Literary Agent Critique Speak

Paul S. Levine     Annie Bomke         Carlie Webber       Steven Hutson
Have a literary agent read and critique your writing.  FEE $100.
       It has become popular at writers’ conferences to have a separate paid option to have a literary agent critique your writing sample. For the first time, we are adding this to our book festival. These sessions often sell out, so we encourage you to sign up early. Many authors who have participated in the author submission have gotten signed by an agent.
Normally, when you make a written pitch to a literary agent, the only response you get is a canned letter that does not give you any details about why you writing did not appeal to them.
       Our Lit Agent Critique provides authors with a rare chance to have a literary agent read their work, and provide them personal feedback on their writing.
We have a panel of four literary agents who will review your written submissions of a ten-page writing sample from one of your creative works (no screenplays or theatrical plays to any of the agents). The agents will provide you with personal feedback on the good, bad and in-between of your submission. EACH agent’s profile indicates the type of submissions they do not accept or represent.
       Three of the agents will be in attendance at our book festival in October –. Steve Hutson, Paul S. Levine and Annie Bomke – and will give a presentation on “How to make an Effective Pitch to an Agent” and discuss the kinds of writers they represent, along with a brief Q&A.
      Your critique will take the form of one of these three options.
1.       IN PERSON: If you are attending our book festival on October 12, 2019 – and we hope you will – the three agents in attendance will meet with you for approximately ten minutes (based on available time slots) to give the author personal feedback on their writing submission.
2.       ONLINE and/or CHAT: If we max out of our slots to do the in-person reviews at the BOOK FESTIVAL, you will be scheduled for an approximate ten-minute conversation with a literary agent at a scheduled date between you and the agent.
3.       ONLINE with Carlie: Carlie Webber of Fuse Literary will be doing only the online critique, as she is unable to join us at the festival. Carlie will return your submission to you with some edits marked on the page… and then schedule a brief chat with the author.
     There are NO REFUNDS once you have signed up for a critique. We will try to honor your first choice in an agent, but reserve the right to assign you to another agent if needed.  By applying for a critique, you understand this could be in person or a combination of email and/or telephone. Authors will receive feedback at a personal one-on-one (ten-minute) meeting with the agent at the festival in a SEPARATE 10×10 booth set up just for this.
  Please COMPLETE the application below, email it to us at and make your payment via PayPal or to the mailing address on the application. Thank you.
Lit Agent Critique App

2019 Exhibitor App and Lit Critique
Special Notes


PAUL S. LEVINE of the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency – Los Angeles, CA

The vast majority of Paul S. Levine’s clients come to his Los Angeles firm as new, previously unpublished, or self-published authors, as well as the estates of authors whose books deserve a “new life”. Levine has a keen understanding of industry strategy and has the editorial contacts required to ensure his success as both a literary agent and entertainment law attorney, and is thus able to offer his clients a comprehensive range of publishing attorney and literary attorney services. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT sci-fi, horror or fantasy.

ANNIE BOMKE of the Annie Bomke Literary Agency – San Diego, CA

Annie Bomke is a literary agent with over a decade of experience in the publishing industry.  Her clients include the Anthony Award-nominated crime writer John Copenhaver, and the Barnes & Noble bestselling cozy mystery author Libby Klein.  She represents a wide range of projects—from hard-nosed business books to otherworldly historical novels.  Annie has loved the publishing industry since her internship at Zoetrope: All-Story, a literary magazine founded by Francis Ford Coppola.  Authors have called her the pH test for good writing, and a bedrock for literary quality control.

She is looking for adult and YA fiction and nonfiction, including commercial and literary fiction, upmarket fiction, mysteries (from hilarious cozies to gritty police procedurals and everything in between), historical fiction, magical realism, women’s fiction, psychological thrillers/suspense, literary/psychological horror, self-help, business, health/diet, cookbooks, memoir, relationships, current events, true crime, psychology, prescriptive nonfiction, and narrative nonfiction.  She’s a sucker for locked room mysteries, books set in the Victorian era, books about evil children, and unreliable narrators.  In any genre she is looking for character-driven stories.  She is especially interested in books that feature diverse characters.  She is not interested in representing picture books, chapter books or middle grade.

CARLIE WEBBER, Fuse Literary (agents in several cities that attend writers’ conferences in the U.S. and abroad)

Carlisle Webber refused to major in English in college because she didn’t think there was anything fun to read on the required lists. She took her love of commercial and YA fiction to the University of  Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and worked as a public librarian for years before switching to the business side of publishing. She represents fiction in the genres of: young adult, middle grade, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. Her favorite stories are dramatic yet irresistible, so if your book reads like a Shonda Rhimes show or could find a home on the CW network, she could be the agent for you. In her spare time, she runs, does MMA, and listens to a lot of classic rock.

STEVEN HUTSON is the founder of Wordwise Media Services – Lancaster, CA.

Steven will review any genre except picture books, short stories, and poetry. For his potential clients, he is seeking historical fiction, literary fiction, mainstream/upmarket fiction, thriller, suspense, crime, mystery, romance, young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, science fiction, women’s fiction, and fantasy. He also will take pitches for memoir.

Steven is a native of Los Angeles, a child of the sixties, and a storyteller almost from birth. After several years of freelance editing and directing a writers’ conference, he branched out as a literary agent in early 2011.He has placed his clients’ works with Dutton, HarperCollins, Tyndale, David C. Cook, Hachette, Writer’s Digest Books, Harlequin, and others. Steve lives in the High Desert of Southern California with his wife, Ruth.