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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions in Denver

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Kristin Nelson

πŸ’Ό Agency: Nelson Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, Chick Lit, Horror, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Marie Lu, Josh Malerman, Courtney Milan, Gail Carriger, Hugh Howey, Ally Carter

Interested in debut authors

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Rachelle Gardner

πŸ’Ό Agency: Gardner Literary

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Christian, Memoir, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Rachel Held Evans, Candice Benbow, Cole Arthur Riley, Terry Stokes

Interested in debut authors

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Nicole Payne

πŸ’Ό Agency: Copps Literary Services

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Diverse Fiction, Cookbook, Literary Fiction, Romance, Thriller

Previous clients: Building a client list

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Nick Harrison

πŸ’Ό Agency: WordServe Literary Group

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Christian, Politics, Self-Help, Spirituality, Children's Book, Feminism, Memoir

Previous clients: Angela Breidenbach, Linda Clare

Interested in debut authors

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Lisa Jackson

πŸ’Ό Agency: Alive Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

Genres: Nonfiction, Christian, Spirituality, Children's Book

Previous clients: Britney Winn Lee, Melanie Shankle, Becky Thompson, Annie F. Downs

Bryan Norman

πŸ’Ό Agency: Alive Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

Genres: Nonfiction, Christian, Spirituality, Children's Book

Previous clients: Michael Hyatt, Jeremy Roloff, Audrey Roloff, Allison Fallon

Sarah Freese

πŸ’Ό Agency: WordServe Literary Group

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Christian, Politics, Self-Help, Spirituality, Children's Book, Memoir, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Cynthia Herron, Pat Lee, Hannah Linder, Erica Vetsch

Interested in debut authors

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Danielle Burby

πŸ’Ό Agency: Mad Woman Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ, #ownvoices

Previous clients: Jennifer Nissley, Jordyn Taylor, Lynette Noni, Celesta Rimington

Interested in debut authors

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Laurel Symonds

πŸ’Ό Agency: KT Literary

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

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

Previous clients: Angela Ahn, Michal Babay, Caitlin Like, Johanna Taylor

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Greg Johnson

πŸ’Ό Agency: WordServe Literary Group

🌍 Location: Denver, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Christian, Politics, Self-Help, Spirituality, Children's Book, Memoir, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: James Pence, Ace Collins, Barbara Cofer Stoefen, Sherri Sand

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 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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