2019 Writer's Block Festival
Agent Pitch Sessions
November 16, 2019
Louisville Literary Arts is pleased to welcome the following agents to the 2019 Writer's Block Festival. These publishing professionals will provide feedback on your completed manuscripts during a 10-minute pitch session. Pitch sessions will be assigned based on the agent and editor's areas of interest and expertise, and will fill on a first-come basis. Please read the agent and editor bios below and fill out the registration form to save your spot!
Alice Speilburg -- Speilburg Literary
Alice Speilburg is the founding agent of Speilburg Literary and has worked in book publishing for more than a decade. She represents narrative nonfiction and commercial fiction for adult and YA readers. Her first editing gig was on the news desk of her college daily, and she is still drawn to compelling nonfiction stories, especially those written by journalists, that deepen our understanding of culture and society. In fiction, she loves a complete immersion read that takes her to another world through the eyes of original characters. She is especially interested in stories that sidestep into history, magic, mystery, horror, or adventure. Alice previously worked at John Wiley & Sons, and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors, literary and professional societies, and branded content. Alice serves as Vice President on the board of directors for Louisville Literary Arts.
Brent Taylor -- TRIADA US
Literary Agent Brent Taylor's tastes can best be described as upmarket: stories that are extremely well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience.
He is seeking smart, fun, and heartfelt books in the following categories: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels for kids and teens. His favorite books include: Charlotte's Web, The Thing About Jellyfish, The Vast Fields of Ordinary, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, and The Westing Game.
Kenzi Nevins -- C.Y.L.E., a literary agency
Kenzi is an award-winning writer and literary agent with a passion for magic realism and mythology. A graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing and theatre programs, she joined Cyle Young Literary Elite in 2018 as an agent representing illustrators and author/illustrators. She has been awarded second place for theatre journalism and critique from the Kennedy Center for American College Theatre, placed twice in the Serious Writer awards for YA fiction, and her short story, “The Last Freedom,” was published in eBook and paperback by StoryShares in 2017. At this time, Kenzi is specifically looking for illustrators, graphic novels, and picture books with extant illustrations. She's especially interested in myths and fairy tale retellings, or anything with a whimsical air. When she isn’t writing, Kenzi can be found watering her fairy garden, experimenting with little-known tea flavors, or wandering the aisles of her small-town Kentucky library.