Karyn Fischer

Karyn Fischer, Agent, Book Stop Literary Agency:

Karyn Fischer is a children’s book literary agent at BookStop Literary Agency and is actively looking to build her client list. She is particularly drawn to young adult and middle grade novels. Her favorite genres include gothic novels with twisty narratives and dark secrets, historical fiction, literary thrillers, well-drawn fantasy, heart-tugging romance, and genre blends. Karyn holds an MFA in Creative Writing, has completed three publishing internships, and previously worked as a bookseller and buyer in a small independent bookstore. Her background has given her a unique perspective on the book industry, as well as the skills to find and promote books she loves.


Twitter: @KMRFischer

What she’s looking for:

  • Middle-grade novels that are whimsical, magical, and adventure stories with page-turning plots and lovable characters
  • YA fantasy, historical, magical realism, genre blends, fun rom-coms, and gothic, literary thrillers
  • Picture Books: strong narrative arc, joyful characters, and lyrical writing.
  • Across age groups: uplifting historically marginalized creators and finding stories with unique and untold perspectives
  • Not a good match: issue-driven books or heavy-themed contemporary stories.

Submission Guidelines: Please upload the first 10 pages of your YA or MG manuscript, or your entire PB manuscript to the form located at

Lynnette Novak

Lynnette Novak, Agent, The Seymour Agency:

Lynnette Novak is an agent at The Seymour Agency and is currently building her client list.

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent. Lynnette has since closed her editing business and is excited to bring her passion for the written word to agenting.

Although Lynnette was born and raised Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate relationship), working on an assortment of crafts, all things having to do with animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and enjoying time with family and friends.

She loves dark and suspenseful, mysterious twists, unique worlds, light and funny, a good love story, and lots of voice.

Twitter: @lynnette_novak

The Seymour Agency


What she’s looking for:

  • Always looking for own voices, diversity, and LGBTQ+
  • Adult Fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur, sleuth, and cozy)
  • YA Fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, contemporary, mysteries, fantasy, and sci-fi
  • MG Fiction: contemporary, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, mystery, and humor
  • Children’s Fiction: picture books (non-rhyming preferred)


Lisa Mangum of Shadow Mountain

Lisa Mangum, Managing Editor, Shadow Mountain:

Lisa Mangum has worked in the publishing industry since 1997. She is currently the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects (memoir, educational, cookbooks, etc.) and some children’s picture books.

Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello) as well as several short stories and novellas. She has edited multiple anthologies and has written a nonfiction book about the craft of writing using the TV show Supernatural. She currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.


Instagram: shadowmountainpub

Twitter: @LisaMangum


What she’s looking for:

  • Historical fiction/romance
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Contemporary MG
  • Contemporary YA
  • Cookbooks
  • Nonfiction
Samantha Millburn

Samantha Millburn, Managing Editor of Covenant Communications:

Samantha Millburn is the managing editor of Covenant Communications and has happily dedicated her work life to editing excellent books. She collaborates with extremely talented writers and cherishes not only her friendships with them but also the honor it is to help them turn their manuscripts into masterpieces. She has done so with more than three hundred books from more than seventy authors.

She graduated from BYU–Idaho with honors with a bachelor’s degree in English. She currently lives in Rigby, Idaho, with her husband, Matthew, and their five beautiful children. Besides reading, Samantha enjoys watching and playing sports, cooking, and being with family.

Covenant Communications:

What she’s looking for:

  • Christian Fiction (no LDS content but strong general Christian themes)
  • Romance
  • Historical
  • Suspense
  • Regency Romance
  • Holiday Inspiration
  • Christmas (Booklets)
  • Easter (Books or Booklets)
  • Mother’s Day (Books or Booklets)
  • Father’s Day (Books or Booklets)