Want advice on how to make the opening pages of your manuscript pop? Sign up for an Author General meeting and an agent of your choice will read the first 10 pages of your manuscript and the synopsis. After reading, the agent will have a 30 minute story notes session with you to go over narrative, characterization, prose and marketability.
After you sign up, you will receive an email with a Material Submission Form where you can write the agent you want to work with. The turnaround time to hear back from the agent after submitting your pages is 3-4 weeks and you will hear directly from the agent to coordinate scheduling.
Meet one on one with some fabulous literary agents including:
- Cate Hart - Agent at Harvey Klinger Agency (specializes in Middle Grade and YA, especially spooky and with a gothic feel. Middle-Grade mysteries. YA romcoms. Less fantasy and horror)
- Chip MacGregor - Agent at MacGregor Literary (Looking for prescriptive nonfiction from an expert, or a memoir from someone with a following)
- Jill Marr - Agent at The Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency (specializes in Gothic, literary horror and psychological fiction)
- Mark Gottlieb - Agent at Trident Media Group (Looking for all genres)
- Nikki Terpilowski - Agent at Holloway Literary (Looking for romance, women's fiction, female-driven mystery and suspense, ya science fiction and fantasy and adult science fiction. Southern fiction and non-fiction (lifestyle, culinary homesteading/gardening, "new age-ish" subjects like mediation, manifestations, etc.)
- Renee Fountain - Agent at Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management (Looking for Non-Fiction, humor, pop culture, horror/dark fantasy, women's fiction, true crime, self-help/prescriptive, motivational/inspirational. NO Picture Books and NO Middle Grade)
Cate Hart’s bio:
Cate Hart joined Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in 2019 after 5 years with a New York agency where she represented Middle Grade to Adult fiction. She specializes in Historical, whether in Young Adult, Women’s Fiction and Romance, or narrative nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to oft forgotten stories of the past and underrepresented voices, and especially personal to her is unexplored Southern history and culture. She also loves high-concept fantasy in YA and Adult fiction. Some of her recent projects sold include The Beast Charmer series from Sourcebooks, The Asperfell series from Uproar books, The Nemesis and the Swan from Blackstone. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her two teenage children.
Chip MacGregor’s bio:
A former publisher at Time-Warner and Hachette, Chip has been in the book industry for more than 30 years, and has represented dozens of bestselling books. His authors have appeared on every major bestseller list, and have appeared on dozens of major media outlets. Over the last fifteen years Chip has done more book deals than any literary agent in the US. He serves as the President of MacGregor Literary Inc.
Jill Marr’s bio:
Jill is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She graduated from SDSU with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 20 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, as well as book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television. After writing ad copy and features for published books for years, she knows how to find a project’s "hook" and sell it. Jill is looking for fiction and non-fiction by BIPOC and Latinx writers, disabled persons, and people identifying as LGBTQ+, among others. She is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, and horror, book club, and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors with a big, timely, smart message as well as historical projects that look at big picture issues. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of current events, science, history, narrative non-fiction, sports, politics, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, music, and very select memoir.
Mark Gottlieb’s bio:
Mark Gottlieb is a prominent literary agent working at book publishing’s leading literary agency Trident Media Group in New York City. He has ranked highly among literary agents across the industry for overall number of deals and other individual categories. While at Trident Media Group, Mark Gottlieb has represented New York Times bestselling authors as well as major award-winning authors. He has optioned and sold numerous books to production companies and studios for film and TV adaptation. Mark Gottlieb greatly enjoys working with authors to help manage and grow their careers with the resources available at Trident Media Group. In addition to having worked at the company’s Foreign Rights Department, he also ran the company’s Audiobook Department. Utilizing his drive and intuition for discovering talented writers, he is currently expanding his client list of authors. As a literary agent he looks forward to bringing authors to the largest possible audience.
Nikki Terpilowski’s bio:
Nikki founded Holloway Literary in 2011. Ten years later, her clients include bestselling and critically acclaimed authors of romance, suspense, women's, and southern fiction. Her clients are published internationally, in print, eBooks and audio, and have had their books optioned for television and film.
Renee Fountain’s bio:
Renee spent almost a decade in publishing, working for S&S and Harcourt optioning books for film & television, as well as developing licensing programs for some of the best writers and illustrators in the publishing world. Following her time in publishing, Renee spent five years as a book scout and story analyst for the CW Television Network working in development. For fun Renee wrote book reviews for the New York Journal of Books and Kirkus, before transitioning to literary agent in 2014, where she represents authors of various genres from all over the globe.