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New Agent Alert: Crystal Orazu of Context Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Crystal Orazu of Context Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Crystal’s love for novels first blossomed among the stacks of many Houston public libraries and it has grown stronger ever since. She hopes to represent and uplift authors whose stories allow readers to feel seen and heard in new and exciting ways. 

Crystal Orazu of Context Literary Agency

Crystal Orazu

Learn more at contextlit.com.

Currently Seeking

What moves Crystal above all else is simple, open, and honest writing true to an author's wild imagination or lived experience. Anything that brings equal measures of humor, introspection, or feelings of second-hand embarrassment appeals to her. She loves both sweet meandering stories as well as more fraught and thrilling narratives in both YA and adult fiction. Perspectives that make her question the way that she or others move in the world, as well as her assumptions/opinions of societies and systems (à la Black Mirror), are also welcome in her inbox.

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Crystal is especially partial to narratives centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and neurodivergent persons that include joyful, romantic, or lighthearted elements (#ownvoices that aren’t solely issue driven). Crystal is also looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction that explores interpersonal relationships amongst traditional/chosen family members and friends using either realistic or fantastical elements (especially from a first or second-gen immigrant perspective). Fun sleight of hand/heist/spy narratives like the Gallagher Girls series and darker stories along the lines of Coraline are also very welcome.

How to Submit

Send a short description, short bio, and 5-10 pages of text pasted into the body of the email to querycrystal@contextlit.com. I do not open attachments.

Click here to view their full submission guidelines.

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