PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2018 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 2018 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.
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.
Vicki Selvaggio is a literary agent with Storm Literary (formerly with Jennifer De Chiara Literary). She is seeking: “I am currently looking for lyrical picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, new adult, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, adult fiction but find I’m especially drawn to middle grade and young adult. I especially love thrillers and all elements of weird, creepy stuff. If it’s out of the box, and it will make me think and think, long after I’m done reading, send it to me! On the flip side, I yearn for books that make me laugh, cry and wonder about the world.” Learn more about Vicki here.
Rachel Beck is a literary agent with Holloway Literary. Rachel is currently looking for upmarket/book club women’s fiction; contemporary romance; issue-driven young adult; psychological, character-driven domestic suspense/thrillers; southern fiction; and select nonfiction. No historical, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, middle grade or children’s books please. Learn more about Rachel here.
Becky LeJeune is an associate literary agent with Bond Literary. She is actively building her client list, and is interested in adult and teen horror, mystery novels, thriller novels, historical fiction, science fiction novels, fantasy novels, and general fiction (both YA and adult). Learn more about Becky as well as her publishing history and more by clicking here.
Jill Marr is a literary agent with Sandra Dijkstra Literary. She is interested in: commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for nonfiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, sports, politics, current events, cookbooks, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir. Learn more about Jill here.
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.
Andrea Hurst is a writer, teacher, and founder of Andrea Hurst & Associates. She is seeking women’s fiction in these categories: upmarket/book club, straightforward women’s fiction, romance, historical, contemporary, suspense, and literary. She is also seeking adult/general suspense, mystery, thriller, adult epic fantasy, and military science fiction. Andrea is also looking for self-published authors with strong sales and market visibility for agent-assisted publishing. Learn more about Andrea here.
Kathleen Ortiz is a literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. She focuses on a diverse list of picture books, young adult books, and heavily-illustrated nonfiction titles, especially titles that can make her laugh out loud (bonus points if to the point of tears or snorting!). Her passion for travel (visited 17 countries and counting) strongly connects her with a book that exposes the reader to a lifestyle or world outside of their own every day life. On the nonfiction side, she’s specifically looking for prescriptive (especially geared toward parents, millenials and generation z), memoir, pop culture, and illustrated. Learn more about Kathleen here.
Agents Brian Tibbetts and Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary. [UPDATE: Agent Chip MacGregor had to cancel on the 2018 event, so his co-agent at MacGregor Literary, Brian Tibbetts, is coming on Chip’s behalf. Brian will be taking pitches for both himself as well as Chip as an ambassador of the agency for our 2018 event. Thanks.] Agent Brian Tibbetts is interested in representing new works of fiction and nonfiction for the general market. His areas of interest include literary fiction, young adult titles, new adult titles, science fiction, fantasy, horror, art and music memoirs, natural foods, alternative healing, and sustainability issues. Chip MacGregor seeks women’s fiction, inspirational/Christian fiction, mystery and crime. In nonfiction, he seeks primarily religion or spirituality books, but also relationships, parenting, and memoir from celebrities and/or religious personalities. Chip has a comprehensive knowledge of the industry—from book development to writing, acquisition to production, marketing to sales. Learn more about Brian and Chip 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.
Amy Levenson [SOLD OUT OF PITCH APPOINTMENTS] 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.
Cortney Radocaj is a literary agent assistant with Corvisiero Literary. Cortney will be taking pitches on behalf of herself as well as the entire Corvisiero agency. Cortney’s personal taste tends to gravitate toward certain genres – sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal/supernatural, dystopia, and psychological thrillers consistently draw her in. But while genre is an immediate hook for her, it isn’t her only requirement; she adores books with strong, dynamic, complex characters that have complicated and nuanced relationships with others. Cortney is happy to take pitches on behalf of her co-agents at Corvisiero Agency in the following fiction genres: contemporary romance, thriller, adventure, urban fantasy, middle grade (all kinds), erotica, LGBTQ, young adult (all kinds), romantic suspense, new adult, historical fiction, and magical realism. Learn more about Cortney here.
More 2018 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.)