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August 10th - 13th, 2023

Agents and Editors

*Please note, life sometimes happens.

Agents and Editors are subject to change. 

To sign up for pitches, log in to your registration and hit next until you find the listed pitch sessions.

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Alan Bahr

Publisher Gallant Knight Games / Raven Canticle Press

Alan Bahr is the award-winning and best-selling lead designer and founder of Gallant Knight Games, as well as publisher of upcoming speculative fiction imprint Raven Canticle Press.

Looking for:

Fiction, Horror and Dark Fantasy; Fiction, Prose and Poetry; Fiction, Tabletop Gaming

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Alexis Powell

Editorial Associate at Torrey House Press

Alexis is the Editorial Associate at Torrey House Press. She's passionate about environmental fiction written by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers.

Looking for:

Fiction, including literary fiction, YA, and genre (mystery; thriller/horror; sci-fi/cli-fi; Indigenous futurism; afrofuturism; magical realism; fantasy; historical; romance; and/or nontraditional western, e.g. contemporary, urban, queer, etc.);

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Amy Michelle Carpenter


Amy Michelle Carpenter is the publisher for Monster Ivy Publishing, a publishing house with award-winning, bestselling fiction. The Kiss List was filmed as a movie with Marvista, starring Megan Suri (Never Have I Ever), Parminder Nagra (ER), Emjay Anthony (Bad Moms) and Lachlan Watson (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina). Michelle has a MA in Publishing where she studied under Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author in the Star Wars and Dune universes.

Looking for:

Monster Ivy Publishing publishes "edgy, clean" fiction, YA fiction grappling with tough issues at a PG13 or less rating. Amy Michelle Carpenter is currently on the lookout for gripping fantasy, gut-wrenching psychological thrillers, unusual Christian fiction, horrors with HEAs, and romantic comedies with depth. Send her something like Twilight, Wednesday, The Distance Between Us,

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Ben Miller-Callihan

Agent at Handspun Literary Agency

Ben Miller-Callihan (he/him/his) joined Handspun Literary Agency as an agent in 2019, after working behind the scenes since the agency’s founding in tech support and bookkeeping roles, as well as more than a decade teaching high school English. A graduate of the University of Kentucky (B.A., English), and New York University (M.A., English Education), he lives in San Diego with his human, canine, and kitchen appliance families.

Looking for:

I'm looking for fantasy and speculative fiction (especially decolonial sff), crossover fiction a la William Gibson and Erin Morgenstern, the macabre (for all ages), off-the-beaten-path folklore, Deaf culture and community, and anything food-related. Writers from marginalized communities are especially welcomed.

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C.R. Langille


C.R. Langille spent many a Saturday afternoon watching monster movies with their mother. It wasn't long before they started crafting nightmares to share with their readers. They are a retired, disabled veteran with a deep love for weird and creepy tales. This prompted them to form Timber Ghost Press in January of 2021. They are an affiliate member of the Horror Writer's Association, a member of the League of Utah Writers, and they received their MFA: Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

Looking for:

We are looking for novels, novellas, and collections that fall firmly within the horror genre. Specifically we are looking for weird, cosmic, and unsettling horror. No extreme gore or Splatterpunk. Zombies, vampires, and werewolves are a hard sell, but we're willing to take a look if it has a fresh spin.

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Kyro Dean

Acquiring Editor for Eight Moons Publishing

Kyro Dean is owner and creative director of Eight Moons Publishing and author of the Rogue Royals series. She also co-authors the Fires of Qaf and owns, a writing resource blog. Kyro has presented at conferences across the nation and loves helping authors and readers find their passions. When not writing, Kyro is playing with her delightfully curious children and talking to her plants, despite their often terrible advice.

Looking for:

Adult Fantasy in any of the genres of Romance, Epic, Mysteries, Adventure, Steampunk/Alternate History, Strong Heroines, and Intrigue. Also accepting YA fantasy. No contemporary please, and clean to soft steam for the romances.

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Malaga Baldi

Malaga Baldi Literary Agency

The Baldi Agency is an eclectic agency specializing in literary fiction, memoir and cultural history. Baldi believes the strength of the author's voice and the heart of the story to be key when considering new work. Please review

She worked as a cashier at Gotham Book Mart, in the Ballantine Books Publicity Department, as an associate at Candida Donadio & Associates and the Elaine Markson Agency before going out on her own. Baldi graduated from Hampshire College and lives in NYC. The Baldi Agency is an independent and eclectic agency specializing in literary fiction, memoir and cultural history. Baldi loves reading fiction filled with character and voice. The nonfiction list covers topics ranging from the history of New York City garbage; to Greenland ice shelf melts; Hollywood divas; gay male hustling; nautical sayings; social behavior and cultural attitudes in the Victorian novel; cultural history topics include horror, furries, gay film and culture, men's beards and awkwardness; biography, urban tantric sex practice; dog behavior; foodie culture; gender/queer/trans studies and a host of powerful memoirs.
Baldi is always looking for new work.
Interdisciplinary topics are key.

Looking for:

Commercial/General/literary fiction
Cultural history
Creative/hybrid nonfiction
Gay/lesbian/trans fiction
best to look at

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Rhett Steadman

Editor for Monster Ivy

Rhett is an editor for Monster Ivy and holds an MFA from UNR. Monster Ivy Publishing is a publishing house with award-winning, bestselling fiction. The Kiss List was filmed as a movie with Marvista, starring Megan Suri (Never Have I Ever), Parminder Nagra (ER), Emjay Anthony (Bad Moms) and Lachlan Watson (Chilling Adventures of Sabri). We focus on "edgy, clean" fiction at a PG-13 or less rating.

Looking for:

Monster Ivy Publishing is a publishing house with award-winning, bestselling fiction. The Kiss List was filmed as a movie with Marvista, starring Megan Suri (Never Have I Ever), Parminder Nagra (ER), Emjay Anthony (Bad Moms) and Lachlan Watson (Chilling Adventures of Sabri). We focus on "edgy, clean" fiction at a PG-13 or less rating.
Currently we are looking for young adult fiction in any genre. Fantasy and science fiction are always welcome. We are looking for anything that pushes toward edgy while still remaining clean. Anything beyond a PG-13 rating will not be accepted. A recent favorite book of mine is "A Face Like Glass." A strong female protagonist tackling a whimsical and dangerous world would be very welcome.
We are also focused on psychological thrillers right now. If you have anything that builds tension to the max, we would love to hear about it. Horror is welcome as well. The Netflix series "Lockwood and Co." has reignited my interest. I would love to see some comp titles in this area.

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Ronald Gerber

Literary Agent at Lowenstein Associates

Ronald Gerber joined Lowenstein Associates as an agent 2019, after several years in literary scouting at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates and Maximum Films & Management and supporting two agents at Writers House. Ronald is a proud graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Clark University. His clients include Sonja Thomas, whose debut SIR FIG NEWTON & THE SCIENCE OF PERSISTENCE (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster) is a 2023 Oregon Book Awards finalist, and Lorissa Rinehart, whose biography FIRST TO THE FRONT published from St. Martin’s Press in July, 2023. Follow him on Twitter @RGerberAgent.

Looking for:

Thriller/mystery/crime, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, romance, grounded sc-fi, narrative nonfiction, memoir/biography, and middle grade

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Stacey Kondla

Literary Agent at The Rights Factory

A life-long bibliophile, Stacey’s experience includes working as a Field Representative for Scholastic Book Fairs, managing at Chapters/Indigo stores, freelance editing, and serving on the organizing committee of When Words Collide (A Festival for Readers and Writers). She joined The Rights Factory in 2018 and represents fiction and nonfiction authors across age categories and across genres. Stacey is drawn to strong narrative voices, innovative storytelling, feeling all the feels, laughing all the laughs, and also the dark and the weird.

Looking for:

Fiction – Contemporary, Fantasy (not epic and not colonial), Feminist, Graphic novel, Historical, Horror/Supernatural, Literary, Mainstream/Commercial (incl. magical realism), Middle Grade, Mystery/Crime, Romance (prefer RomCom's but would love a steamy queer Victorian romance), Science fiction, Speculative fiction/myths & fairy tales, Suspense/Thriller, Upmarket commercial/Book club, Women’s fiction, Young Adult (preferably not fantasy)
Nonfiction – History/biography, Narrative nonfiction, Pop culture, Science, Women’s issues

Not Looking for:
Erotica, Self-help, Inspirational, Nonfiction Politics, Trauma Memoirs, Picture Books, Chapter Books

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Willow Dawn Becker

Weird Little Worlds Press

Willow Dawn Becker is an author, marketing director, and award-nominated editor as well as the CEO of Weird Little Worlds Press. She has hundreds of publications about education, marketing, business, and has both fiction and nonfiction publications to her credit. You can find her fiction at Black Fox Literary Magazine, Space & Time Magazine, Irreantum, and the Story Hour Podcast, among others. Her first novel, Leto's Children was released in 2022, and her next novel, Leto's Legacy, will be released in December 2023. She lives in Utah and dreams about a world where summer never ends.

Looking for:

Weird Little Worlds Press is looking for weird, dark fiction, adventure-centric fantasy and science fiction, middle grade, young adult, adult, and nonfiction horror. She is always very open to fiction sprinkled with humor; protagonists of all genders, races, religions, orientations, and backgrounds; and complex characters that are far deeper than they seem. She is particularly interested in nonfiction science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and horror story pitches that are genre and fandom-adjacent or deal with high concept topics that are timely. We are also considering comic book/graphic novel pitches and picture books, and are interested to see both the story outline and first chapter (including art) if you are pitching either of these.

Weird Little Worlds Press is a PG-13 publisher, and we do not publish excessive profanity, idealized human-on-human gun violence, explicit sex, or extreme gore. As such, we don't accept splatterpunk, erotica, romance, grimdark, or purely literary work. We are also not looking to acquire any collections at this time.

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