Publish date:

New Agent Alert: Isabel Kaufman of Fox Literary

Literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Isabel Kaufman of Fox Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Isabel Kaufman began her publishing career as an intern with Fox Literary in 2012, while studying the history of stories and storytelling at New York University. After completing a master's degree in literature at the University of Edinburgh, she worked for several years as a freelance writer and editor and as a brand consultant in the luxury travel and lifestyle sector. 

(20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing.)

She is thrilled to return to the business of agenting and her first and lifelong love: developing new voices and building the scaffolding of enduring literary careers. Follow her on Twitter @isabeljka.

Isabel Kaufman

Isabel Kaufman

Currently Seeking

Isabel is actively looking to build her list in fantasy and science fiction, adult literary fiction, upmarket horror, historical fiction, contemporary commercial fiction, and young adult literature. She is looking for smart, inventive, ambitious storytelling and welcomes speculative elements across all genres. She is also interested in creative nonfiction and microhistories, particularly related to the fields of travel, food, and luxury goods.

(Who is your target reader?)

Her taste is varied, but she is consistently drawn to dynamic prose and vibrant, specific character voice, particularly from historically underrepresented and marginalized authors. She appreciates purposeful conversations with genre staples, new retellings of old myths and fairytales, and fresh perspectives on "archaic" genres (such as noir, gothic, and classical revenge tragedy). She has a degree in Shakespeare and Jacobean revenge tragedy and is willing to get bloody!

Recent books she has loved include The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel; Severance, by Ling Ma; the Locked Tomb trilogy, by Tamsyn Muir; The Idiot, by Elif Batuman; Luster, by Raven Leilani; Sadie, by Courtney Summers; Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon; Plain Bad Heroines, by Emily Danforth; Raybearer, by Jordan Ifueko; If I Had Your Face, by Frances Cha; One Last Stop, by Casey McQuiston; Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi; and everything by Helen Oyeyemi and Megan Abbott. Her favorite nonfiction includes Priestdaddy, by Patricia Lockwood; Secondhand Time, by Svetlana Alexievich; and The Emperor of Scent, by Luca Turin.

How to Submit

Please send submissions to


Writing the Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel

Do you daydream about distant worlds and mythical creatures? If so, take this six-week workshop and transform your ideas into creative science fiction and fantasy novels. You'll discover the essential elements of fictional worlds, how to write a science fiction novel with intriguing characters and plot, and write up to 2,500 words for your science fiction or fantasy story.

Click to continue.

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Author and writing instructor Laura Davis discusses the process of starting, stopping, and starting again with her new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars.

From Our Readers

Which Writer or Work Made You Think About Point of View in a Different Way and Why?: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers question: Which writer or work made you think about point of view in a different way and why? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

The kind of research you do can make or break your story's authenticity. Author Blake Sanz offers 4 tips on research for your novels and stories beyond getting the facts right.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: Annual Writing Competition Early-Bird Deadline, Seven WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce the Annual Writing Competition early-bird deadline, seven WDU courses starting this week, and more!

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

Small but mighty, picture books help raise children into lifelong readers. Children's book author Diana Murray offers 3 big tips for writing a picture book like a pro.

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

Lessons in writing can come from various forms of art or entertainment. Author Alverne Ball shares 5 things he learned about writing from watching soap operas.

From Script

Writing from an Intimate Point of View and Adding Essential Elements to Solidify Your Screenplay (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, TV writer Kate Sargeant shares a first-hand look on her new digital series that was a life-changing experience. Plus an interview with filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, a new installment from ‘Ask the Coach’ and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice but Never Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice (but Never Writing)

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is to collect writing advice at the expense of actually writing.

The Benefits of a Book Coach for Writers

The Benefits of Having a Book Coach for Writers

What is a book coach? How could they help authors? Award-winning author and writing instructor Mark Spencer answers these questions and more in this post about the benefits of having a book coach for writers.