Spring WOW’em PitchfestPitch your completed book to one of our great Editors and Agents the week of May 17
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from 9:00am May 17 to 11:59 pm May 19 to pitch.
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Agents and Editors confirmed for the Spring WOW’em Pitchfest
Danielle Burby, Agent at Nelson Literary Agency
YA, MG, Mystery and Women’s Fiction
Currently looking for: Danielle represents all genres of YA and MG along with select mystery and women’s fiction. She particularly enjoys complex female characters, quirky adventures, narratives that ask the reader to think deeply, girls with swords, and seaside novels. Danielle also looks for a strong narrative voice and characters she wants to spend time with.
About Danielle: Based in New York City, Danielle became an agent at Nelson Literary Agency (NLA) in January 2017. Previously, she was an agent at a NYC-based firm where she managed foreign rights in addition to building her client roster. She also interned at several top agencies and publishers before graduating from Hamilton College with a dual degree in creative writing and women’s studies.
Abby Saul, Founder at The Lark Group
Women’s Fiction and YA
Currently looking for: Women’s fiction, particularly books with a strong romantic thread like Jojo Moyes, or a darker side like Liane Moriarty. She’s always looking for great beach reads too, ala Elin Hilderbrand. In addition, she’s interested in all areas of romance, with the exception of inspirational. And she continues to grow her young adult list, particularly contemporaries and thrillers/suspense. She’d really love to see submissions that focus on special needs families and their dynamics in both women’s fiction and young adult novels.
About Abby: Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she’s been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish ebook standards, led company-wide forums to explore new digital possibilities for books, and created and managed numerous digital initiatives.
A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband.
Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.
Champagne Book Group
We primarily seek romance across the sub-genres
Currently looking for:
- Contemporary romance (sweet to smoking hot)
- Historical romance-specifically Highland/Scottish, medieval, cowboy/western but love ‘em all
- Urban fantasy and paranormal romance (including science fiction romance)
- Erotic romance (no LGBT at this time)
- Historical fiction
- Young adult (contemporary and paranormal)
- Science fiction (space opera type)
About CBG: Champagne Book Group (CBG) has been open and publishing electronic fiction since 2004. Its origins began as a Canadian publisher. Now under a new owner, CBG is a United States publisher located in Oregon with the goal and vision to deliver to readers quality books crafted with care and infused with passion to transport readers beyond imagination.
Adult fiction in the genres of romance
Currently looking for: Blurb about what I’m acquiring (If you’d prefer this was in first person rather than third, let me know and I’ll change it): Margaret is interested in adult fiction in the genres of romance (no Christian or inspirational, please), science fiction (soft sci-fi rather than hard), mystery, thrillers, action adventure, historical fiction (not a fan of WWII era), and fantasy. In nonfiction, Margaret is interested in memoirs with a unique hook, and cookbooks with a strong platform.
Fiction genres Margaret is NOT interested in: YA, MG, children’s books; steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women’s fiction, literary, poetry, screenplays
About Margaret: Margaret Bail has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft.
Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads.
Middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres
Currently looking for: Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres. She’s especially looking for light horror, sci-fi, and fantasy right now in the YA and MG age groups.
On the adult side, she’s actively building her romance list, so the right contemporary or paranormal romance (sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest.
She’s LGBTQ and kink friendly, so send her that male/male erotic (or trios!) romance in your back pocket! At this time she’s not looking for nonfiction, women’s fiction, or cozy mysteries.
About Moe: Becoming a literary agent was fitting for the girl who, as a small child, begged her dad to buy her a book simply because “it has a hard cover.” Growing up, she had a hard time finding YA books outside of Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine, and instead tackled Tom Clancy or her mom’s romance novels. Though her career path zigzagged a bit—she attended college as a music major, earned a JD from Pace Law School, then worked various jobs throughout the publishing industry—Moe was thrilled to join the BookEnds team in May of 2015 as a literary agent and the subsidiary rights director.
A Pennsylvania native, she is the former mum of a rambunctious guinea pig who was a master at stealing treats. When not reading, she is an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin’s Creed release.
Boroughs Publishing Group
Middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres
Currently looking for: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. So. Here are our truths: We love Romance. A great story. Compelling characters. A good turn of the written word. A happy ending.
We adore authors. We’re seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination; we encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you’re providing well written incredible story-telling we’re game.
Currently, we are seeking submissions for original works 40,000 words and up.
About Boroughs: E-publishing has changed the way the world reads. Boroughs Publishing Group is part of that revolution and joins with readership from Abu-Dhabi to Vancouver in demanding memorable stories that you’ll return to over and over.
Kaitlyn Johnson, Literary Agent Apprentice, Corvisiero Literary Agency
Middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult in romance, contemporary, and historical fiction
Currently looking for: Kaitlyn Johnson is acquiring upper MG, YA, NA, and A in the following genres: fantasy (yes, that includes urban!), romance, contemporary, and historical fiction. She likes unique POVs and settings—especially overseas locations and legends. Please, no chapter or picture books, or nonfiction.
About Kaitlyn: After receiving a BA in Writing, Publishing, and Literature from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. Centering her life around everything literary, she started her own freelance editing company, K. Johnson Editorial, as soon as her diploma came in the mail.
Holding two years of literary magazine editing experience, Kaitlyn is proud to be on staff for the increasingly popular Muse and the Marketplace Conference held in Boston every April/May through GrubStreet. She currently works as both the Muse Conference Assistant and the Donor Communications Assistant at GrubStreet.
Her favorite authors/books include the following: Cornelia Funke (Inkheart series); John Green (more Looking for Alaska, less An Abundance of Katherines); Gayle Forman (Just One Year and Just One Day); Lois Lowry (The Giver series); Scott O’Dell (Island of the Blue Dolphins). Her favorite tv shows are Doctor Who, Buffy, Supernatural, Firefly, basically the nerdier the fandom the better.
Kelly Peterson, Literary Agent Apprentice, Corvisiero Literary Agency
Middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult in Fantasy, SciFi, Steampunk, Contemporary, Romance, Historical and combinations
Currently looking for: Kelly is searching for compelling stories that bring something new to the table with a unique voice and a good amount of action. She thoroughly enjoys strong female characters, well-developed plots, continuous character development, and a good amount of cunning wit. She is actively seeking Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult age ranges in the genres of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Contemporary (selective and unique, without the doldrums of the everyday), Romance, Historical, and any combination of the above. Grit and high stakes are a plus.
About Kelly: Kelly has her B.S.Ed. in English and originally became a teacher. She quickly found out that the teaching profession wasn’t for her and followed her passion for books instead. After working for Corvisiero Literary Agency over the last two years, Kelly has come to find that she’s extremely picky, a tough editor, and an even greater enthusiast due to her background in teaching, editing, and blogging. Her passion is her work and her enthusiasm shows. Working to continue her career as a literary agent, she’s begun the process of building her client list and continues to search every day for the fit that’s right for her.