PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT OR EDITOR:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2019 Writing Workshop of Chicago 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 2019 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.
Bethany Morehead [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a jr. literary agent with Hartline Literary. She is seeking: children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, women’s fiction, romantic fiction, and speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy novels). She is actively building her client list. Learn more about Bethany here.
Dawn Michelle Hardy is a literary agent with Dream Relations PR & Literary Consulting. Dawn sticks to nonfiction. She likes memoir writers who can capture a larger narrative through their personal story and strong hook, best-in-class professionals and educators in a variety of fields, an engaging and outspoken cultural critic, pop-culture, sports or music enthusiast with a “hip” idea from an untold vantage point. Creatives who use art as activism. She wants to hear from loud millennials, women, and multicultural voices looking to better the world through their writing. Learn more about Dawn here.
Ayesha Pande [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent and founder of Pande Literary. Her interests are wide-ranging and include literary as well as popular fiction, young adult, women’s fiction, historical fiction, African-American fiction, and international fiction. She is also seeking authors of nonfiction, including biography, history, popular culture, cultural commentary, and memoir. She is particularly drawn to distinctive, original voices. Learn more about Ayesha here.
Joanna Mackenzie [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Nelson Literary. She is seeking: “I’m looking for the epic read that, at its center, beats with a universal heart. In particular, I’m drawn to smart and timely women’s fiction, as well as absorbing, character-driven mysteries and thrillers – both, ideally, with a little edge. I have a weird obsession with, what I call, ‘child in jeopardy lit’ and can’t get enough kick-ass mom heroines. On the YA side, I’m interested in coming-of-age stories that possess a confident voice and characters I can’t stop thinking about.” Learn more about Joanna here.
Jennifer Mattson [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She represents children’s books — picture books, middle grade, and young adult. 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. 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. Learn more about Jennifer here.
Weronika Janczuk [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with D4E0 Literary. “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 many genres.” She is seeking: young adult, fantasy & sci-fi, literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, romance crime, mystery & thrillers. memoir and nonfiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.). Learn more about Weronika here.
Kerstin Wolf is a literary agent with D4EO Literary. She is seeking a wide variety of middle grade books, including fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, horror, and graphic novels. She is seeking a wide variety of young adult books, including fantasy, sci-fi, horror, paranormal, historical with magical elements, some steampunk, “geeky” contemporary romance, and graphic novels. For new adult and adult fiction, she seeks fantasy, women’s fiction, and romantic stories. Learn more about Kerstin here.
Laura Crockett is a literary agent with TriadaUS Literary. In young adult, 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). 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). Learn more about Laura here.
MJ 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. Learn more about MJ here.
Stacy Abrams is the editorial director of Entangled Amara and Entangled Teen, the two print imprints of Entangled Publishing. In teen fiction, she is seeking contemporary coming-of-age/romance, contemporary mystery/thriller, trope-driven short romances (particularly those set in high schools), romantic comedies, and accessible fantasy or paranormal. In adult fiction, she seeks contemporary romance (specifically weddings, cowboys, holiday, babies), political thrillers, and literary women’s fiction (particularly “ripped from the headlines” issues). Learn more about Stacy here.
Emily Clark Victorson is the co-founder and publisher of Allium Press of Chicago. Allium Press was founded in 2009 as a small, independent press and publishes literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, middle grade, and young adult fiction — all with a Chicago connection. Learn more about Emily here.
Amanda Luedeke is a literary agent with Macgregor Literary. With eight years experience as an agent, Amanda brings unique interests to the MacGregor Literary team. She represents general market and CBA (Christian market) projects, and her areas of interest include nonfiction and romance. Learn more about Amanda here.
Tina P. Schwartz is a literary agent and the founder of The Purcell Agency. She seeks young adult fiction and women’s fiction. Within these two genres, she looks for contemporary/realistic stories, coming-of-age tales, sports tales, stories of family and friendship, and LGBTQ stories. She is also open to YA nonfiction. Learn more about Tina here.
Sarah Louise Gorman is currently a script/literary with literary agency Cyle Young Literary Elite. At C.Y.L.E., she is the resident screenwriting specialist and deals with all the agency’s screenplays and TV pilots. She also manages the screenwriting-focused client submissions, client relationships, networking, and pitching. Sarah takes screenwriting pitches. She does take pitches for novels, but the only kind of novel she’s interested in is middle grade fiction (any type). Learn more about Sarah here.
Stephany Evans is a literary agent with Pande Literary. 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! Learn more about Stephany here.
Alexandra Weiss [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Jennifer De Chiara Literary. Within young adult, the genres she is most interested in representing include realism, science fiction, and fantasy – but also stories that include magic (think The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern) are her favorite, as are stories that include space and science. She loves stories that include diverse and risk-taking subjects, including culture, race, sexuality, and identity. She also seeks all types of adventurous, silly, and out-of-the-box children and middle grade books. Books with or without pictures intrigue her, and she is most interested in a character-driven story and big plot to explore. Concerning adult fiction, she is looking for strong literary voices that take the notion that every story is a love story to new levels. She seeks interested in complex relationship stories that surround something bigger. Alexandra is open to most adult genres, but heavy mystery, horror, or thriller stories are not for her. Books that are written in or include uses of uncommon formats (uses of letters, screenplay, photos, poetry, or collection of short stories or essays) is another unique quality she looks for. Learn more about Alexandra here.
Grace Menary-Winefield is an associate editor with Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark. She acquires commercial book club fiction (contemporary and historical) and mainstream speculative with a solid human backbone. She is also seeking nonfiction in narrative history, science, personal development, and self-help. She loves projects that lift up underrepresented authors and stories and is always looking for a unique hook and broad audience. Learn more about Grace here.
Jennifer Flannery is a literary agent with Flannery Literary. She seeks young adult novels, middle grade novels, and excellent picture books. For MG and YA, she is probably not the best fit for sci-fi or fantasy. And she does not represent illustrators. She prefers her picture book submissions to be text only. Learn more about Jennifer here.
Anna Michels is an editor with Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark. Unfortunately, she can no longer attend the conference.
More 2019 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. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings.)