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The Best Literary Agents Seeking New Adult Submissions

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Alex Glass

💼 Agency: Glass Literary Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, African-American, BIPOC, Children's Book, Cookbook, Middle Grade, New Adult, Self-Help, Spirituality, Young Adult, Sports

Previous clients: Haylie Pomroy, Chad Kultgen, Matt Bondurant, Jon Cryer, Da Chen, Marcy Dermansky, Jennifer Esposito

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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

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Margret McBride

💼 Agency: Margret McBride Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Diego, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Self-Help, Cookbook, Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ, Mystery, New Adult, Politics, Science Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients: Benjamin Bikman, Grant Sabatier, Sheldon Bowles, Brandon Webb

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Allison Hunter

💼 Agency: Trellis Literary

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Romance, Thriller, Business Book, Chick Lit, Diverse Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Mystery, New Adult, Spirituality, Young Adult

Previous clients: Rosie Walsh, Lauren Ho, Randall Klein, Alexandra Borowitz, Katie Heaney

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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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Jim McCarthy

💼 Agency: Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.dystel.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ, Business Book, Cookbook, Humor, Narrative Nonfiction, New Adult, Politics, Sports, Chick Lit

Previous clients: Richelle Mead, Cynthia Ceilan, Victoria Laurie, Carrie Ryan, Julia Templeton, Michelle Rowen

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Jessica Sinsheimer

💼 Agency: Context Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Margot Harrison, Shannon Alexander, Jonathan Chesner, Gwen Hayes

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Whitney Ross

💼 Agency: Irene Goodman Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Susan Dennard, Sarah Henning, Hannah Whitten

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Kaitlyn Johnson

💼 Agency: Belcastro Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Kristina Mahr, Rebecca Thorne, Ellen McGinty

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Jemiscoe Chambers-Black

💼 Agency: Andrea Brown Literary Agency

🌍 Location: Chicago, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, New Adult, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, African-American, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Horror

Previous clients: Tiffany Brownlee, Heather Powell, Shondra Walker, Carol Williams

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New Adult 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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