Literary Agents Looking for New Authors

Anyone looking for a literary agent should become familiar pronto with the Guide to Literary Agents, the bible for finding literary representation.

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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.


Brittany Howard    Corvisiero Literary Agency

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  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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9 Comments on Literary Agents Looking for New Authors

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    • Judith Briles says:

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      • Amanda Sweeney says:

        Hey Judith Briles, what publishing agent did u use, Im interested, Im trying to find one to publish my first book, I’m new at this and need help!

        • Judith Briles says:

          I’ve used three over my career when I published with NY.

        • Ms. Sweeney,

          My name is Amy Synoracki and I am the Senior Publisher for Propel, a division of Pulse, LLC that focuses on the digital imprint publishing of YA books. If you have a YA novel you are looking to publish please contact me at I look forward hearing from you.

          Amy Synoracki

  2. Hello Ms. Briles,
    I recently sent out my first wave of query letters regarding my first novel. I have tried to do as much as possible on my own so I’d be able to present a clean and polished product if asked . Have I done enough to capture their attention is the question? I filled in a website that I was hoping you could check out in your spare time, I know I’m being funny but I did post it in case. It is on amazon as we’ll. I’m just so anxious and have so many ideas in my head .. I would like to be able to do this for a living so I wouldn’t have to split myself into many people. Thanks for your time.

    • Judith Briles says:

      Query letters to get the attention of an agent? Publisher? What? Query letters must have a major hook within the first paragraph… otherwise most will take a pass.

  3. Andy Barski says:

    Hi Judith. Thanks for your time. Do you accept unsolicited submissions?

    • Judith Briles says:

      Andy— is a membership site for authors and publishers… it doesn’t “publish” authors work… you (or a publisher) does that.

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