Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Ali Herring of Spencerhill Associates

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Ali Herring is an assistant literary agent with Spencerhill Associates.

A former magazine associate editor, Ali has a diverse background in communications and editing. She graduated valedictorian of her class at Berry College in 2001, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Ali is excited to find new voices and build great relationships within the writing community.

She is seeking commercial young adult and middle grade (espescially sci-fi, fantasy and adventure), romance, Southern women’s fiction, and Christian/inspirational fiction – all with a marketable hook, captivating voice, fantastical world building and inventive plots.

For middle grade: commercial MG with a humorous/witty voice, likable protags and awesome sidekicks; meaningful, realistic situations built around great plots (think Wonder); and uplifting, relatable, empowering stories for girls.

She’s a voracious reader of sci-fi, but not a huge fan of superheroes, vampires (except for Edward), witches, erotica or anything overtly dark.

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Tessa Emily Hall of Hartline Literary

Screen Shot 2018-01-24 at 12.51.11 PM.pngTessa Emily Hall is a literary agent with Hartline Literary working alongside agent Cyle Young.

She is searching for young adult and middle grade (specifically contemporary, issue-driven fiction, YA romance, historical, and speculative fiction). She especially enjoys stories in these genres that have a compelling premise and authentic teen/tween voice.

Other genres she considers include Christian Living, devotional, children’s picture books, fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, literary fiction, new adult, and contemporary Christian/inspirational women’s fiction.

She will not represent the following genres: horror, thrillers, mystery/crime, erotica, memoir.

Tessa writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. Her passion led her to a career as an agent at Hartline Literary Agency, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PursueMagazine.net. Tessa’s first teen devotional, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, will release with Bethany House in 2018. She’s guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films.

 

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Mike Parker of WordCrafts Press

Screen Shot 2017-01-07 at 10.15.56 PM.pngMike Parker is the publisher and acquiring editor for WordCrafts Press.

An award-winning freelance writer, actor, director, novelist, playwright & screenwriter, Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Philosophy, served as an officer with the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets), and pursued a career as a stock broker during the great bull market of the 1980s before launching into the uncertain world of music, television, theatre, film and publishing. He previously served as managing editor for Grassroots Music Magazine and TrueTunes Magazine before founding WordCrafts Press and its sister companies, WordCrafts Theatrical Press and Rule 14 Pictures.

WordCrafts publishes fiction, nonfiction and stage plays for both the Christian and general markets.

Mike is actively seeking adult and young adult fiction in the following genres:

  • Contemporary
  • Literary
  • Historical
  • Biblical
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Horror
  • Sweet Romance
  • Mystery/Thriller

Mike is actively seeking nonfiction titles in the following categories:

  • Pop Culture
  • Technology
  • Sports
  • Memoir
  • History
  • Inspirational

Mike is actively seeking stage plays in any genre, but is particularly interested in scripts offering strong roles for females.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Cate Hart of Corvisiero Literary

Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 10.53.10 PM.pngCate Hart is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary. Previously, a different Corvisiero agent — Samantha Fountain — was set to attend the workshop and take pitches on behalf of herself and the agency. Samantha had to cancel, so Cate is stepping in to take pitches on behalf of the agency, as well as herself.

​Cate represents young adult and middle grade fiction, select commercial adult fiction, contemporary and historical romance, and nonfiction in the areas of history and pop culture.

Cate has been with the Corvisiero Literary Agency for four years. She works with clients to build their platform, works on PR projects to help promote clients’ books, and reads manuscripts with an editorial eye.

Cate seeks unique stories with well-crafted plots and unforgettable characters with a strong voice. She loves characters that surprise her and plots that keep her guessing until the very last page.

In adult fiction, she is actively looking for Romantic Suspense. She loves FBI agents, Special Law Divisions, Cyber Crime. She’d love a caper or heist romance, sexy and stylized like To Catch a Thief or fun and adventurous like Ocean’s 11. She would love to find Historical Romance set in the Gilded Age, give her a swoon-worthy Fifth Avenue Tycoon or Knickerbocker. She is also looking for contemporary fantasy and especially magical realism.

She is looking for adult and children’s nonfiction specifically in the areas of lesser known or quirky historical facts and forgotten people of importance. She prefers pop culture nonfiction centered around music and film, and Nashville and unique Southern culture.

In Middle Grade, she accepts all genres, but is drawn to stories of strong bonds of friendship, or mischief and adventure. Cate prefers more high-concept, commercial young adult, especially fantasy, fairy tale and classics retellings, mystery and thrillers, and historical fantasy.

As always, Cate welcomes all diverse stories and authors.

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Lauren Jablonski is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan.

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Lauren Jablonski is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan.

Lauren is interested in acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction for both young adult and adult. She enjoys contemporary, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, romance, thrillers and anything with a unique voice — especially works that promote strong female characters, inclusion, and diversity.

In nonfiction, she is interested in quirky, gifty, and celebrity projects as well as memoir, pop-science, business, and projects about strong women. She loves being sucked into worlds she knows nothing about. The magic is in the details.

She works with authors including Anita Hughes, Meghan Masterson, Jonathan Maberry, Lev Grossman, Martine Rothblatt, Doug the Pug, and Ron Darling among many others.

She was a Literature major at CNU before doing NYU’s post-grad certificate program in publishing at the Summer Publishing Institute. She moved to New York City from Virginia (which everyone should go visit) and has been at Macmillan for the past five years.

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Tiffany Shelton of St. Martin’s Press

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Tiffany Shelton is an editorial assistant for St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books, and St. Martin’s Press Romance.

Tiffany—a native of Florida—joined St. Martin’s Press in 2016 after obtaining a master’s degree in book publishing while living in Portland, OR. She’s looking for dynamic storytelling, immersive worlds, and characters to love (or love to hate). She is a big advocate of stories featuring diverse characters and cultures, and inventive retellings of ancient legends, myths, and fairy tales.

In adult, Tiffany is interested in contemporary romance especially romantic comedies, women’s fiction geared towards women in their 20s and 30s, literary fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction, magical realism, thrillers, and millennial lifestyle nonfiction. In young adult, she is interested in contemporary, historical, fantasy, magical realism, thrillers, and horror.