Agents & Editors


Whitley Abell

Whitley Abell

Agent - Inklings Literary Agency

Whitley Abell is a Literary Agent with Inklings Literary Agency. With degrees in English Literature and Secondary Education, she can tell you everything there is to know about feminist literary theory and the Common Core Standards. She completed successful internships with Carol Mann Agency, P.S. Literary Agency, and Inklings Literary Agency, the last of which she later joined as an assistant, and is now building her own list as an agent. When she’s not agenting or daylighting as a content manager, she can typically be found sipping tea, binging cult classic shows, and slipping down rabbit holes of the literary and fandom varieties. What is Whitley looking for? Whitley is currently building her client list and is actively seeking completed young adult, middle grade, and select commercial fiction manuscripts (namely women’s fiction, mystery/suspense/thrillers, and fantasy). Strong female voices are near and dear to her heart, and she is particularly drawn to fresh retellings, diverse voices, dark twists, and distance parts of the world she’ll likely never see. For more information, visit and, find Whitley on twitter (handle: @whitleyabell), or check out her manuscript wishlist (MSWL) at

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

Linda Kasten

Book Consultant and Breakout Session Speakker

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.

Andrew Doty

Andrew Doty

Editor - Owner of Editwright

Andrew Doty is an editor at (and the owner of) Editwright, a copyediting and proofreading services company, as well as a freelance developmental editor. He also volunteers as the editor-in-chief of punctum books, an open-access, para-academic publisher with 17 imprints, and as the editorial director of the St. Louis Publishers Association, a nonprofit committed to helping writers publish, market, and sell more books. Andrew is a poet and musician who has been publishing and performing for over 20 years.

Meghan Pinson

Meghan Pinson

Editor and Mentor

Meghan Pinson provides expert editing, engaging critique, and fearless consulting to authors of novels and nonfiction manuscripts. She launched My Two Cents Editing in 2009 as a full-time freelance copyeditor and has steadily expanded to help her clients move from first draft to faithful readerships. Now her small crew of literary specialists provides comprehensive manuscript critique and a full range of editing services: editorial assessment, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and post-editing cleanup. Meghan leads writing and editing workshops at conferences and for small groups, and collaborates with her partner at Outrider Literary to guide authors through publication along indie, traditional, and hybrid paths. Meghan is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, the Missouri Writers Guild, the St. Louis Publishers Association, and Reedsy (where you can see her portfolio). Check out and write to for more information.

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