Get to Know an Agency Assistant in Attendance: Lesley Sabga of The Seymour Agency

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 4.43.20 PM.pngLesley Sabga is an agent assistant at The Seymour Agency.

She is taking pitches on behalf of all of the agency’s acquiring agents. 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.

Lesley is a graduate of the editorial program at the University of Chicago and also hold a BA in English from the University of Kentucky. She has experience working in two publishing houses, Entangled Publishing and Jolly Fish Press, and is currently working at The Seymour Agency. She is also a full-time freelancer for the Editorial Freelance Association and the Chartwell Literary Group.

Lesley is an avid reader and a constant occupant of local coffeeshops and bookstores. She wakes up every day thankful to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for literature professionally.

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Loretta Caravette of LR Children’s Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 7.08.43 PM.pngLoretta Caravette is the founder of LR Children’s Literary.

She specializes in children’s books of all genres: picture books, early chapter books, middle grade, and young adult literature. Our agency represents both authors and illustrators. She appreciates nonfiction and historical fiction in all genres — especially picture books. She is very interested in the easy readers and early chapter books. Loretta will take on an author/illustrator combination.

“I am a writer of children’s stories. I have been published in a number of children’s magazines such as Appleseed, Boy’s Quest, and High Adventure. I received my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University. My final lecture was published in Children & Libraries ‘Portrait of the Reader as a Young Child.’ I am currently working on a paper about the book to fiction translation, ‘Visual Emotion: The Power Behind Book to Film Adaptation.’ I live on 12 acres with my husband, two dogs, a cat, 2 beehives, nine chickens and two ducks. I am hoping to add goats to that list as soon as I fix my fence.”

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Grace Menary-Winefield of Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark

Screen Shot 2017-01-06 at 9.32.05 AM.pngGrace Menary-Winefield is an associate editor with Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark.

Fiction interests: Commercial/mainstream fiction that explores unique, sometimes even fantastical concepts (such as Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel or The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell). She seeks diverse stories in both historical and contemporary settings.

Nonfiction interests: Quirky self-help books with a great hook and wide appeal; smart nonfiction with unique explorations of history.

Gift books: Entertainment pop culture books, both novelizations and nonfiction tie-ins; gift books (text and illustration) that inspire and entertain.

She is not seeking romance, thriller/mystery, health books, or cooking.

Get to Know an Editor in Attedance: Emily Clark Victorson of Allium Press

Screen Shot 2017-01-06 at 12.09.01 AM.pngEmily Clark Victorson is the co-founder and publisher of Allium Press of Chicago.

After receiving degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Michigan, Emily moved to the Chicago area, where she has lived for over twenty-five years. Prior to starting Allium Press, she worked as a librarian, historian, and book designer for such organizations as the Newberry Library, the Chicago History Museum, and History Works, Inc.

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.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kelly Van Sant of D4EO Literary

Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 4.21.15 PM.pngKelly Van Sant is a literary agent with D4EO Literary.

Kelly has nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She cut her teeth in New York working at esteemed literary agencies such as Writers House and Harold Ober Associates, where she developed an eye for compelling, emotionally resonant stories, honed her editorial skills, and soon grew adept at contract vetting and negotiation. After relocating to Minnesota, Kelly joined Llewellyn Worldwide as their Contracts Manager across all three imprints and then moved to Quarto Publishing Group where she led the contracts department. She is a teaching artist at the Loft Literary Center, and also blogs about the publishing industry at Pub(lishing) Crawl and co-hosts their weekly podcast. She recently joined D4EO and is actively building her client list.

“I am seeking middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction across all genres, including fantasy, science fiction, adventure, historical, and contemporary. I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family. I am especially interested in #ownvoices and inclusive narratives.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Tracy Brennan of Trace Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 5.27.10 PM.pngTracy Brennan is a literary agent with Trace Literary Agency.

In fiction, she seeks women’s fiction, chick lit, psychological thriller, crime, commercial mainstream fiction, literary fiction, mystery, historical, suspense, and romance. In nonfiction, she seeks business, communications, health and wellness, history, politics, and true crime.

The agency began by introducing Irish authors to the US market, but now seeks to hear from writers everywhere. Over the past ten years the agency has earned a reputation for finding and launching new writers from Ireland, the UK and the US, placing them with Harper Collins, Harper Impulse, Skyhorse, Poolbeg, Parthian & Endeavour Press.

“We represent leading writers and experts in many fields covering a wide range of genres. We are committed to negotiate the best deals for our authors,  dedicated in helping them through all stages of publishing on their journey to become bestsellers.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary Agency

dawn-1313Red Sofa Literary is the celebration of the quirky, eclectic ideas in our exciting literary community.  Realizing that the best ideas come via engaging conversations and over good coffee, while sometimes relaxing in a colorful lounger.

Established by literary agent Dawn Frederick, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency,  she brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; sales, marketing, & book development at a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an agent associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency in 2002 (before Red Sofa Literary was established).

In addition to her literary agent duties, she extensively volunteers with her local library system, while still finding time to spend quality time on her “wheels.”

She carries a B.S. in Human Ecology, and a M.S. in Information Sciences from an ALA accredited institution.  “Not only do I know what people like to read and are currently  reading;  I also have the experience of  working one-on-one with authors, book distribution centers, and literary organizations.”

Dawn Frederick’s Representative Categories:

  • Young Adult – Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade – Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Biography — Historical, media-related, political—no personal memoirs
  • Creative Nonfiction — It needs to be smart, with noticeable platform, and highly commercial.
  • Graphic Novels — No manga please.
  • History – Books that will engage the commerical reader.  ex: Michael Beschloss
  • Humor – I loved The Zombie Survival Guide, How to be a Villain, and Yiddish with Dick and Jane.
  • Pop Culture – Especially Americana, and anything quirky
  • Social Issues/Current Affairs—Women’s Studies, GLTB Studies, Social Sciences, and more.
  • Sports — Less mainstream, more extreme sport, ex: Roller Derby
  • Women’s Narratives – chicklit nonfiction, Latina, African-American, and more.