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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Bipoc Submissions

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Alex Glass

💼 Agency: Glass Literary Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.glassliterary.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, African-American, BIPOC, Children's Book, Cookbook, Middle Grade, New Adult, Self-Help, Spirituality, Young Adult, Sports

Previous clients: Haylie Pomroy, Chad Kultgen, Matt Bondurant, Jon Cryer, Da Chen, Marcy Dermansky, Jennifer Esposito

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Amy Giuffrida

💼 Agency: Belcastro Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.belcastroagency.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Horror, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Maria Tureaud, Jax McQueen, Sarah Elynn, Haley Hwang

Interested in debut authors

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Beth Phelan

💼 Agency: Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Newark, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.galltzacker.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Randy Ribay, Shveta Thakrar, Kacen Callender, Kat Cho, Lin Thompson, Camryn Garrett

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Jessica Sinsheimer

💼 Agency: Context Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.contextlit.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Margot Harrison, Shannon Alexander, Jonathan Chesner, Gwen Hayes

Interested in debut authors

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Hannah Bowman

💼 Agency: Liza Dawson Associates

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.lizadawsonassociates.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: R.F. Kuang, Pierce Brown, Tobias Buckell, Kameron Hurley, Kelly Robson

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Kim Lionetti

💼 Agency: BookEnds Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Newark, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.bookendsliterary.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Helen Hoang, Kennedy Ryan, Rochelle Weinstein, Christie Craig, Nicola Marsh

Interested in debut authors

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Jennifer Azantian

💼 Agency: Azantian Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.azantianlitagency.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

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

Previous clients: S. A. Chakraborty, Heidi Lang, L.D. Lewis, Gwendolyn Clare

Interested in debut authors

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Lauren Spieller

💼 Agency: Folio Literary Management

🌍 Location: Pittsburgh, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.foliolit.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Cookbook, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ, Graphic Novel, Horror, Humor, Romance, Spirituality

Previous clients: Laura Weymouth, Jen Wilde, Wendy Heard, Marilou Reeder, Erica Waters

Interested in debut authors

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Uwe Stender

💼 Agency: Triada US Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Pittsburgh, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.triadaus.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Adiba Jaigirdar, Dana L. Davis, Elizabeth LaBan, Christi Paul, Jared Reck

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Farley Chase

💼 Agency: Chase Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://chaseliterary.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, BIPOC, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Previous clients: Alia Volz, Robert Weintraub, Gregory Crough, Gilbert King, Matt Stoller

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BIPOC 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 the foot of new authors in the door of a publishing house — 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 — 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 — 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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