PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2018 Chesapeake Writing Workshop (July 28, 2018) 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.
Stacey Graham is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary. Currently, she is seeking romance, humorous fiction, middle grade fiction with a great voice (especially funny and/or spooky), historical fiction with a commercial hook (no 20th century pitches please). She also represents nonfiction in the following categories: humor with a strong platform (no dating memoirs), history, and children’s nonfiction that walks on the weird side (adult nonfiction, young adult nonfiction, middle grade nonfiction, picture book nonfiction). Learn more about Stacey here.
Dara Kaye is a literary agent and Foreign Rights Manager at Ross Yoon Agency. For fiction, her interests include speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy). She is also looking for great nonfiction — particularly narrative nonfiction. “I’m looking for great storytelling that teaches readers to see things differently—whether it exposes a story of modern corruption, tells the backstory of a historic scientific breakthrough, recasts original research for a popular audience, or in the case of biography and memoir, holds up a mirror to a specific experience and shows what is universal in it. I am particularly interested in hidden histories, underrepresented voices, and unexpected intersections of topics, styles, and audiences.” Learn more about Dara here.
Stephanie Kehr is a jr. agent and for C.Y.L.E. Literary. She’s seeking young adult, middle grade, historical, children’s picture books, chapter books, romance, science fiction novels, fantasy novels, inspirational, and authors with strong platform, unique ideas, and diverse characters. In nonfiction, she’s interested in self-help, devotionals, leadership, biographies, and religious genres. Learn more about Stephanie here.
Ayesha Pande is a literary agent and founder of Pande Literary. Her interests are wide-ranging and include literary as well as popular fiction, young adult, women’s fiction, historical fiction, African-American fiction, and international fiction. She is also seeking authors of nonfiction, including biography, history, popular culture, cultural commentary, and memoir. She is particularly drawn to distinctive, original voices. Learn more about Ayesha here.
Amanda Jain is a literary agent with BookEnds Literary. Amanda is primarily interested in adult fiction in the following categories: historical fiction (in all genres), women’s / book club / upmarket fiction, romance (particularly historical, suspenseful, or with a comedic bent), mysteries (particularly historical or cozy, or historical cozies), and narrative nonfiction in the areas of social history, archaeology, art history, material culture, etc. She is also interested in select YA and MG projects with unique hooks and a strong voice. Amanda is not the agent to query with picture books, memoirs, self-help, poetry, erotica, science fiction and fantasy, horror, or inspirational fiction. Learn more about Amanda here.
Erica Bauman is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management. She is seeking: middle grade (all genres), young adult (all genres), and children’s nonfiction. In adult fiction, she seeks commercial fiction, women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, and historical fiction. For nonfiction, she seeks memoir and pop culture. Learn more about Erica here.
Lauren Jablonski is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan. Lauren is interested in acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction for both young adult and adult. She enjoys contemporary, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, romance, thrillers and anything with a unique voice — especially works that promote strong female characters, inclusion, and diversity. In nonfiction, she is interested in quirky, gifty, and celebrity projects as well as memoir, pop-science, business, and projects about strong women. She loves being sucked into worlds she knows nothing about. Learn more about Lauren here.
Kimberly Brower is a literary agent with Brower Literary & Management. She is interested in commercial and upmarket fiction, with an emphasis in general/book club fiction, psychological thrillers, contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and young adult (all genres). However, she is always looking for books that she wants to stay up all night reading, unable to put them down, regardless of what genre an author classifies it as. She loves stories that bring her into a world she doesn’t want to leave and characters that have strong character arcs. Learn more about Kimberly here.
Shaheen Qureshi is a literary agent with Capital Talent Agency. She is actively seeking literary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoirs, cookbooks, and graphic novels. She is particularly interested in character-driven stories that give voice to the underrepresented and marginalized. Books that challenge the status quo and look at race, class, food, gender, colonialism, or history in a new light will grab her attention. Learn more about Shaheen here.
Tamela Hancock Murray is a literary agent with The Steve Laube Literary Agency. She seeks Christian romance fiction (fresh stories within the romance novel framework); commercial or general fiction that 1) has a place in the Christian Booksellers Association, and 2) has romantic elements; general market (secular) fiction that involves a clean story and disrespectful elements toward faith, and nonfiction from writers with an excellent platform. Learn more about Tamela here.
Sha-Shana Crichton is the founding agent of Crichton & Associates. Fiction interests: romance (all types especially gothic, historical, multicultural, romantic suspense), and women’s fiction. Nonfiction interests: business/economics/finance, current affairs/history/politics, diet & nutrition, health & medicine (conventional and alternative), investigative journalism, law, multicultural issues, parenting, relationships/advice, self-help, science & nature, true crime, and women’s issues. She does not represent children’s books, YA, poetry, science fiction or screenplays. Learn more about Sha-Shana 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. You can pitch as many agents & editors as like you wish.
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.)