Amy Bishop-Wycisk joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2015 after interning for them in 2014. At DG&B, she's cultivating a wide-ranging list in upmarket and book club fiction, expert-driven narrative nonfiction, and select YA, with a special interest in BIPOC and AAPI voices. Her list includes titles such as The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim (a Reese's Book Club selection and NYT bestseller), The Red Palace by bestselling author June Hur, and Girly Drinks by Mallory O’Meara (a James Beard Award winner). Though she grew up upstate, she currently resides in Woodside, Queens.
After studying journalism, Eloy’s first job in publishing was at Simon & Schuster editorial. He switched to the agency side when he joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates in 2019. Eloy is drawn to genre-blurring fiction and writers with a clear point-of-view. He’s looking for atmospheric horror, thrillers set in an under-explored time or setting, and character-driven speculative fiction. When it comes to nonfiction, he enjoys reading a broad sweep of categories from science writing and forgotten histories to pop culture and relatable self-help. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, he is a fan of writing that is dark, strange, funny, and queer.
Haley Casey has always had a special place in her heart for stories, but it was when she wrote her first chapter book in fifth grade that her true love of literature was realized. In 2015, she graduated from The University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and that fall, she attended the Denver Publishing Institute. She began her full-time career at Ogden Publications, where she was an editor for four years. There she worked with a variety of authors across multiple magazines, wrote articles, edited podcasts, and even styled photos—anything to add some creativity to her days. In 2020, she interned at Metamorphosis Literary Agency and Creative Media Agency, Inc. before stepping into her role as an associate agent at CMA, where she is actively building her list.
Before joining Azantian Literary Agency, T.S. Ferguson worked for 16 years as an editor for some of the top children's and teen book publishers in the business, including Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Harlequin Teen/Inkyard Press, and JIMMY Patterson Books. He has worked with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors such as James Patterson, Sherman Alexie, Sara Zarr, Suzanne Selfors, Pseudonymous Bosch, Robin Talley, Amy Lukavics, Hillary Monahan (writing as Eva Darrows), and Adi Alsaid. T.S. is looking for young adult and middle grade fiction across all genres.
Lori Galvin is a senior literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management. She has previously worked as an editor, a cook, and an innkeeper. She represents a diverse list of writers of both fiction and nonfiction and is especially interested in stories that translate to the screen. With ACM's in-house film & tv department, some of her clients' projects have been optioned by Netflix, A24, and CBS Studios.
Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong is a literary agent at The Purcell Agency and represents Young Adult and Adult fiction in the genres of Romance, Mysteries, Thrillers/Suspense, Coming of Age, and Women's Fiction. She is especially drawn to stories that evoke a strong emotion (laughter, tears, curiosity, or concern) within the first few pages. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Cathie is a 1992 alumnus of The University of Oklahoma where she received her B.A. in Journalism with a minor in History. She is a rabid OU Sooners Football fan and will likely spend the conference weekend cheering for her alma mater as they go head-to-head against Texas in the Annual Red River Rivalry. Cathie currently lives in Minnesota with her husband of 31 years, and recently joined the ranks of the "empty nesters."
Sara likes character-driven novels, diverse and interesting characters, intriguing or quirky plots, and good writing no matter how it’s packaged. She has worked with Rob Osler (Devil’s Chew Toy), Ted Flanagan (Every Hidden Thing), Brandon Graham (Half Dead), Scott Blackburn (It Dies With You), Eric Redman (Bones of Hilo), and Steven Tingle (Graveyard Fields). Favorite authors include Frances Fyfield, John D. MacDonald, Mary Stewart, Josephine Tey, Carol O’Connell. Her debut novel Learning to Swim won the Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark awards. She hails from Tennessee, lived in Canada, and calls Vermont home.
Jacqui Lipton is an attorney, law professor and Senior Agent at The Tobias Literary Agency. She loves all things books and publishing and has been an avid reader since elementary school. Her tastes were always broad and eclectic. She is actively growing her adult list in genre fiction and nonfiction, and maintains a foot in the children's publishing are focusing on middle grade and YA fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers.
Oakland-born law grad Taj McCoy is a full-time author, literary agent, and higher education consultant. Taj joined Rees Literary Agency in 2022 and aims to widen the entryway for marginalized authors and to normalize Black joy, fat joy, celebrations of culture, and love without limitations. She represents Adult Fiction (contemporary, romance, romcoms, women's fiction, mystery/thriller), Adult Non-Fiction (memoirs, narratives, cookbooks, satire, empowerment), Children's Fiction (MG and YA contemporary, mystery, romance, thriller, fantasy), Children's Non-Fiction (historical narratives, picture books).
Ben Miller-Callihan (he/him/his) joined Handspun Literary Agency as an agent in 2019, after working behind the scenes since the agency’s founding in tech support and bookkeeping roles, as well as more than a decade teaching high school English. His interests include fantasy and speculative fiction (especially decolonial sff) for YA and adults, crossover fiction a la William Gibson and Erin Morgenstern, the macabre (for all ages), off-the-beaten-path folklore, Deaf culture and community, and anything food-related. Writers from marginalized communities are especially welcomed.
Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as The New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French and excelled in Advanced Creative Writing. Although Lynnette was born and raised Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate relationship), working on an assortment of crafts, all things having to do with animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and enjoying time with family and friends.
Aiden Siobhan graduated from UNC School of the Arts in 2023 with a Filmmaking BFA specializing in Screenwriting and Animation. Before becoming an agent, they interned at LDLA and were an Author Mentor Match mentee in 2022. When they’re not binge reading an LGBTQ+ YA novel, they work as the Art Director for two alternative newspapers, attend film festivals for their documentary projects, and go on road trips with their fiancé and dog. Aiden loves any story that is diverse, heartfelt, beautifully written, and makes them stay up reading until 3 A.M. Send them your trope-filled, high-stakes, addicting novels that will hook them so well they’ll have to draw fan art (and they will)!
Alice Speilburg is the founding agent of Speilburg Literary Agency, where she represents a broad range of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Alice has worked in publishing for more than a decade, and is a member of the Association of American Literary Agents and the Authors Guild. She has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors, literary and professional societies, and branded content.
While earning her B.A. in English and Marketing from the College of William & Mary, Hannah completed an internship at a boutique literary agency in Virginia, where she fell in love with this side of publishing. After graduating from the Columbia Publishing Course, she joined JRA as Office Assistant and soon after was promoted to Contracts Associate. Today, as assistant to Andrea Cirillo and Kathy Schneider and associate agent, she helps maintain their list of clients while keeping her sights set on growing her own list. She is constantly diving into and on the hunt for upmarket and literary fiction, as well as select rom-coms and non-fiction.