Adams Literary is a full-service, boutique literary agency exclusively representing children's and young adult authors. The work they represent ranges from picture books to middle-grade and young adult fiction, from historical novels and fantasy to books that tackle important contemporary issues. They take submissions only through the online form. Attach your complete manuscript as a DOC or PDF file.
A mid-size literary agency based in California celebrating over 2,000 titles sold. They only represent juvenile books: children's books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, middle-grade, young adult, juvenile nonfiction, crossover fiction, and graphic novels. Choose one agent and send a short email query letter to that agent with "query" in the subject field. Paste in a short sample of your writing - for picture books, include your full manuscript text; for fiction, include the first 10 pages; for nonfiction, include a proposal and sample chapter; and for graphic novels, include a summary and 2-3 sample pages in JPG or PDF format.
An independent literary agency founded in 1998. They handle literary fiction, general and mass market fiction, serious nonfiction (current affairs, history, science, politics, etc), popular culture (film, TV, sport, music, etc), memoir, biography, and older children's and teenage fiction. Send by post office mail or email a cover letter, a brief synopsis, and between 5,000 and 10,000 words from your book (ideally the opening chapters). If using post office mail, include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for our reply and for anything you need returned. They aim to respond within four weeks, but it could take longer.
They represent a wide variety of both fiction and nonfiction titles, from the literary novel to the personal memoir, from young adult titles to self-help and advice. Submit a concise query letter (approximately 400 words) in the body of the email that includes the following: plot synopsis, previous publishing history (if any), brief paragraph about yourself, and contact Information (address, phone, and email). Allow 6-8 weeks for a response.
An independent literary agency. They accept fiction and nonfiction - literary fiction, memoirs, science-fiction and fantasy, as well as social commentary. The quality of the writing and the ability to tell a great story is what is most important to them. Submit all queries by email. Describe your project and include a brief bio and publishing history (if any), and then paste in the first 5 pages of your project into body of the email. They try to respond within 30 days.
They are in their third decade of representing authors in the sales of their books to publishers. They build author careers, advise their clients in all phases of their writing, relationships with editors, promotion, and so on. They only accept adult trade nonfiction. By email, send a brief letter–no more than one page–describing your book project and telling them about yourself in the body of the email only. Their commission is 15%. If they respond to your query, send the requested material with a cover letter.
The agency was created in 1982; they represent a broad range of fiction and non-fiction writers, screenwriters for television and film, and a small number of playwrights. Look at the agents on the website to see if any of them represent your book genre. They do not handle poetry, straight genre science fiction and fantasy, or children's picture books. Send an email to the relevant agent that includes an introductory letter, a synopsis of the work, and the first three chapters of the work. If you submit by post office mail, include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope).
Loves helping new authors. Their goal is to be more responsive and approachable by authors. Works with mysteries, thrillers, romance, fantasy, time travel, women's, general, historical, Christian, henlit, young adult, middle grades, and young readers. If you have another form of fiction, you can contact them to see whether they are interested. Send your synopsis and first 3 chapters (double spaced and with a header) as Word or RTF attachments (all 3 chapters should be in one document). State your marketing plans for when your book is published, how you heard of them, and how many points of view tell your story.
Books & Such
They have been in existence since 1996 and represent best-selling and award-winning authors. They help authors develop topnotch ideas, grow with each book written, and think strategically. They concentrate on developing long-term relationships with authors. They represent women’s fiction, general fiction, nonfiction, gift books, easy readers, and chapter books. Email a one-page query letter; include the genre and subject of your manuscript, its unique elements, and the target audience; highlight your vision for marketing your book, your writing experience, the name of the person (if any) who referred you, and whether you’re currently submitting your query to other agents.
Specialized in representing authors of literary fiction and cerebral nonfiction since 1988.
For fiction, mail a cover letter, full-length CV or resume, a detailed synopsis, a three-sentence description of the novel, the first 50 pages and last 10 pages of your novel, and a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). They accept all types of fiction, except: chick lit, romance, erotica, crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, individual short stories, children’s, young adult, misery memoirs, and fictionalized autobiography.
For nonfiction, mail a cover letter, full-length CV or resume, a book proposal (which includes a table of contents, a detailed synopsis, a description of sources/research, an assessment - of readership, markets, and competition - and one or two sample chapters - preferably the first two, about 50 pages), and a SASE. Types of nonfiction they do not cover: autobiographies and memoirs, children’s books, conspiracy theories, educational textbooks, local history, occult, PhD theses, self-help, unfortunate personal experiences or painful lives, true crime, and war stories.
One of the UK’s leading literary agencies, representing a bestselling roster of authors. They work with fiction, nonfiction (especially human interest stories and memoirs), and all types of children's books. They do not charge a reading fee.
Email your author bio, attach first three chapters of the book (double-spaced), and attach a brief synopsis (two-page maximum). Send attachments in Word or PDF format and named appropriately. Send entire manuscript if the book is less than 10,000 words, such as with children's books. Can also send up to three picture book texts. Use “SUBMISSION/[TITLE OF WORK]/[NAME OF AUTHOR]” as the subject line. They usually reply to all submissions within 6 weeks.
They are accepting romance books, especially contemporary, historical, paranormal, cozy mysteries, contemporary and historical western, and inspirational. Email a 3-4 paragraph query about your book (include genre and approximate word count). You can also include an additional paragraph to tell them about yourself. They do not charge a reading or evaluation fee.
Founded in 1993, they represent more than 65 authors internationally. They are accepting one-page queries by email. The query should be professional, unique, and include a synopsis and a brief bio about you. They are currently interested in receiving queries for: nonfiction (especially if you are a journalist or published writer in magazines and newspapers, have expertise on the subject you're writing, and have media exposure and/or a speaking schedule) and fiction (especially if you've had success with a previous novel. They do look at debut novels and it helps if you've been published in literary anthologies or magazines, if you have studied under well-known authors, or if you have an MFA. Great writing accompanied by a marketing hook is a good combination for them).
Clear Sailing Creatives
Helps authors develop their voice and find their audience in this quickly changing world. They will only read queries for middle grade, young adult, sci-fi, fantasy, some thriller/horror, children's nonfiction (especially history, science, and nature), and select graphic novels/hybrid books. Email a short cover letter, synopsis, and professional credits or relevant experience, plus the first 10 pages or first chapter, all in the body of the email. They will respond within 2-3 weeks.
Conville & Walsh
They are excited to read unsolicited manuscripts, and champion first time authors. They represent many types of fiction, nonfiction, and children's and young-adult books.
For fiction and children's/young-adult works, submit a cover letter, 3 chapters (preferably the first 3 and up to about 50 pages), a synopsis, and a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope).
For nonfiction, submit a 20-page proposal that includes a cover letter, query letter, an author bio (in 3rd person), a sample chapter (not the introduction), an outline of chapters (2-3 paragraphs per chapter written in full prose), and a SASE. They will be in touch with you within two months.
An energetic and client-focused team that gives personal attention, and a lot of time, to our authors as we work collaboratively with them to fine-tune their manuscripts. Currently accepting literary fiction, commercial fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, and romance), nonfiction (narrative-driven works in popular culture, science, history, politics, and natural history), and middle grade and young adult books. Send an email query that has "author query" in the subject line and your name and the title of the book. In the body of the email query, include: the genre, a brief synopsis, approximate word count, table of contents (for nonfiction), a brief author bio, contact information, submission history of the book, and the first 4 pages of the manuscript. They try to respond within 8 weeks.
A small agency that works as a steady advocate for their authors and their books through the unpredictable and exciting business of publishing a book. They specialize in fiction and nonfiction, specifically literary and selected commercial fiction, history, journalism, culture, biography, memoir, science, natural history, spirituality, food and wine, gardening, and lifestyle. Send a 3-5 paragraph email query letter that includes a pitch of the book idea in the first paragraph, more detail about the book in paragraphs 2-3, and in the last paragraph, give an author bio. For a work of fiction, send the first 10 pages (in the body of the email). For nonfiction works, provide a brief proposal, table of contents, and a sample of the work (first 5-10 pages) in the body of the email. Include your contact information.
A full-service literary agency that specializes in fiction. Their mission is to help ensure that their authors’ careers are both financially and creatively profitable. They represent a full spectrum of general-interest fiction including mystery, thriller, suspense, historical, women’s, sci-fi, literary, and YA, among others. Email a professional cover letter that includes your book’s category, a brief synopsis, and relevant bio information and the first chapter of the manuscript; put everything within the body of the email. They respond to authors they are interested in within one month.
They represent quality nonfiction books for adults. Their authors are recognized and published across a variety of categories, including: narrative nonfiction, religion and spirituality, business, pop culture, practical advice, social issues, and biography and memoir. They only accept query submissions by email. In the body of the email, include a brief overview of your manuscript, key selling points, an author biography (that includes why you're best qualified to write this nonfiction book), a description of your platform (the fan base/following you've already built), and publishing history. Allow 2-3 weeks for a response.
They seek to be a creative business partner engaged in the entire book publishing process from concept and editorial development to the submission and sales process, through contract negotiations in domestic and foreign markets, sale of film and TV rights, to implementing marketing and publicity plans. They accept writers of fiction (including commercial and literary, romance, and young adult) and nonfiction (including biographers, memoirists, journalists, essayists, bloggers, and TV personalities). They have in-house publicity and marketing services, social networking media, and author lecture events. They have 25 years of experience. They accept manuscript submissions by email only that include a cover letter, first 3 chapters, and author bio. They do not accept screenplays.
DeFiore and Co.
A boutique literary agency located in Manhattan's Union Square that has sold hundreds of book projects to publishers large and small. Send a query letter that includes the following: a brief summary of your novel or the scope of your non-fiction project, a short description of why you're writing the project, any specific credentials you have for writing the book, and the first five pages (fiction only). You can send the query in an email that has “query” in the subject line, or send a hard copy by postal mail with a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope).
They specialize in nonfiction books that help people's lives. They are actively seeking self-help and popular reference books, including popular psychology, business and career, health, diet and fitness, and spirituality. For fiction, they represent thrillers, suspense novels, and women's contemporary fiction books that reflect the lives, challenges, loves and family issues facing today's women - from twenty-somethings to retirees. Send a well-written and compelling one-page query letter and SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) via regular mail. You can also send your query via email.
A New York-based boutique agency with a distinguished list of fiction and nonfiction authors. Particular areas of specialty include literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, biography, journalism, politics, social history, health, and business. Send queries by postal mail, accompanied by a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). You can also email your query (email address provided on the website). In your query, include a description of your book project and a brief bio that includes details of any prior publications. If you solicit material, make your manuscript double-spaced and not bound. Include an SASE if you want the material returned to you. Do not send queries for fiction projects until a complete manuscript is available for review. Inform them if you are submitting material simultaneously to other agencies. There are no reading fees.
Doris S. Michaels
Established in 1994 in New York City. They have over thirty clients who write both fiction and nonfiction. They do not charge a reading fee. Their commission schedule is standard at 15%. Their specialties are business and self-help books. They are also looking for current affairs, narrative, biography and memoir, lifestyle, social sciences, gender, history, health, classical music, sports, and women’s issues. For fiction, they accept literary fiction that has commercial appeal and strong screen potential. The best way to contact them is by email. They do not accept unsolicited queries by postal mail. Email a synopsis of your project in one page or less, and include a short paragraph that details your credentials. They will respond within 2 weeks if they are interested.
They opened for business in 2008, after the owner had spent the previous twenty-two years as a senior editor at four major New York publishing houses. They represent high-quality commercial fiction and nonfiction, and children’s books and illustrated books. Query by email and include the "query" in the subject line. Include a brief synopsis and biography explaining what the book is and who you are.
They represent authors of quality fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children, and some illustrators of children's books. They accept query letters by regular mail and email. If you send by regular mail and would like a response, include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). If you send an email, put the query in the body of the email. They will respond to queries in 1-2 weeks.
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner
This agency was formed in 2005. They represent literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, popular culture, and young adult fiction. Send a query letter by mail or email. If mailing, include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) or email address. If emailing, use the body of the email only. They are unable to respond to all email queries.
Dupree/Miller & Associates
A global agency for leading-edge authors and communicators. Their primary focus is the self-help niche, but they are also committed to the Christian publishing market. Submit a query letter that includes a concise summary of the project, an author bio, how the material can be market, and a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) through postal mail.
Dystel & Goderich
Founded in 1994, their goal is to offer not just financial and contractual advice to its clients, but also editorial guidance and support. Different agents are looking for different types of writing projects. Send queries that are concise, well-written, and well-proofed. In the query, provide an author bio, a summary paragraph of the project, and whether you have submitted your project to other agents. In addition, include a cover letter, outline or brief synopsis of the work (with a word count if possible), a sample chapter, and a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). Double-space everything except for the cover letter. They also accept email queries with the cover letter in the email body and attachments for the other parts, but they will only open attachments if there is a cover letter in the email body. For nonfiction works, submit a proposal (instructions for doing so is on the website). Submit all queries to only one agent. They respond to most queries within 6-8 weeks. If you don’t hear from them by then, you can submit your query again.
Ebeling & Associates
Their mission is to work with individuals who inspire positive change in the world through their writing, speaking and vision. They represent commercial non-fiction. Areas of focus include health and wellness, business, spirituality, psychology, self-help, personal-growth, inspiration, parenting, pop culture, women's issues, pets, humor, memoir and narrative non-fiction. Email a brief statement (200 words or less) stating the purpose and premise of your book and provide your contact information; attach a proposal according to the instructions on the website.
Launched in 2002, they are a full-service boutique agency. They represent both fiction and nonfiction. From new authors, they accept narrative and practical nonfiction, biography, history, memoir, pop culture, literary fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, historical fiction, and commercial women’s fiction. Email a query letter in the body of the email. For fiction, you may also include the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. They can only reply to those queries in which they are interested.
They specialize in literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction. For fiction, send a summary of your novel and the first 25 pages of the manuscript. For nonfiction, send a proposal, including an outline of the book and one or two sample chapters. All submissions should be sent through regular postal mail and should include a query letter. A SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) is required for response. They do not accept email queries.
Formed in 2006, they’re a boutique literary agency based in New York City. They've had four New York Times bestsellers. They specialize in general fiction, historical fiction, and narrative nonfiction projects including memoir, history, science, and religion. Email a query letter that has a succinct and catchy description of your plot or proposal; also include a brief cover letter telling them how you heard about them, your previous writing credits, and a few lines about yourself, all in the body of the email. Also paste the first ten pages of your proposal or novel into the body of your e-mail.
Established in 1984, they have represented several bestselling authors, career novelists, and professional writers. They accept commercial fiction, including thrillers, mysteries, children’s, romance, women’s fiction, ethnic, science fiction, fantasy, and general fiction; literary fiction - as long as it has a strong narrative; and nonfiction, including current affairs, history, health, science, psychology, cookbooks, new-age, spirituality, pop-culture, adventure, true crime, biography, and memoir. Follow the guidelines on the website for to submit by email or postal mail.
Formed in 2004, their focus is an even split of fiction and nonfiction. The books they represent are based on the author’s narrative voice and strength of writing. For fiction, they accept literary, women’s, commercial, young adult, and middle grade. For nonfiction, they are interested in popular culture, women’s issues, narrative, health, memoir, biography, and popular science. Submit a query letter and ten sample pages by email (in the body of the email) or by postal mail (include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply).
They are a boutique literary agency based in Los Angeles. They accept fiction and nonfiction. Submit a query by email (include the word QUERY and the title of your work in the subject line) or by mail. Send a well-constructed query letter that describes your work. Include your name, contact Information, email address, mailing address, phone number, if a specific person suggested that you contact them, referred by (If applicable), and your publishing or academic history (your CV is crucial to marketing nonfiction).
They are a full-service literary agency located in New York City that was launched in September 2007. They welcome a wide range of fiction, both literary and commercial, including thrillers, mysteries, fantasy, women’s, romance, chick lit, young adult, and middle grade readers. Send a query letter, synopsis, and the first 2 chapters by regular mail, or by email in the body of the email. They are interested in nonfiction projects that are backed by your particular expertise and/or life experience. Send a query letter, proposal, and sample chapters by regular mail, or email in the body of the email. Always follow the instructions on the page of the particular agent you wish to query.
They offer a full complement of literary services in a changing publishing landscape, and provide their clients with access to marketing services, website development, and media training that it takes to make each book a success. For fiction, they accept up-market adult fiction, literary fiction, and commercial fiction. For nonfiction, they accept narrative nonfiction, including memoirs, and authors with well-researched, compelling, new ideas. Choose an agent from the agents page and submit a one-page cover/query letter that is a brief synopsis of your book and an author bio. They respond to all email queries as soon as possible, whether they’re interested or not.
They were formed in 2009. Their goal is to establish long-term relationships with authors, in order to further their careers, in the realm of traditional book publishing and beyond. They accept fiction (literary to commercial, and everything in between, except sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and romance), health, parenting, memoir, pop culture, humor, self-help, food and wine, pop science, current events, women's issues, and big “think” books. Email your query letter (a one-page letter that briefly describes the project and gives some biographical information) in the body of the email. They will get right back to you asking to see the project or politely rejecting.
Founded in 1977, they are a full-service literary agency based in New York City. They represent only literary fiction and serious, often controversial nonfiction, and have a particular interest in books with a progressive political orientation. Email a project description and brief biographical information, including publishing credits if any, to the appropriate agent, and put "query" in the subject line; if querying by conventional mail include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). There is no reading fee. Response time is 4 to 6 weeks. Due to the large volume of submissions they receive, they are not able to respond to all email queries.
Formed in 2007 and located in New York City. They represent a small list of beloved writers, mainly in the categories of literary and commercial adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. Query one agent by email (in the body of the email) or postal mail. Background and personal information (when relevant to your project) is encouraged, but ultimately their interest will depend on the synopsis.
They are a boutique literary agency, offering a unique full-circle approach to literary representation. Their diverse experience in book publishing includes editorial, marketing, publicity, legal, and rights, which we use to help build authors one step at a time. They work with a variety of creative prescriptive and narrative nonfiction books, literary fiction for adults and teens, and middle grade and children's picture books. Email a 1-page query letter in the body of the email, including a description of your book, writing credentials and author highlights. Then include the first 10 pages or complete picture book manuscript text within the body of the email. For nonfiction, include a proposal and one sample chapter. If interested, they will respond within 6-8 weeks.
Founded in 2001, they are a professional literary agency based in north London that represents new and established authors. Email synopsis, full manuscript, and a short bio or CV (resume) with your contact information. The website does not say what types of books they accept, so I assume it would be acceptable to submit any kind.
A literary agency specializing in nonfiction, literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade books. They also act as a consultant to The Museum of Modern Art to help capitalize on their wonderful wealth of images and to extend their product and sales base nationally. Send cover letter, author's bio, synopsis, and writing sample by post office mail or email.
They have been helping writers since 1972 and have sold hundreds of books to more than one hundred publishers. If your book is literary or commercial fiction, romance, thriller, mystery, narrative nonfiction, or mainstream women's fiction, email the first 10 pages and a 2-page synopsis, using 14-point typeface and double-spaced, in the body of the email. For nonfiction, send the book title, subtitle, and your promotion plan via conventional mail with SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) or email. If sent by email, include the information in the body of the email. Allow up to two weeks for a response.
An independent New York based literary agency. They specialize in romance, women's fiction, literary fiction, urban fantasy and sci-fi, mysteries and thrillers, young adult/children's literature, and picture book writers and illustrators. Also open to strong memoirs, narrative non-fiction, and selective works of non-fiction from authors with strong established areas of expertise. No manuscript reading fee. Submit a query letter, three chapters, and a brief synopsis through the website. 1 week to 3 month response time.
They help authors both publish and promote their books. Concentrates on non-fiction for adult audiences in the following categories: Health/Medicine, Business, Culture/Values, History/Biography/Memoir, Science/Technology, and Military/Intelligence, as well as historical fiction. Send a query letter by fax or email telling them about your book, who will read it, and why you are the best person to write it.
A friendly and successful agency. They accept history, science, biography, and autobiography, with a particular interest in ghostwriting and TV tie-ins. Send, through post office mail, a one-page synopsis (explaining why you think your books should be published), two sample chapters, and a brief author bio. Include a standard SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for reply and/or a large SASE if you would like the manuscript returned to you.
A dynamic agency based in London. They accept all works of adult fiction and children’s fiction. For works of nonfiction, contact the agency to find out if they will represent the subject matter. Email them the first three chapters and a synopsis of your work. They only contact writers who they consider representing.
A company of professional literary agents with offices in Canada, the United States, and The Netherlands. They represent children's books, adult fiction, nonfiction, juvenile and young adult literature, and graphic novels. Check the link for "submissions" on their website to see which agents are accepting submissions, which can change from day to day. Do not query more than one agent, and follow the agent's submission guidelines.
Victoria Sanders & Associates
They have represented a diverse and exciting array of writers of both fiction and nonfiction since 1992. They accept memoir, commercial women’s fiction, sociopolitical nonfiction, thrillers, humorous, and self-help/motivational. Email a query letter and the first three chapters (or about 25 pages) pasted into the body of the message. They generally respond to queries in one to four weeks.
Ward & Balkin
This agency began in Jan 2011; however, the two owners have each been in the business for many years prior.
They accept literary fiction (contemporary, historical, mysteries, and thrillers), literary memoirs, creative nonfiction, narrative history, art and culture, biography, psychology, natural history and animal-related narratives, “green” subjects, nutrition, health and medicine, gardening, and social thought and commentary.
For fiction submissions, mail or email a query letter and a manuscript sample of 25-30 consecutive and numbered pages. For nonfiction, send a query letter, a book proposal, and at least one sample chapter.