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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Children's Book Submissions

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Henry Dunow

💼 Agency: Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, African-American, Business Book, Children's Book, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Mystery, Short Story, Spirituality, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients: Aimee Bender, Alice Sebold, Peter Mountford, Jean Thompson, Robin Black, Hilma Wolitzer

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Sara Crowe

💼 Agency: Sara Crowe Literary

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Children's Book, Graphic Novel, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Romance

Previous clients: Nina Lacour, Erin Entrada Kelly, Amy Rose Capetta, Kate Pentecost

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Sorche Fairbank

💼 Agency: Fairbank Literary Representation

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, Commercial Fiction, Politics, Sports

Previous clients: Terry Border, Neil Landau, Matt Frederick, Craig Tracy

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Rebecca Sherman

💼 Agency: Writers House

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Daniel Salmieri, Andrea Beaty, Grace Lin, John Hendrix

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Scott Miller

💼 Agency: Trident Media Group

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Horror, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Rebecca Forster, Sean Lynch, Sean Naylor, Jennifer Coburn

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Anna Olswanger

💼 Agency: Olswanger Literary LLC

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Children's Book, Picture Book

Previous clients: Vince Vawter, Michael Hall, Patricia Hruby Powell, Michelle Markel, Jennifer Sattler

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Holly McGhee

💼 Agency: Pippin Properties

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Kate DiCamillo, David Small, Jandy Nelson, Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss, An Na

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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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Julia Churchill

💼 Agency: A.M. Heath & Co. Ltd

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://amheath.com

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

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

Previous clients: Joan Aiken, Lloyd Alexander, Zillah Bethell, Helen Douglas

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Susan Hawk

💼 Agency: Upstart Crow Literary

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Rachael Allen, Marcie Colleen, Alison Oliver, Ruth Spiro, Sarah Tolcser, Shelley Tougas, Lisa Tyre

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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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