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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Thriller Submissions

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Lane Heymont

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Tobias Agency

🌍 Location: Nashville, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Fiction, #ownvoices, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Diana Rodriguez Wallach, John Maszka, Rachel Neff, Claire O'Dell

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Simon Trewin

πŸ’Ό Agency: Simon Trewin Literary and Media Rights Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://www.simontrewin.co.uk/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller

Previous clients: Andrew Motion, John Boyne, Andrew Miller, Lalline Paul, Mackenzie Crook, Keith Lowe, Isabel Greenberg

Lisa Leshne

πŸ’Ό Agency: The Leshne Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Business Book, Cookbook, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Spirituality, Sports, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary Fiction, New Adult, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Julissa Arce, Leslie Lehr, Christie Pearce Rampone, AJ Mendez, Ivan Klima, Stacey Abrams

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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

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Stephen Barbara

πŸ’Ό Agency: InkWell Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Sports, Children's Book, Business Book, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Middle Grade, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Lauren Oliver, Paul Tremblay, Laura Amy Schlitz, Lisa Graff

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Kirby Kim

πŸ’Ό Agency: Janklow & Nesbit Associates

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Gina Apostol, Matt Bell, Ted Chiang, Malcolm Brooks, Karolina Waclawiak

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Kari Stuart

πŸ’Ό Agency: Curtis Brown UK

🌍 Location: London, GB

πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Website: https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Nonfiction, Business Book, Cookbook, Memoir, Self-Help, Spirituality, Sports

Previous clients: Amy Ephron, Kevin Roose, Maura Kelly, Mimi Kirk, Laura Marshall, Carol Miller, Samin Nosrat

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Cameron McClure

πŸ’Ό Agency: Donald Maass Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Diverse Fiction, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Robert McCammon, Robert Jackson Bennett, Ada Palmer, Amy Alkon

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Jennifer Weltz

πŸ’Ό Agency: Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Eva Holland, Carl Safina, Nancy Springer, Molly Greeley, Wendy Webb

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Caitlin Blasdell

πŸ’Ό Agency: Liza Dawson Associates

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

πŸ“£ Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Business Book, Historical Fiction

Previous clients: Zen Cho, Charles Stross, Sarah Prineas, John Levitt, Rachel Neumeier

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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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