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

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Amy 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, popular culture, and cookery. She is actively seeking non-fiction, especially with topics in heath and nutrition, cookbooks, lifestyle and popular culture. She is especially drawn to new trends or new takes on old favorites, strong voice and dynamic platforms, and is 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.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Neal Swain of Wales Literary

Screen Shot 2019-12-09 at 10.11.03 PMNeal Swain is a literary agent with Wales Literary.

Subjects of interest for the agency are: mainstream and literary fiction, graphic novels, narrative-driven nonfiction and memoirs— with particular emphasis on science, nature, social justice, politics, health, food writing, and culture.

Neal graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in History. She handles permissions, marketing, and publicity for the agency.

Recently published and forthcoming titles represented by the Agency include: At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life by Samuel Harrington, MD (Hachette, 2018); Our Native Bees by Paige Embry (Timber/Workman, 2018); Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery (Norton, 2017), a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing; Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little, Brown, 2017); Witness Tree by Lynda Mapes (Bloomsbury, 2017); Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Thankful: A Year in Small Town Government (Algonquin, 2019) by Heather Lende, author of NY Times Bestseller, If You Lived Here, You’d Know My Name and Find the Good (Algonquin, 2016) — the latter two titles have been optioned for TV by Freemantle Media; and Victory Parade, a graphic novel about WWII by Leela Corman (Schocken/Pantheon, 2019), author of Unterzakhn, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, 2013 Le Prix Artemisia, and the Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album.

Also among are agency clients are: Dan Savage, David Mas Masumoto, Julia A. Boyd, Peter Donahue, Gordon Edgar, Kenny Fries, Jean Hegland, Martin Laird, Cinthia Ritchie, and Robert Spector.

Agency titles have appeared on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and other national bestseller lists and earned strong reviews.

Agency client awards include: American Book Awards, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Literary Award, the Anisfeld-Wolf Book Award, the AWP Award, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Guggenheim Awards, the Harvard Goldsmith Award, a Julia Child Literary Food Writing Award, Lambda Literary Awards, Lannan Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Congress, MacArthur Fellowships, NEA Fellowships, PEN Awards, the Polk Award, Pulitzer Prize finalists, Pushcart Prizes, Rockefeller Grants, and Washington State Book Awards.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Garrett Alwert of Emerald City Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 9.15.19 PM.pngGarrett Alwert is an associate literary agent with Emerald City Literary Agency.

He and the agency represent young adult and middle grade — specifically in the areas of romance, thriller/mystery, magical realism and sci-fi (no kidlit fantasy for him).

Prior to joining Emerald City Literary, Garrett graduated from Washington State University with a degree in business. He played professional baseball and worked as a contractor until he found his true passion in publishing. In 2016 he began interning for Mandy Hubbard then became Agency Assistant before being promoted to Associate Agent. A long-time book lover Garrett can be found reading just about anything he can get his hands on. He is currently co-representing multiple authors alongside co-agent Mandy Hubbard.