Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Stephanie Winter of P.S. Literary

Stephanie Winter is a literary agent at P.S. Literary.

She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and an M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. She is looking for diverse, inclusive voices in fiction and graphic novels for adults and young readers. Stephanie particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes, genders, and more.

Stephanie is acquiring: adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade fiction, in addition to Graphic Novels. She’s actively seeking titles with diverse and inclusive representation that offer smart, culturally aware, and enriching narratives. For young readers, Stephanie loves a good adventure story, light SFF, and STEAM topics. In the adult space, she appreciates all sorts of fiction but particularly enjoys Rom-Coms and Thrillers (located outside the home) and LGBTQ+ stories that bring joy. Stephanie also acquires select nonfiction in all age groups, with a soft spot for projects that blend illustration with information on culturally relevant topics.


Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Eric Smith of P.S. Literary

Eric Smith is a literary agent with P.S. Literary.

Eric has a love for young adult books, literary fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction. He’s worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling titles, and began his publishing career at Quirk Books. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books and the publishing industry regularly appear on Book Riot, Paste Magazine, and Publishing Crawl. He also occasionally writes books when he finds the time, like his latest, Don’t Read the Comments (Inkyard Press).

Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and non-fiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), Middle Grade, and Literary and Commercial Fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of non-fiction, he’s interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humor, Middle Grade, essay collections, and blog-to-book ideas.

Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Leah Pierre of Ladderbird Literary

Leah Pierre is a literary agent with Ladderbird Literary.

A Texas native, Leah moved to the east coast to pursue her dream of working in publishing. She recently graduated from Rosemont College with her B.A. in English and History, and she is currently pursuing her MA in Publishing. Leah spends her time enjoying the company of fictional characters more than people. When not in the company of fictional characters, Leah hangs out with friends and family, cooks, and catches up on movies and TV shows she is always behind on.

What she’s looking for:

She is looking for diverse and unique work that is fast paced and has a complex cast of diverse characters. Something that will keep her on the edge of her seat and unable to put down. As much as she pretends to hate them, she loves a good plot twist and a shocking ending. She’s also a huge sucker for camaraderie, banter, and the tight-knit, family-like group of friends trope.

Young Adult/Adult:

  • Fantasy with elements of myth and legend: preferably lesser known myths/legends i.e. Middle Eastern
  • Romantic meet cute/coming-of-age journey of self-discovery and self-love: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Series and Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • Realistic and raw family-centered novels
  • Mysteries and psychological thrillers: unreliable narrators are okay; something similar to Orphan Black, Black Mirror, and Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • Fairy-tale retellings/reimaginings
  • Espionage/heist concept novels: think Leverage, Now You See Me, and Six of Crows
  • Historical fantasy/fiction
  • Social justice inspired
  • Romance: ideally interracial; no cliche problems about cheating, parental disapproval, or high school drama. Give me something out of the ordinary, please.

New Adult:

  • Romance: ideally interracial; no cliche problems about cheating and parental disapproval. Give me something that deals with the struggles of today online dating culture, about how couples deal with growth and life pulling them in two different directions, or how society’s views can impact interracial relationships. Think Someone Great with Gina Rodriguez and Gayle Forman’s Just One Day duology.
  • Coming-of-age/self discovery
  • F/F friendship
  • The college experience as well as the post-college experience: how the expectations drastically differed from reality or how a recent college grad is blindsided after entering the adult world and the working force and how they slowly manage to navigate it and get on their feet.