2020 Panelists & Agents

Featured Panelists

Zaina Arafat is the author of You Exist Too Much. } Publishing with an Independent Press
Claudia Ballard is an agent at William Morris Endeavor. } The Author and Their Publishing Partners 
Nathan Bransford is a former literary agent and author of How to Write a Novel} Literary Agents 101 
Regina Brooks is Lead Agent and President at Serendipity Literary Agency. } Literary Agents 101 
Alia Hanna Habib is an agent at The Gernert Company. } Query Letter Clinic 
Alexis Hurley is an agent at InkWell Management. } Query Letter Clinic 
Danielle A. Jackson is Managing Editor at Oxford American} Publishing in Literary Magazines 
Renée Jarvis is an agent at MacKenzie Wolf Literary.
} Agent Pitch Clinic
Maggie Kane is an agent at Irene Goodman Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Clinic
Jacqueline Ko is an agent at The Wylie Agency. } Literary Agents 101
Jonathan Lee is Editor-in-Chief at Catapult. } Publishing with an Independent Press
Jacey Mitziga is an agent at DeFiore and Company. } Agent Pitch Clinic
Jyothi Natarajan is Editorial Director at The Margins. } Publishing with an Independent Press
Carol Taylor is Editorial Director at McKinnon Literary. } Literary Agents 101
Emily Temple is the author of The Lightness. } The Author and Their Publishing Partners
Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a prose editor for The Adroit Journal. } The Author and Their Publishing Partners
Lena Valencia is Managing Editor at One Story. } Publishing in Literary Magazines
Jessica Williams is an Executive Editor at HarperCollins/William Morrow. } The Author and Their Publishing Partners
Randy Winston is the Associate Fiction Editor at Slice Literary Magazine. } Publishing in Literary Magazines
Monika Woods is an agent at Triangle House. } Agent Pitch Clinic
Joanna Yas
Joanna Yas is Editor-in-Chief at Washington Square Review. } Publishing in Literary Magazines
Renee Zuckerbrot
Renée Zuckerbrot is an agent at Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents. } Literary Agents 101


Agent Pitch Session Participants

Sarah Bedingfield
Sarah Bedingfield is an agent at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions 
Sonali Chanchani
Sonali Chanchani is an agent at Folio Literary Management. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Farley Chase is an agent at Chase Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Sarah Fuentes
Sarah Fuentes is an agent at Fletcher & Company. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Veronica Goldstein
Veronica Goldstein is an agent at Fletcher & Company. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Serene Hakim
Serene Hakim is an agent Ayesha Pande Literary. Agent Pitch Sessions
Erin Harris
Erin Harris is an agent at Folio Literary Management. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Tanya McKinnon is an agent at McKinnon Literary. } Agent Pitch Sessions
Christina Morgan
Christina Morgan is an agent at Serendipity Literary Agency. } Agent Pitch Sessions

Agent Pitch Sessions

During your 6-minute sessions with two agents, you’ll be delivering verbal quick pitches, also known as the elevator pitch—a clear, concise, compelling description of your book that can be delivered in the time it takes to ride an elevator with someone. You’ll hear how to hone your pitch at the conference, but delivering a strong pitch takes practice. To make the most of your Agent Pitch Sessions, we recommend you take time before the conference to write and practice your delivery.


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