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.


Get to Know an Agent: Cortney Radocaj of Belcastro Agency

Screen Shot 2019-10-27 at 2.58.15 PMCortney Radocaj is a literary agent with Belcastro Agency.

She is seeking:

Young adult, new adult, and adult fiction in the following genres & categories:

  • LGBTQIA+ (particularly F/F)
  • Neurodiversity
  • Contemporary
  • Horror
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Steampunk
  • Cyberpunk
  • Mythology/fairytale retellings
  • Gothic fiction, particularly Southern gothic
  • Paranormal
  • Magical realism

She is NOT seeking:

– MG
– Children’s/Picture Books
– Crime/detective fiction
– Mysteries
– Political/military thrillers
– Nonfiction
– Novellas, short story collections, poetry collections, or screenplays

“Born and raised in Eastern Washington, I’m currently an associate agent at the Belcastro Agency. When I’m not doing book-related things, I’m spending time with my husband, my animals, or attempting a new craft I’ll never spend enough time on to truly get good at. Supernatural and The Office are constantly running on my TV, and I adore watching creative shows (i.e. baking shows and Project Runway are my ish).”

“I’m a member of the LGBTQIA+ community (#BisexualPride! <3) and of the neurodiverse community. I love to see healthy representation of queer and neurodiverse identities, espcially in SFF, and I’m ecstatic to find and represent books that would have benefited me as a teen. I adore seeing works that celebrate and normalize these experiences, particularly in YA. Compelling characters are what grab me the most; I love books with strong, dynamic, complex characters that have complicated and nuanced relationships with others—especially romances! I love romantic threads that weave in seamlessly with the plot and characters’ motivations, particularly in SFF. In regard to POVs, the closer, the better; I want to live inside characters’ heads when I read, and love as little distance as possible. I enjoy when authors break stereotypes and tropes, and I love when plots and characters surprise her, leaving her breathless on the edge of her seat.”

“Some of my favorite books: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas; City of Bones by Cassandra Clare; The Shining and IT by Stephen King; Tithe by Holly Black; Skinned by Robin Wasserman; This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab; The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth.”

“I’m a Hufflepuff to the core with a penchant for punk, a weakness for puns, and the ferocity of dragons.”


Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Tara Gilbert of Corvisiero Literary

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Tara Gilbert is a jr. literary agent with Corvisiero Agency. At the 2020 Seattle conference, she is taking pitches on behalf of herself as well as co-agents.

Tara wants nothing more than to live and breathe literature. While every other girl grew up wanting to be Cinderella, Tara dreamed about being Belle. Not because she wanted a Beast to call her own. No. She wanted to spend her days with her nose stuck in a book and to find a home with a gigantic library.

Personally, she is seeking all kinds of young adult and middle grade, adult sci-fi, adult fantasy, graphic novels, contemporary fiction, and romance. On behalf of co-agents, she will take pitches for historical novels, women’s fiction, mainstream/general fiction, and children’s picture books.

When Tara isn’t reading for pleasure, writing, critiquing manuscripts for her CPs, or interning; she is a full-time recruiter and part-time student trying to get her Bachelors in English. She is happily married with four fur-babies in Portland, Oregon.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Leslie Varney of Prentis Literary

Screen Shot 2019-12-26 at 12.09.15 PMLeslie Varney is a literary agent and co-president of Prentis Literary.

She specializes in adult speculative fiction — science fiction and fantasy — for adults, young adult, and middle grade. Leslie has also established herself as a specialist in genre-bending fiction, enthusiastically representing authors whose works defy easy classification.

“It was never my plan to learn to read. In fact, I resisted it with all my five-year-old might, which was fairly significant. My favorite times were when my dad would read to me and I was afraid that when I learned to read myself, those lovely times would end. But my dad’s plan was different and his will was equal to mine. After many knock-down battles, and lots of Dick and Jane, I reluctantly learned.”

“I grew up during the mid-70s on my family’s hippie farm, situated in a small middle-class town in the Hudson Valley. This would have made me unique in any case, but the fact that we had no television was downright bizarre. While all my friends were watching re-runs of the “Brady Bunch” (again), I was re-reading “A Wizard of Earthsea” (again). Or “Watership Down”, “A Wrinkle in Time”, “The Crystal Cave”, whatever was around. Luckily for me, there were always books around. And, since my dad’s favorite books tended to the fantasy and science fiction genres, my house was a fantastic playground of interesting ideas and wonderful stories. I was known as the weird kid who always had a book with her. If you couldn’t find me, I was probably hiding in Oz. Instead of doing my boring chores, I was Laura Ingalls Wilder, and her chores were exciting frontier adventures! There were no limits when it came to stories and there was always somewhere wonderful to visit.”

“I am pleased as punch that now I get to help authors bring new worlds, new ideas, and new magic to the literary world. I will always love the oral story-telling tradition, but my appreciation for the written work knows no bounds and I love being a part of bringing that passion to new readers. It turns out that my dad’s plan was better than mine after all.”