Hannah Andrade started as an agency assistant before moving on to acquire her own clients. She’s been with Bradford Literary Agency since 2017 and has had the privilege to work with a number of bestselling authors across a variety of genres. She likes to think of herself as an editorial-focused agent and is particularly eager to acquire BIPOC/underrepresented voices. She is prioritizing stories of joy where identity isn’t the focus and is especially excited about stories rooted in history, mythology, and legends, particularly those that are lesser-known or underrepresented in traditional publishing.
As someone who’s spent a large portion of their life outside of America, Hannah is very interested in stories that explore the intricacies of multicultural identities. She loves stories of immigration (not relegated to America) and of first/second generation Americans who struggle balancing the values of their country with the culture and heritage of their parents (as in the tv shows Ramy or Gentefied). As a Mexican-American, she would particularly love to see the stories that she grew up with showcased in new and creative ways.
Hannah loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres. She’s a huge fan of expansive world building and atmospheric settings, dark and transporting fantasy in YAs, and MGs with macabre elements and dark humor. One of her favorite tropes is the “found family”—especially if the family is found through crime. She has a soft spot for any kind of retelling or spin off of “classic lit” or fairy tales (like Lauren Blackwood’s WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS or Lilliam Rivera’s NEVER LOOK BACK). She’s looking for stories with quirky characters/voices and love ones that feature dysfunctional families (like SAFFY’S ANGEL by Hilary McKay). If your story involves ghosts, riddles/puzzles, and/or whimsy, Hannah would love to see it!
In nonfiction, she is looking for something that takes the mystery out of everyday life/occurrences (a lá Malcolm Gladwell or Atul Gawande) and investigative journalism-esque stories with a strong narrative hook.
Elizabeth Copps – For the past decade, Elizabeth has dedicated herself to the care and management of author careers. Her business philosophy is simple: to foster relationships across the industry that are equitable, transparent, and long-lasting.
She launched Copps Literary Services in January 2021 and is excited to build upon her list of award-winning and eclectic clients from her current home of Denver, Colorado.
She is seeking fresh takes on timeless plots; stories that are thought provoking and discussion spurring. She loves complex characters who are brimming with personality and burst off the page. Who are irreverent and dark. Smart and sarcastic. Creative and wise.
She specializes in middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction in the following genres: contemporary with a literary bent, historical, horror, magical realism, thriller/mystery/suspense, book club, and women's fiction. In nonfiction, she is looking for platform-driven memoir and biography.
She is NOT acquiring projects with heavy sci-fi or fantasy elements, body horror, anything post-apocalyptic (cough, no pandemic stories please), or police procedurals.
Lucienne Diver joined The Knight Agency in 2008, after spending fifteen years with Spectrum Literary Agency in New York. She has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, women’s fiction/romance, mystery/suspense, and young adult. Her authors have been honored with the Hugo Award, Nebula, RITA, National Readers' Choice, Romantic Times, Colorado Book, and Philip K. Dick Awards, among others, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Clients include N.K. Jemisin, Rachel Caine (now estate), Alyssa Cole, Faith Hunter, Kelley Armstrong, Chloe Neill, Genevieve Cogman, and many others.
She’s also an author in her own right with the Vamped young adult series, the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasies, and young adult suspense novels Faultlines, The Countdown Club and Disappeared.
Alice Speilburg is the founding agent of Speilburg Literary and has worked in publishing for more than a decade. She represents commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction for adult and YA readers. Alice is a member of the Association of American Literary Agents, and she previously worked at John Wiley & Sons, and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors, literary and professional societies, and branded content. For more information, please visit the agency website: speilburgliterary.com or connect with her on Twitter @AliceSpeilburg.
Samantha Wekstein attended the University of Maryland, College Park. She now lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and dog. After internships with Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and Rowman & Littlefield, she began her career in 2013 at Writers House LLC. She then briefly worked as an assistant at The Agency Group (now UTA) before returning to Writers House for the next 5.5 years where she began supporting the CEO, and then the Founder, before becoming an agent. She’s been lucky to work with a variety of best-selling and award-winning authors across all genres. She joined Thompson Literary Agency in 2019 where she’s actively growing her list.
In YA, she loves creative and epic fantasies, but she is also drawn to realistic stories with multi-dimensional female characters. She is always interested in elevating diverse voices, particularly through feminist narratives. She is seeking middle grade of all stripes, but especially stories that deal with themes of friendship, adventure, or encountering tragedy for the first time. She is also on the lookout for whimsical, meaningful, and funny picture books by illustrators. On the adult side, she is drawn to commercial voices in Romance, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy.
James Abbate is an Assistant Editor at Kensington Publishing, the largest independent and family-owned publisher in the nation, based in New York. A graduate of SUNY Binghamton and Pace University, he has been working at Kensington for ten years in both the editorial and sales departments. He actively acquires books in most genres, including the historical fiction, nonfiction (biography, memoir, pop science, music, culture, true crime), suspense, and thriller markets, with a particular emphasis on WWII fiction and nonfiction. Some of his authors include thriller writer Cindy Dees and historical thriller writer Simon Scarrow, and his upcoming nonfiction titles include the father-son Holocaust memoirs The Watchmakers and The Ghost Tattoo, as well as 50 Years of Fear, an in-depth look at the making and phenomenon of The Exorcist as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023.
Mary-Theresa Hussey spent twenty-five years as an editor for Harlequin, working on various romance lines, and buying first books from Virginia Kantra, Amelia Autin, Rachel Vincent, Aimee Carter, as well as working with other fantastic category romance authors. She also headed up the LUNA imprint, where she worked with Mercedes Lackey, Maria V. Snyder, Laura Anne Gilman, C.E. Murphy, and many more fabulous authors.
Since starting her editorial consulting business six years ago, she's worked with more self-publishing authors who are braving the wild world of publishing on their own. She's worked on pirate stories, space adventures, sweet romances, sexy romances, romantic suspense, YA, fantasy, and everything in between!
Matrice–a nickname–still lives in New York City and is always on the hunt for the next good story–well told!
Emma Nelson is the founder of Owl Hollow Press, a small traditional publishing house with multiple award-winning titles. She has an M.A. in Literature and Folklore and has taught university writing classes. As an author, her non-fiction is published in Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television (Wayne State University Press), Routledge Companion to Fairy-Tale Cultures and Media (Routledge), and Dirty Drafting: Fast Draft Your Way into a Finished Novel and a Consistent Writing Habit.
She acquires books across Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade age groups, with a special interest in fantasy, mystery, and the environment. She’s interested in looking at anything that tells a great story, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, in those age categories.
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Titan Books, publishers of science fiction, fantasy, horror, licensed fiction, crime fiction, and graphic novels. He is responsible for the Alien, Predator, Aliens vs. Predator, Conan, Gears of War, and Mass Effect fiction lines, has worked on the Marvel and DC comics and game-related fiction, and original science fiction, fantasy, and horror.