“22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You” by Joan Y. Edwards
I am not a publisher or an agent. I am a writer. It’s frustrating when you find a publisher you like and in their guidelines they state:
“We are no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts. We only accept from an agent.”
Horror of all horrors. That’s not what we writers or illustrators want to read or hear.
After I wrote my first wrote a blog about publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts 32 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts, I thought I would research agents. Oh my goodness. I thought finding the publishers for my list was difficult. Finding agents that accept unsolicited queries or manuscripts was a big task.
Remember that many agents will accept your query (a letter explaining your project and asking if they are interested in seeing your manuscript) but not a manuscript unless they ask for it.
I hereby give my personal thanks to all publishers and agents who accept unsolicited queries and manuscripts from writers. Hurray for you. May God bless you with many best-selling books.
When I checked the websites of the literary agencies listed below, they stated in the guidelines that they were accepting submissions. If you know others who are accepting unsolicited submissions, let me know. If you get accepted by one of these, I’d like to know that, too. If you know of a reason why writers should use them, please let me know.
Read the guidelines carefully to make sure they are still accepting unsolicited submissions – queries and manuscripts. Check out your prospective agent on these lists:
Follow the guidelines.
Follow the guidelines.
Follow the guidelines.
Updated these January 3, 2017. I took off one and added one. I updated several agency sites. Please let me know any links that do not work or agencies that are not accepting new clients.
Agent for Authors Who Are Already Published – Adult
1. Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, LLC Submission FAQs and Guidelines
Agents for Screenplay Writers (one accepts books, too)
- Cedar Grove Agency Entertainment
- Evatopia Entertainment Screenwriters http://evatopiaentertainment.com/submissions. Specializes in movie scripts, but also actively seeking: juvenile literature _ middle grade, YA and some nonfiction (mostly biographies).Release agreement – Good to read it. http://evatopiaentertainment.com/release-agreement
- Gallagher Literary They use a submission form. http://www.gallagherliterary.com/pitch.html
Agents for Adults Only
- Daniel Literary Group accepts non-fiction for adults only. http://danielliterarygroup.com/Submissions_Guidelines.html
- Irene Goodman Literary Agency http://www.irenegoodman.com/submission.php This agency is always looking for the finest in commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction, including mysteries, romance, women’s fiction, thrillers, and suspense. Some agents represent young adult. They do not represent poetry, inspirational fiction, screenplays, or children’s picture books.
Adult and Children’s Books
- Books and Such Literary Agency. “Submissions:” http://www.booksandsuch.biz/submissions/
- Curtis Brown LTD, Adult and Children’s books http://www.curtisbrown.com/submissions.php
- Donald Maass Literary Agency. “Submissions:” http://maassagency.com/submissions/
- Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. “Submission Guidelines:” http://ethanellenberg.com/submission-guidelines/
- Greenburger Associates Check each agent for what they want and the agent’s email for submissions. http://greenburger.com/submissions/
- The Knight Agency The Knight Agency .
- Martin Literary Management http://www.martinlit.com/#!submission-policy/c2052. One agent accepts only adult non-fiction. The other agent accepts children’s books fiction and non-fiction.
- McIntosh and Otis, Inc. “Submissions:” http://mcintoshandotis.com/submissions/
- Writers House Adult and Children’s Books. Check submission guidelines: http://www.writershouse.com/submissions/
Literary Agents for Children’s Books Only
- Adams Literary Agency. “Submit Now:” http://www.adamsliterary.com/submissions/
- Andrea Brown Literary Agency. “How to Submit:” http://www.andreabrownlit.com/how-to-submit.html
- Folio Literary Management. “Staff:” How to Submit – Fiction; How to Submit – Non-Fiction
- Sheldon Fogelman Agency. “Submissions:” http://www.sheldonfogelmanagency.com/submissions.htm
- Stimola Literary Studio, Inc. “Submission Guidelines:” http://stimolaliterarystudio.com/submission-guidelines/
- Trident Media Group. “Submissions/Contact Us:” http://www.tridentmediagroup.com/contact-us
- Wernick & Pratt Agency. “Submissions Policy:” http://www.wernickpratt.com/submissions-policy/
Lists of Agents Are Below
If you check the lists below, you may find other agents that meet your personal needs.
Lists of Agents for all books
- Association of Author’s Representatives. “Agents:” http://aaronline.org/DirLit
- Chuck Sambuchino’s New Literary Agents blogposts: At least 2 times a week, I’d estimate! http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/10-questions-to-ask-an-agent-before-you-sign
- Chuck Sambuchino. “Guide to Literary Agents:” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents
- Kathy Temean has an awesome blog with interviews with agents called Illustrating and Writing: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/.
- Query Tracker-Literary Agents has lists of agents, too. It lists the agencies and tells if they accept unsolicited submissions. It also lists all of their agents. It tells whether to send email or snail mail.
- Writers Services. “US Agent Listings:” http://www.writersservices.com/listings/us-agent-listings
Lists for Screenwriters
- Hank Marlowe. WritetoReel.com. Listing of Screenwriter Agents, Producers, Managers: http://writetoreel.com/unsolicited-queries-agents-producers-managers-list
Lists for Agents for Children’s Books
- Children’s Agents: SCBWI. “Agent Directory:” http://www.scbwi.org/Resources/Documents/AgentDirectory-10.pdf
- Picture Book Agents: Chuck Sambuchino. Writers Digest. “Picture Book Agents:” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/picture-book-agents
- Picture Book Agents (Many of these handle adult books, too) Edie Hemingway. Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia Region, SCBWI. “As the Eraser Burns:” http://aseraserburns.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/top-20-picture-book-agents-in-publishers-marketplace/ (Many of these agencies handle adult books, too.
- Picture Book Agents: Heather Ayris Burnell. “Monster List of Picture Book Agents:” http://frolickingthroughcyberspace.blogspot.com/p/monster-list-of-picture-book-agents.html
- Young Adult Agents: Chuck Sambuchino. Writers Digest. “Young Adult Literary Agents:” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/young-adult-literary-agents
Lists of Agents for Adult Books
- Christian Book Agents: Chuck Sambuchino. “Christian Agents:” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/christian-agents
- Non-Fiction Book Agents Chuck Sambuchino. “Non-Fiction Agents:” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/nonfiction-agents
- Romance Agents.” Top 10 Literary Agents for Romance:” http://literaryagentnews.blogspot.com/2007/10/top-10-literary-agents-for-romance.html
- Romance Agents. “Literary Agents Indicating Interest in Representing Romance:” http://www.karenafox.com/agentlist.htm
- Screenwriter Agents. Hank Marlowe. WritetoReel.com. “Screenwriter Agents, Producers, Managers:” http://writetoreel.com/unsolicited-queries-agents-producers-managers-list
How to Find an Agent
Ginny Wiehardt. About.com. “Research Agents:” http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/thebusinessofwriting/tp/researchagents.htm
Joan Y. Edwards. “Take These Steps before You Sign with an Agent:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/take-these-steps-before-you-sign-with-an-agent/
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