Linda Kasten

Linda Kasten

Linda Kasten, an author and agent with Loiacono Literary Agency, returns to the Show Me Writers Masterclass for another exceptional weekend, having acquired two engaging manuscripts from previous attendees and a third in the works. 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.

Enjoying her new career as a literary agent, even though she admits she feels guilty about having this much fun, she continues to build her author list and reviews manuscripts in several genres: thriller/suspense, mystery, romance, adventure, alternative history, cozies, and mainstream fiction.


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What is Linda Looking?

Linda is interested in finished manuscripts. If you attend Linda’s pitchfest, and wish to send a query to Loiacono Literary agency you may do so at a later date. Make sure to mention “ShowMe Writers Masterclass” in the subject line of your email. You can the submission guidelines on the agency website at

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.



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