This year we’re trying something different. To allow the agents to network freely, we are substituting one-on-one appointments with open mike pitches. This allows each attendee (subject to space available) to pitch to all agents simultaneously. Think “Shark Tank” and “First Pages” sessions. It’s less stressful for our guests and faculty, and allows the agents time to meet writers organically. Click on the names below to go to their websites and learn more about their agencies, needs and wishlists (where available.)
Janelle Walden Agyerman, Marie Brown Literary
Janell Walden Agyeman is a literary agent with Marie Brown Associates literary services. Since 1992, when her first book deal was published, she has represented fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. Her client list includes New York Times bestselling children’s author Sharon M. Draper and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and novelist, Leonard Pitts, Jr. A self-described “literary midwife” with eclectic tastes, she has played multiple roles in her career, serving individuals and institutions as editor, publishing consultant, book shepherd, program manager, literacy advocate and agent.
Her book publishing career began following graduation from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University when she entered the Trainee Program at Doubleday & Company. Editorial positions at Doubleday and Howard University Press followed, interspersed with a stint as Contributing Author to the ground-breaking project, Contributions of Black Women to America, 1777-1976. While at Howard, she enlarged her passion for education by administering the Howard University Press Book Publishing Institute.
Janell is a former board member of the Miami Book Fair International. She also worked with the Pan African Bookfest and Cultural Conference, and the Friends of Faulkner storytelling guild, actively promoting a love of story and the importance of reading and books. Now based in Atlanta, Georgia, Janell remains eager to discover exciting, new voices that artfully describe and interpret the human experience.
Janell is a member of the Authors Guild and the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Amy Cloughley, Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Amy Cloughley came to Kimberley Cameron & Associates in 2012 with a background in editing, writing, and marketing. She seeks authors with unique, clear voices who put forth smart, tightly-written prose. She is actively building her client list with both debut and veteran writers.
She enjoys literary and upmarket fiction of all types in addition to commercial—including well-researched historical and well-told women’s fiction. She also loves a page-turning mystery or suspense with sharp wit and unexpected twists and turns. She has a soft spot for distinctive, strong, contemporary characters set in small towns. Amy always looks for an unexpected story arc, a suitable pace, and a compelling protagonist.
She is interested in narrative nonfiction when the plot and characters are immersed in a culture, lifestyle, discipline, or industry. She will also consider a travel or adventure memoir.
She is not currently focusing on military/government thrillers, fantasy, or YA projects.
Amy has studied creative writing, journalism, and literature and holds a B.S. in magazine journalism. She worked in editorial and marketing roles in magazine publishing and corporate business before shifting her professional focus to her lifelong love of books. She leverages her background in both words and business to benefit her clients.
Reiko Davis, Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency
Reiko Davis is an agent at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. She grew up in Kansas City, MO, received her BA in Comparative Literature and Art History from Brown University, and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course. Above all, she wants to discover books that surprise her and make her feel something. She’s looking for well written, vivid, voice-driven books, in the adult, young adult, middle grade, and narrative nonfiction categories.
In fiction, she loves beautiful writing, but a book always has to have a compelling story to draw her in. She’s interested in both literary and commercial fiction. She loves a strong narrative voice, smart, funny heroines, narrowly located settings (especially towns in the South and Midwest), and stories that cross borders (in culture, geography, or tradition). In children’s books, she is actively looking for young adult and middle grade fiction—whether it be contemporary, historical, high fantasy, or simply a story with a timeless quality and vibrant characters. For nonfiction, she has a particular interest in pop culture, women’s issues, psychology, narrative science, and honest, humorous, unflinching memoir.
Adriana Dominguez, Full Circle Literary
Adriana Domínguez has 20 years of experience in publishing. Prior to becoming an agent, she was Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she managed the children’s division of the Rayo imprint. Before that, she was Children’s Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine, published by Library Journal. Adriana has performed editorial work for both children and adult publishers. She is also a professional translator, a member of the Brooklyn Literary Council that organizes the Brooklyn Book Festival, and one of the founders of the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference in New York City. Adriana is based on the East Coast.
Adriana represents children’s books for all ages, and select adult fiction and nonfiction. She welcomes submissions that offer diverse points of view.
On the children’s side, Adriana represents fiction and narrative nonfiction as well as author/illustrators.
On the adult side, Adriana is looking for diverse fiction that features characters with unique voices telling unforgettable stories with broad appeal. In the area of non-fiction, she seeks narrative and pop culture titles written by authors with rock-solid platforms.
- Contemporary or historical middle grade and young adult novels. Prefer concept or voice-driven funny, compelling, enjoyable, thought-provoking stories featuring characters that beg to be read, whose stories will stay with readers long after the book is put down.
- Diverse illustrators and authors for all ages with untold stories and new points of view to share.
- Narrative nonfiction, including picture book and middle grade biographies, and unique memoirs for all ages written by authors with strong platforms.
Abby Saul: Browne & Miller Literary Associates
Abby Saul joined Browne & Miller Literary Associates in 2013 after spending five years on the production and digital publishing side of the industry, first at John Wiley & Sons and then at Sourcebooks. A zealous reader who loves her iPad and recognizes that ebooks are the future, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing writing, no matter what the genre, and is actively exploring new digital possibilities for books. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband.