Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Emma Kapson of Verve Talent & Literary Agency

Emma Kapson is a literary agent with Verve Talent & Literary Agency.

“My name is Emma Kapson, I’m a native Los Angeleno and a member of Verve’s IP Team. I started my career in publishing at Regan Arts and transitioned to representation early last year. I’m passionate about literature and bringing stories I believe in to different mediums like film, television, and audio.”

She is seeking:

“I love strong female driven narratives, epic worlds, romance, and works by foreign and diverse writers. I’ve been privileged to work on books with Melissa Arnot, Dan Ahdoot, Liz Kerin, and many other talented artists during my tenure here. Verve specializes in acquiring powerful voices in Memoir and Horror specifically.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Michaela Whatnall of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Michaela Whatnall is a literary agent with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

They joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2019 as the assistant to Michael Bourret in the West Coast office. After graduating from Emory University with a degree in English and linguistics, Michaela completed the Columbia Publishing Course.

Their background in school and library marketing accounts for their strong interest in children’s literature, particularly middle grade and young adult fiction of all genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, historical, adventure, horror, and rom-com.

In the adult fiction space, Michaela is particularly seeking contemporary, speculative, and historical upmarket fiction, as well as character-driven sci-fi/fantasy and other genre fiction that features historically underrepresented characters. They are also open to select narrative nonfiction for both children and adults, graphic novels, and picture books.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Halley Dunne Parry of The Hamilburg Agency

Halley Dunne Parry is a literary agent with The Hamilburg Agency.

Halley is an agent and writer in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Washington University MFA program, she has spent the last decade working at independent bookstores and in publishing. She previously worked as an agent at Drift(less) Literary.

Halley is looking for fiction that plays with genre and form, for plot-driven literary novels, commercial fiction, adult speculative fiction and hybrid works of narrative nonfiction.