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Cameron McClure

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

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Robert McCammon, Robert Jackson Bennett, Ada Palmer, Amy Alkon

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Laura Mazer

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

Genres

Fiction, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Spirituality, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Ijeoma Oluo, Virginia Grohl

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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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Farley Chase

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports

Previous clients

Alia Volz, Robert Weintraub, Gregory Crough, Gilbert King, Matt Stoller

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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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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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Alison Fargis

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Susan B. Anderson, Sara Bliss, Michael Buckley, Erin Gleeson, Eric Gorges

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Barbara Braun

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

Genres

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

Previous clients

Elise Hooper, Stephanie Storey, Susan Vreeland, James Benn, Janet Majerus, Laurel Corona

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Marcy Posner

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Joss Ware, Kristi Cook, Susan Hubbard

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Alice Williams

πŸ’Ό Agency - Alice Williams Literary Agency
🌍 Location - London, GB
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.alicewilliamsliterary.co.uk/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

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

Previous clients

Lara Hawthorne, Pete Williamson, Fabi Santiago, Rachel Delahaye, Paul Whitfield

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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 2022

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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