The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions

Browse top literary agents from around the world.

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Cristina Concepcion

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

Genres

Fiction, Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients

David Sedaris, Susan Allen, Russell Baker, Jane Cleland

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Karen Solem

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Christian

Previous clients

Eve Silver, Lara Adrian, Patti Berg, Barbara Freethy

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Melissa Flashman

πŸ’Ό Agency - Janklow & Nesbit Associates
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.janklowandnesbit.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir

Previous clients

Stephanie Danler, Anne Boyer, Amina Cain, Emily Gould, Richard L. Hasen

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Sorche Fairbank

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

Genres

Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, Feminism

Previous clients

Terry Border, Neil Landau, Matt Frederick, Craig Tracy

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Don Congdon

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

Genres

Action & Adventure, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients

Ray Bradbury, William Styron, Jack Finney, Evan S. Connell

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Gemma Cooper

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, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

B.B. Alston, Derek Bacon, Ruth Fitzgerald, Shirley Marr

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Kerry Sparks

πŸ’Ό Agency - Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://lgrliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

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

Previous clients

Jennifer Niven, Camille Perri, Jennifer Mathieu, Mark Pett, Susan Wittig Albert

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Nancy Yost

πŸ’Ό Agency - Nancy Yost Literary Agency
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.nyliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction

Previous clients

Beverly Jenkins, Stephanie Laurens, Suzanne Enoch, Miranda James, Victoria Thompson

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Susan Hawk

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

Genres

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

Previous clients

Rachael Allen, Marcie Colleen, Alison Oliver, Ruth Spiro, Sarah Tolcser, Shelley Tougas, Lisa Tyre

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Frances Coady

πŸ’Ό Agency - Aragi Inc.
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.aragi.net/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

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

Previous clients

Ocean Vuong, Anna Cox, Gary Younge, Michael Cunningham, Sharon Olds

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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.

Resources for landing a literary agent in 2021

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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