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Dan Conaway

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, Crime Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Children's Book, Fantasy, Memoir, Young Adult

Previous clients: John McWhorter, Louis Bayard, Matt Siegel, Lisa Napoli

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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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Helen Heller

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Helen Heller Agency

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller

Previous clients: Khaled Hosseini, Bruce Holsinger, Nora Murphy

Interested in debut authors

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Sarah Burnes

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Gernert Company

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Kieran Scott, Adam Gidwitz, Susan Burton, Rachel Kadish

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Julia Churchill

πŸ’Ό Agency: A.M. Heath & Co. Ltd

🌍 Location: London, GB

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

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

Previous clients: Joan Aiken, Lloyd Alexander, Zillah Bethell, Helen Douglas

Interested in debut authors

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Sara Crowe

πŸ’Ό Agency: Sara Crowe Literary

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Children's Book, Graphic Novel, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Romance

Previous clients: Nina Lacour, Erin Entrada Kelly, Amy Rose Capetta, Kate Pentecost

Interested in debut authors

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Stacey Glick

πŸ’Ό Agency: Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Larry D. Rosen, Jenny Hart, A. J. Hartley, Christie Matheson

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Russell Galen

πŸ’Ό Agency: Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Business Book, Children's Book, Commercial Fiction, Cookbook, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Middle Grade, Mystery, Politics, Romance, Spirituality, Sports, Thriller, Young Adult, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients: Terry Goodkind, Diana Gabaldon, Norman Spinrad, Mercedes Lackey, Joan Schenkar, Nick Tosches

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Ginger Knowlton

πŸ’Ό Agency: Curtis Brown, Ltd.

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Nonfiction, Picture Book

Previous clients: Gail Carson Levine, Wendelin Van Draanen, Jonah Winter, Helen Frost

Interested in debut authors

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Allison Hunter

πŸ’Ό Agency: Trellis Literary

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Romance, Thriller, Business Book, Chick Lit, Diverse Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Mystery, New Adult, Spirituality, Young Adult

Previous clients: Rosie Walsh, Lauren Ho, Randall Klein, Alexandra Borowitz, Katie Heaney

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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. 

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. 

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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