Carrie Pestritto joined the Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. With a B.A. in English from Amherst College, she has experienced all sides of the publishing industry, having worked as a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and in the editorial acquisitions department of the Greenwood Publishing Group. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts.
For Carrie, extraordinary fiction and non-fiction share the abilty to transport readers to new and exciting places. As a history and mythology buff, she is intrigued by books that introduce her to another culture or time period. She is looking for description and detail that will make her feel like she is inside the story and interest her in a subject she never thought she would want to read about or, conversely, introduce her to startling facts about something or someone she believed she already knew everything about.
Some of Carrie’s favorite books include:
- Kim by Rudyard Kipling
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
- Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart’s Green Revolution by Ed Humes
- The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer
- Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- First Comes Marriage: Modern Relationship Advice from the Wisdom of Arranged Marriages by Reva Smith
Carrie is currently seeking non-fiction, narrative non-fiction, general non-fiction, and some biography and memoir. She is looking for authors that have a strong platform, such as a popular blog, published articles, or related professional experience. Topics such as New England architecture, modern Native American culture, the history of colonialism in literature, or different Cinderella variants throughout different time periods and countries would excite her. She also seeks mainstream prescriptive non-fiction, for example she would love to see a book about the benefits of locavore eating, or a completely cutting edge relationship book.
In the fiction arena, she is looking for literary fiction, historical fiction, and mature YA. She would love to see a thriller/mystery about Elizabeth Bathory, otherwise known as “Lady Dracula,” or a novel about a young teacher at a private high school who finds herself attracted to one of her students.
She is not currently interested in romance, science fiction/fantasy, or picture books