Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Vicki Selvaggio of Jennifer De Chiara Literary

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 9.50.27 AMVicki Selvaggio is a literary agent with Storm Literary.

With a strong background in business ownership, Vicki came to Storm Literary after working at a different agency and also working as a volunteer and Regional Advisor for SCBWI Northern Ohio. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an author writing all genres, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the agency. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done.

She is seeking: “I am currently looking for lyrical picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, new adult, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, adult fiction but find I’m especially drawn to middle grade and young adult. I especially love thrillers and all elements of weird, creepy stuff. If it’s out of the box, and it will make me think and think, long after I’m done reading, send it to me! On the flip side, I yearn for books that make me laugh, cry and wonder about the world.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Claire Harris of P.S. Literary Agency

Claire Harris is a literary agent with P.S. Literary Agency

Claire (she/her) is a literary agent with a passion for a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for adults. After graduating from UT Austin, she worked at a mid-sized agency before joining the PSLA team. Claire seeks projects with unique voices, interesting writing styles, and compelling characters. She enjoys the creative process of working with creators and collaborating closely with them throughout all stages of their careers, and she has represented everything from debuts to NYT bestsellers. Having grown up in Wisconsin, she has a soft spot for stories set in the Midwest.

Claire is acquiring both fiction and nonfiction projects for adults. She’s actively seeking projects that shine a spotlight on people, places, and events that are often overlooked or not given the attention they deserve. In fiction, she’s looking for adult rom coms, contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers, select horror, and cozy mysteries—all for millennial audiences, specifically. Claire is happiest when reading manuscripts with unexpected endings or new twists on classic genre tropes. For non-fiction, Claire is seeking a range of projects, including lifestyle guides, pop culture celebrations, pop psychology, cultural criticism, humor, true crime, essay collections, and illustrated books for adults.



Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Danielle Bukowski of Sterling Lord Literistic

Danielle Bukowski is a literary agent with Sterling Lord Literistic.

Danielle joined Sterling Lord Literistic in 2014 and spent several years in the foreign rights department before transitioning fully to agenting.

Representing fiction for adults from smart bookclub to literary, and select nonfiction, Danielle is particularly looking for narratives from writers traditionally excluded from the publishing industry. For fiction, she likes books that balance plot with voice, have a strong sense of place, a unique hook, and are stylistically bold.

For nonfiction, she’s looking for work grounded in the author’s personal interest, rigorously reported and researched, and will expand the reader’s view of the world. Recent and forthcoming books include Memorial by Bryan Washington (Riverhead, 2020), At the Edge of the Haight by Katherine Seligman (Algonquin, 2021), The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson (William Morrow, 2021), High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir by Edgar Gomez (Soft Skull, 2022), and Nuclear Family by Joseph Han (Counterpoint, 2022).

I like stories with a bit of the weird; a fresh and innovative plot; a big hook that grabs you from page one; stories with a strong sense of place; and writing that takes risks in style without sacrificing substance. Not necessarily all of this in one book, but ideally, your book will resonate with one of these areas.

“I am not the right agent for stories centered on sexual assault or disordered eating; true crime; romance; or children’s books.”


Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kim Lindman of Stonesong

Kim Lindman is a literary agent with Stonesong.

Kim joined Stonesong as an assistant in 2018, and now holds the positions of Associate Literary Agent and Social Media Coordinator. Originally from the West Coast, Kim studied English Literature with a subfocus in Journalism at Seattle Pacific University, where she worked as a copyeditor. Since moving to the NYC area, she has worked as a distillery tour guide, a barista, and a researcher for the United Nations.

In nonfiction, Kim is looking for platform- or expertise-driven cookbooks, cocktail books, investigative journalism, social justice, social science, pop science, self-help and wellness. While she is primarily drawn to books with practical elements and actionable takeaways, she is also looking for narrative non-fiction that makes niche subjects accessible and engaging for a general audience.

Kim also considers select adult fiction: she has special interest in magical realism and speculative novels that straddle the line between literary and commercial. Please also consider her for horror, thriller, suspenseful mysteries, and grounded science fiction. Above all, she is drawn to books with a strong atmosphere, a propulsive plot, or both. She does not consider poetry, historical narratives, romance or books for children/teens.

In all categories, Kim seeks to maintain a diverse list of clients.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Annie Romano of Olswanger Literary

Annie Romano is a literary agent with Olswanger Literary.

“I accept submissions in the areas of adult fiction and select narrative nonfiction. In adult fiction, I enjoy upmarket and commercial fiction, women’s fiction, psychological thrillers/suspense, crime dramas, mystery, and contemporary and historical fiction. I do enjoy literary fiction so long as there is a discernible structure/plot. (I am not the best fit for stories focused on an emotional or sensory journey—beautiful as the writing may be—if the storyline is vague or absent.) I adore stories with humor, well-done ensemble casts, and plots that deliver the unexpected. I’m not a good match for science fiction but am open to stories with light elements of fantasy or magical realism (think The House in the Cerulean Sea). I welcome and encourage diverse narratives, including but not limited to LGBTQ+ and underrepresented ethnicities/cultures.

“In narrative nonfiction, areas of interest include (but are not limited to) true crime (i.e., The Trial of Lizzie Borden, by Cara Robertson) and unique windows into history (i.e., Mudlark, by Lara Maiklem). I love being surprised, and there is many a book I have opened skeptically and enjoyed, so if you’re questioning whether your work falls precisely within my areas of interest, take a chance and send it along.

“Fun facts about me: I’m an author specializing in picture books (Before You Sleep; Night Train), middle grade novels, and adult fiction. I’m also a part-time bookseller at an indie bookstore–so much fun, plus I love being able to follow the current market. I graduated with a degree in English from Boston College (Go Eagles!) and worked for nearly two decades in special education as a speech-language therapist. I adore dogs, but ironically, I do not adore novels about dogs. Strange, I know!”

Pitch Annie:

  • General Fiction
  • Upmarket
  • Commercial
  • Literary
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Contemporary
  • Multicultural
  • LGBTQ+
  • Historical
  • Suspense/Thrillers
  • Crime Dramas
  • Mystery
  • Light Fantasy/Magical Realism
  • Narrative Nonfiction


No Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Military Fiction, Erotica, Children’s/Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Memoir, Screenplays, Short Story Collections

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Maggie Cooper of Aevitas Creative Management

Maggie Cooper is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management.

Maggie came to Aevitas in 2018 from the world of of small presses, academic publishing, and literary journals. She holds a degree in English from Yale University, attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, and earned her MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as an editor for The Greensboro Review.

Based in Boston, Maggie is actively seeking imaginative, genre-bending literary fiction; capacious historical novels; beautifully told queer stories; and smart, feminist romance. Her other loves include unclassifiable book projects, food and cookbooks, and work by writers traditionally underrepresented in mainstream publishing.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Sandy Lu of Book Wyrm Literary

Sandy Lu is a literary agent with Book Wyrm Literary.

Book Wyrm Literary Agency is actively looking for new and exciting voices in the following:

In fiction: literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, family saga, upmarket women’s fiction, and YA.

In nonfiction: narrative non-fiction, history, biography, science, business, psychology, pop culture, and food writing.

Sandy does not represent poetry, screenplays, picture books, and books about parenting, religion/spirituality, and sports.

Sandy Lu founded Book Wyrm Literary Agency after working as a literary agent for more than a decade at other boutique agencies, including Peter Rubie Literary Agency, Anderson Literary Management, and most notably, the L. Perkins Agency.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Sandy’s family moved to New York in her teens, so she understands the struggles of immigrants and those who straddle two cultures all too well.

Sandy 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/operations manager in the theater industry.

Sandy’s areas of study and work experience greatly inform her interest in submissions. In fiction, she is seeking stories that will draw her in with a unique voice, make her miss her bedtime with a thrilling plot, and characters that will stay with her long after she turns the last page. Bonus points if you can make her laugh out loud or unable to hold back tears in public. Sandy especially loves historical fiction and anything dark, twisted, or with a supernatural bent.

In nonfiction, she’s looking for projects that can make connections about different topics in an unexpected way, explicate complex research for a general audience, introduce the reader to cutting-edged science or previously little known historical facts and figures, teach us new ways to think or clever skills that can improve our daily life, and expand our knowledge and understanding of the world—past, present, and future