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

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 12.42.03 PM.pngBecky LeJeune is an associate literary agent with Bond Literary.

She is actively building her client list, and is interested in adult and teen horror, mystery novels, thrillers, historical fiction, science fiction novels, fantasy novels, and general fiction.

Becky has always been an avid reader, cutting her teeth at a very young age on the likes of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike before quickly branching into the wider world of Agatha Christie, Stephen King, and other “adult” authors. But it wasn’t until after college that she decided publishing was the industry for her.

After working her way through college as a bookseller and earning a BS in Criminal Justice (with minors in English and Anthropology), Becky was accepted into the Denver Publishing Institute, one of a handful of graduate-level programs offering a crash course in publishing. It was there that she met Sandra Bond of Bond Literary Agency. After working for two years as managing editor for a cookbook imprint and another five as a commissioning editor for a local interest and regional history publisher, Becky reconnected with Sandra and has been working with her ever since.

Becky still reads R.L. Stine and believes her degree will eventually come in handy.

Find her on Twitter here.

Get to Know an Agent Scout in Attendance: Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 11.57.28 AM.pngAngie Hodapp is the Contracts and Royalties Manager for Nelson Literary. She is attending the conference on behalf of her agency as a talent scout for agency founder Kristin Nelson.

She wants to hear pitches for Kristin’s favorite categories, which are the following:

  • Young-adult and upper-level middle grade novels in all subgenres
  • Big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre (Wool, The Night Circus, Gone Girl)
  • Literary commercial novels (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, The Art of Racing in the Rain)
  • Upmarket women’s fiction (Keepsake, My Sister’s Keeper, Still Alice)
  • Single-title romance (historicals especially; Ravishing The Heiress, The Ugly Duchess, The Heir)
  • Lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy (Soulless, Game of Thrones, Old Man’s War)

The agency is looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category. That said, please remember that Kristin/Angie does not want pitches for nonfiction, memoir, screenplays, short-story collections, poetry, children’s picture books or early reader chapter books, or material for the Christian/inspirational market.

Angie Hodapp graduated from the University of Denver Publishing Institute in 2002 and earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University in 2010. She has worked as an editorial assistant at Colorado Review, as a project manager for a publisher of resources for educators, and as an editor in the magazine industry. She loves teaching classes of interest to writers—everything from writing craft and information design to query-letter boot camps and royalties-auditing workshops. She and her husband live in Denver with their two former shelter cats.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Keely Boeving of Wordserve Literary

Screen Shot 2019-11-07 at 9.50.50 AMKeely Boeving is an Agent with WordServe Literary. After receiving her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, she went on to attend the Denver Publishing Institute and then began her career in New York working in the editorial department at Oxford University Press, where she acquired books for the trade history list. She moved back to Colorado in 2014 and began her own freelance editorial company before joining WordServe the following year. She lives in Denver with her husband and their twins.

For adult general fiction, she occasionally represents smart, well-crafted contemporary and literary fiction.

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.

She is not looking for thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, or picture books.