PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2020 Colorado Writing Workshop (July 25, 2020) 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 2020 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.
PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:
Jennifer Chen Tran is an agent at Bradford Literary. Jennifer is very interested in diverse writers and #ownvoices from underrepresented/ marginalized communities, strong and conflicted characters who are not afraid to take emotional risks, stories about multi-generational conflict, war and post-war fiction, and writing with a developed sense of place. In nonfiction, she loves books that broaden her world view or shed new light on “big ideas.” In fiction, she wants women’s fiction (contemporary, upmarket, literary), select young adult (must have distinct voice), select middle grade, graphic novels and visually-driven projects. In nonfiction, she seeks narrative nonfiction (biography, current affairs, medical, investigative journalism, history, how-to, music, pop-culture, travel), cookbooks & culinary projects, lifestyle (home, design, beauty, fashion), business books (social entrepreneurship, female and/or minority-led businesses, and innovation), select memoir with an established platform, parenting, relationships and psychology, and mind/body/spirit. Learn more about Jennifer here.
Lesley Sabga is a literary agent with The Seymour Agency. Lesley loves intricate and vivid world-building and character driven plots. She is actively acquiring middle grade sci-fi & fantasy, young adult sci-fi & fantasy, and adult sci-fi & fantasy. She is always down to read a dark and twisty suspense or thriller featuring strong, female protagonists. She also loves a classic happily-ever-after romance or curling up with a good mystery. She is also interested in acquiring narrative nonfiction. Learn more about Lesley here.
Rachelle Gardner is a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Agency. For adult fiction, she seeks submissions in both the general and Christian markets — for women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, family saga, historical, legal, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, and romance. For nonfiction, she seeks both Christian market and general market projects: memoirs, home life, current affairs, health & diet, narrative nonfiction, popular culture, self-help, women’s and issues. Platform is important, so be sure to highlight it in your pitch. She occasionally looks at devotionals. Learn more about Rachelle here.
Keely Boeving is an Agent with Wordserve Literary. For general fiction, she will consider contemporary and literary fiction; as well as middle grade and YA (no fantasy, please). For adult nonfiction, Keely is looking for well-researched nonfiction books in the areas of health and wellness, business (especially books targeting women in the workplace), parenting and family life, social justice, and religious studies; as well as projects from diverse and under-represented voices. She is also seeking narrative nonfiction and memoir. For the Christian market, she is seeking books in the areas of Christian Living, spiritual transformation, devotion and worship, and women’s topics including motherhood, relationships and marriage, work-life balance, and calling. Learn more about Keely here.
Elizabeth Copps is a literary agent with Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc. “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.” Learn more about Elizabeth here.
Jori Hanna is a literary scout for CYLE Literary Elite. As a literary agent, Jori personally seeks/represents suspense novels of any kind. But she is also acting as a literary scout for all of CYLE Literary Elite’s agents. That means she is happy to take pitches for picture books, board books, chapter books, middle grade (any kind), young adult (any kind), science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, romance, historical, women’s, Christian fiction, literary fiction, and mainstream fiction. In nonfiction, her agency seeks devotionals, self-help, inspirational, and parenting. Learn more about Jori here.
Alex 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. “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.” Learn more about Alex here.
Becky LeJeune is a literary agent with Bond Literary Agency. Becky is interested in adult and teen general (mainstream) fiction — horror, mystery/thriller, historical fiction, science fiction novels, and fantasy novels. Learn more about Becky here.
Angie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development for Nelson Literary. Angie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency. At the 2020 Colorado conference, she is taking pitches on behalf of all four agents at her agency: Kristin Nelson, Danielle Burby, Joanna Mackenzie, and Quressa Robinson. Nelson Literary Agency represents most commercial-fiction genres, including upmarket and literary fiction, for readers of all ages, but at this time, they are most actively acquiring fiction for middle grade, young-adult, and adult audiences. At this event, we will not be taking pitches for screenplays, nonfiction, memoir, picture books, short-story collections, poetry, or work for the Christian/inspirational market. We are most interested in literary or upmarket voices in commercial packages, wonderfully realized characters, untold stories from underrepresented communities, immersive world building, and complex narrative approaches. Before your pitch appointment with Angie, please visit this page: Learn more about Angie here.
Liz Pelletier is the publisher of Entangled Publishing. She is taking pitches for adult romance, YA romance, and mainstream adult thrillers. Learn more about Liz here.
More 2020 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.)