2019 Special Guests
Agent - Gallt & Zacker
Linda Camacho graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Communication and has held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, Writers House, and Prospect Agency. She’s done everything from foreign rights to editorial to marketing to operations, and received her MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
WISHLIST: Linda is looking for MG, YA, and adult fiction across all genres (especially upmarket, women’s fiction/romance, and literary horror); she’s also seeking select picture book and graphic novel writer-illustrators.
Agent - Dijkstra Literary Agency
Thao Le is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency since 2011. She also handles the agency’s daily financial operations and select contracts. Thao represents Children’s (i.e. picture books by author-illustrators and middle grade fiction) and Young Adult across genres and in the adult realm is looking for romantic leaning Fantasy and Light Science Fiction. Her client list includes New York Times Bestselling authors Roshani Chokshi and Sandhya Menon, as well as Indie Bestselling author-illustrator Jessie Sima, among others. In general, she loves beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook and tight plotting. She is actively seeking underrepresented voices to her client list.
WISHLIST: Contemporary Fantasy in the vein of the films About Time and Your Name, Diverse Middle Grade like Aru Shah and the End of Time and Amina’s Voice, Foodie Magic like Chocolat and Garden Spells, and Unique Reimagining/Retellings that is LGBT inclusive.
Agent - Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Editor at McElderry, an imprint of Simon and Schuster
Kate Prosswimmer oversees the project management, workflow, and planning of new and existing Jabberwocky and Fire titles (picture book through young adult).
WISHLIST: Kids books ranging from board books through young adult, both series and standalone titles. On the younger side (toddler through chapter books), I prefer strong emotional hooks and humorous stories featuring quirky, imaginative characters. For everything else, I love unique and diverse perspectives, moral ambiguity, high-stakes situations (physical or emotional), unusual settings, and meticulous and tangible world-building. I’m drawn to stories that feature neuro-diversity, nature and science themes, bands of misfits, unreliable narrators, and stories that make the ordinary feel extraordinary. You can learn more HERE.
Agent - P.S. Literary
Eric Smith is a literary agent and a Young Adult author living in Ann Arbor. By day he can be found working for P.S. Literary, and by night, he attempts to write his own books. His latest, The Girl & the Grove, was published with Flux in 2018, and his next, Reclaim the Sun, will be out with Inkyard Press in 2020.
Wishlist: I’m currently looking for Young Adult novels across all genres, accessible sci-fi and fantasy, literary fiction that does a bit of genre blending (think Station Eleven), and non-fiction in the realm of essay collections, cookbooks, memoir, and quirky pop-culture / history books.
Agent - Triada Literary
Literary Agent Dr. Uwe Stender is a Full Member of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives). His favorite five novels right now are: Caraval, The Underground Railroad, Der Nasse Fisch, Kafka On The Shore, The Young Elites, and Wonder.
WISHLIST: He is interested in all kinds of non-fiction and fiction. In non-fiction, he is completely open to any project, from Memoir, Pop Culture, and Health to How-to, Gardening, History and everything in between, including non-fiction for children. In Children’s fiction, he is looking for YA, and MG. In adult fiction, his tastes trend towards Women’s Fiction, Psychological Suspense, and Mysteries. As an immigrant to the USA himself, he is always eager to bring projects from underrepresented voices into the world. So surprise him, his tastes are eclectic, and he may just love what you wrote!
Editor - Tu Books, and imprint of Lee and Low
Stacy Whitman is the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes diverse middle grade and young adult fiction. Books she has edited include Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh and Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar, both of which have received multiple starred reviews, and her first graphic novel, I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, illustrated by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings, a Top Ten Great Graphic Novels pick and an NYPL Best Book for Teens. New books in 2018 include two-time Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza’s There’s No Base Like Home, cowritten with her sister Alana Mendoza Dusan and illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw, All the Stars Denied by Guadalupe Garcia McCall—about the first major deportation event in US history—and Grand Theft Horse, a graphic novel by G. Neri, illustrated by Corban Wilkin, about a horse trainer who rescued her own racehorse from its co-owners to save its life.
Stacy is a founding member of the CBC Diversity Committee and currently serves as a Publisher Liaison to We Need Diverse Books. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. You can find her on Twitter at @stacylwhitman. Prior to launching Tu Books as a small press via a Kickstarter campaign in Orem, Utah, she was an editor for Mirrorstone, the children’s and young adult fantasy/science fiction imprint of Wizards of the Coast.
D. Christian Harrison
BCC Press is a non-profit publisher dedicated to producing affordable, high-quality books which help to define and shape the Latter-day Saint experience. Our mission includes publishing works which will contribute to the lives of thoughtful Latter-day Saints, and mentoring authors and nurturing projects to completion. To that end, BCC Press is very interested in memoir, religious non-fiction, poetry, drama, short fiction, and Mormon-themed fiction in all genres. We will consider scholarly publications, but we are not set up for serious peer reviewed academic work. Finally, we are not currently considering children’s and YA literature, picture books, or graphically intensive coffee/postum table books.
D Christian Harrison is a co-founder and artistic director at BCC Press. Christian has nearly 25 years of experience crafting powerful narratives in his far-flung and storied career. His small library of 800 books barely fits in his 500-square foot loft—which is just the way it should be.
WISHLIST: memoir, religious non-fiction, poetry, drama, short fiction, and Mormon-themed fiction in all genres. We will consider scholarly publications, but we are not set up for serious peer reviewed academic work. Finally, we are not currently considering children’s and YA literature, picture books, or graphically intensive coffee/postum table books.
Covenant publishes many kinds of books (adult fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, holiday books and booklets, gift books, and other products), and all of them reflect the values espoused by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, though they do not have to contain specific LDS content. We are happy to accept good, clean fiction you would find in the LDS and national market alike. In general, we are not interested in poetry, family histories, or personal journals. Nonetheless, if your book is in one of these categories and there is a compelling reason for us to consider it, we would be glad to review it. We are always interested in good books that will be successful for both the author and publisher.
Deseret Book is a publisher and retailer that publishes and promotes a variety of books, all of which reflect the values espoused by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In general, Deseret Book is interested in LDS-content fiction and nonfiction. We publish a limited number of manuscripts in specialized genres such as children’s picture books, family and parenting, and self-help. In addition, we are not interested in the following genres: business and finance, cookbooks, family histories, memoirs, poetry, or personal journals.
WISHLIST: LDS Fiction, LDS historical fiction, female inspiration, cause to act books, female youth author, LDS history/bio and nonfiction book of interests.
Immortal Works Publishing
Immortal Works publishes books for GENERAL AUDIENCES. We know the difference between Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult books, but we don’t care. No matter what the age of the main character, we only print books that appeal to everybody 12 and older. If they were to make your book into a movie, it should be PG-13… and maybe on the lighter side. We welcome all genres. We do not print books that would be offensive to conservative, religious, or minority readers. Make us cheer, not cringe.
Lisa Mangum & Chris Schoebinger
Lisa Mangum has loved and worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. Her first paying job was shelving books at the Sandy Library. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, she has worked in the publishing department for Deseret Book since 1997. Besides books, Lisa loves movies, sunsets, spending time with her family, trips to Disneyland, and vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberries. She lives in Taylorsville with her husband, Tracy.
WISHLIST: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Proper Romance, YA Contemporary, MG Fantasy
Past Agents and Editors from the National Market
- Tracey Adams, Adams literary
- Danielle Burby, Nelson Literary
- Ben Grange, L. Perkins agency
- Peter Knapp, Park literary
- Sharon Pelletier, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
- Pam Victorio, D4EO agency
- Kate Sullivan, senior editor, Delacorte/Random House
- Jason Kirk, editor, Amazon
- McKelle George, Flux
- Keynote: Shannon Hale
- Gordon Warnock, agent (Fuse Literary)
- Nicole Resciniti, agent (The Seymour Agency)
- Elizabeth Harding, agent (Curtis Brown Ltd)
- Ammi-Joan Paquette, senior agent (Erin Murphy Literary)
- Michelle Frey, editor (Knopf)
- Sarah Crowe, senior agent (Pippin Properties)
- Keynote: Ally Condie and Jennifer Nielsen
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- Weronika Janczuk, agent
- Molly O’Neill, editor
- Kathleen Ortiz, agent (New Leaf Literary)
- Holly Root, agent (Waxman Literary Agency)
- Michelle Wolfson, agency (Wolfson Agency)
- 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)
- Krista Marino, editor (Random House)
- Laura Rennert, agent (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
- Nephele Tempest, agent (Knight Agency)
- Amy Jameson (A+B works)
- Stacy Whitman, editor
- Jamie Weiss Chilton, agent (Andrea Brown Agency)
- Tim Travaglini, editor (Penguin)