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PITCH MADNESS . . . introducing the agents!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

Pitch Madness is fast approaching and we have a crazy, awesome line up of agents competing for your pitches! 

For those of you not familiar with Pitch Madness, Pitch Madness is a contest where agents compete in a game against their peers for pitches. This time the game is Monopoly. If you haven’t been a part of a Pitch Madness challenge before, please check out this post here for more information. The submission window is open for 24 hours (12:01AM EST to 11:59PM EST) on August 24. Our slush readers will read through the pitches and pick the top 60 pitches for the agent round starting on September 6. We try to get a good mix of various genres, but the writing comes first. Basically, if the submissions aren’t ready, it’s a pass.
 And here are the agents …

Louise Fury

Louise will be racing through the post her keen eye seeking teen Sci-Fi and Young Adult horror. She is also on the hunt for deep, dark contemporary YA and select Middle Grade fiction with a literary feel–it must be realistic and thought provoking and the characters must be authentic and original. Louise loves horror and romance, especially Regency and Victorian. Visit her website for more details. 

Melissa Jeglinski

Melissa will blind her competitors while offering up request prizes to lucky contestants. She’s currently seeking projects in the following areas:  Romance (contemporary, category, historical, inspirational) Young Adult, Middle Grade, Women’s Fiction and Mystery. Visit her company’s website for more details.

  Peter Knapp

Pete will stay on track as he chugs-a-long the board to beat the other players to his favorite entries. He’s currently looking for young adult and middle grade fiction that surprises, delights and thrills — particularly stories with a lot of heart, regardless of the genre. Visit his website for more details.

Jessica Sinsheimer
Always on the lookout for new writers, Jessica is against ironing out her path to find the crispest pitches. She’s most excited about finding literary, women’s, and Young Adult fiction, and — on the nonfiction side — psychology, parenting, self-help, cookbooks, memoirs, and works that speak to life in the twenty-first century. Visit her company’s website for more details.

Carly Watters - P.S. Literary Agency 
Carly Watters
Carly will don her top hat as she strolls down the boulevard sneaking past her adversaries. She represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial fiction, literary thrillers, upmarket non fiction, and all genres of YA. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in. 

Uwe Stender

Uwe will calculate all the elements of a perfect pitch in a nano-second and snatch it up before his opponents. He’s interested in all kinds of commercial fiction, including thrillers, mysteries, Young Adult, romance, ethnic, and paranormal romance. He’s also interested in literary fiction, but only if it has a strong narrative. Visit his company’s website for more details.

 Judith Engracia
Jude will leap across the board, jump houses and hotels to find her perfect pitches. She’s looking for all types of fiction, particularly literary fiction, middle grade, young adult, urban fantasy, steampunk, paranormal romance and light science fiction. Visit her website for more details.
Carlie Webber
Carlie will blast the other agents from the competition and collect all her favorite pitches before the others pass GO. She welcomes both new and established authors in the following genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Women’s fiction Literary and general fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Memoir. Visit her website for more details.
Gordon Warnock

Gordon won’t sink in his quest to find the perfect pitch before his challengers. He’s looking for realistic, younger adult or older YA set in the present day. Plot is very important, as is voice. He’s not a big fan of paranormal or SF/F, so no vampires, zombies, werewolves, angels, chupacabras, etc. The genres he considers include High-Concept Commercial Fictions, Literary Fiction, New Adult, YA (Think Ellen Hopkins and Jay Asher, not Stephenie Meyer), and Graphic Novels. Visit his company’s website for more details.

Lana Popovic
Lana will slink across the board preying on all the tasty pitches in her path. She’s particularly interested in edgy YA, from gritty coming-of-age novels to contemporary fantasy and supernatural romance. She is also keen to represent thoughtful chick lit, literary thrillers, and well-crafted projects in the fantasy and mystery genres. Visit her company’s website for more details.
Jordy Albert


Jordy will pile all her favorite pitches and horde them for herself. She’s interested in romance (contemporary/historical/paranormal), YA/NA contemporary/historical romance, MG and YA (YA heavy on romance) action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, and realistic fiction, and is open to YA LGBT within those genres. Visit her company’s website for more details.

Connor Goldsmith

With quick fingers, protected from his opponents’ sharp claws with his mighty thimble, Connor will snatch his favorite pitches. He’s interested in a wide range of fiction, and is looking for literary fiction, speculative fiction (scifi/fantasy), and psychological thrillers. Under the umbrella of speculative fiction he is especially interested in urban fantasy, urban science fiction, and magical realism. He is particularly looking for fiction from LGBT and racial minority perspectives. Visit his company’s website for more details.
Danielle M. Smith

Danielle will clank across the board, grabbing the best of the best pitches for herself. For more than five years Danielle’s been involved professionally with books through print and online publications such as Women’s World and Parenting Magazine, as a member of the judging panels for The Cybils awards for fiction picture books, as well as locally by serving on the board of The Central Coast Writer’s Conference. She is most interested in finding new author/illustrator talent, children’s fiction and creative non-fiction from picture books through middle grade. Visit her website for more details.


Jodell Sadler

Jodell will lull her competition to sleep with beautiful music before slipping all her favorite pitches from their limp hands. She’s interested in YA, MG (especially funny) , fiction and nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She simply loves a well-paced story that moves her between joy and tears. Visit her company’s website for more details.


Terrie Wolf

Terrie will gallop past go and lasso pitches right out of her adversaries’ hand. She’s seeking well-written MG/YA fiction (especially fantasy, historical and action/adventure). Terrie specializes in: Empowerment, Children’s (all age groups – F/NF), Romance, MG/YA, Westerns, Women’s, and Multi-Cultural. Visit her company’s website for more details.

Margaret Bail

 Inklings Literary

Margaret will soar over the board highjacking all the best pitches from her rivals. She represents Romance (all subgenres EXCEPT Christian or inspirational), Science fiction (including dystopian and post-apocalyptic),Thrillers/action adventure, Historical fiction,Westerns, Fantasy (think Song of Fire and Ice or Dark Tower NOT Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia). Visit her company’s website for more details.


Carolyn will invest her bids wisely and bus her favorites into the literary sunset. She has wide-ranging tastes – from literary to commercial fiction, from serious narrative non-fiction to pop-culture and humor. Visit her website for more details.

The submission window for Pitch Madness is this Saturday, August 24 from 12:01AM EST to 11:59PM EST. Check details here.
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