The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions

Browse top literary agents from around the world.

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Ellen Geiger

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

Genres

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Diverse Fiction, Feminism

Previous clients

Margaret Wise Brown, Adrienne Rich, Juan Gonzรกlez, James Kugel, Robert Tsai

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Susan Golomb

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

Genres

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

Previous clients

Jonathan Franzen, Krys Lee, William T. Vollman, Rachel Kushner, Imbolo Mbue

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Cathryn Summerhayes

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Curtis Brown UK
๐ŸŒ Location - London, GB
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Self-Help

Previous clients

Ranulph Fiennes, Adam Kay, Lucy Foley, Sandi Toksvig, Shappi Khorsandi, Naomi Wood

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Irene Goodman

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Irene Goodman Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.irenegoodman.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Lori Handeland, Linda Lael Miller, Amanda Elyot, Boyd Morrison, Juliet Grey

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Stephanie Thwaites

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Curtis Brown UK
๐ŸŒ Location - London, GB
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Humor, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

John Steinbeck, Isla Fisher, Cat Deeley, Celia Rees, A A Milne, Steven Butler

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Pete Knapp

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

Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Daniel Aleman, Julia Drake, Adalyn Grace, Ayana Gray, Sara Holland, Lucy Keating

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Warren Frazier

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - John Hawkins & Associates
๐ŸŒ Location - New York, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.jhalit.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction

Previous clients

Joyce Carol Oates, Mark Z. Danielewski, Olga Grushin, Jess Walter

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Marcy Posner

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Folio Literary Management
๐ŸŒ Location - New York City, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.foliolit.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ 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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Mitchell S. Waters

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, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Christian, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help

Previous clients

Joy Castro, Sarah Schulman, Michael Thomas Ford, Laurel Ann Nattress, Vestal McIntyre

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James A. Levine

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

Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Spirituality, Sports

Previous clients

Tom Brady, Gisele Bรผndchen, Safi Bahcall, Francis Bok, Cornelia Dean

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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 an author's foot 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 your work. 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.

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.

Resources for landing a literary agent in 2021

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 learning how to research literary agents accepting submissions or how to query the right way, we've got you covered.

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