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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Historical Fiction Submissions

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Lisa Leshne

💼 Agency: The Leshne Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 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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Leigh Feldman

💼 Agency: Leigh Feldman Literary

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Sarah Dessen, Charles Frazier, Matt Burgess, Parnaz Foroutan, Arthur Golden

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Molly Friedrich

💼 Agency: The Friedrich Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Diverse Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Short Story, Thriller

Previous clients: Jane Smiley, Frank McCourt, Terry McMillan, Melissa Bank, Leslie Daniels, Alison Espach

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Mitchell S. Waters

💼 Agency: Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://brandthochman.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Memoir, Thriller

Previous clients: Joy Castro, Sarah Schulman, Michael Thomas Ford, Laurel Ann Nattress, Vestal McIntyre

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Michael Carr

💼 Agency: Veritas Literary

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://veritasliterary.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports

Previous clients: Daniel Arenson, K.E. Blaski, David Dalglish, Mila Koumpilova

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Amy Giuffrida

💼 Agency: Belcastro Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Horror, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Maria Tureaud, Jax McQueen, Sarah Elynn, Haley Hwang

Interested in debut authors

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Andrea Somberg

💼 Agency: Harvey Klinger, Inc.

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients: Sarah Beth Durst, Erin Celello, B.A. Binns, Jessica Warman, Christopher Lee Barish, Lyla Ward

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Sandy Lu

💼 Agency: Book Wyrm Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Cookbook, Horror, Science Fiction, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Jennifer Harlow, Robert Baty, Angela Grace, Michael Dempsey, Michael Boccacino

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Veronique Baxter

💼 Agency: David Higham Literary Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.davidhigham.co.uk

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Diana Wynne Jones, Richard Adams, Nick Butterworth, Jonathan Stroud, Alix Nathan

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Yfat Reiss Gendell

💼 Agency: YRG Partners

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://yrgpartners.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir

Previous clients: Ernest Cline, Denise Kiernan, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Reese Witherspoon

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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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