Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Elizabeth Copps of Maria Carvainis Agency

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Elizabeth Copps is a literary agent with Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.

She is seeking: In fiction, action/adventure, commercial, family saga, historical, horror, humor, LGBTQ, literary, middle grade, mystery, thriller, women’s fiction, and young adult. In nonfiction, she seeks humor, pop culture, and travel.

Bio: “I migrated from Florida to start my career with Maria Carvainis Agency as an intern in 2010. In 2011 I signed on with the agency as a full-time assistant, and two years later I was promoted to associate agent. I represent a wide range of genres from MG and YA, to adult contemporary + literary fiction, mystery, psychological thriller, women’s fiction, historical fiction, horror, and select nonfiction projects. I’m an equal fan of hilarious stories as well as dark, gritty and sinister reads. For me, the very best books are timeless, thought provoking, and discussion spurring. I want to see characters who burst off the page and elicit some sort of emotional response in their readers. There are only so many settings and themes to expound on, but every single person is different which means there are limitless combinations of character traits a writer can play with. That’s pretty amazing. The King said it best regarding what it means to create a complex character: ‘Bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do―to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.'”


2 thoughts on “Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Elizabeth Copps of Maria Carvainis Agency

  1. Hi Elizabeth!

    I’m looking for a great agent!! I have been traditionally published and would like to discuss some possibilities with you. I do believe I have some of those “characters who burst off the page and elicit some sort of emotional response.” I also like the fact that you’re a “southern girl”! Yay!! I’ll be attending the Atlanta event on February 25 and will pay the fee to have 10 minutes with you. In the interim, I invite you to visit my website@:

    As for social media, I also have sites on Twitter, FB and a Monday Blog.

    Presently, I have over one hundred (100) Amazon Reviews and I invite you to check out some of these on Amazon Books:

    Title: That Melvin Bray
    Author: Margaret McBride
    Publisher: Abbott Press
    Genre: Spiritual Thriller
    Pages: 293

    I will bring a both a hardback and softcover to the workshop in February.

    Kindest regards,


  2. Mark Zeid says:

    Dear Ms. Copps,

    I look forward to meeting with you at the Atlanta Workshop. I appreciate the way you entered the business through an internship, then assistant, and now an agent. I also began my writing career from the bottom through free-lance writing when I was a grad student, then writing for the Marine Corps, and now a full-time editor and writing for the government. I am especially interested in talking to you because of your interests in humor and mysteries.


    Mark Zeid


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