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, 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.

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.

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Scott Eagan of Greyhaus Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 1.03.44 PM.pngScott Eagan is the founding literary agent of Greyhaus Literary.

Scott specializes in new adult romance, single title contemporary romance (think “old school” Danielle Steel romances that focus on relationships), single title historical romance (any time period, but no Westerns of Civil War), single title paranormal romance (looking for unique and different; no high fantasy please), single title romantic suspense, women’s fiction (i.e., book club fiction). Scott will consider previously published books if they fit the mold of what he represents.

Scott draws on his extensive background in education, writing and literature to assist the writers at Greyhaus. He has a BA in English/Literature, a MA in Creative Writing and a MA in Literacy. Scott is also a writer (done mostly as a hobby) and is an active member of the Romance Writers of America. Outside of his work at the agency, he continues teaching writing on a part-time basis, works as a stay at home dad and continues to be active in community work including assisting the University of Puget Sound Alumni Program. Scott is also a USA Swimming Official so you can frequently find him on the deck of a pool. If not there, you can frequently find him flexing his theater muscles in local community theatre productions.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Valerie Noble of Donaghy Literary Group

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Valerie Noble is the senior agent at Donaghy Literary Group.  

Valerie loves science fiction and fantasy (think Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins) but reads everything under the sun. For her, it’s more about the writing and less about the genre. In saying that, Valerie is generally not interested in romance or paranormal.

She is actively seeking young adult fiction and adult fiction in the following areas:

  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Historical Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction

While studying chemistry at California State University, Long Beach, Valerie mastered the art of doing proper research, particularly for technical writing. Her love of science and reading merged when she began penning her first novel in the midst of her studies. In true scientific fashion, Valerie researched all there was to know about publishing. She connected with agents, editors, and other writers, and interned for Jessica Sinsheimer of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Alison Dasho of Montlake

Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 1.11.32 AM.pngAlison Dasho began her editorial career at Bleak House Books in Madison, Wisconsin, where she acquired, edited, and managed production of just about every title on the list until 2009. 

She later co-founded Tyrus Books, a mystery book publisher, also in Madison.  For ten years prior to joining Amazon, Alison worked as a developmental editor, tackling projects across several genres including suspense, romance, sci-fi, and young adult.

She currently acquires for Montlake, the romance imprint of Amazon Publishing.

She seeks contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries & thrillers with romantic elements.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Elizabeth Wales of Wales Literary

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Elizabeth Wales is the owner and principal agent of Wales Literary Agency.

She is seeking: quality works of fiction and narrative nonfiction. The Agency is especially interested in story-driven narratives, new voices, and progressive cultural points of view.

The agency does not represent self-help, how-to, children’s books, romance, genre fiction in general (fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, mysteries), or screenplays.

Elizabeth began her career in publishing at Oxford University Press in 1980. She also worked at the Strand Bookstore and in trade sales and marketing at Viking Penguin in New York. A graduate of Smith College, she did graduate work in Literature at Columbia University. Member of Association of Author’s Representatives, Inc. (AAR) and the Authors’ Guild.

Founded in 1990, Wales Literary Agency (originally Levant & Wales) represents more than 60 clients and several independent presses. Seattle-based, the agency has come to be regarded as a competitive boutique agency with a quality list.

Client titles have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists, Publishers Weekly, and other national bestseller lists; earned strong reviews; and attracted a long list of awards and grants.