2019 Conference – Agent Pitches

Agent Pitches are included with registration, and they are granted in the order that registrations are received. Be prepared: We suggest you read Agent Pitch Suggestions.

Lesley Sabga, associate Aagent

The Seymour Agency, NY

2019 Agent - Lesley SabgaBio: Lesley Sabga is a University of Kentucky graduate who also obtained her editorial certification from the University of Chicago. She has worked as an editorial intern and freelancer for multiple publishing houses. Since 2014, she has worked for The Seymour Agency. Starting out as an eager intern, she worked her way up to literary assistant and then associate agent.

Sabga loves intricate and vivid world building and character-driven plots. She is actively acquiring middle grade, YA, and adult fantasy/science fiction. She is also down to read a dark and twisty suspense or thriller featuring strong, female protagonists. In addition, she loves immersing herself into a happily-ever-after romance or curling up with a good mystery. Narrative non-fiction is also high on her acquisition list.


Maria Heater, literary assistant to Kristin Nelson                

Kristin Nelson Literary Agency, Denver

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Maria joined Nelson Literary Agency in 2019 as Kristin’s assistant. In addition to queries and submissions, she assists with foreign rights and the NLA newsletters.   www.nelsonagency.com/

  • Voice and character driven stories well told.
  • Literary or literary/commercial adult novels (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet, Where’d You Go Bernadette?, A Man Called Ove) 
  • Historical/literary adult novels
  • Big crossover adult novels (literary or upmarket level writing) w/one foot squarely in genre (Wool, Station 11, Lexicon, Ready Player One)
  • Literary Speculative Fiction
  • Voice & character-driven thrillers, science fiction & fantasy
  • Voice & character-driven upmarket women’s fiction, upmarket and smart Chick Lit and Rom Com (Think Crazy Rich AsiansThe Kiss Quotient)
  • Young adult & middle grade novels (all genres including contemporary, #ownvoices, boy adventure, magical, girl power, STEM girls are my jam, characters who use brains over brawn)

SmithsonLindsey Lewis Smithson  Straight Forward Poetry, editor

Lindsey will be taking pitches for her on-line poetry magazine, Straight Forward Poetry. Those pitching may bring up to five poem for Lindsey to look out. These poems are not submitted in advance.

Bio: Lindsey Lewis Smithson has her MFA from UC Riverside’s Palm Desert Low Residency MFA. She has served as the Poetry Editor and the Managing Editor for The Coachella Review, in addition to having read for The Pacific Review and The Whistling Fire. She runs both the magazine and the editing service for Straight Forward Poetry and Straight Forward Editing. To help support local writers she is a member of the Castle Rock Writers. She resides in Parker, Colorado with her dogs, her kids, and her man. Lindsey has a deep passion for the LA Kings, garden gnomes, baking her own bread and watching horrible movies that she will then complain about loudly.

Veronica Yager

CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Association) Board Member

Founder and Lead Designer of YellowStudios Book Design, eBook Conversions & Website Design

imageFor non-fiction writers and others who want feedback on their projects or want to learn more about self-publishing, a pitch time with Veronica is sure to be helpful.

Bio: Veronica Yager majored in Animation, with a minor in Graphic Design & Multimedia. She began working as an editor in 2008 for a series of books, and in 2009 started a book design studio working with self-publishing authors. Having edited and designed various EVVY Award winners, she went on to win EVVY Awards for her own work. Veronica lives outside of Denver, CO with her husband and their three children.