Note: Agent Margaret Bail was formerly with Andrea Hurst Literary when
this post was composed. She is now with Inklings Literary. See her updated
contact info below.
Reminder: New literary agents are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. This spotlight is for agent Margaret Bail of Inklings Literary.
About Margaret: Margaret Bail, literary agent at Inklings Literary (formerly with Andrea Hurst & Associates), has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. With years of experience editing everything from medical documents to manuscripts, as well as teaching university-level English and writing, she looks forward to working closely with new and established authors to help develop their voice and craft. Her lifelong love of stories and storytelling has her looking for books that transport her into the heart of the story, so much so that she’ll forget where she is and lose track of time while she reads.
She is seeking: In fiction, romance (all subgenres EXCEPT Christian or inspirational), science fiction (preferably soft SF rather than hard SF, including dystopian and post-apocalyptic), mystery, thrillers/action adventure, historical fiction, Westerns, and fantasy (not a big fan of classic ‘sword and sorcery’ or anything with unpronounceable names).
“Fiction genres I am NOT interested in: steampunk, Christian/religious literature, chick lit, women’s fiction, literary, poetry, screenplays.”
In Nonfiction: Memoir with an interesting or unique hook, cookbooks with a strong platform, and true crime.
How to contact: e-mail query(at)inklingsliterary(dot)com. Type “Query (Agent Name)” in the subject line, then please send the following in the body of the email: your query, a bio (if you have publishing credits), a brief synopsis, and the first 10 pages of your ms.
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