2017 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference Agent Bios and Wishlists
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Name: Marisa Corvisiero, Esq. Publisher/Agency:Corvisiero Literary Agency Title: Literary Agent Currently seeking: For Adults, New Adults, and Young Adults she will consider Contemporary Romance, Thrillers, Adventure, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, or any combination thereof. For Middle Grade age she likes very unique concepts in Fantasy, Adventure and Science Fiction. She loves Picture Books with special stories to deliver a subtle non-didactic message. (Illustrations not needed.) She especially enjoys Christmas, time travel, and space science fiction themed stories. In non-fiction, Marisa enjoys out of the box and high concept spiritual, self-improvement, mindset, science, and business books for all ages. Yes, that includes business and mindset books for kids! Current authors or clients: Heidi McLaughlin, RJ Prescott, Nicole Jacquelyn, Harper Sloan, Steven Bohls, Megan Erickson, Kaylee Ryan, Kerry Adrienne, SE Hall, Tish Rabe, Tracey Solheim, Cindi Madsen, JL Beck, Kevin McGill, LP Dover, Michelle Pace, JL Mac, Chelsea Camaron, Stina Lindenblatt, Ashley Suzanne, Gwen Jones, Jonathan Rockefeller, Vanessa Gobes, Michelle Hauck, Mona Patel, Nathan Knapp, Marlo Lanz, and many more.
Name: Liza Dawson Agency: Liza Dawson Associates
Currently seeking: Big luscious contemporary romances; historical romances. Romantic suspense and historical thrillers. YA. Women’s fiction. Grounded stories (i.e. in this universe) with just a bit of fantasy – witches and elves – or maybe even time travel or alternative history. I have a weakness for charm and for funny dialogue. On the other hand, I have a dark streak and am not afraid of difficult subjects.
Currently not seeking: Erotica; category romances; paranormal. Current authors or clients: Carey Baldwin; Annie Barrows; Marie Bostwick; Stella Cameron; Robyn Carr; Cody Mcfadyen; Victoria Christopher Murray; Jean Sasson; Marybeth Whalen.
Name: Stacey Donaghy Agency: Donaghy Literary Group Title: Literary Agent
Appointments by Skype
Currently seeking: Adult and YA fiction. In adult; contemporary romance, romantic suspense, western or southern romance, thrillers, women’s fiction and diverse works. In YA; contemporary, thriller, mystery, paranormal and diverse works.
Currently not seeking: Sci-fi or fantasy.
Current authors or clients: Jay Crownover, K.A. Tucker, Jamie Shaw, Diana Gardin, Amber Hart, Heather Van Fleet, Annika Sharma, Ara Grigorian, and more.
Other pertinent information or requests: I am open to all things romance with the exception of sci-fi or fantasy. Something I am hoping to see are older characters, sexy, hot but with some graying at the temples, second chance, divorced or widowed characters coming together (think Danielle Steel’s FINE THINGS ) but with an older bad boy who is either tamed or needing some taming and a strong independent woman! I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a beard or biker. I love a good ugly cry!
Name: Jessica Errera Agency: Jane Rotrosen Agency Currently seeking: Women’s fiction, commercial/book club fiction, contemporary romance (especially fast, funny, sexy reads), mystery, magical realism, and all genres of YA. Other pertinent information or requests: I am not currently looking for high fantasy, non-fiction, horror, short stories, erotica, or inspirational romance. I love anything that can be read in a day on the beach!
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: Lizzie Poteet Agency: The Seymour Agency Title: Agent
Not seeking: Literary fiction, mystery. I'm pretty selective when it comes to YA.
Name: Lisa Rodgers Agency: JABberwocky Literary Agency Title: Literary Agent Currently seeking: Contemporary romance, historical romance, science fiction, fantasy, YA Currently not seeking: Non-fiction, category romance, mystery, thrillers, picture books, screenplays, poetry Current authors or clients: Kathleen Kimmel, Erin Lindsey, Kate Marshall, Gregory Scott Katsoulis, Michael Mammay, K. Eason, T. Frohock
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.
Currently seeking: Women’s Romance (e.g. contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, and inspirational). I am open to single title and category romance.
Currently not seeking: I am focusing strictly on romance so I do not want to see urban fantasy, new adult, literary fiction and time travel.
Other pertinent information or requests: Ann Leslie is joining the agency on September 5 and is actively building her client base. Previously she was an editor at Harlequin Books for 20 years, working most recently as a Senior Editor.
I am seeking romances featuring compelling protagonists with strong emotional and external conflicts; a manuscript that presents the beloved themes of the genre in an engaging and/or original plot; has a level of sensuality that is appropriate for the intended audience and is not gratuitous; and has a story told in an engaging and fresh voice.