Five literary agents will meet individually with conference attendees and 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, indicate that you want to meet 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:
Soumeya Bendimerad joined the Susan Golomb Literary Agency in 2012, where she is an agent and the director of foreign rights. Prior to that she was a literary scout at Sanford Greenburger Associates and an associate editor at MacAdam/Cage Publishing. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides in Brooklyn, where she enjoys cooking, listening to records, riding her bicycle, gardening in small spaces, and being stumped by the Saturday crossword in the New York Times.
Soumeya’s specialty is adult trade fiction, and she is actively seeking to represent literary fiction and upmarket/book club fiction, as well as non-fiction. She is drawn to intelligent literary fiction with a fresh voice, coming of age stories, novels with elements of travel or stories set in other countries, family sagas, experiments with form, and complex but sympathetic characters. She is also interested in representing a select young-adult and middle grade list, where she is drawn to contemporary or historical real-life scenarios. In non-fiction, she is seeking topics in popular culture, fashion, music, art history, unconventional business, politics and cultural commentary, narrative non-fiction, sociology, cooking, travel, and memoir. She does not represent romance, thriller, science-fiction or fantasy, supernatural (adult or YA), script or screenplays.
Mark Gottlieb’s focus on publishing began at Emerson College, where he was a founding member of the Publishing Club, later its President, overseeing its first publication and establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature and publishing, Mark began his career with the VP Berkley Books (Penguin), working with leading editors. His first position at the Trident Media Group literary agency was in foreign rights, selling the books of clients around the world. Mark later worked as Executive Assistant to Robert Gottlieb, Chairman of Trident, with responsibility for organizing/managing diverse authors and their complex business transactions. He next assumed the position of audio rights agent. Since Mark has managed the audio rights business, the annual sales volume has more than doubled. Mark showed great initiative and insight in identifying talented writers. While continuing to head up audio, Mark is building his own client list of writers. He is excited to work directly with authors, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available to Trident.
Fiction: African-American; Comedy & Humor; Comix & Graphic novels; Historical;
Horror; Literary; Mystery & Thrillers; Science-fiction & Fantasy; Western; Women’s literature
Nonfiction: Arts, Cinema & Photography; Biography & Memoir; History; Mind, Body & Spirit;
Narrative nonfiction; Politics & Current affairs; Pop culture & Entertainment; Relationships & Family; Science & Technology; Self-help; Sports; Travel & World cultures; True crime
Children’s and Y/A: Picture books; Middle grade; Young adult; New adult
Don’t send: Poetry; Puzzles & Games; Textbooks; Stage plays; Screenplays
Rachel Kory has been with Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc. since 2011. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she studied Classics and played rugby. Her love of violent sports has not waned: she is now an avid practitioner of muay thai. As an agent and digital strategist, Rachel is interested in all things new media; she works to integrate authors into an increasingly electronic world. As a lover of genre fiction and media, she is fascinated by the blurring of lines between fan and professional.
What I’m looking for:
I am open to submissions of high-quality fiction and nonfiction in almost any category, but I have a particular interest in the following:
– Science fiction and fantasy novels with inventive ideas, brilliant prose, and startling twists. I would love to read a manuscript that redefines everything I thought I knew about speculative fiction.
– Novels that reflect the full diversity of human (or alien!) experience, including diversity of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, ability, and economic and social background.
– Smart genre fiction including thrillers, mysteries, unusually clever romances, and genrebending crossovers.
– Both adult and young adult age categories. However, I’m not the right agent for middle grade or picture books.
Brooks Sherman represents picture books, fiction for young adult and middle-grade-readers, select literary and commercial adult fiction, and nonfiction in the areas of humor, pop culture, and narrative nonfiction.
Prior to joining The Bent Agency, I worked as a literary agent at FinePrint Literary Management and in the managing editorial department of Henry Holt and Company. I am a hands-on, editorial agent who delights in developing projects with my clients before bringing them to the attention of publishers.
Before starting my career in publishing, I spent several years working in the entertainment industry (in both New York and Hollywood), and two years with the Peace Corps in West Africa. Having bounced around all over the world, I am delighted to be back in Brooklyn—although I look forward to my next Transylvanian backpacking expedition with great anticipation!
I’m seeking projects that balance strong voice with gripping plot lines. Stories that make me laugh earn extra points! My interest in adult fiction runs the gamut from literary to speculative (particularly contemporary fantasy rooted in realistic settings, horror, and magical realism), as well as historical and crime fiction. On the children’s side, I’m looking for middle grade fiction of all genres (but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), humorous projects from author-illustrators, and young adult fiction of all types except paranormal romance. I would especially love to get my hands on a creepy and/or funny contemporary young adult project.
Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales and editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer’s advocate, editor, and partner. She is also an arts reviewer for PlayShakespeare.com and a volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC.
Nonfiction: I’m interested in authors who have a unique story to tell and are dedicated to building their platform and reaching their audience. I like narrative nonfiction, select memoir, science (popular or trade, not academic), history, religion (not inspirational), travel, humor, food/cooking, and similar subjects. I’m also interested in fresh, modern self-improvement that not only inspires but energizes readers to action in this rapidly evolving world.
Fiction: I’m looking for strong literary fiction that emphasizes craft and style equally, and doesn’t sacrifice plot and character for beautiful sentences; young adult of all genres; very selective middle grade that connects me to a strong main character; science-fiction and fantasy; and smart detective novels (more Sherlock Holmes than cozy mysteries).
Not looking for Christian or inspirational books, thrillers/suspense, or prescriptive nonfiction.