2022 Agents & Editors Conference
What you need to know
The 2022 Agents & Editors Conference will take place in-person the weekend of June 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX. To register for the conference, click here.
Registration for the 2022 Agents & Editors Conference includes the following:
- Entry to all general and breakout sessions, including the genre sessions
- Entry to the virtual Practice Makes Pitch Perfect presentation + Pitch Lab
- Entry to the Opening Session with a top industry insider
- Entry to the Friday and Saturday evening events
- Entry to the Sunday Closing Luncheon (with RSVP)
- One (1) one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor for all registrations purchased before April 5, 2022
- Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
- Coffee breaks throughout the weekend
The following will be made available for separate purchase:
- A ticket to the Saturday Keynote Luncheon
- A second one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor (pending availability)
The 2022 A&E Conference program is available to view here.
On Tuesday, June 14th, join us for a virtual “Practice Makes Pitch Perfect” presentation and Pitch Lab with WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver and Lance Fitzgerald, VP of Content and Business Development at Penguin Random House Audio. This virtual session will be recorded so that all conference registrants can enjoy the presentation live or after the fact.
- Check-in: Begins at 11 a.m.
- Genre Sessions: Join fellow writers to discuss tips, strategies, resources, and trends in your genre.
- Welcome Reception: Drinks, snacks, and casual conversation with writers, agents, and editors.
- Opening discussion with an industry insider from a major publishing imprint.
- Panels, presentations, and conversations featuring nearly 100 published writers, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, and other publishing professionals.
- Luncheon with a keynote speaker, with complimentary copy of book. (Not included in the registration price. Keynote Luncheon tickets can be added to your shopping cart when you register for the conference or purchased at a later date.)
- Evening event with special guest/s.
- One-on-one consultations with agents and editors.
- Panels, presentations, and conversations featuring nearly 100 published writers, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, and other publishing professionals.
- One-on-one consultations with agents and editors.
- Closing Luncheon.
Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs, Austin, Texas, USA 78704
The Hyatt Regency Austin is the 2022 conference hotel. The guest rooms offer spectacular views of Town Lake, downtown Austin, and the Hill Country.
Rooms are $185/night plus tax. The cut-off date to register under the group block is June 23, 2022.
To reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency, click here.
The 2022 A&E Conference will include literary agents from a notable list of reputable literary agencies. Learn more about the agents attending this year below:
Erica Bauman represents a wide variety of authors across middle grade, young adult, and commercial adult fiction. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has worked in the publishing industry since 2012. Prior to Aevitas, she worked at Spectrum Literary Agency. Based in New York, Erica is most interested in commercial novels that feature an exciting premise and lyrical, atmospheric writing; imaginative, genre-blending tales; speculative worlds filled with haunting, quietly wondrous magic; fresh retellings of mythology, ballet, opera, and classic literature; sharply funny rom-coms; graphic novels for all ages; fearless storytellers that tackle big ideas and contemporary issues; and working with and supporting marginalized authors and stories that represent the wide range of humanity.
Erica is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Women’s, Science Fiction/Fantasy; Children’s: YA & MG Fiction (General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Horror), YA & MG Nonfiction
To learn more about Erica, read her interview here.
Jan Baumer started her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Ellie-Award winning magazine Budget Living and moved on to book publishing as an acquisitions editor at HarperOne, one of the world’s leading spirituality, health & lifestyle publishers. In January 2019, she joined Folio Literary Management as an agent and loves marrying her editorial background with her intuition for commercial viability while helping her authors craft the perfect proposal for the market. Jan’s interests as an agent are solely nonfiction, specifically spirituality, religion, self-help, health & wellness, parenting, cookbook, memoir, and business with a spirituality or self-help angle.
Jan is actively seeking:
Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help
To learn more about Jan, read her interview here.
After studying journalism, Eloy Bleifuss began his career in publishing as an assistant at Simon & Schuster during which time he worked for the publisher of first S&S and later Touchstone and Scribner. Eloy switched to the agency side in 2019 when he started at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. He is cultivating a growing list of fiction and nonfiction clients.
Eloy is drawn to genre-blurring upmarket and literary fiction. He enjoys plainly told stories of regular people navigating relationships and work, along with character-driven speculative fiction set in alternate worlds or futures. For nonfiction, Eloy likes everything from omnivorous cultural criticism and forgotten histories to big ideas books and relatable self-help. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, he is a fan of writing that is dark, uncanny, funny, or queer.
A graduate of Vassar College, he hails from Chicago and now lives in Brooklyn.
Eloy is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Fiction, Graphic Novels; Adult Nonfiction: Current Events, History, Biography, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Self-Help
To learn more about Eloy, read his interview here.
Danielle Bukowski joined Sterling Lord Literistic in 2014 and spent several years in the foreign rights department before transitioning fully to agenting. Her authors have won and been finalists for major awards; published in The New Yorker; had their books translated into numerous languages; and optioned for film and TV. Representing fiction for adults from smart bookclub to literary, and select nonfiction, Danielle is particularly looking for narratives from writers traditionally excluded from the publishing industry. For fiction, she likes books that balance plot with voice, have a strong sense of place, a unique hook, and are stylistically bold; for nonfiction, she’s looking for work grounded in the author’s personal interest, rigorously reported and researched, and will expand the reader’s view of the world. She represents Bryan Washington, Nancy Johnson, Edgar Gomez, Joseph Han, Mark Haber, Elizabeth Hand, Gina Chung, and Katherine Seligman, among others. Danielle graduated from Vassar College with a concentration in English and lives in Brooklyn with her bike and KitchenAid mixer.
Danielle is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Essays
To learn more about Danielle, read her interview here.
Heather Carr is a literary agent at The Friedrich Agency where she represents fiction and nonfiction for adults. Originally from the suburbs of Portland, OR, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Heather is easily enticed by literary fiction that veers toward the strange, offbeat humor and setting as character. Her favorite nonfiction is narrative or journalistic with a knowledgeable guide who will charismatically introduce her to a topic that may initially appear intimidating. In both fiction and nonfiction, she loves to be invited into a world she may not otherwise have access to, or that has been historically sidelined. She loves a writer who isn’t afraid to break the rules. As with most readers, Heather is on the hunt for a singular voice that takes her by surprise.
Heather is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Essays
To learn more about Heather, read her interview here.
Victoria Dillman is an Associate Agent at Howland Literary. Prior to Howland, she was an assistant and foreign rights associate at Sobel Weber Associates and an intern at Linda Leith Publishing, as well as a reader for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Awards. She holds a B.A. in English from McGill University, and an MFA in Fiction from The New School.
Victoria is most interested in adult literary/upmarket fiction and narrative and expert-driven nonfiction. She would particularly like to hear from underrepresented communities including neurodivergent, queer, and BIPOC voices.
In fiction, she looks for a well-paced plot with a strong, distinctive voice. She is fascinated by complex and nuanced characters with conflicting desires. She especially loves literary fiction with a speculative or magical element. She is also intrigued by hybrids of literary-genre fiction: pieces that work to subvert genre conventions. She will always be captured by family relationships, particularly the complexities of sibling dynamics and intergenerational trauma. As someone who grew up internationally, Victoria is drawn to narratives exploring transitory homes and cultures.
In nonfiction, she is looking for projects that have a passion for and in-depth knowledge of niche topics. She is drawn to narratives that focus on the individual and offer fresh perspectives on our world. Some of the topics she is interested include social justice, climate change, mental health, cults, true crime, and counterculture.
Victoria is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays
To learn more about Victoria, read her interview here.
Caroline Eisenmann joined the Frances Goldin Literary Agency in 2017 after spending four years at ICM Partners. In adult literary and upmarket fiction, Caroline gravitates towards novels that engage with social issues, speculative elements (especially those used in the service of an emotional truth), stories about obsession, ruthless narrators, and work that centers around intimacy and its discontents. She’s looking for intensity and stakes on the page, whether that takes the form of visceral prose, a vivid consciousness, or a driving plot.
In nonfiction she is drawn to idea-driven work driven by expansive curiosity, especially projects that render the hidden structures of the world more legible. She’s also looking for deeply reported narratives (particularly those that take the reader into the heart of a subculture), literary memoir, cultural criticism, and essay collections. Her areas of interest include science, technology, nature, social justice, psychology, culture, and the slippery workings of capitalism.
Authors represented by Caroline have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list and been short or longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction, the National Book Award’s 5 Under 35 Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
Caroline is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Short Fiction; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays.
To learn more about Caroline, read her interview here.
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Historical, Science Fiction / Fantasy; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays.
Paloma Hernando (she/her/hers) joined Einstein Literary Management as an Associate Agent in 2020. Paloma has been working in independent publishing since 2015, involved in editing, publishing, and selling mini-comics, zines, graphic novels, webcomics, and large-scale anthologies. A 2017 graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Paloma currently lives in Brooklyn. Paloma’s favorite books often have a bit of magic in them, and she loves being able to dive into any world, real or invented, presented on the page. She is looking for both graphic novels and prose fiction for YA or adult, including more mature stories, particularly ones that deal with difficult emotions and nuanced characters. She loves romance, particularly queer romance, science fiction that feels fresh, high fantasy, and middle grade with a good sense of humor. She is interested in non-fiction for all ages, especially anything that digs into media analysis or an event in history. She loves a story with a strong voice and solid construction.
Paloma is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Romance, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Fiction, Graphic Novels; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Pop Culture, Essays; Children’s: YA & MG Fiction (General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels)
To learn more about Paloma, read her interview here.
Lynn Johnston (Lynn Johnston Literary) is a literary agent representing mostly nonfiction since 2001. The books on her list have been called “firebreathng” and “righteous” by the New York Times, “exuberant” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “a godsend” by Publishers Weekly. Among them are New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today bestsellers; Books for a Better Life Award finalists; winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award; Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album; Porchlight’s best business book in Personal Development & Human Behavior; and numerous “best of the year” accolades. Her clients includes many debut authors who rely on her guidance to set them up for careers as authors. Before working in publishing, she held various management and marketing roles and has served on the board or staff of notable non-profit organizations, including Dress for Success, Bottomless Closet and the American Bar Association. She currently serves on the membership and small business committees of the Association of American Literary Agents and on the advisory board of the Woodstock Book Fest. Johnston has an MBA and BA in Philosophy. Born in Saigon, Vietnam and having resided in Florida, Texas and Chicago, she lives and works in New York City.
Lynn is actively seeking:
Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help, Business
To learn more about Lynn, read her interview here.
Alex Kane joined WME in 2017, where he has worked on New York Times bestselling nonfiction and fiction. In both genres, he is especially drawn to stories that have a strong social or political conscience. He is looking for narrative nonfiction that uncovers forgotten moments in history, insightful reporting on contemporary events, pop-culture and music journalism about immersive subcultures, cultural commentary, “big idea” and science books by academics and experts, and select memoir. He is also looking for literary fiction propelled by dynamic plotting, genre elements, or a strong sense of setting and voice. He studied Philosophy and Mathematics at Dartmouth College, and lives in Los Angeles.
Alex is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays.
To learn more about Alex, read his interview here.
Julia Kardon was born and raised in New York City. Her first job in publishing, while in high school, was shelving fiction at the fabled Strand Bookstore. She received degrees in Comparative Literature, as well as in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago. Julia joined HG Literary in 2018 after building a list at Mary Evans Inc and handling foreign rights. Prior to that she assisted at Sterling Lord Literistic, a job she attained after an unpaid internship both there and at the Wylie Agency.
She is interested primarily in literary and upmarket fiction and memoir, and especially stories grappling with racial, religious, sexual or national identity, narrative nonfiction, journalism, and history. She does not represent thrillers, any children’s literature or books about spirituality or Christianity.
Her clients include New York Times Best Sellers Brit Bennett and Etaf Rum, Barnes & Noble Discover picks John Freeman Gill, K-Ming Chang and Leah Franqui, Center For Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow Melissa Rivero, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and others.
Julia is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: Literary; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, History, Essays.
Stefanie Molina is an agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. Prior to becoming an agent, she spent her career advocating for marginalized folks in publishing as a technical editor at a national laboratory, senior editor at the literary journal F(r)iction, and book coach and editor for women of color. She is Asian Latina (Mexican, Japanese, and Irish) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, both from the University of California at Davis. Aside from reading, she enjoys hiking, swimming, baking, and playing the piano. Her favorite place in the world is Yosemite National Park. You can find her on Twitter @fiction_tech.
Stefanie is primarily looking for BIPOC stories inclusive of intersectional identities (LGBTQ+, disability, mental illness, neurodiversity…). She particularly relates to stories centering mixed protagonists. In all genres, she adores stories that incorporate food, animals, the outdoors, and intergenerational relationships. She also loves when stories explore “messy” feelings like rage, fear, guilt, grief, etc. in empowering ways. Please don’t send her books that revolve around abuse (though it can be in a character’s past) or self-harm or suicide, or books where the protagonist dies at the end.
In picture books, she’s looking for heartfelt stories about family, facing your fears, and/or finding your place in the world. She especially loves brave, quirky heroines. In middle grade and YA, she likes contemporary fantasy and coming-of-age stories. She loves a touch of mystery in any story and is also open to the right high fantasy or romcom. In adult, she’s looking for romcoms, mysteries, thrillers, and contemporary fantasy. She’s also open to high fantasy or historical fiction that empowers BIPOC individuals and communities. Two of her specific wishes are for a mystery or thriller helmed by a BIPOC woman, and for historical fiction centering a BIPOC cowgirl.
Stefanie is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy; Children’s: YA & MG Fiction (General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy) and Picture Books.
To learn more about Stefanie, read her interview here.
James Mustelier (The Bent Agency) is looking for a range of commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction. In all genres (but particularly in literary fiction) he prizes economical prose, complex characters, steadily building tension, narrative gravity, and the momentary relief of dark humor, even (or especially) amid dire circumstances. In commercial fiction, he’s looking for compact horror and mysteries with big hooks and intricate plotting. He’s drawn to grounded sci-fi and fantasy that features high stakes that touch on contemporary issues — more alternate histories and speculative fiction than high fantasy or space opera. In nonfiction, he’s looking for a vivid look into subcultures and events he might not otherwise have had the chance to explore. Much of his favorite nonfiction melds a distinct narrative voice with rigorous research. For YA and MG, he’s interested in epic fantasy, grounded sci-fi, and irreverent retellings of fairy tales, classic myths, and historical events. He is specifically seeking stories written from diverse perspectives that draw from underrepresented cultures.
James is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy; Adult Nonfiction: Current Events, History, Pop Culture; Children’s: YA & MG Fiction (Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy).
To learn more about James, read his interview here.
Aemilia Phillips joined Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency after completing the Columbia University Publishing Course. She graduated from Harvard University with honors, and is putting her English degree to good use in the world of publishing, working with a range of fiction and non-fiction writers. She’s particularly interested in writers who push conventional boundaries in order to address cultural, political, and social justice issues. With family on both sides of the Mexican border and interests in journalism, narrative non-fiction, literary fiction, and select poetry, she looks for diverse, smart writing with an impactful story to tell. For non-fiction she’s looking for driven, obsessed writers and topics that challenge the way we think about the world, with a particular interest in Latin American and feminist voices. She loves books that at first glance appear to be commercial, but that are also smart cultural critiques that force readers to examine new viewpoints. She’s fascinated by darker, complex fictional characters who upend preconceptions, stories with just a touch of magic, and novels that allow her to step into someone else’s shoes.
Aemilia is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Poetry, Graphic Novels; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Memoir, Essays; Children’s: YA Fiction (General), YA Nonfiction.
To learn more about Aemilia, read her interview here.
Sera Rivers is a Senior Literary Manager at Martin Literary & Media Management. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons University. She is actively seeking stories by authors and illustrators who identify as BIPOC, LQBTQIA+, and other underrepresented and marginalized identities. Sera is especially looking for: MG/YA —horror (no demonic possessions); psychological thrillers; speculative fiction, including magical realism and ghost stories (no high fantasy); LGBTIA+ romance; tough topics. Select PB—historically excluded stories; tough topics; horror (author/illustrator only for horror). She does not represent adult fiction/nonfiction. Check out her full MSWL and submission guidelines at SeraRivers.com.
Sera is actively seeking:
Children’s: YA & MG Fiction (General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels) and Picture Books
To learn more about Sera, read her interview here.
Anna Sproul-Latimer, founding partner and president of Neon Literary, has over the course of her many years in book publishing sold multiple New York Times bestsellers, major book-to-film deals, and foreign translations in more than 50 languages. She represents all types of adult nonfiction–from memoir and history to pop culture, science, and parenting–as well as select literary fiction. (For existing clients, Anna represents just about everything, but all of her clients’ careers start and primarily consist of work in one of her two focus areas.) Anna is drawn to buzzing, bright, curious, and slightly demented authors driven by enthusiasm so infectious that (inter)national audiences are already paying attention. She seeks authors motivated by a true mission–a clear answer to the question, “What is the legacy I want to leave in the world?” A lifelong resident of the Washington, DC area, Anna has spent her whole life watching power, money, and media interact to shape the line of history. With Neon, she intends to take the full weight of her access, experience, and privilege and use it to lie down in traffic, forcing that line to turn somewhere brighter. Prior to founding Neon, Anna spent nearly 15 years as a literary agent, foreign rights director, and developmental editor at DC’s Ross Yoon Agency. A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Oxford, Anna lives in the DC suburbs with her family.
Anna is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: Literary; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help.
To learn more about Anna, read her interview here.
Julie Stevenson is a literary agent with Massie & McQuilkin in New York. She represents literary and upmarket fiction, suspense, memoir, graphic novels, narrative nonfiction, young adult fiction and children’s picture books. She is drawn to storytelling with unforgettable characters, an authorial command of voice, and a strong sense of narrative tension. She looks for work that both entertains and explores the depths of human experience, particularly the many facets of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and regional backgrounds. She’s agented books that have won the Pulitzer Prize, the MWA Edgar Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Caldecott Honor. Before she became an agent, Julie worked in the editorial departments of Tin House and Publishers Weekly. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
Julie is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Fiction, Graphic Novels; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Biography, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Lifestyle, Family/Parenting, Self-Help; Children’s: YA & MG Fiction (General, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Graphic Novels), YA & MG Nonfiction, Picture Books
While earning her B.A. in English and Marketing from the College of William & Mary, Hannah Strouth completed an internship at a boutique literary agency in Virginia, where she fell in love with this side of publishing. After graduating from the Columbia Publishing Course, she joined JRA as Office Assistant and soon after was promoted to Contracts Associate. Today, as assistant to Andrea Cirillo, Annelise Robey, and Kathy Schneider, she helps maintain their list of clients while keeping her sights set on actively growing her own list. Hannah is looking primarily for literary fiction, upmarket/commercial fiction, historical/biographical fiction, speculative/light magical realism, high concept women’s fiction, and select romantic comedies. Books that dig deep into a wide range of emotions, leave her thinking deeply, and have her questioning human nature are the ones that capture her heart and make her most excited. She’s primarily driven by emotion and voice in a story, so the more heart-wrenching the better. Across all genres, she’s drawn to stories that help her discover and learn new aspects about people, places, events, herself, and grand concepts that have no defined answer.
Hannah is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women’s, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Romance, Historical, Short Fiction
To learn more about Hannah, read her interview here.
The 2022 A&E Conference will include book editors from a notable list of reputable publishing houses. Learn more about the editors attending this year below:
Harry Kirchner is an Acquisitions Editor at large for Counterpoint Press. His interests include literary fiction and nonfiction, mystery, memoir, and natural history. Born in Riverside, New Jersey he graduated from Rutgers University (B.A. Sociology) and The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (M.A. English Lit) before setting down roots in Washington state. Harry spent more than thirty years as a sales representative and National Accounts Manager for Publishers Group West and Ingram Publisher Services before founding Pharos Editions and moving into the editorial side of the business. He currently resides in the seaside town of Edmonds, WA with his wife Anne. When not knee deep in manuscript reviews, Harry can most likely be found sailing on Puget Sound. Harry’s acquisitions include Spells by Peter Rock, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot, Nature Matrix by Robert Michael Pyle, This Town Sleeps by Dennis Staples, The Elephant of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh, The Houseboat by Dane Bahr, and Red Paint by Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe.
Harry is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: Literary; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir
Wendy Wong (she/her) was a food writer for several years prior to her pivot into publishing. She worked at a small educational publishing company before joining HarperCollins, where she acquired titles for Harper and Harper Business such as The First, The Few, The Only by Deepa Purushothaman, a Financial Times business book of the month. She is currently an associate editor at Ballantine in Penguin Random House, focusing on commercial and upmarket fiction in the areas of historical, contemporary, multigenerational, social horror, and the lightly speculative, along with narrative nonfiction in the areas of big think, memoir (especially blended with reportage), essay collections, and cultural criticism. She is drawn to work that dives into subcultures, social commentary, and cultural traditions; books that use an intimate focal point as a lens for a larger deep dive; and nuanced work that centers marginalized experiences, particularly at the intersection of race, gender, and class. Themes of interest include millennial issues, complex relationship dynamics of all stripes, liminal spaces, diaspora, belonging and community, and all things food.
Wendy is actively seeking:
Adult Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Women’s, Historical; Adult Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays, Self-Help
To learn more about Wendy, read her interview here.
The 2022 A&E Conference will include presentations by notable authors and industry professionals.
Please note: We are still adding panelists and presenters to our 2022 event line-up, check back here for updates.
2022 Opening Session Speaker: Helen Atsma, VP – Publisher (she/her) joined Ecco in 2019. She oversees the Ecco team and list, and for her own list acquires literary and book club fiction, along with memoir and some narrative nonfiction. The writers she works with include Elizabeth Acevedo, Rumaan Alam, Nicole Chung, Patrick deWitt, Andrew J. Graff, Jennifer Haigh, Elizabeth McCracken, Anthony Veasna So, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Natasha Trethewey, Shelby Van Pelt, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Kevin Wilson, and Laura Zigman. Previously, she was Editorial Director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Over the course of her career, in roles at Grand Central Publishing and Henry Holt, she has edited a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Sarah Hepola (Blackout), Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins), Lily Koppel (The Astronaut Wives Club), Rhoda Janzen (Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, a #1 New York Times bestseller), and Catherine O’Flynn (What Was Lost, winner of the Costa First Novel Award). She began her publishing career in 2002 at Little, Brown.
KB Brookins (also known as KB) is a Black/queer/transmasculine poet, essayist, and cultural worker from Fort Worth, Texas. Their writing is published in Poets.org, Huffington Post, American Poetry Review, Teen Vogue, Poetry Northwest, Autostraddle, and elsewhere. Their poem, “Good Grief”, won the Academy of American Poets 2022 Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize.
KB is the author of How To Identify Yourself with a Wound (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2022), a chapbook selected by ire’ne lara silva as winner of the Saguaro Poetry Prize. They have received Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominations, along with fellowships from PEN America, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Lambda Literary, and The Watering Hole among others.
KB’s debut full-length poetry collection, Freedom House (Deep Vellum Publishing, 2023) is forthcoming. KB is represented by Annie DeWitt at The Shipman Agency. They live in Austin, TX, where they are working on projects and trying their best. Follow them online at @earthtokb, and subscribe to their sporadic opinions/updates through Out of This World.
May Cobb earned her MA in literature from San Francisco State University, and her essays and interviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, Texas Highways, and Austin Monthly. Her previous novel is The Hunting Wives. Her latest novel is My Summer Darlings. A Texas native, she lives in Austin with her family.
Mary Helen Specht’s first novel, Migratory Animals, was an editors’ choice by the New York Times Book Review and the Austin American-Statesmen, an IndieNext Pick, and an Apple iBook selection. Migratory Animals
Shuja Uddin is a screenwriter and filmmaker from Karachi, Pakistan and has graduated from Boston University with an MFA in Screenwriting. He has previously worked at the Austin Film Society and currently teaches film full-time at Headwaters School and Austin Community College. His writings have been published in the Times of India, The Wire and The Express Tribune.
Join us for the Saturday Keynote Luncheon to mingle with fellow conference participants, enjoy a 3-course meal, and hear Jami Attenberg’s speech on “How to Carve Out a Creative Life for Yourself.”
This is a ticketed event and seating is limited. All luncheon attendees receive a complimentary copy of Jami’s memoir, “I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home,” with a signing to follow the luncheon. To purchase a ticket, click here.
ABOUT OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Jami Attenberg is the author of seven books of fiction, including: Instant Love, The Kept Man, The Melting Season, The Middlesteins, Saint Mazie, and All Grown Up. Her most recent novel is All This Could Be Yours (2019). She is also the author of the memoir I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home (2022). Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, Slate, and others. Her work has been published in a total of sixteen languages. She lives in New Orleans, LA.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg comes a dazzling memoir about unlocking and embracing her creativity—and how it saved her life.
In this brilliant, fierce, and funny memoir of transformation, Jami Attenberg—described as a “master of modern fiction” (Entertainment Weekly) and the “poet laureate of difficult families” (Kirkus Reviews)—reveals the defining moments that pushed her to create a life, and voice, she could claim for herself. What does it take to devote oneself to art? What does it mean to own one’s ideas? What does the world look like for a woman moving solo through it?
As the daughter of a traveling salesman in the Midwest, Attenberg was drawn to a life on the road. Frustrated by quotidian jobs and hungry for inspiration and fresh experiences, her wanderlust led her across the country and eventually on travels around the globe. Through it all she grapples with questions of mortality, otherworldliness, and what we leave behind.
It is during these adventures that she begins to reflect on the experiences of her youth—the trauma, the challenges, the risks she has taken. Driving across America on self-funded book tours, sometimes crashing on couches when she was broke, she keeps writing: in researching articles for magazines, jotting down ideas for novels, and refining her craft, she grows as an artist and increasingly learns to trust her gut and, ultimately, herself.
Exploring themes of friendship, independence, class, and drive, I Came All This Way to Meet You is an inspiring story of finding one’s way home—emotionally, artistically, and physically—and an examination of art and individuality that will resonate with anyone determined to listen to their own creative calling.
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