Elizabeth Poteet

The Seymour Agency

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Lizzie Poteet is an agent at The Seymour Agency.  After several years at St Martin's Press/Macmillan working as an editor, she made the move out of NYC and editorial and to Nashville and agenting. A hopeless romantic, she's eternally grateful she found a way to channel her immense feelings about feelings into a legitimate job where swooning is considered a job skill. A spitfire from an early age, she once tried to write a series of book reports in high school on Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and Julie Garwood. It did not go over well. Lizzie's addiction to romance only grew from there, which explains why she decided to study abroad at the University of St. Andrews in college. Just on the off chance she would fall back in time and meet her own warrior soul mate. Sadly, she didn’t and now lives in a yellow cottage with green shutters with her dogs, Mr. Darcy and Miss Dashwood, where she watches a lot of TV. You can follow her on Twitter @lizziepoteet

Fun facts about me:

Dog mom to Mr. Darcy and Miss Dashwood.

Dreams of having her own home library some day.

Drinks an insane amount of tea.

Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in querying me at The Seymour Agency! I'm currently not accepting emailed queries, so please visit my Query Manager profile to share your work with me. Also...

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  • Word Count
  • Contact Information and Bio
  • References (Conference, Recommendation, etc.)

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Please know that our opinion is but one, and another agent may feel differently. We wish you the very best in all of your writing endeavors! Thank you for your interest in The Seymour Agency!

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Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Family Saga, Historical, LGBTQ, Mystery, Religious, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, Crafts/DIY, Humor, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Commercial Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Cozy Mystery, Domestic Suspense, Female Friendships, Narrative Nonfiction, Romantic Suspense, Romantic Thriller, coming of age, historical romance, inspirational romance, upmarket/book club with female protagonist
I'd like the next...

I'd like the next...holiday classic.

I'd like the next...unputdownable beach read.

I'd like the next...clever retelling of a classic.

I'd like the next...fresh play on genre tropes.

I'd like the next...series about sexy highlanders.

My favorites include...

Taylor Swift, The Great Quake, the Wallflower series (Lisa Kleypas), Avon True Romance historical YA romances, Real Housewives of Salt Lake/Potomac, female country singers, Emma, Hallmark movies, every TV show about cults ever made, The Bear and the Nightingale, Jane Austen, girl groups, Taming of the Shrew, celebrity memoirs, teen rom-coms, The Good Place

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