PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2019 Chesapeake Writing Workshop (July 13, 2019) 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 2019 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.
Emily Williamson is a literary agent and the founder of Williamson Literary. In fiction she seeks writing that sings rather than tells; lyrical or experimental writing is welcome (but not always); unusual and unforgettable characters; unique settings; know your voice and tone; stories where place is a character too; adventure, international, sci-fi or science inspired, magical realism, page-turners. For children’s, she seeks stories that talk up to children, that inspire and build confidence; cleverness and humor; not interested in verse unless it is metrically correct and without lazy rhymes; magic, wonder, girls and boys that don’t fit the mold, good world-building. Prefers middle grade over YA or picture books. Nonfiction interests: history, sports, science, environmental, biographies, motivational (i.e. work that informs or inspires social change or advocates for women & minorities, business strategies for aspiring entrepreneurs); solid author platform. Currently looking for science or adventure/travel narratives. Learn more about Emily here.
Deborah Grosvenor is a literary at The Grosvenor Literary Agency. The agency’s emphasis is on strong, serious, interesting nonfiction. 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. Learn more about Deborah here.
Shari Maurer is a literary agent with Stringer Literary. She is seeking: For fiction, she seeks young adult and middle grade (all kinds), new adult, children’s picture books, romance, and women’s fiction. In nonfiction, she seeks kidlit YA and MG (including biography), narrative nonfiction, parenting, biography, and memoir. Learn more about Shari here.
Zabé Ellor is a literary agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. He is seeking all genres and areas of young adult. He is also seeking adult science fiction and fantasy. He seeks graphic novel projects for all age groups. In nonfiction, he has wide interests as long as your platform is excellent. He particularly wants nonfiction proposals for books about science and history that teach and entertain in equal measure. Learn more about Zabe here.
Laura Strachan is a literary agent and founder of Strachan Literary Agency. Fiction interests: Primarily literary fiction and upmarket commercial. In general, the agency seeks no genre fiction; however, Laura will consider fiction with crossover potential if beautifully written. Nonfiction interests: Narrative nonfiction, including memoirs and travel writing. Will consider other nonfiction projects if quirky or interesting. Particularly interested in “single subject” books (think SALT, or COD, or MAUVE, etc.). Children’s interests: She seeks high quality YA or middle grade fiction. No picture books. Learn more about Laura here.
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 Laura here.
Stephanie Kehr is a jr. agent and for C.Y.L.E. Literary. Stephanie is looking for skillfully crafted stories that capture the heart and answer the world’s deepest questions. She’s seeking young adult, middle grade, historical, children’s picture books, chapter books, romance, science fiction, fantasy, 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.
More 2019 agents/editors 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.)