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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Business Book Submissions

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Joshua Getzler

πŸ’Ό Agency: HG Literary

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Politics, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Geoff Rodkey, Paul Goldberg, Todd Moss, EM Powell, Jessica Burkhart, Gerald Elias

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Mel Parker

πŸ’Ό Agency: Mel Parker Books, LLC

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality

Previous clients: Jon Birger, Mick Cornett, Dickson Despommier, Emily Parker, Robert McCaw

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Curtis Russell

πŸ’Ό Agency: P.S. Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Politics, Self-Help, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Pamela Beason, Nick Powdthavee, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Gerry Dee, Tommy Europe

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Caitlin Blasdell

πŸ’Ό Agency: Liza Dawson Associates

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Business Book, Historical Fiction

Previous clients: Zen Cho, Charles Stross, Sarah Prineas, John Levitt, Rachel Neumeier

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Zoe Pagnamenta

πŸ’Ό Agency: Calligraph

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Ravi Agrawal, Eduardo Porter, Ben Ratliff, Josh Kun

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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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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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Amanda Urban

πŸ’Ό Agency: ICM Partners

🌍 Location: Los Angeles, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Politics

Previous clients: Toni Morrison, Nora Ephron, Anthony Doerr, Donna Tartt, Tobias Wolff, Jennifer Egan

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Frank Weimann

πŸ’Ό Agency: Folio Literary Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Humor, Nonfiction, Business Book, Christian, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality, Sports, African-American

Previous clients: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Laura Prepon, Bill Russell, Dan Abrams, Gregg Allman

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Gail Ross

πŸ’Ό Agency: Ross Yoon Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Washington DC, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Politics, Business Book, Commercial Fiction, Spirituality

Previous clients: Joshua Green, Van Jones, James Clapper, Michael Isikoff, David Corn

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Business Book 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 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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