Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Jacqueline Lipton of Storm Literary

Screen Shot 2019-01-31 at 12.02.36 AM.pngJacqueline Lipton is a literary agent with Storm Literary.

At the 2019 workshop, in addition to taking pitches, she will also be teaching on contracts, copyright, and legal issues for writers.

She is seeking most kinds of middle grade and young adult fiction — specifically contemporary, romance, science-fiction, mystery, and/or anything with engaging characters and plot! She also seeks MG and YA nonfiction.

Jacqueline has been an avid reader since elementary school, back in the days when “YA” wasn’t even a thing.

Her background is also eclectic. At university (yes, in Australia and England they call it “university”), she studied law, psychology, drama, languages, and information technology. She practiced as a banking and finance attorney in Australia, and has worked as a law professor in Australia, the U.K. and the United States where her teaching and writing has focused on laws relating to the publishing industry, digital technology law, copyright, trademark, privacy, and defamation.

She holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and regularly teaches classes on writing and on legal aspects of publishing around the country for organizations like The Writing Barn, Savvy Authors, and a variety of adult education courses, M.A. and M.F.A. programs, and libraries.

Before joining Storm Literary Agency, she was a reader for literary agent, Susan Hawk for several years and a reader and member of the social media team for The YA Review Network (Y.A.R.N.)

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Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Lydia Sharp of Entangled Publishing

Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 10.50.38 PM.pngLydia Sharp is an editor for Entangled Publishing.

Lydia is taking pitches for: young adult in any genre (must have a romance), adult contemporary romance, and women’s fiction (with or without romance).

In the past Lydia has been a regular contributor to various publishing industry sites, including the award-winning Writer Unboxed, and currently serves as the final round judge for several RWA chapter contests. Lydia’s favorite stories have a brisk pace, crackling chemistry, witty banter, romantic moments that make you melt, a high stakes plot, characters that jump off the page, and a dramatic ending.

Lydia is also a YA author published with Scholastic and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency. Follow them on Twitter @lydia_sharp for the most current updates and visit lydiasharpbooks.com for more info.