New Literary Agent Alert: Alexander Slater of Trident Media Group

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Alexander Slater of Trident Media Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.




About Alexander: Alexander Slater graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2007.  He began his career in publishing that year with the Maria Carvainis Agency, first as an intern, and then as an assistant.  He has been with Trident Media Group since 2010, where he started as the assistant to both agents Kimberly Whalen and Scott Miller.  Moving on from there, he spent two years representing the entire agency’s children’s, middle grade, and Young Adult titles in the Foreign Market, attending  the books fairs in Bologna, London, and Frankfurt.  He is now building his list domestically at Trident, while keeping his focus on these areas.  As a Foreign Rights Agent, he sold international rights for authors such as R.J. Palacio, Louis Sachar, Jessica Sorensen, L.J. Smith, Rebecca Donovan, and many others. Follow him on Twitter: @abuckslater.

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He is seeking: Alexander is interested in children’s, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction, from new and established authors.  As he says, “I’m looking for projects that will rise above the rest…characters you’ll remember well past childhood…books that translate well to film because within them contain incredible stories, not because they’re the latest trend.”  He particularly loves authors like Frank Portman, Jim Shepard, Jenny Han, and Rainbow Rowell.

How to submit: Send a query letter, pasted in the body of the email, to aslater [at] Your query should include only a paragraph about yourself, a brief plot pitch, and your contact information. Please do not send a manuscript or proposal until you have been requested to do so.

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2 thoughts on “New Literary Agent Alert: Alexander Slater of Trident Media Group

  1. Chuck Sambuchino Post author

    I have seen no evidence that Trident is doing anything unusual or wrong. They are a large and generally well respected agency. All agencies charge a commission fee, which is 15% of your earnings. Yes, you still may be getting your wires crossed between Trident Media Group and Trident Media Co., which is not a recommended company. I don’t list any agencies that charge upfront reading fees of any kind. All is well.

  2. kbrigan

    Doesn’t Trident Media Group charge a “commission” fee? (I’m not talking about the “Trident Media Company,” which is a vanity press.) If Trident Media GROUP is a fee-charging “agency,” shouldn’t you call this out in the article. In fact, why don’t you describe all fee-charging groups something other than “agents?”


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