PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2018 Atlanta Writing Workshop are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind. More 2018 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.
Sally Apokedak is a literary agent with The Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. She represents picture books (author-illustrators only, please), middle grade books, young adult, adult inspirational / Christian fiction, and nonfiction. In MG, she loves boy-centric books, science, boys who go on adventures, boy geniuses, and fantasies. In YA, fantasy is her favorite, and if there’s romance, she loves it even more — though she is open to a variety of YA. In terms of nonfiction (for adults or children), she seeks devotional books, Christian living, science for young children, and biography. But you may try her on anything. Lastly, she seeks fantasy and romantic suspense for the adult inspirational market. Learn more about Sally here.
Tessa Emily Hall is a literary agent with Hartline Literary. 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. Learn more about Tessa here.
Tiffany Shelton [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is an editorial assistant for St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books, and St. Martin’s Press Romance. “I’m looking for voice-driven narratives with dynamic storytelling, immersive worlds, and characters to love (or love to hate). I have a soft spot for stories featuring diverse characters and cultures, and strong female protagonists. In adult, I’m interested in contemporary romance (especially romantic comedies), women’s fiction geared towards women in their 20s and 30s, literary fiction, upmarket and commercial fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, thriller, and select nonfiction (memoir, humor, and social issues). In YA, I’m interested in contemporary (in the vain of Nina LaCour, Kasie West, Jenny Han, and Gayle Forman), historical, fantasy, horror/thriller, and magical realism.” Learn more about Tiffany here.
Lauren Jablonski [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] 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. Learn more about Lauren here.
Ali Herring [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is an assistant literary agent with Spencerhill Associates. 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. Learn more about Ali here.
Mike Parker is the publisher and acquiring editor for WordCrafts Press. 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 and thriller. Mike is actively seeking nonfiction titles in the following categories: pop culture, technology, sports, memoir, history, and inspirational. Mike is actively seeking stage plays in any genre, but is particularly interested in scripts offering strong roles for females. Learn more about Mike here.
Latoya C. Smith is a literary agent with L. Perkins Agency. Latoya is seeking romance, erotica, erotic fiction, women’s fiction, women’s thriller, LGBTQ romance and erotic fiction, along with advice/how-to/memoir submissions. Latoya tends to shy away from YA, sci-fi/fantasy, historical, steampunk, and urban fantasy, however if she happens to fall in with projects within those genres, she is happy to represent them. Learn more about Latoya here.
Kristy Hunter is a literary agent with The Knight Agency. She is seeking: Kristy is currently accepting submissions from a wide variety of genres, including women’s fiction, mystery, historical romance, romance, young adult, and middle grade. Having spent significant time in the south and New York City, she particularly likes books set in these regions. She also enjoys books that feature horses, boarding schools, sisters, and sororities—to name just a few. Learn more about Kristy here.
Julie Gwinn is a literary agent with The Seymour Agency. Her primary areas of interest include Christian and inspirational fiction and nonfiction, women’s fiction (contemporary and historical), new adult, Southern fiction, literary fiction, and young adult novels. Learn more about Julie here.
Samantha Fountain is a literary agent with Corvisiero Literary. She will be taking pitches for herself as well as Corvisiero Literary as a whole. Samantha is personally seeking young adult contemporary titles, historical fiction for both young adults and adults, as well as mysteries and thrillers with dark, dramatic undertones. She is also taking pitches on behalf of Corvisiero Literary co-agents for the following: science fiction, fantasy, horror, action / adventure, young adult fantasy and sci-fi, and middle grade. Learn more about Samantha here.
Cherry Weiner is the founder of her own agency, Cherry Weiner Literary Agency. She represents many types of novels, including fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery/crime, romance, women’s fiction, and horror novels.
More 2018 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.
These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.
(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings.)