Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Cheryl Ferguson of The Ferguson Literary Agency

Cheryl Ferguson is a literary agent and the founder of The Ferguson Literary Agency.

She is seeking: commercial/mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, chick lit, romance (single-title only), romantic suspense, espionage/thriller, multicultural fiction, historical fiction, young adult, and fantasy.

She is not seeking screenplays, children’s picture books, horror, poetry, essays, photography, coffee table books, nonfiction, or short story collections.

She brings 20 years of business and publishing experience to her role as a literary agent and advocate for her clients.

Her former career in corporate accounting equipped her to handle the complexities of royalty statements, taxes, and finance.  She also franchised convenience stores which honed her expertise in customer relations, contract negotiation, and sales.

Yet, it was as a Waldenbooks store manager that she grew and excelled in all things publishing related.  Her first award as a manager was winning an American Bookseller Association scholarship (ABA) based on her essay, “Why Genre Fiction Allows Literary Fiction to Stay on Bookstore Shelves.” From the ABA she learned the book business from the ground up in laser intensive classes which led to a phenomenal track record of national signings and company awards—including #1 store in the company.

Ever dedicated to writing and writers, Ms. Ferguson founded the Savannah Romance Writers and the Multicultural Romance Writers chapters of Romance Writers of America. 

All of her experience in the publishing industry has led Ms. Ferguson to a deep understanding of how to make the author/agent connection a win-win deal for everyone involved.  As an agent she knows that sales are the bottom line—which she aggressively pursues for her clients.  The Ferguson Literary Agency has sold books to indie and specialty publishers as well as major publishers—Genesis Press, Parker Publishing, Dorchester, BET, Kensington, St. Martin’s Press, and Harlequin—to name a few.  Ms. Ferguson attributes her longevity in the business to a simple life and business principle: Adapt and overcome.

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Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jennifer Haskin of Metamorphosis Literary Agency.​

Screen Shot 2016-12-15 at 11.07.15 AM.pngJennifer Haskin is a literary agent with Metamorphosis Literary Agency.

Jennifer assists in a creative writing workshop, and she’s a published poet. She is actively seeking new clients focusing on YA fantasy but has a crush on adult romance.

She’s an artist and works on covers too. As a mother of five, she runs on coffee and chocolate. She joined Metamorphosis and has been watching #PitchWars like a hawk. She can spot an entertaining voice miles away and is an expert in the acquisitions process. Twitter: @haskinauthor

Get to Know Writing Day Workshops Coordinator Jessica Bell

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 12.15.26 AM.pngJessica Bell is the executive coordinator of Writing Day Workshops, which organizes one-day writing conferences. These events take place mostly in the U.S., but can happen elsewhere.

If Jessica could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. This is not only because she spends most of her time in Athens, Greece, but because of her life as a 30-something Australian contemporary fiction author, award-winning poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs she’s written.

She started as a poet, drawing from her musical background and etching her thoughts and feelings into verse. Those stanzas soon turned into sentences and paragraphs, and eventually into published books. Her literary voice is said to overflow with “lyrical descriptions, unique metaphors, tight dialogue, and an abundance of sensory detail.” She has also been told she has the ability to take a seemingly ordinary three-chord type story and turn it into a main stage event.

In addition to her novels about unique dysfunctional families, poetry collections, and her best-selling pocket writing guides (Writing in a Nutshell series), she has published a variety of works in online and print literary journals and anthologies, including Australia’s Cordite Review, Writer’s Digest, and the anthologies 100 Stories For Queensland and From Stage Door Shadows, both released through Brisbane, Australia’s, eMergent Publishing.

One of Jessica’s proudest moments was when, in November 2013, her poem, Sugar (which was published in a poetry anthology called Women’s Work, edited by Libby Hathorn) was broadcast on ABC National Radio’s Poetica program.

Jessica Bell is the Publisher of Vine Leaves Press, and she makes a living as a Book Cover Designer for indie authors, and an editor/writer for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

As of October 2016, she is the singer of Keep Shelly in Athens.

To see a list of awards click here.