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Molly Ker Hawn

πŸ’Ό Agency - The Bent Agency
🌍 Location - London, GB
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.thebentagency.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Hilary McKay, Matt Killeen, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Alwyn Hamilton, Heidi Heilig

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Nancy Gallt

πŸ’Ό Agency - Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Newark, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.galltzacker.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

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

Previous clients

Rick Riordan, Bety G. Birney, Sophie Blackall, Jeanne DuPrau, Bagram Ibatoulline

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Steven Chudney

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

Genres

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

Previous clients

Gaby Triana, Julie Bowe, Chris Woodworth, Wendy Lichtman

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Uwe Stender

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

Genres

Fiction, Graphic Novel, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Self-Help, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Adiba Jaigirdar, Dana L. Davis, Elizabeth LaBan, Christi Paul, Jared Reck

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Margret McBride

πŸ’Ό Agency - Margret McBride Literary Agency
🌍 Location - San Diego, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.mcbrideliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Self-Help

Previous clients

Benjamin Bikman, Grant Sabatier, Sheldon Bowles, Brandon Webb

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Deidre Knight

πŸ’Ό Agency - The Knight Agency
🌍 Location - Atlanta, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.knightagency.net/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Christian, Self-Help, Spirituality, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ

Previous clients

TJ Klune, Rachel Reid, Gena Showalter, Don Piper, Cat Sebastian, Louisa Edwards

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Warren Frazier

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

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Business Book, Graphic Novel, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Short Story

Previous clients

Joyce Carol Oates, Mark Z. Danielewski, Olga Grushin, Jess Walter

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Lisa Erbach Vance

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Fiction, Crime Fiction, Memoir, Mystery, Romance, Women's Fiction

Previous clients

Harlan Coben, Gregg Hurwitz, Glen Erik Hamilton, B.J. Daniels, Rebecca Hardiman, Sandra Kitt

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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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Thao Le

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

Genres

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

Previous clients

Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Emily Duncan, Jessie Sima

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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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