Literary Agents Seeking Authors

13 Literary Agents Actively Seeking Authors to Represent

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These literary agents are actively seeking new and established authors to represent and are open to pitches. I have detailed only credible agencies that have a history of success. Below each agent’s name, I have provided their wishlist or what they are proactively looking for.

Saba Sulaiman, Junior Agent
Talcott Notch Literary Services (est. 2003)
2 Broad Street
Second Floor, Suites 1,2 & 10
Milford, CT 06460

Current needs: Saba Sulaiman, a Jr. Agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, is currently open to the following genres: 

  • Adult: up-market literary and commercial fiction, romance (all subgenres except paranormal), character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries, and memoir.
  • Young Adult:/New Adult: all subgenres except paranormal and sci-fi.
  • Middle Grade: think Roald Dahl.
  • Non-fiction: humor.

Writers can query via email. Contact this agent

Stacey Donaghy, Literary Agent
Donaghy Literary Group
6-14845 Yonge Street, Suite #123
Aurora, ON L4G 6H8 Canada

Current needs: Stacey Donaghy, founder and literary agent of  Donaghy Literary Group, is currently open to query submissions. She is actively seeking queries for Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade (No picture books) fiction. A few items on her wish list include: Romantic Suspense, Mystery all ages, Thrillers all kinds, Erotic Romance, New Adult, and Authorized Biographies. Contact this agent

Noah Ballard, Literary Agent
Curtis Brown, Ltd. (est. 1914)
Ten Astor Place
New York, NY 10003

Current needs: Noah Ballard, a literary agent at  Curtis Brown, Ltd., specializes in literary debuts, upmarket thrillers and narrative nonfiction, and he is always looking for “honest and provocative new writers.” Noah accepts queries via e-mail. Authors need to submit a query letter, contact info., and the first 10 pages. Contact this agent

Lauren Smythe, Literary Agent
InkWell Management
521 Fifth Avenue, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10175

Current needs: Lauren Smythe, a literary agent of InkWell Management, is actively looking for narrative nonfiction (narrative journalism, modern history, biography, cultural criticism, personal essay), practical nonfiction (cookbooks, fashion and style), and literary fiction. She is drawn to “great sentences, smart humor, outsider perspectives, and arguments that are passionate and precise.” (Submissions should include a sample chapter.) Contact this agent

Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, Literary Agent
DeFiore and Company (est. 1999).
47 East 19th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Current needs: Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, a literary agent of DeFiore and Company, is seeking “arresting new voices across a spectrum of genres.” She is especially interested in adult literary and upmarket fiction, graphic novelists/illustrators and books for children. Her other interests include group biographies; social, cultural, literary and art history and history of ideas; select literary memoir; narratives and sagas of love, female friendship, family, and the ties that bind. Writers can query Meredith via email with a brief description of their book and a bio. For fiction, writers can submit the first five pages of their manuscript. Contact this agent

Eve Porinchak, Literary Agent
Jill Corcoran Literary Agency (est. 2014)
P.O. Box 4116
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

Current needs: Eve Porinchak, a literary agent of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, is currently seeking “everything from middle grade to adult novels, with special interest in Young Adult and Adult Fiction featuring younger main characters.” Eve is especially keen on contemporary, realistic, edgy stories, speculative fiction, gang-lit, prison-lit, crime, science fiction, and light magical realism. Contact this agent

Maria Vicente, Assoc. Literary Agent
P.S. Literary Agency (est. 2005)
20033-520 Kerr Street
Oakville, Ontario
L6K 3C7 CANADA

Current needs: Maria Vicente, an associate literary agent at P.S. Literary Agency, has a current wish list. She represents authors of fiction, nonfiction, young adult, middle grade, picture books, and literary fiction. She would like to see see nonfiction proposals for the following categories: pop culture, geek culture, pop psychology, design, and lifestyle. She loves online and pop culture, particularly television and its many fandoms. In the Young Adult genre, she is interested in contemporary, horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. In the Middle Grade genre, she is interested in realistic, fantasy, and horror. In Literary Fiction, she is interested in realistic literary fiction, magical realism, or literary fiction with a touch of genre (horror, science fiction, fantasy). Contact this agent

Lindsay Ribar, Literary Agent
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (est. 1932)
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Current needs: Lindsay Ribar, a literary agent of Greenburger Associates, is actively seeking new authors of young adult and middle grade fiction, and is particularly drawn to smart paranormal romance; contemporary realistic; fantasy; soft sci-fi; mystery; and anything with elements of music, musical theatre, dual identities, and LGBT themes. Memorable characters are a must, and great writing trumps all. Contact this agent

Whitley Abell, Literary Agent
Inklings Literary Agency
3419 Virginia Beach Blvd #183
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Current needs: Literary agent Whitley Abell joined Inklings Literary Agency in 2013. She is currently open to queries.  Whitley is primarily interested in Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Women’s fiction. She likes characters who are relatable yet flawed, hooks that offer new points of view and exciting adventures, and vibrant settings that become active characters in their own right. She is open to almost anything within the areas above, be it contemporary or historical, romance or thriller, realistic or supernatural, tragic or quirky. Contact this agent

Linda Camacho, Literary Agent
Prospect Agency
551 Valley Rd., PMB 377
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

Current needs: Literary Agent Linda Camacho joined Prospect Agency in 2015 after nearly a decade in publishing. She is currently seeking: Adult, middle grade, and young adult fiction across all genres (romance, horror, fantasy, realistic, light sci-fi, and graphic novels). She is also seeking select literary fiction (preferably with commercial bent) and picture books (both writers and illustrators welcome); select narrative nonfiction and memoir; and diversity of all types (ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc.). Contact this agent

Rebecca Stead, Literary Agent
The Book Group (est. 2015)
20  W. 20th Street, Suite 601
New York, NY 10011

Current needs: The Book Group is a new full-service literary agency nestled in central Manhattan. The agency is founded by seasoned industry pros Julie Barer, Faye Bender, Brettne Bloom, and Elisabeth Weed. Rebecca Stead, a graduate of NYU School of Law, is also on staff as a literary agent. Rebecca anticipates being both a partner in the creative process and a supporter for great books and their writers. She is especially interested in progressive forms, diverse voices, and open-hearted fiction for children, young adults, and adults. Contact this agent

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, Literary Agent
Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency
350 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2003
New York, NY 10001

Current needs: Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, a literary agent of Liza Dawson Associates, is focusing on nonfiction. She is looking for seasoned writers with strong platforms. She is excited by narrative nonfiction and memoirs that use a unique story to explore a larger issue. Specific areas of interest include: current events, social sciences, women’s issues, law, business, history, the arts and pop culture, lifestyle, sports, and food, including cookbooks and health/wellness. Jennifer is also seeking upmarket commercial fiction, especially thrillers, and is pleased to work with clients who write both fiction and nonfiction. Writers are invited to query Jennifer via email only. Contact this agent

Lydia Blyfield, Literary Agent
Carol Mann Agency (est. 1977)
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Current needs: Literary agent Lydia Blyfield is currently open to Adult, YA and MG. She is seeking “edgy and enchanting page-turners written with a light hand.” She enjoys complex female characters, and has a thing for unreliable narrators. She loves fiction that explores social issues or is inspired by the headlines. She is also seeking psychological thrillers/mysteries set in small communities or dysfunctional family units. In YA she is looking for big hooks and modern themes. In MG she is seeking diversity and smart takes on difficult issues. Contact this agent

— Brian Scott,
WritingCareer.com


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