“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 hear.
After I wrote the post about 50 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts, I researched agents. I found 22 agents who are looking for your manuscripts.
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.
Thank you to all publishers and agents who accept unsolicited queries and manuscripts from writers. Hurray for you.
Read the agent’s guidelines carefully to make sure they are still accepting unsolicited submissions – queries and manuscripts.
Follow their guidelines.
Updated these October 20, 2021. Please let me know in a comment when a link no longer works. I’ll find another agency to replace it.
Agent for Authors Who Are Already Published – Adult
1. Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, LLC Submission Guidelines
Agents for Screenplay Writers (one accepts books, too)
- Cedar Grove Agency Entertainment http://www.angelfire.com/movies/cedargrove/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
- Irene Goodman Literary Agency Submissions 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.
- Martin Literary Submission Policy
Adult and Children’s Books
7. Books and Such Literary Agency. “Submissions:” http://www.booksandsuch.com/submissions/
8. Curtis Brown LTD, Adult and Children’s books http://www.curtisbrown.com/submissions
9. Donald Maass Literary Agency. “Submissions:” http://maassagency.com/submissions/
10. Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. “Submission Guidelines:” http://ethanellenberg.com/submission-guidelines/
11. Greenburger Associates Check each agent for what they want and the agent’s email for submissions. http://greenburger.com/submissions/
12. The Knight Agency – Knight Agency.net
13, 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.
14. McIntosh and Otis, Inc. “Submissions:” http://mcintoshandotis.com/submissions/
15. Writers House Adult and Children’s Books. Check submission guidelines: http://www.writershouse.com/submissions/
Literary Agents for Children’s Books Only
16. Andrea Brown Literary Agency. “How to Submit:” https://www.andreabrownlit.com/submissionsttp://www.andreabrownlit.com/how-to-submit.html
17. Flannery Literary http://flanneryliterary.com/contact
18. Folio Literary Management. https://www.foliolit.com/submit
19. Sheldon Fogelman Agency. “Submissions:” http://www.sheldonfogelmanagency.com/submissions.htm
20. Stimola Literary Studio, Inc. “Submission Guidelines:” Stimola Literary Studio – Submissions Guidelines
21. Trident Media Group. “Submissions” Trident Media Group – Submissions
22. Wernick & Pratt Agency. “Submissions Policy:” http://www.wernickpratt.com/submissions-policy/
Other Lists of Agents:
Lists of Agents for all books
- Association of Author’s Representatives. “Agents:” https://aalitagents.org/agent-categories/
- 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.
Resources for Screenwriters
I recommend signing up for the Manager’s List for Number 5 and they will send you daily tips for screenwriters.
- Everything Screenwriters Need to Know about Agents, and Managers
- Script Reader Pro Screenwriting Manager’s List PDF https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Screenwriting-Managers-List.pdf
- Script Reader Pro: https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/screenwriting-managers/
- https://scriptreaderpro.ck.page/e2b121df9a sign up for Manager’s List and they also send you an email every day with tips for screenwriting
- 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
- Picture Book Agents: Chuck Sambuchino. Writers Digest. “Picture Book Agents:” Writers Digest – Guide to Literary Agents for Picture Books
- 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
- Guide to Christian Literary Agents
- Guide to Nonfiction Agents
- Romance Agents.” Top 10 Literary Agents for Romance:” http://literaryagentnews.blogspot.com/2007/10/top-10-literary-agents-for-romance.html
- Screenwriter Agents. Hank Marlowe. WritetoReel.com. “Screenwriter Agents, Producers, Managers:” http://writetoreel.com/unsolicited-queries-agents-producers-managers-list
How to Find an Agent
Database of Literary Agencies Lite Rejections.com http://www.litrejections.com/agency-database/#
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://www.joanyedwards.com/2015/07/28/take-these-steps-before-you-sign-with-an-agent/
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