September 2020 Agent Pitch Event, Participating Agents

** Note: Each agent below has confirmed their participation; nonetheless, this list may change.

Amy Stapp | Wolfson Literary Agency
Amy StappAmy Stapp received her BA from Samford University and MA from Georgia State University before beginning her publishing career at Macmillan, where she was an editor for seven years and had the privilege of working with numerous New York Times bestselling authors. Amy joined Wolfson Literary in late 2018 and is actively building her list, with interest in women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, upmarket book club fiction, historical fiction, young adult, and select nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to a high concept hook, well-paced prose, immersive settings, and smart, multidimensional characters. As an editorial agent, she enjoys working hand-in-hand with authors to take their work to the next level. Find her online at


Amy Tannenbaum | Jane Rotrosen Agency
Amy TannenbaumAmy Tannenbaum is a passionate author advocate with over 15 years of book industry experience. Amy represents clients who write across a variety of genres including women’s fiction, contemporary romance, thriller and psychological suspense. She is particularly interested in those categories, as well as fiction that falls into the sweet spot between literary and commercial, and works by diverse voices.

After graduating from Wesleyan University, Amy worked at Harlequin then Simon & Schuster where she edited a diverse list of bestselling fiction and nonfiction projects. Given Amy’s background, she is able to provide valuable insight into both sides of the business, as well as editorial support to her clients.

While Amy represents many bestselling and prolific authors, she prides herself on her ability to find talented debut authors and help them launch successful careers. She also selectively takes on established self-published authors and enjoys adding value to the creation, release, and promotion of their works.


Analieze Cervantes | Harvey Klinger Inc.
Analieze CervantesAnalieze is a graduate from Cal State San Bernardino where she studied English: Creative Writing along with a minor in Screenwriting. She has also worked as an Editorial Freelancer for Independent Authors. She started her career as an intern at a New York Literary Agency and was mentored by Saritza Hernandez. She then joined the Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in 2020. Analieze is currently building her own list and is looking for stories in YA and Adult Fiction. She specializes in Sci-Fi, Romance, Thriller, Suspense, and Mystery. Analieze is especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices in the mentioned categories. She currently resides in Southern California with her five dogs.


Ann Leslie Tuttle | Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Ann Leslie TuttleAnn Leslie Tuttle joined DG&B in 2017 after working for 20 years at Harlequin Books where she worked on an extensive and varied list of bestselling and award-winning titles in romance and women’s fiction. She received her B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. Helping to grow the careers of established and debut writers has always been Ann Leslie’s passion. Ann Leslie is especially seeking nonfiction (primarily narrative nonfiction), women’s fiction (e.g. relationships, family sagas, historical fiction and psychological thrillers), romance (e.g. romantic comedies, medical romance and contemporaries) and Southern Gothics on the adult side as well as Middle Grade fiction. Ann Leslie lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter, who is just discovering the magic of books and writing.


Barbara Rosenberg | Rosenberg Lit

Barbara RosenbergBarbara Collins Rosenberg represents college textbook authors with their higher education projects and commercial nonfiction books. Barbara has a unique specialty in negotiating textbook contracts, a complex document that remains in place for many editions. The only fiction Barbara represents is romance and women’s; she is a member of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives).

Barbara’s authors include Bruce Ballenger; Bob Burns; Robert Camuto; Beth Carpenter; Rita Ciresi; Catherine Mann; the Estate of Donald M. Murray; Joanne Rock; Bill Poehler; and Michael Taylor. Her authors have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list; have won the Pulitzer Prize; the James Beard Cookbook Award; and numerous scholarly grants.

Presently Barbara is looking for romance and women’s fiction, and nonfiction by authors with a strong media platform.

Barbara accepts queries at [email protected], her website is found at, and you can follow her on Twitter @RosenbergLit.


Elaine Spencer | The Knight Agency
Elaine SpencerElaine Spencer joined The Knight Agency in 2005, after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in economics and literature. Originally serving as the agency’s submissions coordinator, Elaine then moved on to head the foreign rights department, before beginning to actively build her own individual client list.

Over the last decade Elaine has placed over 500 titles in a wide variety of sub-genres across the market. Elaine continues to keep a focused author list as she believes it is important to work closely with her clients through each step of the publishing process. She relishes seeing her clients’ talents grow alongside their careers, and one of her favorite parts of the job continues to be educating authors about the market and business at large. Elaine lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, daughter, and four-legged sons. Elaine is a member of RWA and the WFWA and is also an AAR recognized agent.

She is interested in a wide-variety of categories including but not limited to women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, contemporary fiction, and a multitude of nonfiction topics which align with her personal interests.


Gina Panettieri | Talcott Notch Literary Services
Gina PanettierriBeing an agent is really all I can imagine doing. Books, and the amazing people who write them, have been the focus of my life for more than two decades. I remember packing to move my house and needing a separate small truck just for all the books, and I had given away countless volumes to the libraries for fundraisers already! But so many of them were treasured friends I couldn't bear to part with, no matter the effort required to maintain the relationship.

And this specific role I play, being given the chance to find and nurture new books, to work with some of the most creative and talented writers, scientists and psychologists, cooks and criminologists, experts from every field of study, makes what I do feel so different from work that my inbox feels like Santa's magical Christmas bag. It's always full, always overflowing, but brimming with the potential of something spectacular. All I've got to do is pull the little ribbon...

Perhaps that's why I have such trouble limiting myself to just a few genres. I find it all fascinating! History, business, self-help, science, gardening, cookbooks, crafts, parenting, memoir, true crime and travel. Teach me something new, something I couldn't find somewhere else, something based on original research and that's the hook I'm looking for. With fiction, I love quirky, edgy characters. Send me women's fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, science fiction, historical, mystery, thrillers and suspense.

Those rare moments I'm not reading or editing or talking about reading or editing or arguing about contracts, sleeping on the train, or tweeting about industry news, I adore classic films and old-time radio shows.


Jennifer Herrington | Harvey Klinger Inc.

Jennifer started her career on the editorial side of publishing with Kensington Books Publishing’s Lyrical Press imprint and an internship with Entangled Publishing. She’s also worked as a freelance editor for independent authors. After an internship at a New York agency, she joined the Harvey Klinger Literary Agency in 2020. Jennifer graduated with a diploma in Radio & Television Broadcasting and recently completed her Publishing Certificate with a designation in children's literature at Ryerson University. Jennifer is currently building her list and is interested in representing middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. She’s especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices in the mentioned categories. Jennifer lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, three sons, and two dogs.


Joanna MacKenzie | Nelson Literary Agency
Joanna MacKenzieJoanna MacKenzie is an agent with Nelson Literary Agency where she represents authors writing in the areas of mystery, thriller, commercial women’s fiction, and contemporary romance, as well as select projects for kids. She loves creepy islands, mysteries set in close-knit communities (if those communities happen to be in the Midwest, all the better), and fierce female heroines. Joanna is looking for smart and timely women’s fiction where the personal intersects with the world at large; narratives about reinvention or the second and third acts of women’s lives; stories about the immigrant experience; and anything dealing with the relationships that make us who we are. Some of her upcoming releases include Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West (Berkley); You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer (Morrow); and Scammed by Kristen Simmons (Tor).


Kimberly Brower | Brower Literary
Kimberly BrowerKimberly fell in love with reading when she picked up her first Babysitter’s Club book at the age of seven (Super Special editions were her favorites) and hasn’t been able to get her nose out of a book since. She holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge and received her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. After spending a decade in the business world, it was kismet that she found herself in publishing. She takes great pride in her client list, from the debut authors to #1 NYT bestsellers, and likes to consider them all her favorite authors. She previously worked for over two years at a boutique literary agency before starting her own. After spending 14 years in California, she is thrilled to be back on the east coast.


Laura Bradford | Bradford Literary Agency
Laura BradfordLaura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. Her recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Sourcebooks, Disney-Hyperion, and many others. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following categories: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, category, contemporary, erotic), speculative fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, young adult, upper middle grade, illustration as well as some select non-fiction.

She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and she is an RWA-recognized agent.

Twitter: bradfordlit


Laura Crockett | TriadaUS Literary Agency
Laura CrockettLaura Crockett is an Associate Literary Agent at TriadaUS Literary Agency. She received her MA in Publishing from Rosemont College, and is the agent for clients such as Jared Reck (A Short History of the Girl Next Door), Clarissa Harwood (Impossible Saints), Tasha Suri (Empire of Sand), and Nina Moreno (Don't Date Rosa Santos). In women's fiction, she is seeking a variety of contemporary projects that would appeal to fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Sophie Kinsella, historical projects similar to Kate Morton, Patricia Bracewell, and Beatriz Williams, and fantasy projects that appeal to readers of Juliet Marillier, Naomi Novik, and SA Chakraborty.


Lori Galvin | Aevitas Creative


Melanie Castillo | Root Literary
Melanie CastilloMelanie Castillo is an associate agent at Root Literary. After graduating with an MS in writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked as an editorial project manager at Quarto and then as a freelance editor for several years before joining Root Literary in 2018. What she loves most about the job is the balance of the creative with the entrepreneurial. Melanie began building her list in 2019 and is actively looking for fiction and narrative nonfiction. She’s especially excited to find high-concept commercial and literary leaning general fiction—from contemporary and realistic to historical and fantasy and everything in between. When it comes to fantasy, she tends to gravitate toward worlds that feel grounded in our own reality. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multi-cultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of family relationships and identity. You can find her on Twitter at @wellmelsbells.


Rosie Jonker | Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency


Sonali Chanchani | Folio Literary Management
Sonali ChanchaniSonali Chanchani is an associate agent at Folio Literary Management, where she represents character-driven literary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, and narrative nonfiction. In fiction, she’s particularly interested in smart, funny novels about identity and coming of age; braided narratives of friendship and family; nuanced psychological suspense; and elevated crime fiction. Across the board, she loves books that center female voices and blend emotional depth with sharp, witty insights. Sonali earned her degree in English and Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California and began her career in publishing at Kaya Press. A fierce advocate of authors from marginalized communities, she’s keen to represent a diversity of voices.