literary agents accepting submissions

Literary Agents Accepting Submissions – Part 3

How do you get a literary agent for your book?

Here’s a list of 100 literary agents accepting submissions, detailing the genres they represent (and those they don’t), submission guidelines, and other information taken from their websites, using direct quotes whenever possible. Please note that I am not recommending any of these literary agents or agencies, just listing information.

While this may be enough to get you started, be sure to read your chosen agency’s entire website very carefully. You may be with this agency for a long time, so you need to be sure the fit is right!

Note: This information is current as of October, 2016, but can change at any time. Check an agency’s website carefully before contacting them. For the complete list, see Part 1 and Part 2.

Joelle Delbourgo Associates – http://www.delbourgo.com/submissions

The agency represents “both narrative and prescriptive nonfiction: ‘big think’ books, groundbreaking research-based nonfiction, history and politics, psychology, parenting, business and economics, science, memoir, health and wellness, and true crime. Our fiction spans mainstream quality commercial women’s fiction to literary fiction, upscale mysteries, romance and fantasy. Whatever the genre, we seek quality first and foremost, distinctive voices, and original points of view.”

You are asked to submit:

  • “a brief overview of the proposed book.”
  • “Tell us something about yourself, specifically about your qualifications to write your proposed book. We are also interested in why you decided to write the book. Let us know if you are a previously
    published author, and if so, what you have published.”
  • “Let us know if your book has been self-published, please provide detailed publication data including sales.”
  • “For nonfiction, let us know if a proposal and sample chapters are available. If not, you should probably wait to send your
    query when you have a completed proposal.”
  • “For fiction and memoir, embed the FIRST 10 pages of manuscript into the e-mail after your query letter. Please no attachments. If we like your first pages, we may ask to see your synopsis and more
    manuscript. Both should be completed before you query us.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You
can learn about them by clicking on their names on the “About Us” page.

Send submissions to the specific agent you are querying, whose address can be found on his/her page on the website.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions. No attachments.

John Hawkins and Associates – http://www.jhalit.com/#Submissions

The agency says: “Our interests range over nearly all of what we call trade books, i.e., the books you find in a bookstore. Fiction of all sorts, non-fiction  (contemporary journalism, history, biography, etc.), juveniles (although primarily young adult and middle grades, since we don’t specialize in illustrators, but having said that I should add that we represent several of the best), sci-fi and fantasy.”

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (commercial, literary, multi-cultural), biography, business, children’s books, foreign policy, historical narratives, history, medicine, nature writing, science, suspense, technology, thrillers, women’s issues, and world affairs.

You are asked to submit:

  • “A brief letter about your book (genre, summary and/or synopsis, word count, etc.)”
  • “A bit about you/your writing background.”
  • “For fiction: Include the first 3 chapters, or opening chapter of your novel as a single Word attachment.”
  • “For non-fiction: Include your book proposal as a single Word attachment. [The elements of a solid book proposal include: Overview; About the Author; Chapter Outline; Marketing/Publicity; Comparative Works; Sample Chapter.”
  • “Please put the word query in the subject line, and if you’d like your query read by a particular agent, please email them
    directly.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on their individual pages, which can be accessed via the “Agents” tab.

Send submissions to jha@jhalit.com

Typical reply time: Two to four weeks

The Joy Harris Literary Agency – http://www.joyharrisliterary.com/contact

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (cultural, literary), biography, medicine, memoir, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, science, and technology.

The agency does not represent genre fiction, poetry, screenplays, or self-help.

You are asked to submit a query letter, outline chapter or sample chapter.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “About” page.

Send submissions to submissions@joyharrisliterary.com

The Karpfinger Agency – http://karpfinger.com/submissions

The agency represents: “Our fiction list ranges from some of today’s best mysteries to fine literary fiction. Our non-fiction list includes narrative non-fiction, as well as memoirs, biographies and cultural and political analysis.”

The agency does not represent children’s picture books, drama, fantasy, poetry, romance, or sci-fi.

You are asked to submit:

  • For Kate Garrick: “Please include a brief description of your book in the body of the email, along with a short bio and, for fiction and memoir, the first five pages of the manuscript.”
  • For Barney Karpfinger: “a one-page letter of inquiry by regular mail. Be certain to include a brief synopsis of your book, a line or two about your background, as well as both your telephone number and e-mail address. Please print any supplementary materials on standard letter-sized paper.

“Novelists are welcome to submit a ten-page sample from the completed manuscript (we do not accept queries from writers who have partial manuscripts).

“Nonfiction authors may submit a proposal of up to ten pages. The proposal must include a table of contents from the proposed book, as well as a brief chapter-by-chapter summary. In addition, you are welcome to submit up to three samples of your published articles related to the topic of the book.”

Send submissions to: For Kate Garrick, send electronic submissions to kate@karpfinger.com with the word “Query” and your book’s title in the subject line; for Barney Kaprfinger, send hardcopy submissions to Barney Karpfinger, The Karpfinger Agency, 57 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Typical reply time: Six weeks

Kimberley Cameron & Associates – http://www.kimberleycameron.com/submission-guidelines.php

The agency says: “All are welcome to submit.”

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (commercial, crossover young adult, historical, literary, mysteries, thrillers, women’s), animal/pet stories, environment, health, investigative, prescriptive, science, sexuality, spirituality, true crime, and memoir (voice- or adventure-driven, travel, adventure).

The agency does not represent picture books, poetry, screenplays, teleplays, or TV scripts.

You are asked to submit:

For fiction:

  • “Please fill out the submission form of the individual agent you wish to submit to.
  • “Attach the first fifty pages of your manuscript and synopsis if requested as Word or PDF documents in the submission form.”

For nonfiction:

  • “Please fill out the submission form of the individual agent you wish to submit to.” 
  • “Attach a full nonfiction book proposal and sample chapters as Word or PDF documents in the submission form. (Sample chapters should include the first chapter of the book and should not exceed fifty pages.)”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them by going to the “Who We Are” page and clicking on their names, on the left.

Send submissions via: On the desired agent’s page, click on “Submit Here,” which is found right below the agent’s name. You’ll be taken to the submission requirements for that agent, where you will be asked to paste in a query letter, attach a nonfiction book proposal or the first fifty pages of your fiction manuscript, and provide other information.

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions. Only query one agent at this agency at a time.

Laura Dail Literary Agency – http://www.ldlainc.com/submissions

The agency represents “fiction and nonfiction, commercial and literary, for both adults and children. We represent a wide range of diverse authors, including bestselling authors of children’s fiction, award-winning journalists, historians, chefs, and humorists.”

The agency does not represent illustrated adult books, poetry, or screenplays.

Submission instructions:

  • “Send a concise email query letter to: queries@ldlainc.com” 
  • “Along with your book’s title, please include the name of the agent you are querying in the subject field. This helps guarantee that your submission ends up in the right person’s queue. (Example subject line: QUERY: TITLE for AGENT)
  • “Your query letter should include a short pitch, a short plot summary, and a short bio. Please also include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable. If you are a debut author, do not worry.
  • “After your query letter, paste the FIRST 5-10 PAGES of your novel into the body of the email. Your writing sample MUST be pasted into the email, as we do not open unrequested attachments of any kind. You may also include a synopsis, but it’s not required.
  • “If you are an author/illustrator, we highly recommend creating an online portfolio, which you can link to in your query instead of attaching sample artwork to an email. (Recommendation: If you like the way this site looks, then you’ll love Squarespace.)
  • “Please do not query on a second, or third, project until we’ve replied to your first query.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Submissions” page.

Typical reply time: Two to four weeks

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions. Have your proposal or manuscript ready to be reviewed before sending your query.

Leigh Feldman Literary – http://www.lfliterary.com

The agency represents: “LF Literary is particularly interested in: historical fiction, contemporary YA, literary fiction, memoir, and narrative non- fiction.”

The agency does not represent “adult and YA paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, romance, thrillers, mysteries, or picture books.”

You are asked to submit a “query letter and the first ten pages of the manuscript or proposal”

Send submissions to query@lfliterary.com.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Levine/Greenberg/Rostan Literary
Agency –
http://lgrliterary.com/how-to-submit

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (literary), business, food narratives, health, humor, illustrated books, lifestyle and health, memoir, narrative nonfiction, parenting, pop culture, popular history, psychology, science, social and political issues, spirituality, style and fashion.

Submission instructions: Fill out the submissions form on the “How to Submit” page. You will be asked to provide a summary of your book, a look at competing and related titles, and other information, and to attach a proposal or sample chapters. The attachment should be no more than fifty pages in length.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them by selecting the “Team” page, which is found under the “Who We Are” tab.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Lisa Ekus Group – http://lisaekus.com/submission-requirements

The agency says: “The Lisa Ekus Group is a full service culinary agency. We provide Literary and Talent representation as well as Media Training and Consulting services.”

The agency represents “culinary non-fiction titles, specifically cookbooks, and sometimes other culinary topics, like nutrition-related health and wellness, wine and cocktail books, and food related narratives.”

The agency does not represent “fiction, poetry, or children’s books.”

You are asked to submit a book proposal.

Send submissions to: Submit via the form on the “Apply to be a Literary Client” page, which you can access from the “Contact Page.” You’ll be asked to provide some information and attach your proposal.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Liza Dawson Associates Literary
Agency –
http://www.lizadawsonassociates.com/submissions

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (historical, mysteries, plot-driven, sci-fi and fantasy, women’s, young adult), business, current events, food, law, narrative history, pop culture, social sciences, and sports.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests and submission requirements. You can learn about them on the “Submissions” page.

Liza Royce Agency (LRA) – http://www.lizaroyce.com/contact

The agency represents: “From picture books through adult projects, fiction and non-fiction, LRA welcomes strong voices and plot driven works.”

You are asked to submit “a brief synopsis, a little information about yourself, including any social/media platform and/or marketing ideas you may have…”

Send submissions to submissions@lizaroyce.com.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Notes: No attachments.

Lotus Lane Literary – https://lotuslit.com/submissions

The agency represents adult fiction and nonfiction.

You are asked to submit “a short bio, query letter, brief synopsis, chapter breakdown and first three chapters of your work. For non-fiction submissions please include a proposal that includes the above information and detailed information on competing books. Please send submissions as a word document with copyright clearly marked in the header: (c) author full name, year.”

Send submissions to contact@lotuslit.com.

Typical reply time: “If you don’t hear from us within two weeks of submitting your work please know that the agency is not best-fit for your work.”

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions.

Maria Carvainis Agency – http://www.mariacarvainisagency.com/submissions

The agency represents “a wide range of fiction and non-fiction with special interest in literary and mainstream fiction, mystery and suspense, thrillers, historicals, contemporary women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade, memoir, biography, history, business, psychology, pop culture and popular science.”

The agency does not represent children’s picture books, poetry, sci-fi, or screenplays.

You are asked to submit “a query letter, a synopsis of the work, first 5-10 pages, and note of any writing credentials.”

Send submissions to: Electronic submissions should be sent to mca@mariacarvainisagency.com; hardcopy submissions to Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc., Attention: Query Department, 1270 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 2915, New York, NY 10020.

Typical reply time: One month

Notes: “All attachments must be either Word documents or PDF files.”

Martin Literary Management – http://www.martinliterarymanagement.com

The agency represents “adult nonfiction and children’s books, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction.”

The agency does not represent poetry, screenplays, or short stories.

You are asked to submit:

  • For fiction: “please include a query letter and the text of the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email.”
  • For nonfiction: “you may include the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email, if appropriate.”

There are two agents at the agency, each with specific interests and submission requirements. You can learn about them on the “Submissions” page.

Send submissions to the specific agent you are querying. You can find the appropriate email address on the “Our Submissions Process” page.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions.

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents – https://www.mmqlit.com

The agency says it “is a full-service literary agency that focuses on bringing fiction and non-fiction of quality to the largest possible audience.”

The agency “seeks literary and upmarket commercial fiction (including select young adult), memoir, and narrative nonfiction.” 

The agency does not represent screenplays. 

You are asked to submit “a query letter that briefly describes your project as well as any personal or professional information that may be relevant (for instance any awards you have won, regular media appearances you make, and/or professional or academic affiliations you may have). Do not query more than one agent at the agency at one time, though if one agent passes on your work, you are welcome to query another. Include the word “Query” in the subject line of your email. Please also include the first 5-10 pages pasted into the body of your email.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Contact” page (https://www.mmqlit.com/contact). 

Send submissions to a specific agent.

Notes:We accept electronic submissions only; please do not call about or mail a hard copy of your submission. If you have any query- or submission-related questions that are not answered on this page, please email info@mmqlit.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.”

McCormick Literary – http://mccormicklit.com/guidelines

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (commercial, literary, women’s, young adult), arts, biography, cookbooks, cultural history, essays, humor, memoir, narrative nonfiction, politics, practical non-fiction, and science-based nonfiction.

You are asked to submit a query, indicating which agent you are querying.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Staff” page.

Send submissions to: Electronic queries should be sent to queries@mccormicklit.com; hardcopies to McCormick Literary, 37 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

McIntosh & Otis – http://mcintoshandotis.com/submissions

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (commercial, fantasy, historical, horror, literary, literary thrillers, mainstream, mystery, mystery/suspense, romance, sci-fi, women’s, urban fantasy), current affairs, history, memoir, narrative nonfiction, natural history, pop culture, sports, travel and adventure.

The agency does not represent free-standing poetry, screenplays, original theatrical or dramatic works of any kind.

You are asked to submit:

  • “Adult Fiction Guidelines: Please send a query letter, synopsis, author bio, and the first three consecutive chapters (no more than 30 pages) of your novel.”
  • “Adult Nonfiction: Please send a query letter, proposal, outline, author bio, and three sample chapters (no more than 30 pages) of the manuscript.”
  • “Children’s and Young Adult: Please send a query letter, synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Agents” page.

Send submissions to a specific agent. Agents are listed on the bottom of the “Submissions” page.

Typical reply time: Eight to twelve weeks

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions. No attachments.

Pinder Lane & Garon-Brookehttps://www.pinderlaneandgaronbrooke.com/submissions

The agency represents: According to the Association of Author’s Representatives, the agency represents fiction (erotica, gay and lesbian, historical, literary, mystery, thrillers, romance), arts, biography, cinema, current affairs, entertainment, history, memoir, music, musicals, photography, politics, pop culture, self-help, stage plays, travel, true crime, women’s literature, and world cultures.

The agency does not represent Christian books, games, horror, poetry, puzzles, or westerns.

You are asked to submit a “brief cover note with your experience, publishing credits and any interesting or pertinent facts, plus your contact information. A synopsis and brief writing sample (no more than a chapter.) We prefer the chapter to be the first chapter of the manuscript.”

Send submissions to: “We prefer email to snail mail submissions, with samples in Microsoft Word.” 

Notes: “We will only consider a ms. [manuscript] if no other agents are currently being queried. If we ask to look at your work, we require a 2-3 weeks exclusive, when you don’t allow other agents to view the complete work”

Prospect Agency – https://www.prospectagency.com/submit.html

The agency represents: “Agency specialties are 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. We are also open to strong memoirs, narrative non-fiction and selective works of non-fiction from authors with strong established areas of expertise.”

The agency does not represent plays, poetry, screenplays, or textbooks.

You are asked to submit a query letter, brief synopsis, and three chapters

Send submissions via the submissions form found at https://www.prospectagency.com/submissions.html. You’ll be asked to provide information and attach your submission.

Typical reply time: One to three months

Notes: Only query one agent at this agency at a time, and only submit one project at a time.

Rees Literary Agency – http://www.reesagency.com

The agency represents “literary and commercial fiction, memoirs, history, biography, business, young adult and middle grade, self-help, psychology and science.”

Submission instructions: See an individual agent’s page (under the “Agents” tab) for specific submission requirements.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the individual agent pages, accessible under the “Agents” tab.

Send submissions to the specific agent’s email.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Regal Hoffman & Associates – http://rhaliterary.com/submissions

The agency says: “We’re keenly aware of and lament the underrepresentation of minorities in the publishing industry and strongly encourage submissions from writers of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.”

The agency represents: “Our primary areas of interest include literary fiction, thrillers, narrative non-fiction (history, biography, science, etcetera), memoir, and some category non-fiction.”

The agency does not represent poetry, romance, or screenplays.

You are asked to submit “a one-page query letter detailing the book in question as well as the qualifications of the author. For fiction, submissions may also include the first ten pages of the novel or one short story from a collection.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Submissions” page.

Send submissions to via the “Submittable” for found at http://rhaliterary.com/submissions

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Richard Henshaw Group – https://richardhenshawgroup.com/submissions

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (fantasy, historical, horror, literary, mystery, romance, sci-fi, thriller, young adult), business, celebrity biography, current events, health, how-to, movies, pop culture, popular history, popular reference, popular science, psychology, and sports.

The agency does not represent children’s books, coffee-table books, poetry, scholarly works, short fiction, or textbooks.

You are asked to submit “a query letter in the form of an e-mail of fewer than 250 words.”

Send submissions to submissions@henshaw.com.

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions.

Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency – https://dijkstraagency.com/submission-guidelines.php

The agency represents various genres including fiction (commercial, fantasy, literary, mystery, romance, sci-fi, suspense, thriller, young adult), biography, business, current events, history, memoir, nature, science, and self- improvement.

The agency does not represent screenplays.

You are asked to submit:

  • For fiction: “a query letter, a 1-page synopsis, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), and the first 10-15 pages of your manuscript.”
  • For non-fiction: “a query letter, an overview of your project including a chapter outline, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), a description of competing books, and the first 10-15 pages of your first chapter.”
  • For picture book writers: “a query letter, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), and full manuscript text pasted below your query letter.”
  • For illustrators with dummy: “a query letter, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), full manuscript text pasted below your query letter, full dummy (in pdf format as an attachment) that includes 1-2 color samples, and link to online portfolio.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Agents” page.

Send submissions to the specific agent you are querying. Agent email addresses are on the “How to Submit” page.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Notes: Except for illustrators with a dummy, no attachments. Only query one agent at this agency at a time.

Scovil, Galen, Ghosh Literary Agency
http://www.sgglit.com/submissions.htm

The agency says: “Our list is eclectic and chaotic, rich and diverse, and there is no type of book that doesn’t interest us if it is first-rate. We take on clients who interest us deeply as people and as writers, whatever their background and prior accomplishments.”

The agency represents: No genres are specified.

You are asked to submit: “Send us an unadorned, unaccompanied letter as your first step, whether paper or e-mail. If we’re interested, we’ll e-mail you an invitation to submit additional materials and instructions on how to do so.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can find their names on the “Submission Guidelines” page.

Notes: “E-mail queries are strongly preferred, but must not be accompanied by attachments of any kind. If you prefer to mail a hard copy letter, please include your e-mail address so we can reply by e-mail, and don’t include a SASE or anything else.”

Serendipity Literary Agency – http://www.serendipitylit.com/2012-11-20-22-51-55/non-fiction

The agency represents a variety of genres, including children’s fiction, blog and trend, current affairs, fitness, health, inspirational/religious, international, investigative journalism, lifestyle, memoir, military, music, narrative nonfiction, nutrition, parenting, politics, pop culture, religion/spirituality, self-help, social science, and sports.

Submission instructions: Fill out the “Submission – Non Fiction” form found at http://www.serendipitylit.com/component/rsform/form/5-submission-non-fiction. You will be asked to provide a synopsis of your work, biography, and other information. If the agency likes what they see, they will ask for your full book proposal.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Agent’s” page.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions. 

The Seymour Agency – http://www.theseymouragency.com/Submissions.html

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (action, fantasy, historical, inspirational, mystery, romance, suspense, thriller, women’s, young adult), cookbooks, inspirational, and self-help.

You are asked to submit a one-page query letter with the first five pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Submissions” page.

Send submissions to the desired agent’s email address; addresses are found on the “Submissions” page.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions. No attachments.

Sterling Lord Literistic – http://www.sll.com/submissions

The agency says: “Sterling Lord Literistic is highly selective in offering representation to writers. We receive an extraordinarily large number of unsolicited submissions and can seriously consider only those with merit.”

The agency represents various genres including fiction (literary), biography, business, cookbooks, current events, essays, food, health, journalism, lifestyle, literary nonfiction, memoirs, multicultural books, politics, pop culture, popular science, psychology, science, self-help, travel writing, and women’s issues.

You are asked to submit “a query letter, a synopsis of the work, a brief proposal or the first three chapters of the manuscript, a brief bio or resume, and a stamped self-addressed envelope for reply. Original artwork is not accepted.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Agents” page.

Send submissions to Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc., 115 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.

Stonesong Literary Agency – http://stonesong.com/literary-agency/submissions

The agency represents fiction (“adult fiction that blurs the line between literary and commercial,” fantasy, historical, middle grade, sci-fi, young adult, women’s), business, cookbooks, current events, design and style, diet, fashion, health/wellness, history, how-to, lifestyle, memoirs, parenting, pop culture, poplar psychology, relationships, science, and technology.

The agency does not represent plays, poetry, or screenplays.

You are asked to “include the word “query” in the subject line of your email to ensure we receive it and it isn’t filtered as spam…. Include the first chapter or first 10 pages of your work, pasted into the body of your email, so that we may get a sense of your writing.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “About Us” page.

Send submissions to a specific agent, at submissions@stonesong.com.

Typical reply time: “Our system is set up so that every email query receives an automatic reply confirming receipt. After that, we will be in touch only in the event we would like to request more material. …If you have not received a request from us within 12 weeks, consider that we have passed.”

Notes: No attachments.

The Stuart Agency – http://www.stuartagency.com/submissions.html

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (horror, literary, thriller, upmarket), art and design, biography, connected stories/essays (humorous and serious), creative/narrative nonfiction, current events, history, memoir, music, pop culture, popular science, religion, and sports.

Submission instructions: Fill out the “Queries” form on the “Submissions” page, where you will be asked for a short description of your project, a brief bio, and other information.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “About Us” page.

Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency – http://skagency.com/submission-guidelines

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (commercial, literary, sci-fi and fantasy, young adult), adventure, biography, business, culture, current affairs, history, memoir, natural history, politics, science, and technology.

You are asked to submit “a query letter and the first few (up to 10) pages of your manuscript or proposal in the body of an email (not an attachment)…”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them by clicking on their names at the bottom of the “About the Agency” page.

Send submissions to a specific agent’s email, which can be found on the “Submissions Guidelines” page.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Notes: Email queries preferred.

Tessler Literary Agency – http://www.tessleragency.com/submissions.html

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (commercial, literary, women’s), biography, business, food, history, memoir, narrative-nonfiction, popular science, psychology, and travel.

The agency does not represent genre fiction or children’s books.

Submission instructions: Fill out the submissions form on the “Query Us” page. You’ll be asked to provide a synopsis, author biography, and other information.

Transatlantic Agency – http://transatlanticagency.com/agents/submissions

The agency represents: “We handle the spectrum of commercial to literary fiction and non-fiction of all types. Specific genres of note include: contemporary fiction, historical fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, thrillers, mystery, crime, romance, various genre fiction (including memoirs and essays), select inspirational fiction, cookery, business, biography, graphic novels, children’s picture books, early readers, middle grade fiction and non-fiction, and YA fiction and non-fiction.”

The agency does not represent “stage plays, musicals or screenplays (except those related to the book-to-tv/film projects of their clients)”

Submission instructions: Each agent has specific submission requirements, which can be found by going to the “Submissions” page and scrolling down.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Submissions” page.

Send submissions to the specific agent you are querying. Email addresses can be found on the “Agent’s Biographies” page.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Trident Media Group – http://www.tridentmediagroup.com/submissions

The agency says: “Our literary agency is actively seeking new and/or established authors in a variety of genres and categories of both fiction and non-fiction.”

Submission instructions: Fill out the submissions form on the “Submissions/Contact Us” page.

E-Book Submissions: There is a separate form for e-book submissions found at http://www.tridentmediagroup.com/contact-us/ebook-submissions. You are asked to “send a query letter to ‘eBook Rights’ below. Your query should include an author bio, a brief plot synopsis and your contact information. Please do not send a manuscript or proposal until you have been requested to do so by a member of our staff. The E-Book Operations team will contact you in response to your query within two weeks of receiving the query.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Agents” page.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Notes: Query only one agent at this agency at a time.

Veritas Literary Agency – http://www.veritasliterary.com/submissions

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (commercial, crime, fantasy, historical, literary, mysteries, sci-fi), business, careers, cultural history, health and wellness, narrative nonfiction, natural history, pop culture, popular science, self-help, and women’s studies.

You are asked to submit:

  • For fiction: “Please include a cover letter listing previously published work, a one-page summary and the first five pages in the body of the email (not as an attachment).”
  • For nonfiction: “If you are sending a proposal, please include an author biography, an overview, a chapter-by-chapter summary, and an analysis of competitive titles.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “Submissions” page.

Send submissions to a specific agent. Email addresses can be found on the “Submissions” page.

Typical reply time: Four to six weeks

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions.

Vicky Bijur Literary Agency – http://www.vickybijuragency.com/?page_id=9

The agency represents campus novels, commercial women’s fiction, coming-of-age novels, literary fiction, literary thrillers, memoirs, and other nonfiction.

The agency does not represent fantasy, horror, picture books, poetry, self-help, sci-fi, romance, or screenplays.

You are asked to submit:

  • For fiction: “a query letter of no more than three paragraphs on what makes your book special and unique, a very brief synopsis, its length and genre, and your biographical information, along with the first ten pages of your manuscript.”
  • For nonfiction: “a cover letter with a proposal and the first ten pages of your project.”

Send submissions to: Electronic queries should be sent to queries@vickybijuragency.com; hardcopy submissions to Submissions, 27 West 20th St., Suite 1003, New York, NY 10011

Typical reply time: Eight weeks

Notes: No attachments. No phone queries.

Waxman Leavell Literary Agency – https://www.waxmanliteraryagency.com/new-page-1

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (contemporary romance, commercial, cozy mysteries, historical, middle grade and young adult, psychological suspense, urban fantasy and romance, women’s), adventure, biography, business, food/wine, health and wellness, history, humor, inspirational memoir, inspirational stories, journalism, memoirs, mind/body/spirit, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, prescriptive nonfiction, science, self-help, and sports.

You are asked to submit “a query letter ONLY via email … Do not send attachments, though for fiction you may include 5-10 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email.”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them on the “About the Agency” page.

Send submissions to a specific agent. Addresses can be found on the “Submissions” page.

Typical reply time: The agency responds only if interested.

Notes: Email queries only; no hardcopy submissions. Only query one agent at this agency at a time.

William Clark Associates – http://www.wmclark.com/query-form

The agency represents “a wide range of titles across all formats to the publishing, motion picture, television, and multimedia fields.”

Submission instructions: Fill out the “Query Submissions” form on the website. You will be asked to provide general information about yourself and your manuscript, as well as a summary, a look at your potential audience, and more. If the agency likes what it sees, it will ask you for a proposal or sample chapters.

Writers House – http://www.writershouse.com/submissions

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (commercial, literary, sci-fi/fantasy, women’s, young adult and juvenile), biography, business, cookbooks, finance, history, how-to, memoirs, narrative nonfiction, parenting, picture books, psychology, science, self-help, young adult and juvenile.

You are asked to submit, via email, “a query letter, which includes your credentials, an explanation of what makes your book unique and special, and a synopsis.” You can submit a hardcopy; however, most of the agents prefer electronic queries.

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them by going to the “Agents + Submissions” page and finding the list of agents on the left. Click on an individual agent’s name to learn more.

Send submissions to the specific agent you wish to work with.

Typical reply time: Six to eight weeks

Notes: Only query one agent at this agency at a time.

The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency – http://www.zpagency.com/contact/submissions-guidelines

The agency represents a variety of genres, including fiction (commercial, literary), biography, business, history, memoir, narrative, pop culture, and popular science.

The agency does not represent genre fiction, poetry, screenplays, or self-help.

Submission instructions: “All initial contacts should be in letter form, with not more than twenty five pages of sample material…”

There are multiple agents at the agency, each with specific interests. You can learn about them by clicking on their names on the left side of the “About” page.

Send submissions to: Hardcopy submissions should be sent to The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency, LLC, 20 West 22nd Street, Suite 1603, New York, NY 10010.