2019 Agents and Editors Package

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Agents and Editors Guide

The Agents and Editors Guide shows you what the agents and editors are looking for and what they like to hear in a pitch.

2019 Agents and Editors Package

This exclusive program is designed for Crime Bake registrants interested in improving their chances of being traditionally published. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and get constructive feedback from agents and editors about your work in progress.

When you select Agents and Editors Package ($49) during registration, you will automatically be registered for the 4 sessions noted below.

Practice Your Pitch
7:45 – 8:50 p.m. Friday
An annual Crime Bake favorite. Come learn the ins and outs of pitching from agent Paula Munier. Then sit at a table with an agent or editor of your choosing and practice your pitch. Learn invaluable tips that you can use when it’s time for your real pitches. (Round-table format with a small group.)

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Saturday
A terrific opportunity to read your current query letter to one of the agents or editors and get constructive feedback. You’ll also learn from the tips your fellow writer participants get about their queries. (Round-table format with a small group.)

First Page
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday
Bring the first page of your current unpublished novel. You’ll sit at a table with an agent or editor, a veteran published author, and about nine fellow writers. You’ll have the chance to read your page aloud (or if you prefer, have the veteran author read it) and get feedback from the agent or editor and the veteran author. (Round-table format with a small group.)

One-on-One Pitches
4:20 – 6:00 p.m. Saturday
The highlight of the A&E Program. Pitch your novel one on one to as many of the agents and editors as you want and can get to during the session. Pitches are limited to three minutes, which turns out to be plenty of time for the agent or editor to decide whether to ask for pages, chapters, or the entire manuscript.



Terri Bischoff joined Crooked Lane Books as senior acquiring editor in January 2019 after over nine years of acquiring at Midnight Ink. She loves suspense and thrillers, LGBTQIA+, and diverse characters/story lines.

DOUG GRAD www.dgliterary.com

Doug Grad was an editor at Simon & Schuster, Random House, Penguin and HarperCollins for 22 years, acquiring fiction and nonfiction.
He opened his agency in 2008, and represents Kerri Rawson, author of the NYT bestseller A Serial Killer’s Daughter, 2018 Agatha
Award winner Ellen Byron, and the relaunched Net Force series created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, among others.

ESMOND HARMSWORTH httpss://aevitascreative.com/

Esmond Harmsworth is a Managing Partner of Aevitas Creative Management. An agent for 20+ years, he represents authors of fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction list focuses on business, science, narrative nonfiction and psychology. His fiction list focuses on suspense, thrillers, literary fiction, horror, science fiction and crime novels and it spans a wide range of writing. Some of the novels he has worked on include: The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry; North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo; The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell; The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur; Winter Kept Us Warm by Anne Raeff; the Gates of Evangeline series by Hester Young; and To The Lions by Holly Watt. Esmond is extremely interested in literary psychological thrillers, literary horror and Gothic novels, detailed, suspenseful police procedurals and books he can’t put down. He adores books like Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook, Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This Is How You Lose the Time War, Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream, Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White or Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell’s The Brimstone Wedding.

LYNNETTE NOVAK httpss://www.theseymouragency.com

Lynnette Novak is an agent at The Seymour Agency and is building her list. She loves dark and suspenseful, mysterious twists, unique worlds, light and funny, a good love story, and lots of voice. Prior to agenting, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new and advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.

PAULA MUNIER www.paulamunier.com www.talcottnotch.net

Literary agent Paula Munier represents high-concept crime fiction and women’s fiction, as well as select SFF, YA, MG, and NF. She’s the Mary Higgins Clark-nominated author of A BORROWING OF BONES and BLIND SEARCH, and three books on writing.


Amaryah Orenstein represents both literary/commercial fiction and nonfiction. She began her career at Laura Gross Literary Agency and, prior to that, worked at The Tauber
Institute, editing books for Brandeis University Press. Originally from Montreal, she came to the US to pursue graduate work in History,
earning an MA from the Contemporary History Institute and a PhD from Brandeis.

RENEE PICKUP www.reneeasherpickup.com www.bronzevillebooks.com

Renee Asher Pickup is a Marine Corps vet and writer/editor living in the Southern California desert.
She is the acquisitions editor and publisher of Bronzeville Books.
Her novel with Andrez Bergen: Black Sails, Disco Inferno is available now from Open Books.

Catherine Richards is Executive Editor at Minotaur Books, SMP. Having spent eight years at Pan Macmillan UK, in early 2017 she swapped her “crime fiction” hat for a “mystery” one and moved to New York. With a background in both commercial women’s fiction and crime fiction, she is currently looking for thrillers and suspense, and in particular female voices and psychological thrillers at the upmarket end of commercial.

Clients: Jeffrey Archer, Ann Cleeves (author of Vera and Shetland series, and The Long Call), Sandie Jones (The Other Woman), Kate Mosse (Labyrinth, The Burning Chambers), Jess Montgomery (The Widows), Jessica Fellowes (The Mitford Murders), Zoje Stage (Baby Teeth), Ashley Weaver, Mariah Fredericks, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Emily Littlejohn.

MICHELLE RICHTER www.fuseliterary.com https://QueryMe.at Fuse Literary.

Michelle Richter is an Agentat Fuse Literary. She got her start in publishing at St. Martin’s Press, after earning her Master’s in Publishing
from Pace University, where she’s now an adjunct professor. Michelle mainly represents crime fiction, women’s fiction, and
contemporary romance. Her clients include Kellye Garrett, Ed Aymar, and Tara Laskowski.


Victoria Skurnick is an agent at The Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency. Her previous positions included Editor-in-Chief of The Book-of-the-Month Club, Senior editor at St. Martin’s Press and Pocket Books, and Marketing Director of Holt.

Victoria covers both fiction and nonfiction, with special emphases on literary and suspense fiction, and Political and historical nonfiction. Among the books she represents are JAR OF HEARTS, by Jennifer Hillier, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal, TURN OF MIND, by Alice LaPlante, BAD THINGS HAPPEN, by Harry Dolan, and THE UNEXECTED PRESIDENT, by Scot Greenberger.


After receiving a B.A. in English, Nikki worked in the marketing communications field for several years as a writer and editor. Deciding she wanted to align her professional career with her lifelong passion for reading and writing, she interned at the Elaine English Agency based in Washington, DC, and then moved into literary management, representing a small group of women’s fiction and romance writers, that has expanded to include a list of YA, literary, historical, southern, mystery and thriller authors. Nikki loves all types of fiction, but is particularly interested in finding fresh Southern voices and ethnically and culturally diverse fiction.