2020 Special Guests
Lindsay Davis Auld
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.
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.
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)
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.
Nicole Ellul is a Senior Editor for Simon Pulse of Simon & Schuster Children’s Division and has been in the publishing industry for almost a decade. She’s worked on a handful of New York Times bestsellers—including Utah native, Jenna Evans Welch’s Love & Gelato—Indie Next Picks, and books soon to be on the TV screen (but she can’t talk about those books just yet ;-)). Working primarily on Young Adult, Nicole loves books across all genres, looking to escape into a book that will either take her to another world or another country. She’s originally from Michigan (Detroit) and the only one in her large family who has left the state—which means she travels back home A LOT.
Nicole’s wish list (YA only): Romantic tearjerkers; light fantasy that’s accessible to a wide audience; stories with magical realism that captures a unique voice and tone; a story in the vein of the talented Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus); atmospheric stories with lyrical writing.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 (agent), 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