The Love Gone Wild conference team are excited to announce our amazing line up of agents, editors, publishers and screen writers for pitching and manuscript assessments. And we’ve secured the most EVER at a conference!

This gives you more opportunities than ever before to pitch your stories and/or get professional feedback from industry professionals.

Before you register, please research the attending Agents/Editors/Publishers. For your convenience, you can see each attending Agents/Editors/Publishers wishlist below and what they’re looking for, and conversely, what they don’t want pitched.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • You must purchase your core conference ticket before you can register for pitching or assessment sessions.
  • While all our professionals are in the industry, manuscript assessments do not guarantee more than a critique of your pages. Not all professionals are in the position to acquire all genres or types of manuscripts.
  • Please review the terms and conditions for pitching and/or manuscript assessments BEFORE you register.​

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 INTERNATIONAL

Carrie Feron – William Morrow / Avon

Executive Editor, Senior Vice President

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
High concept historicals, historical romance, psychological suspense, women’s fiction

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Single Title, Contemporary and Historical

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
I love writing with a very strong voice.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Literary fiction, SF, YA

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
Something with a great hook.

BIO

Carrie Feron, Executive Editor, Senior Vice President from William Morrow/Avon. Carrie has loved the romance genre since she first began to read, spent her days as an English major at the University of Richmond reading love stories disguised as literature, and has always worked on women’s voices through her career. Since her first days at Pageant Books to the past 22 years at Avon, she has supported her authors and the genre and considers herself lucky to have a job she loves. Her current list includes Meg Cabot, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Recent recipient of the 2016 RWA (America) Vivian Stephens Industry Award.

 

Carrie Feron

Carrie Feron

 

Cassie Hanjian – Waxman Leavell Literary Agent

Literary Agent

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Suspense
Manuscript Word Length – 65,000+

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Contemporary, Historical, Inspirational, Chick Lit, and Romantic Suspense

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Strong female heroines and more nuanced alpha heroes; propulsive plot lines separate from the romantic elements of the story; palpable tension between heroes and heroines

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Erotic fiction; paranormal, sci-fi, or fantasy; children’s fiction of any sort (including YA)

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
Right now, I’d love to find some really commercial women’s fiction — something with a big, splashy hook and high emotional stakes.

BIO

Cassie Hanjian joined Waxman Leavell Literary Agency in 2014. Prior to joining the team, Cassie held positions at the Park Literary Group, where she specialized in author support and foreign rights, and at Aram Fox, Inc. as an international literary scout for publishers based outside the United States. She holds a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of South Florida, a Graduate Certificate in Publishing from the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute, and an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University.

Cassie is actively acquiring projects in the categories of mind/body/spirit, self-help, health and wellness, inspirational memoir, and Christian interest. In fiction, she’s also looking for plot-driven commercial and upmarket women’s fiction, suspense, and romance.

Twitter: @cjhanjian

 

Cassie Hanjian

Cassie Hanjian

 

Liz Pelletier – Entangled Publishing

Chief Executive Officer & Publisher

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
YA for myself and adult romantic comedies and thrillers. For the company, all romance genres and age ranges.

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
In YA, biopunk, hackers, sci-fi, epic fantasy, and paranormal. Same for adult plus romantic comedies and contemporary.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Simple stories with an addictive voice.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
No suspense, ghosts, or mysteries, but in general, anything else can pique my interest if the voice is amazing!

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
I would love a thriller, adult or YA, that involves genetics in some way! Please, no ghost stories or demons.

BIO

Coming out of the dot com era, serial entrepreneur Liz Pelletier has more than thirty years of experience in software engineering, systems analysis, and business management. In 2011, Liz channelled her love of romantic fiction and co-founded Entangled Publishing. Her mission statement was simple: offer authors the highest royalties in the industry, combined with an agile publishing program, intense focus on quality, and market-driven analysis, in an effort to bridge the gap between traditional and self-publishing opportunities. Liz lives in Colorado, is launching her twins into college this year, and has an unwavering love of Game of Thrones and Dr Who.

Facebook: facebook.com/lizpelletier

Twitter: @Liz_Pelletier

 

Liz Pelletier

Liz Pelletier

 

Meghan Farrell – Tule Publishing

Managing Editor

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
We are acquiring for all of our imprints!

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Erotic, Chick Lit, Paranormal, etc.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Strong writing with savvy heroines and quick, witty banter.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
At this time we are not looking for romantic suspense.

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
We would love to see fresh takes on classic romance tropes in all subgenres!

BIO

A native Texan, Meghan Farrell graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Psychology. She packed her bags and moved to the Golden State, where she joined Tule Publishing Group in Southern California. Meghan became the Managing Editor for Tule in 2014 and oversees and coordinates the development of the company’s imprints, production, subrights, editorial and marketing departments. She has had the pleasure of speaking at national and international romance conferences and looks forward to more in the future. Meghan enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for travel, a good cup of coffee and, of course, a great book!

Twitter: @MeghanRFarrell

 

Meghan Farrell

Meghan Farrell

 

Allison Carroll – Harlequin

Associate Editor

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
I am actively acquiring for HQN Books, Harlequin’s flagship mainstream romance imprint, and Graydon House Books, Harlequin’s new boutique women’s fiction imprint launching this year!

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
I’m looking for contemporary romance with an urban setting featuring working-class heroes instead of billionaires, sports romances with heart and humor, stories with strong secondary romances and 40+ heroes and heroines (gasp!). I’m also keen to find a captivating paranormal romance high on sizzle and sensuality, with brilliantly layered world building.

In women’s fiction, I’m particularly interested in stories that address the realities of dating in a very digital, very global society. Modern day relationship fiction that explores everything from long-distance relationships and cultural/racial barriers and expectations to online dating and the hookup app culture to the darker issues facing women today, such as online trolling and bullying and the disturbing emergence of doxing and revenge porn.

I’m also searching for format-driven fiction—a relationship told through letters, diary entries, email; a story told out of order, a story with an unexplained plot device à la the film Sliding Doors or the phone in Rainbow Rowell’s Landline.
Whether it’s a fun, breezy, grin-inducing read or a story that makes me weepy (in a good way!), a modern retelling of a classic story or an unpredictable speculative love story, strong hooks and a commercial voice are a must.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
An engaging voice, emotional depth, nuanced characterization and commercial hooks will catch my eye every time.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours? (please be specific if you can)
• Menage
• BDSM
• Inspiration
• Novella-length

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
I don’t think I’ve ever ‘hated’a pitch, but I must admit, as much as I love paranormal, and its close cousin, sci-fi romance, I’ve never been wooed by alien romances (eek—don’t hate me!). What I am a sucker for is romances involving single parents, particularly with teenage children. I also love high-concept twists on classic set-ups and office romances!

BIO

Allison Carroll is a Montana transplant who once upon a time packed all her belongings in a U-Haul and drove cross-country to NYC. Her introduction to publishing began at Dorchester Publishing and continued at Macmillan’s Heroes and Heartbreakers. Allison joined the Harlequin family in 2012 as part of the Desire and Romantic Suspense Series teams, before transitioning to HQN and Graydon House, where she’s worked with such authors as NYT bestseller Christina Dodd, NYT bestseller Jeaniene Frost, NYT bestseller Brenda Jackson, NYT bestseller Gena Showalter, Golden Heart nominee Brynn Kelly, USA TODAY bestseller Christie Ridgeway, NYT bestseller Kasey Michaels, and more. Allison is actively acquiring for HQN and Graydon House. Feel free to follow her @AllisonPCarroll.

Twitter: @AllisonPCarroll

Allison Carroll

Allison Carroll

 

AUSTRALIAN

Jo Mackay – Harlequin

Publisher

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Mira and HQ imprints
Mira, core romance category
HQ, diverse fiction for smart curious women

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Rural (or small community) romance, layered and compelling women’s ‘life lit’, family sagas, Australian or NZ historical (especially 19th and early 20th Century), domestic noir, romantic suspense

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Recognisable genres with an original spin, unforgettable characters, strong flawed feisty female leads, distinctive narrative voice, pace and form in perfect harmony, clever (and clear) plotting, rich settings, Australian hooks. Upwards of 90k words preferred.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Anything under 80,000 words or previously published. Young adult, fantasy, horror, erotica, paranormal, regency, contemporary romance set overseas, anything without an Australian hook

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
Love: any manuscripts that takes the genres above and makes them fresh and original again, with an Australian hook. Love family sagas, Australian Historical, suspense and psychological thrillers.
Hate: first drafts (so MS riddled with errors), thin characterisation, incoherent plot, all characters with same narrative voice, feeble heroines

BIO

Jo heads the local lists for Mira and HQ at Harlequin Australia, commissioning fiction and nonfiction. A passionate advocate for her authors, Jo firmly believes good writing can change lives. She loves true stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, historical novels, suspense, psychological thrillers and stories she can’t put down after the first page. Jo has worked in publishing for more than 20 years. Originally from the UK, she began her career as a journalist in London before training as a book editor. Since then she has worked in Australia for several trade publishing houses in senior editorial roles, including six years as a Commissioning Editor at ABC Books and three years as an Associate Publisher at HarperCollins Publisher.

Jo Mackay

Jo Mackay

 

Rachael Donovan – Harlequin

Commissioning Editor

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Mira & HQ Fiction

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Women’s life fiction, romance, domestic noir, historical epics and family saga

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Pacy with believable and well-developed characters and the perfect blend of interior story arc and exterior action.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Nothing under 80,000 words or previously published. Mira isn’t focusing on erotica, fantasy, paranormal, young adult, horror, contemporary romance set overseas, regency historical romance.

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
Love: Australian content/relevance. Romantic elements. Well-paced and developed mystery elements.
Hate: Horror, overly graphic violence, wimpy heroines, bikers.

BIO

Rachael works with the Harlequin publishing team as commissioning editor. She has been in the Australian publishing industry for ten years and has worked in a variety of roles from administration and sales to editorial. She joined Hachette Australia as a division coordinator before branching out into product management and marketing in the heady days of YA Vampire romances. She crossed over into editorial with the local publishing division before moving to Allen & Unwin. There she worked with a creative (and crazy fun) children’s publishing team as a children’s editor. Now she is dedicated to hunting down those compelling stories filled with unforgettable characters that you can’t put down. Harlequin’s local team publish across genre, including women’s fiction, romance, domestic noir, historical epics and family saga.

Rachael Donovan

Rachael Donovan

 

Lilia Kanna – Harlequin / Mills&Boon

Editor

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?

Lilia will be taking category pitches, but her wishlist is yet to be finalised. Please keep an eye on the web for more details.

BIO

Lilia Kanna has been with Harlequin Australia for 7 years. As the Head of International and Series Publishing, she manages the Mills & Boon business in Australia and New Zealand and the international trade publishing program under the Mira, HQ and HQ Young Adult imprints. She holds a Masters in Publishing and is an avid enthusiast of digital romance publishing. From the first romance book she read, Lilia has had two goals: to work in romance publishing and to live her life like a romance heroine.

Lilia Kanna

Lilia Kanna

 

Kate Cuthbert – Escape Publishing

Managing Editor

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Escape Publishing

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Contemporary romances (billionaires, single dads, royals, clean and wholesome), LGBTQI, Interracial and diverse characters, historical, paranormal, suspense, rural

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Pacy, great character development, and fantastic dialogue.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Escape is currently NOT looking for fantasy, YA, or submissions of less than 45000 words. Escape does consider previously published manuscripts, but does not accept mid-series submissions.

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
Love: hot, sweet, strong stories with an emotional punch and memorable characters

BIO

Kate Cuthbert is Managing Editor of Escape Publishing, the digital-first imprint of Harlequin Australia that she established in 2012. When Kate is not reading manuscripts, she is working on her PhD, tweeting about grammar, and probably procrasti-baking.

Twitter: @katydidinoz

Facebook: @katydidinoz 

Instagram: @katydidinoz 

Kate Cuthbert

Kate Cuthbert

 

Beverley Cousins – Penguin Random House

Commercial Fiction Publisher

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
I publish under Penguin Random House’s commercial imprints – Bantam and Century. My list covers a broad range of fiction genres: commercial women’s fiction, crime and thriller, rural romance, epic historical sagas and action adventure. However, I don’t publish science fiction and fantasy, and I am not actively looking for category romance series.

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Primarily I will be hoping to find some great romance writers who can move into more mainstream commercial women’s fiction. That would include rom-coms and chick-lit, as well as family dramas, rural, historical and contemporary sagas. I’m also looking for more women’s fiction aimed at an older readership (say, 45+). I’ll be looking for single title, full-length novels, as opposed to shorter category and series romance titles.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
In commercial fiction, the plot is as important as the writing. Obviously, I still want well written, fresh and engaging prose (and dialogue is often a good marker of whether the author is a natural writer). However, a strong plot premise is key. I am drawn to novels that have a clever, original and enticing plot concepts. And plots that can easily be summed up in a couple of lines on the book’s cover to hook the reader in. I also like novels that twist the rules slightly in terms of what is usual in that genre. But fundamentally, if an author can pitch me a clever, sound-bite plot then I will be all ears!

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
I’m not looking to commission any science fiction or fantasy titles, as I believe you need a list dedicated to that genre to really do it justice. Nor am I looking for YA, erotic or category romance series. I publish full-length novels, so would be looking for titles at least 75,000 words or more. I don’t publish novellas or short stories.

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
I’m really keen to acquire more commercial women’s fiction authors to the list, perhaps category romance writers who would like to move into more the mainstream trade market. And in particular subjects and themes that will appeal to older female readers. I would also like to add more historical novels to my list. I’m keen to hear from authors who have a clear idea of the market for their novel and why their book will appeal to that readership. In publishing houses we talk about ‘positioning’ of books – to help the sales team pitch the novel in the few seconds they have with the bookseller before they move on to the next book. So, I’d love to meet with authors who can offer a clear plot pitch and who instinctively know what other books/authors their work could be compared to.

BIO

Beverley Cousins is Commercial Fiction Publisher at Penguin Random House. Before moving to Australia with her family in 2007, Beverley Cousins had twenty years’ experience of London publishing (first for Pan Macmillan and then Penguin Books UK). During her career, she has published a number of brand-name authors, including Minette Walters, Colin Dexter, Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich, and currently looks after, among others, bestselling authors Judy Nunn, Deborah Rodriguez, Nicole Alexander, Candice Fox, Janette Paul and Loretta Hill. She also oversees the production of James Patterson’s Australian novels.

Her current list covers a wide range of genres, including commercial women’s fiction, rural romance, crime and thriller, epic historical sagas and action adventure. (She does not publish into the science fiction and fantasy categories.)

Beverley Cousins

Beverley Cousins

Kate Stevens – Commissioning Editor, Hachette Australia

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Digital first erotic romance; New Adult; Young Adult.

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Single Title, Category/Series, Contemporary, ChicLit, Erotic, Young Adult.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Contemporary high-concept YA crossover

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Historical romance

BIO

Since joining Hachette Australia as an editor in 2010, Kate Stevens has worked with some of the most exciting new voices in Australian fiction. She’s recently started commissioning her own list of fiction, children’s, YA and digital-first titles, focusing on debut authors and artists.

Twitter: @kateekate

Kate Stevens

Kate Stevens

Haylee Nash –  The Nash Agency

Owner & Principal

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Commercial adult fiction, non-fiction and some YA

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Women’s fiction, saga, historical fiction, crime/thriller and psychological suspense, narrative non-fiction, memoir

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Anything with an original premise, a strong voice and compelling writing

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Children’s, erotic romance, sci-fi, chick-lit

BIO

Haylee Nash is an Australian publishing industry professional with years of experience acquiring, editing, publishing and marketing bestselling fiction and non-fiction in the print and digital markets. Haylee has published some of Australia’s highest selling books from authors such as Rachael Johns, Fiona McCallum, Sally Hepworth and Kylie Scott, and has worked for Pan Macmillan Australia, Harlequin Enterprises Australia and Booktopia.

In 2016, Haylee started The Nash Agency, a literary and editorial agency that offers representation, manuscript appraisal and editing services for aspiring, self-published and traditionally published authors.

Web: http://www.thenashagency.com.au/
Facebook: facebook.com/thenashagencyaustralia/
Twitter:@thenashagency

 

Haylee Nash

Haylee Nash

Joel Naoum – Critical Mass Consulting

Director

1. What genres/subgenres are you currently seeking for manuscript assessments?

Single title, contemporary, chic lit, erotic, historical, paranormal, romantic suspense, young adult.

 BIO

Joel Naoum is a Sydney-based book publisher, editor and consultant. He currently runs Critical Mass, a consultancy for authors and publishers with a focus on technology and accessibility. He previously co-founded and ran Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-first imprint Momentum. He is on the board of the NSW Writers’ Centre and in 2011 he completed the Unwin Fellowship researching digital publishing experimentation in the United Kingdom.

Web – www.critmassconsulting.com
Twitter – @joelnaoum
Facebook –  facebook.com/criticalmassconsulting/

Joel Naoum

Joel Naoum

Lindy Cameron – Clan Destine Press

Publisher

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Romance of any kind: romantic suspense, historical, rural, timeslip, straight, lgbtqi, steampunk, paranormal, adventure.

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
See above

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Strong characters and a great send of place – whatever that place happens to be;

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
I am open to anything

BIO

Lindy Cameron is the publisher of Clan Destine Press. CDP’s aim is to foster new Australian genre writers and to provide a home where already-published authors can play in new worlds. It publishes the crime/thrillers of Jane Clifton, Sandy Curtis, Alison Goodman, Rowena Cory Daniells, Sarah Evans, Sandi Wallace, Emilie Collyer, Ellen Davitt, Liz Porter and Barry Weston; the true crime of Vikki Petraitis; and the ancient Greek and Egyptian novels of Kerry Greenwood.
Most of CDP’s fiction includes romance of some kind; and we are always looking for more romance and romantic suspense.
Lindy is also a crime and specfic writer, author of; Golden Relic, Redback, Feedback, and the Kit O’Malley PI trilogy. She’s also co-author of the True Crime collections: Killer in the Family & Murder in the Family, with her sister Fin J Ross; and Women Who Kill, with Ruth Wykes.
Lindy is a founding member and current Vice-President of Sisters in Crime Australia.

Web: www.clandestinepress.com.au

Lindy Cameron

Lindy Cameron

 

Rochelle Manners – Rhiza Press

Director

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Rhiza Press – Young Adult fiction. Sweet or at least less edgy romance.

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Quite open to subgenres as long as the stories inspire and connect.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Realistic, engaging, relatable stories. Contemporary is more of interest than historical, though we will consider both.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Erotica, Highly or excessive violent, extensive swearing.

BIO

Rochelle Manners is the Director of Rhiza Press and Wombat Books. With qualifications in teaching, counselling, editing and publishing, Rochelle brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to her roles. She has also acted as a consultant for aspiring authors and loves attending conferences and taking pitches. Since pioneering Wombat Books as a publishing company from the ground up in 2009, and then developing Rhiza Press to specifically take on young adult and adult fiction, Rochelle has been actively involved in every aspect of story development and book production. She is passionate about great books touching lives and living up to the Rhiza motto of Stories that connect. Rochelle is actively seeking great young adult fiction.

Facebook: facebook.com/rhizapress

Rochelle Manners

Rochelle Manners

Angela Meyer – Echo/Bonnier Publishing

Commissioning Editor

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Adult commercial fiction and nonfiction, and YA, for the Echo imprint

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Single Title, Series/Category, Contemporary, Erotic, Historical, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Young Adult and cross-genre or hybrid also okay.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Rhythmic, well-paced writing. Excellent characterisation. Strong voice.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
We like original, but are not huge fans of whimsy and quirk without substance. We like substance. We like layers. We like relevant, contemporary themes (even if in a historical setting). If it’s straight-up fluff, we’re probably not going to be interested. That doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, entertaining, and light! We just like there to be something more to it, too.

BIO

Angela Meyer is a commissioning editor for the Echo imprint at Bonnier Publishing Australia. Her acquisitions include the award-winning Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic, the fun Dr Pimms series by L.J.M. Owen, the suspenseful romance Le Chateau by Sarah Ridout, and The Tattooist by Heather Morris (out Jan 2018) – currently selling into multiple territories around the world. She is also a writer herself, the author of Captives (Inkerman & Blunt), and with work published widely, including in Best Australian Stories, Island, Cordite, the Australian, The Lifted Brow, and Killings. She has formerly been a bookseller, book reviewer and (is still sometimes a) literary journalist. In 2014, Angela completed a Doctor of Creative Arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.

Twitter – @LiteraryMinded
Instagram – @LiteraryMinded 
Facebook – facebook.com/literarymindedblog

For Echo:
Twitter – @bonnierau 
Instagram – @bonnierpublishingau
Facebook – facebook.com/bonnierpublishingau

 

Angela Meyer

Angela Meyer

Alex Adsett – Alex Adsett Publishing Services

Publishing Consultant and Literary Agent

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
I am seeking full length works of romance or romantic elements, for adults or young adults, with a particular focus on crime and suspense, science fiction, and historical fiction. No category romance or novellas.

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
I’m seeking most subgenres of romance including crime romance, science fiction romance and historical romance. I’d particularly love something set in the glamourous end of the 1920s, a great crime, or high space opera.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Strong female characters, and dashing heroes, strong narratives with a story to tell.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
I’m not looking for category romance or novellas. Fiction or narrative non-fiction only please – no memoirs or spiritual. I still love urban fantasy, but it is still a crowded market – if you are writing vampires or werewolves, it has to be pretty spectacular to stand out.

BIO

Alex Adsett is a literary agent specialising in genre fiction, as well as a freelance publishing consultant offering commercial contract advice to authors and publishers. She has more than eighteen years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. As a consultant, Alex helps authors and publishers negotiate publishing contracts in line with industry standards. As a literary agent, she is focused on finding exceptional manuscripts for adults, young adults and children, including romance, science fiction, fantasy, crime and mystery, picture books and narrative non-fiction. Alex represents a select stable of authors including Leisl Leighton, Jodi McAlister, Sasha Wasley, Maria Lewis, and Kylie Chan.

Web: www.alexadsett.com.au
Twitter: @alexadsett
F
acebook: facebook.com/Alexadsett.publishing 

 

Alex Adsett

Alex Adsett

Nadine Bates – Like A Photon Creative

Creative Director

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
LAPC are always on the lookout for stellar broadcast concepts in the YA category.

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
If you have a children’s idea – we’ll totally hear that too! Both animation and live action/factual are in our wheelhouse.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
We particularly love concepts that show diversity in non-trope and fresh ways.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
We are open to most things, but if you’ve seen something very similar to your idea on the television in the last few years- maybe hold off on pitching that.

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
I’m interested in seeing something that already has a following – perhaps you’ve been publishing it yourself online and people have been drawn to it. I’m also interested in seeing traditional faery tales retold from the perspective of a different character.

BIO

Nadine Bates is passionate about creating compelling digital and broadcast content for young adults and children. At present Nadine is the Creative Director at Like A Photon Creative (LAPC) and is currently co-producing and screenwriting content for Sesame Street USA, Disney, ABC3 etc. She also launched LAPC’s digital platform PIXAPOPS via Virgin Airlines’ inflight entertainment system.

Website: www.likeaphoton.com
Facebook: facebook.com/likeaphoton
Twitter: @LikeAPhoton
Instagram: @LikeAPhoton

Nadine Bates

Nadine Bates

Martin Green – Pantera Press

Director of Sales and Marketing

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Pantera Press Fiction Imprint

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Romance, Chick-Lit, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Literary, YA, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Horror, Adventure, Drama, Comedy/Humour, Historical.

3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
Simple and engaging. I like a well-paced story I can’t put down.

4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Picture or illustrated books, cookbooks, self-help books, health and well being books, travel books, poetry, play scripts, short stories, compilations, novellas, chapter books or children’s books.

5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
I’d love to see some romance thrillers, or some really out there sci-fi – but chick-lit will always be my favourite. If there’s any chick-lit sci-fi in the world, I’d love to see it.

BIO

A director of Pantera Press since 2009, Martin spent his first years in the company manning the submissions desk, hunting through the diamond mine for the next great Australian storytellers with some wonderful finds along the way, from Robin Baker to Lynette Noni to Sulari Gentill.

Twitter: @PanteraPress

Martin Green

Martin Green

 

Lucy Bell – Pantera Press

Senior Editor

1. Which areas/imprints are you actively acquiring for?
Pantera Press Fiction Imprint

2. What subgenres are you currently seeking?
Romance, Chick-Lit, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Literary, YA, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Horror, Adventure, Drama, Comedy/Humour, Historical.
3. What kind of writing will especially pique your interest?
A clean, easy read. Writing that makes me lose track of time while I’m reading. Something that draws me in and gives me enough description to lose myself in the world without becoming too dense. A pleasant voice that is engaging, but does not distract from the story.
4. What are you not looking for, so we don’t waste your time and ours?
Picture or illustrated books, cookbooks, self-help books, health and well being books, travel books, poetry, play scripts, short stories, compilations, novellas, chapter books or children’s books.
5. What would you love/hate to see pitched to you?
I would love to see the next Nora Roberts, Jojo Moyes or Liane Moriarty. A new take on conventional romance with interesting characters and an original storyline.

BIO

Lucy has a Master of Publishing degree as well as majors in English and Ancient History.
Along with editorial skills, Lucy has experience in marketing, publicity, design and graphics editing. With Pantera Press since 2014, she aims to foster longstanding relationships with the next generation of talented Aussie authors in a passionate and innovative team creating top quality books.
When she’s not editing, Lucy is actively involved in the search for the next glittering new Aussie gem straight from the Pantera Press diamond mine of manuscripts.
Lucy has worked with a number of Pantera Press authors including John M. Green, Sulari Gentill, Graham Potts, Melanie Casey, B. Michael Radburn, Wanda Wiltshire, Les Zig and Rebecca Freeborn.

Twitter: @LucySquiggle 

 

Lucy Bell

Lucy Bell

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