Agents Confirmed for Spring WOW’em Pitchfest

Pitch your completed book to one of our great Agents from May 17-19, 2017

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

Adult Fiction – Literary, historical, women’s, mystery/thriller, suspense

Currently looking for: Adult fiction – literary, historical, women’s, mystery/thriller (note: no FBI thrillers/explosions), and suspense.

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.

Margaret Bail, Literary Agent for Fuse Literary Agency

All Sub-Genres of Romance (not inspirational), soft Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thrillers, Action Adventure, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Non-Fiction

Currently looking for: 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.

Learn more about Fuse and Margaret.


Moe Ferrara, Agent at Bookends Literary

MG/YA Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Adult Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, LGBTQ / Erotic Romance

Currently looking for: Moe is interested in middle-grade, young adult, and adult fiction 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.

You can query Moe at or follow her on Twitter at @inthesestones

Kaitlyn Johnson, Literary Agent Apprentice, Corvisiero Literary Agency

MG, YA, NA, Adult in Fantasy, 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, Junior Literary Agent, Corvisiero Literary Agency

MG, YA, NA, 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.

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Justin Wells, Literary Agent Apprentice, Corvisiero Literary Agency

MG/YA Various Genres, and Adult Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction

Justin is looking for:  manuscripts across a wide range of genres. His main interests are middle grade and young adult. For middle grade, he is looking for fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure and historical fiction. In young adult, he is looking for fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure, historical fiction (European history), contemporary (romance is fine), and dystopian.

He is also looking for a limited selection of adult submissions. The genres he is looking for in adult manuscripts includes fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction.

About Justin: Justin is an agent apprentice at Corvisiero Literary agency. He has been with the agency since April 2016, where he started as an intern. Alongside being a full time agent, Justin is also a senior in college working toward the completion of a B.S. in Mass Communication with a focus in public relations, and a minor in writing. Justin has long been part of the book world, having been a book blogger nearly seven years (across YouTube and traditional blogging), and also worked in publishing, before moving into working as an agent.

Learn more about Justin and the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Nikki Terpilowski, Founder/ Senior Literary Agent, Holloway Literary Agency

Various Romance, Cozy Mysteries, Literary Fiction, Various Fiction Genres

Nikki is looking for: She is currently closed to submissions, however, will take pitches for this event. I am currently looking for southern fiction, small town romance, romance with alpha heroes, cozy mysteries with bookish or foodie themes, literary fiction and fiction with African-American leads, any type of fiction with food/beverage themes.

About Nikki and Holloway Agency: Established in 2011 by Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary is a full-service agency that represents writers in many genres, including romance, women’s, mystery, thriller, historical, literary, southern fiction and select young adult. We provide comprehensive representation for literary, subsidiary and foreign rights. Our clients have traditional print, e-Books and audiobooks published by imprints at HarperCollins US, HarperCollins UK, Hachette Books, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Kensington and others. Additionally, foreign editions of our client’s work have been published in the UK, Australia, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Japan and other overseas markets.

Based in the Raleigh, NC-area, our team of agents, assistants, and interns is primarily remote. We are an author-centric agency concerned with our client’s body of work and overall career. We offer guidance to our clients on a wide range of subjects, from editorial direction, marketing & promotion, next steps… and everything in between.

Established in 2011, Holloway Literary is a full-service agency. We are members of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Find us on Publisher’s Marketplace and follow us @HollowayLit.

Learn more about Nikki and Holloway Literary Agency.

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Kortney Price,  Associate Agent, Holloway Literary Agency


Kortney is looking for: Kortney is looking for a broad range of genres in middle grade, young adult, and new adult fiction. In middle grade, she is interested in adventure/survival stories, mystery, science fiction and fantasy. For young adult stories, she is drawn to thriller, horror, and suspense, but is also interested in historical, science fiction, and fantasy. She is open to new adult stories across genres, but is especially interested in historical and would love to see a sweet contemporary romance.

About Kortney and the Holloway Agency: Prior to joining Holloway Literary as a Literary Assistant, Kortney completed internships with Andrea Hurst & Associates, Amphorae Publishing Group and Inklings Literary Agency. In 2014 she graduated with a B.A. in English from Greenville College. Kortney manages the agency website and is editor of the Holloway Literary blog.

Established in 2011, Holloway Literary is a full-service agency. We are members of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Find us on Publisher’s Marketplace and follow us @HollowayLit.

Learn more about Kortney and Holloway Literary Agency.

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