About this New Literary Agent Spotlight series: We love spotlighting and profiling
new literary agents —such as Maureen Moretti of P.S. Literary— because they are
actively seeking new writers and constructing a client list.
Literary agent bio: Maureen Moretti began her publishing career as an intern with several prestigious literary agencies before joining P.S. Literary as an associate agent. She holds a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College of California, and attended the Columbia Publishing Course.
What to submit to Maureen: Maureen is actively acquiring both nonfiction and fiction. Within nonfiction, she is searching for narrative nonfiction, culture, history, biography, LGBTQ+, cookbooks and lifestyle. Within fiction, she is looking for women’s fiction, thrillers, LGBTQ+, select science fiction, literary fiction, and genre-bending unique voices.
How to query Maureen: Please limit your submission to just a query letter that consists of the following:
Paragraph One – Introduction: Include the title and category of your work (i.e. fiction or nonfiction and topic), an estimated word count and a brief, general introduction.
Paragraph Two – Brief overview: This should read similar to back-cover copy.
Paragraph Three – Writer’s bio: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background (awards and affiliations, etc.).
- Do not send attachments. Please use text within the body of your e-mail.
- Please do not submit a full-length manuscript/proposal unless requested.
- Always let us know if your manuscript/proposal is currently under consideration by other agents/publishers.
- Address your query to the attention of the agent you feel is the best match for your work.
- Please do not query multiple agents at the agency simultaneously; – if you don’t receive a response to your query within 4-6 weeks, it means a no from the agency.
The agency only accepts submissions via e-mail. Queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Query for Maureen” in the subject line.
ATTEND A WRITERS CONFERENCE IN 2020.
Here are some conferences I’m speaking at or helping coordinate in 2020.
All of them have attending agents meeting with attendee writers:
March 7, 2020: Minnesota Writing Workshop (St. Paul, MN)
March 7, 2020: Atlanta Writing Workshop (Atlanta, GA)
March 28, 2020: Pittsburgh Writing Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA)
March 28, 2020: Kansas City Writing Workshop (Kansas City, MO)
April 4, 2020: Kentucky Writing Workshop (Louisville, KY)
April 18, 2020: Carolina Writing Workshop (Charlotte, NC)
April 25, 2020: Seattle Writing Workshop (Seattle, WA)
April 25, 2020: Michigan Writing Workshop (Detroit suburbs)
May 2, 2020: Writing Conference of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
May 9, 2020: San Diego Writing Workshop (San Diego, CA)
May 16, 2019: Cincinnati Writing Workshop (Cincinnati, OH)
May 16, 2020: Florida Writing Workshop (Tampa, FL)
June 13, 2020: Tennessee Writing Workshop (Nashville, TN)
June 27, 2020: Writing Workshop of Chicago (Chicago, IL; ALA weekend)
and click here for more 2020 writing conference suggestions around the U.S