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 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.
Beth Campbell 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 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.
Elizabeth Bennett is a literary agent with the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. Elizabeth is interested in fiction and nonfiction submissions with series and franchise potential, licensed brands, board books, novelties, graphic novels and middle grade fiction. She tends to be partial to books with humor; books that approach contemporary issues in a fresh, new way; books that are inspired by pop culture and current trends. Learn more about Elizabeth 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.
Laura Gross is the founder of Laura Gross Literary Agency. She represents award-winning and best-selling authors of both fiction and nonfiction. “I am particularly interested in history, politics, and current affairs, and also love beautifully written literary fiction and intelligent thrillers. Learn more about Laura here.
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.
Lana Popovic is a literary agent with Chalberg & Sussman. With an abiding love for dark themes and shamelessly nerdy fare—Battlestar Galactica and Joss Whedon are two of her great loves—Lana is looking for a broad spectrum of Young Adult and Middle Grade projects, from contemporary realism to speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. For the adult market, Lana is interested in literary thrillers, horror, fantasy, sophisticated erotica and romance, and select nonfiction. An avid traveler, she has a particular fondness for stories set in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia, although she also loves reading about American subcultures. Learn more about Lana here.
Lucy Cleland 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 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.
Rebecca Podos is a literary agent with Rees Literary Agency. Rebecca is interested in: young adult and middle grade fiction, particularly books about complex female relationships, beautifully written contemporary, genre novels with a strong focus on character, romance with more at stake than “will they / won’t they,” and LGBTQ books across all genres. Learn more about Rebecca here.
Beth Marshea 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.
Caleb Bollenbacher is an agent assistant at Corvisiero Literary. He is taking pitches on behalf of himself as well as all his co-agents. He is personally interested in young adult (any genre) and middle grade (especially fantasy and sci-fi, though contemporary and historical are also good). For adult fiction, Caleb likes high-concept/genre stories. He also enjoys the occasional thriller, humorous, or more literary novel. No romance please. He is happy to take pitches for his co-agents in the following fiction genres: new adult, historical fiction, magical realism, adventure, urban fantasy, and picture books (special stories that deliver a subtle, non-didactic message; illustrations not needed). No nonfiction please. Learn more about Caleb here.
Rob Arnold is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management. Rob is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels, memoir and biography, science, technology, art, and narrative nonfiction exploring issues of race, class, and gender. Learn more about Rob here.
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.)