Featured Agents at

the 2018 Agents & Editors Conference

(check back regularly for updates)

 

The 2018 Agents & Editors Conference will include agents from a notable list of reputable literary agencies. Click on the linked agency names to read more about them.

 

Tess Callero, Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Terra Chalberg, Chalberg & Sussman

Jennifer Chen Tran, Bradford Literary Agency

Arielle Datz, Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner

Adriana Dominguez, Full Circle Literary

Cherise Fisher, Wendy Sherman Associates

Connor Goldsmith, Fuse Literary Agency

Wendi Gu, Janklow and Nesbit Associates

Sarah Levitt, Aevitas Creative

Kristina Moore, The Wylie Agency

Dana Murphy, The Book Group

Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management

Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency

Sharon Pelletier, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

Sarah Phair, Trident Media Group

Grace A. Ross, Regal Hoffman and Associates

Jeff Silberman, Folio Literary Management

Susan Velazquez, JABberwocky Literary Agency

 

 

Tess Callero, Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Tess Callero has worked at Curtis Brown since 2015. She represents young adult and adult fiction manuscripts, as well as select nonfiction projects. She welcomes all YA submissions but tends to gravitate towards stories involving friendship, romance, or suspense. On the adult side, Tess is interested in commercial and upmarket women’s fiction, mysteries/thrillers, and romance. She has a soft spot for anything involving food, sports, or Hollywood. Her nonfiction interests include pop culture, business, cookbooks, humor, biography, self-help, and food narrative projects. In addition to her role as agent, Tess is also the Social Media Director at Curtis Brown.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Women's, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance

Nonfiction: Pop Culture, Lifestyle

Children's: YA Fiction, YA Nonfiction

 

Terra Chalberg, Chalberg & Sussman

After graduating from UCLA and working in film development, Terra Chalberg began her publishing career in 2002 at Scribner. As an agent, she represents a range of fiction and nonfiction writers, including Victoria Fedden, author of This Is Not My Beautiful Life; Margaux Fragoso, author of the New York Times and international bestseller Tiger, Tiger; Elizabeth Isadora Gold, author of The Mommy Group; Lori Ostlund, author of Barnes & Noble Discover selection, finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize After the Parade; Andrew Porter, Flannery O’Connor Award-winner and author of the Indie Next List pick In Between Days; Melissa Radke, author of Eat Cake. Be Brave.; Alex Taylor, author of Kentucky Literary Award-finalist The Marble Orchard; and Glenn Taylor, NBCC Award Finalist in Fiction and author of A Hanging at Cinder Bottom.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Women's, Historical, Short Fiction

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help, Personal Growth/Wellness

 

Jennifer Chen Tran, Bradford Literary Agency

Jennifer Chen Tran is an agent at Bradford Literary. She represents both fiction and non-fiction. Originally from New York, Jennifer is a lifelong reader and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Bradford Literary, she was an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and served as Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer understands the importance of negotiation in securing rights on behalf of her authors. She counsels her clients on how to expand their platforms, improve on craft, and works collaboratively with her clients throughout the editorial and publication process. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a positive social impact on the world--books that also inform and entertain. She is looking to sign authors from diverse or marginalized backgrounds,

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Graphic Novels

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help, Mind/Body/Spirit

Children's: YA Fiction, YA Nonfiction, MG Fiction, MG Nonfiction

 

 

Arielle Datz, Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner Literary Agency

Arielle Datz started as an intern at Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner in 2011. She then worked in the foreign rights department at WME, followed by 2 years at the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency. She returned to DCLA in 2015. She is looking for fiction (mostly adult, but is open to young adult and middle grade), both literary and commercial. In nonfiction, she is looking for essays, unconventional memoir, pop culture, and sociology.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays

Children's: YA Fiction

 

Adriana Domínguez, Full Circle Literary

Adriana Domínguez has 20 years of experience in publishing. Prior to becoming an agent, she was Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Children’s Reviews Editor at Library Journal’s Críticas magazine, among others. She has performed editorial work for both children and adult publishers, and is a professional translator. Adriana has a long trajectory of publishing underrepresented authors and illustrators, and welcomes submissions that offer diverse points of view. On the children’s side, she represents fiction and narrative nonfiction as well as author/illustrators. On the adult side, she seeks narrative nonfiction and pop culture titles written by authors with rock-solid platforms. Her author client list includes Reyna Grande, Michaela and Elaine DePrince, Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo, Katheryn Russell-Brown and Angela Cervantes. Her illustrator list includes Rafael López, John Parra and Julie Flett.

Actively Seeking

Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Pop Culture

Children's: YA Nonfiction, MG Fiction, MG Nonfiction, Picture Book

 

Cherise Fisher, Wendy Sherman Associates

Over the course of her twenty-five year publishing career, Cherise Fisher has shepherded several authors to nationally bestselling and award winning status. As a literary agent, she is interested in working with novelists who are committed storytellers, memoirists that uncover the diversity of human experience, and non-fiction writers who are experts in their field. Her intention is that all the books she helps bring into the world are relevant, enduring, and maximize joy and productivity in readers’ lives.


Actively Seeking

Fiction: Women's, Historical

Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Pop Culture, Family/Parenting, Self-Help

 

  

Connor Goldsmith, Fuse Literary Agency

Connor Goldsmith is an Agent at Fuse Literary. He began his career in publishing in 2012 at Lowenstein Associates, where he was promoted to Associate Agent in March 2013. He joined Fuse in early 2014 and was promoted to Agent in November 2015. Prior to transitioning into the world of books, he spent a year as a full-time intern and relief assistant in the commercial film and television department at Abrams Artists Agency. Born and raised in New York, Connor lived for a brief stint in the Midwest studying English and the Classics at Oberlin College in Ohio. He is passionate about narrative fiction across all media as a vehicle for social progress, and received a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from The New School for Public Engagement.

 
Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Nonfiction: History, Biography, Pop Culture

 

Wendi Lulu Gu, Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Wendi Gu is a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. She grew up in the sleepy suburbs of Chicago and studied Creative Writing at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, she interned with children's book agent Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and continued working there as a literary assistant after graduation. She soon began representing her own picture books, middle-grade, young adult, and adult fiction titles with a special interest in girl power, family relationships, and the immigrant experience, and has continued working on such books at Janklow & Nesbit. Most of all, She likes stories that root for the underdog. Her favorite books have voices that range from warm and lyrical, to witty and deadpan.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Short Fiction, Poetry, Graphic Novels

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Self-Help

Children's: YA Fiction, YA Nonfiction, MG Fiction, MG Nonfiction, Picture Books, Early Readers

 

Sarah Levitt, Aevitas Creative

Sarah Levitt is an agent at Aevitas Creative Management who represents critically acclaimed fiction and nonfiction writers. Her list includes journalists, academics, historians, scientists, and musicians, among others. Sarah most interested in narrative nonfiction in the areas of popular science, big ideas, history, humor, pop culture, memoir, and reportage, in addition to voice-driven literary fiction with a bold plot and fresh, imaginative characters.
She’s excited by strong female and underrepresented voices, the strange and speculative, and projects that ignite cultural conversation, whether in the realm of fiction or nonfiction.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Graphic Novels

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Pop Culture, Essays

 

Kristina Moore, The Wylie Agency

Kristina Moore joined The Wylie Agency in 2009. She specializes in literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, and is particularly interested in reportage, history, biography, science, sports writing, and arts and cultural criticism. She also represents authors’ estates. She graduated from Harvard College and began her career as an editor at SCOTUSBlog.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays

 

Dana Murphy, The Book Group

Dana Murphy is a literary agent with The Book Group, focusing on literary fiction and voice-driven nonfiction. After studying critical film theory and sociology at NYU, Dana began her literary career as an assistant at the Book Group in 2012 and started building her own list in 2015. She is interested in adult and YA fiction that feels surprising and immersive and smart narrative nonfiction about pop culture, social issues, and critical theory. She is always looking for a sense of humor, diverse and underrepresented perspectives, and characters that stick in your thoughts long after the story is finished.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Pop Culture, Essays

Children's: YA Fiction, YA Nonfiction

  

Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management

Eric Myers entered publishing as an author, with three books published by St. Martin's Press. He has been an agent since 2002, having worked at The Spieler Agency and Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret before establishing Myers Literary Management. His clients include Chris Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library), Lydia Kang (Control, Quackery, and A Beautiful Poison), Sam Staggs (All About "All About Eve," Closeup On "Sunset Boulevard"), Seth Rudetsky (My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan), Miriam Davis (The Axeman of New Orleans), Patrice Banks (The Girls' Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide), and Tracey Goessel (The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks), among many others. A frequent guest at writers' conferences, he is a proud member of the Association of Authors' Representatives. He specializes in YA, Middle Grade, Historical Fiction, Thrillers, and most non-fiction, including memoir that comes with a strong platform.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Self-Help

Children's: YA Fiction, MG Fiction

 

Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency

Rachel Orr is celebrating her eleventh year at Prospect Agency, where she represents both authors and illustrators in projects ranging from picture books through YA. She previously worked for eight rewarding years at HarperCollins Children’s Books, and uses those editorial skills to help prepare her clients’ work for submission. Her clients include Kit Alloway (the Dream Walker series), Samantha M. Clark (The Boy, the Boat and the Beast), Cori Doerrfeld (The Rabbit Listened), Emma Wunsch (The Movie Version), and Kim Zarins (Sometimes We Tell the Truth). Rachel lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband and two young children. She has no spare time, but, if she did, she would spend it dancing, running and reading, of course.

Actively Seeking

Children's: YA Fiction, MG Fiction, Picture Book

 

Sharon Pelletier, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

Sharon Pelletier joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2013 after working for Europa Editions and Barnes & Noble. At DG&B, in addition to growing her own client list, Sharon oversees digital projects and social media. While her interests are broad, Sharon is especially seeking upmarket fiction, including unexpected suspense fiction; smart, complex women’s fiction; and hearty, unforgettable book club fiction. On the nonfiction side Sharon is eager for compelling, fierce narrative nonfiction by journalists and experts, and emerging voices with a growing platform who can speak to pop culture, feminism, sports, social justice, and/or religion. In all categories, she particularly encourages submissions from marginalized writers.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Pop Culture, Essays

 

Sarah Phair, Trident Media Group

Sarah Phair began her career in publishing at Trident Media Group four years ago after completing her M.A. in Literature. She spent two years learning from and assisting two domestic agents before being promoted to Audio Agent, and then to a sales agent in Trident’s Foreign Rights Department. In this position, Sarah contacted international editors to pitch Trident authors and negotiate deals on their behalf. Now, Sarah is building her own client list. She is interested in all women’s fiction, literary fiction, and narrative non-fiction. She is most attracted to stories that are thoughtfully plotted and explore different aspects of lesser known experiences. 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Women's, Romance, Thriller/Suspense (with female angle)

Nonfiction: Narrative, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle

 

Grace A. Ross, Regal Hoffman and Associates

Grace A. Ross recently joined Regal Hoffmann & Associates, a boutique agency that represents quality literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, biography, journalism, politics, and social history. She was previously at Denise Shannon Literary Agency and Barbara Lowenstein Associates. Grace is interested in literary fiction that experiments with form and speaks to the current cultural climate; historical fiction; international narratives; and dynamic plots that bridge genres. In nonfiction, she is looking for socially and politically conscious narratives, especially those that engage with cultural conversations about gender, race, and class in an accessible way; but she’s also drawn to popular science, biography, cultural theory, and memoir.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Women's, Short Fiction

Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Memoir, Essays

 

 Jeff Silberman, Folio LIterary Management

Jeff Silberman is a new horizon hunter. He began his career as an entertainment attorney and navigates the film and television worlds as well as publishing. His interests are wide, his passions run deep, and the books he represents cut a wide swath: narrative non-fiction, memoir, science and technology, history, social issues, sports, the animal kingdom, literary fiction, upmarket fiction, and more. He seek s books that in some way leave us different than we were before, and he works closely with all of his authors.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Historical, Thrillers

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Science, Technology, Sports, Food

Children's: YA Fiction, YA Nonfiction

  

Susan Velazquez, JABberwocky Literary Agency

Susan Velazquez is the assistant to Eddie Schneider and Joshua Bilmes and manages audio rights at JABberwocky Literary. She was born and raised outside of Dallas and studied Creative Writing at SUNY Oswego. Susan generally gravitates towards any story that details a complicated family dynamic, illustrates a transformative coming-of-age experience, or features multicultural characters or unique voices. In non-fiction, she is interested in memoirs, pop culture, and history. In science fiction and fantasy, she is looking for richly built worlds to become immersed in and stories that explore what humanity is like--or could be like.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Memoir, Pop Culture

Children's: YA Fiction