Featured Agents for

the 2017 Agents & Editors Conference

(check back regularly for updates)

 

The 2017 Agents & Editors Conference will include eighteen terrific agents from a notable list of reputable literary agencies.

To date, the following agents have confirmed:

 

Claire Anderson-Wheeler, Regal Hoffman and Associates

Brandi Bowles, Foundry Literary + Media

Regina Brooks, Serendipity Literary Services

Michelle Brower, Aevitas Creative Management

Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties

Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services

David Doerrer, Abrams Artists Agency

Mark Falkin, Falkin Literary

Mitch Hoffman, The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency

Carrie Howland, Empire Literary

Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management

Dan Kirschen, ICM Partners

Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary

Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency

Steven Salpeter, Curtis Brown, Ltd. 

Anjali Singh, Ayeshe Pande Literary

Alexa Stark, Trident Media Group

Michelle Tessler, Tessler Literary Agency

 

Claire Anderson-Wheeler, Regal Hoffman and Associates

Claire Anderson-Wheeler has been part of the RHA team since 2013, and previously agented at Anderson Literary Management, New York, and the Christine Green Agency, London. She is Irish and grew up in Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland, although she was born in Washington DC. She holds a law degree from Trinity College, Dublin and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, UK. She represents adult fiction and nonfiction, and fiction for children (focusing on YA and MG). In non-fiction she is looking for incisive social/political discourse from established commentators; for distinctive, well-credentialed biography; quirky historical narratives seen through an unexpected lens; "big picture" science, and unusual, thoughtful memoir (no travel writing or dating memoirs).Fiction is harder to specify, but she is open to both genre and literary writing for adults, and both contemporary and speculative fiction for children. To read an interview with Claire, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

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

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

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

 

Brandi Bowles, Foundry Literary + Media

Brandi Bowles’ lifelong passion for the written word, a great sense of humor, and the art of engaging storytelling have led her to cultivate a standout client list and an uncommon approach to book representation. She is often the invisible hand helping her clients develop marketable book ideas that take their careers into new directions and heights. On the nonfiction side, she has represented memoirs, cookbooks, and prescriptive books of all kinds, as well as science, humor, pop culture, and real-life inspirational stories. For fiction, she represents high-concept novels that feature strong female bonds, and psychological or scientific themes. All of her books have in common surprising plots or fresh takes on otherwise familiar subjects. To read an interview with Brandi, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial

Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting

 

Regina Brooks, Serendipity Literary Agency

Regina Brooks is the Founder and CEO of Serendipity Literary Agency. Serendipity is home to a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. She's the founder of the YA Discovery Contest. In 2015, Publishers Weekly nominated Brooks as a PW Star Watch Finalist and Writers Digest named Serendipity as one of the top 25 agencies. She's the author of Writing Great A Books for Young Adults and You Should Really Write a Book: How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Biography, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help

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


Michelle Brower, Aevitas Creative Management

Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University. After stints at Wendy Sherman Associates and Folio Literary Management, she joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and Kuhn Projects, now Aevitas Creative Management, where she is looking for literary fiction, suspense, “book club” novels, genre fiction for non-genre readers, and narrative non-fiction. To read an interview with Michelle, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

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

Nonfiction: Narrative

 

 

Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties

Sara Crowe is a senior agent at Pippin Properties. She began her career at The Wylie Agency, and worked in foreign rights for 8 years. For the last decade she has been at Harvey Klinger, Inc. building a list of children’s and adult fiction including many New York Times Bestselling and award winning authors and titles. She loves finding new talent to champion, and nurturing and developing careers. To read an interview with Sara, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Literary, Thrillers, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels

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

 

 

 Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary

Allison Devereux is a graduate of UT Austin and has been an agent at Wolf Literary since 2012. She represents up-market and literary fiction and is especially interested in global settings, everyman characters, moral ambiguity, magical realism, underrepresented voices, female protagonists, and stories set firmly in reality but that explore something fantastical or surreal. She's actively looking for narrative nonfiction that uses a particular niche topic to explore larger truths about our culture; journalistic examinations of progressive politics, pop culture, unique subcultures, and modern feminism; and anything with a convincing narrative voice or a great sense of humor. To read an interview with Allison, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Short Fiction

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

 

David Doerrer, Abrams Artists Agency

David Doerrer is a graduate of New York University and worked at Sterling Lord Literistic and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt before joining Abrams Artists Agency in 2010. In addition to working with a growing list of writers, novelists, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, he works with his colleagues at Abrams, "a full-service talent agency," to create opportunities for his clients in other mediums and outlets. He's on the look-out for big-hearted adult and YA fiction, and a wide range of narrative nonfiction, from science, sports, and pop-culture to memoir that atomizes large-scale change through a personal prism.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy

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

 

Mark Falkin, Falkin Literary

Mark Falkin has represented authors for three years, but has practiced entertainment and intellectual property law for 17 years, representing hundreds of artists (a platinum seller and Grammy® winners among them), entrepreneurs and businesses, shopping artistic projects, drafting and negotiating entertainment contracts, securing trademarks and copyrights, licensing and selling intellectual properties, establishing businesses and litigating disputes. He is licensed in Texas and is based in Austin. Mark is also an author. He’s completed three novels (and a chapbook of poems). One, literary, is long, self-published and well-reviewed (Days of Grace). Another, an upmarket supernatural thriller, garnered an agent at a venerable NYC agency (Howard Morhaim). The most recent is a dystopian suspense tale called Contract City published by longstanding Baltimore indie publisher Bancroft Press and which is currently in screen development with a studio in Los Angeles. To read an interview with Mark, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Short Fiction, Horror

Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Pop Culture

Children's: YA Fiction

 

Mitch Hoffman, The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency

Mitch Hoffman joined the Aaron Priest Literary Agency as a Senior Agent in December 2015, and is actively building a list of authors writing across the spectrum of fiction and nonfiction. A 20-year veteran of the publishing industry, he was most recently Vice-President, Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing. As an editor, Mitch published over 200 books, more than 60 of which were New York Times bestsellers. Prior to joining Grand Central Publishing in 2007, Mitch held editorial positions at Dutton and Dell Publishing, and began his career as an intern at Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Historical

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Popular Science

 

Carrie Howland, Empire Literary

Carrie Howland joined Empire Literary after eleven years as an agent at Donadio & Olson, Inc. She represents adult literary and upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, young adult, and middle grade authors. Her clients include Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman), Carmiel Banasky (The Suicide of Claire Bishop), and Melissa Gorzelanczyk (Arrows). Carrie is a member of the AAR and SCBWI. She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College. In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for a local dog rescue and with deployed military men and women through an organization called Soldiers’ Angels. She is an active member of the New York Junior League, through which she teaches a weekly third grade art class, as well as a member of the executive board of the New York City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma. You can follow Carrie on twitter at @ecarriehowland or visit www.empirelitary.com.

 

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Short Fiction

Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Pop Culture

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

 

Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management

Annie Hwang is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management where she represents a range of adult fiction and select nonfiction. She is actively building her list and gravitates toward high-concept literary fiction featuring diverse characters and authentic voices; rich historical fiction where the setting takes on a life of its own; literary thrillers with dark psychological grit; and nuanced speculative/science-fiction that grapples with what it means to be human in the age of technology. Underrepresented voices occupy a special place in her heart and she is particularly drawn to braided narratives, complex characters, and layered plots. A California native and former journalist, Annie is constantly on the hunt for gifted storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights. To read an interview with Annie, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Thrillers, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Nonfiction: Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-help


Dan Kirschen, ICM Partners

Dan Kirschen began his career at ICM Partners in 2010 and has been there since, focusing on literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, current events, and pop culture (music and comedy in particular). He is a graduate of William & Mary, with a degree summa cum laude in Philosophy, and in his nocturnal life he plays the drums in a band. To read an interview with Dan, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Suspense

Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Memoir, Pop Culture

 

 

 

 

Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a multi-million dollar marketing agency and 8 years as a literary agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013. At Fuse Lit Laurie specializes in adult, middle grade, and young adult genre fiction. Laurie is also the co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, in its fifteenth year, and co-founded two ePublishing companies: JoyrideBooks.com for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books (acquired by Short Fuse Publishing in 2015). Find out more at FuseLiterary.com and AgentSavant.com, and follow her on Twitter @FuseLiterary and @AgentSavant.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Children's: YA Fiction, MG Fiction

 

Andy Ross, Andy Ross Agency

Andy Ross opened his literary agency in 2008. Prior to becoming an agent, he was the owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley. Andy represents books in a wide range of non-fiction genres including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, popular culture, memoir, and current events. He also represents literary, commercial, upmarket women’s fiction, and YA fiction. Authors Andy represents include: Daniel Ellsberg, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Anjanette Delgado, Elisa Kleven, Tawni Waters, Randall Platt, Mary Jo McConahay, Gerald Nachman, Paul Krassner, Milton Viorst, and Beth Hensperger. You can read more about Andy at his website at www.andyrossagency.com and on his popular blog “Ask the Agent” at www.andyrossagency.wordpress.com. To read an interview with Andy, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's

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

Children's: YA Fiction, YA Nonfiction

 

Steven Salpeter, Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Steven Salpeter is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. A graduate of the University of Florida, Steven was the editor-in-chief of Tea and founder of the Palmetto Prize for Fiction and the Blackbird Prize for Poetry. He began his publishing career at Writers House and Brandt & Hochman as well as working in publicity with Lauren Cerand for such clients as the Authors Guild and Barnes & Noble before moving to Curtis Brown to help Timothy Knowlton manage many of the agency’s venerable estate clients, including W.H. Auden, Stanley Ellin, John Knowles, Alfred Lansing, and Ayn Rand, among other bestsellers and literary award winners. He is now actively building his list, seeking literary fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, historical fiction, thrillers, young adult, and authors who can blend elements of these genres. Steven is also interested in narrative nonfiction, gift books, history, humor, and popular science. You can read more about Steven at https://www.literaryagents.io/

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Thrillers, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels

Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography

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

 

Anjali Singh, Ayeshe Pande Literary

Anjali Singh is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. Most recently Editorial Director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vintage Books. Two upcoming projects include Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir’s young adult graphic novel about coming-of-age as a Muslim-American and Bridgett M. Davis’ What Does Happiness Play For?, a memoir about growing up in Detroit in the 60s and 70s with an extraordinary mother. She is looking for character-driven fiction or non-fiction works that reflect an engagement with the world, memoirs, MG and YA literature and graphic novels. To read an interview with Anjali, click here.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Graphic Novels

Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Essays

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

 

Alexa Stark, Trident Media Group

Alexa Stark was raised in New York City and earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, where she was an Editor of the Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism. Before joining Trident, she interned at PEN American Center and worked at Curtis Brown as a literary assistant. Alexa joined Trident in 2012 to work with Ellen Levine, and she has gained invaluable experience working with Ellen's illustrious and bestselling authors. She also handled first serial rights for Ellen's authors, and has sold stories, essays, and book excerpts to The New Yorker, Harper's, Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, N+1, and The New York Times, among others. Alexa is now building her own client list. Her interests are wide-ranging, but she is particularly drawn to literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, young adult, memoir, narrative nonfiction, popular science, cultural criticism and women’s issues.

 

Actively Seeking

Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Science Fiction/Fantasy

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

Children's: YA Fiction

 

Michelle Tessler, Tessler Literary Agency

Michelle Tessler established her New York-based literary agency in 2004. She represents a select number of best-selling and emerging authors in both fiction and non-fiction. Clients include accomplished journalists, scientists, academics, experts in their field, as well as novelists and debut authors with unique voices and stories to tell. She values fresh, original writing that has a compelling point of view. She loves discovering new writers who can craft a character-driven story that has narrative drive. She represents, among many others, Hala Alyan, Paul Collins, Frans de Waal, Mira Jacob, Amy Stewart and Amanda Eyre Ward. She is a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives and Women’s Media Group. To read an interview with Michelle, click here.

 

Actively Seeking 

Fiction: Literary

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