Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Leah Pierre of Ladderbird Literary

Screen Shot 2019-10-14 at 12.43.24 PM.pngLeah Pierre is a literary agent with Ladderbird Literary.

A Texas native, Leah moved to the east coast to pursue her dream of working in publishing. Leah spends her time enjoying the company of fictional characters more than people. When not in the company of fictional characters, Leah hangs out with friends and family, cooks, and catches up on movies and TV shows.

She is seeking: “I am looking for diverse and unique work that is faced paced, that I will not be able to put down, and will leave me on the edge of my seat. As much as I pretend to hate them, I do love a good plot twist and a shocking ending. I love stories with a complex cast of characters and I am a sucker for camaraderie, banter, and the tight-knit, family-like group of friends trope.”

Adult novels: romance (ideally interracial), fantasy with elements of myth and legends, historical fantasy/fiction, social-justice-inspired espionage/heist.

New adult novels: romance, coming-of-age, finding one’s identity, F/F friendship, the college experience as well as the post-college experience.

Young adult novels: Fantasy with elements of myth and legend (lesser know myths/legends i.e. Middle Eastern), Meet-Cute/Coming-of-age that involves romance and self-discovery/self-love, Contemporary, realistic and raw family-centered novels, mysteries and thrillers (unreliable narrators are okay), fairy-tale retellings, and a good heist concept.

“A lot of what I am looking for does overlap, so please use your best judgement when submitting. If you’re not sure, give it a try.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Deborah Grosvenor of The Grosvenor Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2019-05-22 at 8.21.33 PMDeborah Grosvenor is a literary at The Grosvenor Literary Agency, a full-service boutique agency representing writers across a variety of subjects.

The agency’s emphasis is on strong, serious, interesting nonfiction. “We also represent quality fiction on a selective basis. Agency clients have received numerous awards and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Lincoln Prize, the Thurber Prize for America Humor, the National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Nieman Fellowship, the Alicia Patterson Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Affairs Arthur F. Ross Award, The Charles Bronfman Prize, and the Grawemeyer Award. Client writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vogue, “O,” Best American Travel Writing and a range of other publications.”

Deborah has more than 25 years’ experience in the book publishing business as an agent and editor. During her career, she has edited or represented several hundred nonfiction books. As an editor, she acquired Tom Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October.

Her distinguished client list includes nationally prominent writers, New York Times bestselling authors, and prize-winning historians and journalists. Among them are Stephen Coonts, Eleanor Clift, Thomas Oliphant, Henry Allen, Curtis Wilkie, Aaron Miller, Harrison Scott Key, Daniel De Visé, Jonathan Green, Gilbert Grosvenor, Jim McCloskey, Charlie Engle, Scott Wallace, Nina Burleigh, Thomas Fleming, John Sexton, Jay Rubenstein, Steve Kemper, Nora Pouillon, Trita Parsi, Mark Geragos, Peter Cozzens, Meg Noonan and Elizabeth Pryor.

Deborah is interested in: narrative nonfiction in the categories of history, biography, politics, current and foreign affairs, memoir, food, health, science, the environment and travel. For fiction, she is simply interested in great storytelling, especially in an historical context.

Deborah is the recipient of the TWIN award (Tribute to Women in Industry), given by the YWCA and industry to “outstanding women who have made significant contributions to their companies in managerial and executive positions.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Amanda Jain of BookEnds Literary

Screen Shot 2019-12-03 at 9.26.24 PMAmanda Jain is a literary agent at BookEnds Literary.

Amanda came by her love of reading honestly, inheriting it from parents who always had books close to hand. She began her career in publishing at W. W. Norton, where she spent seven years before pursuing a masters degree in history of the decorative arts. She rejoined publishing shortly thereafter at Inklings Literary Agency, and is excited every day to encounter new writers and their stories.

Amanda currently reps adult romance, mystery, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, and science fiction & fantasy, with a special emphasis on historical fiction in all genres. She also represents narrative nonfiction, especially projects exploring the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, social history, and popular science. She loves projects with a strong sense of place and those that create a completely immersive world. She is particularly interested in books that add something important to the conversation, that explore stories we haven’t yet heard, and that introduce new voices to our reading experience.

Amanda currently lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and two kids. When she’s not reading, she likes to cook, root for the Cubs, and spend as much time outside as she can.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kirsten Neuhaus of Foundry Literary + Media

Screen Shot 2019-12-03 at 9.00.21 PMKirsten Neuhaus is a literary agent with Foundry Literary + Media.

As an agent, Kirsten is looking for nonfiction projects with the three ideal components: the right topic, at the right time, with the right author. She focuses on narrative and prescriptive nonfiction by authors with established audiences, in the areas of business, memoir, lifestyle, current events and stories with strong female voices, as well as smart fiction and select children’s books that appeal to a wide market.

She enjoys working closely with her clients to develop their book ideas and strategize how best to connect the book with an author’s existing platform and brand, including entrepreneur and star of ABC’s Shark Tank Daymond John, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Power of Broke, and Rise and Grind (Crown Business) former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, author of the New York Times bestsellers It’s NOT OK and Single State of Mind (Gallery Books) fashion designer Rachel Roy, author of Design Your Life (Dey Street) and the young adult novel 96 Words for Love (Jimmy Patterson Books), Former CIA officer Jason Hanson’s New York Times bestsellers Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life and Survive Like a Spy (Perigee), Bradley Tusk’s The Fixer (Portfolio), and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and former holder of the title for Fastest Known Times on both the AT and PCT, Jennifer Pharr Davis, author of The Pursuit of Endurance (Viking).

Prior to joining Foundry Literary + Media, Kirsten worked at Elaine Markson Agency, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and Vigliano Associates, representing a diverse author group of blockbuster thriller writers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and multi-platinum selling recording artists. Before moving to New York, Kirsten lived in Miami and Buenos Aires. She earned a B.A. in English from Columbia University.