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JD DeWitt

Inkslinger Entertainment

JD DeWitt is senior partner at Ink Slinger Entertainment (ISE), which specializes in acquiring and vetting material, in order to pitch to one of their studio partners in Hollywood. JD has been an agent and author advocate for over ten years.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (fantasy, horror, mystery & suspense, romance, science fiction, thriller, western), Young and New Adult Fiction (fantasy, horror, mystery & suspense, romance, science fiction, thriller, western), Special Interest (all faith-based fiction)

Cara Bedick

Harper Collins

Cara Bedick is a Senior Editor at William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, where she acquires and edits a range of non-fiction in the categories of health and wellness, cooking, lifestyle, self-help, memoir, and popular culture. She edited Kimberly Snyder’s 2015 New York Times bestseller The Beauty Detox Power and Angelo Acquista, M.D.’s The Mediterranean Family Table, which Publishers Weekly called "a wholehearted collection of recipes.” Other notable projects include New York Times bestseller Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg, acclaimed vegan cookbook Vedge by Chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby, and international yoga teacher and inspirational speaker Kathryn Budig’s Aim True. Tweet your favorite summer read to her @CaraBedick.

Looking to acquire: Adult Nonfiction (biography, cooking, lifestyle, pop culture & humor, science & nature, self help, memoir), Children and YA Nonfiction (lifestyle & games, pop culture & humor, memoir - young adult)

Caitie Flum

Liza Dawson Associates

Caitie Flum joined Liza Dawson Associates in July 2014 as assistant and audio rights manager. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2009 with a BA in English with a concentration in publishing studies. Caitie interned at Hachette Book Group and Writers House. She was an Editorial Assistant then Coordinator for Bookspan, where she worked on several clubs including the Book-of-the-Month Club, The Good Cook, and the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club. Caitie grew up in Ohio where she developed her love of reading everything she could get her hands on.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (historical, horror, mainstream, mystery & suspense [cozy, detective], romance [contemporary], thriller, women’s fiction), Adult Nonfiction (events, lifestyle, pop culture & humor, memoir), Young and New Adult Fiction (historical, horror, mainstream, mystery & suspense, romance, thriller, science fiction, fantasy), Children’s Books (middle grade), Children and YA Nonfiction (biography, pop culture & humor, memoir)

Meghan Farrell

Tule Publishing

A native Texan, Meghan Farrell graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Psychology. She packed her bags and moved to the Golden State, where she joined Tule Publishing Group in Southern California. Meghan became the Managing Editor for Tule in 2014 and oversees and coordinates the development of the company’s imprints, production, subrights, editorial, and marketing departments. Meghan enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for travel, a good cup of coffee and, of course, a great book!

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (romance)

Clelia Gore

Martin Literary Management

Clelia Gore heads the children’s and young adult division of the Seattle-based literary agency, Martin Literary Management. Clelia is a former attorney from New York City, but much prefers her life in Seattle representing talented authors and illustrators and helping to bring quality books to children. Clelia doles out her observations, industry news, and writer tips on Twitter at @MadmoiselleClel and on her blog at You can read more about her and the agency at

Looking to acquire: Children’s Books (picture books, chapter books, middle grade), Young Adult Fiction (graphic novels, historical, horror, literary, mainstream), Children and Young Adult Nonfiction (book length projects [all types], memoir)


Melissa Ann Singer

Tom Doherty Associates (Tor)


Melissa Ann Singer is a Senior Editor at Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, where she edits urban fantasy, thrillers, mysteries, and horror novels. She’s always looking for under-represented voices and stories we haven’t read before. Some of the bestsellers she has edited are The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, Category 7 by Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson, and Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin. A native of New York City and a graduate of Hunter College High School, Melissa lives in a small apartment with a large cat. Her hobbies include needlepoint and cross-stitch, computer games, crosswords and other puzzles, and going to museums and the theater. Her daughter is away at university. She can often be found dispensing publishing and writing advice on Twitter @maseditor; she blogs (infrequently) at And yes, her hair really is purple.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (historical, horror, mainstream, mystery/suspense [detective, paranormal, mysteries featuring law enforcement officers], thriller [legal, science or technology-driven - no weapons, medical, natural and unnatural disaster], women’s fiction [contemporary and historical that touches on Jewish life and experience])


Lilly Ghahremani

Full Circle Literary

Lilly Ghahremani started agenting quite young. She graduated law school at 24 and joined a literary law practice in San Diego. She realized that she loved working with authors and protecting their rights and the growth of their publishing endeavors, but wanted to be involved much earlier, helping to shape, support, and guide them from earlier stages in the publishing process. She co-founded Full Circle with Stefanie Von Borstel in 2005, and went on to represent authors in a wide variety of genres. The agency now has 4 agents, foreign representation, has done tv and film deals, and much more. Their agents were pioneers in representing multicultural authors and works. The agency is thrilled to be celebrating a decade of doing what they love.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (literary, mainstream, women’s fiction, other [multicultural]), Adult Nonfiction (cooking, events, lifestyle, pop culture & humor, science & nature, self help, other [business, gift], memoir)

Kendel Lynn

Henery Press

Kendel Lynn is the co-founder and Managing Editor of Henery Press, a mid-sized press with a primary focus on mysteries from cozies and crime capers to paranormals and PIs. She’s a Southern California native who now lives in Dallas, Texas. She writes the Elliott Lisbon Mystery Series, the first of which (Board Stiff) was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. She belongs to both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and currently serves as President of SinC North Dallas.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (mystery & suspense, women’s fiction)

Elizabeth Kracht

Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Elizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist, and writer. In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women’s, historical, thrillers, mysteries, and YA with crossover appeal. In nonfiction, she is interested in finding narrative/creative nonfiction, voice- or adventure-driven memoir, spirituality, self-help, true crime, investigative journalism, and pet stories.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (historical, spiritual, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, romance, thriller, women’s fiction), Adult Nonfiction (biography, pop culture & humor, science & nature, self help, sports, memoir), Young and New Adult Fiction (literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, romance, thriller), Children and YA Nonfiction (pop culture & humor, science & nature, memoir.

Anna Michels


Anna Michels is an Associate Editor at Sourcebooks, an independent publisher located outside of Chicago. Over the course of more than four years at Sourcebooks she has worked on a wide variety of projects, most recently focusing on acquiring adult fiction and nonfiction. She is looking for commercial literary fiction with interesting settings and a strong narrative voice; mystery (particularly historical and crossover literary—think Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger), literary thriller, and psychological suspense; and memoir by writers who connect the events of their lives to readers through incredible storytelling, as well as a wide variety of prescriptive nonfiction, gift books, and history.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (historical, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense [cozy, detective], women’s fiction), Adult Nonfiction (lifestyle, pop culture & humor, self help, memoir - women’s stories)


Sarah LaPolla

Bradford Literary Agency

Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency as an agent in 2013. She had previously worked in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd., and became an associate agent there in 2010. Sarah received her MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from The New School in 2008, and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College. Sarah is drawn to layered/strong characters with engaging voices. She seeks stories that evoke strong connections and novels that offer a wide range of emotions. Whether they write dark, gritty YA, light coming-of-age narratives, or edgy urban fantasy, Sarah’s authors tend to reflect larger themes within a character-focused story, such as feminism, tolerance, and challenging the status quo.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (fantasy [urban], horror, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense [psychological, dark], science fiction), Young and New Adult Fiction (horror, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, science fiction, western)

Lynn Price

Behler Publications

Lynn Price has been with Behler Publications since its beginning. The company has been publishing best selling and critically acclaimed memoir and nonfiction about everyday people who end up doing extraordinary things due to a pivotal event that alters their perspective about life. As acquisitions Director, Lynn looks for books where readers say, "I’m a better/more thoughtful/smarter person for having read this book.” PNWA has the distinction of having four authors nabbed by Behler Publications. Bestsellers include Jan’s Story, by CBS journalist Barry Petersen, Finding Dad by Emmy Awarding winning and Better Connecticut TV host Kara Sundlun, Fancy Feet, by PNWA attendee Heidi Cave, and The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale. Between her editing duties, Lynn is the irreverent voice of the Behler Blog, and employs two unreliable rescue beagles to serve as her secretaries.

Looking to acquire: Adult Nonfiction (self help, memoir)

Douglas Lee

Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Douglas Lee holds both a BA and MFA in Fiction and is a literary agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates. He represents Science Fiction, Speculative, and Fantasy manuscripts and is eager for new clients. He began his career in publishing as a writer who wanted to learn more about publishing, and along the way became an agent with KCA under the tutelage of Kimberley Cameron and Elizabeth Kracht.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (fantasy, horror, science fiction), Young and New Adult Fiction (fantasy, science fiction)

Quressa Robinson

MacMillan - St. Martin's Press

Quressa Robinson came to Thomas Dunne Books at the end of 2013 after earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia and working for a year and half in the editorial department at an indie self-help publisher. Her interests include historical fiction like the forthcoming The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis —particularly untold stories (Apartheid, the genocide in Rwanda or any other non-European historical events (or something similar to the movie Belle which features a black aristocratic woman in 18th Century England), American history with a diverse cast of characters, contemporary, dark, and epic fantasy, and horror. She also loves and devours literary fiction, memoir, science, history, and humor. As a reader and young editor she is most drawn to imaginative and detailed world building along with strong voice- or narrative-driven stories. She is eager to introduce universal stories featuring diverse characters and protagonists to mainstream audiences. She would also love to see some different approaches taken with fantasy—diverse perspectives/main characters/settings, stories about villains, stories NOT about the chosen one (can we hear from the chosen one’s bestie or mom?). She received her Certificate in Book Publishing at NYU in 2013, is a member of the Women’s National Book Association, and occasionally writes for Young to Publishing.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (fantasy, historical, mainstream, science fiction [dystopian, space opera], women’s fiction), Adult Nonfiction (biography, events, pop culture & humor, science & nature).

Chip MacGregor

MacGregor Literary Inc.

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Chip has been working in the publishing industry for three decades, made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years, and was formerly a publisher with Time-Warner Book Group. He began working as an agent eighteen years ago, has represented nearly a thousand titles, and the authors he represents have been on every major bestseller list. Chip has an undergraduate degree from Portland State University, a master's from Biola University, did doctoral work at the University of Oregon, and post-doc work at Oxford University. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, he lives on the Oregon coast.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (historical, inspirational & spiritual, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, romance, thriller, women’s fiction), Adult Nonfiction (events, lifestyle, pop culture & humor, memoir)

Kisa Whipkey

REUTS Publications

Kisa Whipkey is the Acquisitions & Editorial Director for YA/NA publisher, REUTS Publications. She believes in good storytelling, regardless of medium, and applauds anything featuring a snarky lead character, a complicated narrative structure, and brilliant/uncommon analogies. She developed a passion for storytelling at a young age and has pursued that love through animation, writing, video game design and demo teams until finally finding her home in editing. She’s also a dark fantasy author, a martial arts demo team expert, and a complete sucker for Cadbury Mini-eggs. Currently, she lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest with her husband and plethora of electronics. Her personal blog—featuring sarcastic commentary on all things storytelling—is located here, and you can follow her on Twitter @kisawhipkey, and to learn more about REUTS Publications, visit

Looking to acquire: Young and New Adult Fiction (fantasy, historical, horror, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, romance, science fiction, thriller, other [humor/satire])

Laurie McLean

Fuse Literary

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a PR agency and 8 years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013. For writers she meets at conferences, she asks for a query containing the first 10 pages of your complete/polished manuscript plus a 1-2 page synopsis (in the body of your email, no attachments). Prior to founding Fuse Lit, Laurie was also the Dean of San Francisco Writers University and on the management team of the San Francisco Writers Conference. Laurie also co-founded two ePublishing companies: Joyride Books for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books. Ambush Books was just acquired by Short Fuse Publishing. Follow the agency on Twitter @FuseLiterary and Laurie @AgentSavant.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (fantasy, horror, mystery & suspense, romance, science fiction, thriller, western), Young and New Adult Fiction (fantasy, historical, horror, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, romance, science fiction, thriller, western), Children’s Books (middle grade)

Mary C. Moore

Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Mary C. Moore has been with Kimberley Cameron & Associates since 2012. Growing up she always had her nose in a book, but it wasn’t until she started writing in her twenties that she realized there was a world where one could have a career in books. After graduating with her MFA in Creative Writing and English from Mills College, Oakland, she joined KC&A and fell in love with her job. Her wish list is SFF with upmarket writing and settings/characters that think outside SFF tropes with earthy female-based characters. Also magical realism that highlights particular culture or surreal intellectual humor.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (fantasy, historical, literary, mystery & suspense [cozy, paranormal], romance, science fiction, western), Young and New Adult Fiction (fantasy)

Patricia Nelson

Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson has been a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2014, representing women’s fiction, romance, and literary fiction, as well as all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction. Recent sales include books placed with St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin Random House, among others. Patricia holds a master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and, prior to joining the world of publishing, spent several years teaching literature and writing at the college level. She is actively building her list and is currently seeking new talent in all genres she represents.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction: Historical, Literary, Mainstream, Romance (Contemporary, Historical), Women’s Fiction, Other (Magical Realism). Children’s Books: Middle Grade. Young and New Adult Fiction: Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Other (Magical Realism).

Monica Odom

Bradford Literary Agency

Monica Odom joined Bradford Literary Agency in 2015. Prior to joining Team Bradford, she worked for five years managing finance, subrights, and social media, as well as agenting, at Liza Dawson Associates. Monica holds a B.A. in English from Montclair State University, and earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University in 2014. Monica holds the same criteria no matter the age group: original storytelling, incredible voice, compelling characters, and vivid, detailed setting. She also likes to see a strong sense of narrative tension. Monica is serious about the fact that We Need Diverse Books and is looking for authentic representation of all characters, diverse or otherwise. She enjoys working closely with her clients on the editorial and developmental level to fine-tune manuscripts and proposals, and loves the process of managing a writer or artist’s career.

Looking to acquire:
Adult Fiction (non-genre, graphic novels, historical, horror, literary, mainstream, science fiction with mainstream appeal [dystopian, slipstream], short fiction, thriller [literary]), Adult Nonfiction (essays & articles, biography, cooking, events, lifestyle, pop culture & humor, science & nature, self help, sports), Children and YA fiction with visual component (graphic novel, picture book), Children and YA Nonfiction (essays & articles, biography, cooking, events, lifestyle, pop culture & humor, science & nature, self help, sports, memoir).

Michelle Richter

Fuse Literary

Michelle Richter is an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary, which she joined after eight years at St. Martin’s Press. She edited Melissa Joan Hart’s memoir, Melissa Explains It All, among others, and has worked on a variety of fiction and nonfiction. She has a Master’s of Science in Publishing from Pace University, where she is an adjunct faculty member. Michelle is very eager to find book club reads, and women’s fiction that represents cultures who haven’t been heard from enough (like South Asian and Native American), stories of friendship, siblings, and family secrets. She loves unreliable narrators. Stories set in Boston, Ireland, Russia, and India hold particular interest for her.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense [cozy, detective, police procedural, traditional], romance [contemporary], thriller [conspiracy, legal], women’s fiction), Adult Nonfiction (biography, lifestyle, pop culture & humor, science & nature), Young and New Adult Fiction (mystery & suspense, thriller)

Andy Ross

The Andy Ross Literary Agency

Andy Ross is a literary agent in Oakland, CA. Prior to becoming an agent he was the owner of the legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley for 30 years. Authors Andy represents include: Daniel Ellsberg, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Anjanette Delgado, Elisa Kleven, Tawni Waters, Randall Platt, Mary Jo McConahay, Gerald Nachman, Michael Parenti, Paul Krassner, Milton Viorst, and Michele Anna Jordan. You can read more about Andy on his popular blog "Ask the Agent”.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (historical, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, women’s fiction), Adult Nonfiction (narrative nonfiction, science, journalism, historical, popular culture, current events, memoir), Young Adult Fiction (historical, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, women’s fiction)

Abby Saul

Browne & Miller Literary Associates

Abby Saul joined Browne & Miller Literary Associates after spending five years on the production and digital publishing side of the industry, first at John Wiley & Sons and then at Sourcebooks. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby is looking for great and engrossing writing, no matter what the genre, and is actively exploring new digital possibilities for books.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (historical, inspirational & spiritual, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, romance, science fiction [dystopian], thriller [conspiracy, psychological], western, women’s fiction), Adult Nonfiction (biography, cooking, lifestyle, pop culture and humor, memoir), Young and New Adult Fiction (historical, horror, inspirational & spiritual, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense, romance, science fiction [dystopian], thriller)

Brian Tibbetts

MacGregor Literary Inc.

Brian Tibbetts represents subsidiary rights for the MacGregor Literary catalog, as well as new works of fiction and nonfiction for the general market. He earned his BA in English with high honors in 2000. He spent the following twelve years working in sales and marketing in the natural products industry. In 2013 Brian made the decision to move fully into working with words, taking on freelance writing and editing work for an editing service and several independent clients while beginning coursework toward an MA in Book Publishing at Portland State University. While at Portland State, Brian took on the management of Portland Review as Editor-in-Chief and worked as the Acquisitions Manager for Ooligan Press. He also completed internships with Hawthorne Books and MacGregor Literary, the latter transitioning into marketing consultancy work and an eventual offer to come onboard as an agent. Brian is an avid cook, a wood and linoleum block print artist, a musician, and a published author of poetry, fiction, and personal essays.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (fantasy, horror, literary, mystery & suspense [Paranormal], science fiction), thriller [speculative]), Adult Nonfiction (biography, cooking, lifestyle, memoir), Young and New Adult Fiction (fantasy, horror, literary, mystery & suspense, science fiction, thriller)

Elizabeth Wales

Wales Literary Agency

Elizabeth Wales is the principal agent and owner of Wales Literary Agency, Inc., established in1990 in Seattle. Wales Literary Agency is regarded as a competitive boutique agency with a quality list. Mediabistro described the Agency as a "discerning Seattle outfit in search of literary nonfiction and fiction from the Pacific Rim and beyond.” Client titles have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists, Publisher Weekly, and other national bestseller lists; and earned strong reviews. Elizabeth began her publishing career at Oxford University Press in New York; she also worked at the Strand Bookstore and Viking Penguin while living in New York. A graduate of Smith College, she did graduate work in American Literature at Columbia University. She is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR), and the Author’s Guild. Forthcoming books include a new title, Mozart’s Starling (Little, Brown 2016), by the author of Crow Planet, Lyanda Lynn Haupt; Witness Tree (Bloomsbury, 2016) by Seattle Times lead environmental reporter Lynda Mapes; a new novel by Alaskan, Cinthia Ritchie, and the Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health (WW Norton, 2015) by David Montgomery and Anne Bikle.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (fantasy [mainstream, dystopian], graphic novels, historical [mainstream], literary, mainstream), Adult Nonfiction (cooking, events, lifestyle, science & nature, memoir)

Jennifer Weltz

The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

As President of JVNLA, Inc. (The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.), Jennifer Weltz has
made over 2,000 deals domestically, internationally, and for film for over two decades. Her interests are varied with strong writing, plot and voice married to a unique story as the unifying factor. Jennifer is a Board member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR), a member of the Women’s Media Group and on the board of the BEA Conference Advisory Board, Pace University Masters in Publishing program and the DBW Conference Council. She has been a keynote speaker as well as moderated and participated in panels on publishing for Digital Book World, the AAR, the BEA, The Romantic Times Convention, The Historical Novels Convention, and others.

Looking to acquire: Adult Fiction (fantasy [dark], historical, literary, mainstream, mystery & suspense [unusual], romance [contemporary, historical], science fiction [crossover to mainstream], thriller, women’s Fiction, other [magical realism), Adult Nonfiction (narrative nonfiction), Young and New Adult Fiction (fantasy, mystery & suspense, science fiction, thriller), Children’s Books (picture books, chapter books, middle grade)

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