Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lori Galvin of Aevitas Creative Management

Lori Galvin is a literary agent with Aevitas Creative Management

Lori represents a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction authors including Wanda M. Morris/ALL HER LITTLE SECRETS (Willam Morrow, 2021), Sara Goudarzi/THE ALMOND IN THE APRICOT (Deep Vellum 2022); Cambria Brockman/TELL ME EVERYTHING (Ballantine, 2019; optioned by Netflix); Hannah Kirshner/WATER, WOOD, and WILD THNGS (Viking 2021); and Kwame Onwuachi/NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF (Knopf,2019; optioned by A24 and his next book planned for 2022). As a former book editor, Lori is very editorial in working with clients and is a passionate advocate for all voices.

In fiction, she seeks: Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary, Mystery, New Adult, Short Story, Thriller, Women’s Fiction

In nonfiction, she seeks: True Crime.

Favorite sub-genres: Cozy Mystery, Diversity, Domestic Suspense, Feminism, Gothic Horror, Multicultural, Psychological Thrillers, Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction, Suspense, Upmarket Women’s Fiction, WWI, WWII, upmarket genre fiction

Things that get her attention:

Voices of all kinds, otherwise known as #OwnVoices

High-concept novels that possess a strong voice and airtight plot.

Historical fiction that resonates with the issues of today–I love dual past/present timelines.

Voicey novels of suspense with great twists or a fresh approach such as those by Mark Edwards, Samantha Downing, Oyinkan Braithwaite

Supernatural thrillers or thrillers with a hint of horror such as Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls, Alex North’s The Whisper Man, Stephen King’s The Outsiders.

Compassionate novels of crimes or misdemeanors that often provide the reader with psychological insight. Authors I admire who do this well are Tim Johnston, Dennis Lehane, Attica Locke, Walter Mosley, and Steph Cha. Or the television programs Broadchurch or Unforgotten.

Spy or spy-like novels where the protagonist isn’t necessarily a trained spy. Examples include Holly Watt’s To the Lions, John le Carre’s The Night Manager, and Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant.

Fiction rich in family dynamics or relationships of all kinds in line with writers like Kiley Ried, Laura Zigman, Christopher Castellani, Bryan Washington

Gothic fiction, especially if plot-driven.

Speculative fiction that is often grounded (not too sci fi), in line with Emily St. John Mandel, Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Lily Brooks Dalton

Retellings of classics or fairytales aimed at young adults or adults

*I am currently taking a break from police procedurals. I typically am not interested in military thrillers or suspense or thrillers centered on organized crime.

Fantasy and sci fi (please see what I do want in speculative above)

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