Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Alisha West of Victress Literary

Alisha West is a literary agent with Victress Literary.

“We work with all genres of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction but are especially interested certain genres.”

In fiction, the agency seeks:

  • Adult – Contemporary, Family Saga, Historical, Horror, LGBTQIA2+, Literary, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller
  • Young Adult – Contemporary, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Literary, Mystery
  • Middle Grade – Contemporary, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery

In nonfiction, the agent seeks: cultural/social issues, history, humor, journalism, LGBTQIA2+, memoir, music, pets, sports, true crime, women’s issues.

The agency is NOT interested in: Picture books, religious, high fantasy, graphic novels, short stories, westerns, inspirational, business, finance, gardening, home decorating & design, religious, self-help, spirituality

Alisha has had a life-long love affair with stories, earning a BA in English and an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her thesis, Exploring the Missing Pieces: Readers, Religion and Societal relations in One Magazine, 1954-1963, concerns one of the first widely circulated gay and lesbian magazines published in the U.S. (downloaded 300+ times). Her personal essay, “Walking Sweet Dee,” took third place in the Adult Short Topic category of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association’s Literary Contest in 2022.

After bonding with Lizz during the after party of the PNWA awards ceremony, Alisha jumped at the chance to join Victress Literary as an editorial assistant in November 2022. Because of her commitment, cheerleading, and creativity, she was promoted to Junior Agent in May 2023. Her favorite tasks include reading submissions and editing manuscripts from Victress clients.

When Alisha isn’t reading, editing or writing about women’s rights and queer history, she enjoys playing with her fur babies (Roary Gilmore, Sweet Dee and Charlie Kelly), practicing guitar, gaming, and watching all the best stories film has to offer with her partner, Matt.


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