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Agents for 2018 Hot Summer’s Pitchfest

Agents Confirmed for 2018 Hot Summer's Pitchfest

Pitch your completed book to one of our great Agents from June 13-16

How this whole Pitchfest thing works…

Read on for the details of what the Agents are looking for this summer. If your story fits, then on Wednesday, June 13 come by and drop your three-line pitch as a comment on the post for each agent and editor. Have questions about what a three-line pitch is? No worries! We have an FAQ for that.


  • You post your three-line pitch as a comment on our blog
  • Nope, no registration is required.
  • Nope, you do not have to be a SavvyAuthors member. (But it is free…)
  • Lastly, please review the Pitch Rules before pitching.

Jordy Albert, Agent, The Booker Albert Agency

Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Jordy is looking for: Jordy is looking for fun, witty young adult contemporary, particularly sci-fi, and fantasy (romance is a plus). She’s also looking for smart, sexy contemporary and historical romance (Jordy definitely has a soft spot for a fantastic Regency). She’s drawn to strong, intelligent characters. Please note that while it isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, she tends to shy away from novels with trigger topics, such as suicide and any type of abuse. 

About Jordy and The Booker Albert Agency: Jordy Albert is a Literary Agent and co-founder of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She holds a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, and a M.A. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She has worked with Marisa Corvisiero during her time at the L. Perkins Agency and the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Learn more about Jordy and The Booker Albert Agency

Dawn Dowdle, Agent, Blue Ridge Literary Agency, LLC

See Below 

Dawn is looking for:

  • Romance (no erotica) (prefer Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance, Amish Romance)
  • Mysteries (especially cozy mysteries)
  • Psychological Suspense
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Historical Mysteries
  • Middle Grade Mysteries


About Dawn and the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, LLC: Dawn Dowdle began Blue Ridge Literary Agency, LLC ( in Virginia in 2009. Prior to establishing her agency, she was a freelance copy editor.  She started her agency to help authors, especially newer authors, and represents mostly mysteries (including cozy mysteries and also suspense) and romances (no erotica). Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver is a recent USA Today Bestseller. Some books she represents:  Something’s Knot Kosher by Mary Marks, Hearse and Gardens by Kathleen Bridge, Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber, A Seal’s Courage by JM Stewart, The Plot is Murder by VM Burns, Death Overdue by Alison Brook, and Booked 4 Murder by JC Eaton. Querying instructions on website.

Learn more about Dawn and the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, LLC

Mark Gottlieb, Agent, Trident Media Group, LLC

Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s, Graphic novel

Mark is looking for: Looking for fiction, nonfiction, children’s and graphic novel. I’m fairly open so there’s not anything that I’m not particularly looking for.

About Mark and the Trident Media Group, LLC: Mark Gottlieb attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s Chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on in Overall Deals and other categories.

Learn more about Mark and the Trident Media Group, LLC

Cate Hart, Agent, Corvisiero Literary Agency

Adult Romance, Women’s Fiction, 

Cate is looking for: I am always looking for unique stories with well-crafted plots and unforgettable characters. Characters that stay with me long after the last page.

In adult romance I look for fresh twists on familiar tropes and unique characters and the world’s in which they live and love. If you have Fantasy Romance I definitely want to see it.

In Women’s Fiction, I’d love a RomCom or a good Heist, a twist on Ocean’s 8 or Good Girls. I’d also love to find a sweeping historical in the vein of The Alice Network or The Secret History of Witches. Particular historical topics I’d love to see: WWI, The Cold War, Suffragettes. Even better from diverse and marginalized voices.

Things that just aren’t for me:

WF that feels like an issue book, divorce and infidelity, loss, illness, for the same reason I’m not the best agent for issue-driven contemporary YA.

Political Thrillers, Police Procedurals – unless it’s the next Alienist.

Erotica or BDSM, though I do like high heat levels in romance.

About Cate and the Corvisiero Literary Agency: Cate Hart is a Junior Agent with Corvisiero Literary Agency, a boutique agency based in New York. She works remotely from Nashville, Tennessee and represents authors in romance as well as children’s literature. She also represents mystery, sci-fi and fantasy, and some select nonfiction. She looks for character-driven stories, a stellar voice, and fresh, intriguing plots. When she’s not reading queries and requested material, Cate works with clients to build their brand and platform, promote clients’ projects, and read manuscripts with an editorial eye.

Learn more about Cate and the Corvisiero Literary Agency

Jill Marsal, Founding Partner, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Women’s Fiction, Mysteries, Cozies, Psychological Suspense, Thrillers, Commercial Fiction

Jill is looking for: Jill is acquiring all types of women’s fiction, stories of family, interesting relationships, Southern fiction, or multi-generations. She also is looking for mysteries, cozies, psychological suspense, and thrillers that keep the pages turning and have an original hook. She likes general commercial fiction and welcomes a dramatic storyline and compelling characters in interesting situations or relationships. If you have a novel that has a highly original concept or voice, Jill would love to see it.  On the non-fiction side, Jill’s areas of interest include current events, business, health, self-help, psychology, parenting, history, science, and narrative non-fiction. She is particularly drawn to projects which will move readers or leave them thinking, which make provocative arguments or share interesting research, or which offer useful, new advice.

About Jill: Jill Marsal is a founding partner of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and has been in the publishing industry for almost 20 years. Previously, she worked as a Literary Agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency for eight years and at Dorchester Publications and Tudor Publishing, editing women’s fiction and suspense/thrillers. Jill also has a strong legal background and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She loves working with authors, both published and debut, to help them achieve their publishing dreams. Her goal is to help find homes for books that engage, entertain, and make a difference. From conception, through a collaborative and engaged editorial process, to finding a publisher and beyond, she partners with her authors to ensure success in finding the right publisher and long term success on the market.

Learn more about Jill and the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Lynnette Novak, Associate Agent at The Seymour Agency

Adult Fiction, Romance, and Young Adult Fiction 

Lynnette is looking for: In adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy). In young adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, historical, and contemporary.

About Lynnette: Lynnette Novak is an associate agent at The Seymour Agency and is currently building her client list.

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a bachelor of education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent. Lynnette has since closed her editing business and is excited to bring her passion for the written word to agenting.

Although Lynnette was born and raised Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate relationship), working on an assortment of crafts, all things having to do with animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and enjoying time with family and friends.

She loves dark and suspenseful, mysterious twists, unique worlds, light and funny, a good love story, and lots of voice.

Learn more about Lynnette and the Seymour Agency


Kelly Peterson, Junior Literary Agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency

MG, YA, NA, Adult

For 2018, Kelly is particularly interested in…
– YA Historical
– YA Historical Fantasy
– YA Dark, High Fantasy
​- Adult Rom-Com Romance (a la Bridget Jones meets Tinder)

MG: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-fi.
YA: Fantasy (all sub genres of fantasy accepted), Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Historical (19th century and earlier with strong heroines), Dystopian (hold the cyborgs, the scorch, and diseases, please), Sword and Sorcery, a very selective few for Contemporary Romance, and any combination of the above with strong, female main characters.
NA: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance (Cowboys, anyone? Sexy and somewhat geeky entrepreneur? Celebrity? Yes?), Historical Romance, or any combination of the above.
Adult: Fantasy, Romance.

Non-Fiction, Emotional Turmoil, Mystery/Crime, Children’s Picture Books.

About Kelly:Kelly has spent her whole life with a book in her hands. Whether it’s from reading, writing, or day dreaming, her mind has always been up in the clouds wishing her fantasy stories would come true. Down on earth, somewhere between reading during science class, writing while she should be sleeping, and spending her social hours pretending she wasn’t actually a closet nerd, she finally realized that her life would be a lot happier if she just accepted her love of books.

A recent graduate of West Chester University, she earned her B.S.Ed. in English and went to pursue a career in teaching. Little did she know that despite all of her hard work, the environment she ended up in would be one she disliked. After taking a step back and reassessing her life, she realized that maybe she should have focused on the world of literary agents and publishing a long time ago.

When not working as a book nerd, Kelly can be found dancing, hiking, riding horses, perfecting her yoga technique, blogging, and writing her own manuscript. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch her flying around the world, saving lives. She is superwoman after all!

Though she reads various genres of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and New Adult novels, her true weakness is for YA Fantasy. More recently, Steampunk has quickly crept up the charts in her heart as well.

With books, there’s just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place.

Learn more about Kelly and the Corvisiero Literary Agency


Ella Marie Shupe, Literary Agent, Belcastro Agency

Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction

Ella Marie is looking for:


  • Mysteries – all subgenres
  • Thrillers/Suspense
  • Romance- Paranormal, Science fiction, and Fantasy
  • Urban Fantasy

Young Adult:

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Action/Adventure

Fiction with superb writing with a voice that jumps off the page and a twisted or colorful plot that compels us to keep reading is a must. We look for a unique voice and a strong protagonist full of attitude. We like dark and intense but we won’t turn away something that’s a little on the lighter side. We enjoy a touch of humor, and we would never turn away something sexy. Profound young adult with a strong male or female protagonist. A whacky, funny, crazy, or thought-provoking voice will draw attention. We look for entertaining story lines that deal with tough life issues. We look for big writing that remains fast-paced.”

About Belcastro Agency: Belcastro Agency is a full-service, literary agency representing authors writing in most genres of women’s fiction. We are a passionate, hands-on, editorially-focused agency and work closely with our writers in developing manuscripts and proposals for submission. In addition, we actively manage subsidiary rights for the projects we represent including foreign translation, audio, and film/television rights. We work hand in hand with our authors to develop lasting careers through website development, social media strategies, and promotional assistance. Our mission is to give the world great stories to get lost in.

Learn more about Ella Marie and the Belcastro Agency

How this whole Pitchfest thing works…

  • You post your three-line pitch as a comment on our blog
  • Nope, no registration is required.
  • Nope, you do not have to be a SavvyAuthors member. (But it is free…)
  • BUT! A social media account is required to pitch.
  • Lastly, please review the Pitch Rules before pitching.

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    Eric Demarest
  • June 14, 2018
Title: (Not) Heroes
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 62,000 words
Author: Eric Demarest

Matt Pine always thought he would be a superhero. After all, not everyone can move things with their mind. But he can't move anything bigger than a soda can, and when he wasn't able to save his mom from a fire, he realized his Ability isn't worth much. Then a corrupt factory owner starts killing people, and Matt has to figure out what it really means to be a hero.
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    Tommy Hill
  • June 14, 2018
Title: Blow Back - Merchant of Death Book 1
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Length: 87,000 words
Author: Tommy Hill

Dom Kozlov is a 20-something who's made his millions dealing illegal guns to some of the world's most notorious criminals, but when a rival dealer threatens his way of life, he becomes swept up in a game of cat and mouse that could sign the death warrants of both Dom and his allies.
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  • June 15, 2018
Title: The Shadow in the Mirror
Genre: Horror/Supernatural
Length: 82,000 words
Author: Roberto Guerra

Evil spirits are nesting inside Harold because he was born with no soul. Shunned by all living things, he must find his soul in the world beyond the mirror, where the alternate version of himself leads a plentiful life. Now he must outsmart the evil spirits and cross over into that world before they devour him in this one.
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  • June 15, 2018
Title: Games and Gambits
Genre: Mystery
Length: 77,000 words
Author: Nancy Eady

Two young Southern lawyers, Penny Davis and Boyd Firth, get more than they bargained for when they are forced to defend their senior partner, William Henderson, from vehicular homicide charges. William has few memories from the night the crime was committed - and what memories he does have are consistent with an alcoholic blackout. As Penny and Boyd search for the truth, corruption, murder and loyalty converge to challenge their livelihood, their personal beliefs and their life-long friendship.
Title: Minerva Pearlstar and The Lightning Hands
Genre: Upper Middle Grade Fantasy
Length: 84,511

Minerva's crazy lightning hands have raised havoc and caused endless bullying over a dozen states before Odin shows up, offering a scholarship to Asgard School, where heksen like her learn to control and focus their powers. But in the Viking themed town of Midgard, Maine, where all peoples of magic pretend to be humans pretending to be tourist attractions, Minerva sees familiar prejudices. When a familiar bully shows up for Midgard's fall festival, her friends put aside their mistrust of one another to help deal with him, while Minerva discovers if she's finally learned to wrangle her spastic lightning hands.
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    Anne Bartin
  • June 15, 2018
Do the literary agents have a filter on their site that they can put in exactly what they are looking for? One agent said they were open to children's books and some of us put as our genre picture books (PB) so if that literary agent only filtered (CB) then ours are not showing up on their filter. What should we do?
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    David Clark
  • June 15, 2018
Title: Duty And Desire
Genre: YA Adventure
Length: 83,000 words
Author: David R. Clark

Young journalist Kynelle is motivated by two things: a drive to expose why adults tell her the world is nonviolent when she sees they deceive her, and a chronic failure to develop any lasting relationship with boys her age. She succeeds with both by ignoring violent threats and ignoring the creepiness in her first-ever boyfriend. Drop a career-making exposé of powerful vigilantes and abandon her shiny new boyfriend, or face deadly attack because of both.
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