PITCH YOUR BOOK TO A LITERARY AGENT:
These one-on-one meetings at the 2019 Colorado Writing Workshop (July 27, 2019) 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.
PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:
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.
Caroline George is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite. She is a generalist, and seeks many genres of fiction, including: picture books, middle grade contemporary, middle grade sci-fi/fantasy, YA contemporary, YA sci-fi/fantasy, historical, women’s, mystery, thriller, romance, adult science fiction and fantasy, Christian/inspirational fiction, horror literary fiction, and mainstream fiction. Regarding nonfiction, she likes memoir, inspirational, self-help, and socially relevant titles. Get to know more about Caroline here.
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.” Learn more about Kristin 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.
Sara Megibow is a literary agent with kt literary. Sara seeks authors in middle grade (both sci-fi/fantasy and contemporary), young adult (both sci-fi/fantasy and contemporary), as well as adult fiction in the following genres: romance, erotica, science fiction, and fantasy. Learn more about Sara here.
Greg Johnson is a literary agent and the founder of Wordserve Literary. He is seeking: In the general market, he seeks historical fiction, children’s works, and YA. He also seeks inspirational/Christian fiction. His nonfiction tastes are more varied, and he specializes in religion/spirituality, memoir, military nonfiction, or history nonfiction. Business books, health, and humor rounds out what he is looking to acquire. The agency still primarily represents authors of faith who seek to publish in any genre or market (the general trade or CBA). Learn more about Greg 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.
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.
Shannon Hassan is a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, and select nonfiction. With respect to fiction, she is drawn to fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose, and enjoys both contemporary and historical settings. For nonfiction, she is interested in exceptional narratives from authors with strong platforms. Based in Boulder, Colorado, she is also eager to hear from authors with a unique perspective on the West. Learn more about Shannon here.
Hilary Harwell is a literary agent with kt literary. She is seeking middle grade and young adult fiction. She has a penchant for fully-developed characters who leap off the page and into her heart (even if they’re not always the most lovable), for tightly plotted stories that show her new ways to look at the world, for elegant prose, and for stories told from diverse perspectives so that more children and young people can find themselves inside the pages of the books we help create. She’s currently looking for middle grade and young adult projects both realistic and fantastic. Get to know more about Hilary here.
Angie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development for Nelson Literary. She is director of editorial and literary development for current clients. At the 2019 Colorado conference, she is taking pitches on behalf of agents at her agency (except Kristin Nelson, who is herself attending). This means she seeks middle grade, young adult, women’s fiction, character-driven mysteries, thrillers, literary voices in commercial packages, wonderfully realized characters, untold stories from underrepresented communities, immersive world building, and complex narrative approaches/plots. Learn more about Angie and her co-agents 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 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.)