Thursday, February 4, 2021

Speilburg Literary Agency is looking for manuscripts

Speilburg Literary Agency

Louisville, Kentucky

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The Speilburg Agency is a boutique agency with three agents representing a wide array of commercial fiction, young adult fiction, and nonfiction. The agency has three agents, two of whom are currently open to queries:

Alice Speilburg is the founding agent of Speilburg Literary and has worked in book publishing for more than a decade. She is a member of the Association of American Literary Agents (formerly the AAR) and represents narrative nonfiction and commercial fiction for adults and YA readers. 

Her fiction interests include Action/Adventure, Crime, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction.

In nonfiction, she’s looking for History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Physchology, Science, Sports, Travel, and True Crimes.

Her favourite sub-genres are Feminism, Narrative nonfiction, and Upmarket genre fiction.

Her first editing gig was on the news desk of her college daily, and she is still drawn to compelling nonfiction stories, especially those written by journalists, that deepen our understanding of culture and society. In fiction, she loves a complete immersion read that takes her to another world through the eyes of original characters. 

Alice previously worked at John Wiley & Sons, and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors, literary and professional societies, and branded content. She spends her weekends hiking with her husband and two sons.

Alice is open to queries December 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021. During that period {and the sooner, the better}, query Alice through her query manager here. After Jan 15, Alice will have a special link for queries from people who have attended workshops or conferences where she's spoken, and she'll be our guest speaker for the the How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, March 6, 2021. Details here.

Lindsey Smith got her start in the publishing industry as an author. After her own publishing success, she started working with other writers to help launch their books and shape their careers. To date, Lindsey has worked with over 1,000 authors and negotiated book deals even before becoming an agent. Her unique perspective helps shape her passion for the industry and her role as an advocate for her clients. 

Formerly a publicist and hailing from the world of self-publishing, Lindsey understands the importance of branding, and she works with each client not only to sell a book but to build a career. 

Lindsey is excited to work with first-time authors as well as those who are established. She is seeking nonfiction only, specifically prescriptive nonfiction that is compelling and voice-driven, with the ability to shed light on a topic that might be unknown. She especially loves projects and people that bring humor to serious situations. 

Lindsey is interested in cookbooks, lifestyle, health, pop culture, gender issues, self-help, true crime, and current events. She is especially interested in podcast-to-book ideas, journalists who specialize in specific research, and cookbooks that have a niche and/or narrative voice. Please do not send diet books.

Lindsey lives in Pittsburgh with her punk rock husband and their adorable rescue pup, Ms. Winnie Cooper.

Query Lindsay through her query manager here

Eva Scalzo is currently closed to queries. She expects to re-open to general queries about February 15, 2021, and to queries from diverse authors about January 15, 2021. 

In adult fiction, Eva represents Romance – all subgenres except inspirational – and especially, Contemporary, Regency, and Romantic Suspense. Plus, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Domestic Suspense.

She also represents all subgenres of Young Adult fiction, especially Contemporary, Urban Fantasy, and Science Fiction.

Check her current status re queries here or, for diverse authors, see here.

For more about these agents and what they’re looking for, see the Speilburg website here.

Picture Book author Lana Button
will be a guest speaker for
Writing Little Kid Lit

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our online How to get Published workshop Sunday, Sunday, January 24, with Barbara Berson of the Helen Heller Agency (see here).

And if you’re specifically interested in writing and publishing Kid Lit, don’t miss our online  Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshops with Scholastic Books Executive Editor Anne Shone, Saturday, Jan 30 (see here) and with Kids Can Press editor Kathleen Keenan, Saturday, Feb 27 (see here).

Also check out the Writing Kid Lit and Young Adult Fiction weekly class Tuesday evenings, Feb 2 – March 30 (see hereand the Writing Little Kid Lit  weekly class, Wednesday evenings Feb 3 – March 31 (see here).

Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take shape...

Weekly classes:

Online: Exploring Creative Writing, an introductory, low pressure course to get the creative juices flowing.  Offered at two times: Thursday evenings, Jan 21 – Apr 1 {see here} and Friday afternoons,  Jan 22 – April 2 {see here}.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, nine weeks of creativity and fellowship. Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – Apr1 {no class Feb 25}. Details here.  

     See all winter classes here.

Kelly Armstrong

Upcoming workshops:

Online: Writing and Revising, Saturday, February 6. Details here.

Online: How to Write a Bestseller, with New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, April 3.  Details here.

Algonquin Park: Writing Retreat at Arowhon Pines Resort, an island of luxury in the middle of a wilderness. Friday, May 28 – Monday, May 31. Details here.

For more details or to register for any workshop, retreat or weekly class, email

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding online and in-person writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Southampton, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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