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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Children's Book Submissions

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Stephen Barr

πŸ’Ό Agency: Writers House

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: David Macaulay, F.C. Yee, John Corey Whaley, Maggie Thrash, Christopher Silas Neal

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Irene Goodman

πŸ’Ό Agency: Irene Goodman Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Lori Handeland, Linda Lael Miller, Amanda Elyot, Boyd Morrison, Juliet Grey

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Tamar Rydzinski

πŸ’Ό Agency: Context Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Danielle L. Jensen, Bryan Denson, Bruce Goldfarb, Nina Berry, Robin Constantine

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Louise Fury

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Bent Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novel, Romance, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Cookbook, Crime Fiction, Humor

Previous clients: Fred Aceves, Lindsay Emory, Lonnie Busch, Dante Medema

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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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Patricia Nelson

πŸ’Ό Agency: Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC

🌍 Location: San Diego, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Candice Iloh, Mary McCoy, Axie Oh, Dahlia Adler, Anna Meriano, Kristi Wientge

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Nancy Gallt

πŸ’Ό Agency: Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Newark, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Rick Riordan, Bety G. Birney, Sophie Blackall, Jeanne DuPrau, Bagram Ibatoulline

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Christopher Schelling

πŸ’Ό Agency: Selectric Artists

🌍 Location: Hartford, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Rainbow Rowell, Kate Mulgrew, Augusten Burroughs, Haven Kimmel, Robert Wilder

Interested in debut authors

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Helen Breitwieser

πŸ’Ό Agency: Cornerstone Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Los Angeles, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Katherine Center, Tessa Dare, Robert Evans, Beth Fataskey, Ursula Vernon

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Jennifer Azantian

πŸ’Ό Agency: Azantian Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ 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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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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