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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions in New York

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Johanna Castillo

πŸ’Ό Agency: Writers House

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Spirituality, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, Commercial Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Isabel Allende, Justin Baldoni, Emily Baldoni, Victoria Alonso, Leila Meacham, Reyna Grande

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Meg Thompson

πŸ’Ό Agency: Thompson Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Spirituality, Sports, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction

Previous clients: Lisa Leake, Ken Denmead, Kelle Hampton, Tom Hart, Tim Kreider, Emily Flake

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Brian DeFiore

πŸ’Ό Agency: DeFiore and Company

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Sports

Previous clients: Brandon Stanton, Frank Warren, David Potter, Benjamin Hale, Tom Ryan, Rick Yancey

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Theresa Park

πŸ’Ό Agency: Park & Fine Literary and Media

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

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

Previous clients: Nicholas Sparks, Frances Cha, Deborah Harkness, Emily Giffin, Janice Lee, Robert Whitaker

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Ann Rittenberg

πŸ’Ό Agency: Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

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

Previous clients: Dennis Lehane, Laura Whitcomb, Debra Austin, Doug Magee, Katharine Greider, C.J. Box, Jim Edgar

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Monika Verma

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: Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Nick Offerman, Janie Bryant, Allie Brosh

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Andrew Stuart

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Stuart Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Sports

Previous clients: Kathleen Parker, William Dietrich, Maia Szalavitz, Kevin Guzman, Kenneth Kamler, Leonard Felder

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Kerry Sparks

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, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Narrative Nonfiction, Poetry

Previous clients: Jennifer Niven, Camille Perri, Jennifer Mathieu, Mark Pett, Susan Wittig Albert

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Susan Rabiner

πŸ’Ό Agency: Susan Rabiner Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

Genres: Nonfiction, Business Book, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help

Previous clients: Herbert Bix, Debby Applegate, Andres Resendez, Mario Livio, Bruce Schneier

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Elyse Cheney

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Cheney Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: email

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

Previous clients: Dave Eggers, Terri Jentz, Benjamin Kunkel, Nathaniel Rich, Suzanne Rivecca

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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 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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