The Zebulon Fictitious Literary Agency

Welcome to Zebulon’s Fictitious Literary Agency. Our mission is to help writers prepare for the world of publishing. We offer constructive feedback and a hard deadline to motivate you to finish your novel.

About Us:

This virtual agency was created for The Zebulon, Pikes Peak Writers Fiction Writing Contest, to simulate the submission process that writers go through to acquire agents.

The Zebulon Fictitious Literary Agency

PO Box 64273

Colorado Springs, CO  80962

719-555-1212

contest@pikespeakwriters.com

Important Note:

These fictional agents are not real people. They were created solely for the PPW Fiction Writing Contest. Please do not try to stalk them in the real world.

Meet The Agents:

Schuyler Haack (Middle Grade/Young Adult)

Taylor Heisler-Demyen (Mainstream/Literary/Historical)

Angel Riviera (Romance/Women’s Fiction)

Yong Jo (Mystery/Suspense/Thriller)

Chris Mathews (Science Fiction/Fantasy)

Morgan Trzepacz (Urban Fantasy/Horror)


Schuyler Haack

Schuyler Haack has been with Zebulon’s Fictitious Literary Agency since 2009.  After a decade working on the publishing side of the book industry Schuyler now does what he loves best by helping writers realize their dreams.

Schuyler’s current focus is on growing his Middle Grade and Young Adult lists.  He is drawn to authentic characters, resonant stories, crisp thoughtful prose, and enthralling voices. Some of his favorite authors are Jeff Kinney, Suzanne Collins, Rick Riordan, Laurence Yep, Rebecca Stead, Eoin Colfer, Madeline L’Engle, Gary Soto, and J.K. Rowling.

He does not accept Women’s Fiction, Romance, Mainstream, Literary, Historical, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller.

You may have met Schuyler at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013, during one of the read & critique sessions, lectures, workshops, pitch appointments, sit down meals, or in the halls, lobby, elevator, or the bar.

Go to The Zebulon rules.

Taylor Heisler-Demyen

Taylor Heisler-Demyen has been with Zebulon’s Fictitious Literary Agency since 2013.  After a decade working on the publishing side of the book industry Taylor now does what she loves best by helping writers realize their dreams.

Taylor’s current focus is on growing her Mainstream, Literary, and Historical lists.  She is drawn to authentic characters, resonant stories, crisp thoughtful prose, and enthralling voices. Some of her favorite authors are Kathryn Stockett, Salman Rushdie, Arthur Golden, John Irving, Sara Gruen, Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Harry Turtledove, and Hilary Mantel.

She does not accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller.

You may have met Taylor at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013, during one of the read & critique sessions, lectures, workshops, pitch appointments, sit down meals, or in the halls, lobby, elevator, or the bar.

Go to The Zebulon rules.

Angel Riviera

Angel Riviera has been with Zebulon’s Fictitious Literary Agency since 2013.  After a decade working on the publishing side of the book industry Angel now does what he loves best by helping writers realize their dreams.

Angel’s current focus is on growing his Romance and Woman’s Fiction lists.  He is drawn to authentic characters, resonant stories, crisp thoughtful prose, and enthralling voices. Some of his favorite authors are Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, M.L. Buchman, Paula T. Renfroe, Rupert James, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Nora Roberts, Susan Wiggs, and Beth Kendrick.

He does not accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, Mainstream, Literary, Historical, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller.

You may have met Angel at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013, during one of the read & critique sessions, lectures, workshops, pitch appointments, sit down meals, or in the halls, lobby, elevator, or the bar.

Go to The Zebulon rules.

Yong Jo

Yong Jo has been with Zebulon’s Fictitious Literary Agency since 2012.  After a decade working on the publishing side of the book industry Yong now does what he loves best by helping writers realize their dreams.

Yong’s current focus is on growing his Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller lists.  He is drawn to authentic characters, resonant stories, crisp, thoughtful prose, and enthralling voices. Some of his favorite authors are Gillian Flynn, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Lee Child, Stieg Larrson, Naomi Hirahara, Harlan Coben, Jeffery Deaver, and Tess Gerritsen.

He does not accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, Mainstream, Literary, Historical, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Romance, or Women’s Fiction.

You may have met Yong at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013, during one of the read & critique sessions, lectures, workshops, pitch appointments, sit down meals, or in the halls, lobby, elevator, or the bar.

Go to The Zebulon rules.

Chris Mathews

Chris Mathews has been with Zebulon’s Fictitious Literary Agency since 2010.  After a decade working on the publishing side of the book industry Chris now does what she loves best by helping writers realize their dreams.

Chris’s current focus is on growing her Science Fiction and Fantasy lists.  She is drawn to authentic characters, resonant stories, crisp thoughtful prose, and enthralling voices. Some of her favorite authors are Charles Stross, Octavia E. Butler, Hari Kunzru, Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, Marion Zimmer Bradley, George R. R. Martin, and Piers Anthony.

She does not accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, Mainstream, Literary, Historical, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller.

You may have met Chris at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013, during one of the read & critique sessions, lectures, workshops, pitch appointments, sit down meals, or in the halls, lobby, elevator, or the bar.

Go to The Zebulon rules.

Morgan Trzepacz

Morgan Trzepacz has been with Zebulon’s Fictitious Literary Agency since 2011.  After a decade working on the publishing side of the book industry Morgan now does what she loves best by helping writers realize their dreams.

Morgan’s current focus is on growing her Urban Fantasy and Horror lists.  She is drawn to authentic characters, resonant stories, crisp thoughtful prose, and enthralling voices. Some of her favorite authors are Joe R. Lansdale, Ilona Andrews, Shirley Jackson, J. F. Gonzalez, Jim Butcher, L.A. Banks, Jack Ketchum, Kelly Armstrong, and Stephen King.

She does not accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, Mainstream, Literary, Historical, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller.

You may have met Morgan at Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013, during one of the read & critique sessions, lectures, workshops, pitch appointments, sit down meals, or in the halls, lobby, elevator, or the bar.

Go to The Zebulon rules.

Contest At a Glance

The Zebulon Contest is now closed for entries. Please join us next year. Good luck to everyone that entered!

Looking for more information about our fictitious agency and the agents that "work" there? Find it here!

If you're going to enter the The Zebulon, you should read our rules and check out the frequently asked questions.

We've also put together a handy genre guide as well as our judging criteria, query scoresheet, and main scoresheet.

About Zebulon Pike

Pikes Peak, the majestic mountain west of Colorado Springs, is named for General Zebulon Pike, an Army captain who led the Pike Expedition to explore and document the southwest US. His published account of this expedition was so popular that it became required reading for all 19th century explorers who followed after him. We've named our contest "The Zebulon" because even though he failed to reach the summit of Pikes Peak, he's been immortalized as an intrepid explorer and as an author, revered by his peers.

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