Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 10.24.14 PM.pngCourtney Miller-Callihan is a literary agent and the founder of Handspun Literary Agency.

Handspun Literary Agency is a boutique, full-service literary agency based in San Diego, California. Founder and agent Courtney Miller-Callihan has nearly fifteen years’ experience in book publishing, first in the contracts and subsidiary rights departments at Penguin Random House, and then at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in New York, one of the oldest literary agencies in the country. She prides herself on a hands-on, long-term approach to her clients’ careers.

Handspun’s list of authors includes award-winning, bestselling, and critically lauded writers. Hybrid authors are welcomed.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., Literature), and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., English), Courtney lives in San Diego with her family, and travels frequently for meetings and conferences. She is always looking for stories she can’t stop reading.

For adult fiction, Courtney represents mainstream fiction (including historical fiction and women’s fiction), romance (all subgenres except inspirational), and mystery novels.

For nonfiction, Courtney represents work targeting all age groups (children and adults). Though she will consider nonfiction on any topic, work that deals primarily with issues of religion or spirituality is unlikely to be a good fit.

She is not currently accepting new middle grade, young adult, early reader, or picture book submissions. Novels that strike her fancy often involve one or more of the following:

  • flawed, active protagonists
  • feminist sensibilities
  • LGBTQ+ elements and characters
  • diverse cast of characters
  • differently abled people (including mental illness)
  • dark sense of humor
  • elements of magical realism
  • nerdy pop-culture references
  • food
  • happy or happy-ish endings
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