PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2018 Boston 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.
Amaryah Orenstein [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent and the founder of GO Literary. Amaryah has always loved to read and provide (oftentimes unsolicited) editorial advice and, as a literary agent, she is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. She is particularly drawn to narrative nonfiction and memoir but enjoys any book that connects the reader to its characters and evokes thought and feeling. Learn more about Amaryah here.
Amelia Appel [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with TriadaUS. For adult fiction, she is most interested in literary fiction, mystery, thriller, upmarket women’s fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and horror. Projects with a smart, distinct voice, a fantastic setting to jump into, and/or a witty protagonist are all up her alley. She is not looking for romance novels. For adult nonfiction, she is primarily looking for creative nonfiction, humor, sports, how-to, pop culture, and true crime. She is not looking to represent memoir. Learn more about Amelia here.
Caroline George [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite. She is a generalist, and seeks many genres of fiction, including: picture books, middle grade contemporary, middle grade sci-fi/fantasy, YA contemporary, YA sci-fi/fantasy, historical, women’s, mystery, thriller, romance, adult science fiction and fantasy, Christian/inspirational fiction, horror literary fiction, and mainstream fiction. Regarding nonfiction, she likes memoir, inspirational, self-help, and socially relevant titles. Learn more about Caroline here.
Literary agent Barbara Rosenberg founded The Rosenberg Group as the first agent in the United States to solely represent college textbook authors. Within a few years, many of her textbook authors asked her to represent their other works too. The Rosenberg Group soon expanded its focus. She is currently looking for: contemporary romance; historical romance; romantic suspense; and young adult/new adult romance; and commercial nonfiction from authors with an established platform. Learn more about Barbara here.
Lori Galvin [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management. Prior to joining ACM, she was a book editor with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and America’s Test Kitchen. She represents literary fiction, popular (mainstream) fiction, thrillers, and young adult. On the nonfiction side, she represents memoir, self-help, cookbooks, and lifestyle. Learn more about Lori here.
Maximilian Ximenez is a literary agent with L. Perkins Agency. Maximilian is actively pursuing clients for both fiction and nonfiction works. In fiction, he is actively pursuing science fiction, fantasy, horror and thrillers, particularly cyberpunk and neo-noir as well as books with a uniquely deconstructive bent. For nonfiction, Maximilian is seeking popular science, true crime and books pertaining to arts and trends in developing fields and cultures. Learn more about Maximilian here.
Beth Campbell [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with BookEnds Literary. Beth’s obsession with books began with a distinct fantasy/sci-fi flavor, and she’s happily never kicked the addiction. She is primarily interested in signing clients within those genres, YA, romantic suspense, and mystery. She loves seeing diverse characters (sexuality, gender, race, you name it!) and strong friendships across all genres. Learn more about Beth here.
Amy Stern [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. She is currently accepting picture book, middle grade, and young adult submissions from authors and illustrators, particularly if the work explores underrepresented identities. She is open to picture book text submissions. She’s not your best bet for a heterosexual romance or historical fiction, but is open to pretty much anything else in all categories of kidlit. Learn more about Amy here.
Jeff Herman is a literary agent and the founder of the Jeff Herman Agency. He is a nonfiction generalist, and looks for good concepts in almost any area of nonfiction. His areas of agent expertise include popular business, spirituality, self-help and much more. “If I feel I can sell it, I’ll represent it,” he says. Jeff has made more than 1,000 book deals, including many bestsellers. Learn more about Jeff here.
Lauren Scovel [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Laura Gross Literary Agency. She is attending on behalf of herself as well as agency founder Laura Gross, who is no longer able to make the event. Agency founder Laura Gross represents award-winning and best-selling authors of both fiction and nonfiction, and says “I am particularly interested in history, politics, and current affairs, and also love beautifully written literary fiction and intelligent thrillers.” Lauren herself is especially interested in fiction and nonfiction involving social justice, political issues, and other timely and underrepresented stories. Learn more about Lauren and Laura here.
[SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] Tracy Marchini is a literary agent at BookEnds Literary. Tracy is looking for: picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts across most genres, including contemporary, mysteries, thrillers, magical realism, historical fiction, graphic novels and non-fiction. She is also looking for picture book illustrators and author-illustrators. She is not a good fit for YA horror, true crime, hard sci-fi, or high fantasy. At this time, she is not looking for board books or early chapter books. Learn more about Tracy here.
Lucy Cleland [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Kneerim & Williams. She enjoys reading and working on a variety of fiction and nonfiction, including unconventional cultural history, contemporary narrative nonfiction, literary-leaning vivid fiction, and YA with magnetic characters. She’s drawn to the lives of creatives and rebels, questions about identity and inheritance, Southern voices, and anything about food. Learn more about Lucy here.
Matthew (Matt) DiGangi is a literary agent with Bresnick Weil Literary Agency. For fiction, Matt is particularly interested in ace-level literature that dots a Venn diagram in the shade between unforgettable character, unpredictable plot, and prose that really hums. For nonfiction, he is a sucker for original research and journalistic instinct. Subjects include but are not limited to music, American history, sports, politics, weird science, food, pop/alternative culture, and video games. Matt does not represent YA, middle grade, or books for children. Learn more about Matt here.
Kimiko Nakamura [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary. She is actively building her client list. She represents contemporary / mainstream fiction, literary fiction, young adult, and women’s fiction, as well as memoir, mind and body, health, and cookbooks. Learn more about Kimiko here.
Beth Marshea [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is a literary agent and the founder of Ladderbird Agency. She is seeking literary fiction, women’s fiction, adult fantasy (specifically looking for non-European centric fantasy), adult science fiction (quick, exciting, fun adventures), crime novels, and YA sci-fi & fantasy. Beth is not seeking horror, middle grade, picture books, or historical fiction. Learn more about Beth here.
Marisa Corvisiero [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] is the founding agent of Corvisiero Literary. She is seeking contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, paranormal / urban fantasy, science fiction, combinations of the aforementioned genres, middle grade (fantasy, adventure, science fiction), picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed). She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories. Her nonfiction interests include science, self-help, and business books (including titles for kids). She is taking pitches on behalf of her co-agents for the following genres: adult fantasy, young adult (all kinds), new adult, historical fiction, and magical realism. Previously, agency assistant Caleb Bollenbacher was set to come take pitches on behalf of the Corvisiero Agency, but Marisa has decided to join the event formally. Learn more about Marisa here.
A few other agents — Lana Popovic, Elizabeth Bennett, Rebecca Podos, and Rob Arnold — were also set to attend the 2018 workshop, but are no longer able. Apologies for this.
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.)