Editors & Agents

The editors and agents below have provided the genres they are seeking to acquire or represent, in their own words, and often identify specific genres they are not seeking, to decrease ambiguity. In addition to reading this information, you also should review their agency/publisher websites, do an Internet search for interviews with them and/or what other agents, editors, and authors have written about them, and make sure you’re a good fit with their tastes and attitudes.

Every conference, a few participants are disappointed because they paid to get a critique from, and/or make a pitch to, an agent or editor who isn’t interested in their genre. This occurs because the participants did not read these descriptions–don’t be like those people! Read the agents and editors’ bios carefully, research them, and select accordingly. Also, if you want a manuscript critique and a pitch (or two of one/both) be sure you select a different agent/editor for each activity. Don’t waste your money by seeing the same person for a manuscript critique as well as a pitch, since they both serve the same purpose: to introduce the agent or editor to you and your work. With the manuscript critique, you get the added value of receiving that individual’s feedback about your writing; it doesn’t make sense to also pitch that individual about the same book, because you can ask at the end of your critique whether that person is interested.

What if you have two different book projects? It’s still a risk to pitch the same agent or editor from whom you’re getting a critique (or getting two critiques or two pitches with the same person), because if this person is interested in the first book project, she or he will want to focus on that one with you rather than tackle two projects simultaneously. If that person is not interested in the first one, there’s a likelihood she or he won’t be interested in the second one either. So, as you’re reading the descriptions below, please consider as many individuals as possible rather than setting your sights on just one. During the registration process, you will see who has spots remaining for each activity and can choose accordingly. That record of open spots is updated every time someone registers. For your convenience, however, we’ve included a summary of openings below as of the date indicated.

What if you have a self-published book you want to pitch and/or get a sample critiqued? Some agents and editors are open considering a self-published work for traditional publishing. You night see a note about this in one or more bios below. However, many industry professionals prefer to only consider never-published manuscripts so they don’t have to deal with copyright issues and other matters. If you have a self-published work you want to pitch but aren’t sure whether the agent(s)/editor(s) you have in mind would be receptive, contact Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com and he will ask for you.

NOTE: Once all critique and pitch spots are filled, you can still get on a waitlist for the agents/editors you want. There is no charge for waitlist spots, so there is no risk in registering for one; if a spot opens for you due to another participant’s cancellation, you will be informed by e-mail and will pay for the activity at that time.

The following agents/editors have waitlists so far (the remainder have openings for manuscript critiques as well as pitches):

Annie Chagno – all spots for manuscript critiques are full but waitlist spots are available; pitch spots remain open

Jennie Conway – all spots for manuscript critiques are full but waitlist spots are available; pitch spots remain open

Melissa Danaczko – all spots for manuscript critiques are full; no one on her waitlist yet

Michael Hoogland – all spots for manuscript critiques and pitches are full; waitlist spots available

Paul Levine – all spots for manuscript critiques and pitches are full; waitlist spots available

 

See the bios below for complete details about the editors and agents and what they are seeking to acquire or represent, respectively.

 

Annie Chagnot, Editor, Spiegel & Grau, Penguin Random House

http://spiegelandgrau.tumblr.com/about-us

Annie is seeking to acquire the following nonfiction categories:

– Memoir

– Narrative nonfiction in any of these areas: social history, cultural history, and investigative journalism

– Self-help

– Inspiration

She also is seeking literary voice-driven fiction.

Annie drawn to anything with a powerful emotional heart and a strong sense of story.

 

If Annie is interested in participants’ manuscripts, she would provide references to agents for representation and negotiation.

 

 

Jennie Conway, Editorial Assistant, St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan Publishers

https://us.macmillan.com/smp

Jennie is seeking to acquire:

– Women’s fiction: she loves strong, layered female characters in historical settings, also twisty, psychological stories, and fun, flirty chick-lit.

– Romance: historical romances and flirty romantic comedies are currently what she’s looking for in this genre.

– Young Adult (YA): she is a fan of fantastical world building and page-turning plots in genres like fantasy and science fiction, but also loves a cute, contemporary YA romance.

– Cozy mystery: She is looking for quirky characters, with a fun mother/daughter relationship, and a touch of romance along with the mystery.

 

If Jennie is interested in participants’ manuscripts, she would provide references to agents for representation and negotiation. However, for any romance submissions, she can work with the author directly for e-book only publication.

 

Sylvan Creekmore, Editor, St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan Publishers

https://us.macmillan.com/smp

Sylvan is seeking to acquire:

– Young Adult (YA) across genres, including queer and diverse YA

– Upmarket book club fiction

– Horror

– Select queer romance (a sort of passion-project for her)

– Feminist & millennial nonfiction

– Pop culture/humor

– Select memoir with a high-concept hook

 

Depending on the project, if Sylvan is interested in participants’ manuscripts, she is open to working directly with the author or could provide references to agents for representation and negotiation.

 

Melissa Danaczko, Literary Agent, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency

http://skagency.com/

Melissa Danaczko became a literary agent after more than a decade of publishing experience, most recently as Senior Editor with the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

On the fiction side, Melissa is actively seeking:

– Literary

– Historical

– Psychological suspense

– Women’s fiction

She doesn’t represent romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror/paranormal, western, or thrillers. However, she is open to blending in elements of any of these within the genres she is actively seeking. She also does not represent Young Adult, Middle Grade, or children’s books.

For non-fiction, Melissa represents narrative non-fiction and science. She doesn’t represent memoir, current affairs, lifestyle, prescriptive/how-to, inspiration, religion, or humor.

 

Michael Hoogland, Literary Agent, Dystel Goderich & Bourret, LLC

http://www.dystel.com/

Mike is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction:

– Thrillers/suspense – he’d love to find a good military or spy thriller

– Fantasy – he is especially seeking epic fantasy

– Science fiction

– Mystery

– Book club fiction

– Mainstream/general fiction

– Women’s fiction

– Some romance

– Some literary fiction

– Some horror

– Some historical fiction

The only adult fiction categories he really would NOT represent are paranormal, urban fantasy, and short fiction.

 

YA/MG/Children’s Fiction:

He is open to anything but doesn’t have much experience with board books or chapter books. For picture books, he prefers author-illustrators as opposed to authors only.

 

Nonfiction:

Mike is open to anything EXCEPT memoir, religion, and cookbooks.

Topics he is seeking include:

– Narrative nonfiction

– Science

– History

– Politics/Current Affairs

– Psychology

– Advice/How-to

– Pop Culture

– Sports

– True crime

 

 

 

Alyssa Jennette, Literary Agent, Stonesong Literary Agency

http://stonesong.com/

Alyssa loves:

– Sophisticated Middle Grade (MG)

– Magical realism/urban fantasy MG/Young Adult (YA)

– Anything with a tight-knit ensemble cast

– Secret societies

– Unreliable narrators

– Smart psychological or supernatural suspense/mystery for any age

– Detectives

– Teen noir à la Brick

– Witty literary fiction (that borders on absurd/surreal)

– Period fiction but not historical fiction–there is a difference!

– While she’s not drawn to fictionalizing actual history/historical characters, historical fantasy (like Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) is something she’d LOVE to see.

– (Folk) witches/psychics

– Heists

– Clueless-esque 90s/teen movie updates of classic stories

– Nonfiction history/archaeology

– Books that teach her about some new craft or technology or course of study

– Formats that are specific to the story and give it its own context

– In all of the above, she appreciates diversity, wordplay and considered and thorough worldbuilding

She also might like: Pop culture and humor.

Alyssa is NOT interested in: romance, women’s fiction, erotica, high fantasy (swords and sorcery-style) or the aforementioned historical fiction.

 

 

Priyanka Krishnan, Editor, Morrow/Avon/Harper Voyager imprints, HarperCollins Publishers

http://corporate.harpercollins.com/us/harpercollins-imprints

Priyanka is currently looking for:

– Science fiction and fantasy for Harper Voyager

– Romance for Avon

– Historical fiction and women’s fiction (especially that with a magical realism or supernatural element) for Morrow

She doesn’t do contemporary thrillers/suspense or non-fiction.

 

If Priyanka is interested in participants’ manuscripts, for the most part she would provide references to agents for representation and negotiation. However, if she were interested in acquiring a manuscript for either the Avon or Harper Voyager digital first line, then she would work directly with the author.

 

 

 

Paul Levine, Founder, Paul S. Levine Literary Agency

http://www.paulslevinelit.com/

Paul S. Levine “wears two hats”–he is a lawyer and a literary agent. Paul has practiced entertainment law for over 35 years, specializing in the representation of writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, musicians, artists, authors, photographers, galleries, publishers, developers, production companies and theatre companies in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive multimedia, live stage, recorded music, concerts, the visual arts, publishing, and advertising. In 1996, he opened the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency, specializing in the representation of book authors and the sale of motion picture and television rights in and to books. Since starting his literary agency, Paul has sold over 100 fiction and non-fiction books to at least 30 different publishers and has had many books developed as movies-for-television and feature films.

Paul represents all sorts of adult, young adult, and children’s fiction, except horror and fantasy. The non-fiction he represents tends to be commercial: self-help, how-to, relationships, memoirs, health, women’s issues, pop culture, new age, and business. For both fiction and non-fiction books, his biggest successes have been with authors who originally self-publish their books and then wish to have their books republished by a major publishing house.

He also represents books which are adapted for the film or television screen, and associated screenplays or teleplays based on those books.

 

 

Patricia Nelson, Literary Agent, Marshal Lyon Literary Agency

http://www.marsallyonliteraryagency.com/

Patricia is seeking:

– Women’s fiction

– Literary fiction

– Romance

– Historical fiction set in the 20th century

– Middle Grade (all genres)

– Young Adult (all genres)

 

She is not particularly fond of adult science fiction or fantasy–although she is seeking these genres in YA and MG–or political thrillers.

 

 

Amber Oliver, Assistant Editor, Harper, Harper Perennial, and Amistad imprints, HarperCollins Publishers

http://corporate.harpercollins.com/us/harpercollins-imprints

Amber is drawn to fiction that hits the sweet spot of being both literary and commercial. Beautiful sentences are a plus, but a smart, atmospheric, and compelling story with a unique voice is the perfect mix. She would love to acquire fiction that is socially aware, contemporary, edgy, satirical, or humorous. She’d also like to acquire some cross-genre stories, as well as traditional genre fiction, specifically in women’s fiction, psychological thrillers/suspense, horror, magical realism, and mysteries. Own Voices and diverse perspectives in regards to race and ethnicity, sexuality, and gender are also really important factors in the books she’d like to publish. She is a Native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx and enjoys drawing, art, music, fashion, activism, dancing, traveling, reading, and writing.

She is not interested in historical fiction, science fiction, romance, erotica, heavy fantasy, cozy mysteries, Memoirs, Erotica, Middle Grade or YA.

If Amber is interested in participants’ manuscripts, she would provide references to agents for representation and negotiation.

 

 

Whitney Ross, Senior Editor, Tor/Forge/Starscape/Tor Teen

http://www.tor.com/

Whitney acquires mostly on the Young Adult side, across all genres.

In addition, she acquires some titles in each of the following adult fiction genres:

– Science fiction

– Fantasy

– Romance

– Historical

If Whitney is interested in participants’ manuscripts, she would provide references to agents for representation and negotiation.

 

 

Eric Smith, Literary Agent, P. S. Literary Agency

http://www.psliterary.com/

http://ericsmithrocks.com/

Eric is seeking the following:

– Young Adult (YA): All genres. He has a soft spot for YA contemporary that’ll make him cry, diverse sci-fi/fantasy, and genre-blending titles.

– Adult Science fiction and fantasy: He loves very voice-driven SF/F, like Chuck Wendig, John Scalzi, Cherie Priest, or Fran Wilde. He’s not the right agent for epic stuff, though.

– Commercial & Literary Fiction: He loves it, but it has to be kinda weird. Give him some genre-blending.

– Thrillers/mysteries that touch on surprising current events.

– Non-Fiction: He’s super interested in cookbook projects, essay collections, and memoir from platformed authors. If you have a food blog or regularly write essays for places, he hopes you’ll consider him.

He has posted a manuscript wish list on his site as well: http://ericsmithrocks.com/mswl/

 

Eric is specifically NOT looking for:

– Middle Grade

– Picture books

– Angel & demon love stories, Heaven vs. Hell stories

– Epics far over 100k+

– Thrillers about terrorism.

– Horror novels (though he does like YA horror)

– Anything comped to Lovecraft

– Commercial fiction about sports (except he will consider YA sports)

– Non-fiction on sports or politics

 

Note: he’ll also happily take pitches for everyone at his agency, so if something isn’t among his interests but falls into their interests (i.e., Maria at P.S. likes Middle Grade and picture books, Kurestin LOVES epic long fantasy novels), he can share the query or manuscript sample if it’s good, so consult the P.S. Literary Agency website above.

 

 

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2 responses to “Editors & Agents

  1. Wouldn’t miss it. A great opportunity to meet and greet those on the forefront of everything books.

  2. What an awesome opportunity to network with such a collective group of talented professionals.

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