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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Historical Fiction Submissions

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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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Liza Dawson

πŸ’Ό Agency: Liza Dawson Associates

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Tawni O'Dell, Annie Barrows, Robyn Carr, Ross Gay, Marie Bostwick

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Veronique Baxter

πŸ’Ό Agency: David Higham Literary Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://www.davidhigham.co.uk

πŸ“£ 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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Maria Carvainis

πŸ’Ό Agency: Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Cookbook, Memoir

Previous clients: Laura Wright, Mary Balogh, Advaita Kala

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Stephanie Rostan

πŸ’Ό Agency: Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Spirituality, Chick Lit

Previous clients: Gillian Flynn, Lisa Lutz, Wendy Wax, Julia Dahl, Heather Swain

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Brianne Johnson

πŸ’Ό Agency: HG Literary

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Fantasy

Previous clients: Wesley King, Fran Manushkin, Margo Kelly, Andrew Root

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Nicole Aragi

πŸ’Ό Agency: Aragi Inc.

🌍 Location: New York, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: http://www.aragi.net

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Feminism

Previous clients: Jonathan Safran Foer, Nathan Englander, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, Junot Diaz

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Ellen Geiger

πŸ’Ό Agency: Frances Goldin Literary Agency, Inc.

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Mystery, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Margaret Wise Brown, Adrienne Rich, Juan GonzΓ‘lez, James Kugel, Robert Tsai

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Laura Langlie

πŸ’Ό Agency: Laura Langlie Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Politics, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Joan Druett, Meg Cabot, Malinda Lo, Mary Hogan, Renee Ashley, Meg Tilly

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Jessica Alvarez

πŸ’Ό Agency: BookEnds Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Newark, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Spirituality, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ, African-American, Business Book, Self-Help

Previous clients: Stacey Kennedy, Sharon Culle, Amy Rose Bennett, Laurel Blount

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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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