2017 Agent Pitch Day

Once a year for a full 24 hours, members can pitch one women's fiction manuscript to agents who are participating. Within one week, agents reply to the posts they would like to pursue. This year we have 18 agents participating! This is a FREE, members-only event, but due to overwhelming popularity the event is capped at 80 registrants. 

When: July 12, 2017
Registration Opens: June 20, 2017

Agent Bios:

Agent bios will be posted as we receive them.

Nalini Akolekar
Spencerhill Associates 

Nalini Akolekar joined Spencerhill Associates after a lengthy editorial career and several years in advertising sales. Agenting has provided the perfect opportunity to combine her editorial instincts with her sales, marketing, and business experience.

Nalini currently represents several bestselling authors, and has placed books with a wide range of publishers, from the Big Five to Amazon, Harlequin, indies and E-first. Nalini specializes in romance and women’s fiction in the adult market, but she also loves thrillers.

Rachel Burkot
Holloway Literary Agency

Rachel Burkot has been in the publishing industry since 2009. After completing an internship with two literary agencies, reading mostly young adult and thrillers, she then worked as an editor for Harlequin, acquiring category romance, contemporary romance, multicultural romance and women’s fiction. She has decided to transition her skills to the agenting world in order to be an advocate and champion for her authors because she loves finding new talent and helping authors’ dreams of publication come true.

Rachel’s career highlights include helping her authors achieve prestigious romance book nominations and two selective awards, including the National Readers Choice Award, and several top reviews in Romantic Times magazine for her books.

Victoria Capello
The Bent Agency

Victoria Cappello represents commercial and literary adult fiction as well as narrative nonfiction.

I was born and raised in Queens, New York and graduated from the City University of New York, Queens College. Before joining the Bent Agency, I completed internships at Serendipity Literary and the Carol Mann Agency. I now live on Long Island and in my spare time I can be found teaching dance classes for young students or watching re-runs of The Office.

I’m looking for both commercial and literary fiction as well as young adult titles. My favorite genres are historical fiction, suspense, mysteries, upmarket women’s fiction, and romance.

Heather Flaherty
The Bent Agency

Heather grew up in Massachusetts, between Boston and the Cape, and started working in New York City as a playwright during college. After much country hopping and some work in editorial, Heather became a Literary Scout, consulting with foreign publishers and Hollywood regarding what the next big book will be. Now as an Agent, she's thrilled to grow authors for that same success.

Currently, she represents authors of Fiction and Non-Fiction in both Adult and Childrens literature. In Adult Fiction, she’s looking for complex female-centric Thrillers, as well as Commercial Women’s Fiction with solid storytelling and strong voices, both contemporary and historical. She’s also always on the lookout for fantastic Upmarket projects that bridge the gap between commercial and literary lists. And, she has a sweet-spot for good Horror stories that are deep, dark, and disturbingly intricate. @HeddaFlaherty

Courtney Miller-Callihan
Handspun Literary Agency

Courtney Miller-Callihan founded Handspun Literary Agency in 2016, after more than ten years with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a hands-on editorial agent whose eclectic list includes historical fiction, women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, YA novels, humor, and practical nonfiction. 

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., Literature), and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., English), she lives in San Diego with her family, and travels frequently for meetings and conferences.

She is always looking for stories she can’t stop reading.

Patrica Nelson
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson has been a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2014. She represents historical and contemporary romance, women's fiction both upmarket and commercial, and accessible literary fiction, as well as young adult and middle grade fiction. Patricia holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Marsal Lyon, she spent several years teaching writing at the college level.

Sandra O'Donnell
Founding Partner, RO Literary

Sandra has been involved in the writing community and the business of books for over twenty years.

She studied writing at the graduate level at the University of Utah while working on her master’s. While there, she taught writing in the Writing Program and learned as much from teaching as she did from her classes.  After her Master’s Sandra went on to ghostwrite, edit and co-author a number of books for the academic market.  She also earned her Ph.D. in History from Arizona State. 

In 1996, she and a partner formed Snowgoose Cove a boutique publishing company.  As a publisher, Sandra learned what it takes to make a title successful by guiding authors through the editing, launch, and marketing of their books.  For Food Talk: A Man’s Guide to Cooking and Conversation Sandra and her team arranged a 12 state book/PR tour, selling out of the first edition of the book within six months.

For the past few years, Sandra has been working with authors to take them from draft to polished manuscript.  Many of the authors she’s worked with have gone on to find excellent agents, editors, and publishers.  However, many projects have languished once they have left her charge.  

Frustrated authors asked her time and again why she couldn’t be their agent.  Why Sandra couldn’t guide them through the next stage with the love and care she’d used shown during the development phase of their books.

After much consideration and discussion with her partner Laura Rothschild, RO Literary was formed.  

Erin Niumata
Folio Literary Management

Erin has been in publishing for over twenty-six years. She started as an editorial assistant at Simon and Schuster at Touchstone for several years; then moved over to Harper Collins as an editor, and then she went to Avalon Books as the Editorial Director. Erin has edited many authors including Leon Uris, Stuart Woods, Erica Jong, Brenda Maddox, Lawrence Otis Graham, Joan Rivers, and more. She has represented NY Times Bestselling cowboy romance writer Carolyn Brown, pet expert Sandy Robins, Discovery Channel’s Fast N Loud, Diesel Brothers, North America and Cash Cab; TLC’s – The Cake Boss and Extreme Couponing; Animal Planet’s Too Cute, Finding Big Foot, River Monsters and Puppy Bowl; inspirational speaker Josh Shipp, graffiti artist/speed-painter/inspiration speaker Erik Wahl, momadvice.com founder Amy Clark, former gangster turned dog groomer James Guiliani, Skin care expert and co-founder of SoKo Glam Charlotte Cho, inspriational speaker Michelle Poler, Porn Kills Love founder Clay Olsen, Greenwich Girl founder Laura McKittrick and many more. She’s worked on 28 NY Times Bestsellers.

Beth Phelan 
The Bent Agency

Beth is drawn to voice and emotional resonance in young adult contemporary, surprising new worlds in YA and MG fantasy, and strong literary voices in middle grade, plus savvy and evocative writing in adult fiction (including women’s fiction, suspense and thrillers, and stories featuring millennial characters). She is particularly fond of stories with smart humor and a touch of the bittersweet, and prefers adult fiction that is female-driven. Beth is a graduate of New York University, and joined the Bent Agency in 2013 after holding positions at Waxman Leavell Literary (then called the Scott Waxman Literary Agency) and Howard Morhaim Literary. In April 2016, Beth launched #DVpit, a Twitter pitch event that showcases work by marginalized writers looking for agents and/or publishers. She can be found at bethphelan.comthebentagency.com, and on Twitter at @beth_phelan

Laura Rothschild 
Founding Partner, 
RO Literary. 

Before becoming an agent, Laura worked with writers as a book coach and publishing consultant helping fiction and non-fiction clients develop their stories, polish their manuscripts, and create a book plan to guide them from representation to publication.

She is certified as a Gateless writing teacher and has spent the past five years being mentored as a writer and teacher by the acclaimed author and book shaman Suzanne Kingsbury in this ground-breaking method.

Passionate about storytelling, Laura speaks at conferences and special events about topics such as; the pathways to publication, how to be an authorpreneur, and how to go from draft-to-done .  Laura also brings her years of working in marketing and media to RO Literary. She was head of post-production for one of the largest editorial companies in Santa Monica. Her clients included the Rolling Stones, Matchbox-Twenty, Sony, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Macy’s and Foodmaker (Jack In The Box) to name a few. After leaving the editorial side of media, she went into the production and print side managing catalog and print shoots for one of the largest costume companies in the world with clients such as Playboy, Disney, and Elvis Presley Enterprises.

RO Literary is the culmination of Laura’s years of experience as an entrepreneur and creative. Her passion for the written word, the business of publishing, and the collaborative effort it takes to turn writers into authors is the reason she partnered with Sandra O’Donnell to create RO Literary. 

Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein 
President and Senior Agent 
McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

Elizabeth  represents the estates of many prominent American authors including Sinclair Lewis, Walker Percy, Upton Sinclair, Erskine Caldwell, Thomas Wolfe, and John Steinbeck. In addition to overseeing the management of McIntosh & Otis, Inc.'s extensive and distinguished back list, Elizabeth manages an active front list which includes numerous New York Times bestsellers, and both Agatha and Edgar Award winners and nominees.

Elizabeth holds an undergraduate degree from New York University and a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. She began her book publishing career in subsidiary rights and then took on the responsibilities of acquisitions editor at a major audio publishing imprint before moving to McIntosh and Otis, Inc. as Subsidiary Rights Manager. She was later appointed as the President of McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

Katie Shea Boutillier
Donald Maass Literary Agency

Katie Shea Boutillier joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2011. She is the Rights Director handling the agency’s translation and audio rights, and selected film/TV and electronic rights. In addition, Katie is looking for women’s fiction, YA and memoir/narrative non-fiction. She’s big on hooks and likes to see them presented within the first pages of the novel. She also loves strong voices, imperfect characters and storylines that relate to modern issues.  She is a cum laude graduate of Marist College.

Elaine Spencer
The Knight Agency

Elaine Spencer has been with the Knight Agency for over a decade. During her time with the agency she has handled every aspect of the business, from evaluating queries, to subrights management, to contract negotiation. Today, Elaine is the agency’s vice president of operations and she also manages a small, but accomplished, client list. Elaine is an active member of AAR, RWA, and WFWA and is dedicated to working closely with her clients on every facet of their ever-evolving careers. She currently represents a broad range of genres including commercial "book-club" fiction, historical fiction, women’s fiction, romance, memoirs, cozy mysteries, young adult and middle grade fiction. She can be found on the web at www.knightagency.net, on Instagram at @ElaineSpencer_TKA, and on Twitter @ElaineSpencer. In her spare time Elaine loves perusing Pinterest for her latest DIY-adventure, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs and frolicking outdoors with her husband, toddler and four-legged children in tow.

Nikki Terpilowski
Holloway Literary

Nikki established Holloway Literary in October 2011, after receiving a B.A. in English, interning with the Carolina Hurricanes, NASCAR and the NC Governor's Office and finally working in the marketing communications field for several years as a writer and editor for civilian and government clients. Deciding she wanted to align her professional career with her lifelong passion of reading and writing, she interned with a literary agency for a year and then began representing a small group of women's fiction and romance writers, that has expanded to include a list of YA, literary, historical, southern, mystery and thriller authors.

Carly Watters
P.S. Literary Agency

Carly Watters began her publishing career in London at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. She has a BA in English Literature from Queen’s University and a MA in Publishing Studies from City University London. Since joining PSLA in 2010 Carly has had great success launching new authors domestically and abroad. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents at PSLA. Representing debuts and bestsellers, Carly is drawn to: emotional, well-paced fiction with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in, and platform-driven non-fiction.

Carlisle Webber
C.K. Webber Associates

Founder Carlie Webber refused to major in English in college because no one would let her read Stephen King or R.L. Stine for class. She took her love of YA and commercial fiction to the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained a Master of Library and Information Science. For ten years, she worked as a public librarian serving teens and adults, served on book awards committees, and reviewed books professionally for journals including Kirkus Reviews and VOYA. Wishing to pursue her interest in the business side of books, she then enrolled in the Columbia Publishing Course. Her professional publishing experience includes an internship at Writers House and work with the Publish or Perish Agency/New England Publishing Associates and the Jane Rotrosen Agency.