The following agents have agreed to share their considerable expertise at the Writer’s Digest Conference West ever-popular Pitch Slam. Be sure to consult their short bios, included here, to determine which of these agents might be likely prospects for your own work—and well worth adding to your Pitch Slam wish list.

Jennifer Azantian
Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Jennifer Azantian is interested in acquiring young adult science fiction and fantasy projects only. Her personal tastes run toward all flavors of the fantastic.

Annie Bomke
Annie Bomke Literary Agency
Annie represents a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, including mainstream and literary fiction, historical fiction, multi-cultural fiction, thrillers, YA, self-help, business, health/diet, cookbooks, memoir, current events, psychology, narrative nonfiction, and humor. She does not represent sci-fi, romance, paranormal, fantasy, mid-grade, or children's picture books.

Jamie Weiss Chilton
Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jamie specializes in teen novels and picture books. For teens, she is interested in literary/commercial fiction and has a particular interest in contemporary stories with real-world settings; smart thrillers and mysteries; science fiction and futuristic fiction; surreal stories; and magical realism. She is looking for a YA writer who is reinventing and re-envisioning the genre, the way Francesca Lia Block did with her WEETZIE BAT series. In picture books, Jamie gravitates towards character-driven projects that put a new twist on tried-and-true themes.

Steven Hutson
WordWise Media Services
Steven represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children. (Please no poetry, erotica, picture books, or chainsaw murders.) He directs a writers’ conference, writes a blog about politics and religion, and serves on the Board of Trustees for his local public library.

Mary Kole
Movable Type Management
Mary came to children's literature from a writer's perspective and started reading at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency to see what it was like "on the other side of the desk." She quickly found her passion here and, after a year of working behind the scenes, officially joined the agency in August, 2009. In her quest to learn all sides of publishing, she has also worked in the children's editorial department at Chronicle Books and earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco. Mary's passion is editorial work. With all of her clients, she uses her well-honed editorial eye to develop each project to its full potential. Mary recently joined Movable Type Management to oversee young adult, middle grade, and picture book properties. She especially enjoys traveling to conferences to meet writers and actively build her list. Her book, WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers comes out in October 2012 from Writer's Digest Books. Her blog is, named one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest Magazine for three years running, and she lives in Brooklyn.

Thao Le
Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Thao specializes in Adult and Young Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy and their sub-genres (paranormal, dystopian, steampunk, superhero, time-travel, and fairytale to name a few). She's particularly drawn to quirky characters, smart-mouthed dialogue, and strong plots that can balance romance and action.

Paul S. Levine
Paul S. Levine Literary
Paul represents all types of adult, young adult, and children’s fiction and non-fiction, except science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He is also an entertainment lawyer, and is based in Venice.


Jill Marsal
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Jill Marsal has been in the publishing industry 15+ years. On the fiction front, Jill looks for all types of romance (contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, historical, and category), women's fiction, family and generational stories, “book club” stories, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. She is also looking for general commercial fiction and welcomes a dramatic storyline and compelling characters in interesting situations or relationships. On the nonfiction side, Jill's areas of interest include business, current events, health, self-help, advice, how-to, relationships, psychology, parenting, pets/animals, and narrative nonfiction.


Dana Newman
Dana Newman Literary, LLC
Dana is interested in both practical and narrative nonfiction books in the areas of memoir, business, parenting, current affairs, lifestyle/wellness (health, mind body spirit, fitness), and popular culture by authors with a substantial platform. On the fiction side, she looks for character-driven stories of interest to women that are both literary and commercial.

Angela Rinaldi
Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
Angela is passionate about fiction, both commercial and literary, and looks for engaging characters, a strong plot, good storytelling and lovely writing with a distinct voice. She loves commercial novels with literary sensibilities. She is actively looking for upmarket contemporary fiction, mainstream women’s fiction, multicultural fiction, as well as mysteries, suspense, literary historical thrillers, gothic suspense, and women’s book club fiction – novels where the story leads to discussion. She is also looking for young adult fiction and would like to find the next young adult crossover novel. Concerning nonfiction: Submissions from nonfiction authors with an original idea who have a national platform will always get attention, as will authors who have big ideas and can spot trends; authors who can explain the way we live, take the mystery out of everyday occurrences or have life transforming messages; authors who have brands and strong media contacts. Angela is very interested in narrative no-fiction, memoir, women’s issues/studies, current issues, biography, love/relationships, psychology, health/medical/wellness, business, parenting, cookbooks/food narratives/lifestyle/wine, personal finance and books written by established journalists, academics, doctors and therapists. (Angela is not the best agent to represent humor, CIA espionage, drug thrillers, techno thrillers, category romances, science fiction, fantasy, horror/occult/paranormal, poetry, film scripts, magazine articles or religion.)

Jennifer Rofe
Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer handles children's fiction projects ranging from picture books to young adult. Middle grade is Jennifer's soft spot and she's open to all genres in this category, especially the tender or hilarious. She is always looking for fresh and distinct voices; stories that simultaneously tug at her heartstrings and make her laugh out loud; and "adorkable" heroes. As for YA, Jennifer is drawn to contemporary works; dramatic or funny romance; and urban fantasy/light sci-fi. She's especially interested in mind-blowingly smart projects that are layered, complex, and unexpected, and she appreciates big, developed worlds. In terms of picture books, early readers, and chapter books, she is interested in character-driven projects and smart, exceptional writing.

Katharine Sands
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency) is actively building her client list. She likes books that have a clear benefit for readers' lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

Sara Sciuto
Full Circle Literary
Sara is actively building her list with a focus on middle grade and young adult; in particular, dystopian, science fiction, fantasy, gothic/thriller/horror, historical, unique paranormal, and contemporary (but no chick-lit, please). Sara is also looking for standout picture books, especially those with a quirky or humorous narrative. She’s also considering select nonfiction in the areas of craft, design, how-to, lifestyle, and pop culture. Currently, she is NOT considering any adult fiction (all genres).

Jeff Silberman
The Literary Group
Jeff Silberman has a broad range of clients and interests and loves to work in the realms of narrative nonfiction, practical nonfiction,  science, medicine,  history, current affairs, psychology, education, business, diet / health / nutrition / wellness / lifestyle, cookbooks, memoirs, pop culture, humor, literary fiction, commercial fiction, and historical fiction.

Babette Sparr
The Sparr Literary Agency
Babette Sparr represents fiction and nonfiction titles. In fiction she is especially drawn to literary fiction, upmarket women's fiction, anything that has to do with the immigrant experience, cross-cultural and diaspora literature. But she'll enjoy a well-written thriller as well. In nonfiction she is looking for: science, political science, history, and current affairs.

Sally van Haitsma
van Haitsma Literary
Sally specializes in commercial and literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, pop culture, education, business and current affairs.

Deborah Warren
East West Literary Agency, LLC
Deborah specializes in representing author/illustrators of picture books including NYT-bestselling Anna Dewdney, Gianna Marino, and Antoinette Portis. In addition, she represents a full roster of children’s fiction authors and illustrators—both debut and established--in the board book, concept, illustration, multicultural, middle-grade and young adult markets. In all categories, she’s looking to fall in love with character-driven stories, enhanced by a hook, told in a unique, fresh or distinctive way. Her sweet spot: short, quirky picture books and smartly layered, accessible and compelling MG and YA fiction.

Andrew Zack
The Zack Company, Inc.
Andrew specializes in serious nonfiction, especially military history, science and medicine, and health and fitness. On the fiction side, he seeks thrillers, mysteries, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, and romance.