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Stacy Testa

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, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality

Previous clients

Clara Bensen, Lucie Britsch, Julie Carrick Dalton, Gerta Keller, Rheea Mukherjee

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Tracy Bohan

πŸ’Ό Agency - The Wylie Agency
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.wylieagency.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction

Previous clients

Sally Rooney, Chimamanda Adichie, Katherine Angel, Michael Marks

Rob McQuilkin

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

Genres

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients

Kim Addonizio, Douglas A. Martin

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Merrilee Heifetz

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Neil Gaiman, Robin McKinley, Octavia E Butler, Laurell K. Hamilton, Melissa Marr, Cynthia Voigt

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Joanne Wyckoff

πŸ’Ό Agency - Carol Mann Agency
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://carolmannagency.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality, Sports, Diverse Fiction, African-American, Feminism

Previous clients

Lauretta Hannon, Tony Wagner, David Gessner, Patti Moreno

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Joshua A. Bilmes

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

Genres

Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Politics, Sports

Previous clients

Brandon Sanderson, Charlaine Harris, Peter V. Brett, Jack Campbell, Tanya Huff

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Laurie McLean

πŸ’Ό Agency - Fuse Literary
🌍 Location - San Francisco, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://fuseliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Action & Adventure, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients

Julie Kagawa, Brian D. Anderson, Pip Ballantine, Melissa D. Savage, Linda Wisdom

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Kimberly Witherspoon

πŸ’Ό Agency - InkWell Management
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://inkwellmanagement.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Cookbook, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients

Anthony Bourdain, Cindy Crawford, Lena Dunham, Dean Koontz, JosΓ© AndrΓ©s

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Alice Williams

πŸ’Ό Agency - Alice Williams Literary Agency
🌍 Location - London, GB
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.alicewilliamsliterary.co.uk/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

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

Previous clients

Lara Hawthorne, Pete Williamson, Fabi Santiago, Rachel Delahaye, Paul Whitfield

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Robin Rue

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Previous clients

JoAnn Ros, S.L. Viehl, Kresley Cole, Dianne Emley

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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 the foot of new authors in the door of a publishing house — and onto the path of getting traditionally published. 

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 — a crucial component in getting any publishing house to invest in the works of new authors. 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, particularly for debut authors.

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.

As you might've guessed, literary agents are especially important for debut authors, who often don't have a starting point in the vast maze that is the publishing industry. That's what a literary agent will become for you: a guide to help you throughout the publishing process, and kickstart your publishing career. 

New authors might be intimidated by the wealth of information and cautionary signs in the industry. It's especially tricky to research literary agents when some are open to submissions from new authors, and some are not.

If you're one of those debut authors, don't fret! We've got you covered with the resources that you need to gain your bearings. 

Resources for new authors landing a literary agent in 2022

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 — and that includes everything from the careful study of each agent's wishlist to personalizing your query letter for each candidate..

Whether you’re a new author learning how to research literary agents or an experienced writer refining your query letter, here are the resources that can give you a headstart.

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