Ian Bonaparte (Janklow & Nesbit Associates)
Ian began his career in publishing at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, where he worked at the nexus of sales, publicity, and marketing. Having booked tours, pitched and edited essays from authors across Macmillan, and rescued numerous readings from disaster and near-miss, he departed for the agency world, joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2016.
A graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Journalism School, Ian holds a B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University. With his combined experience in the literary agency and publisher trenches, Ian brings a holistic understanding to the total endeavor of publishing, from proposal to indie bookshelf. He is fiercely committed to his authors and deeply grateful to assist in bringing new ideas, outlooks and worlds into existence. He hails from Portland, Oregon.
Ian’s Wish List:
He is actively acquiring in the areas of journalistic reportage, current events, science, big idea, creative memoir, and history, and is especially interested in social justice, radical thought, and moving the Overton window of discourse. He is able to help writers place journalism and op-eds. With an extensive background in editing fiction, he is also seeking a select list of fiction writers, and is interested in seeing any novel that is both moving and plot-driven.
Kerry D’Agostino (Curtis Brown, Ltd.)
Kerry D’Agostino is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Bowdoin College, her masters in Art in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Journalism School. She started at Curtis Brown in 2011 as assistant to Tim Knowlton and Holly Frederick in the Film and Television Department. After some time as a film and audio rights associate, she also began assisting Peter Ginsberg. In addition to her continued work with Peter, Kerry now represents authors of literary and commercial fiction, and select narrative nonfiction. She is particularly interested in work that is voice driven, accessible, and authentic. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to someone, somewhere, or something new, or makes her see something old in a new way. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Kerry’s Wish List:
She is looking for literary and commercial fiction, and select narrative nonfiction. She is particularly interested in work that is voice driven, accessible, and authentic.
Jennifer Grimaldi (Chalberg & Sussman)
Raised on a steady diet of Holly Black & Philip Pullman, Jennifer Grimaldi has always gravitated toward otherworldly, fantastical novels that reflect our own world’s past and present. At St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne, she edited and acquired S. Jae-Jones’ New York Times bestseller Wintersong—a Labyrinth-inspired gothic YA—and worked with numerous bestselling and award-winning authors such as Kate Forsyth. Jennifer’s broad exposure to the domestic and foreign publishing markets as a scout with Barbara Tolley & Associates further shaped her taste for the eclectic. She is now an agent with Chalberg & Sussman, where she first started her publishing career in 2012.
Although the titles on her shelves have changed over the years, the content has not: they are still stuffed with magic and spaceships, fairytales and faraway lands. Across all genres, Jennifer loves strong, voice-driven novels, dark and romantic themes, and books that make her think—and learn. She is particularly excited by books that explore gender and sexuality, especially those with diverse, LGBTA+ leads, and own-voice writers.
Aspects sure to delight her include: cities and urban-planning, anecdotal histories, that trope where there were supposed to be two rooms at the hotel but they’re all booked up so the leads have to share, spies, thieves, mythological retellings, witches just trying to get by, weird obsessions, and puns.
She is looking for historicals, romance, horror, and young adult and adult sci-fi and fantasy.
Amanda Luedeke (Vice President, MacGregor & Luedeke)
Amanda Luedeke (LEE-duh-key) wrote her first book – a picture book entitled A Cat – when she was 5 years old. Though the scintillating masterpiece never made it to bookstore shelves, it solidified her dream to one day work in the book industry.
Amanda was a 2006 graduate of the acclaimed Professional Writing program at Taylor University, and she brings a background in marketing and advertising to her agent role. Over the years, she has kept one foot in the marketing world, working with brands such as Vera Bradley, Peg Perego, Tecomet, Do It Best, Minwax, Pratt & Lambert, HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, and more.
She met Chip McGregor at an author signing in a Barnes and Noble in 2008. After realizing they had a commonality in Taylor University, one thing led to another, and before she knew it, she was helping him with projects, research, and all the little stuff she now assumes he just didn’t feel like doing.
Promoted to the role of agent in 2010 and then vice president in 2018, she released her author marketing book The Extroverted Writer: An Author’s Guide to Marketing and Building a Platform in 2013.
Amanda’s Wish List:
She is currently focusing on nonfiction.
Eric Myers (Myers Literary Management)
Eric Myers founded Myers Literary Management in 2017, following two years with Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret LLC and thirteen with The Spieler Agency. A graduate of UCLA and the Sorbonne, Eric entered publishing as a journalist and author.
He is proud to be a member of both the Authors’ Guild and the Association of Authors’ Representatives. His own books include Screen Deco: A Celebration of High Style in Hollywood, Forties Screen Style: A Celebration of High Pastiche in Hollywood, and Uncle Mame: The Life of Patrick Dennis, all published by St. Martin’s Press.
His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Arts and Leisure sections, Time Out New York, Opera News, Art and Auction, Variety, and Quest.
Among his authors are Chris Grabenstein (Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, The Island of Dr. Libris, the Welcome to Wonderland series), Lydia Kang (Control, Catalyst, A Beautiful Poison, The Impossible Girl), MAD MEN cast member Bryan Batt (She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother, Big Easy Style), David Neilsen (Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom, Beyond the Doors), Sam Staggs (All About “All About Eve”), Simon Gervais (The Thin Black Line, Hunt Them Down), Tracey Goessel (The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks), financial advisor Erin Lowry (Broke Millennial), former Soviet spy Jack Barsky (Deep Undercover), auto mechanic and entrepreneur Patrice Banks (The Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide), and World War II Resistance fighter Justus Rosenberg, whose autobiography will be published by William Morrow in 2020.
Eric’s Wish List:
He is looking for Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction, as well as adult nonfiction, especially in the areas of history, biography, psychology, health and wellness, and pop culture. He also represents thrillers and historical fiction, and is open to memoir from writers who already have a strong platform.
Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the children’s side, Patricia is open to a wide range of genres of YA and MG, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, science fiction and fantasy. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction. She’s also looking for sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents.
Patricia Nelson is a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency representing all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as women’s fiction and romance. Recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, and Simon & Schuster, among others. She holds master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and has previously taught literature and writing at the college level.
She is looking for middle grade fiction (all genres); young adult fiction (all genres); quirky contemporary women’s fiction; adult historical romance with a unique series hook.
Abby Saul (The Lark Group)
Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she’s been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish ebook standards, led company-wide forums to explore new digital possibilities for books, and created and managed numerous digital initiatives.
A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband and son. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.
She is looking for adult fiction only in the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, women’s fiction (upmarket and commercial), historical fiction, and select literary fiction. (No science fiction or fantasy; no Jack Reacher-esque thrillers, ditto talking animals in mysteries. She does like works of fiction that are character-driven and smart.
Dani Segelbaum (New Leaf Literary & Media)
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Dani Segelbaum is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication where she studied journalism and political science. She has been a voracious reader for as long as she can remember. Dani began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers, focusing primarily on highly designed non-fiction titles. She currently works as a literary assistant to Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media. You can find her exploring the streets of New York City or baking her latest delicious culinary creation.
She is looking for character driven, commercial or upmarket fiction; narrative nonfiction; memoir; highly designed nonfiction (example: cookbooks); literary fiction.
Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books
Loan Le is an associate editor at Atria Books. She has worked on a variety of genres including literary fiction, literature in translation, psychological thriller, science fiction, pop culture, and more. A few of her authors include Sarah Langan, Meredith Westgate, and Dylan Marron.
Loan is also a Pushcart Prize-nominated short story writer and author of a forthcoming YA rom-com, which will be published by Simon Pulse in Spring 2021. She has her MFA degree in fiction writing from Fairfield University, where she also earned her bachelor’s in journalism.
Loan is looking for upmarket and literary fiction with elements of magical realism or folklore (The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler, Himself by Jess Kidd); horror (The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper, The Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill), family mystery/drama (The Gathering by Anne Enright, Sisters by Rosamund Lupton, Help for the Haunted by John Searles), and psychological dread (Ill Will by Dan Chaon, Universal Harvesters by John Darnielle). Loan is drawn to stories that have misfit characters, dark and unsettling atmospheres, and a blend of reality and the unreal. She does not like novels featuring trouble-in-paradise marriages, aimless millennials, unnecessary gore, and callous characters with no redeeming qualities.