Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Eric Smith of P.S. Literary

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 12.53.46 PMEric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary.

Eric began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University, and his MA in English at Arcadia University. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books appear on BookRiot, The Huffington Post, Barnes & Noble’s Teen Reads blog, Paste Magazine’s Books section, and more. A published author with Quirk Books and Bloomsbury, he seeks to give his authors the same amount of love his writing has received.

Eric is seeking: Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), New Adult, and Literary and Commercial Fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humor, essay collections, and blog-to-book ideas.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lizzie Poteet of The Seymour Agency

Screen Shot 2019-11-19 at 12.08.49 AMLizzie Poteet is a literary agent with The Seymour Agency.

Born in Nashville, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Poteet attended Colby College where she majored in English and Religious Studies. While studying at St. Andrews, she realized that though she enjoyed Shakespeare and the Dead Sea Scrolls, she preferred reading stories with a little more heat and heart. Lizzie took her passion for romance and turned it into a position with RT Bookreviews as a romance reviewer. In 2011, she joined the editorial team at St. Martin’s Press where she worked with romance, YA, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. Then in 2015, Lizzie became the e-book original coordinator for SMP Swerve, helping launch the digital only romance imprint.

Lizzie is always looking for a good love story. She loves classic romance tropes, strong dialogue, sassy heroines, witty banter, and good old fashion romance. She’s actively seeking inspirational romance, cozy mystery, new adult romance, young adult (no speculative), romantic suspense, historical and contemporary romances, and loves anything with a happy ending.

Please no poetry, picture books, or literary fiction novels.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Alyssa Roat of CYLE Literary Elite

Screen Shot 2018-11-30 at 8.14.05 PM.pngAlyssa Roat is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite.

She is seeking:

  • any kind of young adult (but especially fantasy and speculative)
  • middle grade fiction (any kind)
  • fantasy
  • women’s fiction
  • contemporary fiction
  • unique historical fiction
  • children’s picture books (nonfiction or STEM elements are great)
  • some nonfiction (large platform only)
  • occasional Christian titles
  • a rare thriller/mystery/suspense

She does not want to receive Western, horror, or erotica.

“I’m especially interested in anything with these elements: Southwestern settings; non-western contemporary, fantasy, and historical settings; Amish fiction; lesser-known mythologies and mythological creatures; humor.”

Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, Alyssa’s love of words blossomed while she spent her days hiding from the scorching desert sun in dim rooms with thick books. She emerged from her dark, bookish cave to attend college, where her articles were featured in several publications. Now, she is often found writing and editing in the much cooler sunlight of the Midwest.

 

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Mike Parker of WordCrafts Press

Screen Shot 2017-01-07 at 10.15.56 PM.pngMike Parker is the publisher and acquiring editor for WordCrafts Press.

An award-winning freelance writer, actor, director, novelist, playwright & screenwriter, Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Philosophy, served as an officer with the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets), and pursued a career as a stock broker during the great bull market of the 1980s before launching into the uncertain world of music, television, theatre, film and publishing. He previously served as managing editor for Grassroots Music Magazine and TrueTunes Magazine before founding WordCrafts Press and its sister companies, WordCrafts Theatrical Press and Rule 14 Pictures.

WordCrafts publishes fiction, nonfiction and stage plays for both the Christian and general markets.

Mike is actively seeking adult and young adult fiction in the following genres:

  • Contemporary
  • Literary
  • Historical
  • Biblical
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Horror
  • Sweet Romance
  • Mystery/Thriller

Mike is actively seeking nonfiction titles in the following categories:

  • Pop Culture
  • Technology
  • Sports
  • Memoir
  • History
  • Inspirational

Mike is actively seeking stage plays in any genre, but is particularly interested in scripts offering strong roles for females.