2020 Special Guests

Amy Bishop

Amy Bishop

Literary Agent

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, LLC

Amy Elizabeth Bishop joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2015, after completing an internship with them in 2014. Before diving into the world of publishing, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Creative Writing. She grew up in upstate New York and has now made the traitorous switch to downstate living. She is interested in upmarket/literary women’s fiction, fiction from diverse authors, literary suspense, and pretty much anything #ownvoices. In terms of nonfiction, she’s eagerly on the hunt for a killer feminist voice discussing contemporary issues and loves historical narrative nonfiction that dives into untold stories. Platform a must. Pop science & journalism also welcome!

Interests: literary and upmarket fiction; work from underrepresented authors; family sagas; mystery; thriller/suspense; women’s fiction; YA; speculative fiction. Nonfiction: cultural/social issues, health & fitness, pop culture, psychology, science, self-help (please, no memoir)

Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell

Literary Agent

Howard Morhaim Literary

www.patricecaldwell.com

Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder & fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing–a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before shifting to be a literary agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency–she represents middle grade through adult, fiction and nonfiction (view her wishlist).

In 2018, she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree and featured on The Writer’s Digest podcast and Bustle’s inaugural “Lit List” as one of ten women changing the book world. Her anthology, A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN–16 stories of Black girl magic, resistance, and hope–is out March 10, 2020 from Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House in the US/Canada + Hot Key Books in the UK!

Instagram: @whimsicalaquarian

Twitter: @whimsicallyours

Michael Carr

Michael Carr

Literary Agent

Veritas Literary Agency

Michael Carr is a literary agent with a background in editing and writing, working from a home base in San Francisco. He represents writers in a variety of genres, with a special emphasis on historical fiction, mystery and suspense, and science fiction and fantasy. Michael works carefully with clients to produce the cleanest, most professional manuscripts and enjoys teaching at workshops and conferences to help develop emerging writers. He speaks Spanish and conversational French and before joining Veritas had professions as diverse as programming simulators for nuclear submarines and owning an inn in Vermont.

Lindsay Davis Auld

Lindsay Davis Auld

Literary Agent

Writers House

Lindsay Davis Auld is a literary agent at Writers House. She started in the agency’s California office, where she apprenticed with Steven Malk and had the opportunity to work with some of the very best authors and artists in the industry. Before taking time off to start a family, she helped launch the careers of several bestselling and award-winning authors. Lindsay re-joined Writers House last year and is actively building her list. She is seeking picture book, middle grade and young adult manuscripts, and is particularly drawn to mysteries, fantasy, literary suspense, friendship stories, magical realism, adventure, and books with humor–light or dark or both.

Sarah Gerton

Sarah Gerton

Literary Agent

Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Sarah Gerton is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and has worked at Curtis Brown, Ltd. since 2015. Now an associate agent, she’s building a list of young-adult and middle-grade authors across genres—while her first love is fantasy, she’s interested in everything from narrative nonfiction to horror, as long it’s for young people. She’s always looking for a character voice that sticks with you, a setting you want to fall into, or a central question that shifts the way you look at the real world.

Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May

Assistant Editor

Kensington Publishing Corp.

Elizabeth May is an Editorial Assistant at Kensington Publishing Corporation where she works primarily with Editorial Director, Gary Goldstein on genre fiction, including mysteries, thrillers, romances, westerns, and select nonfiction. She recently acquired Cynthia Tennent’s Truhart contemporary romance series for Lyrical Press. She is seeking fiction in Romance, Mysteries, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Sci Fi/Fantasy, and particularly enjoys books that walk the line between upmarket and commercial, as well as historical women’s fiction, and mysteries where the characters are as important as the crime, a la literary suspense.

Twitter: @LizMay05

Celia Barnes

Celia Barnes

Editor

Deseret Book

Deseret Book is interested in LDS fiction, LDS historical fiction, cause to act books, female inspiration, LDS history/bio and nonfiction books of interest, and are especially eager to work with women writing for youth.

Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum

Editor

Shadow Mountain

Lisa Mangum has worked in publishing since 1997. Named Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain in 2014, she has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Brandon Mull, Ally Condie, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects. Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello), and several short stories and novellas. She has also edited four anthologies based on magical creatures. She graduated from the University of Utah, and currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.

Shadow Mountain is passionate about clean content and empowering values. We publish general fiction and nonfiction for all ages, all genres. We have a strong interest in middle grade fantasy and clean romance. We also publish a limited number of manuscripts in specialized genres including children’s picture books, family and parenting, and self-help. In addition, we are not interested in the following genres: business and finance, family histories/personal journals, religion, or poetry.

Samantha Millburn

Samantha Millburn

Editor

Covenant Communications

Samantha Millburn is the managing editor of Covenant Communications and has happily dedicated her work life to editing excellent books for more than ten years. She collaborates with extremely talented writers and cherishes not only her friendships with them but also the honor it is to help them turn their manuscripts into masterpieces. She has done so with more than three hundred books from more than seventy authors. Covenant Communications publishes many kinds of books (adult fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, holiday booklets, gift books, and other products) both with and without a religious element, but all Covenant books reflect the values espoused by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A book we are interested in will be of value to our readers and will be unique in its approach to its subject. In general, we are NOT interested in memoirs, poetry, family histories, or personal journals, and we will not accept manuscripts that contain offensive material, including profanity, vulgarity, excessive violence, or sexually explicit or suggestive scenes.

Past Agents and Editors from the National Market

2019

  • Linda Camacho (agent), Gallt & Zacker
  • Thao Le (agent), Dijkstra Literary Agency
  • Patricia Nelson (agent), Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Kate Prosswimmer (editor), McElderry
  • Eric Smith (agent), P.S. Literary
  • Uwe Stender (agent), Triada Literary
  • Stacy Whitman (editor), Tu Books
  • Keynote: Jason F. Wright

2018

  • Tracey Adams (agent), Adams literary
  • Danielle Burby (agent), Nelson Literary
  • McKelle George (agent), Flux
  • Ben Grange (agent), L. Perkins agency
  • Jason Kirk (editor), Amazon
  • Peter Knapp (agent), Park literary
  • Sharon Pelletier (agent), Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
  • Pam Victorio (agent), D4EO agency
  • Kate Sullivan (senior editor), Delacorte/Random House
  • Keynote: Shannon Hale

 

2017

  • Sarah Crowe (senior agent), Pippin Properties
  • Michelle Frey (editor), Knopf
  • Elizabeth Harding (agent), Curtis Brown Ltd
  • Ammi-Joan Paquette (senior agent), Erin Murphy Literary
  • Nicole Resciniti (agent), The Seymour Agency
  • Gordon Warnock (agent), Fuse Literary
  • Keynote: Ally Condie and Jennifer Nielsen

 

2016

  • Josh Adams (agent), Adams Literary
  • Jenny Bent (agent), The Bent Agency
  • Marisa Corvisiero (agent), The Corvisiero Literary Agency
  • Brianne Johnson (agent), Writers House
  • Tracey Keevan (senior editor), Disney Hyperion
  • Marlene Stringer (agent), The Stringer Agency
  • Keynote: Chris Crowe and Brandon Sanderson

 

2015

  • Mark Gottlieb (agent), Trident Media Group
  • Victoria Marini (agent), Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners
  • Elizabeth Poteet (editor), St. Martin’s Press
  • Jen Rofe (agent), Andrea Brown Literary Agency
  • Suzie Townsend (agent), New Leaf Literary
  • Keynote: Martine Leavitt

 

2014

  • Josh Adams (agent), Adams Literary
  • Melissa Frain (editor), Tor Books
  • Daniel Lazar (agent), Writer’s House
  • Laurie McLean (agent), Foreword Literary
  • Eddie Schneider (agent), JaBberwocky Literary Agency
  • Keynote: Orson Scott Card

 

2013

  • Michael Bourret (agent), Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
  • Hannah Bowman (agent), Liza Dawson Associates
  • Victoria Curran (editor), Harlequin Heartwarming
  • Alyssa Henkin (agent), Trident Media Group
  • Michelle Witte (agent), Mansion Street Literary Management

 

2012

  • Weronika Janczuk (agent)
  • Molly O’Neill (editor)
  • Kathleen Ortiz (agent), New Leaf Literary
  • Holly Root (agent), Waxman Literary Agency
  • Michelle Wolfson (agent), Wolfson Agency)

 

2011

  • Sara Crowe (agent), Harvey Clinger, Inc.
  • Marcia Markland (editor), Thomas Dunne Books – part of St. Martin’s Press
  • Sara Megibow (agent), Nelson Literary Agency
  • Becca Stumpf (agent), Prospect Agency

 

2010

  • Krista Marino (editor), Random House
  • Laura Rennert (agent), Andrea Brown Literary Agency
  • Nephele Tempest (agent), Knight Agency

 

2009

  • Amy Jameson, A+B works
  • Stacy Whitman (editor) 

 

2008

  • Jamie Weiss Chilton (agent), Andrea Brown Agency
  • Tim Travaglini (editor), Penguin