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David Fugate

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - LaunchBooks Literary Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - San Diego, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - www.launchbooks.com
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Humor, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Sports

Previous clients

Chris Guillebeau, Andy Weir, Kevin Mitnick, Peter Clines, DJ Molles

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Margaret Sutherland Brown

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
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

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

Previous clients

Kelly Carlisle, Teresa Link, Jill Orr

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Laurie Liss

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Sterling Lord Literistic Inc.
๐ŸŒ Location - New York City, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.sll.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Spirituality

Previous clients

Richard Paul Evans, Rachel Maddow, Matt Richtel, Hannah Gadsby, Shankar Vedantam

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Lorin Rees

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

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help

Previous clients

Uzma Jalaluddin, Rin Chupeco, Arlene Weintraub, Will Holtham, Sylvia Lafair, Hank Gilman

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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
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Literary Fiction, Business Book, Graphic Novel, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Short Story

Previous clients

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

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Felicity Blunt

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, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Previous clients

Jeffrey Deaver, Jennifer Egan, Abi Dare, Daphne du Maurier, Jilly Cooper

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Anne Hawkins

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Politics, Feminism

Previous clients

Tasha Alexander, Taylor Stevens, Miranda Beverly-Whittermore, William Kowalski

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Charlie Olsen

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

Genres

Fiction, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Picture Book

Previous clients

Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Noelle Stevenson, Andrea Cremer, Amy Ewing, Gus Gordon, Heather Greene

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Faye Bender

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - The Book Group
๐ŸŒ Location - New York City, US
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - http://www.thebookgroup.com/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email
โ˜‘๏ธ Interested in debut authors

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

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Simon Trewin

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency - Simon Trewin Literary and Media Rights Agency
๐ŸŒ Location - London, GB
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website - https://www.simontrewin.co.uk/
๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Thriller, Children's Book

Previous clients

Andrew Motion, John Boyne, Andrew Miller, Lalline Paul, Mackenzie Crook, Keith Lowe, Isabel Greenberg

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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