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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Nonfiction Submissions

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Jeff Kleinman

💼 Agency: Folio Literary Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Elizabeth Letts, Robert Hicks, Charles J. Shields, Karen Dionne

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Will Francis

💼 Agency: Janklow & Nesbit Associates

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://janklowandnesbit.co.uk/agency/will-francis

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Jasper Fforde, Evan Davis, Charles Cumming, Kevin Fong

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Lisa Erbach Vance

💼 Agency: Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://aaronpriest.com

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Fiction, Crime Fiction, Memoir, Mystery, Romance, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Harlan Coben, Gregg Hurwitz, Glen Erik Hamilton, B.J. Daniels, Rebecca Hardiman, Sandra Kitt

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Laura Blake Peterson

💼 Agency: Curtis Brown, Ltd.

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://curtisbrown.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Christian, Memoir, Spirituality, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Kathleen Dean Moore, Wendy Corsi Staub, Thor Hanson

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Kari Sutherland

💼 Agency: KT LITERARY

🌍 Location: San Diego, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://ktliterary.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Saadia Faruqi, Kelly Coon, Laura Pohl

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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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Farley Chase

💼 Agency: Chase Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, BIPOC, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Previous clients: Alia Volz, Robert Weintraub, Gregory Crough, Gilbert King, Matt Stoller

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Darley Anderson

💼 Agency: Darley Anderson Literary Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book

Previous clients: Lee Child, Martina Cole, Margaret Dickinson, John Connolly, Tana French

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Caitlin McDonald

💼 Agency: Donald Maass Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

🧑‍💻 Website: http://maassagency.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients: C.L. Polk, A.J. Hackwith, Caitlin Starling, Wendy Trimboli

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Sallyanne Sweeney

💼 Agency: Mulcahy Associates

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://mmbcreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Juno Dawson, Steve Lenton, Jon Walter, Lucy Van Smit

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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 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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