About this New Literary Agent Spotlight series: We love spotlighting and profiling new literary agents —such as Maureen Moretti of P.S. Literary— because they are actively seeking new writers and constructing a client list.
Literary Agent Bio: Maureen Moretti began her publishing career as an intern with several prestigious literary agencies before joining P.S. Literary as an associate agent. She holds a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College of California, and attended the Columbia Publishing Course.
What to Submit to Maureen: Maureen is actively acquiring both non-fiction and fiction. Within non-fiction she is searching for Narrative Non-Fiction, Culture, History, Biography, LGBTQ+, Cookbooks and Lifestyle. Within fiction she is looking for Women’s Fiction, Thrillers, LGBTQ+, select Science Fiction, Literary Fiction and genre-bending unique voices.
How to Query Maureen: Please limit your submission to just a query letter that consists of the following:Paragraph One – Introduction: Include the title and category of your work (i.e. fiction or nonfiction and topic), an estimated word count and a brief, general introduction.
Paragraph One – Introduction: Include the title and category of your work (i.e. fiction or nonfiction and topic), an estimated word count and a brief, general introduction.
Paragraph Two – Brief overview: This should read similar to back-cover copy.
Paragraph Three – Writer’s bio: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background (awards and affiliations, etc.).
- Do not send attachments. Please use text within the body of your e-mail.
- Please do not submit a full-length manuscript/proposal unless requested.
- Always let us know if your manuscript/proposal is currently under consideration by other agents/publishers.
- Address your query to the attention of the agent you feel is the best match for your work.
- Please do not query multiple agents at the agency simultaneously – if you don’t receive a response to your query within 4-6 weeks it means a no from the agency.
We only accept submissions via e-mail. Queries should be directed to email@example.com.
Please Note: If we are interested in seeing material we normally respond within 4-6 weeks. However, the process may take longer depending on the volume of submissions we may be reviewing at a particular time. Please do not call to check on the status of your submission – if you have a question or concern with regard to your submission, e-mail is the best way to inquire.
ATTEND A WRITERS CONFERENCE IN 2019/2020. Here are some writers conferences WQP staffers are either speaking at or wholeheartedly endorse:
- June 29, 2019: Writing Workshop of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
- July 13, 2019: Chesapeake Writing Workshop (Washington, D.C.)
- July 27, 2019: Colorado Writing Workshop (Denver, CO)
- August 9, 2019: Sacramento Writing Workshop (Sacramento, CA)
- August 10, 2019: Writing Workshop of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
- August 17, 2019: Toronto Writing Workshop (Toronto, Canada)
- Sept. 7, 2019: Boston Writing Workshop (Boston, MA)
- Oct. 25, 2019: Oklahoma Writing Workshop (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Oct. 26, 2019: Writers Conference of Dallas (Dallas, TX)
- Nov. 15, 2019: Writing Workshop of Austin (Austin, TX)
- Nov. 16, 2019: Houston Writing Workshop (Houston, TX)
- Nov. 23, 2019: Arizona Writing Workshop (Phoenix, AZ)
- Nov. 23, 2019: Philadelphia Writing Workshop (Philadelphia, PA)
- March 6, 2020: Alabama Writing Workshop (Birmingham, AL)
- March 7, 2020: Atlanta Writing Workshop (Atlanta, GA)
- March 7, 2020: Minnesota Writing Workshop (St. Paul, MN)
- March 28, 2020: Pittsburgh Writing Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA)
- March 28, 2020: Kansas City Writing Workshop (Kansas City, KS)
- April 25, 2020: Michigan Writing Workshop (outside Detroit MI)
- April 25, 2020: Seattle Writing Workshop (Seattle, WA)
- May 2, 2020: Writing Conference of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
- May 9, 2020: San Diego Writing Workshop (San Diego, CA)
- May 16, 2020: Cincinnati Writing Workshop (Cincinnati, OH)
and click here for more 2019 / 2020 writers conference suggestions