PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2019 Writing Conference of Los Angeles (May 4, 2019) are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind. More 2019 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.
PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:
Rachel Beck [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Holloway Literary. Rachel is interested in representing: women’s fiction (especially upmarket/book club fiction), contemporary romance with a humorous voice and subplots in addition to the romance, young adult (no historical, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi or middle-grade please), psychological, character-driven women’s suspense/thrillers, and Southern fiction. In nonfiction, she seeks memoir, true crime, and select health and self-help books (such as professional/career development). Learn more about Rachel here.
Stephanie Kehr is a jr. agent and for C.Y.L.E. Literary. Stephanie is looking for skillfully crafted stories that capture the heart and answer the world’s deepest questions. She’s seeking young adult, middle grade, historical, children’s picture books, chapter books, romance, science fiction, fantasy, inspirational/Christian, and authors with strong platform, unique ideas, and diverse characters. In nonfiction, she’s interested in self-help, devotionals, leadership, biographies, and religious genres. Learn more about Stephanie here.
Tara Gilbert is a jr. literary agent with Corvisiero Agency. At the 2019 Seattle conference, she is taking pitches on behalf of herself as well as co-agents. Personally, she is seeking all kinds of young adult and middle grade, adult sci-fi, adult fantasy, graphic novels, contemporary fiction, and romance. On behalf of co-agents, she will take pitches for historical novels, women’s fiction, mainstream/general fiction, and children’s picture books. Learn more about Tara here.
Kieryn Ziegler is a literary agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC. She loves books about exciting new worlds, found families, fantastic female characters, and stories with diverse POVs — especially YA & MG. “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.” Learn more about Kieryn here.
Carlie Webber [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Fuse Literary. She represents fiction in the genres of: young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She does not want to rep picture books, easy readers, poetry, scripts or curriculum nonfiction. She no longer seeks nonfiction (or memoir) of any kind. Learn more about Carlie here.
Kari Sutherland [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Bradford Literary Agency. She is open to genres from picture books through adult. In children’s books, Kari is interested in character-driven stories, new twists on classic tales, empowering themes, epic fantasy, fresh voices and experiences, inventive mysteries, humor, and magical realism. In YA, which is near and dear to her heart, Kari is drawn to compelling voices, tight pacing, and clear world-building regardless of whether it’s a space drama, an underground dystopia, a small town, or a big city contemporary. She is open to any genre within YA. Kari is interested in adult fiction — including general fiction; upmarket women’s fiction; intergenerational tales; magical realism; historical dramas; and light-hearted contemporary fiction. Kari is seeking nonfiction in the following categories: quirky topics; history and biography; pop science and psychology; humor; and parenting. Learn more about Kari here.
Dana Newman [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent and the founder of Dana Newman Literary. She is seeking: “On the fiction side, we consider a very selective amount of literary fiction and women’s upmarket fiction. We look for character-driven stories written in a distinctive voice that are emotionally truthful. We are interested in practical nonfiction (business, health and wellness, psychology, parenting, technology) by authors with smart, unique perspectives and established platforms who are committed to actively marketing and promoting their books. We love compelling, inspiring narrative nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, history, pop culture, current affairs/women’s interest, social trends, and sports/fitness. A favorite genre is literary nonfiction: true stories, well told, that read like a novel you can’t put down.” Learn more about Dana here.
Betsy Amster [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent and president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises. In adult fiction, she seeks literary fiction, upscale commercial women’s fiction, and voice-driven mysteries and thrillers. For nonfiction, she enjoys narrative nonfiction (especially by journalists), travelogues, memoirs (including graphic memoirs), social issues and trends, psychology, self-help, popular culture, women’s issues, history & biography, lifestyle, careers, health and medicine, parenting, cooking and nutrition, gardening, and quirky gift books. Learn more about Betsy here.
Nephele Tempest [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with The Knight Agency. She is currently seeking works in the following genres: literary/commercial fiction, women’s fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, historical fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction. Learn more about Nephele here.
Anne Tibbets is a literary agent with D4EO Literary. She is seeking: adult science fiction / dystopian, adult and young adult fantasy, adult innovative thrillers (historical a plus), and adult and young adult horror (think early Stephen King mixed with Gillian Flynn). Learn more about Anne here.
Steven Hutson is a literary agent and the founder of Wordwise Media Services. He is seeking: Steven is open to any genre except picture books, short stories, and poetry. That means he is seeking historical fiction, literary fiction, mainstream/upmarket fiction, thriller, suspense, crime, mystery, romance, young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, science fiction, women’s fiction, and fantasy. He also will take pitches for memoir. Get to know Steven here.
Sonyo Estavillo is an agent assistant with Metamorposis Literary. At the 2019 Los Angeles event, she will be taking pitches on behalf of her co-agents actively seeking new writers.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. Learn more about Sonyo here.
More 2019 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.
These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.
(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings.)