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agent :
Gina Panettieri
Talcott Notch Literary Services
2 Broad Street, Second Floor, Suite 10, Milford, CT 06460
203-876-9517 (fax)

Talcott Notch Literary is a rapidly growing and expanding full-service literary agency, partnering 25-year veteran literary agent Gina Panettieri, former Director of Innovation and Acquisitions for Adams Media and now Senior Literary Agent and Media Strategist Paula Munier, and Associate Agents Rachael Dugas and Jessica Negron with a strong editorial support staff assisting in locating and acquiring the freshest new voices in adult and adolescent fiction, and nonfiction of all descriptions. Over her career, Gina has placed hundreds of titles with major publishers and imprints, including McGraw-Hill, Wiley, Amacom, Career Press, Berkley, HarperCollins, Adams Media and Dell.

With a long history of creating bestsellers and award-winners out of debut works as well as also working successfully with well-established professionals, Talcott Notch Literary strives to find the best in thought-provoking and groundbreaking new titles. Please consult our website for each agents particular interests.

Latest Agency News:

New Releases:

Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum. Merit Press. April 2014.

Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandall. Running Press Kids. April 2014

Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, Cricket is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this camp is actually for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.

Thanks to her dangerously cute co-counselor, Quinn, there may be a slim chance for survival. However, between the campers’ unpredictability and disregard for personal space, Cricket’s limits get pushed. She will have to decide if suffering through her own handicapped hell is worth a summer romance—and losing her sanity.

What we're seeking:

In fiction, Talcott Notch is actively seeking mysteries, thrillers and suspense, women's fiction,science fiction and fantasy, horror and urban fantasy. We're also looking for middle-grade and YA novels, particularly fantasy, romance, comedy, and novels dealing with social issues such as racism, child abuse, homelessness, and poverty.

In nonfiction, we're seeking career, business, cookbooks, memoir, crafts, travel, art, humor, pop science, history and biography.

years experience: 25
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Reference, Biography, Computers/technology, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, Sports, African-American, Science, True crime, Celebrity bios, Memoirs, Relationship, Horror
From Brette Sember, author of THE PARCHMENT PAPER COOKBOOK, THE ESSENTIAL SUPERVISOR'S HANDBOOK, and THE ORGANIZED KITCHEN. "I highly recommend Gina as an agent. She has represented me for several years and in that time has sold many books for me. She's more than a salesperson though - she is my trusted partner. Her goal is to help advance my career and she does so by recommending me for other work, discussing the direction of my work, talking over ideas with me, and helping me be as successful as possible."

From Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of THE CONNECTED CHILD. "In searching for an agent to guide our manuscript to publication, we contacted several professionals. From our first conversation with her, Gina Panettieri won our hearts and our trust. She has been diligent in guiding us and finding the book a respected publisher. Fiercely protective, deeply insightful and readily available, Gina has been our ally and advocate through every step of the process. When it comes to literary agents, Gina Panettieri is the real deal!

Karyn B. Purvis, Ph.D.
(Director: TCU Institute of Child Development)
The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your
adoptive family

From Kim Lutz, multi-published cookbook and health writer, author of THE WELCOMING KITCHEN. "Gina Panettieri has taken my dream and turned it into a reality in under one year. As my agent, she has secured two contracts for me and shopped two other projects for me. Thanks to Gina, I am now a published author!"


Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, Wendy Lyons Sunshine (THE CONNECTED CHILD)



Drew Eric Whitman (CA$HVERTISING)


TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO GET HAPPY by Teresa Aubele, PhD, Stan Wenck, EdD, and Susan Reynolds, Adams Media
THE CONNECTED CHILD, McGraw-Hill, by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross with Wendy Lyons Sunshine
THE DEADTOWN SERIES by Nancy Holzner, Berkley/Ace Science Fiction
CASHVERTISING! by Drew Eric Whitman, Career Press
HOPE IN PATIENCE, by Beth Fehlbaum, WestSide Books
TACTICAL PISTOL SHOOTING 2nd Edition, by Erik Lawrence, Krause Publications
WELCOMING KITCHEN, Delicous Allergen- and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes, by Kim Lutz and Megan Hart, Sterling
Recent Film Rights Sales:

BROKEN and TAINTED by AE Rought. Published by Strange Chemistry. A modern spin on Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN where a young couple's undying love and the grief of a father passed beyond sanity threatens to destroy them all. Optioned to ABC Family for adaptation into a series.

DEAD JED by Scott Craven. Published by Month9 Books. A 'cardiovascularly-challenged' middle-school underdog shows that being undead can really be cool and goes from being zero into hero into this WIMPY KID meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD Middle-grade series. Optioned to Nickelodeon for adaptation into a made-for-TV-movie.

German rights to Wayne Simmons' horror novel, FEVER, sequel to his apocalyptic zombie novel, FLU, again to Michael Preissl at Voodoo Press.

German rights to Wayne Simmons' DOLL PARTS, sequel to DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, the ultra-imaginative twist on the zombie novel, combining seductive elements of the siren and banshee legends with classic zombie lore, again to Michael Preissl at Voodoo Press.

UK English language rights to Wayne Simmons' FEVER and DOLL PARTS, to Emma Barnes, at Snowbooks.

Turkish language rights to Wayne Simmons' FLU and DROP DEAD GORGEOUS to Ilker Balkin, at Altin Bilek Yayinlari


The Deadtown Series by Nancy Holzner. World English to Penguin. DEADTOWN, HELLFORGED, BLOODSTONE, three other books in development to complete 6 book series. Concept: Victory Vaughn is Boston's only professional shape-shifting demon slayer, confined to Boston's 'Deadtown' zone after a fast-mutating virus killed, and then reanimated a portion of the city's population into zombies. Now all paranormal citizens, including those previously deceased but otherwise just trying to get along and make a living, reside in Deadtown. Life's complicated enough, with Vicky's sister pestering her to settle down with a 'norm' husband like she did and raise some babies (pregnancy ends the shape-shifting ability in their race), and Vicky's sexy werewolf paranormal rights advocate lawyer boyfriend as busy as Vicky is, making their relationship hit-or-miss between steamy stolen moments. But Deadtown's about to explode as it becomes the center of demonic activity and all of it is aimed at Vicky. She's the fulfillment of a eons-old prophecy and she'll need all her finely-tuned fighting skills to keep herself, and everyone she loves, alive when evil itself seeks a doorway to the mortal plane.

FLU by Wayne Simmons. A terrifying twist on the zombie novel. Set in Belfast, Ireland, FLU explores the devastating aftermath of a government-engineered virus gone horribly wrong. Originally intended to simply cause a severe epidemic, which would be efficiently and effectively handled by public health agencies, the government had intended the flu to bolster public confidence and reliance on the state. Instead, as it spreads, the virus mutates, becoming deadly, airborne and impossible to contain. Victims, even those with the vaguest of symptoms, are 'quarantined' by being sealed alive by police in their homes with their families, to suffer, to starve, to die. Riots erupt, chaos reigns, and the virus again mutates. And those the flu claims begin to rise again. Scattered knots of survivors, unlikely bedfellows in a battle for existence, fight their way through Belfast's ravaged streets, while sealed inside an apartment in a building abandoned to the dead, a tiny Lithuanian child lives on, possessing the secret to mankind's survival. But will it be at the cost of their humanity?
Praise for Wayne Simmons' FLU
"The horror genre has been startled out of its unquiet slumber with a subversive slap from new-kid-on-the-block Wayne Simmons." Malachy Coney.
"Simmons writes like the grotesque lovechild of George A Romero and Charles Dickens." Chris Jones
"Rough, filthy and completely brilliant...." David Moody


Apocalyptic Zombie Horror

FLU by Wayne Simmons. When a government-engineered virus is secretly released into Belfast, the intention is to demonstrate to the population how quickly and efficiently the police and public health system can handle an epidemic and come to the rescue of the population. Instead, a mutation turns the virus deadly, and the flu begins to spread across the UK as a modern-day plague. The police are ordered to 'quarantine' the ill and their families by welding them alive into their homes to starve and bedlam ensues. But when the virus shifts again, and the dead start rising, no one can save Belfast. But a single survivor, a young girl welded into her apartment with her dead mother, may harbor the cure that could save the human race. But would turning her over to the brutal researchers who want her spell the end of real humanity?

Family/Romantic Comedy

FIXING FREDDIE - A True Story of a Boy, A Single Mom and the Very, Very Bad Beagle Who Fixed Them Both, by Paula Munier. Memoir. Family/romantic comedy. Paula had promised her heart-broken son that the day they got their very own house, they could get a puppy. Now he's calling her on her promise. Freddie was all ears and paws at the Puppy Palace, but when he got home he was all bladder and teeth. After eating her cabinets, biting her dates, devouring her designer wardrobe and howling all night and all day, Freddie was still the light of her son's life, but he was Paula's nightmare in fur. Nothing, not obedience class, not puppy prozac, not fixing Freddie, could Fix Freddie. Paula was losing her mind and her neighbors were ready to run her out of town on a rail. Until she learned a few new tricks of her own....


PEACE, LOVE AND MURDER: A Bo Forrester Mystery by N. L. Conner. Mass Market Rights Available. Hard Cover Rights to Five Star.

From the author of the bestselling DEADTOWN urban fantasy series by Berkley/Ace Science Fiction (as Nancy Holzner), this first book in a debut mystery series introduces us to Bo Forrester, a cab driver who has recently moved to the small town of Rhodes, New York to reconcile with the hippie parents he has not spoken to since the joining the army at eighteen. Any hopes he'd had for a family reunion seem to be dashed, however, as the commune he was raised on is now a subdivision and his parents are long gone. With no other family or friends to attend to, and little direction in his life, Bo decides to stay in the quiet college town and return to a simpler way of life. Before long, the small-town calm is shattered when Bo is pulled over for a routine traffic stop, only to become the prime suspect in the biggest murder case Rhodes has ever seen. Nosy Deputy Trudy Hauser searches Bo's cab, convinced she can nab him for drug possession, but what she finds in the trunk is much more incriminating. Someone has murdered local philanthropist Fred Davies, and all clues seem to lead to Bo. Time is running out for Bo to track down the real killer and clear his name. As he races around town, following leads that only raise more questions and narrowly avoiding getting arrested or killed in the process, Bo must decide who he can trust with his life, even if it means befriending once-enemy Deputy Hauser or hiding from an entire town of friends and acquaintances.

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