PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2019 Seattle Writing Workshop 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. More 2019 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.
Natalie Grazian is an associate literary agent at Martin Literary Management. Natalie is eager to build her adult fiction list. She is currently accepting queries for commercial, upmarket, and literary adult fiction. Natalie would love it if you sent her contemporary fantasy (in the vein of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians). She’s drawn to dark comedy that still carries a beating heart—because at the end of the day, she turns to books to find humanity. She is highly interested in reimagined myths and fairytales from different cultures, historical fiction, and a good quest narrative in any genre. More than anything, she looks for complex characters who make the unrelatable relatable, and for a smart, distinctive narrative voice. At this time, she’s not seeking military thrillers, sports stories, or romance novels. Learn more about Natalie here.
Rachel Letofsky is a literary agent with Cooke McDermid. Rachel is actively seeking: ground-breaking and heart-breaking middle grade and YA titles in all genres. She is drawn to works with a whimsical nature or a grounded, gritty edge in equal measure, though in either instance, unforgettable characters and original concepts are a must. She also has a natural soft spot for exquisite literary fiction. In nonfiction, Rachel is looking for narrative-driven memoirs, and anything quirky, life affirming or mind blowing. Learn more about Rachel here.
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, 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.
Erin Calligan Mooney is a senior editor with Amazon Publishing — specifically the imprints Little A, and TOPPLE Books. She is seeking: While Erin herself focuses mostly on nonfiction, she will be taking pitches for all of the genres & categories of Little A and TOPPLE Books. Little A is the literary fiction and nonfiction imprint of Amazon Publishing. From compelling novels to riveting memoirs, Little A publishes thought-provoking titles that challenge and excite. TOPPLE Books spotlights the voices of woman of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer writers. Learn more about Erin here.
Cortney Radocaj is a literary agent at Corvisiero Literary. She seeks young adult, new adult, and adult fiction in various genres. She represents fantasy of all shades (dark, low, high, urban—ALL OF IT), science fiction (character-centered is a plus), steampunk, cyberpunk, mythology/fairytale retellings (be subtle), gothic fiction, particularly Southern gothic, paranormal (but if it’s vampires/werewolves, there needs to be a twist or something unique!), mainstream contemporary fiction (needs to have a strong, unique hook), psychological horror, and magical realism. For any genre she takes, she appreciates LGBTQ storylines and neurodiversity. Learn more about Cortney here.
Adria 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.
Kelli Martin is a literary agent with Wendy Sherman Associates. She is seeking: Kelli is passionate about building the agency’s romance program, and is also excited to discover new talent and shape content in commercial women’s fiction and book club / upmarket fiction. Learn more about Kelli here.
Britt Siess is a literary agent with Martin Literary Management. 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. She seeks epic fantasy, high fantasy, historical fantasy, and retellings of myths and fairytales. Pitch her with gothic horror, and thrillers, magical realist literature (such as Wildwood and Elmet), and middle grade manuscripts with fantastical or supernatural elements. Learn more about Britt here.
Laurel Symonds is a literary agent with The Bent Agency. She is seeking young adult fiction (all kinds), middle grade fiction (all kinds), chapter books, and picture books (both text only and author-illustrator work). She also seems excellent illustrators and children’s nonfiction. “I am seeking young adult and middle-grade fiction with earnest, engaging voices set in immersive worlds. Fantasy, contemporary, historical settings, retellings, and manuscripts with unique elements are of specific interest. In particular, I am seeking voices that have previously been underrepresented and stories that have been overlooked.” Learn more about Laurel here.
Jennifer Worick is the editorial director of Sasquatch Books. 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.” Learn more about Jennifer here.
Michael Neff is an editor and independent literary agent for AEI Films and Books. He is seeking: speculative fiction of all kinds — including, but not limited, to: science fiction, science-fantasy, fantasy, and all sub genres. Query reviews: While Michael is taking pitches like other attending agents and editors, he is also happy to use his 10-minute meeting slots for quick query reviews, as well, if the attendee prefers. Please note that he prefers speculative fiction to review (in terms of queries), and the critique is limited to the 10-minute time slot. Learn more about Michael here.
Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Fuse Literary. For nonfiction, he represents memoir (adult, new adult, young adult, graphic), cookbooks, food narratives, illustrated/art, photography, political books, current events, pop science, pop culture (especially punk culture and geek culture), self-help, how to, humor, pets, business and career. For fiction, he seeks high concept suspense, literary fiction (young adult, adult), and graphic novels (any age). He is not looking for religious fiction, genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, fantasy), legal thrillers, New Age, picture books, middle grade, novellas or screenplays. Learn more about Gordon here.
Clelia Gore is a literary agent at Martin Literary Management. Clelia acquires picture book, middle grade and young adult books. She is particularly interested in developing her nonfiction clientele. With apologies, Clelia is no longer accepting new adult fiction queries at this time. Learn more about Clelia here.
Rachael Bradley is an agent assistant at Speilburg Literary, assisting founding literary agent Alice Speilburg. At the 2019 workshop, Rachael will be attending on Alice’s behalf of hearing pitches for Alice. About what Alice seeks: In nonfiction, Alice is looking for authors with established platforms, especially journalists and academics, who are writing cultural narratives, microhistory, and pop science In fiction, Alice is looking for character-driven novels that fall under the following genres: historical fiction, mainstream fiction (with elements of fantasy, mystery, and/or horror), fairytale/folklore fantasy, mystery, suspense, and young adult. Learn more about Rachael and Alice here.
Rae Loverde is an agent assistant at Donald Maass Literary Agency. At the 2019 event, she will be taking pitches at the workshop on behalf of Kiana Nguyen, a literary agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency who is seeking the following: contemporary romances like Alisha Rai and Alyssa Cole; adult sci-fi that feels like “Black Mirror”; psychological thrillers; young adult thrillers and contemporary that’s queer, POC, or features a mystery; and for all categories except romance, the darker, the better. Learn more about Rae and her co-agents here.
More 2019 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. You can pitch as many agents & editors as like you wish.
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.)