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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions in Boston

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Chris Bucci

💼 Agency: Aevitas Creative Management

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://aevitascreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Sports

Previous clients: Bob Rae, Timothy Caulfield, Susan Delacourt, Jowita Bydlowska, James Grainger

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Lorin Rees

💼 Agency: Rees Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://reesagency.com/

📣 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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Michelle Brower

💼 Agency: Aevitas Creative Management

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://aevitascreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Thriller

Previous clients: Erika L. Sánchez, Tara Conklin, Hazel Gaynor, Erika Swyler, Viet Dinh

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Esther Cajahuaringa

💼 Agency: Little, Brown and Company

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.lbyr.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Book, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC

Previous clients: Building a client list

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Esmond Harmsworth

💼 Agency: Aevitas Creative Management

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://aevitascreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients: Ron Adner, Michelle Hoover, Erin Arvedlund, Donna Fenn, Alisa Libby

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Sarah Levitt

💼 Agency: Aevitas Creative Management

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://aevitascreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Daniel Abbott, Elizabeth Brooks, Claire Evans, Doma Mahmoud, Sara Majka

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Jennifer Gates

💼 Agency: Aevitas Creative Management

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://aevitascreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Christian, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Children's Book

Previous clients: Emily Yellin, Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete, Michael Soussan

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Penny Moore

💼 Agency: Aevitas Creative Management

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://aevitascreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

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

Previous clients: Waka T. Brown, Maya Prasad, Rona Wang, Auriane Desombre, Rona Wang, Beth Evans, Lyla Lee

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Janet Silver

💼 Agency: Aevitas Creative Management

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://aevitascreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Cheryl Strayed, Anthony Marra, Monique Truong, Christopher Castellani

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Todd Shuster

💼 Agency: Aevitas Creative Management

🌍 Location: Boston, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://aevitascreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Self-Help, Mystery, Thriller

Previous clients: James S. Hirsch, Taraji P. Henson, Jeffrey Gettleman, Deval L. Patrick, Brad Lamm

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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 — 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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