Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Michael Carr of Veritas Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-18 at 3.49.10 PM.pngMichael Carr is a literary agent with Veritas Literary.

With a strong background in editing and writing, Michael carefully edits clients’ projects to produce the cleanest, most professional manuscripts and enjoys teaching at workshops and conferences to help develop emerging writers. Michael 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.

Michael is seeking: historical fiction, women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction of all stripes.

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Emma Sector of Prospect Agency

Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 1.04.33 PM.pngEmma Sector is a literary agent with Prospect Agency.

She is seeking: “I’m open to middle-grade and YA of all types, but I’m especially drawn to fantasy adventure, magical realism, and historical fiction. I love picture books with big ideas and few words and chapter books with quirky, vibrant characters.”

“Reading has always been a certain kind of magic for me. As a kid, I was sure I could make things move with my mind like Matilda and I waited patiently for my Hogwarts letter to arrive when I turned eleven. As an adult, I’ve shifted my magical studies a bit. Now I help these wonderful things we call books come into the world, and it’s almost as amazing as moving things with my mind. I majored in English at the University of Vermont and moved to New York City just a week after I graduated for my first job in publishing, an internship in Hachette’s advertising and promotions department. When the summer was over, I knew I had found my people. I worked for Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division for the next six years, first in marketing and later in editorial. Then I moved west to California in 2017 where I was a freelance editor while working as a publicist for an independent bookstore. Now, as a children’s book agent with Prospect, I use all my past publishing experiences to help new authors and illustrators develop their work and find their editorial match.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Andy Ross of Andy Ross Agency

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 10.55.19 PM.pngAndy Ross is the founding literary agent of Andy Ross Agency.

He represents a wide range of subjects, including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, current affairs, contemporary culture, religion, children’s books and  commercial and literary fiction.

He is eager to work with projects in most genres as long as the subject or its treatment is smart, original, and will appeal to a wide readership. In narrative nonfiction, he looks for writing with a strong voice and robust narrative arc. Andy likes books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject.

For literary, commercial, and children’s fiction, Andy has only one requirement–a simple one–that the writing reveal the terrain of that vast and unexplored country, the human heart.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lisa Abellera of Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 3.34.40 PM.pngLisa Abellera is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron and Associates.

At the 2018 workshop, Lisa is taking pitches from attendees and also teaching a class on using social media.

She is seeking to represent: upmarket fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, speculative or medical science thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, new adult, young adult, and middle grade. She is actively building her client list with both debut and established authors. She is looking to form long-term, collaborative relationships with writers who are committed to putting forth their best work.

Lisa does not represent nonfiction, picture books, chapter books or screenplays.

She joined KCLA in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She has studied creative writing, design and business, earning her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco.

Lisa had a successful career in the corporate world before joining the world of publishing. After editorial internships with an independent press and Kimberley Cameron & Associates, she now follows her true passion for books and writing. She leverages her business and marketing expertise to help authors navigate the complexities of publishing. She is excited to develop talented authors and help advance their careers.

Lisa responds to well-crafted prose with strong hooks and high personal stakes, to idiosyncratic, sympathetic characters, to a tangible sense of place, to multicultural aspects and international settings, to page-turning twists, and to emotionally immersive fiction that explores the human condition, especially within family and close relationships.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jennie Kendrick of Red Fox Literary

Screen Shot 2018-05-14 at 1.17.16 PMJennie Kendrick is a literary agent with Red Fox Literary.

Jennie is looking for well-researched, character-driven young adult and middle fiction, particularly Own Voices works. She is particularly fond of historical fiction, paranormal fiction, classic 90s teen horror, and magical realism, but will gladly accept submissions from all YA/MG genres.

Jennie is a former criminal defense attorney, history major, and continues to be a lifelong reader. She began writing for Forever Young Adult, a popular review site for YA fans who are “a little less Y and a little more A” in 2013, and became an editor in early 2014. Her work with Forever Young Adult has included a review partnership with Kirkus books, travel to Book Expo of America, YALLFest and YALLWest, social media management, a podcast, and close work with many publicists and YA authors. She was a judge for the 2017 Elephant Rock Books Helen Sheehan YA publishing competition, is a part-time bookseller at The Booksmith in San Francisco, and leads the San Francisco chapter of the international Forever Young Adult book club. Her writing has appeared in Birth.Movies.Death., and Shipwreck, a humorous San Francisco literary competition.

Jennie’s passions and expertise include history, the legal system, art, rock music, travel, turquoise sparkly things, spreadsheets, teen TV and movies, cooking, and fancy cocktails. She loves well-researched, diverse, character-driven fiction of any kind. She regrets that Seth Cohen from The O.C. isn’t a real person (because he would totally be her boyfriend), that so far, she can’t time-travel to see U2 perform in the 80s, and that she does not have a bigger closet.

 

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jennifer March Soloway

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 7.24.15 PM.pngJennifer March Soloway is a literary agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

She enjoys all genres and categories of children’s books, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures — but her sweet spot is young adult.

Jennifer is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries, full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative.

Prior to joining ABLA, Jennifer worked in marketing and public relations in a variety of industries, including financial services, health care, and toys. She has an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, and was a fellow at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto in 2012. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two sons, and an English bulldog.