Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Erica Bauman of Aevitas Creative Management

Erica Bauman is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management.

Erica represents a wide variety of authors across middle grade, young adult, and commercial adult fiction, including acclaimed YA author Andrew Auseon and Broadway performer Tiffany Haas.

Erica is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has worked in the publishing industry since 2012. Prior to Aevitas, she worked at Spectrum Literary Agency.

Based in New York, Erica is most interested in commercial novels that feature an exciting premise and lyrical, atmospheric writing; imaginative, genre-blending tales; speculative worlds filled with haunting, quietly wondrous magic; fresh retellings of mythology, ballet, opera, and classic literature; sharply funny rom-coms; graphic novels for all ages; fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues; and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Cate Hart of Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

Cate Hart is a literary agent with Harvey Klinger Literary Agency.

She is seeking:

“I specialize in Historical, whether in Middle Grade and Young Adult, Women’s Fiction and Romance, or narrative nonfiction. I am particularly drawn to oft-forgotten stories of the past and underrepresented voices, and especially personal to me is unexplored Southern history and culture.

“I also love high-concept fantasy in YA and Adult fiction. As well, I am always looking for fun or feel good RomComs, Contemporary YA, or a bit darker psychological thrillers and classic feel mysteries. I do prefer stories with strong romantic elements, or even better, a heart-pounding romance. I’ll still be looking for stand-out Science Fiction and Fantasy as well as psychological thriller and classic-feeling mysteries.

Unique aspects she likes:

  • Time Slips or dual points of view connecting and converging over a single thread, event or object.
  • Middle Grade, or even YA, adventure, something that reminds me of the Sandlot, Stand By Me, the Explorers or Goonies. Still love anything with a Stranger Things feel. Something that’s not only the adventure of a lifetime but about the balance and dynamics of friendship and growing up. Give me girls gangs!
  • Fantasy YA and Romance with amazing, unique world-building in the vein of Leigh Bardugo, Victoria Aveyard, CJ Redwine, Sarah J Maas or Julie Kagawa.
  • Magical Realism from diverse voices.
  • Elements of the Fantastic in YA or WF. Something as lovely as The Secret History of Witches that explores the relationship between mothers and daughters wrapped in magic.
  • In Historical Romance, I am particularly drawn to Scotland and France. Victorian England and The Gilded Age of America. The American and French Revolutions.
  • I’d really love a Gilded Age Knickerbocker or Tycoon hero. Or the historical equivalent to a Navy SEAL, think Peelers or the Pinkertons.
  • I love classic retellings. Shakespeare, Poe, Austen, Dickens, Grimm. Something unique with a vibrant voice.
  • LGBTQ MG, YA, Adult Romance or RomCom. Bonus points for historical fantasy or mystery.
  • As always I welcome Diverse and #OwnVoices

What she is NOT looking for:

Picture Books or Early Readers
New Adult
Anthologies or Novellas
BDSM or Erotica
Political or Environmental Thrillers
Hardboiled Detectives or Police Procedurals

“I’m a true Nashville native, born and raised in the Music City. I’m a firm believer that there’s something magical about the mid south. That storytelling is in our blood, or maybe the water, from the First Nations peoples to inhabit this area to country music songwriters like Dolly and Johnny to the many, many NYT bestselling authors right here in Nashville.

“I’ve been writing fantastical stories since elementary school. My first was about a vampire and witch in the Fourth Grade. It wasn’t until college that I began to take my first serious writing steps when I thought I could write epic historical romance like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander because I couldn’t wait two years for Dragonfly in Amber. It was several more years, two babies later and after reading Twilight (hush, I said what I said) that I took the next serious step: writing, actually finishing and revising my first novel, a YA paranormal, and sought representation for publication. I was represented for that novel, and while learning all I could about the business of publishing, the desire to become an agent was born. While that first ever manuscript didn’t sell, I’ve become an agent full time while also writing in the spare time and I’ve returned to my first love historical but with fantasy and magic.

“In 2013, I joined the Corvisiero Literary Agency as an intern and started taking clients in early 2014. I sold my first project in 2015 and have continued to help clients realize their publishing dreams. The past five years have taught me so much. In 2019, I decided to take another leap of faith and change. In 2019, I joined Harvey Klinger, Inc. where I will specialize in Historical, whether in Middle Grade or Young Adult, Women’s Fiction or Romance, and nonfiction.  I am beyond excited to start this new chapter with this amazing agency.

“My favorite part of being an agent is discovering a project that just sucks me in. Where I forget the time or that the kids need clean clothes and lunch. I love watching a client’s project take shape in development and finding a home with the perfect editor.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Bonnie Swanson of The Purcell Agency

Bonnie Swanson is a literary agent with The Purcell Agency.

Bonnie is 20+ year elementary teacher. She shares her love of literature with her students and even tests out her own books on them. (And everyone thinks agents are tough!) Using her experience as a teacher, she has been a mentor for many authors through the WriteMentor program started by author Stuart White. Some of her mentees have gone on to publishing and best-selling success with their titles.

A short sample of her favorite authors are Dean Koontz, J.K. Rowling, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, S.A. Stovall, Suzanne Collins, Jen Mann, Danielle Paige, Christopher Paolini, Neal Schusterman, and Ally Condi. She’ll try just about anything, but romance is her true jam and the HEA (happily ever after) is a must! 

She is an active member of SCBWI and a co-rep for her local chapter. When she’s not teaching, reading, or spending time with her three kids & husband, she’s busy creating her own stories. You can also find her covered in fur and playing with her three cats Milo, Winter and, Mira—when they tell her to. She is seeking:

PICTURE BOOKS: not looking for any PBs right now

Young adult & new adult: Issue driven, romance (anything but erotica), speculative fiction, magical realism, paranormal, rom-com, suspense, mystery. (If it’s not on this list and you think I’d like it, pitch it!)

ADULT: Romance, Speculative Fiction/Suspense (think Dean Koontz), Humor (combine all three and now we’re talking!)

Always accepting LGBTQ, #ownvoices, and BIPOC.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Mara Cobb of Martin Literary Management

Mara Cobb is a literary agent with Martin Literary Management.

On my fifth birthday, I read two Junie B. Jones books in one sitting. It wasn’t long after that when my grandmothers, both voracious readers, took it upon themselves to hunt for books I would love just as much as the Junie B. series. By age six, I was reading Nancy Drew mysteries. At seven, I was working my way through the Bobbsey Twins and Little House in the Big Woods, followed by Little Women. My favorite books have always been those that keep me on the edge of my seat in excitement and those that allow me to feel the full scope of human emotions as I read late into the night.

After earning my master’s degree in English, achieving over fifty publications, and serving as the editor-in-chief for a small literary journal, I completed a year-long publishing internship learning the ins and outs of Martin Literary Management. I am thrilled to become part of the MLM family and am most excited about coming alongside fresh and seasoned writers to help them reach their full potential.​

Currently, I am looking for Adult Nonfiction and Women’s Driven Fiction. For Women’s Driven Fiction, I am particularly interested in books with strong female heroines who are in their 20s. The gap between YA Fiction and Adult Fiction is one that I am passionate about continuing to bridge. I also am looking for Christian Fiction, Christian Romance (think Hallmark-style), and Christian YA.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency

Julie Gwinn is a literary agent and vice president of The Seymour Agency.

Julie has a background in editorial, launching the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group where she served as Fiction Publisher and was awarded Editor of the Year and Agent of the Year finalist by the American Christian Fiction Writers.

Julie also has more than 25 years of public relations and marketing experience and has worked in marketing for several Nashville nonprofit organizations, including the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children, the Nashville Area Red Cross, and the YWCA. She puts that marketing expertise to use in working with her authors.

She represents romance, mystery/true crime, historical and speculative/fantasy novels. In nonfiction she is looking for self-help, lifestyle, motivational and sports related books.

Julie is actively looking for diverse voices in both fiction and nonfiction.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Stephanie Cardel of Lighthouse Literary

Stephanie Cardel is a literary agent with Lighthouse Literary.

Lighthouse Literary represents picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as adult fiction and nonfiction trade (topical/professional/inspirational) for both the Christian and secular markets. We do not represent picture artists.

Founder Stephanie Cardel has a B.S. in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State with minors in English and Social Work. She owned a dance studio for ten years then left the dance world to homeschool her three children K-12. During those years, she also worked at homeschool tutorials teaching Psychology, World Literature, P.E., Health and Art.

She and her husband run a log home maintenance business and in her spare time she writes MG and YA fiction. She had the privilege to work on four film crews (as P.A., Script Supervisor, and Continuity Supervisor) with writer, director, and actress Brittany Goodwin and even had a small part in two of those films, and was an extra in one.

She interned for a year, then worked as a literary agent at Golden Wheat Literary for two years. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to launch Lighthouse Literary where she considers it an honor to help writers realize their dreams of becoming published.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Michele Mortimer of Darhansoff & Verrill Literary Agents

Michele Mortimer is a literary agent with Darhansoff & Verrill Literary Agents.

Michele started with the agency as a freelance reader and joined full-time in 2003. She handles serial rights, permissions, and the editorial desk.

Agent-wise, she currently considers: literary fiction; historical fiction; sophisticated crime, mystery, thrillers, and horror; upmarket character-rich women’s fiction and smart romance; realism-based young adult fiction; and narrative nonfiction.

Nonfiction interests include music, sports, wellness, animal welfare, feminism, true crime, sociology, and culture both pop and serious.