Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Ariana Philips of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

Ariana Philips is a literary agent with Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

Ariana represents both fiction and nonfiction for adult and kid’s books.

She’s interested in literary and commercial fiction, particularly upmarket women’s fiction, stories with unique family dynamics, and historical hooks. She likes gritty stories that have an authentic voice, a well-crafted plot, and carefully developed characters. She’s on the hunt for smart romantic comedies, both for the adult and YA market. In nonfiction, she’s interested in popular history and science; illustrated gift books; true crime; sports; social issues; and cookbooks and food narratives. In YA and middle grade, she’s looking for contemporary stories with an original hook and voice.


Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Caitlin White of Emerald City Literary Agency

Caitlin White is an associate literary agent with Emerald City Literary Agency.

Caitlin is a writer and editor who was previously the Interim Books Editor for Bustle, and she has written about YA books for HelloGiggles, Bustle, Elle, and Glamour. Caitlin brought her passion for YA and MG to Emerald City Literary Agency in 2019 as an intern and, after several promotions, is now an Associate Agent. She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario, but is from the Boston area.

Caitlin is starting to build her own list, and so she is now open to select submissions in young adult and middle grade fiction and will represent projects alongside ECLA agents Mandy Hubbard and Linda Epstein.

In young adult and middle grade fiction: Caitlin is looking for whodunnits that harken back to Agatha Christie (think: Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious series), pretty much anything that makes her feel like summer (her favorite book is Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters), rom-coms with an original hook, stories about non-toxic groups of friends, magical realism that feels grounded (like Anna-Marie McLemore’s When the Moon Was Ours), unabashedly feminist POVs, and contemporary witches set in a real-life world, like These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. (If it’s similar to The Craft or Practical Magic, she will likely read it.) She is always interested in seeing submissions from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors. Sorry, but she is not the right person for high fantasy.