Get to Know a Literary Agent in Attendance: Abby Saul of Lark Words

Screen Shot 2018-06-10 at 1.39.53 PMWith over 10 years of publishing experience, literary agent Abby Saul is an editorial expert with a passion for fantastic reads.

She is seeking: great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. This includes general fiction, mystery, suspense/thriller, literary fiction, women’s fiction, and historical fiction.

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. 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.

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Get to Know an Agent Assistant in Attendance: Brittany Smith of Metamorphosis Literary Agency

screen shot 2019-01-30 at 8.41.37 pmBrittany Smith is an agent assistant with Metamorphosis Literary Agency. At the 2019 Kentucky workshop, she is taking pitches on behalf of all her co-agents at the agency. She is happy to hear pitches for the following batches of categories and genres:

  • For Stephanie Hansen: Romantic comedies (YA & Adult), and all YA with unexpected antagonists. She is intrigued by prose that flows as smoothly as poetry, unforgettable plot twists & well-rounded characters.
  • For Amy Brewer: Romances of all kinds, if your plot revolves around love or angst or both, send it to her. She is also looking for general fiction, LGBTQ+, women’s fiction, book club reads, and quirky humor.
  • For Patty Carothers: Anything YA, with an innate fondness for contemporary stories whose characters she’d want to claim as her BFF’s. She’s also looking for paranormal (romance or not) and horror.
  • For Jana Hanson: romance (any pairing, any subgenre), young adult, middle grade, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, women’s fiction, suspense, and thrillers.
  • For Leanne Tavares: Romance in all age groups and genres sits high on her list, followed closely by women’s fiction and contemporary stories in both Adult and Young Adult. Sports stories of any kind are welcomed and encouraged. Extra credit to stories based near Boston, MA and/or feature a diverse cast. Leanne is not a great fit for thrillers/mysteries or historical fiction at this time.
  • For Nicole Bezanson: #ownvoices, contemporary fiction in ages 16+, and YA in all forms and genres, particularly with romance or mystery subplots. Manuscripts featuring animal appearances are always appreciated, cats and horses in particular, as are stories taking place in Canada. Nicole is not a great fit for historical fiction, non-fiction, or memoirs at this time, and requests to only be forwarded fantasy novels focusing on mythical creatures – mermaids, unicorns, sirens, and the like.

For as long as she can remember, Brittany has had a book in hand and story ideas whirling in her mind. A voracious reader and lover of ice cream, she often dreams of owning a personal library to rival Belle’s. A former mental health counselor, Brittany is currently working on a nonfiction book and preparing to launch her blog Real Life Real Well. “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Alyssa Roat of CYLE Literary Elite

Screen Shot 2018-11-30 at 8.14.05 PM.pngAlyssa Roat is a literary agent with CYLE Literary Elite.

She is seeking:

  • any kind of young adult (but especially fantasy and speculative)
  • middle grade fiction (any kind)
  • fantasy
  • women’s fiction
  • contemporary fiction
  • unique historical fiction
  • children’s picture books (nonfiction or STEM elements are great)
  • some nonfiction (large platform only)
  • occasional Christian titles
  • a rare thriller/mystery/suspense

She does not want to receive Western, horror, or erotica.

“I’m especially interested in anything with these elements: Southwestern settings; non-western contemporary, fantasy, and historical settings; Amish fiction; lesser-known mythologies and mythological creatures; humor.”

Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, Alyssa’s love of words blossomed while she spent her days hiding from the scorching desert sun in dim rooms with thick books. She emerged from her dark, bookish cave to attend college, where her articles were featured in several publications. Now, she is often found writing and editing in the much cooler sunlight of the Midwest.