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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Sports Submissions

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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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David Fugate

💼 Agency: LaunchBooks Literary Agency

🌍 Location: San Diego, US

🧑‍💻 Website: https://launchbooks.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Humor, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Sports, African-American

Previous clients: Chris Guillebeau, Andy Weir, Kevin Mitnick, Peter Clines, DJ Molles

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Richard Morris

💼 Agency: Janklow & Nesbit Associates

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Business Book, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality, Sports

Previous clients: Gore Vidal, Robert R. McCammon, Andrea Hiott, Novella Carpenter

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Marc Gerald

💼 Agency: Europa Content

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Cookbook, Spirituality, Sports, Children's Book

Previous clients: Eminem, Mel Robbins, Kevin Hart, 50 Cent, Isa Moskowitz, Quincy Jones

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Frank Weimann

💼 Agency: Folio Literary Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Humor, Nonfiction, Business Book, Christian, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Spirituality, Sports, African-American

Previous clients: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Laura Prepon, Bill Russell, Dan Abrams, Gregg Allman

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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

Interested in debut authors

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Henry Dunow

💼 Agency: Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, African-American, Business Book, Children's Book, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Mystery, Short Story, Spirituality, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

Previous clients: Aimee Bender, Alice Sebold, Peter Mountford, Jean Thompson, Robin Black, Hilma Wolitzer

Interested in debut authors

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Andrew Stuart

💼 Agency: The Stuart Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 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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Sorche Fairbank

💼 Agency: Fairbank Literary Representation

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Help, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, Commercial Fiction, Politics, Sports

Previous clients: Terry Border, Neil Landau, Matt Frederick, Craig Tracy

Interested in debut authors

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Lisa Grubka

💼 Agency: Fletcher & Company

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Cookbook, Sports

Previous clients: Robin Benway, Elizabeth Ames, Alex Snodgrass, Kathleen Barber

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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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