2017 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference Agent Bios and Wishlists
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Name: Kelly Peterson Agency: Corvisiero Literary Title: Jr. Agent
Currently seeking: I'm currently seeking YA fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk with a lot of voice, grit, and high stakes. No princesses or royalty, please, as I'd much prefer the thieves, orphans, and lower class, just-trying-to-get-by individuals. YA Contemporary with a punch, without the mundane of everyday life that we already live through, and without extreme emotional turmoil. I've lived through enough of my fair share of emotional turmoil and prefer to get away from it while reading. NA/A romance, specifically including the military, women in powerful positions, and the inner workings of the government. I'd love to see a book around a character like Emily Rhodes in Designated Survivor! YA or A Historical (with steampunk aspects, maybe?) during colonial times, industrial revolution, or before the 1900's.
NOT seeking: Emotional Turmoil, Mystery/Crime, Psychological Thriller, Female MC's that are extremely submissive.
Current authors or clients: Bruce Battle, Emm Cole, Shanna Hughes
Other pertinent information or requests: Very few authors know this about me, but I really dislike when authors start their book off with a description of the weather, sun, or moon in some way. Even if it's where the sun rays were shining through the trees, it's an extremely common way to begin your manuscript. Please don't send those beginnings my way!
Name: Sarah Phair Agency: Trident Media Group Title: Literary Agent
Currently seeking: Contemporary (single title or series), romantic comedies, YA, women’s fiction Current authors or clients: Tara Sheets, Laurel Kerr, Paula DeBoard
Other pertinent information or requests: I really enjoy the lighter, sweeter side of romance. I’m particularly attracted to strong, complex heroines. I also love books that have a little humor in them. I’m less interested in paranormal, unless it’s used in a fun, magical realism way. I also would only be interested in romantic suspense stories that contained interesting psychological elements.
Name: Rebecca Strauss Agency: DeFiore and Company Title: Agent
Currently seeking: Women's Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery and YA Current authors or clients: Beth Cato, Lola Dodge, Lexie Dunne, Alyssa Goodnight, Priscilla Oliveras, Nicole Peeler and Elaine Isaak
Other pertinent information or requests: In all genres, she’s looking for a compelling story, fresh voice and emotional heart—a work that grabs you from the first page. She’s especially interested in emerging writers and developing long term relationships.