PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2019 San Diego 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.
Annie Bomke is a literary agent and the founder of Annie Bomke Literary Agency. She has worked on a wide variety of genres including mainstream and literary fiction, self-help, business, health/diet, memoir, parenting, relationships, psychology, and humor, but she is most passionate about character-driven literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and psychology. Learn more about Annie here.
Rae Loverde is an agent assistant at Donald Maass Literary University. At the 2019 event, she will be taking pitches at the workshop on behalf of her co-agents. Her co-agent Kiana Nguyen is seeking the following: contemporary romances like Alisha Rai and Alyssa Cole; adult sci-fi that feels like “Black Mirror”; psychological thrillers; in YA, she’s looking for thrillers and contemporary that’s queer, POC, or features a mystery; in all categories except romance, the darker, the better. Her co-agent Caitlin McDonald is seeking the following: all science fiction & fantasy fiction for adult, YA, and MG, especially secondary world fantasy and alternate history; genre-bending or cross-genre fiction, and stories that examine tropes from a new angle; diversity of all kinds, including (but not limited to) race, gender, sexuality, and ability, in both characters and worldbuilding. Learn more about Rae here.
Carlie Webber is a literary agent with Fuse Literary. She represents fiction in the genres of: young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She does not want to rep picture books, easy readers, poetry, scripts or curriculum nonfiction. She no longer seeks nonfiction (or memoir) of any kind. Learn more about Carlie here.
Laura Bradford is a literary agent and founder of Bradford Literary Agency. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following genres: romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers, young adult, upper middle grade, as well as some select nonfiction. Learn more about Laura here.
Faye Atchison is a literary agent with McBride Literary. Faye is interested in in both commercial and niche fiction and nonfiction. Fiction interests include YA, speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy), commercial fantasy, women’s fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, paranormal, unconventional westerns, and anything with unique, well-drawn characters and a dark or offbeat sense of humor. Her nonfiction interests include pop culture, music, history, health, inspirational (but not spiritual), and extremely well-written narrative nonfiction. Learn more about Faye here.
Masha Gunic is a literary agent with Azantian Literary. Middle grade: “I am excited to find middle grade novels across all genres. Bring on the adventure, the creepy, the spine-chilling horror, the historical, the imaginative, and the laugh-out-loud funny!” Young adult: “I’m looking for exciting, high-concept and commercial young adult novels that keep me reading chapter after chapter until I’m all done and craving more, as well as unique literary works and contemporary fiction (including comedies, drama, romance, thrillers, and mysteries with satisfying twists). I’m also open to historical fiction, science fiction, low fantasy, and magical realism, but I’m not the right match for high fantasy.” Learn more about Masha here.
Beth Marshea is a literary agent and the founder of Ladderbird Agency. She is seeking literary fiction, women’s fiction, adult fantasy (specifically looking for non-European centric fantasy), adult science fiction (quick, exciting, fun adventures), crime novels, and YA sci-fi & fantasy. Beth is not seeking horror, middle grade, picture books, or historical fiction. Learn more about Beth here.
Elise Capron is a literary agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She is interested in fiction that has unforgettable writing, a distinctive narrative voice, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. She aims to work with writers who are getting their work published regularly in literary magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. On the nonfiction front, Elise is looking for fascinating true stories told in a compelling way. She is especially interested in working with up-and-coming scholars (particularly historians) who are looking to transition from the academic market to a trade readership, as well as journalists. And while she will consider memoir, please note that she is very selective. Learn more about Elise here.
Hannah Mann is a literary agent with Writers House. She is seeking: Young adult, middle grade, and picture books. Details below. Young Adult: “I especially love realistic and witty YA (that includes drama, romance, comedy, thrillers, mystery—or hybrids of these!), but I’m open to low fantasy and magical realism that doesn’t account for too much happenstance. Middle Grade: “I look for funny and dramatic (or both!) MG novels about friendships (including those with animals), and the complexity of individual families. Brave or whimsical adventure stories starring unlikely characters and underdogs are great, and I look for honest, funny, and unique voice here, full of heart, smarts, and humor.” Picture Books:”While I’m presently focusing on acquiring older formats, in general, I look for artful, human, and/or humorous stories and artwork driven by expressive characters. I seek illustration with something fresh going on (or that pays homage to a classic with its own modern layering). I’m additionally a fan of tender/gentle picture books.” Learn more about Hannah here.
Sandra O’Donnell, Ph.D. is a literary agent & founding partner of O’Donnell Literary. In fiction, she’s looking for stories with compelling characters that jump off the page — historical fiction, courtroom dramas, upmarket fiction and historically-based conspiracy thrillers that keep her up all night. For nonfiction, she seeks narrative nonfiction, memoir, cultural studies, popular culture, history, and religion/spiritual. Learn more about Sandra here.
Taylor Martindale Kean is a literary agent with Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. Taylor is looking for young adult fiction, literary middle grade fiction, and young adult and middle grade nonfiction. She is interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices in contemporary, fantasy and historical novels. She is looking for books that demand to be read. More than anything, Taylor is looking for diverse, character-driven stories that bring their worlds vividly to life, voices that are honest, original and interesting. When considering nonfiction projects, Taylor uses much the same approach, and hopes to find authors with fresh ideas and perspectives, with writing that is accessible, entertaining, and compelling. Learn more about Taylor here.
Natalie Lakosil is an agent at the Bradford Literary Agency. Her specialties are children’s literature (from picture book through teen and new adult), romance (contemporary and historical), cozy mystery/crime, upmarket women’s/general fiction and select children’s nonfiction. Her interests include historical, multicultural, magical realism, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, middle grade with heart, and short, quirky or character-driven picture books. She is always drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, professionalism, good grammar, and fantastical, beautifully written, engaging and sexy plots. Natalie is not looking for: inspirational novels, memoir, romantic suspense, adult thrillers, poetry, screenplays. Learn more about Natalie here.
Jessica Watterson has been a literary agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency since 2013. Jessica is always on the hunt for new and diverse voices, and is most interested in all genres of romance, as well as women’s fiction. She is also interested in author illustrated picture books that capture the fun and joy of reading between adults and children. Learn more about Jessica here.
Jill Kramer is a literary agent at Waterside. She is seeking: all types of adult, new adult, and young adult fiction, with the exception of sci-fi/fantasy. (No middle grade or picture books, please.) She also represents nonfiction books in the areas of: mind-body-spirit, self-help, celebrity memoirs, relationships, sociology, finance, psychology, health and fitness, diet/nutrition/cooking, inspiration, business/politics/history, family/parenting issues, and more. Learn more about Jill 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.
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.)