2014 CONFERENCE AGENTS
Quill Shift Literary Agency
Ayanna Coleman founded Quill Shift Literary Agency in 2013. She has worked within the publishing industry from inside a publishing house, literary agencies, as a book reviewer, and for many years as a children’s librarian. When she was a child, and in adulthood as a librarian, Ayanna noticed that the books that could capture a child’s imagination and create a lifelong reader were not getting into children’s hands. Children (and their parents, teachers, and librarians) weren’t discovering the right books… or they hadn’t been created yet. Ayanna wants to make sure books that change kids’ lives and perspectives are not only getting out into the market, but are being discovered.
She is looking for middle grade and YA fiction containing the following: so-real-you-can-feel-them-standing-next-to-you characters; diversity (both in setting and character); horror/psychological thrillers for the older set (but no gratuitous gore/violence); strong, witty female protagonists; dark, fractured fairy tales/myths/legends; Artemis Fowl/Pendragon/TimeWarp Trio-like work for younger boys; and standalone novels that don’t need a trilogy or series to wrap them up.
ERIN L. COX
Rob Weisbach Creative Management
Erin L. Cox is a Senior Associate at Rob Weisbach Creative Management, where she represents both fiction and nonfiction writers as a literary agent and consults on publicity and marketing projects. She started her career as a publicist at Scribner and previously sold book advertising for The New Yorker.
Having built his career on both the publishing and literary agency sides of the book business, Paul brings expertise working directly with established authors, new writers, and personalities on both fiction and nonfiction projects. Prior to joining Bienstock, Paul had been an agent at Trident Media Group for more than five years, ran The Paul Fedorko Agency, and spent more than 20 years as a publishing and marketing executive at Bantam Doubleday Dell, Simon & Schuster, and William Morrow. His passion is helping authors develop their projects and partnering them with the right editor and publisher.
Paul is currently looking for the following: on the fiction side, contemporary and literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and suspense (turn of the 20th century as well as WWII are of particular interest). In nonfiction, he is looking for business-related projects, humor, sports, travel, and biography.
Jane Rotrosen Agency
A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, agent Christina Hogrebe grew up on a steady diet of Anne of Green Gables and Sweet Valley Twins books, for which she was nearly laughed out of the English department at Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Denver Publishing Institute, who graduated her anyway. Inspired by her favorite chick lit heroines, she left the wilds of PA in search of dirty martinis and adventure, landing on the doorstep of the Jane Rotrosen Agency, who, sensing a kindred spirit, hired her as one of publishing’s many over-eager assistants in 2003. Christina annoyed mentor Meg Ruley with reader’s reports until they promoted her to agent soon thereafter.
She continues to pursue “three-hanky” and “read-with-the-lights-on” reads and is accepting published and unpublished clients.
Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency
Lucas Hunt studied English and journalism at the University of Iowa, where he wrote for The Daily Iowan newspaper and attended the Poetry Writer’s Workshop. He studied in the MFA program at Southampton College, published his first volume of poetry, Lives, and won a John Steinbeck Award. Hunt is a rights manager and agent at the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency, whose most notable clients are Michael Connelly, Andre Dubus III, James Lee Burke, and Simon Van Booy. His professional interests include literary and crime fiction, travel, and creative nonfiction.
Hunt’s second volume of poetry, Light on the Concrete, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, East Hampton Star, Fiction Writers Review, and Slice, among others.
Andrea Hurst Literary Management
When not visiting local farmer’s markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst enjoys her role as President of Andrea Hurst Literary Management. She works with both major and regional publishing houses. Her client list includes emerging new voices and New York Times bestselling authors, including Dr. Bernie Siegel. As an agent, she represents high-profile adult nonfiction and well-crafted fiction, with an emphasis in women’s fiction. Andrea is a published author in fiction and nonfiction, a skilled developmental editor, an instructor for the MFA program at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and a webinar presenter for Writers’ Digest.
She enjoys working with authors who have something meaningful to share and are driven by their enthusiasm and desire to create books that touch lives, make a difference, and leave readers with an unforgettable impression.
Second Sight Literary
Patrick Kennedy is the managing partner at the NY-based agency Second Sight Literary. He works with authors of fiction, autobiographies, children’s books, instructional and educational books, and YA novels.
An award-winning author himself, he also publishes fiction and journalism regularly.
Emily S. Keyes joined Foreword Literary in 2013 after working as an agent at the L. Perkins Agency for two years. Before entering the world of agenting, she worked in the contracts department of Simon & Schuster and graduated from New York University’s Center for Publishing. She uses her knowledge of contracts, copyright and the publishing business to benefit her clients and the Foreword team.
Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Elizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010 to broaden her perspective on the publishing industry. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency her experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist, and writer.
In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women’s, thrillers, mysteries, and YA. She is intrigued by untrustworthy narrators, tragic tales of class and circumstance, and identifies with flawed yet sterling characters. In nonfiction, she particularly loves voice- or adventure-driven memoir and other nonfiction projects that contribute to the well-being of the self or others, in addition to niche projects that fill holes in the market, offer a fresh approach, or make her laugh. She also has a soft spot for nonfiction heroic pet stories.
The Cooke Agency
Rachel Letofsky is a graduate from both the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program and the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English literature. She began working for The Cooke Agency in 2010. As Senior Literary Assistant for the agency, Rachel works closely with the lead agents to develop projects, regularly liaises with editors and publishers, and has now begun building her own list.
While at the conference, she will be acting as eyes and ears for the Cooke agents and will be seeking submissions of literary, historical and genre fiction (fantasy, science fiction, horror, mysteries), middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction, as well as adult nonfiction in the categories of biography, lifestyle, self-help and narrative-driven memoir. For her own developing list, Rachel is deeply drawn to young adult fiction (especially fantasy and historical) and adult literary fiction. Rachel is particularly committed to working with unpublished authors in a focused, collaborative, and hands-on manner.
Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Pooja Menon joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates as an intern in 2011 and began taking on her own clients in 2012. As a relatively new agent, Pooja is looking to build her client list and is eager for submissions by debut novelists and veteran writers.
She represents adult and YA fiction and nonfiction, and is searching for writing that has an easy flow, timely pacing, unique perspectives, and strong voices. In adult fiction, she is looking for upmarket women’s fiction, literary/commercial fiction, mysteries/thrillers, historical and multi-cultural fiction. In YA, she is looking for strong voice-driven contemporary fiction, horror, mysteries/thrillers with psychological twists, fantasy, and historicals—all of which need to be uniquely spun, with voices that are strong and multi-layered. She’s also looking for multi-cultural fiction that is either set abroad or in the US with characters from a different culture or background. In nonfiction, she is looking for narrative nonfiction of any kind from authors with well-established platforms.
Jessica Negrón attended the University of New Haven, where she majored in English. For five years she interned with various local CT publications in both an editorial and design capacity, until finally finding a place with Talcott Notch. In January 2013, she began taking on her own clients. Some of her favorite authors are Juliet Marillier, Thomas Berger, Jane Austen, Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, and Chuck Palahniuk. She admires these writers for their shared gifts to establish profound connections with readers through their characters; to build worlds that make her wander-lusting heart ache with longing; and, most of all, to make her consider, question, and reevaluate the pleasures she so often takes for granted.
Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Lara Perkins is an Associate Agent and Digital Manager at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She represents picture books through young adult. Lara represents exciting new authors, like Matt Ward (together with colleague Laura Rennert), whose The Fantastic Family Whipple was a 2013 BEA MG Buzz Pick and sold in a two-book, six-figure-per-book deal to Razorbill, and Dianna Dorisi Winget, a 2012 IndieBound New Voices pick. She also represents established and award-winning authors like Tracy Barrett, author of twenty books for young readers including The Stepsister’s Tale forthcoming with Harlequin Teen, and Anne Sibley O’Brien, author/illustrator of over thirty acclaimed picture books. Lara has a B.A. in English and Art History from Amherst College and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, where she studied Victorian Brit Lit. In her pre-publishing life, she trained to be an architect before deciding that books, not bricks, are her true passion.
Andrea Hurst Literary Management
Katie Reed has a longtime love of books and has been known to stay up all night in the clutches of an irresistible story. Katie obtained her Bachelor’s in English with an emphasis in language. After completing an internship and training with Andrea Hurst Literary Management, Katie has now been named an associate agent with the agency. She is passionate about being part of the process that connects compelling stories with book-hungry readers. Katie has worked as a freelance editor and loves helping writers develop their novels in preparation for pitching and publication.
She is looking for stories that demand to be read, having characters that transcend the page and remain in her thoughts long after the book has been closed. She represents all areas of young adult and adult fiction and nonfiction, with a special interest in YA and fantasy.
Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency
A former editor with major New York houses, Rita Rosenkranz founded Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency in 1990. Her wide-ranging adult nonfiction list includes health, history, parenting, music, how-to, popular science, business, biography, popular reference, cooking, spirituality, memoir, sports, and general interest titles. Rita works with major publishing houses as well as regional publishers that handle niche markets. She looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or lesser-known subjects commercially, and is open to new authors with credible marketing platforms. Recently released and forthcoming books include Replacement Child: A Memoir by Judy Mandel; A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math (Even if You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley; A Century at Wrigley Field by Sam Pathy, and Breakthrough Communication by Harrison Monarth.
Dystel & Goderich
John Rudolph joined Dystel & Goderich in 2010 after twelve years as an acquiring children’s book editor. While John’s client list started out as mostly children’s books, it has evolved to the point where it is now half adult, half children’s authors. On the adult side, he is primarily interested in narrative nonfiction, especially in music, sports, history, popular science, “big think,” performing arts, health, business, memoir, military history, and humor. Occasionally, he will take on adult fiction—mostly thrillers, mysteries, and other “boy books”—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.
Full Circle Literary
Sara Sciuto is a member of Full Circle Literary and is actively building her list with a focus on middle grade and young adult fiction; in particular, contemporary, historical, gothic/thriller/horror, sci-fi, mystery/suspense, fantasy, and other speculative fiction. For YA, she’s especially drawn to literary voices with commercial appeal (i.e. no chick-lit, please). For MG, her tastes are broader: she seeks everything from provoking historical to fun/silly adventure projects. She has a particular soft spot for gritty narratives, anything with international or regional locales, period settings, and stories with artistic themes. Sara is also looking for standout picture books, especially those with a quirky or humorous narrative, and welcomes author/illustrators as well as conceptual or art-driven projects. She’s also considering select adult nonfiction in the areas of craft, design, how-to, lifestyle, and pop culture. For children’s nonfiction, she’s open to a wider range of both narrative and prescriptive projects. Currently, she is NOT considering any adult fiction (all genres).
Ken Sherman & Associates
Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles-based literary agency. The company was established in 1989 and handles film, television, and book writers as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights. Since graduating from the University of California-Berkeley with a major in psychology, Ken has returned numerous times to the classroom to teach his course, “The Business of Writing for Screen, Television and the Publishing Worlds,” at both USC and UCLA. He also co-taught screenwriting classes for many years at the Eugene International Film Festival. Ken maintains strong community involvement as well, serving as an Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood, is a charter member of the British Academy of Film and Television/Los Angeles, and is a member of both the Academy of Television Arts and Science and the International Advisory Board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation.
Harvey Klinger Inc.
A literary agent for almost fifteen years, Andrea Somberg represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. Previously an agent at the Donald Maass Agency and Vigliano Associates, she joined Harvey Klinger Inc. in the spring of 2005. Her client list is quite full; however, she is always actively looking to take on new authors who write in the following categories: young adult and middle grade, adult fiction, and nonfiction (including memoir, self-help, how-to, business, cookbooks, etc). Some of her clients include Diane Kress and the New York Times bestseller The Metabolism Miracle, New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn, USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Lewis, finalist for the Governor Generals Award YA author Cheryl Rainfield, bestselling humor authors Kathy and Ross Petras, as well as a host of others. Andrea has also taught MediaBistro classes on how to write a nonfiction and memoir book proposal. For more information, please visit her website, www.andreasomberg.com or www.harveyklinger.com.
Gordon Warnock is a founding partner at Foreword Literary, bringing experience as a senior literary agent, marketing director and editor for independent publishers, freelance publishing consultant, and college-level writing tutor. He frequently teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches at conferences and MFA programs nationwide. His client list is an even balance of seasoned veterans and promising new voices, including Seattle residents Robert V. Taylor, Kelly Davio, and Tanya Chernov. With a zest for fresh, new stories and a deep love of the classics, Gordon actively seeks out both the timely and the timeless. In that spirit, he establishes involved, long-term working relationships with talented and dedicated authors of many genres.
Roseanne Wells joined JDLA 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.
ELIZABETH WINICK RUBINSTEIN
McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
Winick Rubinstein, President and senior agent at McIntosh & Otis,
has degrees from New York University and Manhattan School of Music. She
began her book publishing career in subsidiary rights and then took on
the responsibilities of acquisitions editor at a major audio publishing
imprint. Initially, she joined McIntosh & Otis to manage all
subsidiary rights but began working as an agent shortly thereafter. Her
primary interests include literary fiction, women's fiction, historical
fiction, and mystery/suspense, along with narrative non-fiction,
spiritual/self-help, history and current affairs. Elizabeth represents
numerous New York Times bestsellers, and both Agatha and Edgar Award
winners and nominees.