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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions

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Hannah Bowman

💼 Agency - Liza Dawson Associates
🌍 Location - New York City, US
🧑‍💻 Website - https://www.lizadawsonassociates.com/
📣 Preferred contact method - Email
☑️ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

R.F. Kuang, Pierce Brown, Tobias Buckell, Kameron Hurley, Kelly Robson

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Amy Berkower

💼 Agency - Writers House
🌍 Location - New York City, US
🧑‍💻 Website - http://www.writershouse.com/
📣 Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Action & Adventure, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Ken Follett, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ann M. Martin, Erica Bauermeister, Ridley Pearson, Rachel Vail

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Emma Patterson

💼 Agency - Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
🌍 Location - New York, US
🧑‍💻 Website - https://brandthochman.com/
📣 Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Patrick Arden, Louise Aronson, Rita Mae Brown, Kim Church

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Will Francis

💼 Agency - Janklow & Nesbit Associates
🌍 Location - London, GB
🧑‍💻 Website - https://janklowandnesbit.co.uk/agency/will-francis
📣 Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients

Jasper Fforde, Evan Davis, Charles Cumming, Kevin Fong

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Kimberly Witherspoon

💼 Agency - InkWell Management
🌍 Location - New York, US
🧑‍💻 Website - http://inkwellmanagement.com/
📣 Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Cookbook, Fantasy, Romance, Short Story, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Chick Lit

Previous clients

Anthony Bourdain, Cindy Crawford, Lena Dunham, Dean Koontz, José Andrés

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Jim McCarthy

💼 Agency - Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
🌍 Location - New York City, US
🧑‍💻 Website - https://www.dystel.com/
📣 Preferred contact method - Online submission form
☑️ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ, Business Book, Cookbook, Humor, Narrative Nonfiction, New Adult, Politics, Sports, Chick Lit

Previous clients

Richelle Mead, Cynthia Ceilan, Victoria Laurie, Carrie Ryan, Julia Templeton, Michelle Rowen

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Dan Conaway

💼 Agency - Writers House
🌍 Location - New York, US
🧑‍💻 Website - http://www.writershouse.com/
📣 Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Children's Book, Fantasy, Memoir, Young Adult

Previous clients

John McWhorter, Louis Bayard, Matt Siegel, Lisa Napoli

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Marya Spence

💼 Agency - Janklow & Nesbit Associates
🌍 Location - New York, US
🧑‍💻 Website - http://www.janklowandnesbit.com/
📣 Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Jess Arndt, Gabriella Burnham, Arabelle Sicardi, Yrsa Daley-Ward

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Brian DeFiore

💼 Agency - DeFiore and Company
🌍 Location - New York, US
🧑‍💻 Website - http://www.defliterary.com/
📣 Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Sports

Previous clients

Brandon Stanton, Frank Warren, David Potter, Benjamin Hale, Tom Ryan, Rick Yancey

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Johanna Castillo

💼 Agency - Writers House
🌍 Location - New York, US
🧑‍💻 Website - http://www.writershouse.com/
📣 Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Spirituality, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, Commercial Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Isabel Allende, Justin Baldoni, Emily Baldoni, Victoria Alonso, Leila Meacham, Reyna Grande

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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 2024

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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