Agent submission requirements change rapidly, but the query letter continues
to be the lynchpin.
to be the lynchpin.
Agents Seeking Clients~
The following "new" literary agents pursue the same goal: expand their client list. This becomes a golden opportunity for you. These agents have created valuable experience and contacts within the publishing biz. I use the word "new" to describe their association with these agencies.
Gabrielle Piraino, from Defiore and Company She’s seeking imaginative sci-fi/fantasy, horror, thrillers, and up-market chick lit for Adults and Young Adults alike. For Children’s and Middle Grade, she is looking for stories that introduce curious young readers to new concepts with compelling characters and an engaging voice (fiction and nonfiction).
To Submit: email query at email@example.com with “QUERY” in the subject line. Include (in the query email) a brief summary of your book (no more than two paragraphs), a brief, relevant bio. (NOTE: This is standard for a well-written query letter.) Fiction: include the first 50 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email. Non-fiction, include your book proposal.
Does not open attachments.
Blair Wilson, at Park Media, Blair has fallen in love with the voices of new and emerging authors. Blair's actively building her client list in the areas of middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as kids and adult nonfiction with a focus on D.I.Y., lifestyle, pop culture, pets, and books dealing with issues of sexuality, identity, and culture.
To submit: email query at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Blair Wilson” as well as the category and genre of your book (i.e. “Blair Wilson – YA Fantasy”) in the subject line. Include (inside the email) query letter and first chapter or first ten pages of your work. Non-fiction, include query letter, proposal, and one sample chapter or ten pages.
Connor Eck, at Lucinda Literary, seeks MG, YA, and adult fiction, as well as nonfiction. His interests are diverse, though he is particularly drawn to stories with emotional resonance and vivid characters. More than anything he is looking for authors with whom he can build lasting relationships.
To submit: Send brief query letter—ideally less than 300 words—and the first 50 pages of your manuscript to email@example.com, with the word QUERY in the subject line. For non-fiction book proposals, attach the entire proposal.
1-1-17 Janna Bonikowski joined the Knight Agency with several years of experience as both an independent editor and a freelance editor for Lyrical Press/Kensington. Raised on a steady supply of books including everything from Little House on the Prairie to Trixie Belden to Anne of Green Gables, Janna has since expanding her reading diet to romance, women’s fiction, literary/commercial fiction, suspense, young adult, and historical fiction. She seeks women’s fiction, romance, historical fiction, literary/commercial fiction, young adult, suspense. How to Submit: email one-page query and the first five pages of the manuscript (in the same email) to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Janna” in the SUBJECT line.
Amelia Appel at Mcintosh and Otis primarily seeks adult fiction and YA. For adult, she’s interested in mystery, thriller, historical fiction, science fiction/fantasy, and horror. Projects with a smart, distinct voice. For YA, she likes stories with a savvy protagonist and a slightly dark tone that deals with serious coming-of-age issues. How to Submit: Email Amelia at AAquery@mcintoshandotis.com. Paste all text into one email, no attachments: For Adult fiction, send a query, synopsis, author bio, and first three consecutive chapters (max 30 pages). For YA, send query, synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (max 25 pages).
Veronica Park, at Corvisiero Literary, loves dark, edgy YA/NA (new adult) novels that deal with real issues, romances that make you laugh out loud and deeply love (or love to hate) some of the characters. How to submit: Send query, synopsis, and 15-20 page sample pasted inside the body of the email to email@example.com. Place “Attn: Veronica Park – Query – [Your Book Title]" in the subject line. For bonus points, include links to your social media profiles in your email signature.
Advice and a submission invitation from Deidre Knight at the Knight Agency. “If you’re serious about your career, be focused and become educated. Read, read, read, and read some more in the genre you write in. Become aware of current industry industry standards for query submission. Our agency receives 300 submissions a week. In order to stand out, your query letter must be beyond reproach. When we ask for sample pages—they need to be A+ shape. If you’ve done your homework, you will be successful.”
She’s interested in romance, nonfiction, literary fiction, young adult and middle grade lists with debut or established authors. How to submit: email a one-page query that includes the first five (5) pages of your manuscript.
A seasoned veteran of the literary agent biz, Deidre advises writers to always "be true to yourself. No one has your unique voice. If you try to bend and shape your point of view into something that’s on trend—the story will come across as lacking sincerity and heart. Any seasoned literary agent spot you coming a mile away.
Margaret Sutherland Brown brings a strong background in editorial to the Emma Sweeney Agency as an agent. She previously worked as an Associate Editor at Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, and as a freelance editor. She’s seeking: commercial and literary fiction, mysteries and thrillers, narrative non-fiction, lifestyle, and cookbooks. How to submit: email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org Begin your query with a succinct (and hopefully catchy) description of your plot. Include a brief comment (in your third paragraph) about how you heard about the agency. Paste the first ten (10) pages of your NF book proposal or novel into the query email.
5-8-16 Alexandra Weise, from the The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency seeks adult, YA, mid-grade, and children’s fiction. Click on the agency link above to read Alexandra’s bio and specific information about what she seeks. How to submit: Email submission with “Query” in the subject line to email@example.com. Include one-paragraph bio, one-paragraph synopsis, and first 20 pages inside your query email.
4-17-16 Elise Erickson interned at Penguin’s New American Library imprint before joining Harold Ober Associates. She’s drawn to female protagonists with unique, compelling voices, romance and all of its sub genres, women’s fiction, paranormal, mystery including clever cozy mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and some YA. How to submit: Email a concise query, detailed synopsis, and first 15-20 manuscript pages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-10-16 Lori Galvin, at Zachary Schuster Harmsworth, knows cookbooks. She’s led a team that has produced landmark 70+ cookbooks for publisher, America’s Test Kitchen. Lori seeks cookbook authors with strong points of view, a solid grounding in their field, and a talent for motivating cooks of all stripes to get into the kitchen. She’s also on the lookout for compelling narratives about food and drink, whether memoir or cultural commentary, serious, or steeped in humor, lifestyle topics, and motivational self-help. How to submit: Cut and paste query information, as requested, inside text boxes at the AGENCY website.
3-12-16 Stephanie Fretwell-Hill began her publishing career in 2004 at Walker Books Ltd. in London, in 2011 joined Peachtree Publishers as an editor, and now is agenting at Red Fox Literary. She seeks both authors and illustrators of board books, picture books, middle grade, and young adult. Looks for strong voice, rich and multi-layered plots, and stylish, classic, or quirky illustrations. How to submit: Accepting unsolicited submissions for six months (ending mid-July 2016). Send art samples, complete picture book text, and/or query and first three MG or YA chapters to email@example.com.
Note from Molli: Because Stephanie loves humor, craft a humorous, clever, quirky subject line to entice her to open your emailed submission.
3-12-16 Super-agent-super-person Kristen Nelson from the Nelson Literary Agency seeks YA and upper-level MG, big, crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre such as (Wool, The Night Circus, Gone Girl), Upmarket women’s fiction (Keepsake, My Sister’s Keeper, Still Alice, single-title romance historicals (Ravishing The Heiress, The Ugly Duchess, The Heir), Science fiction and fantasy (Soulless, Game of Thrones, Old Man’s War) How to submit: First determine if her agency represents the type of project you’ve written. Email query to: firstname.lastname@example.org with QUERY and your TITLE in the subject line. Include the first ten pages of your manuscript in the query letter.
3-02-16 Kemi Faderin, at Dystel and Goderich seeks anything different and original, but especially smart, plot-driven YA, historical fiction and nonfiction, contemporary women's fiction, and literary fiction. How to Submit: Query to email@example.com. Include synopses, outlines or sample chapters equal to the first 25 pages of your manuscript. Kemi requests you to double space your work.
2-28-16 Daniell Barthel, at New Leaf Literary actively seeks upper MG, YA, adult, and nonfiction manuscripts, adult family dramas, and women’s fiction with a strong, romantic subplot and expertly woven tension. Also interested in non-fiction about unique lifestyles. How to submit: Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. The word “Query” plus agent’s name must appear in the subject line. For example: "Query for Danielle: [your title or captivating words]. Can include five, double-spaced sample pages within the body of the email.
2/14/16 Take advantage of the opportunity to submit your work directly to agents at the following agencies. First, review the agent listings to determine what types of manuscripts they're open to receive. Only submit to one agent at a time. Good luck.
1-31-16 Stacey Graham is an associate agent for Red Sofa Literary and seeks humorous memoir along the lines of Jenny Lawson or John Cleese, dark middle grade, New Age with a strong platform, quirky nonfiction (YA/MG and adult), history, and horror. Contact: E-query Stacy at email@example.com. If it’s a good fit, she will request the first three chapters or a finished book proposal. (Hint: Be prepared!)
12-20-15 Sarah LaPolla is now at Bradford Literary. Her EXTENDED BIO reveals Sarah’s specific areas of interest beside YA horror. How to submit: E-query firstname.lastname@example.org. Write “Query: (your title)” in the subject line. Include synopsis and first chapter with your query letter.
12-20-15 Read all about Jennifer Johnson-Blalock at Liz Dawson Associates. CLICK HERE for her extended bio and specific areas of interest beyond women's fiction.
Contact at: email@example.com.
12-20-15 Rob Kirkpatrick, former senior editor at multiple publishing houses, now at Emilie Steward Agency, is interested in memoir, biography, sports, music, pop culture, current events, history, and literary fiction. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fiction: E-query with query, synopsis, and three chapters inside the email. Nonfiction: query letter outlining your credentials along with proposal.
12-5-15 Tara Carberry at Trident (a multi-faceted, highly-rated agency) has worked with top agents, editors, and best-selling authors as a member of Trident’s digital services, foreign and audio rights teams. She's shifting into agenthood and seeks women’s commercial fiction, romance, new adult, young adult, and select nonfiction. Contact: CLICK HERE to reach Tara via Trident’s on-line submission form.
11-22-15 Sergei Tsimberov, with Ayesha Pande Literary, has been a literary agent since 2013. He’s particularly interested in imaginative and polished voice-driven writing, in narratives with historical, political and international themes. Contact via the Agency Submission Page and follow instructions as you cut and paste your material (including a synopsis) in specific information boxes.
11-22-15 Rachael Dillon Fried, at Greenburger Associates, (a super duper high-level agency) is growing her client list with fiction and non-fiction authors, especially those with unique literary voices. She seeks adult literary fiction, multicultural fiction, debut novels, story collections, and, on the non-fiction side, trade-friendly cultural and/or environmental history. Contact: Query Rachael at email@example.com.
11-1 Megan Close, at Keller Media, has a background in selecting book and script projects for agencies, film studios, and publishing companies. She seeks self-help, dating, relationships, management, health, science. Her passion lies not only in getting great books published, but in working closely with authors who write them. Megan works in both fiction and non-fiction. The submission process is a bit different. CLICK HERE for the non-fiction submission launch page. If your project is fiction, send a query letter (only) to Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10-11 Mary South, formerly with Random House, The New Yorker, and McGraw-Hill, is now associated with Lowenstein Associates and seeking literary fiction and non-fiction works, including women’s rights, essays, and memoir. How to submit fiction: email a one-page query and include first ten manuscript pages inside the same email. Non-fiction submissions: email one-page query letter that also contains a table of contents, and, if available, book proposal pasted inside the same email. Send to email@example.com. Subject line: QUERY for Mary (then your title). Separate attachments will not be opened or acknowledged. Response to all queries generally are sent within 4-6 weeks.
9-27 Penny Moore at FinePrint Literary Management is interested in books for children and young adults. In adult fiction, she leans toward sci-fi, fantasy, psychological thrillers, and humorous romance projects. Also open to non-fiction projects in pop culture, humor, travel, food, and pets. How to Submit: E-query that also contains the first ten pages of your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write QUERY in the subject line.
Moe Ferrara, a new agent at Bookends, loves a bit (or a lot) of romance in her fiction, so the right contemporary or historical romance will spark her interest. She’s LGBTQ friendly. Is not looking not looking for nonfiction, women’s fiction, or cozy mysteries. How to submit: send her e-query MFsubmissions@bookends-inc.com.
4-12 Cynthia Kane at Capital Talent Agency seeks young adult, children's, nonfiction, memoir, commercial fiction (but no science fiction or fantasy). How to submit: Cynthia requests a bit more nformation than usual for a query letter, so check out the specifics CLICK HERE.
BTW: Capital has been primarily active in placing "talent," but this year has opened a literary branch.
Danielle Burby of HSG Agency is seeking: young adult, mystery, women's fiction, and an occasional fantasy. She gravitates toward stories with a strong voice and particularly enjoys complex female characters, narratives that explore social issues, and coming-of-age stories. Genres that appeal to her include contemporary YA, medieval fantasy, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and upmarket women's fiction.How to Submit: email query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript to email@example.com. No attachments.
3-15 Heather Flaherty at The Bent Agency seeks authors who write children's, MG, and YA fiction and nonfiction, as well as select new adult fiction, and pop-culture or humorous nonfiction. Also, contemporary stories with sci-fi or fantasy elements, as well as clever respins of classic tales. How to submit: First review the agency's updated submissions guidelines online, and then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Nagel from the prestigious Writers House, seeks thrillers, character-driven fiction, YA, MG,True Crime, humor, and memoirs with a distinctive narrative voice and universal resonance. How to submit: email query and 10 pgs. of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. email@example.com with “QUERY FOR SARAH NAGEL: AND YOUR TITLE” in the subject line. Do not query multiple Writers House agents simultaneously.
PUBLISHER open to submissions~
AVON Romance publishes romance novels. The best way to get started is to visit their website. CLICK HERE to reach their submission page.
Leon Husock at L. Perkins Agency actively seeks clients who write science fiction, fantasy, young adult, and middle-grade novels filled with strong characters and original premises. Submit a brief synopsis, bio, the first five pages to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
11-9 Loretta Barrett Books represent a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction for general audiences. For email submission, include (inside the body of the email), the query, information about yourself, synopsis or chapter outline. Send to: LBBQuery@Gmail.com.
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