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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Commercial Fiction Submissions

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Stacy Testa

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, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality

Previous clients: Clara Bensen, Lucie Britsch, Julie Carrick Dalton, Gerta Keller, Rheea Mukherjee

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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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Rachel Ekstrom Courage

πŸ’Ό Agency: Courage Literary

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Rachael Lippincott, Kristin Fields, Nina Laurin, Jeff Garvin, Sandra Block

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Tracy Bohan

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Wylie Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction

Previous clients: Sally Rooney, Chimamanda Adichie, Katherine Angel, Michael Marks

Lisa Leshne

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Leshne Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Spirituality, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary Fiction, New Adult, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Julissa Arce, Leslie Lehr, Christie Pearce Rampone, AJ Mendez, Ivan Klima, Stacey Abrams

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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

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Margaret Connolly

πŸ’Ό Agency: Margaret Connolly Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Sydney, AU

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book

Previous clients: Les Murray, Kate Jennings, David Ireland, Rachael Treasure, Julie Vivas

Jess Regel

πŸ’Ό Agency: Helm

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Emily Danforth, Julie Bourbeau, K. Ryer Breese, Jeryl Brunner, Jillian Cantor

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Emma Patterson

πŸ’Ό Agency: Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Patrick Arden, Louise Aronson, Rita Mae Brown, Kim Church

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Alex Glass

πŸ’Ό Agency: Glass Literary Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, African-American, BIPOC, Children's Book, Cookbook, Middle Grade, New Adult, Self-Help, Spirituality, Young Adult, Sports

Previous clients: Haylie Pomroy, Chad Kultgen, Matt Bondurant, Jon Cryer, Da Chen, Marcy Dermansky, Jennifer Esposito

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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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