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.

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

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 2.36.39 PM.pngValerie 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 Agent in Attendance: Clelia Gore of Martin Literary Management

Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 12.55.03 PM.pngClelia Gore is a literary agent at Martin Literary Management.

She represents: juvenile fiction, children’s books, young adult, middle grade, chapter books, picture books, board books, and nonfiction across all children’s categories.

It was when Clelia first read Charlotte’s Web in the first grade that she got hooked by the magic of books. Her love of children’s books carried through adulthood and she is delighted to dedicate her life to bringing quality books and stories to young (and whimsical adult!) readers.

Clelia is originally from New Jersey and lived in New York City for several years prior to moving to Seattle. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College. She received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and practiced law as a corporate litigator in New York City.

In 2011, she decided to dedicate her career to books and reentered graduate school at Emerson College. In 2013, she received her master’s degree in Publishing and Writing. While she was studying publishing and taking creative writing courses at Emerson, Clelia worked as a managing editorial intern in the children’s book division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Clelia also honed her editorial skills as an editorial intern at Oxford University Press. She also taught academic writing and research courses to freshman students at Emerson College.

Clelia attends writing and publishing conferences. She also sits on the board of directors for Poetry Northwest magazine.

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

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 3.39.17 PM.pngElizabeth 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.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lindsay Mealing of Emerald City Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 4.20.58 PM.pngLindsay Mealing is a literary agent with Emerald City Literary.

Lindsay has been writing stories since she could first hold a pencil. It wasn’t until she sat down to edit a manuscript for the first time she realized her true love was not on the writing side of the publishing industry, but the business side. She began interning for Mandy in early 2015 and quickly realized agenting was what she wanted to do forever more.

Lindsay is a self-proclaimed nerd, loving everything science fiction and fantasy – from epic tomes to gaming. She fell head over heels with the SFF genre when she read KUSHIEL’S DART by Jacqueline Carey (she even has Phedre’s marque tattooed on her back).

You can find Lindsay on Twitter @lindsaymealing.

Lindsay represents: science fiction, fantasy, and young adult.

She does not rep middle grade, nonfiction, short fiction, or adult fiction outside the science fiction and fantasy genres.

Lindsay’s wish list:

  • intrigue, espionage, politics
  • dark fantasy
  • space opera
  • epic sci-fi/fantasy with huge stakes and strong world building
  • morally grey stories and characters
  • gothic horror
  • cyberpunk
  • beautiful literary stories that will make me cry
  • historical fantasy
  • dark, twisty contemporary YA
  • anti-heroes/heroines
  • gaming/geek culture