2016 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference Agent Bio Preference List
Name: Katie Shea Boutillier Agency: Donald Maass Literary Agency Title: Agent / Rights Director
Currently seeking: Commercial women's fiction (including WF with romantic elements and suspense elements), contemporary YA, YA romance, contemporary romance series. Looking for stories with strong voices, exciting plot-lines, and stories that relate to modern-day issues.
Submission policy: E-mail only to email@example.com. For material requests, please send in word doc attached to the email. The body of the email should include the query and a short synopsis, if available.
Current clients: To name a few; Kathryn Craft, Carolita Blythe, Leah Ferguson, Kate Brandes, Kaira Rouda, Stef Willen, MM Finck, Celeste Brash, Lorraine Zago Rosenthal.
**************************************************************************************************** Name: Jane Dystel Agency: Dystel & Goderich Literary Management Title: President Mailing Address: 1 Union Square West, Suite 904, New York, NY 10003 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently seeking: General women’s fiction, romance, contemporary and historical romance, romantic suspense, mystery, female-driven thrillers, psychological thrillers Submission policy: Query email with first 25 pages attached as a Microsoft Word document. Current clients: Catherine Bybee, Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover, Nancy Herkness, Anne Stuart, Helen Bryan, Sydney Landon, etc. ****************************************************************************************************
Current clients: Gretchen Archer, Maia Chance, Suzanne Chazin, Rebecca Coleman, Lisa Daily, Helen DePrima, Cheryl Etchison, Tina Gabrielle, Jennifer Gracen, Dani Harper, Andrea Lochen, Jassy Mackenzie, Jeannie Moon, Kirsty Moseley, Jennifer Snow, among others
Name: Shira Hoffman Agency: McIntosh and Otis, Inc. Title: Literary Agent Mailing Address: 353 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Currently seeking: Shira is looking for women’s fiction, romance, and commercial women’s memoir with strong characters who you can invest in and compelling original voices. She’s a sucker for a cowboy or a man in uniform. Second chance romance and secrets from the past are tropes she loves and can read again and again. She’s also interested in books that have strong mystery or suspense elements and fast pacing. Within YA Romance she is looking for Contemporary stories only. Ultimately, the most important qualities she’s looking for in romance and women’s fiction are a strong voice and the ability to fall in love alongside the characters.
Shira is open to romance in any category other than Erotica and Historical Romance.
Current clients: Jackie Battisti, Kimberly Unger, Cheryl O’Donovan, Katie Golding, Sarah Getz
Please query Veronica Park by emailing email@example.com and putting "Attn: Veronica Park - Query - [BOOK TITLE]" in the subject line. For fiction projects, Veronica prefers to see your query letter, synopsis and 15-20 page sample pasted into the body of the email. For nonfiction, please paste your pitch into the body of the email and attach a 10-30 page proposal which includes detailed information about your writing platform. (For bonus points, include links to your social media profiles in your email signature, and a brief description of your writing career goals.)
Please DO NOT query Veronica via her personal agency email unless specifically requested to do so. Thank you!
These days you can easily find V using Google, because she has written freelance articles all over the web, in addition to working in many professional capacities in the television, publishing and marketing industries.
Current clients: Ken Bagnis (MG, YA), Bill Elenbark (YA), Amy Fish (NF, WF), Ashland Regen (YA), Christoph Paul (NF, YA), Jo McNally (Adult R), Dr. David Novick (NF), Elane Johnson (NF), Kyle Prue (YA), Sam Pease (NF), Shannon Doleski (MG, YA)
YA/NA (anything with a unique voice, but particularly romantic and/or LGBT at the moment), Adult (particularly Romance in all sub-genres) and Non-Fiction that is funny and/or centered upon current events and controversial issues. (Because real life is funny...and full of issues.) Also, Middle Grade (MG) with a particular emphasis on diversity, high concept ideas and graphic novels. For Fall 2016: GIVE ME YA HORROR. Think Lovecraft, Gaiman, Koontz, but not too much gore. Creepy is the key, children.
In particular, V loves: High concept stories that sneakily illustrate real issues (such as: feminism in any era, racial and/or cultural identity, LGBTQIA as a fact of life, niche club memberships, social ethics, etc.), romances that make you laugh out loud and deeply love--or love to hate--some of the characters, gender swapping and/or seriously twisted fairytale retelling. Plotting and pacing are VERY important, but character development is MOST important.
V's Thoughts on Romance: Preferably, romances should be realistic (none of that "love at first sight" malarkey, or zero-mutual-respect fauxmance. Lust at first sight...is realistic, let's be honest.) Pro feminist and pro consent, pro gender role swapping. Bonus points for princesses rescuing knights--i.e. modern day heroines that inspire teenage girls to be more bada**.
V is not currently crazy about: SF/F, children's picture books, poetry or screenplay/regular play--unless it's a rock opera about Conan O'Brian's hair, in which case YES. No erotica at this time, please, unless it's also loosely based on Conan O'Brian.
Themes to avoid: controlling boyfriends (unless your story is clearly anti), werewolves, vampires or zombies (unless you've somehow found a new spin I haven't seen), Mary Sue heroines (look it up), edge for the sake of edge, or characters who do things for reasons which psychology can't explain.
Name: Lisa Rodgers Agency: JABberwocky Literary Agency Title: Agent Mailing Address: 49 W. 45th St, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10036 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently seeking: I’m actively seeking romances of all subgenres. I love strong heroes and heroines (and strength comes in many different forms!), especially when each can give as good as they get. I want to see them match wits and think the other is the bee’s knees! Strong relationship development, particularly if it seems like the obstacle(s) to their happily ever after are irreconcilable, is something I highly value.
Tropes I love: marriages of (in)convenience, arranged marriages, fake engagements, forbidden love, second chances, friends to lovers, mistaken identities, and personal protection/bodyguards, amongst many others.
Submission policy: In general, please send a query letter and 1-2 page synopsis to email@example.com. If you pitch me and I ask for pages, please send the requested number of pages in addition to your query letter and a 1-2 page synopsis to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current clients: Kathleen Kimmel, Erin Lindsey, K. Eason, E. L. Tettensor, K. C. Alexander, Gregory Scott Katsoulis, Lauren Beglin, K. G. Jewell, Corry L. Lee, Kristin McFarland, Michael Mammay, Jeff Macfee
Other pertinent information or requests:
I love lighthearted romcom-style romances just as much as darker tear-jerkers.
Name: Eric Ruben Agency: The Ruben Agency Title: President
Currently seeking: All fiction including but not limited to Romance, YA, Erotica, LGBT, Mystery and more. If in doubt, send it. HOWEVER, I am NOT accepting picture books, children’s books, cook books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels or poetry.
Submission policy: Snail Mail Queries will be thrown out unopened. I accept email queries only. Please do not pitch me via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
I do not open email attachments, unless specifically requested by me. Your entire submission must appear in the body of the email and not as an attachment. Emails with unrequested attachments will be deleted, unread.
FICTION The subject line must contain the following: QUERY: (The title of the manuscript and any short message you would like me to see should follow). Please email a query letter along with the first chapter of your manuscript and a synopsis. You must include the genre and word count in your email. Do NOT query me until your book is finished.
NONFICTION Please include a brief synopsis in 1-2 paragraphs, an author bio or resume specifying credentials and publication credits, if any, a complete table of contents, plus estimated length of manuscript in words and pages.
Also include two to three sample chapters (not the first), a description of the target audience, one page/paragraph on your book’s unique advantages, and a list of competing or comparable titles and how your book differs. Please do not send complete manuscripts unless a specific request is made for one.
Current authors or clients: Ed Gaffney, Ray Daniel, Anne Elizabeth, Paul Russell, and more.
Name: Rebecca Strauss Agency: DeFiore and Company Title: Agent
Currently seeking: I’m always looking for a compelling story, fresh voice and emotional heart—a work that grabs you from the first page. I’m especially interested in emerging writers and developing long-term relationships. For fiction, I’m looking for: women’s fiction, romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and YA. In romance, I’m particularly focused on: contemporary, historical and romantic suspense.
Submission policy: Please email me at Rebecca@defliterary.com with a brief query letter containing information on your book, your bio and the first five pages in the body of the email. Please include the word “query” and your book title in the subject line.
Current clients: Beth Cato, Lola Dodge, Lexie Dunne, Alyssa Goodnight, Merry Jones, Wendy La Capra, Nicole Peeler, Abigail Sharpe and Jaye Wells.