What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About (or To) Agents

Room 2505AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, February 8, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


You’ve finalized your manuscript and perfected your query letter, but now what? How do you know the etiquette or strategy to approach finding the right agent? And what comes after you’ve found the dream fit? Five seasoned literary agents offer insight about what they’re looking for, how they work with authors, and why you should never ever pitch them in the bathroom. The conversation will approach the agent/author relationship with transparency, candor, and care.

This event will take place in person in the Kansas City Convention Center. In addition to the in-person event at the conference, a prerecorded version of this event will be available to view on-demand.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline_AWP24.docx



Sarah Bowlin joined Aevitas Creative Management as an agent in early 2017 after about a decade as an editor of bold new voices in literary fiction and nonfiction at Riverhead Books and most recently at Henry Holt & Co.

Annie Hwang is a literary agent at Ayesha Pande Literary where she represents literary fiction with teeth and select nonfiction. Her authors include John Paul Brammer, Franny Choi, Lilly Dancyger, Carson Faust, Faylita Hicks, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Cleo Qian, and Alison C. Rollins.

Lucy Carson has been with The Friedrich Agency since 2008, where she works with Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling authors including Elizabeth Strout, Ruth Ozeki, Leila Mottley, and Karen Joy Fowler. Lucy also manages the book-to-film rights for the entire Friedrich Agency roster.

Mariah Stovall is an agent at Trellis Literary Management, where she represents adult fiction and nonfiction. She previously worked at Howland Literary, Writers House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Gallery Books. She's also the author of the novel I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both.

Mina Hamedi represents adult literary fiction and nonfiction. She is interested in stories from around the world, particularly her native Turkey and Iran. She is an associate agent at Janklow & Nesbit where she works with cofounder Lynn Nesbit. She lives in New York City with her Turkish street cats, Saffron and Lemon.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center