We offer two meeting levels, each one suited for writers at different stages of their project. Each session runs for 15 minutes.
Quick Pitch ($100): This level is for writers who feel ready to pitch their projesct to prospective agents. It’s a chance to discuss your book’s overall premise and receive feedback on your query letter and synopsis. Also use this opportunity to ask questions about things you’ve struggled with as you prepare your project for publication. Agents will read your query letter and synopsis* in advance and offer feedback during your session. If you have not yet written a query letter, a brief summary of the project will suffice. You may be asked to send your full manuscript after the session if the agent feels it could be a good match for their list. Please do not be discouraged if you are not asked to submit the full manuscript. While the project may not be right for the particular agent with whom you are meeting, they will still be able to offer valuable advice based on their industry experience.
Full Pitch ($200): This meeting is also for writers who are prepared to pitch their book to agents. You have the opportunity to submit your query letter, synopsis, and up to 15 double-spaced pages of writing* in advance of the meeting. Agents will read your work in advance and come prepared to discuss it during your session. They will not bring written edits, but your session will be dedicated to offering specific feedback on your project. You may be asked to send your manuscript if the agent feels it could be a good match for their list. Again, although the agent may not feel the project is right for their particular list, they will still offer valuable advice based on their industry knowledge.
*Your Quick Pitch or Full Pitch writing sample does not have to be ready at the time you apply. You can reserve your spot in advance and submit your work by August 24. Instructions for sending your writing will be sent by email after your enrollment is approved.
To register, choose your desired meeting level under an agent’s bio and follow the application instructions. For questions regarding meetings, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***Please note that agent meetings are only open to conference attendees. If you are interested in a meeting but have not yet applied to the conference, please apply here. Meeting applications cannot be considered if you are not attending the conference.
If you are registered to attend the conference for one day, any meetings you would like to attend must take place on the same day that you are enrolled.
Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management, and a graduate of the MFA program in the Creative Writing at the New School. She represents literary and book club fiction, narrative non-fiction, and select Young Adult titles. She is seeking diverse voices and bold stories. She enjoys literary novels with a surreal or fantastical bent; novels about family and cultural history; atmospheric novels with a strong sense of place; upmarket suspense; memoir, essay collections, and reportage.
Erin represents: Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power, recipient of the Iowa Short Fiction Award Allegra Hyde, Indie Next Pick author Erica Ferencik, New York Times Editor’s Choice novelist Daniel Levine, Rona Jaffe Award Winner Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, and MacDowell Colony fellow Kit Frick, among others.
Ayesha Pande has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before launching her boutique agency, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. She is a member of AAR (Association of Author’s Representatives), PEN, the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, and the Women’s Media Group. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University. She represents National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi, international bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda, PEN/Bingham Prize winner Danielle Evans and PEN/Bellwether Prize winner Lisa Ko. Her interests are wide-ranging and include literary as well as popular fiction, young adult, women’s, African-American and international fiction. She is also seeking authors of nonfiction, including biography, history, economics, popular culture, cultural commentary, memoir, and graphic novels. She is particularly drawn to distinctive, original and underrepresented voices.
Saba Sulaiman is an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. She’s looking primarily for Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, and is particularly interested in contemporary realistic stories. Being a first generation immigrant in the process of negotiating her own identity and sense of belonging in a place she now calls “home,” she is committed to highlighting more diverse voices with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues in children’s fiction with veracity and heart.
After eight years selling subsidiary rights for Harcourt Trade Publishers, Kent D. Wolf launched his career as an agent in 2008 with an eye for bold, diverse voices. He joined The Friedrich Agency in early 2016 where he continues to pursue boundary-pushing fiction but he would never turn away a more commercially-inclined project as long as the writing shines. He has a particular weakness for literary novels that incorporate genre elements—fantasy, sci-fi, horror—is a sucker for haunting, moody stories featuring other cultures and foreign locales, loves to be unsettled by out-of-the box thrillers like J. Robert Lennon’s Broken River or Scott Smith’s The Ruins, and wildly appreciates edgy, voice-driven coming-of-age tales. He appreciates a good laugh, too! Kent’s dreams for non-fiction remain ambitious: serious, immersive journalism with a strong sense of place and story, compelling memoirs, behind-the-scenes looks at fascinating subcultures, killer essay collections… but he does have a not-so-secret affinity for pop culture thanks to his voracious appetite for music, television, comic books, and movies.
Lucinda Karter has spent more than 25 years in publishing, working for the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency, Doubleday, HarperCollins, and W.W. Norton, among others. Most recently, she served for 15 years as director of the French Publishers’ Agency, where she agented works such as Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française and Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation and other bestsellers to worldwide English-language publishers. She has translated fiction, memoir, and children’s literature from French to English and served as a juror for the annual Prix Anaïs Nin in Paris. In 2002, she was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. Her interests as an agent include: a range of fiction—adult, young adult, and children’s; history, biography, memoir, and food; finance and economics; and novelty books.
Sarah Bowlin joined Aevitas Creative Management as an agent in 2017. Before becoming an agent, she spent a decade as an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction, first at Riverhead Books and most recently at Henry Holt & Company. She has edited many acclaimed writers including Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Sheila Heti, Salvatore Scibona, Helen Phillips, Ramona Ausubel, Rachel Khong, and Julie Buntin. As an agent, she is working with emerging voices Vanessa Veselka, Aysegul Savas, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Halimah Marcus, Luke Zaleski, and Kevin Nguyen, among others. She is interested in bold voices—specifically stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, identity, and the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. Originally from the South, she now lives in Los Angeles.
Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University. After graduating, she became an agent at Wendy Sherman Associates where she began representing books in a variety of areas within fiction and non-fiction. Recent books she has represented include: The House Girl (William Morrow 2013) by Tara Conklin, a New York Times bestseller, #1 Indie Next Pick, and Target Book Club Pick; The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (St Martins 2015), which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick and Amazon Debut of the Month; The Girl Who Came Home (William Morrow 2014) by internationally bestselling author Hazel Gaynor; as well as the New York Times bestseller The Returned by Jason Mott (MIRA 2014), which was the basis of the ABC television series Resurrection. Michelle also represents National Book Award Nominee Erika L. Sanchez, PEN/Faulkner finalist Viet Dinh, and PEN/Bingham finalist Clare Beams.
She is interested in fiction that pays equal attention to both the voice and the story, particularly literary fiction, thrillers and literary mysteries, smart women’s fiction, “book club” fiction that brings a tear to the eye and a thrill to the heart, and books with a fantastic/paranormal element that reach beyond genre. She is also selectively representing YA with the same qualities. In non-fiction, she is mostly interested in subject-driven narratives, memoirs, or journalism.
Before joining DeFiore in early 2016, Reiko Davis was an associate agent at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency for four years. She grew up in Kansas City, received her BA in Comparative Literature and Art History from Brown University, and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course.
Reiko’s interests are varied, but she is particularly drawn to adult literary and upmarket fiction, narrative nonfiction, and young adult and middle grade fiction. She loves a strong narrative voice; smart, funny heroines; narrowly located settings (especially towns in the South and Midwest); family sagas; darkly suspenseful novels; and stories of remarkable friendships or that explore the often perilous terrain of human relationships. For children’s books, she is actively looking for young adult and middle grade fiction—whether it be contemporary, historical, fantasy, or simply a story with a timeless quality and vibrant characters. For nonfiction, she is most interested in cultural, social, and literary history; fascinating tours through niche subjects; narrative science; psychology; guides on creativity; and memoir.
Annie Hwang is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management where she represents literary fiction and select nonfiction. She is actively building her list and gravitates toward high-concept literary fiction featuring diverse characters and authentic voices; rich historical fiction where the setting takes on a life of its own; literary thrillers with dark psychological grit; and nuanced speculative/science-fiction that questions what it means to be human in the age of technology. Underrepresented voices occupy a special place in her heart and she is particularly drawn to braided narratives, complex characters, and layered plots. A California native and former journalist, Annie is constantly on the hunt for gifted storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights.
Anjali Singh is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. Before becoming an agent, she worked as an international literary scout, as an editor Vintage Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster and as Editorial Director at Other Press. She is is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. She has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Zoe Ferraris, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos, Enid Shomer, and Brigid Pasulka. As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or non-fiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, YA and MG literature and graphic novels for all ages. Some of her recent and forthcoming projects include Arif Anwar’s debut novel The Storm (co-agented with Ayesha Pande, Atria, May 2018) Bridgett Davis’ memoir The World According to Fanny Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers (Little, Brown January 2019); and Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir’s YA graphic novel about a Muslim-American girl’s coming-of-age (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020).
Paul Lucas joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2007 and represents: science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, and high concept fiction across many stripes, as well as, narrative non-fiction, biography, business, political and popular science. Despite majoring in Canadian poetry at McGill, he does not represent that category (or, for that matter, picture books, cookbook, stage/screen/teleplays, memoir or inspirational). Clients include Katherine Arden, R.A. Salvatore, Anthony Ryan, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Bruce Gibney, Robert Baer, and Porter Fox.
Connor Goldsmith began his career in publishing in 2012 at Lowenstein Associates and joined Fuse in early 2014. Prior to transitioning into the world of books, he spent a year in the commercial film and television department at Abrams Artists Agency and received a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from The New School for Public Engagement. Connor is passionate about narrative fiction across all media as a vehicle for social progress, and is open to projects in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, literary thriller, and literary fiction. Connor is especially interested in books by and about people from marginalized perspectives, such as LGBT+ people and racial minorities. In thriller he is looking for more literary, high-concept premises as opposed to crime fiction procedurals or counter-terrorism narratives.
Stephanie Delman began her career at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in early 2012, after a stint in digital media. Stephanie worked closely with agency president Heide Lange for nearly 6 years, handling foreign rights for Dan Brown, Brad Thor, and other bestselling authors while also building her own list. She is now a full-time senior agent, representing a spectrum of authors who write for the adult market.
In fiction, Stephanie is particularly enthusiastic about literary/upmarket contemporary fiction, genre-bending suspense, near-historical fiction, and literary narratives that contain elements of surrealism, magic, or sci-fi. Stephanie also represents a selection of non-fiction by authors with established, engaging, and unique perspectives, as well as a few comic illustrators. A graduate of Johns Hopkins’ Writing Seminars program, Stephanie considers herself a “hands-on” agent and is eager to work with debut authors who are serious about their craft.
Christina Morgan has over ten years of experience in the publishing business. She got her start at one of the world’s oldest literary agencies, Curtis Brown Ltd, before moving on to Amistad/HarperCollins where she was a part of a team that published successful titles such as The Pursuit of Happyness, Confessions of a Video Vixen, Act Like a Lady, Think Like Man and the fiction of Edward P. Jones. She then moved on to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she was privileged to work on a list that included some of the world’s top authors including Umberto Eco, Amos Oz, Alice Walker and Charles Simic. She is interested in primarily in literary fiction and non-fiction, memoir, mysteries, and pop culture.
Jacqueline Ko is a literary agent at The Wylie Agency, where she has worked since 2007, representing literary fiction as well as history, journalism, cultural criticism, science, humor, poetry, narrative nonfiction, and graphic/illustrated work. She holds a BA in English from Yale. The Wylie Agency has operated for over thirty-five years out of offices in New York and London: wylieagency.com.
DongWon Song is an agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adults, and middle grade audiences. He also handles select non-fiction. Previously, he was an editor with Orbit. He has also worked as a digital bookseller for ebook startup Zola Books.
Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown. He received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency where he sold foreign rights for the agency in addition to building his own client list. Noah specializes in literary debuts, upmarket thrillers and narrative nonfiction, and he is always on the look-out for honest and provocative new writers. Noah has appeared across the country at graduate programs and writing conferences speaking about query letters, building nonfiction platforms and submission etiquette.
Over her twenty-five year career as an acquiring editor at Simon & Schuster and the Editor in Chief of Plume, a Penguin Random House imprint, Cherise Fisher has edited and published several national bestsellers and award winning authors, including George Lopez, Nelson George, Rachel Hall, Tony Parsons, and Sadeqa Johnson.
As an agent, Cherise is interested in working with novelists who have several compulsively readable yarns in their head and are committed to perfecting their craft as storytellers. She will advocate for memoirs that uncover the diversity of human experience, and take on non-fiction writers who are experts on a variety of topics such as personal development, health and sexuality, racial identity, Christianity and spirituality, diet and fitness, African American history, and pop culture. Her intention is that all the books she helps bring into the world are relevant, enduring, and help readers maximize joy and productivity in their lives.
Carrie Howland joined Empire Literary in 2016 after eleven years as an agent at Donadio & Olson, Inc. She represents adult literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, young adult, middle grade, and select picture book authors. Carrie is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives as well as SCBWI. Carrie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College, where she was the Poetry Editor of The Albion Review. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and magazines. In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for a local dog rescue. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Cindy Uh is a Senior Agent with Thompson Literary Agency. She graduated from Boston College and went on to receive her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. After practicing law for six years, she joined Thompson Literary Agency in January 2015 and the publishing law firm of Lyons & Salky Law LLP in 2017. She works on a wide range of nonfiction, including illustrated/art projects, memoir, narrative nonfiction, health/wellness, politics, pop culture, humor, and cookbooks, as well as YA and middle grade. Her clients include NYT Bestsellers Cecile Richards and Mari Andrew, as well as Bridget Beth Collins, Ellen Hagan, Kristin Russell, Gautam Raghavan, Shiva Rose, Brent Preston, Shelly Westerhausen, and others. Cindy is always on the lookout for authentic, diverse voices, compelling narratives, and unique perspectives that challenge readers to think about the world in a different way.
Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency as an agent in 2013 after working in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd., where she became an associate agent in 2010. Sarah received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in 2008, and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College.
Representing MG, YA, and Adult fiction, Sarah is especially drawn to the following genres: contemporary/realistic fiction, sci-fi or speculative fiction, low fantasy, and literary horror. No matter the genre or market, Sarah’s authors tend to reflect larger themes in a character-driven story and offer a challenge to the status quo. Sarah is not looking for: nonfiction, picture books, inspirational/spiritual novels, romance, or erotica. Visit her blog at glasscasesblog.wordpress.com and find her on Twitter @sarahlapolla.
Lexi Wangler is a junior agent and foreign rights associate at Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents. She holds a dual MFA in Fiction and Writing for Children from The New School, and previously worked with Irene Skolnick Literary Agency, and interned at PEN American Center. She is looking for books that focus on complex, three-dimensional characters, especially women and non-binary people. She is passionate about representation across the race, class, gender and sexuality spectrum and uplifting voices that historically have had less of an opportunity to resonate. Subverting genre boundaries and strong, distinct voices are appealing to her, as are books that reflect truth back to the reader. Her MFA background is proof of her strong dedication to exemplary writing, and she prizes a clear narrative above all else. She is primarily looking for literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, cultural criticism, narrative nonfiction, essay collections, memoir and young adult fiction.