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agent :
Gina Panettieri
Talcott Notch Literary Services
276 Forest Road, MILFORD, CT 06461 US

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 Agent Saba Sulaiman and Junior Agent, Tia Mele, 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. Talcott Notch Literary has placed hundreds of writers with scores of publishers.

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 agent's particular interests.

Latest Agency News: Brian Andrews' SF Thriller, RESET, is a #1 Amazon bestseller in the SF category, #2 overall after Michelle Obama's BECOMING.

Paula Munier's debut mystery, A BORROWING OF BONES, has been nominated for the coveted Mary Higgins Clark award!

New Releases:

What we're seeking:

In fiction, Talcott Notch is actively seeking mysteries, thrillers and suspense, contemporary women's fiction, historical fiction with a strong female protagonist, dark fantasy and magical realism. 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: 30
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Reference, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, 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!"

Andrews & Wilson, Tier One thriller series (Thomas & Mercer)
Nancy Holzner, Deadtown paranormal series (Berkley)
Scott Deitche, GARDEN STATE GANGLAND (Rowman & Littlefield)


TIER ONE, by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson, Thomas & Mercer, #1 Amazon Bestseller
RESET, by Brian Andrews, #1 Amazon Bestseller
A BORROWING OF BONES, by Paula Munier, Mary Higgins Clark nominee
ORPHAN NUMBER EIGHT, HarperCollins, by Kim van Alkemade NYT Bestseller
THE HOMEPLACE, St. Martin's Press, by Kevin Wolf Winner of the Hillerman Award
THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW, Delacorte, Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson Amazon Best Book of the Month
THE BODY LANGUAGE OF LIARS, Career Press, Lillian Glass, PhD
THE CONNECTED CHILD, McGraw-Hill, by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross with Wendy Lyons Sunshine #1 bestseller special needs children book, top 5 adoption book seven years in a row
DETECTIVE JOHN BYRON SERIES by Bruce Coffin. Fiction: Mystery/Crime

Former police detective sergeant Bruce Coffin's DETECTIVE JOHN BYRON Mysteries, a police procedural series set in snowy Portland, Maine, to Nick Amphlett at Witness, in a three-book deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

THE GOBLIN CROWN by Robert Hewitt Wolfe Fiction: Debut

Elementary writer and co-executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe's THE GOBLIN CROWN, first of a trilogy, in which three teenagers stumble into a subterranean world ruled by goblins and ravaged by war, only to find themselves at the heart of the battle; pitched as Percy Jackson meets Macbeth—with Goblins!, to Stephanie Beard of Turner Publishing, in a three-book deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

TIER ONE and WAR SHADOWS by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson Fiction: Thriller

Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson's TIER ONE, when an elite covert Seal Tier One team is shockingly annihilated, a Senior Chief must choose to leave behind his name and his life to build a new team of specialists who can defeat the men responsible for the carnage, and WAR SHADOWS, to JoVon Sotak at Thomas & Mercer, in a nice deal, for publication in FALL 2016, by Gina Panettieri at Talcott Notch Literary Services (World).

THE NEW JERSEY MOB by Scott Deitche Non-fiction: True crime

Scott Deitche's THE NEW JERSEY MOB, a first-time ever comprehensive history of organized crime in New Jersey, from the turn-of-the-century Black Hand gangs to the seven Mafia families that make Jersey the home of their operations and the latest FBI stings and shocking revelations, to Kathryn Knigge at Rowman & Littlefield, for publication in 2017, by Gina Panettieri at Talcott Notch Literary Services (World).

MURDER IN G MAJOR by Alexia Gordon Fiction: Mystery/Crime

Alexia Gordon's debut MURDER IN G MAJOR, first in the Gethsemane Brown series, when an American jazz musician takes a teaching gig in Ireland, she's haunted by the ghost of a famous composer until she agrees to solve his wife's 25-year-old murder, setting the murderer off on a deadly killing spree, and putting her in the crosshairs, to Kendel Lynn at Henery Press, in a three-book deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

SWISS VENDETTA by Tracee De Hahn Fiction: Debut

Tracee De Hahn's SWISS VENDETTA, first in the Inspector Agnes Luthi series, when a Swiss-American police inspector is called out during the ice storm of the century to investigate the murder of an art dealer at Vallotton Castle, on the shore of Lake Geneva, she must delve into the secrets and lies of the rich aristocrats, their servants and hangers on, and take on their demons—and her own—to stop the final bloody culmination of a half-century vendetta, to Elizabeth Lacks at St. Martin's, in a nice deal, by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Services.

Recent Film Rights Sales:

BROKEN and TAINTED by AE Rought. 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 by Pillar/Segan.

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.

Foreign Rights: Terrie Wolf
Film Rights: Gotham Group LA,
Gina Panettieri, President gpanettieri at talcottnotch dot net
Paula Munier, Senior Agent pmunier at talcottnotch dot net
Saba Sulaiman, Associate Agent ssulaiman at talcottnotch dot net
Tia Mele, Junior Agent tmele at talcottnotch dot net
Submit a query to the agent at the agent's email address as listed above or on the agent page of the agency website. Query with the first ten pages of the manuscript embedded in the email, not as an attachment.
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