Pitch Madness is fast approaching and we have a crazy, awesome line up of agents competing for your pitches!
For those of you not familiar with Pitch Madness, Pitch Madness is a contest
where agents compete in a game against their peers for pitches. This
time the game is Monopoly. If you haven’t been a part of a Pitch
Madness challenge before, please check out this post here for more information. The submission window is open for 24 hours (12:01AM EST to 11:59PM EST) on August 24. Our slush readers will read through the pitches and
pick the top 60 pitches for the agent round starting on September 6. We try to get a good
mix of various genres, but the writing comes first. Basically, if
the submissions aren’t ready, it’s a pass.
And here are the agents …
Louise will be racing through the post her keen eye seeking teen Sci-Fi and Young Adult horror. She is
also on the hunt for deep, dark contemporary YA and select
Middle Grade fiction with a literary feel–it must be realistic and
thought provoking and the characters must be authentic and original.
Louise loves horror and romance, especially Regency and Victorian. Visit her website for more details.
(contemporary, category, historical, inspirational) Young Adult, Middle
Grade, Women’s Fiction and Mystery. Visit her company’s website for more details.
surprises, delights and thrills — particularly stories with a lot of
heart, regardless of the genre. Visit his website for more details.
literary, women’s, and Young Adult fiction, and — on the nonfiction
side — psychology, parenting, self-help, cookbooks, memoirs, and works
that speak to life in the twenty-first century. Visit her company’s website for more details.
including women’s fiction, commercial fiction, literary thrillers,
upmarket non fiction, and all genres of YA. Carly is drawn to emotional,
well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers
can get invested in.
Uwe will calculate all the elements of a perfect pitch in a nano-second and snatch it up before his opponents. He’s interested in all kinds of commercial fiction, including
thrillers, mysteries, Young Adult, romance, ethnic, and paranormal
romance. He’s also interested in literary fiction, but only if it has a
strong narrative. Visit his company’s website for more details.
fiction, particularly literary fiction, middle grade, young adult, urban
fantasy, steampunk, paranormal romance and light science fiction. Visit her website for more details.
Women’s fiction Literary and general fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Memoir. Visit her website for more details.
YA set in the present day. Plot is very important, as is voice. He’s not
a big fan of paranormal or SF/F, so no vampires, zombies,
werewolves, angels, chupacabras, etc. The genres he considers include High-Concept Commercial Fictions, Literary Fiction, New Adult, YA (Think Ellen Hopkins and Jay Asher, not Stephenie Meyer), and Graphic Novels. Visit his company’s website for more details.
is particularly interested in edgy YA, from gritty coming-of-age novels
to contemporary fantasy and supernatural romance. She is also keen to
represent thoughtful chick lit, literary thrillers, and well-crafted
projects in the fantasy and mystery genres. In terms of nonfiction, Lana
is looking for fresh perspectives on popular culture and science from
bloggers, academics, and journalists. – See more at:
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coming-of-age novels to contemporary fantasy and supernatural romance. She is
also keen to represent thoughtful chick lit, literary thrillers, and
well-crafted projects in the fantasy and mystery genres. Visit her company’s website for more details.
Jordy will pile all her favorite pitches and horde them for herself. She’s interested in romance
contemporary/historical romance, MG and YA (YA heavy on
romance) action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, and realistic
fiction, and is open to YA LGBT within those genres. Visit her company’s website for more details.
With quick fingers, protected from his opponents’ sharp claws with his mighty thimble, Connor will snatch his favorite pitches. He’s interested in a wide range of fiction, and is looking for literary
fiction (scifi/fantasy), and psychological thrillers. Under the umbrella
of speculative fiction he is especially interested in urban fantasy,
urban science fiction, and magical realism. He is particularly looking
for fiction from LGBT and racial minority
perspectives. Visit his company’s website for more details.
Danielle M. Smith
Danielle will clank across the board, grabbing the best of the best pitches for herself. For more than five years Danielle’s been
involved professionally with books through print and online publications
such as Women’s World and Parenting Magazine, as a member of the
judging panels for The Cybils awards for fiction picture books, as well
as locally by serving on the board of The Central Coast Writer’s
Conference. She is most interested in finding new author/illustrator
talent, children’s fiction and creative non-fiction from picture books
through middle grade. Visit her website for more details.
nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She simply loves a well-paced story
that moves her between joy and tears. Visit her company’s website for more details.
MG/YA fiction (especially fantasy, historical and action/adventure). Terrie
specializes in: Empowerment, Children’s (all age groups – F/NF),
Romance, MG/YA, Westerns, Women’s, and Multi-Cultural. Visit her company’s website for more details.
subgenres EXCEPT Christian or inspirational), Science fiction (including
dystopian and post-apocalyptic),Thrillers/action adventure, Historical
fiction,Westerns, Fantasy (think Song of Fire and Ice or Dark Tower NOT Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia). Visit her company’s website for more details.
has wide-ranging tastes – from literary to commercial fiction, from
serious narrative non-fiction to pop-culture and humor. Visit her
website for more details.