Agents & Editors


Whitley Abell

Whitley Abell

Agent - Inklings Literary Agency

Stephanie Hansen

Agent - Metamophosis Literary Agency

Stephanie received her Master’s in 2008, and she’s currently beefing it up with a Creative Writing Specialization. She represents predominately YA SF/F but has a secret addiction for thrillers. While these are her favorite, she handles everything fiction from children’s picture books to adult mystery. Previously an editor for Mind’s Eye Literary Magazine, she joined Metamorphosis July 2016. She is actively looking for new authors. To query Stephanie, please address her in your initial email. (


What is Stephanie Looking for?

Stephanie is seeking for completed, polished manuscripts. Moreover, we highly recommend that you send a query to Stephanie Hansen at with subject line "ShowMe Writers Masterclass", along with an attached synopsis and first five pages of your work.

Linda Kasten

Literary Agent - Loiacono Literary Agency

Linda Kasten, an author and a former literary agent returns to the Show Me Writers Masterclass for another exceptional weekend. Passionate about taking readers on fictional and emotional journeys, she not only represents authors, she has completed four novels of her own in the thriller and romance suspense categories.

Earning an English/literature degree with minors in creative writing and journalism, she found writing fiction provided more freedom than writing facts after a long stint as staff writer and then editor of her college newspaper. She’s also been known to test her copywriting skills creating brochures and ads for various businesses and nonprofits.



Author website:



Sunday Morning Session, 10-10:50am -

Organic Characterization

One of the disappointing fiction elements agents commonly encounter in reviewing manuscripts is poorly developed characters. Unless a reader can connect with a character’s emotional journey, plot alone cannot save a manuscript. In this small informal gathering of 12-15 attendees, we will explore techniques an author can incorporate to draw upon his fictional setting, action, reactions, etc., using an organic method to breathe life into a story's characters.



Justin Wells

Justin Wells

Agent Apprentice - Corvisiero Literary Agency

Justin started his journey six years ago when he started his blog which grew far beyond what he had originally thought it ever would. If you had asked him then, he would have never imagined just how much his journey would impact his future. Being a literary agent is something that Justin has fallen in love with, and is eager to continue for years to come.

Justin is going into his Senior year of college, and will be graduating with a B.S. in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. He loves being able to utilize his skills in public relations to assist the agency, and his own clients through his work as a literary agent.

Justin loves every aspect of being a literary agent. He loves being able to do all he can to help writers. Be it writers he speaks to over social media, conferences, or other sources. The ability to help writers hone their craft is one of the most rewarding aspects of being an agent for him. He loves helping his amazing clients, along with the many other writers he comes into contact with through other means.


Middle Grade: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Adventure, and Historical Fiction.

Young Adult: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, and Dystopian.

New Adult: Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Science Fiction

Adult: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction

Submission Guidelines: 

Please follow the general submission guidelines on our "Submissions" page and send to with the subject title:
"Query - ATTN: Justin Wells, [name of manuscript]"

Include the following:
- Strong query
- 1-2 page synopsis
- 10 page sample of manuscript included in the body of your email, at the bottom (DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS)
- Social Media Links

Please do not e-mail unsolicited queries to his personal work e-mail. They will not be read. Thank you for your understanding.

Alice Speilburg

Alice Speilburg

Founder - Speilburg Literary Agency

Alice Speilburg is the founding literary agent at Speilburg Literary Agency and has worked in publishing since 2008. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators, and she is a board member of Louisville Literary Arts. She is currently building her client list and represents narrative nonfiction and commercial fiction for adult and YA readers.

For more information, please visit her website: or connect with her on Twitter @AliceNicoleH.

Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean

CoFounder - Fuse Literary Agency

Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a multi-million dollar marketing agency and 8 years as an agent/senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013. At Fuse Lit Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction plus middle-grade and young adult children’s books. Laurie is also the co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference, in its fifteenth year, and co-founded two ePublishing companies: for romance, and Ambush Books for tween and teen books (acquired by Short Fuse Publishing in 2015).

Find out more at and, and on Twitter @FuseLiterary and @AgentSavant.
Query her at and put “ShowMeRequest” in the subject line or it will be auto-rejected.

During the 2017 ShowMe Writers Masterclass PitchFest on Sunday, Laurie will be accepting pitches via SKYPE.


Luella Turner

Leanna Brunner

Mentor & PitchFest Editor

Leanna Brunner is a college professor, writer, and editor who strives to help other writers fulfill their dream of publishing their own manuscripts. She has taught high school and college writing classes at various schools for more than twenty years in the Kansas City area.

In 2014, she conducted the Write the Dream conference in Kansas City in an effort to educate aspiring writers about the writing and publishing realm. Since then, she has worked with more than two dozen writers and assisted them with making their publishing dreams come true. She has written and published four suspense novels, a short non-fiction book, and a series of workbooks and interactive classes on writing; she is soon to release her first children's book about a spider. In addition to teaching and writing, Leanna owns a business, Write the Dream, which offers curriculum, classes, coaching, editing, and design services for those who are interested in writing and/or publishing.

Leanna was the Marketing Speaker for the Fiction Track at the 2016 ShowMe Writers Masterclass.

For the 2017 ShowMe Writers Masterclass, you may register for a mentorship with Leanna and she will also be taking pitches at the PitchFest.
Be sure to visit her table in the booksigning area!

Leanna resides in Smithville, Missouri.

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