The 2017 Seattle Writing Workshop: May 6, 2017

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.37.26 AMAfter a successful 2015 event in Seattle, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2017 Seattle Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Seattle, WA on May 6, 2017.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Seattle Writing Workshop!

WHAT IS IT?

This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent faculty so far includes:

  • literary agent Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates)
  • literary agent Mandy Hubbard (Emerald City Literary)
  • literary agent Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary)
  • literary agent Clelia Gore (Martin Literary Management)
  • literary agent Valerie Noble (Donaghy Literary Group)
  • literary agent Nephele Tempest (The Knight Agency)
  • literary agent Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary)
  • literary agent Amy Levenson (Blue Heron Literary)
  • literary agent Eve Porinchak (Jill Corcoran Literary)
  • literary agent Scott Eagan (Greyhaus Literary)
  • literary agent Elizabeth Wales (Wales Literary Agency)
  • literary agent Lindsay Mealing (Emerald City Literary)
  • literary agent Adria Olson (Martin Literary Management)
  • and possibly more to come

By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey.

EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS:

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue, 3225 158th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008. (425)644-2500.

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THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (MAY 6, 2017):

What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.

Please Note: There will be 2-3 classes/workshops going at all times during the day, so you will have your choice of what class you attend at any time. The final schedule of topics is subject to change, but here is the current layout:

8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.

BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30

1. An Overview of Your Publishing Options Today. This workshop examines traditional publishing vs. self-publishing / e-publishing.

2. Keys to Writing Great Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction. This session will discuss the tips and tricks for making middle grade and YA novels great.

3. How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir. In this session, you’ll learn what sells (and why), and how you can get your memoir published.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.44.34 AMBLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50

1. Breaking the Rules of Writing 101. When does breaking the rules work? When does it fail? Arming our decisions with the knowledge of what the rules are and why to break them is the key to successful defiance of tradition.

2. Everything You Need to Know About Agents and Query Letters. This workshop is a thorough crash course in dealing with literary agents.

3. Ten Tips for Writing Great Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Fiction. This presentation will teach you how to keep readers—including agents and editors—turning pages late into the night.

(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15

Lunch is on your own during these 85 minutes.

BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30

1. “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest. This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission.
   
2.  Nonfiction Intense: Book Proposal Tips. If you are trying to create an awesome nonfiction book proposal, this presentation is for you.

3. Picture Book Intensive: Advice on Selling Your Children’s Book. In this session, we’ll discuss questions to consider before sending a picture book manuscript out in the world.

BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45

1. How to Self-Publish Your Book Now and Do It Right. You’ll learn how to: prepare your manuscript, design your cover, format your paperback interior & ebook, register with desired retailers/distributors, and much more.

2. Ten Keys to Writing Success. Learn 10 things you can be doing right now that will help get your book(s) published and find success.

3. Talking Fantasy and Science Fiction. A panel of attending literary agents will be discussing the genres of science fiction and fantasy — i.e., how to write and sell speculative fiction.

(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here.)

BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00

1. How to Market Yourself and Your Books: Talking Author Social Media, Blogging, and Platform. This session includes easy-to-understand advice on social media (Twitter, Facebook, more), blogging, and other simple ways you can market your work online.

2. An Agent’s Guide to Revision and Self-Editing. This session will discuss common manuscript problems as well as tools you can use to create the manuscripts that will get the attention you want from agents and editors—and readers.

3. How to Write and Sell Romance in Today’s Market. This session will address important topics and tips for writers of romance.

SESSIONS END: 5:00

At 5 p.m., the day is done. Speakers will make themselves available by the workshop’s bookstore for a short while to sign any books for attendees.

Agent & Editor Pitching: All throughout the day.

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PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 12.55.03 PM.pngClelia Gore is a literary agent and media manager for Martin Literary Management. Clelia acquires picture book, middle grade fiction, and young adult books. She is particularly interested in developing her nonfiction clientele. Her past nonfiction sales include cookbook and memoir. With apologies, Clelia is no longer accepting new adult fiction submissions at this time. Learn more about Clelia here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 4.02.35 PM.pngMandy Hubbard is the founding literary agent at Emerald City Literary. She is seeking: middle grade novels, young adult novels, and adult genre romance. She especially likes diverse books, epic sci-fi and fantasy for teens, the-sexier-the-better romance, unreliable narrators, and MG & YA with unusual formats or timelines. Learn more about Mandy here.

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 9.25.16 AM.pngCarlie Webber is a literary agent and the founder of CK Webber Associates Literary Management. She represents fiction in the genres of young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She is no longer interested in any kind of nonfiction. Learn more about Carlie here.

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 4.00.53 PM.pngThao Le is a literary agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She represents adult science fiction & fantasy, young adult, middle grade, and is selectively open to romance, and picture Bboks by authors who are also illustrators. For adult and YA science fiction & fantasy, she enjoys stories rooted in mythology, fairytales, and legends with atmospheric settings and strong worldbuilding. For contemporary YA, she’s seeking witty, heartfelt writing with an authentic teen voice. For middle grade, she’s looking for fantastic adventures and clever heroes/heroines. For romance, she’s drawn to strong, memorable characters whose individual journeys brings them together. She’s particularly seeking unique historical romance and speculative romance similar to Gail Carrier’s Parasol Protectorate series. She also loves magic realism and beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook. She is always on the lookout for more diversity and LGBTQ stories. Learn more about Thao here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-14 at 10.03.59 PM.pngAmy Levenson is a literary agent with Blue Heron Literary. She represents mainstream literary and commercial fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, narrative nonfiction, and popular culture. She is actively seeking middle grade and young adult fiction (all genres), from adventure driven and fantastical to contemporary settings exploring social issues. For new adult and adult fiction, she seeks plot-driven literary works and upmarket commercial stories with only a touch of genre. She is especially drawn to a strong voice and dynamic characters, a well-paced plot, witty or quirky humor, and am always susceptible to a good solid tug on the heart strings. Learn more about Amy here.

Screen shot 2015-05-26 at 9.23.50 PMPaul S. Levine is the founder of Paul S. Levine Literary. Open to virtually any genre or category, he will consider fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult manuscripts, and proposals for nonfiction books. Some of his recent fiction sales include mystery, crime, thriller, women’s fiction, and romance. Some of his recent nonfiction sales include diet, how-to, business/finance, true crime, parenting, and advice/relationships. He is not interested in science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Learn more about Paul here.

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 4.01.35 PMNephele Tempest, a literary agent, joined The Knight Agency in 2005 and continues to actively build her client list. She is currently seeking works in the following genres: literary/commercial fiction, women’s fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, historical fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction. Learn more about agent Nephele Tempest here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 10.31.59 PM.pngEve Porinchak is a literary agent with the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. Eve has eclectic literary tastes and is a bit of a generalist. In children’s books, she seeks picture books, middle grade, and young adult. For adult fiction, she especially likes crime novels, but is open to other genres that have unexpected twists and/or psychological suspense. That said, genres that she does not represent include high fantasy, erotica, or cozy mystery. In nonfiction, she enjoys true crime books. Learn more about Eve here.

Screen Shot 2016-11-24 at 2.20.45 PM.pngValerie Noble is the senior agent at Donaghy Literary Group.  Valerie loves science fiction and fantasy (think Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins) but reads everything under the sun. For her, it’s more about the writing and less about the genre. In saying that, Valerie is generally not interested in romance or paranormal. She is actively seeking young adult fiction and adult fiction in the following areas: science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and historical fantasy. Learn more about Valerie here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 1.03.44 PM.pngScott Eagan is the founder of Greyhaus Literary Agency. Scott specializes in new adult romance, single title contemporary romance (think “old school” Danielle Steel romances that focus on relationships), single title historical romance (any time period, but no Westerns of Civil War), single title paranormal romance (looking for unique and different; no high fantasy please), single title romantic suspense, women’s fiction (i.e., book club fiction). Scott will consider previously published books if they fit the mold of what he represents. Learn more about Scott here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 3.39.17 PM.pngElizabeth Wales is the owner and principal agent of Wales Literary Agency. She is seeking quality works of fiction and narrative nonfiction. The Agency is especially interested in story-driven narratives, new voices, and progressive cultural points of view. The agency does not represent self-help, how-to, children’s books, romance, genre fiction in general (fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, mysteries), or screenplays. Learn more about Elizabeth here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 6.44.10 PM.pngAdria Goetz is an associate literary agent with Martin Literary Management. She is actively building her client list and looking for writers. Adria represents the lifestyle genre and everything under the Christian umbrella—children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, and adult fiction and nonfiction (including memoir). Learn more about Adria here.

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 4.20.58 PM.pngLindsay Mealing is a literary agent with Emerald City Literary. Lindsay represents: science fiction, fantasy, and young adult. Some elements within those genres that she especially likes include intrigue, espionage, politics, dark fantasy, space opera, epic sci-fi/fantasy with huge stakes and strong worldbuilding, morally grey stories and characters, gothic horror, cyberpunk, beautiful literary stories that will make me cry, historical fantasy, dark, twisty contemporary YA, anti-heroes/heroines, and gaming/geek culture. Learn more about Lindsay here.

        More 2017 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, and pricing/detail is explained below.)

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PRICING:

$169 — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2017 SWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of October 10, 2016, registration is now OPEN.

Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents or editors in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are four quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories can be seen here.)

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 3.01.32 PMI signed with my agent, Patricia Nelson, after
meeting her at the Arizona Writing Workshop.”
– writer Axie Oh

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 3.05.52 PM“I officially signed with agent Renee Nyen of KT
Literary. I met her at the Colorado Writing
Workshop.” – writer Jessie Hilb Akos

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 1.31.47 PM.png“After taking pitches at the Michigan Writing
Workshop, I signed writer Kyle Prue as a new
client.” – literary agent Veronica Park

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 10.59.25 AM.png“After taking pitches at the Alabama Writing
Workshop, I met Erin Hollis at a pitch session, and
she is now my newest client.” – agent Julie Gwinn

Add $69 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, one of the day’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Seattle Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?

Add $79 — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees get an in-person meeting at the workshop. You can opt for as many critiques as you like. Options:

  • Young adult / middle grade / chapter books: Faculty member Madeline Smoot, a children’s book editor who is teaching at the event, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting. No picture books, please.
  • Adult fantasy / adult science fiction / literary fiction / young adult: Faculty member Camille Griep, a published fantasy author who is teaching at the event, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Women’s fiction (all kinds), romance, paranormal, mystery, thriller, suspense, memoir, historical fiction: Faculty member Andrea Hurst, a writing instructor and longtime former literary agent, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.
  • Science fiction & fantasy for both adults and young adults: Faculty member Sean Fletcher, a writing instructor and longtime former literary agent, will get your work in advance, edit the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you for at least 10 minutes at the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes at the meeting.

How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com, and she will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by either PayPal or check. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Seattle workshop specifically.

REGISTRATION:

Because of limited space at the venue, the workshop can only allow 150 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.

Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.

How to Register: The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Jessica Bell via email: writingdayworkshops@gmail.com. She will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by PayPal or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The SWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Jessica plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Seattle workshop specifically.

Refunds: If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason at any time, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments and manuscript editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your work.)

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Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Seattle Writing Workshop.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Mandy Hubbard of Emerald City Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 4.02.35 PM.pngMandy Hubbard is the founding literary agent at Emerald City Literary.

Mandy began her publishing career on the other side of the desk–as an author. Her debut novel, Prada and Prejudice, was published by Penguin’s Razorbill books imprint in 2009, and went on to appear in TIME magazine and Entertainment Weekly. She has since written 10 other novels, published by Harlequin, Flux, and Bloomsbury. Her work has been translated into a half dozen languages and optioned for film.

Soon, Mandy found that she was just as drawn to the business side of publishing as she was the creative one. She considered a career as a literary agent, and tested the waters by interning for an established New York City agency. The internship confirmed she’d found her passion, and soon after she sought out an agency interested in adding a new agent to their roster.

Mandy joined D4EO Literary Agency in February of 2010, where she began building her list. A few months later she sold her first book in a four-way auction. The following year, she brokered her first six figure deal. By the end of 2015 she’d sold nearly 70 novels to major publishers, and was ready to launch Emerald City Literary Agency.

Mandy still juggles writing with agenting, and wouldn’t want it any other way.

She is seeking: middle grade novels, young adult novels, and adult genre romance.

She is not the agent for children’s picture books, nonfiction, screenplays, or books for adults which would not be published into the romance section.

While Mandy will consider anything within MG, YA, and romance, some of her current wishlist items are:

  • Projects by authors of color or with LGBTQ+ themes.
  • Epic fantasy and Sci-Fi for teens
  • Contemporary romance (dark or light) with a great hook for YA
  • Historical or Contemporary romance for adults, the sexier the better. (Including Erotica!)
  • Unreliable narrators, mysteries and thrillers
  • Historical MG or YA inspired by or based on real life tragedies/historical events (Example: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, CHAINS, etc).
  • Anything with royalty
  • MG or YA with unusual formats or timelines
  • MG or YA survival stories a la Oblivion Road, Hatchet, Etc.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Carlie Webber of CK Webber Associates Literary Management

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 9.25.16 AM.pngCarlie Webber is a literary agent and the founder of CK Webber Associates Literary Management.

She represents fiction in the genres of: young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy.

She does not want to rep picture books, easy readers, poetry, scripts or curriculum nonfiction. She is no longer interested in any kind of nonfiction.

Agency Founder Carlie Webber refused to major in English in college because no one would let her read Stephen King or R.L. Stine for class. She took her love of YA and commercial fiction to the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained a Master of Library and Information Science. For ten years, she worked as a public librarian serving teens and adults, served on book awards committees, and reviewed books professionally for journals including Kirkus Reviews and VOYA. Wishing to pursue her interest in the business side of books, she then enrolled in the Columbia Publishing Course. Her professional publishing experience includes an internship at Writers House and work with the Publish or Perish Agency/New England Publishing Associates and the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Paul S. Levine of Paul S. Levine Literary

Screen shot 2015-05-26 at 9.23.50 PMPaul S. Levine is the founder of Paul S. Levine Literary. Open to virtually any genre or category, he will consider fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult manuscripts, and proposals for nonfiction books. Highly aware of market trends and editors’ preferences, Levine limits himself to projects which he believes in and feels certain he can sell.

Some of his recent fiction sales include mystery, crime, thriller, women’s fiction, and romance. Some of his recent nonfiction sales include diet, how-to, business/finance, true crime, parenting, and advice/relationships.

He is not interested in science fiction, fantasy, or horror.

When he opened The Paul S. Levine Literary Agency in 1996, Levine had less than 200 editors in his private database; in his database he now has over 1,600 editors, to whom he has sold over 150 fiction and non-fiction books.

As an entertainment lawyer, Levine has written the legal contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment and book industries, Levine is one of the few lawyers on the West coast who also understands the world of book publishing; as such, he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney for his clients.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra Literary

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 4.00.53 PM.pngThao Le is a literary agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators. For Adult and YA science fiction & fantasy, she enjoys stories rooted in mythology, fairytales, and legends with atmospheric settings and strong world building. For contemporary YA, she’s seeking witty, heartfelt writing with an authentic teen voice. Think Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, or Sarah Dessen. For Middle Grade, she’s looking for fantastic adventures and clever heroes/heroines the likes of Lemon Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and Soman Chainani’s School of Good and Evil. She’s a fan of picture books by Jon Klassen, Kate Beaton, Cale Atkinson, and Liz Climo and would like to add picture books in the same vein to her list. For Romance, she’s drawn to strong, memorable characters whose individual journeys brings them together. She’s particularly seeking unique historical romance and speculative romance similar to Gail Carrier’s Parasol Protectorate series. She also loves magic realism and beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook. She is always on the lookout for more diversity and LGBTQ stories.

Thao is not looking for: adult literary fiction, mystery/thriller (unless it has a speculative element or is YA), nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, or short stories.

Thao’s recent sales include: Kathryn Tanquary’s middle grade debut The Night Parade (Sourcebooks), Roshani Chokshi’s YA fantasy The Star Touched Queen (St. Martin’s), author-illustrator Jessie Sima’s picture book debut Not Quite Narwhal (S&S), Elle Katharine White’s fantasy of manners Heartstone (Harper Voyager).

She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a double major in Econ-Management Science and Chinese Studies. While interning at the agency during college, she realized where her true love lies — books — and joined the agency full-time in the spring of 2011.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency

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Literary agent Nephele Tempest joined The Knight Agency in January 2005, opening the Los Angeles office. As an agent, she works with a number of talented writers, assisting them to hone their skills and build their careers. In addition, she spends time developing the agency’s Hollywood film and multi-media contacts. Nephele comes from a diverse publishing and finance background, having worked in the editorial department at Simon and Schuster, as a financial advisor, in the marketing and communications departments of several major New York investment firms, and as a freelance writer. Her experiences in sales, marketing, and writing provide her with insights into multiple aspects of the publishing industry. Nephele belongs to the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She continues to actively build her client list.

She is currently seeking works in the following genres: literary/commercial fiction, women’s fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, historical fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Amy Levenson of Blue Heron Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 11.12.03 AM.pngAmy Levenson is the founding literary agent of Blue Heron Literary.

She represents: mainstream literary and commercial fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of memoir, biography, narrative nonfiction, and popular culture. She is actively seeking middle grade and young adult fiction (all genres), from adventure driven and fantastical to contemporary settings exploring social issues. For new adult and adult fiction, she seeks plot-driven literary works and upmarket commercial stories with only a touch of genre. She is especially drawn to a strong voice and dynamic characters, a well-paced plot, witty or quirky humor, and am always susceptible to a good solid tug on the heart strings.

Blue Heron Literary is a boutique agency based out of Seattle that places fiction and nonfiction with major and independent publishers throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Amy, a native to the Pacific Northwest and graduate of the University of Washington, began her career at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency in New York City, where she had the opportunity to work with books by some of her favorite childhood authors and illustrators.

She later returned to Seattle, selling books for becker&mayer! that focused on well-known estates and intellectual properties, including Star Wars and the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.