Agents confirmed for Pitchfest

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Agnes Carlowicz, Literary Agent at Carol Mann Agency

Currently looking for: nonfiction and fiction.

NONFICTION: Intersectional feminist narratives, memoir by female/nonbinary/LGBTQIA+ folx, millennial self-care, millennial business, pop culture/humor

FICTION: New and underrepresented POVs/characters, YA, true crime

About Agnes:

Agnes Carlowicz joined the Carol Mann Agency as assistant to Carol Mann in late 2017. She previously worked at the David Black Agency as Joy Tutela’s assistant, while completing her English B.A. with a Creative Writing concentration from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. Her interests primarily include non-fiction and some fiction, with a special passion for literature that amplifies underrepresented voices and subverts the status quo. Among others, she enjoys: intersectional feminism, millennial self-care, female-driven memoir, and humorous pop culture. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found training for ballroom dance competitions and gluing rhinestones to her costume, dog-walking across the five boroughs of NYC, or staying up way too late listening to podcasts (current obsession: "My Favorite Murder").

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Jacqueline Lipton, Literary Agent at Storm Literary Agency

Currently looking for: middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.

About Jacqui:

Jacqui Lipton represents middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. She has been an avid reader since elementary school, back in the days when “YA” wasn’t even a thing. Her tastes were always broad and eclectic. She loved (and still does) everything from a good murder mystery to space opera to contemporary romance and everything in between. Her background is also eclectic. At university (yes, in Australia and England they call it “university”), she studied law, psychology, drama, languages, and information technology. She practiced as a banking and finance attorney in Australia, and has worked as a law professor in Australia, the UK and the United States where her teaching and writing has focused on laws relating to the publishing industry, digital technology law, copyright, trademark, privacy, and defamation. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and regularly teaches classes on writing and on legal aspects of publishing around the country for organizations like The Writing Barn, Savvy Authors, and a variety of adult education courses, MA and MFA programs, and libraries. Before joining Storm Literary Agency, she was a reader for literary agent, Susan Hawk for several years and a reader and member of the social media team for The YA Review Network (YARN) Jacqui is currently seeking submissions for middle grade and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. Her submission guidelines are available at: https://www.stormliteraryagency.com/submissionguidelines

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Jordy Albert, Literary Agent at Booker Albert Agency

Currently looking for: young adult contemporary, particularly sci-fi, and fantasy (romance is a plus). She's also looking for smart, sexy contemporary and historical romance.

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:

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.

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Kelly Peterson, Literary Agent at Rees Literary Agency

Currently looking for: Witches, Steampunk, Westworld, Rom-Coms, High Fantasy, Intricate Magic Systems,Non-European Mythology.

About Kelly:

Kelly Peterson is a West Chester University graduate with a B.S.Ed in English and Literature. She worked as a Junior Literary Agent for two years before moving to Rees Literary Agency, continuing to champion her authors and the manuscripts she loves. Kelly seeks manuscripts in various genres within Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult age ranges. In Middle Grade, she loves fantasy, sci-fi, and contemporary that touches on tough issues for young readers. Her Young Adult preferences vary from contemporary to high fantasy, sci-fi (not the space kind) to paranormal (all the ghost stories, please!), and historical all the way back to rom-coms. Kelly is proud to continue to represent Adult manuscripts in romance, fantasy, and sci-fi. She is very interested in representing authors with marginalized own voices stories, witty and unique characters, pirates, witches, and dark fantasies. Kelly is not the best fit for non-fiction, picture books, emotional turmoil, mystery/suspense, and gruesome horror.

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Lynnette Novak, Literary Agent at The Seymour Agency

Currently looking for: (#OwnVoices and #Diversity are welcome!!!)

In adult fiction: horror, 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.

In middle grade fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, mystery, contemporary, horror, and humor.

About Lynnette:

Lynnette Novak is a literary 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.

Follow Lynnette on Twitter: @Lynnette_Novak

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Lauren Miller, Junior Agent at Metamorphosis Literary Agency

Currently looking for: YA and MG-centric fiction, picture books, and for adult audiences, low fantasy, clean romances (especially historical and inspirational), and lighthearted women's fiction.

About Lauren:

Lauren has a lifelong love of literature, and is known for being lost in the stacks of her local library for hours at a time. She loves an atmospheric, transporting read featuring memorable settings and characters, humor, and prose that sparkles. A graduate of University College at Washington University in St. Louis, Lauren holds a degree in Anthropology and is deeply interested in ideas, people, and communicating faith-based values through fiction. Lauren has been a contributing book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society since 2012, and she enjoys inspirational period romances and costume dramas. Previously a managing editor of The Scribe and a board member of the St. Louis Writers Guild, Lauren joined the Metamorphosis team in April 2019. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their wily cat, but can frequently be found surrounded by other people's dogs.

Learn more about Lauren and the Metamorphosis Literary Agency!

Cate Hart, Literary Agent at Harvey Klinger Agency

Currently looking for: fiction and nonfiction.

NONFICTION:

  • Narrative
  • History
  • Film/TV/Theatre
  • Pop Culture
  • Music

FICTION:

  • Historical
  • Commercial
  • Women’s fiction
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery
  • Psychological Thriller
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult

About Cate:

Cate joined Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in 2019 after 5 years with a New York agency where she represented Middle Grade to Adult fiction. She specializes in Historical, whether in Young Adult, Women’s Fiction and Romance, or narrative nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to oft forgotten stories of the past and underrepresented voices, and especially personal to her is unexplored Southern history and culture. She also loves high-concept fantasy in YA and Adult fiction. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, studying Theatre and History, Cate currently lives in Nashville with her children.

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Erica Christensen, Literary Agent at Metamorphosis Literary Agency

Currently looking for: Erica is heavily seeking Cozy Mysteries between 75,000-90,000 words that have no gritty details of the murders or explicit language. Humor is a huge plus! She is also seeking YA Romance, Children's Picture Books, with or without illustrations, for ages 0-8: STEM/STEAM themed, ones with a strong emotional arc, and above all, diversity.

About Erica:

Erica Christensen has been in the publishing industry since 2014, holding various positions. She was born and raised in the Heartland of America and now resides near the beautiful Emerald Coast with her family of five and her sassy, spunky lab-pit mix named Kali. Erica is not a fit for Historical Romances, High Fantasy, or Science Fiction.

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