Joyce Holland joined D4EO Literary Agency in September of 2009. She is a former newspaper columnist for the Northwest Florida Daily News, and is the author of two nautical mysteries, Boat Dollies and Beyond Gulf Breeze, both published by Deadly Alibi Press, a self-published true crime titled My, My, Myra, and over two dozen short stories. Her true crime earned her a movie option and a role as ‘guest author’ for an episode of A&Es City Confidential. Several years ago she was a reader for Futures Magazine, so it doesn’t take her long to recognize talent when she sees it. And, because of her writing background, Joyce makes it a point to never forget what it feels like to be on the other side of the pitching table. The best way to capture her attention, outside of a killer pitch, is to bring her a one page synopsis and the first few pages of your manuscript. She’s hungry for that jewel in the slush pile. She wants stories about passionate characters with believable conflicts. Her best advice: Great books are like people, if you’re not emotionally drawn to them, you won’t spend time with them. The secret to being a successful writer, is making the reader care what happens to your protagonist. Joyce loves mysteries, romance, science fiction, thrillers and nonfiction that leaves her feeling she’s discovered a new truth. Picture books or YA novels are not for her. But if you have one that grabs her, she will happily promote it to another agent at D4EO. She once said she had no interest in memoirs, until she read a true story about a young man’s summer as a lifeguard, and loved it. She never says never anymore.