PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2017 Tennessee Writing Workshop 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 2017 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.
Cate Hart is a literary agent at Corvisiero Literary. Cate seeks unique stories with well-crafted plots and unforgettable characters with a strong voice. Her favorite genre is historical, whether it’s middle grade or YA, adult romance or something even spicier. The time periods she loves most are Elizabethan England, the American and French Revolutions, the Victorian Era and the Gilded Age. She loves Scottish and French History. If it’s steampunk, clockpunk, or candlepunk, she wants it. Her first love will always be young adult. She will consider any YA subgenre, but is looking especially for fantasy and magical realism. For middle grade, she is looking for fantasy, adventure and Mystery with a humorous or heart-warming voice and a unique concept. For adult fiction, she is only accepting historical romance. Cate will also consider select LGBTQ and erotica. For nonfiction, Cate will consider select histories and biographies. She is looking for secret histories and little known facts and events. She enjoys reading about the everyday heroes of the American and French Revolutions, something more beyond the tactics of war. Learn more about Cate here.
Kimberly Brower is a literary agent with Brower Literary & Management. She is interested in commercial and upmarket fiction, with an emphasis in general/book club fiction, psychological thrillers, contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and young adult (all genres). However, she is always looking for books that she wants to stay up all night reading, unable to put them down, regardless of what genre an author classifies it as. She loves stories that bring her into a world she doesn’t want to leave and characters that have strong character arcs. Learn more about Kimberly here.
Beth Phelan is a literary agent with The Bent Agency. She represents middle grade, young adult, and select adult fiction (including contemporary romance and suspense/thrillers), as well as the occasional cookbook or pop culture/humor project. She is drawn to voice and emotional resonance in young adult contemporary, surprising new worlds in YA and MG fantasy, and strong literary voices in middle grade, plus savvy and evocative writing for adult genres. She is particularly fond of stories with smart humor and a touch of the bittersweet, and prefers suspense/thrillers that are female-driven. Learn more about Beth here.
Elizabeth Copps is a literary agent with Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc., and she is actively building her client list. She is seeking: In fiction, action/adventure, commercial, family saga, historical, horror, humor, LGBTQ, literary, middle grade, mystery, thriller, women’s fiction, and young adult. In nonfiction, she seeks humor, pop culture, and travel. Learn more about Elizabeth here.
Laura Crockett is a literary agent representing TriadaUS Literary. She will be taking pitches on behalf of herself as well as other agents at the agency — in the following genres: young adult, adult historical fiction, middle grade, mystery/crime, women’s fiction, and nonfiction projects. She is actively building her list of clients and is looking forward to talking with and meeting debut writers. Learn more about Laura here.
Lauren MacLeod is a literary agent with The Strothman Agency. She is seeking young adult & middle grade in every subgenre. On the middle grade side, she loves manuscripts with funny characters or humorous situations. On the YA side, she will never stop looking for the next Perks of Being a Wallflower or Jellicoe Road. On the nonfiction side, Lauren looks for all captivating narrative nonfiction, and is particularly interested in food writing, science, pop culture and history. Her dream nonfiction project would be a feminist history of the United States. Learn more about Lauren here.
Mike Parker is the publisher and acquiring editor for WordCrafts Press. 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 and thriller. Mike is actively seeking nonfiction titles in the following categories: pop culture, technology, sports, memoir, history, and inspirational. Mike is actively seeking stage plays in any genre, but is particularly interested in scripts offering strong roles for females. Learn more about Mike here.
Greg Daniel is a literary agent and the founder of Daniel Literary Group, a literary agency representing quality nonfiction books for adults. His authors are recognized and published across a variety of categories including narrative nonfiction, religion/spirituality, business, pop culture, practical advice, social issues, and biography/memoir. Learn more about Daniel here.
Alice Speilburg is a literary agent at Speilburg Literary. In nonfiction, she’s looking for authors with established platforms who are writing books in the following categories: biography, food, gender issues, health, history, literary journalism, music, pop culture, relationships, science, travel. In fiction, she’s currently looking for character-driven novels that fall under the following genres: historical fiction, mainstream, literary, mystery, science fiction, thriller/suspense, middle grade, and young adult. Learn more about Alice here.
Julie Gwinn is an agent with The Seymour Agency, and was formerly an editor with many years of publishing experience. Her primary areas of interest include Christian and inspirational fiction and nonfiction, women’s fiction (contemporary and historical), new adult, Southern fiction, literary fiction, as well as young adult novels. Learn more about Julie here.
Michael Caligaris is a literary agent with Holloway Literary Agency. His interests are as follows: literary Fiction, autobiographical fiction (i.e., So Long, See You Tomorrow; A River Runs Through It; Sylvia), short story collections or connected stories as a novel (i.e., Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Strout, Junot Diaz), LGBTQ lit, novels that are set in the Midwest or could be considered Americana, crime fiction, mystery/noir (i.e., Walter Mosley, Kate Atkinson, Lou Berney), dystopian fiction, civil unrest/political uprising/ war novels, memoir, New Journalism and/or long-form journalism, essay collections (on art, race, mental health, music, etc.), satirical/humor writing, and environmental writing. Learn more about Michael here.
Lesley Sabga is an agent assistant at The Seymour Agency. She is taking pitches on behalf of all of the agency’s acquiring agents (except for Jennifer Wills, who is attending the event also). She wants to hear pitches for happily-ever-after romance, mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, young adult with a fresh voice (both contemporary and sci-fi/fantasy), science fiction, fantasy, action/adventure, picture books (especially author-illustrators), cookbooks, middle grade (all kinds), narrative nonfiction, and memoir. Learn more about Lesley here.
Mark Gottlieb is a literary agent with Trident Media Group. He represents all genres of fiction, nonfiction, middle grade, young adult, children’s picture books, and graphic novels. Learn more about Mark here.
More 2017 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. It is $29 per 10-minute meeting. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings.)