New Literary Agent Alert: Jennifer Azantian of the Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency

UPDATE: As of December 2013, Jennifer has moved from SDLA to
her own agency, the Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency. You
can find updated submission guidelines below


Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Jennifer Azantian of the Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency –formerly of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.



About Jennifer: Jennifer Azantian assists Sandra Dijkstra and Elise Capron, and manages incoming submissions for SDLA. At the University of California, San Diego, she studied clinical and developmental child psychology, and graduated cum laude in 2010. After graduation, she spent a wonderful summer interning at the Dijkstra Agency before joining full-time in fall of 2011. In early 2014, in conjunction with the Paul Levine Literary Agency, she formed her own agency, Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency.

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Beyond university, Jennifer is a published author of several short stories and brings to the agency her passion for literature born of a writer’s heart. Her personal tastes run toward all flavors of the fantastic. She believes that it is against the backdrop of fantasy and science-fiction that basic human truths can be best examined, magnified, and delighted in. She is now acquiring projects and welcomes all submissions that match her interests.

She is seeking: She is actively acquiring only science fiction and fantasy (including all of their subgenres) as well as smart, psychological horror for middle grade, young adult, and new adult.

She is not seeking picture books.

(How long should you wait before following up with an agent?)

How to contact: Send your query, 1-2 page synopsis, and first 10-15 pages in the body of your email to queries [at] Messages sent with attachments will not be opened. If you have not received a reply within 6 weeks, feel free to follow up. If you are sending your work exclusively to her, put the word EXCLUSIVE in the subject line. If you work was requested by her or referred by a client, put REQUESTED or REFERRED in the subject line, respectively.


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One thought on “New Literary Agent Alert: Jennifer Azantian of the Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency

  1. Carolyn_in_Virginia

    I am curious about new agents and how much support they receive from their bosses. How do new agents make industry contacts? How do they get to know publishers and editors, etc? Or is it like in real estate where new agents are almost self-employed, just working under the banner of the agency? Are new literary agents pretty much on their own as far as making contacts and generating business or does the agency work as a team, sharing contacts with publishers and such.

    I guess it comes down to the question of what are the real benefits of a new agent for the writer? I appreciate any insight into this you can give me.


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