We are delighted to have five stellar agents attending Spring Fling 2018. All agents are taking pitches.
Danielle Egan-Miller is president of Browne & Miller Literary Associates. Over the past 15 years as an agent, she has sold hundreds of books with a heavy emphasis on commercial adult fiction. Her roster includes several New York Times bestselling authors and numerous prize- and award-winning writers, among them RWA Hall of Fame author Francine Rivers and 2014 Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, William Kent Krueger. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and The Authors Guild.
Danielle lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, son, and her two Scottish Terriers (Scarlett O’Hara and Agnes). She’s an avid gardener, a football mom, a Dead Head, and a devoted lover of all things Outlander. She is also an intrepid reader–of highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between–and romance is one of her most favorite genres. Her taste is very eclectic, and exceptional writing and very fine storytelling are always of interest.
Looking for: literary/commercial fiction/women’s fiction; substantive women’s historical fiction, often with romantic overtones; Gothic/Gothic-styled fiction, contemporary or historical; historical and contemporary romance in most subgenres; Christian/inspirational fiction by established authors; Scottish Highland or Regency-set historical romances, remarkably well-written and with interesting twists.
Emily is the president of Prospect Agency. She opened the agency is 2005 with the goal of offering clients top notch representation, creating a community-centered haven for authors and illustrators, and taking a leadership role in creating bold, innovative literature. As an agent, she excels at identifying and nurturing each author’s unique strengths and helping to grow long, sustainable publishing careers. Emily is a member in good standing at the AAR. She is also a founding member of the breakout literary production company, et al Creative.
What I’m Looking For: Contemporary, erotic, and select historical romance; Self-published authors looking to explore a hybrid career; Commercial and upmarket women’s fiction; Literary and commercial YA fiction; Select middle grade and early reader fiction with strong commercial appeal.
What I’m Not Looking For: Science fiction and fantasy; Prescriptive non-fiction; Poetry and screenplays.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Poteet attended Colby College where she majored in English and Religious Studies. While studying at St. Andrews, she realized that though she enjoyed Shakespeare and the Dead Sea Scrolls, she preferred reading stories with a little more heat and heart. Lizzie took her passion for romance and turned it into a position with RT Bookreviews as a romance reviewer. In 2011, she joined the editorial team at St. Martin’s Press where she worked with romance, YA, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. Then in 2015, Lizzie became the e-book original coordinator for SMP Swerve, helping launch the digital only romance imprint. She now lives in Brooklyn with her dachshund Mr. Darcy and is most happy when she has a good book, proper AC, and a cup of tea.
Lizzie is always looking for a good love story. She loves classic romance tropes, strong dialogue, sassy heroines, witty banter, and good old fashion romance. She’s actively seeking fun women’s fiction, inspirational romance, cozy mystery, New Adult, YA, romantic suspense, historical and contemporary romances, and loves anything with a happy ending.
Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency in 2013. She had previously worked in the foreign rights department at Curtis Brown, Ltd., and became an associate agent there in 2010. Sarah received her MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from The New School in 2008, and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College.
Representing MG, YA, and Adult fiction, Sarah is especially drawn to the following genres: upmarket contemporary fiction, science fiction, magical realism, psychological mystery, and literary horror. No matter the genre, Sarah is drawn to layered characters and page-turning narratives that evoke a wide range of emotions. Whether they write quirky YA rom-com, issue-driven fiction, or edgy urban fantasy, Sarah’s authors tend to reflect larger themes within a character-focused story.
Sarah is not looking for: nonfiction, picture books, inspirational/spiritual novels, or erotica
She is specifically interested in representing all varieties of Romance, some Women’s Fiction, and select Non-Fiction. For romance she is interested in the following genres: Contemporary, Historical, Western, Sports, Regency, Inspirational, Category, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, New Adult, and any combination thereof. For women’s fiction Sarah is drawn to layered stories that don’t shy away from the realities, and often difficulties, of life. She particularly enjoys women’s fiction that has cross generational plotlines, and as always meaningful pet characters are a plus along with happy endings. For non-fiction projects she would love to see anything involving animals, specifically inspirational equine stories, and she also is an avid sports fan and would love to see more athletic narratives in her queries.
Main attractions in romance submissions are: strong romantic relationships (chemistry is a MUST). Voice should be intelligent and unique. Plots should be well thought-out and original with touches of humor and whimsy. Sarah cherishes her rural southern roots and particularly enjoys stories with a supporting cast of animal characters: horses, dogs, cats; essentially all pets furry and friendly. You can find her on her personal twitter page here @seyitsme
PLEASE NOTE: Sarah does not represent Poetry, Horror, Middle Grade, or Children’s books. And she is no longer looking to take on any new YA projects. Thank you!