2018 Literary Agents
Clelia Gore of Martin Literary & Media Management, Gary Luke of Sasquatch Books, and Elizabeth Wales of Wales Literary Agency, Inc. will hear pitches at this year's conference. Learn more about the genres they're looking for and familiarize yourself with the process of pitching in the information below.
Clelia Gore — Martin Literary & Media Management
Clelia Gore heads the children and young adult division at Martin Literary & Media Management.
Clelia is a former attorney from New York City who much prefers her life in Seattle as a literary agent. She represents picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
Gary Luke — Sasquatch Books
Gary Luke is the publisher of Sasquatch Books in Seattle. Authors he has worked with include Nancy Pearl, David Ulin, Bruce Barcott, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Ciscoe Morris, and Jack Nisbet.
He has toiled in the fields of publishing at Simon & Schuster, Plume/Dutton/Penguin, and Dell/Delacorte in New York, and The Seattle Times (where he was involved in hard-copy content delivery at the residential level).
He was an English major at Western when it was called a state college. He is currently reading The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee.
Elizabeth Wales — Wales Literary Agency, Inc.
Elizabeth Wales is the principal agent and owner of Wales Literary Agency, Inc., established in Seattle in 1990 and described as a “discerning Seattle outfit in search of literary nonfiction and fiction from the Pacific Rim and beyond.” Client books have appeared on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and other national bestseller lists, and earned strong reviews and many national awards.
Subjects of interest for the agency are mainstream and literary fiction, graphic novels, narrative driven nonfiction and memoirs —with special interests in science, nature, social justice, politics, health, food writing, and culture.
Forthcoming and recently published titles include At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life by Samuel Harrington, MD (Hachette, 2018); Our Native Bees by Paige Embry (Timber/Workman, 2018); Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery (Norton, 2017), a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing; Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little, Brown, 2017); Witness Tree by Lynda Mapes (Bloomsbury, 2017); Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Thankful: A Year in Small Town Government (Algonquin, 2019) by Heather Lende, author of NY Times Bestseller, If You Lived Here, You’d Know My Name and Find the Good (Algonquin, 2016) — the latter two titles have been optioned for TV by Freemantle Media; and Victory Parade, a graphic novel about WWII by Leela Corman (Schocken/Pantheon, 2019), author of Unterzakhn, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, 2013 Le Prix Artemisia, and the Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album.
Jean Hegland’s most recent novel, Still Time (Arcade, 2016), will appear in paperback this year. The indie movie of Into the Forest, directed by Patricia Rozema and starring Ellen Page, sparked fresh interest in Hegland’s Into the Forest; translations have been sold to France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, and Korea. In France, it spent weeks on the French national bestseller list, and a graphic novel adaptation, featuring art by Lomig, is forthcoming.
The Agency also represents Dan Savage, David Mas Masumoto, Gordon Edgar, Julia A. Boyd, Peter Donahue, Kenny Fries, Martin Laird, Cinthia Ritchie and Robert Spector, among about fifty clients.
Elizabeth began her publishing career at Oxford University Press in New York; she also worked at the Strand and Viking Penguin. A graduate of Smith College, she did graduate work in American Literature at Columbia University. She is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR), and the Authors Guild.
Preparing For Your Pitch Session
- You must pre-register for pitch sessions by June 15. There will be no sign-ups during the conference.
- Register early! The number of sessions is limited. Pitch times will be randomly assigned, and you will receive the exact time of your scheduled pitch session(s) when you check in at the conference.
- Pitch sessions will be five minutes in duration.
- You have the option to pitch each agent once only (on a space available basis.)
- Please read the following Guide to Pitching before signing up. We hope the following information will answer your questions and assist you in your preparation. Your best shot at a good session is preparedness.
Guide to Pitching
Dos and Don’ts
- Be natural—you know your material better than anyone else.
- Make eye contact; be excited.
- Don’t memorize your pitch. Just tell agents about it.
- Know the facts about your own material—word count, genre, fiction or non-fiction category.
- Don’t give out business cards, copies of your bio or manuscript, but have them on hand if asked..
- Use agent blogs and website to learn about attending agents. You’ll know what they do and do not want to see, and you’ll be more confident.
- Be able to answer the question, “Which books would your book sit next to on the shelf?”
- Practice ahead of time—you’ll be more confident.
- Don’t use clichés, and don’t recap the plot.
- Let the agent know why s/he would like to read the work and why readers will be deeply engaged.
- Mention if the work has been professionally edited.
- Let the agent know if you have been previously published.
- Be aware of personal hygiene—don’t smoke before a meeting or wear strong fragrances.
- Be cognizant of personal space.