Get to Know a Literary Agent in Attendance: Lauren Scovel of Laura Gross Literary

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“I grew up outside of Seattle and graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing as well as Theatre Studies. I began my publishing career as an editorial intern at Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary Shuster Harmsworth). My editorial work can be seen at The Millions. I also worked as an indie bookseller for several years.”

She is especially interested in fiction and nonfiction involving social justice, political issues, and other timely and underrepresented stories. “I’m specifically interested in fiction and nonfiction stories that effortlessly depict a diverse cast of characters and perspectives.”

Her fiction specialties are: GLBT, literary fiction, and multicultural. She will also consider humor/satire. Her nonfiction specialties are cultural/social issues, current affairs, GLBT, investigative journalism, multicultural, narrative, politics, true crime, and women’s concerns. She will also consider: history, memoir, and pets.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Ben Grange of L. Perkins Agency

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Ben Grange is a literary agent at L. Perkins Agency.

Ben started out at a small publishing company in Salt Lake City, UT and proceeded to do internships at three literary agencies before working as the assistant at the JABberwocky Literary Agency. He decided he wanted to be an agent sometime along the line, and is happily growing an amazing list of clients.

His tastes gravitate towards middle grade fiction, and he is particularly on the lookout for exceptional author-illustrators who write middle grade or young adult. He sometimes gets the inkling to read a great YA sci-fi or fantasy, particularly weird or slightly dark stories (à la The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater). Thanks to his time at JABberwocky, he also loves epic fantasy and science fiction, and although his focus is on middle grade and young adult, he won’t say no to a great adult fantasy or sci-fi. He is also interested in pop culture nonfiction for authors with established platforms.

“I’m looking for books that remind me of what it was like to be enveloped by a story when I was a kid. I’m looking for authors who have the ability to give me a visual experience, whether it’s through good prose, lively characters, stunning scenery, or actual illustrations. I’m particularly on the lookout for exceptional author-illustrators for MG and YA.”

“A few books that hooked me on reading when I was a kid: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Fablehaven, The Giver, Hatchet, Flipped, Eragon, Ender’s Game, and others. My tastes have evolved since then, and even though some of these books are better than others, there was something about all of them that drew me in and made me love them at the time. And that’s what I want to see: something appealing that will draw me (/children) into a book and make me (/them) love it.”

“I want authors who have put in the time (read: blood, sweat, and tears) learning how to write well. This means that if you’re trying to get me to read the first book you’ve ever written, I’ll likely pass on it. Most authors spend years honing their craft before selling their first book. Also, on that note, please don’t send me a first draft. Take your time and polish your work before submitting it. If you think your book is the right fit for me, I really look forward to reading it!”

“I really want to see to see something quirky and weird, maybe a little dark, yet at the same time emotionally powerful. Maybe illustrated, maybe not. Something that blends the storytelling prowess of Kubo and the Two Strings with the quirky aspect of Adventure Time and the dark weirdness of Over the Garden Wall. If you have this, I want to see it. Now, preferably.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Rob Arnold of Aevitas Creative Management

Screen Shot 2020-01-14 at 4.27.27 PM.pngRob 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 and gender and class.

Rob is a Chamorro writer whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Hyphen, Gettysburg Review, Poetry Northwest, RED INK, Yes Poetry, and The Ocean State Review, among others. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has received support from the Somerville Arts Council and Artist Trust.

Rob co-founded the online journal Memorious, and worked with Ploughshares, Fence, Beacon Press, PEN New England, The National Poetry Series, and Grid Books. He has worked with such authors as Denis Johnson, Lauren Groff, Rick Moody, Lydia Davis, Jim Shepard, Ottessa Moshfegh, and others.

 

 

 

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Alicia Clancy of Lake Union Publishing

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Alicia Clancy is an editor with Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of Amazon.

Lake Union Publishing seeks absorbing works of contemporary and historical fiction for voracious readers. This includes literary fiction, mainstream fiction, upmarket / book club fiction, historical fiction, contemporary domestic suspense, and women’s fiction.

Alicia Clancy works with a wide range of fiction authors, including the bestselling suspense duo Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke and USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean. She also cultivates upmarket debut novelists with fresh voices, including Glendy Vanderah and Suzy Krause, among many other talented writers.

Prior to joining Lake Union Publishing, Alicia worked as an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, where her acquisitions included award-winning novelist Julie Cohen and Susie Orman Schnall, among others. Previously, she also worked in sales at Palgrave Macmillan and interned for FinePrint Literary Management. An author herself, Alicia published her humorous gift book, Be My Galentine: Celebrating Badass Female Friendship, with St. Martin’s Griffin in 2017. Alicia has a British husband and an Australian cattle dog named Whiskey. Her favorite activities include hiking, SoulCycle, and working on her first novel (many have been started, but not finished).

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Jason Kirk of 47North

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Jason Kirk (@brasswax) is a freelance editor whose books have won dozens of awards and made the Wall Street Journal bestseller list multiple times. He is a former acquiring editor for Amazon.

At the 2020 Seattle conference, Jason is discussing the four-act story structure. He is also offering critiques as an add-on element to attendees.
Jason is a decorated editor and poet, the author of A Fabulous Hag in Purple on the Moor, Reverb, and The Other Whites in South Africa, and the composer of The Mirror of Simple Souls, an opera collaboration with poet Anne Carson.
He received his Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Michigan. Recent awards and nominations for books he has edited include the 2016 UtopiaCon Best Edited Book Award for Amy A. Bartol’s Darken the Stars, the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award for PJ Manney (R)evolution (finalist), and the 2015 Bram Stoker Award for Christopher Rice’s The Vines (finalist).
He freelance edits all of the following genres: adult science fiction and fantasy, young adult (both SF/F and otherwise/contemporary), mysteries and thrillers, and literary fiction.

Get to Know Editors in Attendance: Jennifer Worick and Daniel Germain of Sasquatch Books & Little Bigfoot

Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 3.51.11 PM.pngJennifer Worick is the editorial director of Sasquatch Books. She is taking pitches beside associate editor Daniel Germain.

In her role, Jennifer is passionate about bringing excellent books into the world. Before joining Sasquatch, she was a publishing consultant and New York Times best-selling author. She has written more than 25 books and helped hundreds of writers develop book proposals. Prior to that, Jennifer served as editorial director at Running Press and becker&mayer!

Genres & categories: “At Sasquatch, our adult acquisitions team acquires nonfiction books by Pacific Northwest authors, artists, influencers, and thought leaders on the following subjects: cookbooks, health and wellness, nature, house & home, self-help, craft and how-to, history, pop culture, and lifestyle, as well as memoir and books that capture the zeitgeist of our current culture in ways large and small.”

Screen Shot 2019-12-18 at 11.14.09 PMDaniel Germain is on the lookout for engaging, untold nonfiction stories from our region. If it’s unusual and compelling, he wants to read it. With an eye towards art and design (and a huge fan of graphic novels and comic art), he is also interested in any project that can combine a regional nonfiction topic with a striking visual program.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Britt Siess of Martin Literary Management

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Britt Siess is a literary agent with Martin Literary Management.

As a child, Britt was a voracious reader and she easily fell in love with fairytales about knights, dragons and wicked fairies. She grew up to attend the University of Washington where she earned her B.A. in both English Literature, and Cinema and Media Studies.

Britt looks for stories that are character driven and full of strong, resonating themes. She’s interested in literature that completely immerses readers into new worlds and that is imaginative and diverse. She also likes a little (dark) humor, and there must be stakes! She is particularly drawn to literature that makes us reflect on our own society and confront our choices.

She is currently accepting adult fiction submissions for science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller.

Britt is specifically looking for cyberpunk, steampunk, and speculative fiction (Particularly titles like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Soulless, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Power). She seeks epic fantasy, high fantasy, historical fantasy, and retellings of myths and fairytales (such as Winter of Ice and Iron, A Darker Shade of Magic, The Night Circus, Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and The Bear and the Nightingale). Pitch her with gothic horror, and thrillers (teminiscent of The Silent Companions, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and Sharp Objects)

​She enjoys magical realist literature (such as Wildwood and Elmet).

Britt is also accepting middle grade manuscripts with fantastical or supernatural elements. Some recent titles that have absolutely delighted her are Nightmares!, Shadow Weaver, and The House with Chicken Legs.

Britt has a strong background in publishing, having experience in both literary agencies and a book publisher. She has interned for the Taryn Fagerness Agency, Wales Literary Agency, and Martin Literary & Media Management. She comes from the sales division of The Quarto Group where she worked in domestic and foreign book sales. She’s delighted to be back at MLM as an Associate Literary Manager. Britt is a native of the Pacific North West, but has never gotten used to the rain. She usually escapes the weather by popping into her local comic book shop or settling into a cafe with an extra large coffee and a piece of cake.