Agents and Editors
Sandy Harding joined Spencerhill Associates in late 2015. Before that, she worked for fifteen years at Penguin Random House and Penguin Group, USA, most recently as a Senior Editor at NAL. She edited mystery, crime fiction, and women’s fiction.
As an editor, she was fortunate enough to work with New York Times bestselling authors including T. Jefferson Parker and Victoria Laurie, and critically acclaimed authors such as Elaine Viets and Marcus Sakey.
She loves discovering new voices in unexpected places. She is currently looking for mysteries of all sorts−mainstream, historical, paranormal, cozies, psychological suspense, historical fiction, book club fiction, and romantic suspense.
Sandy has a weakness for complicated protagonists, stories told from multiple POVs and intriguing settings/worlds, but mostly she seeks a book with a voice so riveting and a plot so compelling you simply cannot stop reading.
She is not looking for westerns, horror, poetry, middle grade, picture books, screenplays, or non-fiction.
Alec majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man.
Realizing he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency.
He is now aggressively building his own list and is always looking for great mysteries and thrillers, as well as horror, historical fiction, and YA/middle grade books geared toward boys. His preferred genres are mystery, thriller, horror, literary fiction, historical fiction, dark fiction, and noir.
On the non-fiction side, Alec would love to see humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, ‘guy’ reads, and all things sports.
He is not looking for romance (paranormal or otherwise), women’s fiction, picture books, terrorists, high fantasy, space opera, science fiction, self-help, poetry, or religious fiction.
Janklow & Nesbit
A native of Los Angeles, Kirby is a graduate of Pomona College and UC Hastings College of the Law.
Kirby moved to New York in 2004 and worked for Charlotte Sheedy Literary, at that time an affiliate of Sterling Lord Literary. He then moved to Vigliano Associates, where began representing his own projects. In 2008, he joined Endeavor, which in 2009 merged with William Morris. He stayed at WME for five years before joining Janklow & Nesbit.
He is currently a board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Kirby represents both literary and commercial authors. In literary fiction, he’s drawn to rich sweeping stories that encompass a time or place, or tightly-written narrative stories that bridge genres. His commercial interests include thrillers, horror, speculative, and science fiction, young adult and middle grade.
For non-fiction, he represents leaders and journalists in the areas of science, culture, and current affairs. He’s also known for representing pop culture−in particular music and comedy.
The Axelrod Agency
Steven has been an agent for over thirty years, and president of his own agency for more than twenty-five. Prior to agenting, he was an editor at The Literary Guild, managing editor at Harcourt Brace, and a reader for a number of paperback houses.
He represents 2-time Edgar Award winner (and our Guest Author) S. J. Rozan, along with many other bestselling authors, as well as self-published authors including Amanda Hocking.
He represents fiction, erotica, mystery, thrillers, romance, and women’s fiction. He is looking for mystery, thrillers, suspense, romance, fantasy (only paranormal), women’s fiction, and YA. Steven is not looking for screenplays, high fantasy, and picture books.
Editor, Mulholland Books
Emily Giglierano is an editor at Mulholland Books, where she’s on the lookout for crime and suspense fiction with a strong sense of place, and nontraditional mysteries by and about women and people of color. Prior to Mulholland, she worked at Vintage and Anchor Books, including the Black Lizard/Vintage Crime backlist, and at Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. A member of Sisters in Crime and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Emily lives in Queens, NY. Follow her on Twitter at @emilygigs or at http://mulhollandbooks.com
Editor, Poisoned Pen Press
Annette Rogers became addicted to reading during dark childhood winters in Juneau, Alaska, when she read the city library from one side to the other. She has published a bestselling international book on Egypt; written for O, the Oprah Magazine; served as managing editor of Utah Holiday Magazine; and reported for Time/Life.
Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher founded in 1997, based in Scottsdale, and is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world.
Associate Publisher, Soho Press
Juliet Grames’ main focus is looking for international and/or multicultural crime fiction. She believes a book should take the reader away to a vividly realized atmospheric or cultural setting. She acquires crime fiction of any microgenre – mystery, thriller, historical, noir, cozy, antihero, humorous, espionage – you name it. She encourages interested writers to look through their backlist (complete list is on the website at sohocrime.com) to get a sense of her editorial taste, which is pretty specific.
Although they are not her main focus, she will look at books set in the United States if they have a strong multicultural angle to them – for example, a recent top-seller of hers is The Bishop’s Wife, which is set in Mormon Utah and written by a practicing Mormon.
Soho Press proudly accepts unagented as well as agented submissions.
NEIL S. NYREN
Executive VP, Associate Publisher, and Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Neil S. Nyren is the Executive VP, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Random House. He has been at Putnam for over 32 years, and before that, at E.P. Dutton, Little Brown, Random House, Arbor House, and Atheneum. He is honored to be the recipient of the Ellery Queen Award from Mystery Writers of America. Among his current authors of crime and suspense are Clive Cussler, Ken Follett, C.J. Box, John Sandford, Robert Crais, Jack Higgins, W.E.B. Griffin, Frederick Forsyth, Randy Wayne White, Alex Berenson, Ace Atkins, Alex Grecian, Carol O’Connell, Owen Laukkanen, Michael Sears, and Todd Moss. He also edits nonfiction.
Want to Pitch?
All attendees interested in requesting a pitch session MUST have a completed manuscript. Then please follow these points:
1. Review the agents’ and editors’ bios
2. Register for the conference
3. Check the box that you want to pitch to an agent, editor, or either.
4. In January (approx) someone will contact you for your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices. We will try to fulfill your requests, but we can’t guarantee a specific agent/editor.
5. Already registered? Just sign in and click make changes.
Requests will be filled on a first come/first served basis. If all the sessions are filled, we will place you on a waiting list. Pitch sessions are ten minutes maximum, strictly enforced. Please respect the others following you, arrive and check in ten minutes before your appointment and be prepared.
The Flamingo Pitch Tank
What Is The Flamingo Pitch Tank?
It’s a way to pitch your book to every agent and editor at the conference.
When Is It?
Sunday morning, February 26, 8:30 – 10:00 am. And yes, we will have coffee!
How Does It Work?
The Flamingo Pitch Tank is an optional event on Sunday morning. Our agents and editors will be seated in the front row of the room. Participants will face them and have three minutes to pitch their book to the agents and editors.
Who Will Be Able To Participate?
Time is limited, so numbers will be issued to each interested person when they enter the room. The order of who goes first, second, etc., will be determined by when their number is drawn. Depending on the number of people wanting to participate, no one is guaranteed a chance to pitch. Get there early to get your number in. Pitching an unfinished manuscript is not allowed.
How Do I Sign Up?
Open to three-day registrants only. You don’t need an appointment. Just register and show up.
Is this Instead of an Agent or Editor Appointment?
This is IN ADDITION to an agent or editor appointment. And if the agent and editor appointments are full, this is your only chance to pitch.
Will The Agents & Editors or Audience Members Give A Critique Of My Pitch?
No. Time is limited. This is not a workshop or critique session. Agents and editors will be instructed to withhold any comments. This applies to audience members as well. If they are interested in your book, they will request your contact information at the end of the session. So stick around so they can find you afterward.