Agents and Editors Guide

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Agents and Editors Guide

Our pitch session allows you to stand in line to meet any agent or editor. While you should have time to meet all of them (assuming everyone sticks to their three-minute timers) the information below will help you prioritize.

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Terri Bischoff
Crooked Lane Books
Looking for: All crime fiction
Not looking for: Horror
Like it when pitchers: If the manuscript isn’t finished, I want to know that immediately. I want to hear log line, word count, sub-genre, and comp titles. Give me enough time to ask you questions. A shorter pitch is ALWAYS better.
Don’t like when pitchers: I don’ t want to hear every character detail or plot point. Give me the big picture.
Little-known fact: My mom reads more books than I do! And she reads everything I have acquired except for one author.
Doug Grad
Doug Grad Literary Agency
Looking for: Mysteries, Thrillers, True Crime, Narrative Nonfiction
Not looking for: YA, fantasy, science fiction
Like it when pitchers: Be confident! And listen…take direction.
Don’t like when pitchers: Argue with the professional who is dispensing advice and wisdom–we DO know better than you! 🙂
Little-known fact: I’ve played saxophone professionally–from CBGBs to Carnegie Hall.
Esmond Harmsworth
Aevitas Creative Management
Looking for: Suspense, mystery, thrillers, horror
Not looking for: Cozies
Like it when pitchers: Ask me any questions you have about the mad, crazy publishing industry!
Don’t like when pitchers: Spending the entire meeting rushing through a plot synopsis
Little-known fact: I’m a Gemini in every way you can imagine.
Paula Munier
Talcott Notch
Looking for: All manner of crime fiction, the more high-concept, the better. Also: women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, crossover YA, MG, select SFF, prescriptive nonfiction as well as narrative nonfiction.
Not looking for:Poetry, memoir, vampires, any project that is not high-concept enough to distinguish itself in the marketplace
Like it when pitchers: Give good comparitive titles.
Don’t like when pitchers: Are unable to tell me what makes their project different from others in its sub-genre
Little-known fact: I’m an open book.
Lynette Novak
The Seymour Agency
Looking for:“Currently looking for: (Own voices, diversity, and LGBTQ are welcome!!!)
* Adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy).*
* Young adult fiction: Thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary.
* Middle grade fiction: Fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, mystery, contemporary, horror, and humor.
Not looking for: Nonfiction, memoirs, historical fiction, inspirational romance, historical romance, Christian fiction, or erotica.
Like it when pitchers: Take a deep breath and TRY to relax. I know that’s easier said than done, but just remember we’re people. We’re not perfect and we don’t expect you to be either. Have fun with the pitch and enjoy sharing your story and getting to know us!
Don’t like when pitchers: I really don’t like it when someone doesn’t do their homework first and ends up pitching a story in a genre I don’t represent. I don’t have a choice but to turn them away. 🙁
Little-known fact:I’m only 5’ tall–maybe 5’ 1/4” if I stretch my neck when getting measured. Not that I’ve ever done that or anything. 😉
Amaryah Orenstein
GO Literary
Looking for: Crime, cozy mystery, psychological thriller
Not looking for: Anything involving animal characters, horror
Like it when pitchers: Tell me a bit about yourself, where you’re at in your writing career.
Don’t like when pitchers: Recite a memorized pitch.
Little-known fact: I lie about my age. A lot.
Renee Pickup
Bronzeville Books
Looking for: Bronzeville is looking for crime books that aren’t afraid to cross genre, that tap into the emotional weight of crime and criminality, and that bring new perspectives to the genre.
Not looking for: We are not looking for “crime fantasy.” The work should not be wish fulfillment or video game violence. We are not looking for typical mystery/thriller fare that’s not bringing a new perspective.
Like it when pitchers: Be ready to go off script. What message does your book have aside from the plot? Talk to me. Be ready and willing to discuss.
Don’t like when pitchers: Do not come in overly familiar. This is a business meeting. We’ll have time to get to know each other as we work together.
Little-known fact: I’ve almost died, twice.
Michelle Richter
Fuse Literary
Looking for: Domestic and psychological suspense. Mystery: cozy, traditional, PI, amateur sleuth, police procedural; suspense. Thrillers. LGBTQ or POC main characters a plus.
Not looking for: Military, political, or espionage thriller; historical mysteries set before 1900
Like it when pitchers: Tell me two recent comparison titles so I can get a sense of the audience and tone of the book.
Don’t like when pitchers: Don’e leave time for me to ask them questions
Victoria Skurnick
Levine, Greenberg,Rostan Literary Agency
Looking for: Literary fiction, suspense fiction, narrative nonfiction, history and politics
Not looking for: Science fiction, romance fiction, most self-help
Like it when pitchers: Put the book in a context rather than reeling off the plot. Plus some info about the writer him/herself
Don’t like when pitchers: Reel off tons of plot. Also please don’t tell me what a huge best seller the book is bound to be.
Little-known fact: I long to be Kelly O’Hara when I grow up.
Nicki Terpilowski
Holloway Literary
Looking for: Mysteries, Thrillers, Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Southern Fiction, YA, Romance
Not looking for:Horror, Erotica, Hardcore SciFi or Fantasy
Like it when pitchers: Begin their pitch with​ 1. Title, 2. Genre and 3. Wordcount
Don’t like when pitchers: Provide materials, give me copies of their pitch, synopsis, etc.
Little-known fact: I am also a writer.