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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions in New York

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Johanna Castillo

💼 Agency: Writers House

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 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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Sam Stoloff

💼 Agency: Frances Goldin Literary Agency, Inc.

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Susan Bordo, Monica Byrne, Mandy Catron, Pratap Chatterjee, Julia Scheeres, Heather O'Neill

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Liz Darhansoff

💼 Agency: Darhansoff Verrill Feldman Literary Agents

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.dvagency.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Annie Proulx, Neal Stephenson, Lee Smith, Nanci Kincaid, Lynda Barry

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Meg Thompson

💼 Agency: Thompson Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://thompsonliterary.com/

📣 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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Stephanie Rostan

💼 Agency: Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://lgrliterary.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Spirituality, Chick Lit

Previous clients: Gillian Flynn, Lisa Lutz, Wendy Wax, Julia Dahl, Heather Swain

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Celeste Fine

💼 Agency: Park & Fine Literary and Media

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.parkfine.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Commercial Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Previous clients: Sara Gottfried, Amanda Steinberg, Dave Asprey, J.J. Virgin, Joseph Pizzorno

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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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Douglas Stewart

💼 Agency: Sterling Lord Literistic Inc.

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.sll.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: David Mitchell, Jeanine Cummins, Matthew Quick, Rye Curtis

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Susan Rabiner

💼 Agency: Susan Rabiner Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 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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Alexa Stark

💼 Agency: Trident Media Group

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Feminism

Previous clients: David Bergen, Gabriel Bump, Lindsay Cameron, Joseph Cassara, Matthew Klingle

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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