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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Horror Submissions

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Caitlin McDonald

πŸ’Ό Agency: Donald Maass Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients: C.L. Polk, A.J. Hackwith, Caitlin Starling, Wendy Trimboli

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Jennifer Azantian

πŸ’Ό Agency: Azantian Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: online submission form

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

Previous clients: S. A. Chakraborty, Heidi Lang, L.D. Lewis, Gwendolyn Clare

Interested in debut authors

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Ginger Clark

πŸ’Ό Agency: Ginger Clark Literary

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Nonfiction, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia Wrede, Elizabeth Wein, Tim Pratt, John Langan

Interested in debut authors

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John Cusick

πŸ’Ό Agency: Folio Literary Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Julie Murphy, Christian McKay Heidicke, Laura Sebastian, Joan He, Abdi Nazemian

Interested in debut authors

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Donald Maass

πŸ’Ό Agency: Donald Maass Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller

Previous clients: Nnedi Okorafor, Brent Weeks, Anne Perry, Todd McCaffrey

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Joshua A. Bilmes

πŸ’Ό Agency: Jabberwocky Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Politics, Sports, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Brandon Sanderson, Charlaine Harris, Peter V. Brett, Jack Campbell, Tanya Huff

Interested in debut authors

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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

Interested in debut authors

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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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Scott Miller

πŸ’Ό Agency: Trident Media Group

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Horror, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Rebecca Forster, Sean Lynch, Sean Naylor, Jennifer Coburn

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Janet Reid

πŸ’Ό Agency: JetReid Literary

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Feminism

Previous clients: Patrick Lee, Jeff Somers, Robin Becker, Jeff Marks, Dana Haynes

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Horror Literary Agents in Other Countries 🌎

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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