Anyone looking for a literary agent should become familiar pronto with the Guide to Literary Agents, the bible for finding literary representation.
Over 500 agents are listed with specifics about who and what they represent best. It also includes tidbits on how to pitch to them.
In a recent issue of Writers Digest, five literary agents were identified as looking for new authors in a variety of genres. Each of the websites identified include submission guidelines. All request that the first go around is via email with the query letter delivered within the email. All stated NO attachments. The five below are looking for “new” authors who haven’t been published with another publisher as yet.
YA is her thing, from paranormal, fantasy to sci-fi and contemporary. Corvisiero is a boutique agency and she prefers that you paste the one to two page synopsis and the first five pages directly into the query e-mail. If you send any attachments, they won’t be opened.
Margaret Bail – Andrea Hurst & Associates
Fiction, adult and looks at a variety: romance, sci-fi, action, adventure, historical. The agency represents both fiction and nonfiction, explore the site. Include your query in the body of the email.
Jennifer Udden – Donald Maass Literary Agency
Fiction with an emphasis in fantasy, mystery, and/or sci-fi. The agency states on its website that it represents “professional” novelists. Paste the one to two page synopsis and the first five pages directly into the query e-mail.
Samantha Dighton – D4EO Literary
Both. Her favorite categories include: historical fiction, mystery/suspense, magical realism, psychological thrillers, realistic YA and narrative nonfiction. Paste the first 10 pages in the body of the email, below your query letter.
Andy Scheer – Hartline Literary Agency
Both. He wants to work with authors who want to grow within the craft of writing, are disciplined and can tell a great story with characters that are memorable. For nonfiction, concepts and solutions presented in a unique way. Hartline is primarily a Christian agency although it does represent the secular side and works with authors in the U.S. Submission page includes a proposal guideline as well.
For more news and information about agents, Check out the Guide to Literary Agents Blog the at http://ow.ly/mJSVS and get a copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents. Your local library will also carry the Guide to Literary Agents.
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