Angie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency. She holds a BA in English and secondary education from the University of Northern Colorado and an MA in English and communication development from Colorado State University. A graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, she has worked in professional writing, editing, and education for more than twenty years. A frequent presenter at writing conferences and events, and the author of Query Craft and Do You Need a Literary Agent, she loves helping writers improve their craft and learn about the ever-changing world of publishing.
LOOKING TO ACQUIRE (on behalf of Kristin Nelson, Danielle Burby, Joanna MacKenzie, and Quressa Robinson):
NLA is looking for fiction with strong, tight plots, complex characters faced with compelling plights, and upmarket voices. We love cerebral humor and charming poignancy as much as we love dark worlds and twisted villains. We are actively acquiring work from underrepresented and marginalized authors. For the adult market: women’s fiction, mainstream fiction, book-club fiction, thriller, magical realism, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. For the YA market: contemporary, rom-com, mystery, thriller, magical realism, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. For the middle-grade market: contemporary, humor, mystery, magical realism, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and anything that can be described as quirky, fun, or whimsical. At this event, Angie will not be taking pitches for historical fiction, memoir, political thrillers, inspirational fiction, early-reader/chapter books, or picture books.
Becky LeJeune is an associate agent at Bond Literary Agency, a Denver-based agency run by Sandra Bond. Prior to joining the agency, Becky spent time working as a bookseller, a freelance cookbook editor, and an acquisitions editor for a small, regional press. She is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute.
Becky is actively building her client list, and is interested in cookbooks and YA and adult submissions in the following genres: horror, mystery/suspense/thriller, historical fiction, sci fi, fantasy, and general fiction. She enjoys plot driven narratives with unique settings, strong world building, and well-developed characters.
Lesley Sabga – Since graduating from The University of Kentucky (Go Cats!) and obtaining her Editorial Certification from The University of Chicago, Lesley has worked as an editorial intern and freelancer for multiple publishing houses. She’s also been working for The Seymour Agency since 2014, becoming an Associate Agent in 2017.
LOOKING FOR: MG, YA, and Adult fantasy/science fiction, dark suspense/thriller with strong, female protagonists, romance, mystery and narrative non-fiction.
Lesley loves intricate and vivid world building and character driven plots.
Abby Saul – Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. She loves working with her clients and new authors, and her agenting style is agile and editorially focused, with an eye towards partnership and publishing innovation. A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, 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. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband and son. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.
Specific genres: ADULT ONLY. Women’s fiction, historical fiction, domestic suspense/female-driven thrillers, mysteries, literary
Stephanie Winter is an associate agent at P.S. Literary. She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and an M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. She particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes, genders, and more.
I am looking to acquire the following:
Ty Drago – Since 1998, Ty has served as publisher and managing editor of ALLEGORY, an e-zine publishing quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror from new and established authors worldwide. He is also the author of nine published novels, has appeared in two anthologies, and has sold numerous short stories and articles to publications from SPACE & TIME to WRITER’S DIGEST. The first book in his UNDERTAKERS series for middle schoolers is being developed into a feature film. In his spare time, he teaches creative writing to children and adults, and visits (or did before the pandemic) libraries and school all up and down the eastern seaborn, offering advice on writing, and how to be an author in the modern publishing world. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Helene.
As far as my acquisition interests, let me include a snippet from our Submission Guidelines:
We’re looking for good, solid fiction. We specialize in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. We will consider other genres, such as humor or general interest, provided that the work possesses an original, “quirky” slant.
Claire Eddy – is an executive editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for over 30 years. Asked for a bio, she provides this statement:
They say that those who can’t do, teach. In college, I envisioned becoming a professor in Medieval studies, teaching generations of students and toiling away as a nameless handmaiden of history. But the editing life called its siren song and for more than 30 years I’ve worked at Tor, indulging in my many passions in genre fiction—fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mysteries. I’ve had the honor of working with such wonderful authors as Jacqueline Carey, Juliet Marillier, Ramsey Campbell, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gene Wolfe… and many others, too many to count.
I’ve spent the better part of my adult life working with authors to (hopefully) make their stories and dreams the best that they can be, becoming that “third eye,” general nudge, and all around pain in the butt to accomplish this feat. I give encouragement when I can, instruct when possible, and, again, hopefully contribute in some small way to sharing in the dream, giving readers new worlds and delightful puzzles.
And the best part? I still get to do this and every day feels as fresh as my very first day at Tor did. There is no other feeling like that in the world…
Looking for epic and dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction.
Tom Hoeler is an editor at Del Rey Books, a science-fiction/fantasy imprint of Penguin Random House. Throughout his career, he has worked with best-selling authors across the wide spectrum of speculative fiction. He currently specializes in collaborating with the top pop culture brands on new storytelling from Star Wars, Blizzard Entertainment, Stranger Things, Wizards of the Coast, Critical Role and more. An avid reader of space opera, and all facets of fantasy publishing in particular; Tom’s always looking for that next great character to get attached to and follow on an epic journey through both familiar and unfamiliar worlds.
LOOKING FOR: Character focused/driven space opera. Unique magical fantasies. Vibrant new voices across SFF that are looking to challenge and reinvent well-worn tropes of the genre, or provide fresh perspectives on classic stories
Claire McKinney has been working in public relations for over 20 years. She has appeared on the Today show and CSPAN as an expert on publishing and she travels regularly to speak to authors and audiences about PR and social media marketing. Authors she has worked with include Della Reese, Toni Morrison, Madeleine Albright, Walter Mosley, Robert Dallek, Rick Moody, George Pelecanos, Plum Sykes, Noam Chomski, Richard North Patterson, and Kristin Gore.