Emily 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.
Anna Michels is an editor with Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark. Unfortunately, she can no longer attend the conference.
Dan Cramer is a literary agent with Flannery Literary.
He is seeking:
- PB with great rhythm (no rhyming)
- Middle grade — Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
- Young adult Contemporary (Rom-coms), Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Historical Fiction
- New adult Contemporary, Thrillers, Historical Fiction (protagonists should be in college or college aged)
He is not seeking nonfiction.
“My love of reading started when I was young with The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved that I could escape into a world where magic and adventure existed. That love of books grew and has followed me into adulthood. Some of my best friends and greatest loves, through the years, have been fictional characters. They have inspired and motivated me in almost every facet of my life, from my first career as a Forensic Scientist with the FBI to an Associate Literary Agent with Flannery Literary. While I love all books, my heart beats for Children’s Literature for many reasons, but the main reason is Children’s Literature, from Picture Books to Young Adult Novels, is fearless. These books and their authors are not afraid to tackle tough topics, to celebrate diversity, or bring awareness to issues that others would turn their backs on. Children’s Literature never ceases to surprise me with its fortitude. I live in Burr Ridge, Illinois with my husband and two rescue dogs, Timmy and Zoe. When I’m not reading, I enjoy the outdoors, horror movies, and baking (and I’m definitely not imagining I’m on the Great British Bake off… I’m totally doing that). Now for the boring stuff: I have two undergraduate degrees from West Virginia University: Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Psychology. I have two graduate degrees from Benedictine University: MBA and MS Management and Organizational Behavior.”
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.
Tina admits to being a reluctant reader as a child. In fact, she says she is still very picky when it comes to choosing a book, and isn’t afraid to judge one (at first) by its cover!
Ask her kids, and they won’t believe you! They’ll tell you her nose is constantly in a book, or staring at her Kindle Fire, her iPad mini, or even reading manuscripts on her phone! When not reading manuscripts, marketing website, social media, or industry blogs, you can find Schwartz on her laptop enjoying her own writing time.
Schwartz is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).
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Alexandra Weiss 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.
Alexandra is a Books Writer for Bustle.com and PR Manager for a Chicago circus. She previously worked as an Acquisitions Editor for an award-winning anthology and holds a BFA in Creative Writing and Publishing from Columbia College Chicago.
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.
She is not seeking romance, thriller/mystery, health books, or cooking.