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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Humor Submissions

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Louise Fury

💼 Agency: The Bent Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novel, Romance, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Cookbook, Crime Fiction, Humor

Previous clients: Fred Aceves, Lindsay Emory, Lonnie Busch, Dante Medema

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Lauren Spieller

💼 Agency: Folio Literary Management

🌍 Location: Pittsburgh, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Cookbook, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ, Graphic Novel, Horror, Humor, Romance, Spirituality

Previous clients: Laura Weymouth, Jen Wilde, Wendy Heard, Marilou Reeder, Erica Waters

Interested in debut authors

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Curtis Russell

💼 Agency: P.S. Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Toronto, CA

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Politics, Self-Help, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Pamela Beason, Nick Powdthavee, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Gerry Dee, Tommy Europe

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Elaine Spencer

💼 Agency: The Knight Agency

🌍 Location: Atlanta, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.knightagency.net/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Romance, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Diverse Fiction, Chick Lit, Crime Fiction, LGBTQ, New Adult, Politics, Spirituality, Thriller

Previous clients: Sara Ackerman, Joy Avery, Dakota Cassidy, Laure Greer, Carlos Evans

Interested in debut authors

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David Fugate

💼 Agency: LaunchBooks Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Diego, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://launchbooks.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Humor, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Sports, African-American

Previous clients: Chris Guillebeau, Andy Weir, Kevin Mitnick, Peter Clines, DJ Molles

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Christina Hogrebe

💼 Agency: Jane Rotrosen Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Women's Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Chick Lit, Memoir, Middle Grade, Thriller, Young Adult

Previous clients: Kaya McLaren, Beth Kendrick, Robert Dalby, Lacey Alexander, Cathy Yardley

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Michael Harriot

💼 Agency: Folio Literary Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Humor, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports

Previous clients: Ben Mezrich, Tony Fletcher, Alisa Bowman

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Monika Verma

💼 Agency: Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://lgrliterary.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Nick Offerman, Janie Bryant, Allie Brosh

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Stacy Testa

💼 Agency: Writers House

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 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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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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Humor 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 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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