Agents and Presenters

Here are some of the agents, presenters, and panelists for 2020 Gotham Writers Conference. We will be adding more soon. View 2019 Agents & Presenters.

Kerry D'Agostino
Kerry D'Agostino
Agent
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Literary/Mainstream Fiction table 1
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Kerry D'Agostino is an agent at Curtis Brown LTD, where she's been since 2011. She represents literary and commercial fiction and is particularly interested in work that is voice driven, accessible, and authentic. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to someone, somewhere, or something new, or makes her see something in a new way.

Alyssa Eisner Henkin
Alyssa Eisner Henkin
Agent
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Middle Grade/Young Adult table 2
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Alyssa joined Trident Media Group in 2006 to expand the firm’s children’s book business. She represents all forms of literature and illustration for young people. She is primarily seeking middle grade from traditional novels to genre-bending graphic and nonfiction projects. She would love to see more author-illustrators. She also enjoys select young adult novels and memoirs, especially when they champion social justice or have a unique family or romantic dynamic. And with picture books, rollicking read-alouds and new author-illustrators are always intriguing.


David Forrer
David Forrer
Agent
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Literary/Mainstream Fiction table 2
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David Forrer began his career in publishing in 1997 after receiving a Masters in Creative Writing (fiction) from Boston University. He has been an agent with InkWell Management since it was created in 2004. His areas of interest and representation range from literary, commercial, historical and crime fiction to suspense/thriller, humorous non-fiction and popular history.

Alexandra Levick
Alexandra Levick
Agent
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Middle Grade/Young Adult table 2
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Alexandra Levick is a junior agent at Writers House where she is developing her picture book, middle grade, young adult, and adult lists. She represents a diverse list of creators whose style ranges from literary to commercial, and just about every space in between. Above all else, she seeks a captivating voice and a strong thematic point behind any work she represents.  

Kevin Lewis
Kevin Lewis
Agent
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Picture Book table
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Kevin Lewis is an agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency. He has been a publishing professional for more than 25 years and has held positions at Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and Disney. He has edited numerous best-selling and award-winning writers. As an agent, Kevin's focus primarily is on writer-illustrators and diverse voices.

Kate McKean
Kate McKean
Agent
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Middle Grade/Young Adult table 1
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Kate McKean joined HMLA in 2006 and is an adjunct professor at New York University. She is proud to work with authors in a wide variety of genres. She most actively looking for contemporary YA and Middle Grade fiction and non-fiction for kids of all ages; for adults she is looking for memoir, narrative non-fiction, mid-century historical fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels for all ages.

Sharon Pelletier
Sharon Pelletier
Agent
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Mystery/Thriller/Horror table
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Sharon Pelletier joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2013 after working for Europa Editions and Barnes & Noble. While her interests are broad, Sharon is especially seeking upmarket fiction, including unexpected suspense fiction and smart, complex women’s fiction. On the nonfiction side Sharon is eager for compelling, fierce narrative nonfiction by journalists, experts, and emerging voices with a growing platform. In all categories she particularly welcomes marginalized voices.


Alec Shane
Alec Shane
Agent
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Mystery/Thriller/Horror table
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Alec Shane is an agent at Writer’s House, where he’s been since 2008. He represents a fairly eclectic mix of children and adult fiction and nonfiction. He loves mysteries, thrillers, bad-ass protagonists with a chip on their shoulders, beautifully told historical fiction, well-researched adventure stories, and great horror.

Eric Smith
Eric Smith
Agent
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Science Fiction/Fantasy table
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Eric Smith is a literary agent and author living in Philadelphia. An agent with P.S. Literary, he's worked on New York Times bestselling and award-winning books. He's actively looking for Young Adult novels, genre-blending literary fiction, select sci-fi and fantasy, and all kinds of non-fiction (especially cookbooks and memoir!). You can learn more about him at his website, www.ericsmithrocks.com.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
Agent
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Nonfiction table
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Sarah joined David Black Agency in 2012 after beginning her career in book publishing at Trident Media Group. Her interests, personal and professional, include cooking and eating great food, listening to and playing music, running across bridges, attempting to grow plants on her fire escape and reading good books by great writers. Her nonfiction tastes lean toward memoir, biography, food and music writing, narrative history, and social studies, while her fiction tastes lean toward the literary.

J. L. Stermer
J. L. Stermer
Agent
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Nonfiction table
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JL is an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media. She is adding to her non-fiction list in both YA and adult categories with smart pop-culture, style, health & wellness, self-help, and memoir and more. She's looking for voices that reflect the world as it changes, stories that share the human experience of life, love, growth, and achievement. And they don’t have to all be serious–having fun is important!

Stacy Testa
Stacy Testa
Agent
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Literary/Mainstream Fiction table 1
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Stacy Testa is an agent at Writers House, where she has worked since 2011. She represents a wide range of genres, from literary, upmarket, and historical fiction to memoir, narrative, and platform-driven nonfiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she is the Writers House Media Rights Manager, a role in which she works on developing film and TV adaptation deals for the agency’s clients.

Mitchell Waters
Mitchell Waters
Agent
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Literary/Mainstream Fiction table 2
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Mitchell Waters began his publishing career in 1995 and is a senior agent at Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc., where he represents a wide and diverse array of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction, including mystery, history, biography and memoir.