Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Sara Megibow of kt literary

Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 12.29.47 PM.pngSara Megibow is a literary agent with kt literary.

She has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestsellers authors including Margaret Rogerson, Roni Loren, Jason M. Hough and Jaleigh Johnson. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. Always LGBTQ+ friendly.

Sara seeks authors in middle grade (both SFF and contemporary), young adult (both SFF and contemporary), and adult romance, erotica, science fiction, and fantasy.

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary

Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 12.18.29 PM.pngRachelle 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.

Fiction projects should be 75,000 to 110,000 words.

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

She is not looking for: fantasy, sci-fi, children’s picture books, middle grade, young adult books, poetry, cookbooks, screenplays, novellas, short stories, or graphic novels.

“As a literary agent, I’ve negotiated 200+ contracts with more than 20 publishers, and worked with more than 100 authors to bring their books to publication and build their careers. I’ve been in publishing since 1995, worked in-house at two publishing companies, and edited books published by Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and many more. Nowadays I’m lucky to do my work at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

“Besides publishing: Just out of college, I spent five years at Fox Broadcasting Company in Los Angeles. My bachelor’s degree is in Communications, and I later did graduate studies in Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu. When I’m not working, you can usually find me out hiking the local trails, riding my bike, haunting bookstores, or having coffee at Starbucks.”

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

Screen Shot 2019-01-20 at 12.06.48 PM.pngKristin 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.”

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2019-01-20 at 11.59.14 AM.pngShannon Hassan is a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Shannon brings a depth of business and editorial experience to her role as agent, having worked in publishing and law for more than a decade. 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.

A sample of books Shannon has represented: THE MASK COLLECTORS, a literary thriller by Iowa Short Fiction Award-winner Ruvanee Vilhauer (Little A), INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS, an award-winning middle grade series by Dusti Bowling (Sterling), DIE YOUNG WITH ME, an ALA award-winning memoir by Rob Rufus (Simon & Schuster), THE MOON IN THE PALACE, a RITA-award winning historical series by Weina Dai Randel (Sourcebooks), THE WORLD’S GREATEST ADVENTURE MACHINE, a middle grade adventure by Frank L. Cole (Penguin Random House), GIRLS ON THE LINE, a multicultural young adult novel by Jennie Liu (Lerner), THE SILENCE BETWEEN US, a young adult contemporary by Alison Gervais (HarperCollins), and FRÄULEIN M., a historical novel by Caroline Woods (Simon & Schuster).

Before becoming an agent, she was the Acquisitions Editor at Fulcrum Publishing, and prior to that, a corporate attorney at Arnold & Porter in New York. She received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University, and she serves on the board of The Dairy Arts Center.

Follow Shannon on Twitter: @ShannonHassan.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Greg Johnson of Wordserve Literary

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 12.34.47 PM.pngGreg Johnson is 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).

Greg has been in publishing for more than 25 years. Before becoming a full-time literary agent in 1994, he wrote and published 20 works of nonfiction with traditional publishers, as well as being an editor for a teenage boys magazine for five years. In his years as an agent, he has personally represented more than 2,300 books and negotiated more than 1,800 contracts to over 85 publishing houses. These works include adult trade books (nonfiction and fiction), children’s books, specialty Bibles, movie options, video curricula, audio products, gift books and greeting cards.

While Greg’s stable of authors is near full, he will occasionally take on new authors and new projects. Along with representing a broad array of adult fiction, primarily in the Christian market, Greg works with pastors and speakers, male and female, who have important and compelling messages to author for their constituents. He has also carved a niche by representing military nonfiction/memoir for those who have served our country from WWII until today.

Greg is married to Becky and together they are parents of six adult children and seven grandchildren. They make their home near Denver, Colo.