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AGENT ONE-ON-ONE MEETING
No Additional Cost/Limited Availability
Included with your Regular 2-Day Conference Registration
Take advantage of this opportunity to secure one individual session with a literary agent, based on availability. These are optional sessions, which must be scheduled in advance unless otherwise announced.
These appointments are not transferable to others and no one can have more than one agent meeting/consultation. Appointment slots are limited.
When you register for the conference you will be able to select your first and second choices for agents. Your second agent choice indicates who you would like to see if your first choice is not available. It is not a second meeting. Be sure to review the agent choices below and make your selections prior to beginning the registration process.
By early September, we will send you further information about your scheduled appointment(s). Please do not contact us with questions about scheduling until after that time.
These individual meetings are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis and may fill up. Early registration is recommended to ensure you can take advantage of these opportunities.
We will provide further instruction closer to the conference date, including how to access your online literary agent session.
On Selecting an Agent
How to make the best use of your appointment
We are pleased to offer a diverse selection of agents who represent a wide range of genres. However, please note, not all genres are available. When reviewing which agents you would like to select as your first and second choices on your conference registration form, review each bio carefully to make sure you are selecting agents who represent the type of work you write. It’s a waste of your time and theirs (not to mention taking an appointment that might be a good match for someone else) if you pitch an agent on your inspirational memoir when the agent primarily represents young adult science fiction and fantasy. Choose carefully to maximize the benefit to everyone.
If you choose to take advantage of the Agent One-on-One option, be sure to check out Agent Katharine Sand’s Friday Pre-Conference Master Class, “Master-Pitch Theatre.” This offering was added on Friday for those who would like to do more preparation before their Agent One-on-One Meeting. This Master Class also has limited space, so sign up as early as you can to secure your spot!
Here is our list of agents who will have one-on-one appointments available this year.
After a brief career in the fashion industry, Lauren Bieker made her move to publishing as an intern for agent Paige Wheeler. She moved to FinePrint to assist with day-to-day administrative tasks, but is now developing her client list and is open to queries. Lauren is looking for commercial and upmarket women’s fiction and some well-crafted and differentiated YA novels. She is also open to select science fiction, as well as high concept and literary fiction works. While primarily interested in fiction, she will consider nonfiction proposals. She is looking for #ownvoices stories, Feminist lit/#MeToo stories, and LGBTQIA+ authors in both fiction and nonfiction. Her goals is to “hold the mic” for authors to tell their stories and be a helpful support system.
Michael Carr is a literary agent with a background in editing and writing, working from a home base in San Francisco. He represents writers in a variety of genres, with a special emphasis on historical fiction, mystery and suspense, and science fiction and fantasy. Michael works carefully with clients to produce the cleanest, most professional manuscripts and enjoys teaching at workshops and conferences to help develop emerging writers. He speaks Spanish and conversational French and before joining Veritas had professions as diverse as programming simulators for nuclear submarines and owning an inn in Vermont.
April Eberhardt is looking for commercial and upmarket fiction, especially by, for and about women, with a quick pace, an unusual premise or twist, and a bit of an edge. Think Cape May by Chip Cheek, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank, or anything by Antonya Nelson. Non-fiction proposals on women’s topics are also welcome.
April is a self-described “literary change agent” and author advocate passionate about helping authors be published in the most satisfying way. She represents a diverse group of clients in the U.S. and abroad, and speaks at conferences worldwide. April serves on the Advisory Council for The American Library in Paris, and is a reader for The Best American Short Stories series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. April divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris.
Over the course of her twenty-five year career as an acquiring editor at Simon & Schuster and the Editor in Chief of Plume, Cherise Fisher has edited and published several bestselling and award-winning authors. As an agent, she is interested in working with novelists committed to perfecting their craft as storytellers and non-fiction writers who are experts on a variety of topics such as personal development, health and sexuality, racial identity, spirituality, and pop culture.
Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of notable authors, who publish a diverse array of books including fiction, memoir and non-fiction. Katharine prefers 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, femoir, and himoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed. In addition, Katharine is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents.
Eric Smith is an author and literary agent from Philadelphia with a love for young adult books, literary fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction. An agent with P.S. Literary, he’s worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling books. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books and the publishing industry regularly appear on Book Riot, Paste Magazine, and Publishing Crawl. His latest novel in his author life, Don’t Read the Comments, published with Inkyard Press in January 2020.
Saba Sulaiman holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. She joined Talcott Notch after working at Sourcebooks, where she worked primarily on their romance line. She’s looking primarily for Picture Books, Middle Grade Fiction and Young Adult, and is particularly (although not exclusively) interested in contemporary realistic stories. She’s also open to romance, literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, tightly plotted, character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries ala Agatha Christie, and memoir.