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Emily Forland

πŸ’Ό Agency - Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://brandthochman.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Heidi Durrow, Alice Fulton, Bill Hayes, James Magnuson, Greil Marcus, Dominic Smith

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Susan Rabiner

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

Genres

Nonfiction, Business Book, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help

Previous clients

Herbert Bix, Debby Applegate, Andres Resendez, Mario Livio, Bruce Schneier

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Peter Straus

πŸ’Ό Agency - RCW Literary Agency
🌍 Location - London, GB
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.rcwlitagency.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Kazuo Ishiguro, Colm Toibin, Kate Atkinson, Jenny Pitman, Rupert Thomsom

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Susan Ramer

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

Genres

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

Previous clients

Kathryn Stockett, Rachel Weaver, Ellen Gilchrist, Amy Belding Brown, Rachel Louise Snyder

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Simon Lipskar

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Dan Vyleta, Steven Sherrill, Karen Bao, Stephen Dyer, Jonah Lisa Dyer

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Kim Lionetti

πŸ’Ό Agency - BookEnds Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Newark, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.bookendsliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
β˜‘οΈ 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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Marya Spence

πŸ’Ό Agency - Janklow & Nesbit Associates
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.janklowandnesbit.com/
πŸ“£ 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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Carrie Pestritto

πŸ’Ό Agency - Laura Dail Literary Agency
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.ldlainc.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Kalyn Josephson, Jon Birger, Lily Chu, Graci Kim, Claire Kann

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Gail Hochman

πŸ’Ό Agency - Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://brandthochman.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Children's Book

Previous clients

Scott Turow, Michael Cunningham, Leah Stewart

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Pippa Masson

πŸ’Ό Agency - Curtis Brown Australia
🌍 Location - Sydney, AU
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.curtisbrown.com.au/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients

Matt Okine, James Phelan, Hannah Kent, Nick Bryant, Anna Branford

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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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