Featured Agents at

 

the 2019 Agents & Editors Conference

 

The 2019 A&E Conference includes agents from a notable list of reputable literary agencies. Click on the linked agency names to be routed to the agency website.

 

Lauren E. Abramo, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Reiko Davis, DeFiore and Company Literary Management

Jennie Dunham, Dunham Literary

Melissa Edwards, Stonesong

Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency

Serene Hakim, Ayesha Pande Literary

Tricia Lawrence, Erin Murphy Literary

Alison Lewis, The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency

Kim Lionetti, BookEnds Literary

Kelli Martin, Wendy Sherman Associates

Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency

Rayhané Sanders, Massie & McQuilken Literary Agents

DongWon Song, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

Marya Spence, Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Paul Stevens, Donald Maas Literary Agency

Saba Sulaiman, Talcott Notch Literary Services

Kristin von Ogtrop, InkWell Management

Cindy Uh, Thompson Literary Agency

Kent D. Wolf, Friedrich Agency

  

Lauren E. Abramo, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Lauren E. Abramo joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2005. As VP and subrights director, she maintains a small client list and sells foreign and audio rights for the agency. Her interests include humorous middle-grade, contemporary young adult, and upmarket commercial fiction and well-paced literary fiction on the adult side. She’s also interested in nonfiction, especially pop culture, psychology, pop science, reportage, media, and contemporary culture. Her list has a strong focus on books that engage in some way with social justice. In all categories she’s especially seeking authors from marginalized communities traditionally underrepresented in publishing.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Graphic Novels
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Pop Culture, Essays, Social Justice

Children's: YA Fiction, MG Fiction

 

Reiko Davis, DeFiore and Company Literary Management

Before joining DeFiore in early 2016, Reiko Davis was an associate agent at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency for four years. She grew up in Kansas City, received her BA in Comparative Literature and Art History from Brown University, and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course. She represents literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and middle grade and YA fiction. She is especially seeking books by underrepresented voices, including writers of color, immigrants, women, and the LGBT community. She loves books that aren't afraid to tackle big questions or important emotional truths, and do so through remarkable storytelling.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Short Fiction
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Memoir, Pop Culture

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

 

 

 

 

Jennie Dunham, Dunham Literary

Jennie Dunham has been a literary agent in New York since May 1992. In August 2000 she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. She represents literary fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her clients have had both critical and commercial success. Books she has represented have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers in adult hardcover fiction, children’s books, and children’s book series. Her clients have won numerous awards including: New York Times Best Illustrated Book, The Schneider Family Award, Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. She is a member of AAR (Association of Authors Representatives) and SCBWI. She worked at three different literary agencies before she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology and .has a master's degree in Social Work from New York University.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical, Graphic Novels
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography, Memoir, Family/Parenting

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

Melissa Edwards, Stonesong

Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a 40-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Melissa represents authors of children's fiction, adult commercial fiction, and select pop-culture nonfiction. She is looking for warm and timeless middle grade fiction and accessible young adult fiction. For adults, she is looking for fast-paced thrillers and smart women'€™s fiction. Melissa also acts as a contract consultant for authors and agents under the business MLE Consulting. 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Women's, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Nonfiction: Pop Culture

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

Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency

Jessica Errera has been with JRA since 2014. She is looking for commercial women’s fiction with a fresh and fun hook, all genres of YA (especially diverse stories), contemporary romance, mysteries and suspense, the occasional historical fiction, and anything that might be read in a day on the beach. Jessica is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she spent four years cheering on the Tar Heels and a few fantastic months interning with Algonquin Books.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Women's, Historical, Romance, Graphic Novels
Children's: YA Fiction, MG Fiction

Serene Hakim, Ayesha Pande Literary

Serene Hakim has been with Ayesha Pande Literary since 2015. A child of immigrants, she grew up straddling cultures and languages. She is looking for both adult fiction and non-fiction as well as YA (all genres) with international themes or a focus on LGBTQ+, feminist issues and underrepresented/marginalized voices. She is especially interested in stories dealing with the Middle East and is specifically looking for writing that explores meanings of identity, home, family and parenthood/motherhood. Forthcoming projects include Kristen Arnett’s debut novel Mostly Dead Things.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's
Nonfiction: Narrative, Essays

Children's: YA Fiction

Tricia Lawrence, Erin Murphy Literary

Tricia Lawrence is the Pacific Northwest branch of EMLA, born and raised in Oregon, and now lives in Seattle. After 22 years of working as a developmental and production-based editor (from kids books to college textbooks, but mostly college textbooks), she joined the EMLA team in March 2011 as a social media strategist. As agent, Tricia represents picture books/chapter books that look at the world in a unique and unusual way, with characters that are alive both on and off the page, and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction that offers strong worldbuilding, wounded narrators, and stories that grab a reader and won't let go. Tricia loves hiking, camping out in the woods, and collecting rocks. She loves BBC America and anything British. She has way too many books and not enough bookshelves.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography, Memoir, Essays, Self-Help

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


Alison Lewis, The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency

Alison Lewis is a literary agent at the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency, where she represents narrative nonfiction, cultural criticism, history, science, literary fiction, and memoir. A Colorado native and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Middlebury College, she worked in editorial at W. W. Norton & Company before joining the agency in 2016. She is also editor of the literary magazine American Chordata.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Essays

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Lionetti, BookEnds Literary

Kim Lionetti is a senior literary agent at BookEnds. Having started her twenty-five-year career in the industry as an editor at Berkley Publishing, she enjoys helping authors shape their works into books their readers will love. Kim’s client list includes women’s fiction, suspense, young adult and romance, and she’s looking for new talent in all of these genres, but she’s especially eager to represent more diverse voices. As an autism mom, she’s most passionate about stories featuring neurodiverse characters, and those with special needs.

Actively Seeking

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

 

 

 

 

Kelli Martin, Wendy Sherman Associates

Kelli Martin has worked in book publishing for twenty years. She started at Simon & Schuster and rose up the editorial ladder at HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Amazon Publishing. At Amazon Publishing, Kelli was the launch editor and public face of Montlake Romance, and Executive Editor at Lake Union (the general fiction imprint). Now as a literary agent, Kelli is passionate about signing authors in contemporary romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, domestic suspense and psychological thrillers. For Kelli, guiding writers, perfecting manuscripts and building a list of beloved books that satisfy publishing houses and readers are the loves of her life.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Women's, Romance, Domestic Suspense/Psychological Thrillers

 

Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency

Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts joined Hannigan Salky Getzler in 2017, where she represents a list of literary fiction and non-fiction, as well as select middle-grade and YA. She began her career in the editorial department at MacAdam/Cage, an independent publisher based in San Francisco. Previously at Writers House, she has worked as a literary scout, and was an agent and rights director at the Susan Golomb Literary Agency. She is always on the lookout for new voices and seeks to be a passionate advocate for her clients. Soumeya is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and their cat.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Women's, Short Fiction
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family Parenting

Children's: YA Fiction, MG Fiction

Rayhané Sanders, Massie & McQuilken Literary Agents

Rayhané Sanders is a literary agent at Massie & McQuilkin and an independent book editor with over 10 years of industry experience. She began her career at Newsweek Magazine, before moving to book publishing, working for Penguin’s Dutton and Gotham Books and then for William Morris Endeavor, where she worked closely with veteran agent Dorian Karchmar. Rayhané began to represent authors at WSK Management, adding a New York Times bestseller to her list, before moving to Massie & McQuilkin in 2015. She represents literary, historical, and upmarket book club fiction; narrative nonfiction; and memoir. Her clients include bestselling, award-winning authors Lidia Yuknavitch, Janet Beard, Devin Murphy, Jonathan Weisman, Margaret Malone, and others. As an independent book editor, she offers a wide range of editorial and consulting services to help emerging writers polish their fiction and non-fiction projects to attract agents and publishers.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Historical, Short Fiction
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Self-Help

Children's: YA Fiction

 

DongWon Song, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit and a product manager for the ebook startup, Zola Books, and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the publishing program at Portland State University.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels
Nonfiction: Narrative, Pop Culture, Essays

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Marya Spence, Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Raised in California’s Bay Area, Marya Spence studied literature at Harvard, where she was Fiction Editor for the Advocate and specialized in creative writing. She got her MFA in Fiction at New York University, where she also taught, and has worked at The New Yorker, PAPER Mag, Travel & Leisure, Vanity Fair, Publishers Weekly, METROPOLIS Magazine, and more. As someone who values craft from the writer’s perspective, Marya represents a diverse range in fiction and nonfiction, including, but not limited to, literary novels and collections, cultural criticism and voice-driven essays, narrative journalism with a humorous or critical edge, and pop culture.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary
Nonfiction: Pop Culture, Essays

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Stevens, Donald Maass Literary Agency

Paul Stevens has been an agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency since 2016. Before joining DMLA, he worked as an editor at Tor Books for 15 years focusing on science fiction and fantasy. Paul is primarily looking to represent science fiction and fantasy for adults, but he also will consider other genres such as mystery and suspense if they have science fiction / fantasy elements. He represents authors such as Kel Kade, Jeremy Finley, Dan Koboldt, Leanna Renee Hieber, and Sean Grigsby.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Science Fiction/Fantasy

 

 

 

Saba Sulaiman, Talcott Notch Literary Services

Saba Sulaiman holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. She joined Talcott Notch Literary after working as an editorial intern at Sourcebooks, where she worked primarily on their romance line. She’s looking primarily to build her Middle Grade and Young Adult lists, and is particularly (although not exclusively) interested in contemporary realistic stories. She’s also open to category romance (all subgenres except paranormal), literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, tightly plotted, character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries ala Agatha Christie, and memoir.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Women's, Romance
Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Family/Parenting

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

Kristin van Ogtrop, InkWell Management

Kristin van Ogtrop is the former editor-in-chief of Real Simple and an agent at InkWell Management. Under her stewardship, Real Simple became the #1 American women’s lifestyle magazine brand with a print and digital reach of 25 million and was nominated for 15 National Magazine Awards. Kristin’s blog, “Adventures in Chaos,” was nominated for a Media Industry Newsletter “Best of the Web” award, and in 2014, she was named by Fortune magazine as one of the “55 Most Influential Women on Twitter.” She is a contributor to the New York Times bestseller, The Bitch in the House and the author of Just Let Me Lie Down, published by Little, Brown. As an agent, she will represent memoir, commercial women’s fiction, humor, lifestyle and big idea books driven by counterintuitive thinking.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High-Concept Commercial, Women's
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting

 

Cindy Uh, Thompson Literary Agency

Cindy Uh graduated from Boston College and received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal. After practicing law for six years, she got her start in publishing as an intern at Einstein Thompson Agency before joining TLA in 2015. Cindy is excited to continue developing talent in both adult nonfiction and children's fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on compelling stories, distinct voices, and diversity (of all types). Her clients include NYT Bestsellers Mari Andrew, Cecile Richards and Lauren Peterson, as well as Bridget Beth Collins, Kimothy Pikor, Brent Preston, Kristin Russell, Shelly Westerhausen, Timothy Pakron, and Gautam Raghavan.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Women's, Graphic Novels
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Memoir, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Self-Help, Health/Wellness, Illustrated

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

 

Kent D. Wolf, The Friedrich Agency

Kent D. Wolf is an agent with The Friedrich Agency, representing literary fiction and narrative nonfiction--from novels to story collection to immersive journalism to personal essays. His clients include National Book Award for Fiction Finalist Carmen Maria Machado, New York Times-bestselling essayist Samantha Irby, Barnes & Noble Discover novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and New York Times Notable novelist Martin Seay, among others.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary
Nonfiction: Narrative, Pop Culture, Essays