2019

Alison Lewis

ALISON LEWIS

Alison Lewis is a literary agent at the Zoë Pagnamenta Agency, where she represents narrative nonfiction, cultural criticism, history, science, literary fiction, and memoir. A Colorado native and 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, which was recently named one of the nine best literary magazines in the world today by Stack, and writes for Electric Literature.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I get excited about serious, immersive journalism; sharp cultural criticism; memoir braided with theory or research; literary biography; and narrative nonfiction – particularly uncovering lives or perspectives that have been overlooked or omitted from the news or the historic record. I represent much less fiction, and generally only literary fiction, but within that I’m drawn to voice-driven, quirky/off-beat, or wildly imaginative stories, as well as writing that is quietly attentive to the intricacies of day-to-day life and human experience.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Julia Cooke
Jonathan Metzl
Ali Araghi

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Science

Considers

NONFICTION: Memoir, Politics, Psychology

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Lauren Scovel

LAUREN SCOVEL

Lauren Scovel grew up outside of Seattle and graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing as well as Theatre Studies. She began her publishing career as an editorial intern at Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary Shuster Harmsworth). Lauren's editorial work can be seen at The Millions and Pangyrus. She also worked as an indie bookseller for several years.

Lauren is especially interested in both fiction and narrative nonfiction with a timely, distinctive story and a diverse cast of characters.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I am especially interested in both fiction and nonfiction with a timely, distinctive story and a diverse cast of characters.

SAMPLE AUTHORS OR TITLES

Lord the One You Love is Sick, Kasey Thornton
Dead Weight, Randall Horton
Rachel Klein

Specializes In

FICTION: GLBT, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Politics, True Crime, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, History, Humor, Memoir, Pets, Pop Culture

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Joy Tutela

JOY TUTELA

Joy Tutela has been with the David Black Literary Agency since 1998. She represents various genres of books and illustrators, including projects in the following categories: women’s and LGBTQ+ issues, narrative non-fiction, memoir, history, sports, self-help, business, science, parenting, psychology, humor, cooking, lifestyle, fiction, middle grade and YA.

She represents the New York Times bestselling Atkins series and the New York Times bestselling Intellectual Devotional series by David Kidder and Noah Oppenheim.  She also represents New York Times bestsellers Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores by New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein, Catification by the host of “My Cat From Hell” Jackson Galaxy, and Jenny Sanford’s memoir Staying True. Other bestselling projects include Stephen Puleo’s Dark Tide and Boston Italians, Lisa J. Edwards’ A Dog Named Boo, and Kim Sunée’s Trail of Crumbs, and Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne’s Mason-Dixon Knitting.  She represents critically acclaimed middle grade and YA authors, including Lev AC Rosen, Nisha Sharma, Matt Laney, Ron McGee, and Yvonne Cassidy.

Joy works with respected business leaders including Danny Seo, Emmy-Award winning eco-lifestyle guru and founder of Naturally, Danny Seo; Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group; Jim McCann, founder and CEO of 1-800-Flowers.com; and Susan Packard, former COO and co-founder of HGTV.

From and based in Red Sox Nation, Joy is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. She has been writing instructor at Goucher’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program. She previously worked for Harvard Business School Press and taught at an elementary school in Italy.  For more on Joy, please visit www.joytutela.com.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

I'm looking for narrative non-fiction that is supported by primary research and/or written by an expert (history, science, psychology, current events). I'm looking for action-packed and sweet middle grade stories and edgy YA.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition, Paul Watson
Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence, Kelly Sundberg
Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia, Henry Jay Przybylo, MD

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, GLBT, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Science Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Juvenile, Medical, Memoir, Men's Concerns, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pets, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports, Technology, Travel, True Crime, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Mystery

NONFICTION: Music

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Mitch Hoffman

Mitch Hoffman

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. He was previously 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. He has nurtured the careers of debut novelists as well as global #1 bestselling authors, and has worked with journalists, memoirists, scientists, historians, and members of the military and intelligence services. Their books have won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Edgar Award, ITW’s Thriller Award, The Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among many other honors.

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. He has been a Fellow of the Jerusalem International Book Fair, a Distinguished Guest of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, and has been a featured panelist at a wide array of industry events, numerous writers’ conferences, and has also addressed the bipartisan Creative Rights Caucus on Capitol Hill (sponsored by the AAP and Authors Guild) regarding collaboration between writers and publishers, and the importance of copyright protection for authors.

What I'm Looking For

I'm looking for fiction and nonfiction, including literary fiction, thrillers, and suspense, as well as narrative nonfiction, politics, popular science, history, memoir, current events, and pop culture.

Sample Titles or Authors

The Martin Chronicles, John Fried
Child 44, Tom Rob Smith
Talking to Robots, David Ewing Duncan

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Medical, Memoir, Men's Concerns, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion, Science, Technology

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Food & Lifestyle, Health & Fitness, Nature/Ecology, Psychology, Travel

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Kiana (Kiki) Nguyen

KIANA NGUYEN

Kiana Nguyen joined Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2016, where she assisted several agents, and is now building her own client list. She is seeking YA fiction across genres, particularly those with POC and queer voices. She is also interested in Adult romance and domestic suspense thrillers.

Kiana is interested in stepping away from suburban narratives and eager to find fresh voices that can be clearly defined as of this current decade. She is an advocate for inclusivity in publishing in regard to race, gender, and sexuality.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

– Dark, twisty narratives that explore human complexity
– YA/Adult Contemporary featuring lower socioeconomic backgrounds; poor kids who get in as much reckless mischief as their rich counterparts!
– YA featuring happy/hopeful queer romances
– Domestic suspense Thrillers

Specializes In

Fiction: Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult

Considers

Fiction: Mystery, Science Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction

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Johanna Castillo

Johanna Castillo

Johanna Castillo is a seasoned professional in the publishing industry with over 18 years of experience. Formerly a Vice President & Executive Editor at Atria Books/Simon and Schuster and Editorial Director of Atria Español for fourteen years, she acquired and edited forty one New York Times bestsellers by authors including Isabel Allende (The Japanese Lover), Colleen Hoover (It Ends with Us), Sharyn McCrumb (Prayers the Devil Answers) Rachael Ray (The Book of Burger), María Dueñas (The Time in Between), Rosanna Pansino (The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook), Laura Day (How to Rule the World from your Couch), Javier Sierra (The Secret Supper), Laura Esquivel (Malinche) and Theresa Caputo (There is More to Life Than This), as well as multiple national and international bestsellers, such as The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, Meat by Pat LaFrieda, The Elizas by Sara Shepard and The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.

As a literary agent, she looks forward to finding new, talented authors with whom she can work closely with editorially and form solid, long term partnerships that will result in bestselling and meaningful works.

What I'm Looking For

I am currently accepting submissions and seeking quality commercial and literary fiction, inspirational memoirs and works of narrative nonfiction.
Genres:
Upmarket Commercial Fiction
Historical Women's Fiction
Inspirational Self-Help
Narrative Nonfiction
Diverse Voices (Adult/ YA/ Middle grade)

More info coming soon!

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Carrie Howland

CARRIE HOWLAND

Carrie Howland founded Howland Literary, LLC in 2018, after thirteen years as an agent, most recently at Empire Literary.

Carrie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College, where she was the Poetry Editor of The Albion Review. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and magazines.

In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for a local dog rescue and is an active member of the Junior League. Her passions include music, pop culture, and the Midwest.

She has been featured in several publications discussing her work as an agent including Poets & Writers, SCWBI insight, Akashic Books, and Slice Magazine.

Carrie is accepting submissions for: adult literary and upmarket fiction as well as memoir, narrative and prescriptive non-fiction.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Adult literary, upmarket and commercial fiction as well as memoir, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

The One You Get, Jason Tougaw
White Feminism, Koa Beck
We Love You, Charlie Freeman, Kaitlyn Greenidge

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, GLBT, Literary Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, GLBT, Memoir, Music, Narrative, Pets, Pop Culture, True Crime, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Crime, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Horror, Multi-Cultural, Mystery, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, Health & Fitness, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Juvenile, Multi-Cultural, Politics, Self-Help, Spirituality, Travel

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Aemilia Phillips

AEMILIA PHILLIPS

Aemilia Phillips joined Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency after completing the Columbia University Publishing Course. She graduated from Harvard University with high honors, and is putting her English degree to good use in the world of publishing, working with a range of fiction and non-fiction writers.

She’s young scrappy and hungry, and is particularly interested in writers who push conventional boundaries in order to address cultural, political, and social justice issues. With family on both sides of the Mexican border and interests in journalism, narrative non-fiction, and literary fiction, she looks for diverse, smart writing with an impactful story to tell.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

For non-fiction I'm looking for driven, obsessed writers and topics that challenge the way we think about the world, with a particular interest in Latin American and feminist voices. I love books that at first glance appear to be commercial, but are also really smart cultural critiques that force readers to examine new viewpoints. I'm fascinated by darker, complex fictional characters who upend preconceptions, and literary novels that allow me to step into someone else's shoes.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Lizz Huerta
Charlotte Kaufman
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez
Jose Olivarez

Specializes In

FICTION: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Short Story Collections, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Current Affairs, Food & Lifestyle, Nature/Ecology, Politics, Science, Travel

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Jennifer Ferrari-Adler

JENNIFER FERRARI-ADLER

Jenni Ferrari-Adler is a long time agent at Union Literary. Her recent fiction sales include You Know You Want This, Cat Person and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian, Let Us Not Ask For Gold, a debut novel by Susie Yang, Artificial, a graphic memoir by New Yorker cartoonist Amy Kurzweil, and Aftermath, a debut novel by Maria Adelmann. Jenni is particularly drawn to distinct voices, engaging storytelling, and insight into the human condition. Jenni represents the agency’s cookbook list, memoirs, narrative nonfiction, and other categories. She works closely with her clients on each step of the publishing process, and on their career as a whole, including handling film and television, foreign, and magazine sales. She is an editor, mediator, advocate, handholder, explainer, bad cop, good cop etc. etc. Born and raised in NYC, she holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan (where she studied under Peter Ho Davies, Eileen Pollack, Nancy Reisman, and Matthew Klam) and a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College (where she studied under Dan Chaon). She edited the foodwriting anthology Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone (Riverhead), and has published her own work in Glimmer Train, Bellevue Literary Review, New York Magazine, and Tin House. She has taught Fiction at the University of Michigan and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and worked as a reader for The Paris Review and as a bookseller at Housing Works (where she met her husband). She lives in Brooklyn.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Engaging fiction. I like voice, humor, plot, character all the good stuff. Non fiction too.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

You Know You Want This, Kristen Roupenian
The Sunlit Night, Rebecca Dinerstein
Every Anxious Wave, Mo Daviau

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, GLBT, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Food & Lifestyle, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, True Crime, Women's Concerns

Considers

FICTION: Chick Lit, Children's, Commercial Fiction, Crime, Graphic Novels, Horror, Humor/Satire, Middle Grade, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Psychology, Science, Travel

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Kerry D’Agostino

KERRY D'AGOSTINO

Kerry D’Agostino is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Bowdoin College, her masters in Art in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Journalism School. She started at Curtis Brown in 2011 as assistant to Tim Knowlton and Holly Frederick in the Film and Television Department. After some time as a film and audio rights associate, she also began assisting Peter Ginsberg. In addition to her continued work with Peter, Kerry now represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, and select narrative nonfiction. She is particularly interested in work that is voice driven, accessible, and authentic. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to someone, somewhere, or something new, or makes her see something old in a new way. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

Literary fiction
Upmarket women's fiction
Speculative fiction

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Whiskey & Ribbons, Leesa Cross-Smith
Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones, Micah Dean Hicks
Silver Girl, Leslie Pietrzyk

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Upmarket Women's Fiction

Considers

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, GLBT, Horror, Humor/Satire, Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult

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