The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions

Browse top literary agents from around the world.

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Eric Myers

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

Genres

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Chris Grabenstein, Lydia Kang, Bryan Batt, David Neilsen, Simon Gervais

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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

Previous clients

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

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Leigh Feldman

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

Genres

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Sarah Dessen, Charles Frazier, Matt Burgess, Parnaz Foroutan, Arthur Golden

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Anna Ghosh

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Alia Malek, Caroline Heller, Roby James, Garin Hovannisian, Chris Impey

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Anne Sibbald

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, Fantasy, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir

Previous clients

Terry Brooks, Stuart Woods, Bob Colacello, Nicholas Christopher

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Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein

πŸ’Ό Agency - McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://mcintoshandotis.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Feminism

Previous clients

Eleanor Brown, Phyllis T. Smith, Kimberly Frost

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Cassandra Rodgers

πŸ’Ό Agency - 5 Otter Literary
🌍 Location - Toronto, CA
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://fiveotterliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Politics, Sports

Previous clients

Dayle Furlong, Gabriele Wills, James R. Wallen, Kath Jonathan

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Alex Cochran

πŸ’Ό Agency - C+W
🌍 Location - London, GB
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://cwagency.co.uk/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Tade Thompson, Luke Arnold, G.V. Anderson, Nicholas Binge, Dave Hutchinson, Mike Brooks

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Charlie Olsen

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

Genres

Fiction, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Picture Book

Previous clients

Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Noelle Stevenson, Andrea Cremer, Amy Ewing, Gus Gordon, Heather Greene

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Pete Knapp

πŸ’Ό Agency - Park & Fine Literary and Media
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.parkfine.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Daniel Aleman, Julia Drake, Adalyn Grace, Ayana Gray, Sara Holland, Lucy Keating

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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 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 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.Β 

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.Β 

Resources for new authors 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 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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