In addition to participating in an afternoon panel, literary agents will meet individually with conference attendees.
What to expect if meeting with an agent: If you request an agent meeting during registration, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to submit information about your book. If your work is fiction or memoir, the agent will expect that it is complete and you will be asked to submit a query letter. If your work is non-fiction, the work does not need to be complete and you will be asked to submit a book proposal overview (1-2 pages). The agents will look at your submission in advance of the meeting and discuss your proposed or completed work with you in approximately ten minute sessions. You will not be scheduled with an agent until we have both your conference payment and your query/proposal. This year you will be encouraged to request specific agents. Your requests are not guaranteed but we will make every effort to accommodate your preference. Assignments will be made in the order that materials are received until all agent slots are filled. Further details will be provided when you register (after your payment is received) and request a meeting.
Agents participating this year are:
While she was growing up in The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio, Kaylee Davis’s lifeline to sanity was the local library, where she nurtured her love of all things literary. Kaylee received a B.A. in English literature and a B.A. in sociology from Miami University, and a Copyediting Certificate from Emerson College. Kaylee is an Associate Literary Agent with Dee Mura Literary, and you can find her on twitter at @Kaylee_Davis_.
What Kaylee is looking for:
Kaylee is actively acquiring MG, YA, and Adult fiction; particularly sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, literary, and LGBTQ. She is drawn to exciting, thought-provoking stories with a fresh perspective that explores what it means to be human. She loves plot twists, genre-bending, unlikely allies, flawed heroes, and stories that are both literally and figuratively out of this world.
Kimiko Nakamura is a literary agent with Dee Mura Literary, and a graduate of Skidmore College and Boston University’s Book Publishing Program. Before becoming a literary agent, Kimiko worked in the publishing houses of Shambhala Publications and Harvard Common Press. She works with aspiring and published authors alike, enjoys a well-worn library book, and is always up for a game of Scrabble. Find her on Twitter at @Kimiko_Nakamura.
What Kimiko is looking for:
Kimiko is seeking fiction in YA and Adult within the genres of Historical, Contemporary, Literary, and Women’s Fiction. She loves thought-provoking projects that reimagine what’s possible, characters with something (or nothing) to lose, unique viewpoints, trailblazing heroines, and anything with elements of magical realism.
For nonfiction she is seeking cookbooks and memoirs. On her bookshelf and in her inbox, she looks for cookbooks she can read like the Sunday morning paper and daring memoirs of people making their mark on the world.
Gina Panettieri is founder and president of Milford, Connecticut-based Talcott Notch Literary and has worked in the publishing industry for more than 25 years. She represents an eclectic client list ranging from CEOs of corporations to stay-at-home writer moms, from former Navy Seal team members to psychology researchers and indie filmmakers. Representative recent titles include BRAINSCRIPTS by Drew Eric Whitman, GHOST RIDERS OF BAGHDAD by Daniel J. Sjursen, PLASTIC JESUS by Wayne Simmons, BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Felhbaum, and COCKTAIL NOIR by Scott Deitche.
What Gina is looking for:
I’m seeking a wide range of Adult fiction and nonfiction. In Adult Nonfiction, I’m a real omnivore and will consider nearly anything, so try me with memoirs, travel, business books, diet and fitness, history, military history, politics, gift books, self-help, parenting, relationships, pretty much anything. In Adult Fiction, I’m seeking mysteries, thrillers, and suspense that are either really dark and edgy or on the flipside, snarky/comic and surprisingly witty. I don’t do well with spoofs, though, so the humor has to be grounded in reality. I’m looking for historical women’s fiction and family stories and romance, paranormal, and supernatural and a bit of horror like BIRD BOX or a great ghost story like THE OTHERS.
In juvenile, again, I tend to go either dark and edgy or snarky/comic but voice is always very important. I like plots that take chances and stories that confront issues realistically. Super-sweet stories won’t work for me. I’ll look at contemporary, historical as well as SF/F and horror, as well as paranormal and supernatural.
I don’t do poetry, picture books or early readers, and I don’t do textbooks or books meant exclusively or primarily for a professional market.