Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lori Galvin of Aevitas Creative Management

Lori Galvin is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management.

Lori represents both adult fiction (especially women’s fiction and crime fiction) and nonfiction (memoir, food writing, and cookbooks).

Based in Boston, a few of her clients and their projects include Kwame Onwuachi’s Notes from a Young Black Chef (Knopf ’19); Hannah Kirshner’s Water, Wood, and Wild Things (Viking ’21), Cambria Brockman’s Tell Me Everything (Ballantine ’19), and Wanda M. Morris’s All Her Little Secrets (Morrow, ’21). A few of Galvin’s client’s projects have been optioned by A24 and Netflix.

Prior to joining Aevitas, Lori was executive editor at the multimedia publisher America’s Test Kitchen, where she led a team that produced dozens of landmark cookbooks. Galvin was also an editor at Houghton Mifflin, a restaurant cook, and ran a bed-and-breakfast in Maine.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Leah Pierre of Ladderbird Literary

Leah Pierre is a literary agent with Ladderbird Literary.

A Texas native, Leah moved to the east coast to pursue her dream of working in publishing. She recently graduated from Rosemont College with her B.A. in English and History, and she is currently pursuing her MA in Publishing. Leah spends her time enjoying the company of fictional characters more than people. When not in the company of fictional characters, Leah hangs out with friends and family, cooks, and catches up on movies and TV shows she is always behind on.

What she’s looking for:

She is looking for diverse and unique work that is fast paced and has a complex cast of diverse characters. Something that will keep her on the edge of her seat and unable to put down. As much as she pretends to hate them, she loves a good plot twist and a shocking ending. She’s also a huge sucker for camaraderie, banter, and the tight-knit, family-like group of friends trope.

Young Adult/Adult:

  • Fantasy with elements of myth and legend: preferably lesser known myths/legends i.e. Middle Eastern
  • Romantic meet cute/coming-of-age journey of self-discovery and self-love: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Series and Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • Realistic and raw family-centered novels
  • Mysteries and psychological thrillers: unreliable narrators are okay; something similar to Orphan Black, Black Mirror, and Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • Fairy-tale retellings/reimaginings
  • Espionage/heist concept novels: think Leverage, Now You See Me, and Six of Crows
  • Historical fantasy/fiction
  • Social justice inspired
  • Romance: ideally interracial; no cliche problems about cheating, parental disapproval, or high school drama. Give me something out of the ordinary, please.

New Adult:

  • Romance: ideally interracial; no cliche problems about cheating and parental disapproval. Give me something that deals with the struggles of today online dating culture, about how couples deal with growth and life pulling them in two different directions, or how society’s views can impact interracial relationships. Think Someone Great with Gina Rodriguez and Gayle Forman’s Just One Day duology.
  • Coming-of-age/self discovery
  • F/F friendship
  • The college experience as well as the post-college experience: how the expectations drastically differed from reality or how a recent college grad is blindsided after entering the adult world and the working force and how they slowly manage to navigate it and get on their feet.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Grace A. Ross of Regal Hoffmann Associates

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Grace A. Ross joined Regal Hoffmann Associates as an agent in 2016. She started her career at Oxford University Press in editorial before transitioning to agenting, first at Lowenstein Associates and then at Denise Shannon Literary Agency in 2014.

Grace is interested in literary and upmarket fiction that engages with current social issues; character-driven stories; unlikely heroines; international narratives; dynamic plots that bridge genres; and propulsive psychological suspense. In nonfiction, she is looking for socially and politically conscious narratives, especially those that engage with cultural conversations about gender, race, and class in an accessible way; but she’s also drawn to popular science, biography, cultural theory, and memoir.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Markus Hoffmann of Regal Hoffman Associates

Markus Hoffmann is a literary agent with Regal Hoffman Associates.

Markus joined Regal in 2006 and was made a partner in the agency in 2014, when it became Regal Hoffmann & Associates. He studied English and Russian literature and linguistics in Munich, Moscow, and at Hertford College, Oxford, and started his career in publishing in London in the late 90s before relocating to New York City in 2004. He still betrays his transatlantic allegiance by insisting on the proper pronunciation of the words basil, tomato, and herb (among others). If he ever writes a book, it will be called WHY PUNS MATTER.

His main interests as an agent are international and literary fiction, unusual speculative fiction, crime, literary memoir, philosophy, history, music, popular science, and travel literature.

He also looks after the agency’s foreign rights. He’s obsessed with surfing and capoeira and plays the trumpet for The Fancy Shapes as well as the occasional jazz combo.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Becky LeJeune of Bond Literary

Becky LeJeune is a literary agent with Bond Literary.

Becky met Sandra at the Denver Publishing Institute when she was a student there in 2007. After DPI, she spent 2 years working as the managing editor for a cookbook imprint, and then 5 years as an acquisitions editor at The History Press before joining Sandra at BLA in 2014.

She is interested in adult and teen general fiction, horror, mystery/thriller, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and cookbooks.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jemiscoe Chambers-Black of Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Jemiscoe Chambers-Black is a literary agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

The Andrea Brown Literary Agency Inc. has been in business since 1981 and was the first agency to represent both writers and illustrators. We have sold thousands of books and have made deals with every major trade publisher and most of the small independent publishers. Writers Digest Magazine named us one of the top twenty-five literary agencies taking on new talent. We represent clients at all stages of their careers; from first time writers and illustrators to established, best-selling and award-winning authors and illustrators with many published books to their credit.

As a mid-size literary agency celebrating almost forty years in the publishing business, we bring the best of both worlds to the table: the personal client attention of a small agency and the clout of a larger one. We invest a great deal of care in each project and each client. We devise a strategy at every stage of the writing process, from conception, to editorial, to publication, that is tailored to the client and will enable us to find the best publisher for his or her books. We are seeking long-term relationships with writers and illustrators whose careers we can develop and whose talent we can foster.

In conjunction with the Henry Miller Library, our agency runs the Big Sur Children’s Writing Workshop and the Big Sur Fiction Workshop. For more information, go to our website: http://www.andreabrownlit.com

Jemiscoe is actively building her list in the following categories:

Middle Grade:

• Contemporary – can deal with hard themes, but with added humor for the younger reader. I am especially looking for stories that cover marginalized voices, biracial storylines, and interracial friendships!
• Fantasy: urban fantasy, paranormal – GHOSTS! And WITCHES!
• Horror – would love any kind
• Graphic Novels
• Novel in Verse

Young Adult:

• Romance – RomCom, fantasy, and/or LGBT. Give me all the love stories in whatever form they come.
• Contemporary – especially, but doesn’t have to be friendship joy or struggles
• Fantasy – in all forms except high fantasy
• Mystery – would love a “Who-done-it.”
• Novel in Verse

Illustrators/Author Illustrators:

• Creators that illustrate any age group from picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA

Adult:

• Romance – RomCom, Contemporary (especially from underrepresented voices)
• Upmarket – psychological thrillers, mysteries (Golden Girls meets Murder She Wrote), friendship stories, strong powerful-women stories, or laugh-out-loud stories
• Literary – Beautiful prose with a strong cast of characters
• Fantasy – in all forms except high fantasy

Jem is especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent voices and stories in all the above categories.

What Jem may love but doesn’t think she could champion:

• No Sci-fi
• No Non-fiction
• No Historical
• No Picture Books (only by referral)
• No Chapter Books (only by referral)
• No Military Fiction
• Short Story Collections (although, I might be down for the right literary voice)
• No manuscripts that have a strong religious theme
• No books where the oppressor learns their lesson off the back of the marginalized

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Maura Kye-Casella of Don Congdon Associates

Maura Kye-Casella is a literary agent with Don Congdon Associates.

In 2001, Maura traded in her legal briefcase for a manuscript bag and joined the Denise Marcil Literary Agency. In 2008, Maura became an agent with Don Congdon Associates.

Maura represents writers of narrative nonfiction, women’s fiction, thrillers, young adult, middle grade and cookbooks. She is seeking literary works, women’s fiction, thrillers/suspense and she is especially interested in works for both the young adult and middle grade markets. Maura is looking for diverse voices across the various genres she represents. As to nonfiction, Maura is seeking books on popular science (especially space), cookbooks, lifestyle, and fun/interesting works that fall into the humor category.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kortney Price of Raven Quill Literary Agency

Kortney Price is a literary agent with Raven Quill Literary Agency.

“I work primarily on children’s books — stories from board book up through young adult. My tastes in stories are pretty broad, but here’s a rundown of what I’m most excited about seeing in my inbox…

“I am committed to building a list that reflects the diversity of our world and so I am passionate about diverse representation in the books I work with. I would love to see a vast array of characters and own voices writers writing them. Because of my experience working with the special needs community, I’m especially excited for books featuring all of those uniquely special brains or bodies that don’t operate like everyone else’s.”

In Nonfiction:

Categories: PB, MG, YA, Graphic Novel

“How to” books for kids such as cooking, art, science, computers, mindfulness, handiness skills, wilderness skills, etc. I’m looking for a unique take on these kinds of books, especially one that evokes the imagination in some way.

Books for girls (or boys!) featuring body image, body changes, lifestyle, stress management/mindfulness or health

Picture books that introduce readers to new concepts such as baking, music, yoga, mindfulness, dance, etc.

In Fiction:

Categories: PB, Early Reader, Chapter Book, MG, YA, Graphic Novel

Board Books:

Simple, engaging, movement type books that introduce young readers to new things such as cooking, musical instruments, animals, etc.

Picture book specifics:

I love picture books that are either emotionally poignant or hilarious. I have a soft spot for unique retellings and holiday stories. Family traditions, love, self-acceptance and empowerment are also my favorites. Some of my favorites growing up were: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Heckedy Peg, Tacky the Penguin, and The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

Early Reader & Chapter Book specifics:

For early reader and chapter books, I am looking for just about anything. Amelia Bedelia was my all time favorite. Magic Tree house-type books are also a favorite. I love history in these stories and would love to see more books geared toward boys in this realm.

Middle Grade specifics:

In middle grade, I’m still more than a little obsessed with finding a wilderness survival story. Show me kid versus nature, whether it be mountains, desert islands, or jungle, I’m dying to find something in this realm. Otherwise I’m looking for super creepy horror, poignant contemporary, historical adventures and troublemakers on the space station type of sci-fi.

Young Adult specifics:

In young adult, I’m looking for the same kind of survival stories as I am in middle grade. Contemporary YA would be either lighthearted romance with a good dose of comedy, or a much more serious contemporary tackling topics that are much heavier such as dealing with trauma.

My MAIN wish in YA is for more horror, magical realism, psychological thriller, genre blending historical… basically all of the stories you avoid reading when home alone. I adore stories with a distinctly gothic feel, hauntings, psychological cat and mouse games, or other dark and twisty elements.

Fun facts about me:

My first ever job was showing cattle at the county fair for a cut of the winnings.
I have volunteered/worked in the special needs community since I was 9 years old. The first thing I taught was swim lessons.

I “played” 9 sports at various times growing up. I was never any good at any of them, but enjoyed dance, swim and track the most. I loved jazz and tap, swam the 400m IM and ran the 400m sprint.

I tell people I’m from Saint Louis, but I’m actually originally from a teeny farm town in Southern Illinois, about an hour’s drive east of the city.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: James Mustelier of The Bent Agency

James Mustelier is a literary agent with The Bent Agency.

“I am an agent at the Bent Agency as well as the in-house Editorial Consultant. I was born in Miami, Florida, and lived in Spain, France and Italy before moving to New York. I studied Creative Writing at Florida State University and received my MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, where I served as the Graduate Editor of the literary journal. I’ve worked as an editorial associate at Fiction magazine and as a freelance editor.

“I’m looking for both literary and commercial adult fiction. In literary fiction, I’m specifically drawn to visceral honesty coupled with a dark sense of humor. In commercial fiction I’m looking for horror, mystery, and thrillers. My favorite books have distinct and memorable voices that grab the reader’s attention, and a narrative gravity that permeates every action in the story.”

Pitch him:

  • Literary fiction
  • Crime
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Horror
  • Humor
  • YA fiction
  • Short Stories

Do NOT pitch him:

  • Romance
  • Poetry
  • Self-help
  • Picture books

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Garrett Alwert of Emerald City Literary Agency

Garrett Alwert is a literary agent with Emerald City Literary Agency.

Prior to joining Emerald City Literary, Garrett graduated from Washington State University with a degree in business. He played professional baseball and worked as a contractor until he found his true passion in publishing. In 2016 he began interning for Mandy Hubbard then became Agency Assistant before being promoted to Associate Agent. A long-time book lover Garrett can be found reading just about anything he can get his hands on. He is currently co-representing multiple authors alongside Mandy Hubbard and is accepting submissions per the guidelines below.

Garrett is looking for: smart, funny, contemporary stories with fresh voices, a strong hook and awesome dialogue. “Emerald City Literary represents picture books, middle grade, young adult, and children’s nonfiction. We welcome submissions with LGBTQ+ themes and/or diverse characters as well as traditionally underrepresented authors.” He enjoys romance and stories that focus on friendship, family, and all the ways those relationships come together. He also likes well paced psychological thrillers as well as stories with unique story structures and timelines. He is actively looking for projects by POC authors or with LGBTQ+ themes.

Some of his favorite recent reads include FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway, FRANKLY IN LOVE by David Yoon, THE EASY PART OF IMPOSSIBLE by Sarah Tomp, SCARS LIKE WINGS by Erin Stewart, THE BABYSITTERS COVEN by Kate M. Williams, WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power, WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH by Elizabeth Acevedo, AMERICAN ROYALS by Katharine McGee.