Special Guests

Linda Camacho

Linda Camacho

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. Now at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, 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.

Thao Le

Thao Le

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.

 Her MSWL’s include:

  • 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
  • Unique Reimagining/Retellings that is LGBT inclusive
Patricia Nelson

Patricia Nelson

Agent - Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson has been a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2014, representing young adult, middle grade, and select adult fiction. Patricia‘s clients include bestselling and award-winning authors; recent sales include books placed with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Bloomsbury, and St. Martin’s Press, among others. Patricia holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Marsal Lyon, she spent several years teaching writing at the college level.
Looking for: all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction; women’s fiction (both upmarket and commercial); historical and contemporary romance; historical fiction set in the 20th century; plot-driven, accessible literary fiction
Eric Smith

Eric Smith

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.
Uwe Stender

Uwe Stender

Agent - Triada Literary

Literary Agent Dr. Uwe Stender is a Full Member of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives). 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!

His favorite five novels right now are: Caraval, The Underground RailroadDer Nasse Fisch, Kafka On The Shore, The Young Elites, and Wonder.

Stacy Whitman

Stacy Whitman

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.

She is seeking diverse middle grade and young adult novels and graphic novels with a particular eye toward books that will work in the school and library market. Historical fiction, contemporary fiction, science fiction (with an emphasis on STEM topics interwoven in), and nonfiction graphic novels are all of interest; fantasy should have strong curricular ties (for examples see Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, a retelling of The Odyssey set in contemporary borderland Texas and Mexico, or next year’s Clockwork Curandera, a steampunk retelling of Frankenstein set in an alternate-world colonial Mexico). All submissions must star people of color or indigenous characters.

Attending Publishers

Covenant Communications

Covenant Communications

Kathy Jenkins

With forty-four years of professional experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, and publications management, Kathryn Gordon currently serves as the managing editor at Covenant Communications. Prior to her current position, she was press secretary for a U.S. Congressman; vice-president of Aspen West Publishing Company; manager of strategic communications for software manufacturer Novell, Inc.; director of public relations at Westminster College, a private college in Salt Lake City; and held communications management positions at a variety of national and international corporations.

Former president-elect of the Association of Utah Publishers, she was also on the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Utah County and the Constitutional Principles Policy Council. She has held membership in the Consortium of Utah Women in Higher Education, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the International Association of Business Communicators, the National Association of Earth Science Editors, and the National Association of State Poetry Societies. She was president-elect of the Republican Women of Utah County and was actively involved in political campaigns at the state and national level. A former member of Sigma Delta Chi, she was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America.

She is the author or co-author of more than seven dozen published books, most of them in the health and wellness field. She wrote an award-winning book-length poetry manuscript recognized by the governor of Utah and is the author of the regional bestseller, Butch Cassidy and Other Mormon Outlaws of the Old West. She and her husband, Glenn, are co-presidents of the Association for Mormon Letters.

Kathryn is looking for exceptional writers for the LDS market. She is particularly interested in inspirational nonfiction from an LDS point of view and intriguing fiction, especially in the categories of suspense, mystery, historical fiction, romance, and historical romance. She is not interested at this time in middle-grade fiction, science fiction, or fantasy.

Deseret Book

Deseret Book

Liz Alley

Liz Alley has been with Deseret Book for the past seven years. She graduated from Brigham Young University with an undergraduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and from Westminster College with a Master’s of Business Administration. Liz is a product director for the Deseret Book Imprint in the areas of children, teen, fiction, and non-fiction where she works one-on-one with authors to acquire and develop their manuscripts from conception to publication.

 

Her wish list includes: 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 Publishing

Crystal Liechty

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.

Shadow Mountain

Shadow Mountain

Lisa Mangum

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.

Things she is looking for:

  • General Fiction
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Proper Romance
  • YA Contemporary
  • MG Fantasy

Past Agents and Editors from the National Market

2018

  • 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

 

2017

  • 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

 

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, agency (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)