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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions in San Francisco

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Laurie McLean

πŸ’Ό Agency: Fuse Literary

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Action & Adventure, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients: Julie Kagawa, Brian D. Anderson, Pip Ballantine, Melissa D. Savage, Linda Wisdom

Interested in debut authors

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Michael Carr

πŸ’Ό Agency: Veritas Literary

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports

Previous clients: Daniel Arenson, K.E. Blaski, David Dalglish, Mila Koumpilova

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Bonnie Solow

πŸ’Ό Agency: Solow Literary Enterprises

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality

Previous clients: Sylvia Browne, Jack Canfield, Danny Dreyer

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Jennifer Azantian

πŸ’Ό Agency: Azantian Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ, Horror

Previous clients: S. A. Chakraborty, Heidi Lang, L.D. Lewis, Gwendolyn Clare

Interested in debut authors

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Sylvie Carr

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Carr Agency, LLC

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://www.the-carr-agency.com/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Self-Help

Previous clients: Rand Fishkin, Keyu Jin, Lauren Markham, Leslie Berlin, Jake Knapp

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Mary DeMuth

πŸ’Ό Agency: Books & Such Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Nonfiction, Christian, Self-Help, Spirituality

Previous clients: Building a client list

Mary C. Moore

πŸ’Ό Agency: Kimberley Cameron & Associates

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction

Previous clients: C.L. Clark, Veronica Henry, Van Hoang

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Wendy Lawton

πŸ’Ό Agency: Books & Such Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Nonfiction, Christian, Spirituality

Previous clients: Lori Benton, Amanda Dykes, Lorna Seilstad, Tari Faris

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Maeve MacLysaght

πŸ’Ό Agency: Copps Literary Services

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Briane Vallene, Lee Stokes, Marianne Khalil, Sami Ellis, Toril Orlesky

Interested in debut authors

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Janet Kobobel Grant

πŸ’Ό Agency: Books & Such Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Francisco, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Nonfiction, Christian

Previous clients: Laura Frantz, Michael K. Reynolds, Michelle Ule

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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 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 they 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 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 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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