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Jennifer Weltz

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.jvnla.com
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Eva Holland, Carl Safina, Nancy Springer, Molly Greeley, Wendy Webb

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Joshua Getzler

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - HG Literary
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.hgliterary.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Politics, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Geoff Rodkey, Paul Goldberg, Todd Moss, EM Powell, Jessica Burkhart, Gerald Elias

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Sarah Davies

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - The Greenhouse Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - Fairfax, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.greenhouseliterary.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

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

Previous clients

Megan Miranda, Tae Keller, Elle Cosimano, Ashley Elston, Cori McCarthy, Winifred Conkling

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John Cusick

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

Previous clients

Julie Murphy, Christian McKay Heidicke, Laura Sebastian, Joan He, Abdi Nazemian

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Stacey Glick

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.dystel.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

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

Previous clients

Larry D. Rosen, Jenny Hart, A. J. Hartley, Christie Matheson

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Laurie Liss

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Spirituality

Previous clients

Richard Paul Evans, Rachel Maddow, Matt Richtel, Hannah Gadsby, Shankar Vedantam

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Elyse Cheney

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients

Dave Eggers, Terri Jentz, Benjamin Kunkel, Nathaniel Rich, Suzanne Rivecca

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Emma Patterson

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://brandthochman.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ 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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Ginger Clark

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

Genres

Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia Wrede, Elizabeth Wein, Tim Pratt, John Langan

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Don Congdon

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Don Congdon Associates
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.doncongdon.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ 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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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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