Featured Agents at  

the 2020 Agents & Editors Conference

 

The 2020 A&E Conference includes agents from a notable list of reputable literary agencies. More will be added weekly, so check back often! Click on the linked agency names to be routed to the agency website.
 

Noah Ballard, Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Jamie Carr, The Book Group

Lucy Cleland, Kneerim & Williams

Stephanie Delman, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

Laura Gross, Laura Gross Literary

Sandy Lu, L Perkins Agency

Christina Morgan, Serendipity Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Bobby O'Neil, FinePrint Literary

Duvall Osteen, Aragi, Inc.

Kiele Raymond, Thompson Literary Agency

John Rudolph, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

Carlisle Webber, Fuse Literary

 

Noah Ballard, Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He studied creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency. Noah focuses on literary fiction, short story collections and narrative non-fiction, including memoir, journalism and pop culture. Noah has appeared at graduate writing programs and writers conferences across the country speaking about query letters, building non-fiction platforms and submission etiquette. A New Jersey native, Noah currently lives in Brooklyn.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense,  Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Fiction
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, True Crime

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Ian Bonaparte began his career in publishing at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, where he worked at the nexus of sales, publicity, and marketing. Having booked tours, pitched and edited essays from authors across Macmillan, and rescued numerous readings from disaster and near-miss, he departed for the agency world, joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2016.

A graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Journalism School, Ian holds a B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University. He is actively acquiring in the areas of journalistic reportage, current events, science, big idea, creative memoir, and history, and is especially interested in social justice, radical thought, and moving the Overton window of discourse. He is able to help writers place journalism and op-eds. With an extensive background in editing fiction, he is also seeking a select list of fiction writers, and is interested in seeing any novel that is both moving and plot-driven.

With his combined experience in the literary agency and publisher trenches, Ian brings a holistic understanding to the total endeavor of publishing, from proposal to indie bookshelf. He is fiercely committed to his authors and deeply grateful to assist in bringing new ideas, outlooks and worlds into existence. He hails from Portland, Oregon.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Horror
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Pop Culture, Essays

Jamie Carr, The Book Group

Jamie Carr joined The Book Group in January 2020 as an agent. Prior, she worked in the literary department of William Morris Endeavor for almost six years. Born and raised in Lower Manhattan, she has an MFA in fiction writing and began her career in the books department of Tin House. Most interested in adult literary and upmarket commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction, she is drawn to writing that is highly transporting and that seeks to disrupt or reframe what appears to be known.

Actively Seeking

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

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Cleland, Kneerim & Williams

Lucy V. Cleland is a literary agent at Kneerim & Williams, where she represents a range of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s projects by new and established authors. She’s particularly interested in narrative nonfiction (including true-crime, travelogue, and history), smart self-help, immersive upmarket fiction with a killer concept, and textured historical fiction. Across the board, she’s drawn to the lives of creatives and rebels, questions about identity and inheritance, and is actively seeking diverse, underrepresented, and queer voices. A Southern transplant from Atlanta, Lucy graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College. She lives in Cambridge Mass. where it snows too much.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Self-Help

Children's: YA Fiction and Nonfiction, MG Nonfiction

Stephanie Delman, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

Stephanie Delman joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in early 2012 and worked closely with agency president Heide Lange before building her own list. She represents authors who write for the adult market, with a focus on fiction: literary/upmarket, psychologically propulsive suspense, near-historical, and genre-bending narratives that contain elements of surrealism, magic, or sci-fi. In non-fiction, Stephanie is seeking longform reportage and expert accounts of far-flung corners of the world. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars program, Stephanie considers herself a “hands-on” agent and is eager to work with debut authors who are serious about their craft.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Gross, Laura Gross Literary

Laura Gross of the Newton Highlands, Massachusetts–based Laura Gross Literary Agency has been a literary agent for over 25 years. She represents a broad range of fiction and nonfiction writers. She is captivated by beautiful writing, loves learning, and is particularly interested in reading about history, politics, and current affairs, as well as novels about families, no matter where they’re set. After completing a degree in comparative literature at Brown University, she began her publishing career as an assistant at two leading New York literary agencies. She then became the youngest editor at one of New York’s oldest publishing houses. She had a brief foray outside of publishing—in film—but quickly returned to working with books and with writers who inspire her. She grew up in London, where she worked for a prominent literary agent as well as for three members of Parliament.

 

Sandy Lu, L. Perkins Agency

Sandy Lu is a senior agent at the New York–based L. Perkins Agency. She represents literary and commercial fiction, young-adult fiction, and select nonfiction. Her clients include Stoker Award nominee Michael Boccacino, Kindle bestselling author Dot Hutchison, and New York Times Best of the Year recipient Randall Silvis. In fiction, she is looking for dark literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, paranormal/urban fantasy, historical fiction, and YA.  In particular, she is looking for historical thrillers or mysteries set in Victorian times. In non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction, history, biography, pop science, pop psychology, pop culture (music/theatre/film), humor, and food writing. She is also actively searching for espionage fiction and non-fiction set in China between the two World Wars.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Short Fiction, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography, Pop Culture, Science, Food Writing

Children's: YA Fiction and Nonfiction

 

Christina Morgan, Serendipity Literary Agency

Christina Morgan has over a decade of professional book publishing experience, including editorial positions at Amistad/HarperCollins and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and as an agent for Curtis Brown Ltd. At Amistad she was a part of a team that published numerous New York Times bestsellers including Confessions of a Video Vixen, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. At HMH she worked with some of the world’s most esteemed authors including, Umberto Eco, Amos Oz, Gunter Grass and Alice Walker. 

Prior to working in book publishing she worked as a journalist, writing for numerous magazines and newspapers. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia Publishing Course.  

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Short Fiction
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture

Children's: YA Fiction and Nonfiction, MG Fiction and Nonfiction, Early Reader

Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction. In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the children’s side, Patricia is open to a wide range of genres of YA and MG, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, science fiction and fantasy. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction. She’s also looking for sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents.

Patricia’s clients include young adult novelists Mary McCoy (Printz Honor award winner I, Claudia), Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul), Anna Meriano (Brooms Up, forthcoming from Philomel/Penguin Random House), and Candice Iloh (Ada); middle grade novelists Kristi Wientge (Honeybees and Frenemies), Hayley Chewins (The Turnaway Girls), Margaret Dilloway (Summer of a Thousand Pies), and Sandy Stark-McGinnis (Extraordinary Birds); bestselling women’s fiction author Loretta Nyhan (Digging In); and USA Today bestselling romance authors Sarina Bowen and Charis Michaels, among others. Patricia holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of SCBWI.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Romance, Historical
Children's: YA Fiction, MG Fiction

Bobby O'Neil, FinePrint Literary

Bobby O'Neil began his publishing career as an assistant at William Morris Endeavor, after taking on internships in both publishing houses and literary agencies. After two years at WME, he moved to Folio Literary Management where he worked in foreign rights. In 2019 he joined FinePrint as an Associate Agent and is currently developing his client list. Bobby is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction across the board ranging from the grounded to the fantastic. In adult fiction, he is primarily interested in fantasy and speculative fiction that push the conventions of the genre, and character-driven commercial fiction. For nonfiction, he loves a strong narrative and is especially partial to memoir and historical. He is drawn to powerful voices and unique points of view that tell the stories from underrepresented communities.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Women's, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Memoir, Pop Culture, Lifestyle

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

 

Duvall Osteen, Aragi, Inc.

Duvall Osteen is a literary agent at Aragi Inc., where she represents award winning fiction and non-fiction, and select graphic novels. Her literary interests include writing rooted in place, especially the South, multi-generational storytelling, literary suspense, and new takes on socioeconomic issues. Duvall holds a Masters of Arts in Southern Cultural Studies from the University of Mississippi.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography

 

 

 

 

 

Kiele Raymond, Thompson Literary Agency

Kiele Raymond grew up on the New Hampshire seacoast. She began her publishing career at Simon & Schuster in 2009, contributing to multiple New York Times bestsellers at both Touchstone and Gallery Books. Five years later, she left New York to freelance and travel across Europe before settling happily back in Brooklyn. Kiele received her B.A. in Anthropology and English Literature from Johns Hopkins University and her M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. She joined TLA in 2017 to seek out bold new voices in literary fiction and is especially interested in writers from all corners who, in the words of Hermione Lee, stand at “an odd angle to the world.” Her clients include Peace Medie, Ari Braverman, Nichole Perkins, Tana Wojczuk, Miles Fuller, and Courtney Emerson, among others. 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Historical, Short Fiction
Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography

 

 

John Rudolph, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

John Rudolph joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2010 after twelve years as an acquiring children’s book editor. On the adult side, he is primarily interested in narrative nonfiction, especially in music, sports, history, popular science, “big think”, performing arts, health, business, memoir, military history, and humor. He reps a very limited amount of literary and commercial adult fiction as well. On the children’s side, he is keenly interested in middle-grade and young adult fiction, children's nonfiction for all ages, and he would love to find the next great picture book author/illustrator.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Graphic Novels
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family Parenting

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

Carlisle Webber, Fuse Literary

Carlisle Webber, agent at Fuse Literary, refused to major in English in college because she didn’t think there was anything fun to read on the required lists. She holds a Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and a Professional Certificate in Editing from UC-Berkeley. She is looking for high-concept commercial fiction in middle grade, young adult, and adult. Her genre focuses are mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and contemporary and pop fiction. If your book is fresh and exciting, tackles difficult topics, reads like a Shonda Rhimes show, or makes readers stay up late turning pages, she’s the agent for you. Born and raised in Chicago, Carlisle now lives in Southern California. In her spare time, she runs, does MMA, and listens to a lot of classic rock and metal.

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Women's, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Pop and Contemporary Fiction, Horror
Children's: YA Fiction, MG Fiction