The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions

Browse top literary agents from around the world.

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Amy Giuffrida

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

Genres

Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Maria Tureaud, Jax McQueen, Sarah Elynn, Haley Hwang

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Miriam Kriss

πŸ’Ό Agency - Irene Goodman Literary Agency
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.irenegoodman.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients

Lilith Saintcrow, Jackie Morse Kessler, Karen Mahoney, Kelly Keaton

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Daniel Kirschen

πŸ’Ό Agency - ICM Partners
🌍 Location - Los Angeles, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.icmpartners.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Humor, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports

Previous clients

Ann Patchett, Michael Chabon, Chuck Palahniuk, Ayelet Waldman, Elizabeth Greenwood

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Helen Breitwieser

πŸ’Ό Agency - Cornerstone Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Los Angeles, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.cornerstoneliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients

Katherine Center, Tessa Dare, Robert Evans, Beth Fataskey, Ursula Vernon

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Steven Chudney

πŸ’Ό Agency - The Chudney Agency
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.thechudneyagency.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients

Gaby Triana, Julie Bowe, Chris Woodworth, Wendy Lichtman

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Christy Fletcher

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

Genres

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

Previous clients

Maggie O'Farrell, Deborah Gruenfeld, Lynn Coady, Vincent Lam, David Leonhardt

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Julie Barer

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Celeste Ng, Madeline Miller, Alice Sebold, Mia Alvar, Joshua Ferris

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Lisa Erbach Vance

πŸ’Ό Agency - Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency
🌍 Location - New York City, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://aaronpriest.com
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients

Harlan Coben, Gregg Hurwitz, Glen Erik Hamilton, B.J. Daniels, Rebecca Hardiman, Sandra Kitt

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Jennifer Azantian

πŸ’Ό Agency - Azantian Literary Agency
🌍 Location - San Francisco, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.azantianlitagency.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients

S. A. Chakraborty, Heidi Lang, L.D. Lewis, Gwendolyn Clare

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Marietta Zacker

πŸ’Ό Agency - Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Newark, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.galltzacker.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

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

Previous clients

Ann Bonwill, Dawn Lairimore, Stephanie Sanders, Hilary Wagner

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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 β€” and onto the path of getting traditionally published.Β 

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 β€” 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.Β 

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.Β 

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 β€” 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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