Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Expert Team Captains of New Agent

I'm sure you want to know who will be making the picks to be seen by the agents. (See formatting instructions here.)

Please welcome the Expert Team Captains of New Agent! Each one will get four picks and the remaining ten picks will be decided by vote of the entire team. You really want to be following these explosive experts on twitter, because not only is it required to enter, but they will be talking about their slush reading under the hashtag #NewAgent. Who knows what bits of wisdom they'll share!

I think there is some confusion. All the Team Experts, except the MG, will be looking for adult, NA and YA entries. I just didn't bother to list that in their titles. 

Team Captain for Contemporary:

Natasha Raulerson

Natasha grew up as a tomboy hanging with the guys, getting skinned knees, and swimming in the South Florida sun. Though she’s more inclined to wear dresses now, she still prefers a good pair of chucks and comfy pair of jeans. Tattoos, Jack Daniels, and hanging at the pool are three of her favorite things. By day she writes about the characters driving her imagination wild. By night she enjoys a good book, hanging with her hubs, and getting snuggle attacks from her two spoiled pups.  She's represented by Laura Bradford. 

Team Captain for Romance and Women's Fiction:

Laura Heffernan

Laura Heffernan is a California-born women's fiction writer, represented by Michelle Richter at  Fuse Literary (  One Saturday morning when she was four or five, Laura sat down at the family's Commodore 64 and typed out her first short story. She's written both fiction and non-fiction ever since.

In her spare time, Laura likes travel, baking, board games, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and new experiences. She lives in the northeast, with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts. 

Team Captain for Fantasy and Science Fiction:

Dan Koboldt

Dan Koboldt works as a genetics researcher at Washington University, where he and his colleagues use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to uncover the genetic basis of inherited diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. He's also a bowhunter and avid outdoorsman. 

Dan writes science fiction and fantasy. His short SF story "Going Viral" appeared in the spring 2015 anthology from Third Flatiron Publishing. He's represented by Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary Agency. He runs the #SFFpit Twitter pitching event and the Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy blog series. Follow him on Twitter.

Team Captain for Middle Grade:

Wade Albert White

Wade hails from Nova Scotia, Canada, land of wild blueberries and Duck Tolling Retrievers. He teaches ancient Hebrew, dabbles in animation, and spends the rest of his time as a stay-at-home dad. It is also possible he has set a new record as the slowest 10K runner. Ever. He owns one pretend cat and one real one, and they get along fabulously. He has been writing speculative fiction for many years and is now represented by the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency.

If he could only bring three series to read on deserted island, it would be the three Hs: Harry Potter, Hellboy, and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Oh, and just for the record, Firefly should have had a seven season run. No question.

Team Captain for Mystery and Thriller:

Max Wirestone
Captain of Team Mystery, Max Wirestone is a librarian in a small New Hampshire town that's practically cozy-esque.  His first book, the geek-themed mystery THE UNFORTUNATE DECISIONS OF DAHLIA MOSS comes out October 20th in hardcover and audio.  He is a currently at work on his second Dahlia book, a "parenting noir" novella, and a machine that will somehow create more hours in his day.

He can be found at @maxwires on twitter, or at


  1. Good morning!

    Where would YA fit in? Or is it sitting this one out?

    1. All the Team Experts, except MG, will consider adult, NA, and YA entries. Middle grade is such a different sort of writing from the others that it gets it's own expert. Just as picture book would if it was included. (Sadly not enough picture book agents.)

      So Laura for example will look for adult, NA and YA romance. She'll also watch for good historical fiction of all ages.

      I'm sure there will be some overlap. Such as an expert may really love a middle grade. Or Max for instance might want a horror. They aren't 100% restricted to their genres. It's just suggested and that's why we have team picks.

    2. Sorry I just saw this after I posted my question. So she will look at historical even if it's not romance? Also--thank you!

    3. Yes. Everything will get looked at.

  2. Hi! Thanks for organizing this. :)

    Where would magical realism fit into these categories?