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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions

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Laura Mazer

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Wendy Sherman Associates
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.wsherman.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ 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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Celeste Fine

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Park & Fine Literary and Media
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.parkfine.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ 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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Sandy Lu

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Book Wyrm Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - New York City, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.bookwyrmlit.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email
โ˜‘๏ธ 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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Stephanie Rostan

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://lgrliterary.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports

Previous clients

Gillian Flynn, Lisa Lutz, Wendy Wax, Julia Dahl, Heather Swain

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Bonnie Nadell

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Hill Nadell Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - Los Angeles, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.hillnadell.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

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

Previous clients

David Foster Wallace, Antonya Nelson, Lynn Schooler, Richard Polsky, Kate Racculia

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Jenni Ferrari-Adler

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

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Kristen Roupenian, Susie Yang, Mo Daviau, Rebecca Dinerstein, Eileen Pollack

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Chris Bucci

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Aevitas Creative Management
๐ŸŒ Location - Boston, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://aevitascreative.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Sports

Previous clients

Bob Rae, Timothy Caulfield, Susan Delacourt, Jowita Bydlowska, James Grainger

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Tracy Bohan

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction

Previous clients

Sally Rooney, Chimamanda Adichie, Katherine Angel, Michael Marks

Molly Ker Hawn

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - The Bent Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - London, GB
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.thebentagency.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

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

Previous clients

Hilary McKay, Matt Killeen, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Alwyn Hamilton, Heidi Heilig

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Jim McCarthy

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

Previous clients

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

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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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