The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions

Browse top literary agents from around the world.

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Jessica Faust

πŸ’Ό Agency - BookEnds Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Newark, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.bookendsliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Self-Help, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, African-American, BIPOC, LGBTQ, African-American, BIPOC, Business Book, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Diverse Fiction, Fiction, LGBTQ, Mystery, Nonfiction, #ownvoices, Self-Help, Thriller, Women's Fiction

Previous clients

Kay Finch, Vickie Fee, Krista Davis, Melissa Payne, Julie Stone, Laura Bradford

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Kim Lionetti

πŸ’Ό Agency - BookEnds Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Newark, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.bookendsliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ, BIPOC, Diverse Fiction, Fiction, LGBTQ, Mystery, #ownvoices, Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients

Helen Hoang, Kennedy Ryan, Rochelle Weinstein, Christie Craig, Nicola Marsh

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Jennifer Jackson

πŸ’Ό Agency - Donald Maass Literary Agency
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://maassagency.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients

Jim Butcher, Elizabeth Bear, Tamsyn Muir, Saladin Ahmed, Anne Bishop, Seth Dickinson

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Donald Maass

πŸ’Ό Agency - Donald Maass Literary Agency
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://maassagency.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller

Previous clients

Nnedi Okorafor, Brent Weeks, Anne Perry, Todd McCaffrey

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Daniel Lazar

πŸ’Ό Agency - Writers House
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.writershouse.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ, Children's Book, Commercial Fiction, Diverse Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Middle Grade, Mystery, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients

Hannah Kent, Chandler Baker, Raymond Villareal, Ingrid Law, Jennifer McMahon, Matt Rothschild

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Ginger Clark

πŸ’Ό Agency - Curtis Brown, Ltd.
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://curtisbrown.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Children's Book, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Middle Grade, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients

Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia Wrede, Elizabeth Wein, Tim Pratt, John Langan

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Elizabeth Harding

πŸ’Ό Agency - Curtis Brown, Ltd.
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://curtisbrown.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Children's Book, Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Previous clients

Jane Yolen, Karen Cushman, Robert Cormier, S.E. Hinton, Nikki Grimes

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Andrea Somberg

πŸ’Ό Agency - Harvey Klinger, Inc.
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.harveyklinger.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, Business Book, Chick Lit, Children's Book, Commercial Fiction, Cookbook, Diverse Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Middle Grade, Mystery, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Self-Help, Sports, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients

Sarah Beth Durst, Erin Celello, B.A. Binns, Jessica Warman, Christopher Lee Barish, Lyla Ward

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Steven Malk

πŸ’Ό Agency - Writers House
🌍 Location - San Diego, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.writershouse.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Children's Book, Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Previous clients

Bob Shea, Michelle Zink, Matt de la Pena, Marla Frazee, Mac Barnett

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Caryn Wiseman

πŸ’Ό Agency - Andrea Brown Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Chicago, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.andreabrownlit.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ, BIPOC, Children's Book, Diverse Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Young Adult

Previous clients

Kelly Starling Lyons, Tom Angleberger, Cece Bell, Debbie Levy

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What do literary agents do?

A literary agent represents your book to acquiring editors who want to publish it. In other words, an agent gets an author's foot in the door of a publishing house β€” and onto the path of getting traditionally published.Β 

In addition to championing you and your writing and serving as your point of contact with others in publishing, literary agents understand editors’ tastes and the types of books they are looking to add to their lists β€” a crucial component in getting any publishing house to invest in your work. Since most big publishers don’t accept unsolicited submissions, getting a literary agent who’s accepting submissions is the most realistic route to traditional publication.

Aside from getting your foot in the door, what else do literary agents do?

  • They are expert negotiators, combining publishing acumen with a nose for the value of good, sellable writing;
  • They act as mediators between you and your publisher (when you don’t want to hurt your working relationship with an editor by talking brass tacks);
  • They manage the financial and marketing side of things while you concentrate on the writing; and
  • They often have strong editorial skills, helping refine your manuscript before you submit it to a publisher.

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You might think that a great book is all you need to catch a literary agent’s attention. But you’ll need to put in a good amount of work to land them β€” and that includes everything from the careful study of each agent's wishlist to personalizing your query letter for each candidate..

Whether you’re learning how to research literary agents accepting submissions or how to query the right way, we've got you covered.

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