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Lori Kilkelly

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - LK Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - Chicago, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.lkliterary.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

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

Previous clients

Camille Andros, David Bernardy, Shinji Fujioka, Lauren Eldridge, Julia Denos

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Emily van Beek

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Folio Literary Management
๐ŸŒ Location - New York City, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.foliojr.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

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

Previous clients

Jenny Han, Lois Lowry, Morgan Matson, Julie Morstad, Tamora Pierce, Jordan Scott

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Jessica Faust

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - BookEnds Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - Newark, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.bookendsliterary.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Self-Help, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, African-American, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Kay Finch, Vickie Fee, Krista Davis, Melissa Payne, Julie Stone, Laura Bradford

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Henry Dunow

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - New York City, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.dclagency.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, African-American, Business Book, Children's Book, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Mystery, Politics, Short Story, Spirituality, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients

Aimee Bender, Alice Sebold, Peter Mountford, Jean Thompson, Robin Black, Hilma Wolitzer

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Lorin Rees

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Helen Rees Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - Boston, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://reesagency.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help

Previous clients

Uzma Jalaluddin, Rin Chupeco, Arlene Weintraub, Will Holtham, Sylvia Lafair, Hank Gilman

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Susan Hawk

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Upstart Crow Literary
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.upstartcrowliterary.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ 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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Kim Lionetti

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - BookEnds Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - Newark, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.bookendsliterary.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Helen Hoang, Kennedy Ryan, Rochelle Weinstein, Christie Craig, Nicola Marsh

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Tracy Marchini

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - BookEnds Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - Newark, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.bookendsliterary.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Jennifer Robin Barr, Charlene Chua, Sally Deng, Margaret Finnegan, Rita Lorraine Hubbard

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Allison Hunter

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Trellis Literary
๐ŸŒ Location - New York City, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.trellisliterary.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Romance, Thriller

Previous clients

Rosie Walsh, Lauren Ho, Randall Klein, Alexandra Borowitz, Katie Heaney

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Andrew Stuart

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - The Stuart Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.stuartagency.com
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Sports

Previous clients

Kathleen Parker, William Dietrich, Maia Szalavitz, Kevin Guzman, Kenneth Kamler, Leonard Felder

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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 โ€” and onto the path of getting traditionally published.ย 

In addition to championing you and your writing and serving as your point of contact with others in publishing, literary agents understand editorsโ€™ tastes and the types of books they are looking to add to their lists โ€” a crucial component in getting any publishing house to invest in the works of new authors. Since most big publishers donโ€™t accept unsolicited submissions, getting a literary agent whoโ€™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 donโ€™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.ย 

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.ย 

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 agentโ€™s attention. But youโ€™ll need to put in a good amount of work to land them โ€” and that includes everything from the careful study of each agent's wishlist to personalizing your query letter for each candidate..

Whether youโ€™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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