Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jennie Goloboy of Donald Maass Literary

Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 8.09.50 PM.pngLiterary agent Jennie Goloboy joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2017. Before that, she was an agent at Red Sofa Literary for six years.

She has a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard, and published a book based on her dissertation, Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era, in 2016.

She is seeking:

Jennie is particularly looking for fun, innovative, diverse, and progressive science fiction and fantasy for adults. She thinks that one of the most important jobs of science fiction is to imagine a future we want to live in.

As a fan of character-driven novels, she wants to be desperate to know what happens to your hero by the time she’s finished your writing sample. Romance and humor are always a plus. If your book combines an oddball premise with a compelling protagonist, she wants to read it. Adorable body horror? Quirky intentional communities? Please send them on!

Jennie is also looking for nonfiction history for a popular, adult audience. She’s a particular fan of histories of an idea, and narratives about early America. She is not interested in historical novels, or in memoir.


Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Yana Makuwa of Graywolf Press

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 1.37.49 PM.pngYana Makuwa is an editorial assistant at Graywolf Press.

She is taking pitches for literary fiction, memoir, short story collections, and essay collections.

Yana studied English and Spanish at Cornell University, with a focus on African American and African diaspora literature, and literary translation. Before joining Graywolf, she worked as an intern at Macmillan with the We Need Diverse Books internship program. She is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe.



Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Lauren Jablonski is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan

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Lauren Jablonski is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, part of Macmillan.

Lauren is interested in acquiring commercial fiction and nonfiction for both young adult and adult. She enjoys contemporary, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, romance, thrillers and anything with a unique voice — especially works that promote strong female characters, inclusion, and diversity.

In nonfiction, she is interested in quirky, gifty, and celebrity projects as well as memoir, pop-science, business, and projects about strong women. She loves being sucked into worlds she knows nothing about. The magic is in the details.

She works with authors including Anita Hughes, Meghan Masterson, Jonathan Maberry, Lev Grossman, Martine Rothblatt, Doug the Pug, and Ron Darling among many others.

She was a Literature major at CNU before doing NYU’s post-grad certificate program in publishing at the Summer Publishing Institute. She moved to New York City from Virginia (which everyone should go visit) and has been at Macmillan for the past five years.

Get to Know an Agency Assistant in Attendance: Lynnette Novak of The Seymour Agency

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Lynnette Novak is an agent assistant at The Seymour Agency and is actively building her list.

She’s seeking fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, romance (contemporary, SF/F romance, romantic comedy), mysteries (traditional, cozy, amateur sleuth), and YA.

(Previously, another Seymour Agency assistant, Lesley Sabga, was attending the workshop to take pitches on behalf of the whole agency. Lynnette is taking her place.)

She will also be taking pitches on behalf of all acquiring agents at The Seymour Agency. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Lizzie Poteet — looking for all romance from inspirational to erotic

Jennifer Wills — all children’s literature, including picture books

Tina Wainscott — self-help, nonfiction, prescriptive, spiritual

Julie Gwinn — all romance, mysteries, thrillers, inspirational

Nicole Resciniti — romance, YA, MG, SF/F, thrillers, mysteries, cozies, history, cookbooks, women’s fiction

Lesley Sabga — adult/YA: SF/F, suspense/thriller and romance

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as 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. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent. Lynnette has since closed her editing business and is excited to bring her passion for the written word to agenting as she builds her client list.

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.

She loves dark and suspenseful, mysterious twists, unique worlds, light and funny, a good love story, and lots of voice.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Erik Hane of Red Sofa Literary

Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 2.18.12 PM.pngErik Hane is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary.

Erik is a writing major from Knox College, and attended the Denver Publishing Institute after graduation. His first publishing job came soon after, as an editorial assistant and then assistant editor at Oxford University Press. He then moved to The Overlook Press as an acquiring editor, working on primarily upmarket nonfiction (history, biography, pop science), but was lucky enough to work on some novels as well.

He is seeking: For fiction, he only seeks literary fiction. For nonfiction, he seeks popular science, sports writing, popular culture/modern life, essays, and history. In nonfiction, he loves seeing complex subjects written about in an engaging way for the non-expert, or energetic, incisive looks at topics not usually treated that way (looking at you, sports writing).

He wants to see literary novels that also place importance on story; no use writing beautifully if nothing’s going on.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary

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Michelle Grajkowski is a literary agent with 3 Seas Literary.

From the moment Michelle first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?) Since then, her agency has sold almost 700 books to all the major publishing houses, and has grown from one agent to three!

Michelle’s client list includes New York Times best-selling Authors Katie MacAlister, Cathy McDavid, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson.

She primarily represents romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction along with select nonfiction projects with a terrific message. She is currently looking for fantastic writers with a voice of their own.

When not curled up with a great manuscript, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two crazy puppies, who refuse to grow up.