The 2024 A&E Conference will include literary agents from a notable list of reputable literary agencies.

Our featured agents include:

Sarah Bowlin is a senior agent at Aevitas Creative Management which she joined in 2017. Before becoming an agent, she was an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction at Riverhead Books and Henry Holt & Company where she edited the acclaimed writers Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Sheila Heti, Rachel Khong, and Helen Phillips, among others. As an agent she has worked with emerging and award-winning voices including the National Book award-winning translator and novelist, Bruna Dantas Lobato; NBA long-listed novelist Vanessa Veselka; Giller Prize-winning writer, Souvankham Thammavongsa; 2023 5 Under 35 honoree from the National Book Foundation, Jenny Xie; The 2024 Asian/Pacific American Award-winner in Adult Fiction, Janika Oza; the Jewish Book Award-winning memoirist Sabrinah Orah Mark, as well as acclaimed writers Lynn Steger Strong, Ayşegül Savaş, Gene Kwak, Ashley Nelson Levy, Jasmin ‘Iolani Hakes, R.K. Russell, Elisa Albert, and Ismail Muhammad. She is interested in bold voices and experiments in form—specifically stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, identity, and the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. Originally from the South, she now lives in Los Angeles.

Sarah is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: Literary, Women’s, Historical, Short Fiction

Hannah Brattesani is a literary agent and the Director of International Rights at The Friedrich Agency. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, and voice-driven nonfiction. Hannah emigrated from Scotland to New York after graduating from the University of St Andrews, where she was awarded the Douglas Dunn Award for Writing. She began her career at Emma Sweeney Agency and speakers bureau Blue Flower Arts, later joining Folio as interim Director of International Rights. Outside of agenting, Hannah currently supports the St Nell’s Humor Writing Residency and serves as a consulting editor for Fountain House’s ROAR Journal, a publication created in partnership with the global clubhouse community to further innovate the field of Social Practice. Hannah has been with Friedrich since 2019 and is privileged to work with many bestselling and celebrated authors.

Hannah is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction – High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Adult Nonfiction – Narrative, Current Events, Pop Culture

To learn more, read our interview with Hannah here.

Lane Clarke with Ultra Literary believes in representing books that transport your mind, whether it be in a fantastical world, or the real one. She is always hoping to learn something new from books, and strives to represent a diverse list of creators. She represents all age groups and is fairly genre-agnostic–she simply looks for stories that have something to say in both the fiction and nonfiction space.

She earned a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Virginia Tech, and a law degree from The University of Chicago Law School. She is the co-founder of PitBlk, a Twitter pitch event for Black writers from across the diaspora, and is the brain behind #BVM, the Black Voices Matter hashtag. She lives in the Washington D.C.-area with her husband and two fur babies.

Lane is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels

Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Family/Parenting/ Self-Help

Young Adult Fiction: General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels

Amy Collins, agent with Talcott Notch Literary Services, has over 30 years’ experience matching books with readers. As a former book buyer, publisher, and sales director for one of the largest non-fiction publishers in the US, Amy has been focused on market and sales potential research for authors for over ten years. As an agent, she represents many authors who have signed deals with major publishers for non-fiction projects such as The Unseen Photos of Sesame Street (Abrams), Sex and the City (Globe Pequoit), and You’re Going to Die Alone and Other Good News (Blackstone). Amy is the author of several non-fiction books ranging from self-help (It’s The Little Things, (Simon & Schuster/Adams Media) to books on Publishing and working toward becoming a successful author. She is currently traveling the country with her two dogs meeting with editors and authors and can be found on Twitter at @askamycollins and online at www.amysadvice.com.

Amy is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction – High Concept Commercial, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction/ Fantasy

Adult Nonfiction – Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help

Young Adult Fiction – General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Young Adult Nonfiction

To learn more, read our interview with Amy here.

David Doerrer founded The Platform in 2024 after 13 years at A3 Artists Agency, a full-service talent agency, where he worked his way up from Assistant to Agent to Director of the Book Division. His time at A3 imbued in him a firm belief that a book is never just a book—it’s a platform for a compelling story, a world-changing message, and a multi-faceted career.

His hands-on style and extensive relationships in the talent world enable him to help clients craft affecting books and use them as a springboard into other mediums, whether that be podcasting, film and television, or speaking.

His clients include pioneering academics, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, New York Times-bestselling novelists, thought leaders in the world of business and medicine, and online influencers of all stripes.

David is a true-blue native New Yorker: he grew up in Queens, graduated from NYU with a BA in English and Creative Writing, and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and tabby cat.

David is actively seeking: 

Adult Fiction – High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Adult Nonfiction – Narrative, Current Events, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help

Young Adult Fiction – General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/ Fantasy

Natalie Edwards joined Trellis Literary after nearly two years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Prior to that, she worked at Curtis Brown, Ltd. At Trellis, Natalie supports Allison Hunter while actively building a list of her own.

In terms of fiction, she is seeking commercial, upmarket, and literary projects. She enjoys narratives of queerness and diaspora (i.e., Patsy), hidden histories, complex friendship stories (i.e. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow), workplace satires/sendups of #girlbosses, and anything that offers biting social commentary and disrupts conventional wisdom. She is particularly drawn to accessible voices with a literary sensibility, in the vein of Ann Patchett and Zadie Smith, especially when they let her in on a subculture or historical truth she’s never encountered before. She’s always on the lookout for grounded speculative novels with subtle elements of magical realism, especially those infused with folklore, and she has a particular interest in narratives where faith and queerness intersect (i.e., You Exist Too Much). She is also open to considering short story collections with clear unifying themes.

In the nonfiction space, she is looking for issue-driven hybrid memoirs (think H is for Hawk or In the Darkroom), which combine personal stories with research/reportage; journalistic narrative nonfiction like Say Nothing or Bad Blood; and cultural histories about music, film, food, art, and sports. She enjoys working with journalists and critics whose connection to their material runs deep, and she loves to watch the implosion of a scam unfold.

Natalie is NOT looking for: high fantasy or sci-fi, erotica, gratuitously violent horror, commercial romance (unless it’s queer), commercial thrillers/procedurals, cozy mysteries, prescriptive/how-tos, celebrity memoir, cookbooks, business/finance, religion/spirituality, coffee table/photography/design books, or children’s books for any level (picture books, MG, YA, New Adult).

Natalie grew up in Pasadena, California and attended Bowdoin College, where she earned her BA in English with a minor in History and played four years of varsity softball. She lives in Brooklyn and still plays softball here in the city.

Natalie is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: Literary, Women’s, Historical, Short Fiction, Speculative

Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays

To learn more, read our interview with Natalie here

Aurora Fernandez is an Associate Agent at Trident Media Group. She joined the agency in 2021 as an assistant to Robert Gottlieb. Before joining Trident, Aurora was an intern at Simone Garzella International Book Scouting and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Political Science from Wellesley College and spent a year studying at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University.

Aurora is looking for romance, women’s fiction, thrillers, and upmarket fiction. On the commercial end, she loves books that feature swoon worthy romance, strong friendships, and witty dialogue. Aurora is also interested in thrillers with complicated female relationships, a good twist, and gothic or dark academia elements. For upmarket books, she is especially drawn to books with interesting female dynamics, moral dilemmas with no clearcut answer, unexplored perspectives of historical moments, and, of course, a unique hook backed by great writing. And anything involving mythic retellings or witches will definitely catch her eye!

While Aurora’s interests mainly lie in fiction, she is open to nonfiction submissions. For nonfiction submissions, Aurora is looking for memoirs, narrative nonfictions, forgotten moments in history, and microhistories. Particular topics that interest her are pop culture, modern dating, mental health, women’s health, and true crime.

Aurora is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction – High Concept Commercial, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/ Fantasy

Adult Nonfiction – Narrative, Memoir, Pop Culture

Cherise Fisher with Wendy Sherman Associates Literary Management began her career in publishing more than twenty-five years ago, spending many years editing and publishing several national bestselling and award winning authors at Simon & Schuster and Plume (an imprint of Penguin Random House), where she was Editor-in-Chief.

She represents novelists who have multiple, compulsively readable, impeccably crafted yarns in their head (both historical and contemporary), memoirists who showcase the diversity of human experience, and non-fiction writers who seek to provoke, inspire, and educate regarding multiple topics such as personal development, health and sexuality, racial identity, African American history, humor and pop culture.

An active member of the American Association of Literary Agents, and a very popular workshop leader for several writer’s conferences including the Grub Street Writing Center, Cherise also teaches the “Introduction to Publishing” class as a part of the Publishing Certificate Program at the City College of New York.

Her intention is that all the books she helps bring into the world are relevant, enduring, and help readers maximize their lives.

Cherise is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Historical

Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Essays, Family/Parenting/Self-Help

Emma Kapson is a native Los Angeleno and Junior Agent and IP Coordinator at Verve Talent & Literary. She started her career in publishing at Regan Arts and has since transitioned to representation. She’s passionate about literature and bringing stories she believes in to life in various mediums like film, television, and audio.

She is a young agent looking to build her list and is open to queries of any kind. She has an eye for women’s voices, loves strong, female driven narratives, epic worlds, romance, horror, and works by foreign and diverse writers.

Emma is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Fiction

To learn more, read our interview with Emma here.

Sheyla Knigge (SHAY-luh KUH-nig-gee) is a budding publishing professional who comes to the industry with a lifelong love of reading under her belt. Having worked under Victoria Marini since 2021 she has had the immense pleasure of perusing a variety of books that have gone on to do incredibly well and cannot wait to do the same for her own clients soon. With just over a year’s experience sleuthing through slush piles for the next best seller, she is itching to dive into more manuscripts with Highline Literary Collective. When she’s not working you can find Sheyla tucked away writing, getting more tattoos, or spending time with her family in the Appalachian Mountains.

Sheyla is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Historical, Science Fiction/ Fantasy, Graphic Novels

YA/ Middle Grade Fiction: General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical, Graphic Novels

To learn more, read our interview with Sheyla here.

Stefanie Lieberman joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates as Senior Counsel in 2005 after practicing law at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and boutique entertainment firm Frankfurt Kurnit. She has degrees from Yale and Northwestern University School of Law, as well as an unwieldy and ever-growing collection of books in every category.

As an agent, Stefanie focuses primarily on upmarket fiction with commercial appeal. She loves literary thrillers, historical fiction, quick-witted beach and book club reads, and any plot-driven story with a distinctive voice and a smart, high-concept hook. Stefanie also gravitates towards novels with a strong sense of time and place, a unique atmosphere, or gripping, edge-of-the-seat suspense. She loves books with spooky undertones and magical elements, and she’s always on the hunt for writers who make her laugh.

Stefanie is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical

Jake Lovell joined Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency in 2023. He earned his MA in Literature and Writing Studies from CSU San Marcos in 2021. He is also a veteran, having joined the Army in 2008. During his time he was promoted to Sergeant and served on two deployments overseas. Born and raised in Southern California, Jake proudly comes from a mixed cultural background and is second generation Chicano on his mother’s side.

He is actively seeking adult fiction and non-fiction. He is interested in upmarket fiction, with an emphasis on: Gothic, horror, thrillers, westerns, military, and speculative fiction (supernatural, paranormal, UFOs, etc…; think Jordan Peele or 10 Cloverfield Lane). When it comes to fiction, he loves dark stories that cause readers to question turning off the lights before bed. His tastes lean more in the vein of The Hunger by Alma Katsu, The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, and works by Paul Tremblay, Mona Awad, and Daryl Gregory. In general, he’s especially drawn to character driven stories written in distinct and diverse voices.

On the non-fiction front, Jake is especially interested in working with historians, up-and-coming scholars looking to transition to trade readership, journalists, scientists, veterans, and people with unique takes on important issues. Think: Freakonomics, Outliers, A Molecule Away From Madness, Columbine, American Sniper, Empire’s Workshop, and The Fact of a Body.

Jake is NOT looking for: romance, fantasy, Sci Fi, YA, or children’s books.

Jake is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Horror/Gothic/Speculative

Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Science

Caitlin Mahony has been at WME since 2016. She represents romance, genre, and commercial fiction. Caitlin’s clients include bestselling romance authors Chloe Walsh, Ivy Fairbanks, and Peyton Corinne, as well as fantasy writers SenLinYu, Sarah A Parker, and Scarlett St. Clair, among others. Caitlin is passionate about working with authors who originate from non-traditional spaces and bringing new opportunities their way.

Caitlin is looking for books that offer a total escape and full immersion, in either this world or an imagined one. She loves a hard-won, epic love story (historical and contemporary), a transporting fantasy or sci-fi novel that helps parse earthly questions, a delightful beach read, or a pulse-pounding thriller; and is always looking to get swept up in something that you can’t put down.

Caitlin is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy

YA Fiction: Science Fiction/Fantasy

“New Adult” Fiction: Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy

To learn more, read our interview with Caitlin here

Duvall Osteen represents a diverse list of debut, award-winning, bestselling, and notable authors. Before joining United Talent Agency, she spent 11 years as an agent at Aragi Inc., focusing on literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and graphic novels.

Her literary interests include writing rooted in place, especially the global South, multigenerational storytelling, crime, and literary suspense. In both fiction and non-fiction, she gravitates towards books across genres with big, original, astute, immersive voices.

She is a passionate advocate for her authors, and tailors her approach to representation based on their needs. Above all, she prioritizes close editorial relationships. Duvall was raised in the South, and is based in Manhattan, where she lives with her family. She holds a Master of Arts in Southern Cultural Studies from the University of Mississippi.

Duvall is actively seeking: 

Adult Fiction: Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir

To learn more, read our interview with Duvall here

Jennifer Chen Tran is a literary agent at Glass Literary Management. With over a dozen years of experience in the publishing industry, Jennifer is passionate about nurturing and championing the creative lives of the authors and artists she is honored to represent. She works with a wide range of award-winning talent, including entrepreneurs, journalists, physicians, thought leaders, James Beard nominated chefs, and graphic novelists, among others. Jennifer is an editorial agent who believes in the art and magic of collaboration. She works with her authors from concept to publication, helping to polish each creator’s work so that it can best shine in a competitive marketplace.

Prior to joining Glass Literary Management, Jennifer was a literary agent at Folio Literary Management and Idea Architects and served as Of Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law and a Bachelors in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an attorney in good standing in California and New York, a member of the Authors Guild, and a member of the Association of American Literary Agents.

As a person of color and daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Jennifer is deeply committed to amplifying voices from persons with disabilities, BIPOC, LGBTQ, underrepresented, marginalized, and neurodiverse communities. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to create books that will have a lasting positive social impact on the world—books that inform, entertain, and inspire.

In her free time, you can find Jennifer relaxing with a good book, trying to complete a recipe with too many ingredients, or exploring the Lone Star State with her family.

Jennifer is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Graphic Novels

Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help, Culinary

YA/ Middle Grade Fiction: General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Graphic Novels, Contemporary

Middle Grade Nonfiction

To learn more, read our interview with Jennifer here

Michaela Whatnall is an agent with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, where they have worked out of the West Coast office since 2019. They have a degree in English and linguistics from Emory University, completed the Columbia Publishing Course, and in 2023 they were selected as a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Michaela’s background in school and library marketing accounts for their strong interest in children’s literature, particularly middle grade and young adult fiction of all genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, historical, adventure, horror, and romance. In the adult fiction space, they are particularly seeking contemporary, speculative, and historical upmarket fiction, as well as character-driven, grounded fantasy. They are also open to select narrative nonfiction for both children and adults, graphic novels, and picture books.

Michaela is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels

Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Pop Culture, Lifestyle

KidLit: YA/Middle Grade Fiction, YA/ Middle Grade Nonfiction, Picture Book, Early Reader

To learn more, read our interview with Michaela here.

Ayla Zuraw-Friedland joined the Frances Goldin Literary Agency in 2022 after starting her agenting career at The David Black Agency in 2019. Previously, she worked as an editorial assistant and assistant editor at Beacon Press in Boston, and as a development editor for encyclopedias at Oxford University Press. She received her BA in English and Creative Writing from Connecticut College in 2015, and her writing can be found or is forthcoming in The Drift, Excerpts Magazine, The Financial Times, GAY the Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and The Cape Cod Poetry Review. She is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction that inspect big questions about queer identity, class, community, and art & technology through a personal lens, as well as poetry and a limited number of graphic or hybrid projects.

To give a sense of her taste, a few of her favorite contemporary writers are Carmen Maria Machado, Kristen Arnett, Hanif Abdurraqib, Helen Oyeyemi, Daniel M. Lavery, Raven Leilani, Candice Carty-Williams, Alexander Chee, Akwaeke Emezi, Rivka Galchen, Becky Cooper, and Venita Blackburn.

Her current clients include J. Halberstam, Haley Jakobson (OLD ENOUGH, Dutton 2023), James Frankie Thomas (IDLEWILD, Abrams 2023), Jamie Hood (UNTITLED, Pantheon 2025; how to be a good girl, Grieveland 2020), Shelly Jay Shore (RULES FOR GHOSTING, Ballantine 2024).

Ayla is actively seeking:

Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Short Fiction

Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography, Pop Culture, Essays