Get to Know a Publisher in Attendance: Liz Pelletier of Entangled Publishing

Screen Shot 2019-01-17 at 6.49.25 PM.pngLiz Pelletier is the publisher of Entangled Publishing.

She is taking pitches for adult romance, YA romance, and mainstream adult thrillers.

Coming out of the dot com era, serial entrepreneur Liz Pelletier has more than thirty years of experience in software engineering, systems analysis, and business management. In 2011, Liz channeled her love of romantic fiction and co-founded Entangled Publishing.

Her mission statement was simple: offer authors the highest royalties in the industry, combined with an agile publishing program, intense focus on quality, and market-driven analysis, in an effort to bridge the gap between traditional and self-publishing opportunities. Over the past five years, Entangled has gone from a small start-up to a powerhouse romance publisher, with more than 1200 titles released to date. Liz lives in Colorado, is supporting her twins through college, and has an unwavering love of “Game of Thrones.”

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Alex Barba of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2019-01-13 at 4.32.20 PM.pngAlex Barba is a literary agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

Alex joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in 2018, where she is building her list, seeking submissions in young adult and middle grade.

Previously with Inklings Literary Agency, she has degrees in political science and public policy, and worked as a literary scout in New York and in story development in Los Angeles. A traveler at heart, she’s lived in Spain and studied in Southeast Asia and Germany, but her favorite journeys always seem to be into the pages of a good book.

What she is looking for:

“I am primarily looking for contemporary, but will also welcome light fantasy or sci-fi. A clever retelling or reimagining of an old classic – fairy tales, myths – is always thrilling, particularly with a magical, mystical storybook feel that is nonetheless tangible enough to imagine in today’s world (favorite book of all time: Ella Enchanted). I love escapist fantasy grounded in accessible characters. I’m craving feminist tales and diverse voices, particularly of the speak-truth-to-power persuasion/#resistance from young women characters.

“Young Adult: Contemporary and fantasy YA with a strong, unique voice is my first love. I enjoy compelling romance with an interesting hook, and anything set in a beach town (gotta love those summer reads). I love issue-driven stories, slightly dark/subversive story lines for upper YA, and friendships that go the distance. I love a gothic tone or a light fantasy. I’m also open to commercial fiction with YA crossover appeal – those bold, coming-of-age stories for both the adult and young adult audiences.

“Middle Grade: Positive stories with nerdy girl or boy characters, stories about that awkward tween phase, and historical fiction (I want the next American Girl series so badly). Mischievous MG characters are my fave.”

For more, follow me on Twitter @AlexandraBarba.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Elizabeth Copps of Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.

Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 12.53.16 PM.pngElizabeth Copps is a literary agent with Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.

“I migrated from Florida to start my career with Maria Carvainis Agency as an intern in 2010. In 2011 I signed on with the agency as a full-time assistant, and two years later I moved to Associate Agent.

“I represent a wide range of genres from middle grade and young adult, to adult contemporary + literary fiction, mystery, psychological thriller, women’s fiction, historical fiction, horror, and select nonfiction projects. I’m an equal fan of hilarious stories as well as dark, gritty and sinister reads.

“For me, the very best books are timeless, thought provoking, and discussion spurring. I want to see characters who burst off the page and elicit some sort of emotional response in their readers. There are only so many settings and themes to expound on, but every single person is different which means there are limitless combinations of character traits a writer can play with. That’s pretty amazing. The King said it best regarding what it means to create a complex character: “Bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do―to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Becky LeJeune of Bond Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 12.39.51 PM.pngBecky LeJeune is a literary agent with Bond Literary Agency.

Becky met founder Sandra Bond at the Denver Publishing Institute when she was a student there in 2007. After DPI, she spent 2 years working as the managing editor for a cookbook imprint, and then 5 years as an acquisitions editor at The History Press before joining Sandra at BLA in 2014.

Becky is interested in adult and teen general (mainstream) fiction — horror, mystery/thriller, historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary

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Kristin Nelson is a literary agent and the founder of Nelson Literary.

“I currently specialize in representing literary crossover novels with one foot firmly in a genre, literary commercial novels, upmarket women’s fiction, all subgenres of young adult/middle grade, and select projects in thriller, science fiction, fantasy, and single-title romance.

“My goal as an agent is simple: I want every client of mine to make a living solely from writing and 90% of my authors do without help from any other source of income. I established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade+ of my career, I’ve represented more than forty New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Although I’m a very nice Midwesterner, I’ve heard through the grapevine that editors call me ‘a hard-working bulldog agent that will fight for you.’ What a compliment!

“When not busy selling books, I’m quite sporty. I attempt to play tennis and golf. I also love playing Bridge (where I’m the youngest person in the club). On weekends my husband Brian and I can be found in the mountains hiking with our 14-year old rat terrier, Chutney.”