Caitlin Blasdell

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Caitlin Blasdell

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Caitlin Blasdell has been a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates since2002. When she started agenting, she focused on SF and fantasy, but she has since expanded to represent a wide range of commercial fiction including thrillers, romance of all kinds, mysteries, and historical fiction. She represents primarily adult fiction as well as a few select young adult and middle grade authors.

Before becoming an agent, she was a senior editor at HarperCollins Publishers. A graduate of Williams College, she lives in Westchester with her husband, sons, and ever-expanding perennial garden.

In her own words:

"Why don't I have a manuscript wish list?
I don't find manuscript wish lists to be useful. Like everyone else, I'm looking for great books that I can sell to publishers for good money. It's hard to predict what that will be. I don't like horror--too scary!--but when The Library at Mount Char crossed my desk, I couldn't put it down and offered representation immediately. I was tired of YA fantasy until I read Seven Deadly Sins last year and knew I had to represent it. "Everyone" knows that SF romance doesn't sell, but when a client referred Constance Fay to me, I snapped up her Calamity series and sold it to Bramble.
But, of course, I also want to see the genres that are selling now. As I write, that would be romantasy, cozy fantasy, heart-warming mysteries, big epic fantasies and space operas with nail-biting suspense, clever rom coms that pull from different genres but keep the romance at the center. By the time of the conference: who knows?
The best way to get a sense of my taste is to browse the authors whose books I represent. You can find a good selection on my page on the Liza Dawson Associates website."