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Anna Ghosh

πŸ’Ό Agency: Ghosh Literary

🌍 Location: New York City, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: http://www.ghoshliterary.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Spirituality, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Alia Malek, Caroline Heller, Roby James, Garin Hovannisian, Chris Impey

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Joanne Wyckoff

πŸ’Ό Agency: Carol Mann Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: http://carolmannagency.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality, Sports, Diverse Fiction, African-American, Feminism

Previous clients: Lauretta Hannon, Tony Wagner, David Gessner, Patti Moreno

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Sallyanne Sweeney

πŸ’Ό Agency: Mulcahy Associates

🌍 Location: London, GB

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://mmbcreative.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Juno Dawson, Steve Lenton, Jon Walter, Lucy Van Smit

Interested in debut authors

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Faye Bender

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Book Group

🌍 Location: New York City, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: http://www.thebookgroup.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Memoir, Politics, Self-Help, Thriller

Previous clients: Rainey Hopson, Courtney Summers, Melissa Albert, Angeline Boulley

Interested in debut authors

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Thao Le

πŸ’Ό Agency: Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Diego, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: http://www.dijkstraagency.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

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

Previous clients: Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Emily Duncan, Jessie Sima

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Jennie Dunham

πŸ’Ό Agency: Dunham Literary

🌍 Location: New York, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://www.dunhamlit.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart, Mark Bowden, Tod Goldberg, Margaret McMullan

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Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein

πŸ’Ό Agency: McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

🌍 Location: New York, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: http://mcintoshandotis.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Feminism

Previous clients: Eleanor Brown, Phyllis T. Smith, Kimberly Frost

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Meg Thompson

πŸ’Ό Agency: Thompson Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://thompsonliterary.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Spirituality, Sports, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction

Previous clients: Lisa Leake, Ken Denmead, Kelle Hampton, Tom Hart, Tim Kreider, Emily Flake

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Sorche Fairbank

πŸ’Ό Agency: Fairbank Literary Representation

🌍 Location: New York City, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: http://www.fairbankliterary.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, Commercial Fiction, Politics, Sports

Previous clients: Terry Border, Neil Landau, Matt Frederick, Craig Tracy

Interested in debut authors

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Cameron McClure

πŸ’Ό Agency: Donald Maass Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: http://maassagency.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Robert McCammon, Robert Jackson Bennett, Ada Palmer, Amy Alkon

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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 your foot in the door of a publishing house β€” 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 that publishers 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 send 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 2024

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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