Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Jimmy Nichols of Phoenix Manifest

Screen Shot 2019-03-15 at 6.34.51 PM.pngJimmy Nichols is the Editor-in-Chief of Phoenix Manifest.

Jimmy was a writer for a long time before he ever became involved with writing professionally, or the publishing industry. Today, Jimmy, along with three coworkers, owns and runs Phoenix Manifest Publishing, LLC.

He is seeking: all kinds of fiction, as long as the project is 40,000 words or more. The only kinds of books he does not seek are erotica, faith-based fiction, and previously self-published works.

“We are a full-service publisher. We started Phoenix Manifest Publishing to use our unique experiences and viewpoints to help bring fresh, new, and exciting stories to readers. [We believe that] stories let us go places and give us perspectives that we otherwise never would have. Stories help us make sense of and understand the world. Stories are how we know the people and events that came before us. Our mission is to bring new, fresh, and exciting stories to readers, to do right by authors, to bring forward marginalized voices who often don’t have a platform, and foster an inclusive, supportive atmosphere. We maintain transparency with our authors and clients.”


Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Laura Crockett of TriadaUS Literary

Screen Shot 2018-11-12 at 11.13.16 PM.pngLiterary agent Laura Crockett of TriadaUS Literary is interested in a variety of YA and adult fiction.

​In YA, she is interested in contemporary realistic fiction (such as study abroad experiences, strong female friendships, falling in love, mental health, diversity, LGBTQ) and fantasy (particularly with excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures’ mythology, and historical fantasy). Some favorite titles include Fangirl, The Lie Tree, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, All the Bright Places, Shadowfell, When We Collided, Anna and the French Kiss, A Shadow Bright and Burning, The Star-Touched Queen, and The Winner’s Curse.

In adult fiction, she is interested in contemporary women’s fiction (heartfelt, juicy moral dilemmas, historical bends with parallel narratives), humorous chick-lit (especially if it’s millennial-driven), and fantasy (excellent world-building, authentic characterization, fantasy inspired by fairytales and other cultures’ mythology, and historical fantasy). Some favorite titles include The Night Circus, Outlander, The Queen of Blood, Daughter of the Forest, The Winter Witch, The Hating Game, and authors like Jodi Picoult, Kate Morton, Gayle Forman, and Sophie Kinsella.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Denise Barone of Barone Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2018-05-24 at 9.39.34 PMDenise Barone is a literary agent and the founder of Barone Literary Agency.

She is seeking: horror, young adult, new adult, erotic romance, women’s fiction, and romance (single title, category, or historical).

She does not want: No picture books, middle grade, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, or nonfiction.

“I opened my literary agency on June 1, 2010. A lawyer licensed to practice in the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I am also a published writer. After writing for many years, I have acquired a knowledge of books, book contracts and the publishing world. I have been a member of RWA since 2000.”

“I do not accept any previously published materials.”

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Brandi Bowles of United Talent Agency

Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 2.56.19 PM.pngBrandi Bowles is a literary agent with United Talent Agency.

A 14-year veteran in book publishing, Brandi’s lifelong passion for the written word, a great sense of humor, and the art of engaging storytelling have led her to cultivate a standout client list and an uncommon approach to book representation. She is often the invisible hand helping her clients develop marketable book ideas that take their careers into new directions and heights.

She is seeking: Brandi’s client list reflects her multifaceted passions. On the nonfiction side, she has represented memoirs, cookbooks, and prescriptive books of all kinds, as well as science, humor, pop culture, and real-life inspirational stories. For fiction, she represents high-concept novels that feature strong female bonds, and psychological or scientific themes. All of her books have in common surprising plots or fresh takes on otherwise familiar subjects.

Brandi’s titles include Rabbit: A Memoir by comedian Ms. Pat (Dey Street, 2017), Between Two Worlds by celebrity medium Tyler Henry (Gallery Books, 2016), Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger (Weinstein Books, 2017), The Big Life by Ann Shoket, former EIC of Seventeen (Rodale, 2017), Shut Up and Run by Robin Arzon (a New York Times bestseller), and Hugo and Rose by novelist and screenwriter Bridget Foley (St. Martin’s Press).

Brandi understands that publishing is a lifelong dream for many of her authors, as well as a service to their readers and fans; her role is to serve as an entry point and tireless advocate for a rich and rewarding publishing experience.

Originally from Louisville, KY, Brandi now lives with her husband and two young children in Brooklyn, NY.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency

Screen shot 2014-09-25 at 10.27.15 PMLiterary agent Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Last year she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words. She has more than 25 years public relations and marketing experience and has also worked in marketing for several Nashville non-profit organizations including the TN Assoc. for the Education of Young Children, the Nashville Area Red Cross and the YWCA. She is married and has two children.

Her primary areas of interest include: Christian and inspirational fiction and nonfiction, women’s fiction (contemporary and historical), new adult, Southern fiction, literary fiction, and young adult novels.