2018 Visiting Agents and Editors
Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of fifteen children’s and young adult novels, including the popular Ever After High trilogy and multiple award winners The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, and Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy. She also penned three books for adults, beginning with Austenland, which is now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She co-wrote the hit graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack and illustrated chapter book The Princess in Black with husband Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit her website here.
Intensive Class: Character Workshop (preregistration required)
Agent - Adams Literary
Tracey Adams co-founded Adams Literary in 2004, after running the children’s division of McIntosh & Otis and working at Writers House. Prior to agenting, she was in marketing and editorial at Margaret K. McElderry Books and Greenwillow Books. Tracey is a member of the SCBWI, the AAR, and a founding member of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) chapter in Charlotte, NC.
Tracey is eager for timeless and timely “unputdownable” middle-grade and YA novels featuring strong characters from all backgrounds who will make her laugh, cry, cheer, and learn new perspectives.
Class: aLit’s A-List
Agent - Nelson Literary
Agent - L. Perkins Agency
Before joining the L. Perkins Agency, Ben worked all over the publishing industry. He started out at a small publishing company in Salt Lake City and proceeded to do internships at three literary agencies before his most recent position as the assistant at JABberwocky Literary Agency. He decided he wanted to be an agent after his first internship, and is excited to start actively pursing clients.
His tastes gravitate towards middle grade fiction of all types, and he is particularly on the lookout for exceptional author-illustrators who write middle grade or young adult. He has a penchant for young adult science fiction and fantasy, particularly weird or slightly dark stories (à la The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater). Thanks to his time at JABberwocky, he loves epic fantasy and science fiction, and although his focus is on middle grade and young adult, he won’t say no to a great fantasy or sci-fi. He is also interested in pop culture non-fiction for authors with established platforms.
Class: The Publishing Industry Didn’t Want Me
Editor - 47 North and Skyscape
Jason Kirk is the Senior Editor for 47North and Skyscape, two imprints of Amazon Publishing. He has edited a 2016 Philip K. Dick Award finalist (PJ Manney’s (R)evolution), received the 2016 Utopia Award for Best Edited Book of the Year (Amy A. Bartol’s Darken the Stars), and is currently looking for adult and YA SFF and YA/NA contemporary novels. He’s especially keen to find new fantasy authors at Storymakers, having worked with Charlie Holmberg, Emily R. King and Jeff Wheeler.
Class: Worldbuilding Advanced: Writing Stellar Series
Agent - Park Literary
Fueled by the thrill of reading a new story for the first time, Peter works creatively with his clients and the Park Literary & Media team on marketing, branding initiatives and promotions to get great books into the hands of readers. Before joining PLM, he was a story editor at a book-scouting agency working with film clients, and he continues to look for new ways to partner with Hollywood on adaptations and multimedia properties. His clients include Soman Chainani, Melanie Conklin, Lindsay Cummings, Brenda Drake, Anna Michels, Emily Bain Murphy and more. Find him re-watching Studio Ghibli movies, playing board games with friends, or reading through his submissions—he’s ready to add more authors to his growing client list!
Peter is always seeking middle grade and young adult stories with big questions at their centers, irresistible concepts, and unforgettable characters. He likes high concept stories or stories that employ great narrative devices (such as the tapes in Thirteen Reasons Why). He is always on the lookout for contemporary realistic novels that explore issues of identity, culture and community—conversation starters like Wonder, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, etc. Some other favorite titles that represent what he’s eager to find in his inbox include When You Reach Me, Savvy, Slob, The Secret Tree, The Graveyard Book, We Were Liars, Love Letters to the Dead, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Endangered, I’ll Give You the Sun, Ember in the Ashes, and Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—just to name a few!
Class: How Time Fits Into Your Novel
Agent - Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret
Sharon Pelletier joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2013 after working for Europa Editions, Vantage Press, and Barnes & Noble. At DG&B, in addition to growing her own client list, Sharon oversees digital projects and social media. While her interests are broad, Sharon’s list focuses on upmarket commercial fiction, including suspense categories and book club fiction, and voice-driven nonfiction.
Right now she is eager for smart, hearty women’s fiction and book club fiction that explores career, family, or social issues with depth (not just relationships!). She would love to find unexpected suspense fiction, whether something twisty and upmarket or a procedural that finds something fresh to do with the tropes we know and love. On the nonfiction side, she is seeking compelling reported narrative nonfiction and voice-driven nonfiction from emerging writers with a growing platform—topics that especially interest her include social justice, feminism, religion, sports, and current events. While there’s always an exception, in general right now she is not seeking picture books, graphic novels, cookbooks, poetry, or memoir, and she takes on YA, MG, romance, SFF, and historical fiction very, very rarely.
Class: Agent/Author Relationship
Senior Editor at Delacorte
Kate Sullivan is an Air Force brat. Her tiny military library in Brussels, Belgium had no YA section, so she only read science fiction and fantasy. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on Roald Dahl. At Little, Brown, she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers The DUFF by Kody Keplinger and The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger.
Since joining Delacorte, she’s edited Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith, The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk, and coming up she has a middle grade called Song For a Whale by Lynne Kelly about a Deaf girl connecting with a whale without a pod. She loves commercial books with quirks and literary books with hooks, low brow topics done in a high brow way, progressive or feminist worldviews, hilarious or high-concept realistic, any MG story about humans and animals connecting, and is an advocate for diversity in children’s publishing.
Agent - D4EO
Pam Victorio started her literary career as an assistant to an agent in early 2012. By April, Pam was promoted to Associate Agent. In her first two years as an agent, Pam brokered 24 deals, with such publishers as Knopf, Scholastic, NAL, ACE, Grand Central, and others.
She joined D4EO in June 2014, where she continues to build her list. She has a passion for genre fiction as well as children’s lit.
Classes: The Six Figure Indie & The Hook, The Book, and The Cook
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.
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.
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
After working as an acquisitions editor at Jolly Fish Press (ushering in great titles like Jerkbait, Mia Siegert, and Songbyrd, by Anna Silver), McKelle George now works as an editor with Flux Publishing, an exclusively YA imprint known for launching the careers of authors like Maggie Stiefvater and A.S. King. Some of her recent acquisitions include: Welcome Home: An Anthology on Adoption, edited by Eric Smith; Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood; and Brave Enough, by Kati Gardner.
Her current wishlist includes engaging historical and alternative historical fiction, as well historical fantasy. She’s actively looking for unconventional love stories, LGBTQ books, high concept retellings, and anything with monsters or gangsters. She’s particularly interested in diverse books with characters who struggle with dualities of nature and/or culture; characters who straddle two different worlds, villain origin stories, and books that explore faith/religion in a new way.
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)