- popular culture
- women’s issues
- history & biography
- lifestyle, careers
- health and medicine
- cooking and nutrition
- and quirky gift books.
“We do not represent romances, screenplays, poetry, westerns, fantasy, horror, science fiction, techno thrillers, spy capers, apocalyptic scenarios, self-published books, or political or religious arguments.”
Before opening her agency in 1992, Betsy spent ten years as an editor at Pantheon and Vintage and two years as editorial director of the Globe Pequot Press. A frequent panelist at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Betsy has also run publishing workshops at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, the Loft, the SDSU Writers Conference, and many other venues. In addition, she has been profiled in Poets and Writers, the Los Angeles Times, and on the Web del Sol/Algonkian Writer’s Workshop website.
The agency works with both first-time and established writers and is known for its expert attention to every aspect of the publishing process.
Rachel Beck is a literary agent with Holloway Literary.
Rachel is interested in representing:
- Women’s fiction, especially upmarket/book club fiction, such as Emily Giffin, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain
- Contemporary romance with a humorous voice and subplots in addition to the romance, such as Kristan Higgins
- Young adult, especially emotional/deep issue (even dark) stories (no historical, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi or middle-grade please), such as Jandy Nelson and Courtney Summers
- Psychological, character-driven women’s suspense/thrillers, such as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Mary Kubica
- Southern fiction, such as Elaine Hussey
- Nonfiction — particularly memoir, true crime, and select health and self-help books (such as professional/career development).
Rachel Beck has been in the publishing industry since 2009. After completing an internship with two literary agencies, reading mostly young adult and thrillers, she then worked as an editor for Harlequin, acquiring category romance, contemporary romance, multicultural romance and women’s fiction.
Rachel’s career highlights include helping her authors achieve prestigious romance book nominations and two selective awards, including the National Readers Choice Award, and several top reviews in Romantic Times magazine for her books.
In her free time, Rachel likes reading first and foremost–mostly women’s fiction, psychological suspense and young adult–as well as traveling with her husband, spoiling her cat, Ginnie, and watching football (go Steelers!).
Rachel is drawn to voice-driven fiction, particularly in young adult; quirky, three-dimensional, flawed characters, including and especially secondary characters; beautiful writing; dark themes; books that explore good people in morally complicated situations; and complex, detailed plots.
Rachel is NOT interested in:
no children’s/picture books
no middle grade
no science fiction/fantasy
no romantic suspense
no action-driven suspense (prefer character/psychological-driven)
no heavily faith-based/inspirational material
Kieryn Ziegler is a literary agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC.
Kieryn joined DG&B as the assistant to Michael Bourret in the West Coast office. She grew up in central Pennsylvania and moved to LA to study at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Writing for Screen & Television. She loves books about exciting new worlds, found families, fantastic female characters, and stories with diverse POVs — especially YA & MG. Aside from good books and good TV, she’s a big fan of dogs, road trips, and coffee shops with lots of outlets.
List of genres & categories:
“I am open to almost all genres and categories (though erotica and cookbooks probably aren’t the right fit for me). I am especially interested in queer historical novels (preferably with happy endings), YA & MG nonfiction, and graphic novels for all ages.”