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Kayla Lightner


Kayla Lightner is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. An adventurous reader, Kayla loves stories—across commercial fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction—that masterfully straddle the line between story-telling and teaching her something new. In terms of literary tastes, she works with speculative fiction (SFF, horror, and magical realism), literary and upmarket family sagas, short story collections, humorous essay collections, and memoir.

Commercial Family Saga Fantasy Fiction Horror Literary Memoir Non-Fiction Science Fiction Speculative
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Katharine Sands


Katharine Sands is a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency in New York City. She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch A Literary Agent’s Eye. She has been a guest speaker on writing and publishing for Poets and Writers, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, UCLA, New York University, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Katharine likes books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir, femoir, and himoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

Biography Cookbooks Fiction Humor Journalism Memoir Non-Fiction Pop Culture Psychology Travel
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John M. Cusick


John M. Cusick is an agent with Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management, representing picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. He is also the author of GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY (Candlewick Press), as well as a regular speaker at writers conferences. John is doing query and partial manuscript critiques. Members can schedule one with him here.

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Marilyn R. Atlas


Marilyn R. Atlas is a literary manager and award-winning producer. Among her credits as film producer are “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance; “A Certain Desire,” starring Sam Waterston; and “Echoes,” which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival.

Fiction Non-Fiction
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Jennifer Wills


Agent at the Seymour Agency. Jennifer is interested in a wide range of picture books and cookbooks, with a soft spot for author/illustrators of sweet and wacky picture books, and cookbooks with mouth-watering recipes of the health-conscious, budget-friendly, or celebrity chef variety. For fiction, she’s interested in middle grade, YA with a sci-fi/fantasy, horror/suspense, or contemporary bent, and upmarket women’s fiction with a sense of humor. On the non-fiction side, narrative non-fiction and memoir.

Cookbooks Fantasy Fiction Horror Illustrated Memoir Rom-Com Science Fiction Suspense Women's Fiction
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Hannah Strouth


While earning her B.A. in English and Marketing from the College of William & Mary, Hannah completed an internship at a boutique literary agency in Virginia, where she fell in love with this side of publishing. After graduating from the Columbia Publishing Course, she joined JRA and is now keeping her sights set on growing her list. In fiction, she’s looking for literary, upmarket, historical, and select rom-coms. She will always have a soft spot for speculative and magical realism.

Fiction Historical Humor Literary Rom-Com Romance Speculative
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Fiona Kenshole


Fiona represents children’s and YA books, from picture books to older teenage, split about 70/30 fiction/nonfiction. Likes: Unreliable narrators, MG stories with real children in an imaginary world, and feelgood YA. Enjoy elements of cycling, suspense, mysteries, plots that go awry, humor. No rhyming picture books, poetry, or faith-based works.

Fiction Graphic Novel Mystery Non-Fiction Thriller
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Eric Smith


Eric Smith is a literary agent at P.S. Literary, with a love for young adult books, sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction. He began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University, and his MA in English at Arcadia University.

Commercial Fantasy Fiction Humor Literary Pop Culture Science Fiction
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Emmy Nordstrom Higdon


emmy (they/them) represents across age categories + genres, specializing in identity-driven works. They work in both fiction and non-fiction, from PB to adult, including commercial, upmarket, book club & literary. They specialize in contemporary books grounded in reality, with and without speculative elements. Mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, romcom, women's fiction, LGBTQ2S+, magical realism, fabulism, horror, graphic, narrative non-fiction, true crime, religion + spirituality, humanities + science.

Commercial Fiction Graphic Novel Horror Illustrated LGBTQ LGBTQ Literary Memoir Mystery Non-Fiction Rom-Com Romance Science Speculative Suspense Thriller True Crime Women's Fiction
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Danielle Chiotti


Danielle has worked in publishing for sixteen years. Formerly an editor, she joined Upstart Crow when it was founded in 2009, specializing in young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as cookbooks, select nonfiction, and literary and upmarket fiction for adults. Thanks to her extensive editorial background, she enjoys working closely with authors to develop projects. She welcomes first-time authors with a unique voice and point of view.

Cookbooks Fiction Literary Non-Fiction
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Carina Licon


Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Middle-grade and YA with a focus on books featuring underrepresented stories and voices. Character-driven, whipsmart protagonists, spooky and atmospheric MG speculative fiction, contemporary YA thrillers in the vein of JANE ANONYMOUS or SADIE, friendship breakup stories, romance with lots! of! angst!, and stories rich with diverse cultural traditions and storytelling.

Fiction Romance Speculative Thriller
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Caitlin McDonald


Caitlin McDonald is an agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency, where she represents adult and young adult fantasy and science fiction as well as select nonfiction titles.

Fantasy Fiction Non-Fiction Science Fiction
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Blair Thornburgh


Editor at Quirk Books. I am always after intriguing, off-the-wall, geeky, smart, and/or lady-centric projects in both fiction and non-fiction. Genres: Fiction: Humor, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult. Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, Crafts/DIY, Humor, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Science.

Crafts/DIY Fiction Humor Humor LGBTQ Non-Fiction Pop Culture Romance Science Science Fiction
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Bibi Lewis


Bibi Lewis is a literary agent with the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency, where she has been since 2014. She has always had her nose in a book and is delighted to represent a great mixture of Children’s and Adult books, especially Picture Books, MG adventure, YA Non-Fiction and Contemporary Fiction and Adult Romance and women’s fiction. She is the office manage and foreign rights manager for EELA and is a contract nerd through and through. She lives in NYC with a lot of plants and a chatty black cat.

Commercial Non-Fiction Romance Women's Fiction
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Amy Bishop-Wycisk


Amy Bishop-Wycisk joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret as a literary agent and assistant in 2015 after interning for them in 2014. She represents a wide variety of adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as YA and middle grade. Before diving into the world of publishing, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Creative Writing. Though she grew up upstate, she currently resides in Astoria, Queens. You can find her on Twitter @amylizbishop.

Biography Fiction Historical History Literary Mystery Non-Fiction Psychology Science Speculative Suspense
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Amanda Shih


I’m a freelance editor and former full-time Scholastic and Penguin Random House editor of nonfiction middle grade, YA, and adult projects. I specialize in narrative nonfiction (historical, scientific, and memoir), creativity and gift books, and historical or science reference for MG readers.

History Illustrated Memoir Non-Fiction Science
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