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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Children's Book Submissions

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Thao Le

πŸ’Ό Agency: Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Diego, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

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

Previous clients: Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Emily Duncan, Jessie Sima

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Jennifer Weltz

πŸ’Ό Agency: Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Eva Holland, Carl Safina, Nancy Springer, Molly Greeley, Wendy Webb

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Jodi Reamer

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, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Children's Book, Self-Help, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Stephenie Meyer, John Green, Dan Santat, Ransom Riggs, Lisa Yee

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Daniel Lazar

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, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Hannah Kent, Chandler Baker, Raymond Villareal, Ingrid Law, Jennifer McMahon, Matt Rothschild

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Jennifer Rofe

πŸ’Ό Agency: Andrea Brown Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Chicago, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

Genres: Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Meg Medina, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Crystal Allen, Barry Wolverton

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Johanna Castillo

πŸ’Ό Agency: Writers House

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Spirituality, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, Commercial Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Isabel Allende, Justin Baldoni, Emily Baldoni, Victoria Alonso, Leila Meacham, Reyna Grande

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Kari Sutherland

πŸ’Ό Agency: KT LITERARY

🌍 Location: San Diego, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Saadia Faruqi, Kelly Coon, Laura Pohl

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Paul Rodeen

πŸ’Ό Agency: Rodeen Literary Management

🌍 Location: Chicago, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

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

Previous clients: Peter Brown, Lauren Castillo, Victoria Jamieson, Ryan Higgins

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Carrie Pestritto

πŸ’Ό Agency: Laura Dail Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Action & Adventure, Business Book, Chick Lit, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Kalyn Josephson, Jon Birger, Lily Chu, Graci Kim, Claire Kann

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Uwe Stender

πŸ’Ό Agency: Triada US Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Pittsburgh, US

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

πŸ“£ 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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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 your foot 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 that publishers 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 send 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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