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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Thriller Submissions

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Lisa Leshne

💼 Agency: The Leshne Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 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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Madeleine Milburn

💼 Agency: Madeleine Milburn Literary

🌍 Location: London, GB

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Children's Book, Self-Help, Spirituality, Crime Fiction, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Gail Honeyman, C.L. Taylor, Ashley Audrain, Matthew Blake, Charmaine Wilkerson

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Lauren Spieller

💼 Agency: Folio Literary Management

🌍 Location: Pittsburgh, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Cookbook, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ, Graphic Novel, Horror, Humor, Romance, Spirituality

Previous clients: Laura Weymouth, Jen Wilde, Wendy Heard, Marilou Reeder, Erica Waters

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Eric Myers

💼 Agency: Myers Literary Management

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Chris Grabenstein, Lydia Kang, Bryan Batt, David Neilsen, Simon Gervais

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Jenny Bent

💼 Agency: The Bent Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Self-Help, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, African-American, BIPOC, Chick Lit, Crime Fiction

Previous clients: AG Howard, Lori Wilde, Julia London, Lynsay Sands, Lori Nelson Spielman, Amy Bourret

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Stephen Barbara

💼 Agency: InkWell Management

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 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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Annelise Robey

💼 Agency: Jane Rotrosen Agency

🌍 Location: New York City, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Literary Fiction

Previous clients: Terri Garey, Monica McCarty, James Hayman

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Liza Dawson

💼 Agency: Liza Dawson Associates

🌍 Location: New York, US

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

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

Previous clients: Tawni O'Dell, Annie Barrows, Robyn Carr, Ross Gay, Marie Bostwick

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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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Lane Heymont

💼 Agency: The Tobias Agency

🌍 Location: Nashville, US

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

📣 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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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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