Annual Conference 2019

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Want to find an agent to represent you? You’ll get all the advice you need at this three-day conference. Register now!

Start Friday afternoon with a four-hour workshop with Chuck Sambuchino, former editor of Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents. He’ll tell you everything you need to know about choosing the best agent for you and convincing them that you are the client they want.

Then, join us for the breakfast on Saturday, which features a panel of five top literary representatives answering your questions.

By Sunday, you’ll have honed that all-important query letter, and you can test it out at special agent panel. Read your letter aloud (or submit it Saturday) and get instant feedback from our agents.

And of course, all of our agents will be hearing your pitches and offering critiques throughout the day Saturday. MWA members get a free 10-minute pitch session with the agent of their choice (based on agent availability —so don’t delay). Second pitches are available for $15 each, again based on agent availability. And let one of our agents critique the first 10 pages of your manuscript for just $50.

Here’s the list of agents that will be attending the conference. Study their bios and manuscript wish lists before choosing which agent is right for your pitch.

Jess Dallow
Jess Dallow

Jess Dallow, Brower Literary & Management

Jess Dallow has a BFA in Writing for Film and Television from the University of the Arts and worked in entertainment for eight years before returning to her home state of New York where she worked at a literary agency for two years before joining Brower Literary & Management.

She is looking for YA contemporary and adult commercial fiction. She loves family stories (in the vein of This is Where I Leave You), thrillers (specifically serial killers and child psychopaths), mysteries, and strong women’s fiction that focuses on female friendships. She loves original voices and stories that are impossible to put down. Her #MSWL consists of a YA summer camp novel, an adult thriller (featuring the information above), and a novel like All of This is True that plays with format.

Dawn Dowdle
Dawn Dowdle

Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Dawn Dowdle began Blue Ridge Literary Agency, LLC in Virginia in 2009 to help authors, especially newer authors. Prior to establishing her agency, she was a freelance copy editor. Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver is a Cozy Mystery she represented that is a USA Today Bestseller.

Recent books she represents: Knot My Sister’s Keeper by Mary Marks, A Killing By the Sea by Kathleen Bridge, Liza’s Second Chance by Molly Jebber, Gown With the Wind by Stephanie Blackmoore, One Night With the Army Doc by Traci Douglass, K Street Killing by Colleen Shogan, The Novel Art of Murder by VM Burns, Death Overdue by Alison Brook, and Ditched 4 Murder by JC Eaton.
Her current wish list: Amish Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Suspense, and Middle Reader Mysteries.

Claire Easton
Claire Easton

Claire Easton, Painted Words

Claire Easton began her publishing career at Painted Words in 2012 as an assistant and worked her way up to Agent. She represents picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels, with picture books being her sweet spot.

For picture books, she looks for stories with humor and heart, relatable characters, unpredictable endings, and books that reflect the diversity of children’s experiences. Her favorite stories inspire compassion, curiosity, and a fresh way of looking at the world. She is also seeking commercial non-fiction about unusual or lesser known subjects in history and science. For middle grade, she especially likes contemporary realistic books written in a unique voice.

Claire lives in New York City and is the member of a writing group and too many book clubs.

Jennie Goloboy
Jennie Goloboy

Jennie Goloboy, Donald Maass Literary Agency

Jennie Goloboy joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2017. Before that, she was an agent at Red Sofa Literary for six years. She has a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard, and published a book based on her dissertation, Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era, in 2016.

Jennie is particularly looking for fun, innovative, diverse, and progressive science fiction and fantasy for adults. She thinks that one of the most important jobs of science fiction is to imagine a future we want to live in. As a fan of character-driven novels, she wants to be desperate to know what happens to your hero by the time she’s finished your writing sample. Romance and humor are always a plus. If your book combines an oddball premise with a compelling protagonist, she wants to read it.

Jennie is also looking for history for a popular, adult audience. She’s a particular fan of histories of an idea, and narratives about early America. She is not interested in historical novels, or in memoir.

Stacey Graham
Stacey Graham

Stacey Graham, Red Sofa Literary

Stacey Graham is an associate agent with Red Sofa Literary as well as an author, ghostwriter, screenwriter, and freelance editor. She is currently looking to add middle grade, romance, and quirky nonfiction (all ages, no memoirs) to her list and loves projects with a great voice, humor, and strong platforms.


Ben Grange
Ben Grange

Ben Grange, L. Perkins Agency

Ben Grange started out at a small publishing company in Salt Lake City, proceeded to intern at three literary agencies, and served as an assistant at JABberwocky Literary Agency, before assuming his current role as an agent with the L. Perkins Agency. Ben is also the founder of Writers’ Clearinghouse, a manuscript evaluation service that helps authors and agents connect like never before.

His tastes gravitate toward middle grade fiction of all types, and he is particularly on the lookout for author-illustrators who write middle grade or young adult fiction. He has a penchant for young adult science fiction and fantasy, particularly epic fantasy and weird or slightly dark stories (à la The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater). While his focus is on middle grade or young adult, he won’t say no to great fantasy or science fiction for adults. He is also interested in pop culture non-fiction for authors with established platforms.

Ben doesn’t represent picture books, women’s fiction, erotica, or non-fiction (other than specified above). Feel free to check out his MSWL page for more details about what he’s looking for.

Amanda Jain
Amanda Jain

Amanda Jain, Bookends Literary Agency

Amanda Jain, an agent at the Bookends Literary Agency, began her career in publishing at W. W. Norton, where she spent seven years before pursuing a masters degree in history of the decorative arts. She rejoined publishing shortly thereafter and is excited every day to encounter new writers and their stories.

Amanda currently reps adult romance, mystery, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, and science fiction & fantasy, with a special emphasis on historical fiction in all genres. She also represents narrative nonfiction, especially projects exploring the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, or social history.

She loves projects with a strong sense of place and those that create a completely immersive world. She is particularly interested in books that add something important to the conversation, that explore stories we haven’t yet heard, and that introduce new voices to our reading experience.

Tia Mele
Tia Mele

Tia Mele, Talcott Notch Literary

Tia Mele is a Junior Agent at Talcott Notch Literary currently building her list with Middle Grade, Young Adult, and limited Adult women’s fiction and romance projects. She is particularly interested in books featuring family stories and relationships, LGBTQ+ characters, sports (especially baseball), mental health, and both visible and invisible illnesses.

She is looking for books that make her laugh, make her cry, and warm her heart. She is open to most genres within MG and YA, and most sub genres of women's fiction and romance, but historical projects are not right for her.

Kelly Peterson
Kelly Peterson

Kelly Peterson, Corvisiero Literary

Kelly Peterson is a Literary Agent with Corvisiero Literary and is actively building her list. She represents Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult. In MG, she seeks adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi with a lot of humor. In YA, she seeks all sub-genres with an emphasis on fantasy, sci-fi, historical, and diverse voices. In Adult, she seeks contemporary romance with humor and a good slow burn build up.

She specifically loves strong and witty voices with commercial appeal and a lyrical slant, fast paced action and story progression, and independent and logical character growth. She is not the best fit for strong literary voices and extreme emotional turmoil.

Peter Rubie
Peter Rubie

Peter Rubie, FinePrint Literary

Peter Rubie is the CEO of FinePrint Literary management, a NYC based literary agency. A former BBC Radio and Fleet Street journalist, Peter was the adult fiction editor at Walker & Co., from 1985 to 1991 and then became a literary agent. He has also been an adjunct professor in the New York University publishing faculty, where for 10 years he taught the only university-level course in the country on how to become a literary agent. For several years he was also the director of the book publishing section of NYU's Summer Publishing Institute.

Before that, in the 1970s in the U.K., he worked on Fleet Street for a variety on national UK newspapers before becoming one of the youngest news editors for BBC Radio News. In the U.S., before becoming involved in publishing, he was the editor-in-chief of a Manhattan local newspaper, and later a regular reviewer for the international trade magazine Publishers Weekly. A member of the Association of Authors Representative (AAR), he regularly lectures and writes on publishing and the craft of writing. He is the author of two published novels and a number of nonfiction books on writing, publishing, plus an introduction to Shakespeare, co-author of Hispanics in Hollywood, and co author of a book on learning the guitar with jazz master Jack Wilkins.

Peter represents a broad range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction. He specializes in children's books, particularly middle grade and YA with some picture books. In adult books he specializes in narrative non-fiction such as memoirs, biographies, history and current affairs, as well as books on business, popular science and technology, parenting, music, food, and in adult fiction, crime novels, thrillers, commercial women's fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and some literary fiction.

What many people do not know about Peter is that he is also an active jazz musician. In any given week, he can be heard playing guitar around jazz venues in New York City—and occasionally in London. He is currently working on a new novel.

Latoya C. Smith
Latoya C. Smith

Latoya C. Smith, LCS Literary Services

Latoya C. Smith is an award-winning editor and literary agent who provides editorial services and representation through her company, LCS Literary Services. She has extensive experience as a development editor and writing coach, and she represents a wide range of genres’. In fiction, she is currently looking to represent high-concept women’s fiction, romance (contemporary, romantic suspense, cowboys, LGBTQ, erotic, inspirational, paranormal), high-concept thrillers and horror, and comedy. For nonfiction, she is interested in memoir, how-to/advice, relationships, health/wellness, and politics/current events/history.

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