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Agents and Editors Guide

OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET THE AGENTS AND EDITORS

The following formal opportunities to meet the agents and editors are:

  • Practice Your Pitch, Logline Slam
  • Agents and Editors Panel, Page One and Query Letters Critiques
  • One-on-One Pitch Sessions

AGENTS AND EDITORS: PRACTICE YOUR PITCH

A short pitching primer followed by workshopping your pitch with agents/editors..
(Exclusive benefit for A&E Program registrants)Attendees bring a query letter. (Please, include the TITLE of the work and the subgenre*)

 
Registration: Must register in advance. This session fills up.

Date and Time: Friday, 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Moderator: Paula Munier & Jennifer Gordon

LOGLINE SLAM

Poetry slam meets Hollywood. You’ve got 30 seconds–tops!–to pitch the logline of your book. Go!
(Open to the first 120 participants. First come, first served.)

 
 
Registration: Required

Date and Time: Friday, 8:45-9:45 p.m.

Moderator: Paula Munier & Jennifer Gordon

AGENTS AND EDITORS: QUERY LETTER: DEFINITELY KILL YOUR DARLINGS

Attendees bring a query letter. (Please, include the TITLE of the work and the subgenre*)

Bring your one-page query and have it critiqued by agents/editors and authors.

*subgenre: category of crime fiction, such traditional, hardboiled, noir, police procedural, private eye, historical, thriller, medical, legal, psychological suspense, romantic suspense, western, supernatural, military, technological, political, forensic, espionage

Registration: Required.

Date and Time: Saturday, 9:00 – 10:15 AM

Moderator: Jennifer Gordon

AGENTS AND EDITORS: THE FIRST PAGE WORKSHOP: HOME IN ON SUCCESS

Attendees bring a query letter. (Please, include the TITLE of the work and the subgenre*)

Bring your first page for critique by agents/editors and authors.

*subgenre: category of crime fiction, such traditional, hardboiled, noir, police procedural, private eye, historical, thriller, medical, legal, psychological suspense, romantic suspense, western, supernatural, military, technological, political, forensic, espionage

Registration: Required.

Date and Time: Saturday, 2:15 – 3:30 PM

Moderator: TBA

AGENTS AND EDITORS: ONE ON ONE PITCH SESSIONS

Three-minute pitch sessions with agents and editors.

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. This session is run by the clock so be sure to arrive on time.

Registration: Required

Date and Time: Saturday, 3:45-5:00 PM

Moderator: TBA

Agents and Editors 2021

Crooked Lane Books

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.

APL

Stephany Evans put a toe in the publishing waters at Simon & Schuster Audio when audio publishing was just beginning to be “a thing.” Now, for more than twenty-five years, Stephany has represented nonfiction writers in the areas of health and wellness, spirituality, lifestyle, food and drink, and sustainability, running and fitness, memoir and narrative nonfiction. She also represents a range of women’s fiction, from literary to upmarket commercial, to romance, as well as crime fiction (mysteries, thrillers), and the occasional literary or commercial novel not aimed at a female market. She is looking for fine, accomplished writing, whether the work is by a first time or established author. She loves to be told a great story! Stephany is a member of the AALA (Association of American Literary Agents), the RWA, the MWA and the Agents Round Table (ART). She has served as ghostwriter on seven published books in the categories of memoir and spirituality. @firerooster

Aevitas Creative Management

Lori Galvin was a book editor before joining Aevitas Creative Management as agent in 2015. She is currently looking for sophisticated thrillers, novels of suspense, novels of obsession, contemporary noir, gothic fiction, mystery/horror crossovers, speculative fiction, and true crime, both Adult and YA. Her book deals in the crime/thriller space include Cambria Brockman’s debut thriller Tell Me Everything (Ballantine ‘19; under option to Netflix), Holly Watt’s CWA Steel Dagger award-winning To the Lions (Dutton ’19), and Wanda M. Morris’s debut All Her Little Secrets (William Morrow, ‘21).

Lowenstein Associates

Ronald Gerber is a literary agent at Lowenstein Associates. Before joining the Lowenstein team in 2019, he spent several years in literary scouting and supported two agents at Writers House. Ronald’s clients have books forthcoming from Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, and others. He is actively building his list in thriller/mystery, contemporary and historical fiction, romance, grounded sci-fi, narrative nonfiction, memoir/biography, middle grade, and more. Ronald’s focus is on cinematic stories with strong hooks and relatable characters, and he is always looking for projects from queer, BIPOC, and other underrepresented authors. He resides in Queens and is a proud graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Clark University. See Ronald’s manuscript wish list here, and follow him on Twitter @RGerberAgent.

Doug Grad Doug Grad Literary Agency


Doug Grad was an editor for twenty-two years at imprints of Simon & Schuster, Random House, Penguin, and HarperCollins, where he acquired and edited numerous bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. Over the years he’s worked with generals and admirals, war heroes, historians, politicians, astronauts, sports stars, coaches, comedians, mobsters, cops, journalists, musicians, truckers, cowboys and Native Americans among others. He opened his own literary agency in 2008 and has sold a wide range of fiction and nonfiction to Big Five publishers, as well as mid-sized and small houses. Among his authors are New York Times bestseller Kerri Rawson (A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love and Overcoming), Agatha Award-winning mystery writer Ellen Byron (for Mardis Gras Murder in her Cajun Country mystery series), and New York Times bestselling historical novelist Jeff Shaara (Gods and Generals, etc.). Doug is married to the new Director of the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, and they’ve recently moved to Salem, MA from Brooklyn, NY with their son and their grumpy ten-year-old pug dog, Winston.

Talcott Notch Literary

Paula Munier Talcott Notch

PAULA MUNIER is a literary agent and USA TODAY bestselling author whose roots in the mystery writing community run deep. As Senior Literary Agent and Director of Storytelling for Talcott Notch Literary, she specializes in crime fiction, representing many great crime writers. She’s the author of the Mercy Carr series: A BORROWING OF BONES won the Dogwise Book of the Year Award and was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award; BLIND SEARCH also won a DWAA award. THE HIDING PLACE, the latest in the series, debuted March 30, 2021. These mysteries feature former MP Mercy Carr and her bomb-sniffing Malinois Elvis, who team up with local game warden Troy Warden and his search-and-rescue Newfie-retriever mix Susie Bear to solve crimes in the Vermont wilderness.

Paula’s also written three popular books on writing, the bestselling PLOT PERFECT, THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS, and WRITING WITH QUIET HANDS, as well as HAPPIER EVERY DAY and the memoir FIXING FREDDIE. She’s an active member of MWA, SinC, and ITW. She served as president of the New England chapter of MWA for four terms and has served on the committee for the New England Crime Bake for more than a decade. She lives in New England with her family, three rescue dogs, and a rescue cat. Find out more at https://paulamunier.com/ and https://careerauthors.com/.

Fuse Literary

Michelle Richter is a Senior Agent at 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 an adjunct professor. Michelle mainly represents crime fiction and women’s fiction, and her clients have won or been shortlisted for such awards as the Edgar, Mary Higgins Clark, Anthony, Agatha, Lefty, Macavity, Derringer, ITW Thriller, Shamus, and Strand Critics. She’s especially eager to find mystery, suspense, and psychological thrillers with complex lead characters. BIPOC, LGBTQ, and disabled voices in fiction always welcome. Michelle loves British crime shows, voice-y character driven novels, twisty plots, unreliable narrators, and stories of family secrets, friendships, and sibling relationships. She’d love to find the next Bath Haus, Such A Fun Age, When No One Is Watching, The Lady Upstairs, Long Bright River, The Dutch House, Everything I Never Told You, Winter Counts, Blacktop Wasteland, or Bluebird, Bluebird.

Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

Katharine Sands is seeking thrills, kills and chills. 

A sucker for red herrings, she binges Netflix, cozies, procedurals and true crime. 

Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including fiction, memoir and non-fiction.

Among the books she represents are: The Apothecary’s Curse, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in the First Novel category by Barbara Barnett; and Girl Walks Out of a Bar, a memoir by Lisa Smith that was featured by People Magazine as Notable Nonfiction.

Katharine likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture.

 When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir, femoir, and himoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.