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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Action & Adventure Submissions

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Jim McCarthy

πŸ’Ό Agency: Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ, Business Book, Cookbook, Humor, Narrative Nonfiction, New Adult, Politics, Sports, Chick Lit

Previous clients: Richelle Mead, Cynthia Ceilan, Victoria Laurie, Carrie Ryan, Julia Templeton, Michelle Rowen

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Laurie McLean

πŸ’Ό Agency: Fuse Literary

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Action & Adventure, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients: Julie Kagawa, Brian D. Anderson, Pip Ballantine, Melissa D. Savage, Linda Wisdom

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Matthew Bialer

πŸ’Ό Agency: Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, Literary Fiction, Action & Adventure, Diverse Fiction, Politics

Previous clients: Patrick Rothfuss, Tad Williams, Tracy Hickman, Margaret Weis, Dale Bailey, Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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David Dunton

πŸ’Ό Agency: Harvey Klinger, Inc.

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, Literary Fiction, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Memoir, Mystery, Narrative Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Thriller

Previous clients: Lori Culwell, Chris Carlton Brown, Alex McAulay

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Luke Janklow

πŸ’Ό Agency: Janklow & Nesbit Associates

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, Cookbook

Previous clients: Anderson Cooper, Emma Watson, Simon Cowell, Brian Haig, Jilliane Hoffman

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Yfat Reiss Gendell

πŸ’Ό Agency: YRG Partners

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir

Previous clients: Ernest Cline, Denise Kiernan, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Reese Witherspoon

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Carrie Pestritto

πŸ’Ό Agency: Laura Dail Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Action & Adventure, Business Book, Chick Lit, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Kalyn Josephson, Jon Birger, Lily Chu, Graci Kim, Claire Kann

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Amy Berkower

πŸ’Ό Agency: Writers House

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Ken Follett, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ann M. Martin, Erica Bauermeister, Ridley Pearson, Rachel Vail

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Don Congdon

πŸ’Ό Agency: Don Congdon Associates

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Action & Adventure, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients: Ray Bradbury, William Styron, Jack Finney, Evan S. Connell

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Jill Marsal

πŸ’Ό Agency: Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC

🌍 Location: San Diego, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Self-Help, Action & Adventure, Chick Lit, Cookbook, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, LGBTQ, Memoir, Spirituality

Previous clients: Melinda Leigh, Angela Pisel, Matthew Dixon, Lynn Cahoon, Marina Adair

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Action & Adventure Literary Agents in Other Countries 🌎

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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