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  Masters ProCritique™ by Literary Agents and Publishers

Learn more...Please read all bios before applying to find the best agent/editor for your genre.
There is a reading / consultation fee per submission.

Jennifer Azantianat GLAWSJennifer Azantian began her agenting career in 2011, first as an intern and then as an assistant and associate, at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. In 2014, after working with senior agent and entertainment lawyer Paul Levine, Jennifer opened her own agency specializing in speculative fiction.

Jennifer brings to her clients a passion for literature born of a writer’s heart and an editorial eye honed from reviewing thousands of projects both for herself and as submissions manager at the Dijkstra Agency. This, coupled with the guidance and superior contracts knowledge of Paul Levine, empowers the Azantian Literary Agency to confidently commit to negotiating the very best terms for its talented authors as it guides their careers to success.

Areas of Interest: She is actively acquiring only science fiction and fantasy (including all of their subgenres) as well as smart, psychological horror for middle grade, YA, NA, and adult readers. Areas of Interest for Masters ProCritiques: Young adult science-fiction and fantasy (including all of their subgenres) as well as smart, psychological horror.


Claire Gerus is a literary agent, editor, and author, with more than 30 years' experience assessing the publishing potential of fiction and nonfiction writers. Claire has often been involved in creating new lines of books for publishers, including a health imprint for Kensington Books, a new line of romances for Harlequin, and books on spirituality for business publisher, Adams Media. She also consults for new startup independent publishers. 

She is always looking for talented writers with an important message to share, whether via nonfiction or fiction. Her favorite genres are self-help, psychology, true crime, spirituality, short stories, alternative healing, and anything that promises to transform the reader in a positive way.

For Masters ProCritiques, she will read the submissions of up to 15 authors of up to 20 pages. She will focus on readability, the writer's intention behind the proposed book, and (of course) grammar, style, theme, and its relevance to readers' lives. Authors will receive a red-lined, edited copy of the submitted material, along with a verbal overview of her findings.

hsSteven Hutson

Steve’s agency (WordWise Media Services) was established in 2011 in the suburbs of Los Angeles. He’s always open to new writers who are willing to treat their work like the business it is, and participate in their own success.

For the Masters Pro Critique, Steve can handle a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children. Spiritual themes are a favorite.

Steve will accept up to 20 submissions. Please download the agency query at and send it with the first 20 pages of your manuscript. He might or might not offer representation, but in any event he will evaluate your work both for its literary merit and its market potential. Bring your questions and your tough skin, and Steve can point you in the right direction.

hs Toni Lopopolo a former executive editor at Macmillan, and St Martin's Press. She started the Toni Lopopolo Literary Agency in 1991. Toni will read and edit up to ten (10) writers of fiction and nonfiction, including memoirs.

Please submit the first chapter up to 10 pages with a short description of the story or concept. She will meet with you at the conference and discuss her review during a personal meeting.

Toni represents most genres of fiction, narrative Nonfiction, and memoir. She enjoys reading adult fiction, especially crime, mystery, thrillers, some YA, and biographies.

mikeAndy Ross

Mr. Ross founded the Andy Ross Agency in 2008. Prior to that he was the owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley for 30 years.

He will read Nonfiction genres including: narrative Nonfiction, science, journalism, history, and current events. He will read literary, commercial, and YA fiction. He prefers realistic writing. No paranormal or fantasy.

For Masters ProCritiques, Andy will be accepting up to 15 submissions. For fiction please include a draft query letter and the first 10 pages(double spaced) in a Word file. He will focus on style and readability. For Nonfiction, please provide a draft book proposal and query letter. Andy will comment on the format and whether the material will be convincing to a Nonfiction acquisition editor. Andy will provide an edited copy of the material with track changes as well as a personal meeting.

hsKen Sherman

Ken's literary Agency (Ken Sherman & Associates) was established in 1989 in Beverly Hills. He handles book, film, and television writers and often sells film and TV rights to books.

Ken is looking for passionate storytellers who understand the importance of submitting quality, ready-to-be-published work to publishers, studios, or production companies. He'll talk to you about how to professionally prepare your manuscript or screenplay no matter how rough your work is at this point.

He's looking for fiction and non fiction books of all types for potential book publication, as well as those projects that have the potential to become feature films, television movies, or television series. Originality and passion are key- -there's nothing like finding a diamond in the rough and helping shape a new career. And it has nothing to do with age.

For the Master's Pro Critique, Ken will be accepting up to 20 submissions. Please submit your query letter along with the first 15 pages of your book or screenplay, and he will review your work as he does any work coming into his agency. He'll discuss with you face-to-face what works and what doesn't, and hopefully work with you to find a way to help move your work to a higher professional level.

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