Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Stacy Abrams of Entangled Publishing

Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 5.56.45 PM.pngStacy Abrams is the editorial director of Entangled Amara and Entangled Teen, the two print imprints of Entangled Publishing.

She’s been with the company since its inception in 2011, leaving the hustle and bustle of New York City and her job as an editor at Bloomsbury Children’s Books to dive into the world of romance. Stacy earned her bachelor’s in English at Northwestern University and currently resides in the frozen tundra of Chicago with her husband, two sons, and too-cute puppy. She is always looking for high-quality adult and teen fiction, specifically in contemporary coming-of-age, mystery/thriller, and of course romance.

Stacy is looking for:

TEEN:
-Contemporary coming-of-age/romance
-Contemporary mystery/thriller
-Trope-driven short romances, particularly those set in high schools
-Rom-coms
-Accessible fantasy or paranormal

ADULT:
-Contemporary romance, specifically weddings, cowboys, holiday, babies
-Political thrillers
-Literary women’s fiction, particularly “ripped from the headlines” issues

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kerstin Wolf of D4EO Literary

Screen Shot 2019-02-26 at 5.12.00 PM.pngAfter years of interning at a number of literary agencies and publishers, freelance editing, and bookselling, Kerstin Wolf got her start as an agent in training at The Booker Albert Literary Agency before joining D4EO Literary as a literary agent in February 2019.

When not reading, editing, or doing anything related to publishing, Kerstin enjoys practicing martial arts. She has the most experience in judo, boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai. She also likes learning new languages. She has studied Spanish for a number of years now and also has some experience in Arabic, German, American Sign Language, Basque, Japanese, and Old English.

She is seeking the following for Middle Grade:

  • Fantasy of any kind
  • Science fiction
  • Mysteries along the lines of The 39 Clues series, York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby, and Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  • Horror along the lines of Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
  • Graphic novels

She is seeking the following for Young Adult:

  • Fantasy of any kind
  • Science fiction
  • Horror along the lines of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Paranormal
  • Historical with magical elements
  • Steampunk along the lines of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  • “Geeky” contemporary romance along the lines of Geekerella by Ashley Poston and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Graphic novels

She is seeking the following for New Adult/Adult:

  • Fantasy along the lines of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series and Villains series and Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  • Women’s fiction
  • Romance along the lines of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: M.J. Johnston of Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark

Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 4.04.07 PM.pngMJ Johnston is an assistant editor with Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark.

Fiction interests: women’s fiction with an emotionally charged hook (think Jojo Moyes or The Light We Lost); book club fiction; psychological suspense and literary thriller; and mystery (particularly cozy and crossover literary).

Nonfiction interests: smart, practical nonfiction; history, science, and social science that presents a new lens on a contemporary issue.

She is not seeking: young adult, children’s picture books, poetry, sci-fi, or romance.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Laura Crockett of TriadaUS Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-12 at 11.13.16 PM.pngLiterary agent Laura Crockett of TriadaUS Literary is interested in a variety of YA and adult fiction.

​In YA, she is interested in contemporary realistic fiction (such as study abroad experiences, strong female friendships, falling in love, mental health, diversity, LGBTQ) and fantasy (particularly with excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures’ mythology, and historical fantasy). Some favorite titles include Fangirl, The Lie Tree, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, All the Bright Places, Shadowfell, When We Collided, Anna and the French Kiss, A Shadow Bright and Burning, The Star-Touched Queen, and The Winner’s Curse.

In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women’s fiction (heartfelt, juicy moral dilemmas, historical bends with parallel narratives), humorous chick-lit (especially if it’s millennial-driven), and fantasy (excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures’ mythology, and historical fantasy). Some favorite titles include The Night Circus, Outlander, The Queen of Blood, Daughter of the Forest, The Winter Witch, The Hating Game, and authors like Jodi Picoult, Kate Morton, Gayle Forman, and Sophie Kinsella.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Weronika Janczuk of D4E0 Literary

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Weronika Janczuk is a literary agent with D4E0 Literary.

Weronika (pronounced like Veronica) broke into publishing in 2009, through a high school workshop that placed me with former young adult editor Brian Farrey at Flux (now North Star), a small imprint in Minnesota, where she pulled, from the slush pile, the lovely Out of the Blue by Holly Schindler, which received a starred review in Booklist. She then moved on to intern with Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Literary Management, Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency, and Mary Kole, formerly with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. From 2010-2011, as an undergraduate at NYU, she worked with Bob Diforio and sold an array of projects. Weronika’s parents immigrated from Poland to Canada, where she was born. “I grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota; and now I reside in New York City, NY. I studied at New York University’s Gallatin School, where I finished a self-designed degree in the philosophy of the human person. I love Earl Grey tea and lattes, Sudoku, rivers, and pierogi with blueberries. I am also a writer, as are many other agents and editors. I queried my first project when I was 13, and have never queried again, tinkering in silence, perfecting craft, with my current project a science fantasy.

She is seeking:

“I am not, and have never been, a single-genre reader. I am eager only for the best-told stories, building out a list of talented novelists and writers in these genres:”

  • young adult
  • fantasy & sci-fi
  • literary fiction
  • commercial fiction
  • women’s fiction
  • romance
  • crime, mystery & thrillers
  • memoir
  • nonfiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.)

“Human nature fascinates me, and I am drawn to stories that share the rawness and truth of what is and what is possible. I love beautiful writers, worlds, characters; smart, quirky and genre-bending stories. I love underdogs, and stories about characters that rise above limitations. I love romance, whether genre- or element-wise, that is visceral in its rawness. I love dark contours, intense in their immediacy, and world-building that catches your breath with its precision and distinctness.

“I am very much a reader that likes to be challenged, and expanded; very carefully constructed projects, which reveal a writer’s capacities, are most often those that awaken my heart and mind. I would prefer to work with writers eager to grow in their skill as novelists and build long-term, sustainable careers.

“I will not consider middle grade, children’s, or picture books, nor am I the right agent for illustrators or graphic novels.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Stephany Evans of Pande Literary

screen shot 2019-01-27 at 1.42.54 pmStephany Evans is a literary agent with Pande Literary.

Stephany put a toe in the publishing waters at Simon & Schuster Audio when audio publishing was just beginning to be “a thing.”

Now, for more than twenty-seven years, Stephany has represented nonfiction writers in the areas of health and wellness, spirituality, lifestyle, food and drink, sustainability, running and fitness, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. In fiction, she represents a range of women’s fiction, from literary to upmarket commercial to romance, as well as crime fiction (mysteries, thrillers), and the occasional literary or commercial novel not aimed at a female market. She is looking for fine, accomplished writing, whether the work is by a first time or established author. She loves to be told a great story!

Stephany is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and a member of the Agents Round Table. She has served as ghostwriter on seven published books in the categories of memoir and spirituality.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jennifer Mattson of Andrea Brown Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 1.27.39 PM.pngJennifer Mattson is a literary agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She represents children’s books — picture books, middle grade, and young adult.

Jennifer’s background in children’s book publishing includes five years reviewing children’s literature at Booklist magazine, and five years as an editor at Dutton Children’s Books.

In the picture book arena, Jennifer is interested in authors, illustrators, and author-illustrators who bring a distinctive, well-developed point of view to their work.

She is particularly drawn to fiction in middle grade and YA, especially richly imagined fantasies that depart from typical quests. (Portals entered by protagonists who fulfill prophecies don’t tend to be for her.) The most dogeared books in her childhood library tended to be fantasy adventures, survival stories, and sprawling, atmospheric tales with Dickensian twists and satisfying puzzles. She gravitates to all of the above, but contemporary realistic fiction can work for her too, especially if it’s voice-driven and carefully structured.

Fiction that Jennifer represents includes Jenny Meyerhoff’s comic middle grade series, The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger (FSG/Macmillan); and Kate Hannigan’s sweet chapter book series, Cupcake Cousins (Disney*Hyperion), and her historical middle grade novel, THE DETECTIVE’S ASSISTANT (Little, Brown/Hachette), which won the 2016 Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade Fiction, received two starred reviews, was a Booklist Editor’s Choice, and appeared on the 2016 Amelia Bloomer List.

Picture books she represents include the first picture book by Grammy Award winning folk-roots musicians The Okee Dokee Brothers, CAN YOU CANOE AND OTHER ADVENTURE SONGS (Sterling); noted poet Linda Ashman’s lyrical ode to the rhythms of the natural world, ALL WE KNOW (HarperCollins), and her nearly wordless celebration of optimism, RAIN! (Houghton/HMH); and Kim Norman’s three Arctic Companion books that cleverly spin off favorite preschool songs, TEN ON THE SLED, IF IT’S SNOWY AND YOU KNOW IT, and SHE’LL BE COMIN’ UP THE MOUNTAIN (all Sterling).

Artists she represents include Geisel Honor winning author-illustrator Paul Meisel, who has illustrated or written a total of more than 70 books for young readers; J.R. Krause, author-illustrator of two picture books featuring a bilingual inventor mouse, POCO LOCO and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, POCO LOCO! (both Two Lions/Amazon); Ramon Olivera, debut author-illustrator of ABCS ON WINGS and ABCS ON WHEELS (both Little Simon/S&S); Liz Starin, debut author-illustrator of SPLASHDANCE (FSG/Macmillan), a Junior Library Guild selection and a PW Best Summer Book of 2016; and former Google doodler Katy Wu, illustrator of several new picture book biographies, including Laurie Wallmark’s GRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE (Sterling) and Carrie Clickard’s DUMPLING DREAMS (Paula Wiseman/S&S).