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Holly Root

πŸ’Ό Agency - Root Literary
🌍 Location - Los Angeles, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.rootliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction

Previous clients

V.E. Schwab, Alison Cherry, Megan Crane, Kari Dell, Rae Carson

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Kelly Sonnack

πŸ’Ό Agency - Andrea Brown Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Chicago, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.andreabrownlit.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients

Christine Lynn Herman, Kim Smith, Sharon Cameron, James Burks, Joy Ang, Alastair Heim

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Wendy Sherman

πŸ’Ό Agency - Wendy Sherman Associates
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.wsherman.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports

Previous clients

Anthony Youn, Nani Power, Gabrielle Korn, Wendy Walker, Marjan Kamali

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Elyse Cheney

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients

Dave Eggers, Terri Jentz, Benjamin Kunkel, Nathaniel Rich, Suzanne Rivecca

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Daniel Lazar

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

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Hannah Kent, Chandler Baker, Raymond Villareal, Ingrid Law, Jennifer McMahon, Matt Rothschild

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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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Elana Roth Parker

πŸ’Ό Agency - Laura Dail Literary Agency
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.ldlainc.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

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

Previous clients

Kiera Cass, Vern Kousky, Alexa Donne, Dana Mele, Anna Bright

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Nancy Yost

πŸ’Ό Agency - Nancy Yost Literary Agency
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - http://www.nyliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Online submission form

Genres

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction

Previous clients

Beverly Jenkins, Stephanie Laurens, Suzanne Enoch, Miranda James, Victoria Thompson

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Alexa Stark

πŸ’Ό Agency - Trident Media Group
🌍 Location - New York, US
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.tridentmediagroup.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Feminism

Previous clients

David Bergen, Gabriel Bump, Lindsay Cameron, Joseph Cassara, Matthew Klingle

Cecilia Lyra

πŸ’Ό Agency - P.S. Literary Agency
🌍 Location - Toronto, CA
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website - https://www.psliterary.com/
πŸ“£ Preferred contact method - Email
β˜‘οΈ Interested in debut authors

Genres

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients

Lene Andersen, Jenna Ferrey, Amy Rosen, Jessica Hinkson

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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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