We have worked especially hard this year to expand the number of agents at our conference. (To be totally honest, “we” = Jacqueline Sheehan.) So, five literary agents will be on hand to meet individually with conference attendees and to join a panel in which they will share their slant on the genres they represent and tell what they look for in manuscripts and query letters.
Are you ready to look for an agent for your book? If so, WriteAngles will match you with an agent for a very quick chat. We can’t guarantee you a contract, but we can give you a few minutes of a face-to-face meeting with a seasoned agent. Here’s how you do it. When you register, write in your email: “Sign me up for a meeting with an agent.” Then, after you have paid your registration fee, we will send you instructions about writing a query letter and deadlines. Once we have an acceptable query letter from you, we will match you with an agent and forward the query letter to him/her. We cannot give you a time slot with an agent without a query letter. If all time slots become filled – as usually happens — we will put you on a waiting list.
Agents participating this year are:
Stephen Barr is a senior agent at Writers House, where he started out as an intern in the winter of 2008 after graduating from UCLA with a degree in (I’ll give you two guesses) English. His list is split more-or-less in half between adult and children’s titles, and his clients include journalists Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan (BURIED IN THE SKY, Norton, 2012), the novelist John Corey Whaley (WHERE THINGS COME BACK, Atheneum, 2011), and explodingdog.com author and illustrator Sam Brown (SOMETIMES I FORGET YOU’RE A ROBOT, Dial, 2013).
Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. Having worked as an aerospace engineer for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, she is equally at home in the technical world of engineering as in the literary world of writing and editing. Brooks has over two decades of experience in the publishing world having held senior positions at major publishing houses including John Wiley & Sons Inc. and the McGraw-Hill Companies. She is a graduate of the Howard University Publishing Institute in Washington DC. She is the author of NEVER FINISHED NEVER DONE (Scholastic), WRITING GREAT BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS (Source Books), and YOU SHOULD (REALLY) WRITE A BOOK: HOW TO WRITE, SELL, AND MARKET YOUR MEMOIR (St. Martin’s Press).
Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary and book club fiction, YA, and narrative non-fiction. Her clients include Times Magazine contributor Carla Power, New Criterion editor David Yezzi, and debut novelists Daniel Levine and Jennifer Laam. Erin received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.
Jessica Papin is an agent at Dystel and Goderich in New York. Prior to that, she was the Director of International Rights at the American University in Cairo Press, in Egypt, and an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central Publishing) in New York. With a background on both sides of the desk, Papin loves working collaboratively with clients to shape and refine their work. She is interested in literary and smart commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, history, medicine, science, economics, and women’s issues. In every case, she looks for passion, erudition, and storytelling skill.
Joanne Wyckoff is an agent with the Carol Mann Agency. Prior to joining CMA, she was an agent at Zachary Schuster Harmsworth. Before becoming an agent, Joanne worked as senior editor at Ballantine Books/Random House and as executive editor at Beacon Press. As an agent, Joanne represents a wide array of nonfiction and selected fiction. Among the authors she has worked with are Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Judith Thurman, Mary Pipher, Karen Armstrong, Bruce Barcott, Louise DeSalvo, Sven Birkerts, and Anne Lamott. She also teaches book proposal writing at Grub Street Writers in Boston and is on the faculty of the Goucher MFA Program in Creative Nonfiction in Baltimore, Maryland.