Editors & Agents

For the May 5-6, 2023 Atlanta Writers Conference, the editors and agents below have provided, in their own words, the genres they are seeking to acquire for publication (in the case of acquisition editors) or represent to publishers (in the case of literary agents)–and they often identify specific genres they are not seeking as well, to decrease ambiguity. Please pay attention to these details to avoid wasting your time and money! In addition to reading this information, you also should review their agency/publisher websites, do an Internet search on them–their manuscript wish lists, Twitter/Instagram feeds, 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.

PLEASE NOTE: All guest agents and editors will be in-person at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. If any of them switch to virtual participation, we will update this page and inform the attendees who selected that individual.

At every conference, a few participants are disappointed because they paid to get a critique from, or make a pitch to, an agent or editor who isn’t interested in their genre. This usually occurs because the participants did not read these descriptions. Again, don’t be like those people! Read the agents and editors’ bios carefully, research them, and select accordingly. Also, if you want one or two manuscript critique(s) and pitch(es) (and add a third critique and/or pitch after you register by contacting Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com) 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, because they both serve 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 they will indicate on their written critique whether they’re interested in receiving your partial or full manuscript.

What if you have two different book projects? It’s still a risk to pitch the same agent or editor you’re getting a critique from (just as it’s a risk to get two critiques or do two pitches with the same person), because if this person is interested in the first book project, they 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 chance they 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 you can choose accordingly. That record of open spots is always up-to-date.

What if you have a self-published book you want to pitch and/or for which you want to get a sample critiqued? If agents and editors are open considering a previously self-published work, you will see this noted in their bios below. Be aware that most industry professionals prefer to only consider never-published manuscripts so they don’t have to deal with copyright issues, previous marketing, and other problems that already-released books present.

ALSO NOTE: At the bottom of each editor/agent bio, we indicate if manuscript critique and/or pitch spots are full and waitlists are available. 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 email and will pay for the activity at that time. If you want to put your name on any waitlists, you must register for those just like any other activity–please go to the Registration page and use the Cvent system link provided there to do so.

If you can’t travel to the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel due to COVID-19 or another reason, you can indicate on your registration that you want the virtual option, to participate via Zoom in any online meeting with the guest agents and editors you select for manuscript critiques and/or pitches as well as the randomly assigned agents/editors for the query letter critique activity. Due to the ever-increasing expense of the audio-visual equipment and personnel involved and the ever-dwindling number of virtual participants, we are only offering these agent/editor meetings via Zoom (thus, the workshop, Q&A panels, and free educational sessions will only be available to in-person participants).

See the bios below for complete details about the editors and agents and what they are seeking to acquire (for editors) or represent (for agents). If spots are full for all the editors and agents who are a good fit for you and your work, contact Atlanta Writers Conference Director George Weinstein at awconference@gmail.com to request recommendations about which ones have the shortest waitlists.


William Burleson

William E. Burleson, Publisher and Executive Editor, Flexible Press In-person at hotel


William (Bill) Burleson is first a writer himself, with his first novel, Ahnwee Days, scheduled for 2024 from Blackwater Press. His eclectic, award-winning work includes nonfiction, fiction, copious short stories, uncounted essays and features, and a play. In addition to one book of non-fiction, his writing has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and literary journals. He also teaches fiction writing for adult education in Minneapolis public schools. As a frustrated novelist himself, Bill knows quite well the challenges authors face in getting published and believes strongly that a supportive community can bring out the best in writers and their work.

In that spirit, in 2017 Bill, along with a passionate group of fellow authors, founded Flexible Press. Flexible Press is dedicated to supporting authors, communities, and mission-driven non-profits through story. At first their efforts focused on anthologies dedicated to not only bringing forth new voices but also supporting a variety of non-profits whose missions aligned with the spirit of the press. Since then, in addition to special cause-driven projects, the press has published four novels a year, with a dual focus of discovering new authors while supporting the community. For the latter, a portion of the profits from all books go to relevant nonprofits.

While the cause-driven nature of Flexible Press is embedded in the press’s DNA, everyone involved believes that it all must start and end with excellent, well-crafted literature.

Flexible Press is seeking literary and upmarket novels in these categories:

  • Coming-of-age
  • Contemporary
  • Family saga/drama
  • Historical
  • Humor
  • LGBTQ+
  • Literary
  • Mainstream/Commercial (incl. magical realism)
  • Upmarket commercial/Book club
  • Women’s fiction

Flexible Press is NOT accepting:

  • Genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, mystery, etc.)
  • Short story collections
  • Nonfiction

Bill and Flexible Press welcome authors of all ages and resumes. The press is hungry for work from members of traditionally underrepresented communities including BIPOC and LGBTQ+, as well as rural, immigrant, and other often marginalized communities. Most of all, Flexible Press loves books—and authors—with something to say.

Flexible Press accepts only unpublished manuscripts and does not accept previously self-published work; however, if portions of a novel have appeared in other publications as short stories, that is acceptable.

Flexible Press is interested in working closely with authors and doesn’t accept submissions from agents. 

Bill’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available. 

Margaret Danko

Margaret Danko, Agent, Irene Goodman Literary Agency In-person at hotel


Originally from the heart of the South, Margaret Danko received her BA from Oberlin College before pursuing an MFA from Temple University. While there, she climbed the ranks to become an editor of TINGE Magazine, publishing fiction, essays, and poetry. She worked as a freelance editor and media consultant before taking on agenting through the Paper Over Board division of IGLA. A lover of the dark, the quirky, and the fantastical, Margaret has a keen eye for projects that take unexpected turns or are told from unusual perspectives.

Margaret is actively looking for attention-grabbing voices especially:

  • Historical fiction with a dash of magical realism
  • Literary and upmarket suspense and horror
  • Spooky contemporary YA/YA-Adult Crossover
  • Narratives with a deep sense of place and history
  • Quirky and heartwarming family stories
  • Rom-coms full of charm and whimsy.

She is also interested in nonfiction in these areas:

  • Humor
  • Lifestyle
  • New age and general spirituality
  • Illustrated books for adults
  • Popular science especially in environmental and human sciences
  • Mental health/wellness
  • True crime that challenges established conventions
  • Select cooking projects with an emphasis on new takes on tradition, especially within the Latine diaspora.

She does not represent Middle Grade, picture or board books, or erotica.

Margaret will only consider self-published work if it has been substantially revised since its initial publication. Otherwise, she prefers unpublished work.

Margaret’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.

Kimberly Davis

Kimberly Davis, Director, Madville Publishing In-person at hotel


Kimberly Parish Davis is the director and founder of Madville Publishing. She sometimes teaches English composition, creative writing, and technical writing, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a BA from Columbia College-Chicago in Arts and Entertainment Media Management. She spent five years on the editorial staff of Texas Review Press. Her personal website is KPDavis.com.

She is seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry per the following:

Full-length novels and short story collections in the following genres:

  • Literary fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Satire
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Fantasy
  • Experimental


  • Creative nonfiction, personal essays and memoir.
  • Stories of extraordinary lives, well-told and stories of ordinary lives, well-told. She watches for unique points of view, and a deep connection to place. She is of the belief that if we can understand others, we can heal the world, and a good dollop of humor goes a long way to enticing her to read any story.


  • Full-length poetry collections (of 68-112 pages).
  • Subjects may include absolutely anything. This is where Madville entertains spirituality and introspection, political comment, social comment, environmental concerns.

She is less interested in poetry about romantic love or grief.

DO NOT SEND pandemic stories; DO NOT SEND travelogues—Eat, Pray, Love sank that ship. NO SELF-HELP, and NO OVERT RELIGION or SPIRITUALITY (this comes into some stories naturally, but it should not be the focus of the book

Kimberly can only consider unpublished manuscripts.

She has no preference between working directly with writers or working with a literary agent who represents a writer.

Kimberly’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.


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Sarah N. Fisk, Literary Agent, Tobias Literary Agency In-person at hotel


Sarah N. Fisk (they/them) is a former mechanical engineer who made the switch to publishing in 2011. They have worked in the publishing industry as an editorial assistant, author’s assistant, publicist, and art director. Sarah is a former Pitch Wars mentor, board member, and Agent Liaison. They host the podcast Queries, Qualms, & Quirks and are one of the founding members of Disability in Publishing. More info is available at www.sarahnfisk.com

Sarah represents the following fiction genres:

  • Middle Grade (all genres)
  • Young Adult (all genres)
  • Adult science fiction
  • Adult fantasy
  • Adult romance

Particular interests include: atmospheric fantasies; speculative mysteries; books that challenge societal norms-especially gender norms; personal interest in stories featuring queer characters, characters with disability, neurodiversity, chronic illness, or mental health challenges; great or complicated sibling relationships; small town or Midwestern settings; intriguing villains; mysteries woven into other genres; characters Sarah can’t get out of their head; smart heroines; con artists who are not men; books that are compulsively readable; romances with a lot of sexual tension.

Not for Sarah: pregnancy or baby-based storylines, hardcore horror, stories that center around who gets to rule an empire, stories that center around sexual assault or have on-the-page rape scenes, military sci-fi, portal fantasies, graphic novels, any adult genres not listed above.

While considering self-published work is not a hard no, to take on a previously published book it essentially has to be one of the best books Sarah has ever read in their life. If you have something new, please submit that instead.

Sarah’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.

Saint Gibson

Saint Gibson, Literary Agent and Subsidiary Rights Manager, Speilburg Literary In-person at hotel


Saint Gibson is a Sunday Times bestselling author and literary agent. She currently lives in Boston with her partner and two spoiled cats.

She is seeking the following:

  • Adult romance: romcoms, erotic romance, and historical romance. She would love to work with marginalized voices.
  • Adult speculative fiction: Saint is especially excited about gothics, science fantasy, contemporary fantasy, and fantasy romance.

She can only consider unpublished manuscripts.

Saint’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available. 

Rachel Gilmer

Rachel Gilmer​​, Assistant Editor, Sourcebooks In-person at hotel


Rachel Gilmer is an assistant editor at Sourcebooks, acquiring genre fiction for Sourcebooks imprints Casablanca and Poisoned Pen Press. She is looking for adult commercial fiction in romance, women’s fiction, horror, and thriller, and particularly loves high-concept hooks that she hasn’t heard before or that take a fresh angle and make a classic trope feel new. She especially likes stories that incorporate strong friendships and whose world-building brings her into the fold.

For romance and women’s fiction, she is currently seeking:

  • Light paranormal romance, especially paranormal romantic comedy
  • Historical romance, particularly Regency and Victorian
  • Contemporary romance/romantic comedy
  • Gothic romance—something deeply atmospheric with an authentic sense of place
  • Steamy romance
  • Uplit, feel-good women’s fiction
  • Magical realism

For horror and thriller, she is seeking:

  • Hauntings, ghost stories, supernatural/speculative elements
  • Feminist horror, especially projects that aren’t centered on mothering/parenthood
  • Complex relationships and/or family dynamics (family saga)
  • Psychological suspense/thrillers
  • Domestic thrillers
  • Though not a required element, Rachel especially enjoys atmospheric horror that ends on an uplifting note. She loves stories that feel emotional and cathartic but are not overly violent—she prefers ghosts to gore. Projects that confront and/or process emotions through the lens of horror or that tackle the darker sides of things people face (such as memory loss, parenthood, grief, etc.), would be of particular interest.

Rachel will consider self-published work, but it must have a solid sales track and author will need to provide sales data.

She works with authors directly as well as through literary agents.

Rachel manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.

Sulamita Garbuz, Agent & Rights Director, Frances Goldin Literary Agency In-person at hotel


Sulamita Garbuz joined the agency in 2021, after over four years at Trident Media Group. A graduate of Swarthmore College, she worked in the white-collar crimes division of the US Attorney’s Office and for several labor unions before entering publishing. She is seeking a 60/40 representation balance between nonfiction and fiction and is actively building her client lists in both areas.

Specifically, Sulamita is seeking these fiction genres:

  • Coming-of-age
  • Contemporary
  • Horror/Supernatural – not genre horror, but will do upmarket/literary
  • Humor
  • LGBTQ+ upmarket, women’s fiction, and literary
  • Literary
  • Mainstream/Commercial (incl. magical realism)
  • Short story collection
  • Southern
  • Speculative fiction/myths & fairy tales — not genre speculative, but will do upmarket/literary
  • Suspense
  • Upmarket commercial/Book club
  • Women’s fiction

In nonfiction, Sulamita is seeking the following:

  • Business
  • Current events/politics/social commentary
  • Essay collection
  • Health/diet/wellness – including prescriptive
  • History/biography
  • Humor
  • Memoir
  • Narrative nonfiction / journalism
  • Pop culture
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Women’s issues

She can only consider unpublished manuscripts.

Sulamita’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.

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Ashley Hearn, Acquisitions Editor, Peachtree Publishing In-person at hotel


Ashley Hearn is an acquisitions editor at Peachtree Publishers, where she acquires for the YA imprint Peachtree Teen. In its first season, Peachtree Teen books earned ten starred reviews, three Indie Next selections, two Indies Introduce selections, and launched a New York Times and Indie bestseller in Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White. When she steps away from her desk, she can be found wandering the North Georgia mountains, swinging longswords at her HEMA fencing club, or haunting a local coffee shop. Find her on Twitter @AshleyHearn or Instagram @_AshleyHearn.

Ashley is seeking ALL genres of young adult fiction.

She is especially interested in the following YA genres:

  • Light fantasy
  • Magical realism
  • Genre-bending speculative fiction
  • Character-driven contemporary fiction
  • Humorous voices
  • Historical novels, with a special affinity for stories that offer a strong sense of place and time

In addition, Ashley will do critiques and respond to pitches for ALL genres of middle grade fiction, too, including chapter books. For those projects she thinks will be a good fit for the publisher, she will refer the writers to her colleagues who acquire MG fiction so they can consider the work for publication.

She can only consider unpublished manuscripts.

Ashley has no preference between working directly with writers or working with a literary agent who represents a writer.

Ashley’s manuscript sample and pitch critique spots are full, but waitlists are available.

Colin Hosten

Colin Hosten, Editor, Woodhall Press In-person at hotel


Colin is a former children’s book editor who worked on titles by authors such as Rick Riordan and Melissa de la Cruz during his time at the Disney Book Group. He then pivoted to digital children’s media production, before eventually co-founding Woodhall Press. He has a graduate degree in Publishing from NYU, as well as an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Fairfield University. Colin has written or co-authored seven children’s books of his own.

In fiction, Colin is seeking:

  • Fantasy
  • Young adult
  • Modern Romance, especially same-sex stories

In nonfiction, he is always on the hunt for the following:

  • Narrative nonfiction
  • Memoir
  • Essay collections (a sense of humor is a plus!)
  • Socio-political commentary

Colin will consider previously published or self-published work.

He is happy to work with unagented authors.

Colin’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.

Ismita Hussain

Ismita Hussain, Agent, Great Dog Literary In-person at hotel


Ismita is a Georgia native and graduate of Emory University, where she studied Human Health and Italian. During college, she also worked for various Atlanta area hospitals in departments ranging from neonatal to geriatric care. In her Desi household, she grew up speaking Bangla, Hindi, and Urdu. Ismita is a founding member of Disability in Publishing and currently serves as their External Relations Lead. She is also a part of the Literary Agents of Change Mentorship Program 2022 cohort.

Some of her favorite authors are Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Oscar Wilde, and Tom Perrotta. Her client list and more about Great Dog Literary can be found on www.greatdogliterary.com. You can also find her on Twitter @ismita_h.

Ismita considers manuscripts in the following fiction genres:

  • Literary fiction
  • Upmarket fiction
  • Short story collections
  • Thriller/suspense
  • Young adult fiction
  • Young adult romance

In nonfiction, she is seeking:

  • Narrative nonfiction
  • Cookbooks
  • Memoir
  • Young adult nonfiction

Ismita is especially drawn to fiction with a Southern setting, gritty realist writing, and any books that explore health or disability. Ultimately though, she’s a sucker for writing with a great sense of humor.

She is not the right agent for horror, adult romance, sci-fi/fantasy, mystery, prescriptive nonfiction, self-help, diet books, graphic novels, poetry, or any children’s literature meant for an audience younger than YA.

She can only consider unpublished manuscripts.

Ismita’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.

Rachel Kowal

Rachel Kowal, Managing Editor, Soho Press In-person at hotel


Rachel Kowal is the managing editor at Soho Press, where she has worked for the last ten years. Before that, she worked in the basement of the Strand Bookstore and dabbled in public radio. When not reading for work or fun, she enjoys running, sewing, moviegoing, and listening to podcasts about reality television. She lives in a strange part of Brooklyn that has lots of Victorian houses and fireflies in the summer.

Rachel edits books that fall under the Soho Crime umbrella (mysteries/thrillers, etc.). She likes to be surprised when reading. In particular, she is drawn to books with:

  • Amateur sleuths
  • Police procedurals that have more of a domestic element to them (what’s going on in the detective’s personal life?)
  • Cozy mysteries with a bite (not too cozy!)
  • Dark humor, word play, fun/zippy/sarcastic dialogue
  • Older characters who are up to no good
  • Odd couples/pairs/duos forced to team up
  • Younger characters who are trying to figure things out
  • Unreliable narrators
  • Weird twists or character quirks (love a good case of mistaken identity)
  • Books by POC/LGBTQIA+ authors

Think fun, oddball mysteries featuring antiheroes or would-be underdogs. Some favorite non-Soho authors: Muriel Spark, Nabokov, Clarice Lispector, Dasa Drndić, Magda Szabó, V-era Pynchon.

She is not interested in historical books or military/espionage plots (unless they aren’t very technical) or books written from the POV of serial killers.

Rachel will also do manuscript sample critiques and take pitches for genres her Soho Press colleagues are seeking and refer writers to them when she thinks there’s a good fit:

  • Bold, voice-driven literary fiction
  • Literary horror
  • Mysteries/thrillers/espionage/noir/crime (historical and contemporary, including things in translation) – especially books set abroad and books with series potential
  • YA novels of all genres (especially by POC or LGBTQIA+ authors)
  • Sci-fi with a crime flavor

Soho Press almost never publishes nonfiction (with the rare exception of a memoir or essay collection), and they definitely never publish poetry, MG/picture books, and other genres not named above.

Rachel will consider self-published work, and Soho Press has occasionally published these in the past (of course the author would need to remove any self-pub listings online).

She works with authors directly as well as through literary agents.

Rachel’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.

Jacqueline Lipton, Director of Adult Department & Senior Literary Agent, Tobias Literary Agency In-person at hotel


Jacqui Lipton is a law professor, attorney and Senior Agent at The Tobias Literary Agency, and the author of Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers (UC Press, 2020).

Her list is broad and diverse, and she represents everything from kid-lit to adult projects:

  • Picture books
  • Middle grade
  • Young adult
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Science fiction
  • Urban fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Horror
  • Romance with a unique hook
  • Nonfiction with unique takes on interesting subjects

She tends not to represent writers who focus solely in the picture book space, but does work with writers of picture books who also write in other areas. If you are a picture-book-only writer, she is happy to critique your work and potentially refer you to an agent who does focus more squarely on picture books. She is particularly interested in underrepresented voices and stories.

She is NOT the best fit for memoir, books with animal protagonists, anthropomorphized animal characters, or high fantasy (think Game of Thrones, dragons, etc.). 

If a self-published book has done extremely well (at least 10,000 copies sold), she would potentially consider it for representation.

Jacqui’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.


Kate McMullen, Managing Editor, Hub City Press In-person at hotel


Kate Arden McMullen (she/her) is the Managing Editor of Hub City Press, the South’s premier independent publisher of new and extraordinary Southern voices. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her fiction has appeared in Paper Darts, Carve Magazine, The BoilerFoglifter, The Pinch, Reckon Review, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction is anthologized in Home is Where You Queer Your Heart. A Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee, she is the 2015 recipient of UNCW’s Colbert Chapbook Award. She lives in Spartanburg, SC with her partner and a pitbull named Holstein.

Kate acquires Hub City Press publishes work about the South and by those who live in the South within these categories:

  • Literary fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Regional interest books about the South

Within these areas, Hub City is able to champion a diverse range of authors whose books often don’t fit into the commercial publishing landscape. They get a lot of books that were tough sells in New York because they show a different, unexpected view of the region. Novels like Over the Plain Houses and The Magnetic Girl offer feminist reimaginings of historical eras.

Nonfiction like Flight Path: A Search for Roots beneath the World’s Busiest Airport and A Measure of Belonging: Writers of Color on the New American South, edited by Cinelle Barnes complicate our understanding of the historical and modern South. While Kate loves memoirs, they need to engage with some aspect of our larger culture or environment (think art, nature, music, food, farming) to be a truly successful Hub City project.

The poetry she acquires, written by poets like Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley M. Jones and New Orleans adoptee poet Tiana Nobile, often focuses on identity and belonging from the POVs of lesser-heard Southerners. In the past 24 months, Hub City has published poetry from working-class, queer, white, Black, Latinx, Gullah Geechee descent, and Korean American voices.

She is not seeking genre fiction and does not acquire individual poems or short stories/novellas.

Hub City Press acquires books directly from writers but also works with agents.

She can only consider previously unpublished manuscripts.

Kate’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.


Roma Panganiban

Roma Panganiban, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit Associates In-person at hotel


Roma Panganiban graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in English and Psychology before attending the University of York (UK) for postgraduate studies in Modern and Contemporary Literature & Culture. She worked at a cupcake bakery, a travel website, a tutoring center, and a theatrical costume studio before beginning her publishign career as an intern at The Gernert Company. She joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2019, working with writers across the adult and children’s markets. Roma is a member of the American Association of Literary Agents (AALA) and an ambivalent Twitter user (@romapancake). She lives in Brooklyn.

Roma’s taste leans literary, but she is open to a broad range of adult fiction, including novels and story collections that embrace genre elements:

  • Speculative
  • Historical
  • Mystery
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Those that defy categorization altogether

She values prose that is thoughtful, clear, clever, and beautiful; compelling, idiosyncratic voices; and fresh, unexpected perspectives, particularly those of writers from underrepresented communities.

She’s open to surprises, but is NOT likely to enjoy fiction that incorporates any of the following:

  • Intergenerational family drama
  • Inexplicable existential malaise
  • Military or police
  • Hereditary monarchy
  • Body horror
  • Talking animals
  • The frontlines of war
  • Satire about race, gender, or sexuality
  • Writers writing about writers

In children’s fiction, Roma prefers more high-concept, plot-driven middle grade and more introspective, character- and voice-driven young adult, especially featuring protagonists who don’t often see themselves as the main character. Her interest is piqued by narratives about second-generation or third-culture kids; school stories with an edge; enemies-to-friends relationships; and smart, weird kids who are competitive or obsessive in some way. Across children’s fiction categories, she seeks out books for kids and teens who aren’t white, cis, straight, male, neurotypical, allosexual, able-bodied, beautiful, middle-class, Americans, or any of the many things they’re taught are “normal” and good—books that allow young readers to better understand each other, themselves, and the world around them.

Roma does NOT represent:

  • Picture books
  • Early readers
  • Graphic novels
  • Poetry
  • Violent true crime
  • Romance
  • High fantasy
  • Cozy mystery
  • Westerns
  • Military, political, or medical thrillers
  • Trauma memoirs

In nonfiction, Roma is looking for books involving original research or new analysis that reorient the way we see the world, as well as creative nonfiction that feels intimate, idiosyncratic, and/or wryly funny.

Her specific areas of interest include:

  • Memoir
  • Journalism
  • Cultural history
  • Science
  • The arts
  • Pop culture
  • Current events
  • Food writing
  • Essay collections

She can only consider previously unpublished manuscripts.

Roma’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.


Sara Rodgers

Sara Rodgers, Associate Editor, Graydon House/HarperCollins In-person at hotel


Sara Rodgers is an Associate Editor at Graydon House. Based in Toronto, Sara has a bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Concordia Montreal, and graduated with high honors from Centennial’s publishing certificate program. She has read for agents, edited for small presses, and contributed to the growing field of EPUB accessibility as a content certifier. When she isn’t reading or editing, Sara can be found writing, watching cheesy musicals, or putting her art degree to good use and getting her hands dirty.

Sara is looking for the following:

  • Book club-worthy upmarket fiction that skews commercial
  • Historical fiction from diverse perspectives
  • Twisty, gripping thrillers with surprising endings
  • Light fantasy or gothic elements and/or magical realism
  • Quirky, female-driven fiction
  • Juicy dramas
  • Sweeping love stories
  • Feminist takes on old tropes
  • Voices from underrepresented groups

She loves stories that keep her guessing, voice-y narratives, and immersive, atmospheric settings.

Sara is NOT looking for erotic fiction; relationships with huge power imbalances; gore/body horror; bleak, grim fiction; straight, non-diverse romcoms; religious fiction; or nonfiction.

She can only consider previously unpublished manuscripts.

Sara can work directly with authors or through agents if she wants to acquire a project.

Sara’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.

Reagan Rothe

Reagan Rothe, Publisher, Black Rose Writing In-person at hotel


Reagan Rothe is the creator and owner of Black Rose Writing, an indie press in Texas, the host of the Heard it Through the Rosevine podcast, and a fellow published author. He is an Amazon Ad ninja, serves on Ingram’s Publisher Advisory Board, and is a Social Media Certified Professional. Rothe has contributed to IBPA’s Independent, NetGalley Insights, and other literary channels.

Reagan is seeking the following in fiction and nonfiction:


  • Children’s picture/chapter books
  • Christian
  • Coming-of-age
  • Contemporary
  • Family saga/drama
  • Fantasy
  • Graphic novel
  • Historical
  • Horror/Supernatural
  • Humor
  • LGBTQ+
  • Literary
  • Mainstream/Commercial (incl. magical realism)
  • Middle Grade
  • Mystery/Crime
  • Romance
  • Science fiction
  • Southern
  • Speculative fiction/myths & fairy tales
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Upmarket commercial/Book club
  • Women’s fiction
  • Young Adult


  • Business/leadership/law
  • Cooking/food/cookbooks
  • Current events/politics/social commentary
  • Health/diet/wellness
  • History/biography
  • Humor
  • Memoir
  • Pop culture
  • Self-help/relationships
  • Science
  • Spiritual/inspirational/religious
  • Sports
  • Women’s issues

He will consider previously self-published work, but it does already raise the bar.

Reagan works with authors directly as well as through literary agents.

Reagan’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.

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Kristen Terrette, Literary Manager, Martin Literary & Media Management In-person at hotel


Kristen is a literary manager building her list featuring titles in middle grade, young adult, female-driven crime thrillers, occasional horror, and faith-based books.

She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and MA in Theology and Religious Studies which led her into children’s ministry for many years. Eventually, her lifelong love of books and authors drew her back to her original dream of entering the publishing world. Kristen is a multi-published author and freelance writer. She’s held such positions as the Blog Manager for a national women’s ministry and the Social Media Manager for a publishing house. All these components landed her a spot in the coveted Writers House Intern Program. There, she received valuable hands-on agenting and publishing experience which she brings into her new position.

Kristen has long been a voice for diversity. She’s written extensively on topics of racial reconciliation and unity and is a facilitator of groups around these topics in her church. In all her focused genres, she welcomes books with BIPOC or disabled main characters and diverse friendships. She believes books change people in all the best ways and that every child should see themselves in the pages. Kristen hearts #kidlit! Follow her on Twitter: @KTerrette.

Kristen is looking for the following:

Middle Grade (All subgenres except science fiction): She would love to see books tackling themes like abandonment, bullying, loneliness, comparison, divorce, and body image but done so by instilling hope, growth, and healing. Send her the creepy, horrifying, supernatural, fantastical, historical, and contemporary. She is ready to see it all.

Young Adult (All subgenres except science fiction): Kristen’s background in writing YA and her extensive reading in this genre has given her a great love and understanding of it. Grab her attention within the first couple of pages. Send her books with first loves, unique friendships, interesting and/or challenging family dynamics, and hard-hitting subject matter (race relations, suicide, abuse, divorce, etc.) but leave her with a satisfying (not necessarily happy!) ending.

In Adult Fiction, Kristen is looking for very specific genres/subgenres only:

Faith-Based Fiction: This includes all sub-genres: Historical, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, and Women’s Fiction. Kristen loves a good redemption or forgiveness story, a historically accurate saga, a clean and beautiful, yet realistic love story, or a memoir that has her crying and laughing within the span of a few pages. Surprise her with the beauty of God’s grace.  

Women’s Crime Thriller: Kristen loves a good thriller with a woman main character, so send her the smart, tough, and brave lady crime solvers. If she can’t figure out what’s going to happen next or what the ending will be, you’ve gotten her attention.

Occasional Horror: Think old-school Michael Crichton here. She does not like possessions or ghost stories unless there’s a twist like The Sixth Sense.

Faith-Based Non-fiction: This includes memoirs and a fresh Bible study or devotional book that goes deeper.

Kristen is not a good fit for ANY science fiction (even in MG or YA), books with any political agenda, extremely foul-mouthed characters, or gratuitous sex scenes.

She can only consider unpublished manuscripts.

Kristen’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.


Antoinette Van Sluytman

Antoinette Van Sluytman, Agent, Irene Goodman Literary Agency In-person at hotel


Antoinette is a junior agent, writer, freelance illustrator/fine artist, graphic designer, poet, martial artist, and history enthusiast during her free time. She is a member of the AALA and volunteers at the African Diaspora Museum & Research Center in San Diego, and at writing nonprofit organization WriteHive, as an outreach coordinator, artist professional in residence, and diversity ally. She considers herself an entrepreneurial scholartist who advocates for countering literary hegemony through speculative radicalism and diverse narratives within art and writing.

Antoinette is interested in all genres of speculative fiction, specifically:

  • Cosmic horror
  • Dark fantasy
  • Epic fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Historical fiction

Antoinette maintains special interest in adult projects but is also open to select young adult and graphic novels. In general, she loves atmospheric and lyrical prose that challenges narrative conventions, ambitiously immersive worlds inspired by different cultures, morally gray and dysfunctional but lovable characters with fun dynamics, and new takes on old tropes. She is drawn to complex philosophical/psychological themes across all genres.

Some general themes she enjoys are adventures, antiheroines, quirky concepts you might find in an anime, dark fantasy, and anticolonialism. In historical fiction she’s interested in finding stories inspired by non-western mythologies or about the untold stories of female heroines around the world such as Tomoe Gozen, Queen Amanirenas, or Sayyida-Al-Hura.

Please do not send her military fiction or fae/vampire/elemental magic fantasy.

Some favorite books of hers are BLACK SUN, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, and DEATH NOTE.

She can only consider unpublished manuscripts.

Antoinette’s manuscript sample critique and pitch spots are full, but waitlists are available.



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3 thoughts on “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.

  3. The 2017 Writers Conference was a great and informative experience. I will never miss another conference. Both editors and agents were informative and motivating.

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