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:
Danielle Barthel (New Leaf Literary)
Following her completion of the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation, Danielle began interning at Writers House. While there, she realized she wanted to put her English degree and love of the written word to work at a literary agency. She worked as a full-time assistant for three years, and continues to help keep the New Leaf offices running smoothly in her role of Coordinator of Team and Client Services.
In her downtime, she can be found with a cup of tea, a bar of chocolate, or really good book … sometimes all together.
Danielle is looking for primarily adult fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, though she is also open to standout YA and upper MG novels. She’d love to find atmospheric adult family dramas and upmarket women’s fiction. A strong romantic subplot, especially with expertly crafted tension, is never a bad thing, and she’s particularly fond of historical romance (especially set in England). For non-fiction, she’s open to unique and poignant lifestyle and cookbooks.
Kirsten Carleton (Prospect Agency)
Before joining Prospect Agency in 2015, Kirsten learned the agency ropes at Sobel Weber Associates and the Waxman Leavell Agency. She fell in love with working on writers while getting her B.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration from Amherst College, and cemented her fascination with publishing with a Graduate Certificate in Publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course and internships at Charlesbridge and Liza Dawson Associates. As an agent, she gets to be a champion for the author throughout the challenging publishing process. She loves sharing an author’s vision for the book, working to help him or her uncover it, and finding a home for it with editors and readers who also feel that connection. Beyond the individual book, she wants to develop satisfying and successful careers that celebrate great talent.
Kirsten is currently seeking upmarket YA and adult fiction with strong characters and storytelling, across speculative, thriller, and literary genres. She’s drawn to books that capture her attention early on with a dynamic plot, and innovative storytelling that blends or crosses genres. In particular, she’s interested in novels that bend and blur genres; literary takes on high concept worldbuilding; diverse characters in stories that are not just about diversity; antiheroes she find herself rooting for; characters with drive and passion; girls and women in STEM fields; settings outside the US/Europe; well-researched historical settings; YA noir/thriller/mystery; stories that introduces her to a new subculture and makes her feel like a native. Follow her on Twitter: @kirstencarleton.
Jackie Lindert (New Leaf Literary)
Jackie earned her B.A. in English in her home state of Wisconsin before trekking to Colorado to attend the Denver Publishing Institute. Her first job in publishing was in subsidiary rights at Penguin Random House, following an internship at none other than New Leaf Literary. After assisting the agency’s literary department for two years, Jackie now works directly with Joanna Volpe and is happily building her own list at New Leaf.
Fun facts: She grew up in the Water Park Capital of the World and has a cat named Humphrey Bogart.
Jackie is looking for voice-driven fiction and narrative non-fiction for adults and teens, especially stories featuring underrepresented characters and topics. She has a soft spot for history or anything featuring a strong female lead.
Gina Panettieri (Talcott Notch Literary Services)
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, TIER ONE by Andrews and Wilson, THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf, and COCKTAIL NOIR by Scott Deitche.
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. We’re always seeking diverse fiction of all kinds. 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.
John Rudolph (Dystel and Goderich Literary Management)
John Rudolph joined Dystel & Goderich in 2010 after twelve years as an acquiring children’s book editor. He began his career at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers as an Editorial Assistant and then moved to the G. P. Putnam’s Sons imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, where he eventually served as Executive Editor on a wide range of young adult, middle-grade, nonfiction, and picture book titles. He graduated from Amherst College with a double major in Classics and Music.
On the adult side, John is primarily interested in narrative nonfiction, especially in music, sports, history, popular science, “big think”, performing arts, health, business, memoir, military history, and humor. He is also interested in adult commercial fiction, literary fiction, and thrillers, but it has to be something special and different. On the children’s side, he is keenly interested in middle-grade and young adult fiction, and would love to find the next great picture book author/illustrator.
John is NOT interested in prescriptive nonfiction, romance, erotica, and other genre fiction.