The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions

Browse top literary agents from around the world.

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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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Madeleine Milburn

πŸ’Ό Agency - Madeleine Milburn Literary
🌍 Location - London, GB
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://madeleinemilburn.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Holly Bourne, Jenna Burtenshaw, Anne Cameron, Nuala Casey

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Sandy Lu

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Jennifer Harlow, Robert Baty, Angela Grace, Michael Dempsey, Michael Boccacino

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Liza Dawson

πŸ’Ό Agency - Liza Dawson Associates
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.lizadawsonassociates.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Tawni O'Dell, Annie Barrows, Robyn Carr, Ross Gay, Marie Bostwick

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Matthew Bialer

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

Genres

Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports

Previous clients

Patrick Rothfuss, Tad Williams, Tracy Hickman, Margaret Weis, Dale Bailey, Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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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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Celeste Fine

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

Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Sara Gottfried, Amanda Steinberg, Dave Asprey, J.J. Virgin, Joseph Pizzorno

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Jennifer Azantian

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

Genres

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

Previous clients

S. A. Chakraborty, Heidi Lang, L.D. Lewis, Gwendolyn Clare

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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

Hillary Jacobson

πŸ’Ό Agency - ICM Partners
🌍 Location - Los Angeles, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.icmpartners.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Tomi Adeyemi, Kate Elizabeth Russell, Karen Hamilton, Eiko Kadono

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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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