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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Commercial Fiction Submissions in India

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Suhail Mathur

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency: The Book Bakers Literary Consultancy

๐ŸŒ Location: New Delhi, IN

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website: http://thebookbakers.blogspot.com/

๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports

Previous clients: Neil Dโ€™Silva, Kulpreet Yadav, Anirban Bhattacharya, Nalin Verma

Priya Doraswamy

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency: Lotus Lane Literary

๐ŸŒ Location: New Delhi, IN

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website: http://www.lotuslit.com/

๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality

Previous clients: Pia Padukone, Vito Racanelli, RV Raman, Thomas Richards, Lucy Riles, Tom Riles

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Jayapriya Vasudevan

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency: Jacaranda Literary Agency

๐ŸŒ Location: Mumbai, IN

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website: http://jacarandalit.com

๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Self-Help, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients: Trisha Das, Tiffany Tsao, Kubra Sait, Lisa Ray

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Renuka Chatterjee

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency: Speaking Tiger Books

๐ŸŒ Location: New Delhi, IN

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website: https://www.speakingtigerbooks.com/

๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: A.S. Panneerselvan, Alison Singh Gee, Aliyyah Eniath, Ajeet Cour, Karan Bajaj

Shruti Debi

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency: The Debi Agency

๐ŸŒ Location: New Delhi, IN

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website: https://debi.co.in/

๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Story, Nonfiction, Memoir, Politics, Sports

Previous clients: Samanth Subramanian, Namita Devidayal, Jahnavi Barua, Aruni Kashyap

Dipti Patel

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency: Word Famous

๐ŸŒ Location: New Delhi, IN

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website: http://www.wordfamous.in/

๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Previous clients: Alpesh Patel, Aditya Shroff, Prajeet Budhale, V.S. Rao, Pawan Verma

Hemali Sodhi

๐Ÿ’ผ Agency: A Suitable Agency

๐ŸŒ Location: New Delhi, IN

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Website: https://www.asuitableagency.com/

๐Ÿ“ฃ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients: Amitava Kumar, Anukrti Upadhyay, Anindita Ghose, Bikram Sharma

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