Literary agent alerts are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. Here are 20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing. Updated regularly.
I love sharing the weekly agent alerts, because these are the agents who are the hungriest for finding new writers and projects to represent. That said, I'm taking a week off the literary agent alerts to share this list of our 20 most recent literary agent alerts all in one post.
Let's get into this.
Matt Belford of Tobias Literary Agency
Currently Seeking: Some of my favorite reads include The Summoner, by Gail Z Martin; Kings of the Wyld, by Nicholas Eames; Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse; and Red Rising, by Pierce Brown.
I'm interested in receiving submissions for both graphic memoirs and graphic novels, as well as adult science fiction and fantasy, and some popular nonfiction. I'm not interested in YA.
Maria Rogers of Tobias Literary Agency
Currently Seeking: I'm currently looking for nonfiction that explores big events from new angles, whip-smart cultural criticism, as well as original and urgent journalism and science writing. I'm also on the lookout for books to engage kids in nonfiction topics, from ancient history to contemporary issues. I am not currently considering poetry, picture books, romance, science fiction, or fantasy at this time.
Some books I recently enjoyed include The Unwinding, by George Packer; Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, by Saidiya Hartman; In the Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado; Bottle of Lies, by Katherine Eban; River, by Elisha Cooper; and Pet, by Akwaeke Emezi.
Erin Clyburn of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Currently Seeking: In children's, Erin is looking for nonfiction picture books, high-concept chapter book series, middle grade (especially mysteries, stories with big hearts, and all things creepy), dark YA (horror, thriller, and mystery), graphic novels, high-interest nonfiction, and, across the board, magic realism.
In adult fiction, she is looking for character-driven literary fiction; plot-driven suspense, mysteries, and domestic thrillers; humor; all horror from psychological to gothic to slasher; and multi-generational family sagas.
In adult nonfiction, she is looking for pop science; high-interest nonfiction, particularly stories about fascinating people and issues that haven’t been told before; true crime; cookbooks; and science- or culture-focused memoirs.
Across the board, Erin would love to see character-driven sci-fi, stories set in the South, #ownvoices, and neurodiverse representation.
Erin is not the right person for fiction picture books, romance, Westerns, epic fantasy, political or military thrillers, hard sci-fi, short stories, or stories with a strong focus on religion.
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Megan Manzano of D4EO Literary
Currently Seeking: I'm on the hunt for MG and YA stories across genres, but please no nonfiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, chapter books, or picture books.
I love strong character voice, gray morality, slow burn relationships, geeky characters, and absolutely want to hear from authors from marginalized backgrounds. For more specifics per genre:
- Science Fiction: Give me your end of the world disasters, your post-apocalyptic societies, your stories of survival, stories set in space, time travel, gripping futuristic worlds filled with robots. Give me virtual reality, AIs, and overall chaos.
- Fantasy: Give me a spin on classic fairy tales, magical realism, your everyday societies with a spark of magic, and your gritty urban underground worlds. Got Fae? Yes, please. Got someone overthrowing a magical overlord? Even better.
- Contemporary: Give me some darker contemporary with complex family dynamics or odd jobs or shadows lurking in a forest. I am also massively requesting quiet young adult stories – ie stories with more personal and character driven stakes.
- Romance: I'd absolutely love more diverse romances, best friends to lovers, and stories that make me feel good while reading.
Amaryah Orenstein of GO Literary
Currently Seeking: Thematic interests include but are not limited to: contemporary + historical fiction; family relationship + coming-of-age stories; history + current affairs; social + cultural issues; memoir; food.
In addition to negotiating contracts, Amaryah works closely with each of her clients throughout every step of the publishing process, from concept development through publication and beyond. She takes a particular interest in the editorial process, offering skilled advice and guidance to help clients bring out the best in their writing.
Abigail Frank of Sandford J. Greenburger Associates
Currently Seeking: Her wish list includes:
- big concept and/or offbeat picture books, preferably (but not exclusively) by author/illustrators
- voice-driven chapter books!
- middle grade that is hilarious (think Better Nate Than Ever series), poetic (think The Girl Who Drank the Moon or Other Words for Home), or profound (think Tuck Everlasting)
- swoon-worthy YA rom-coms!!
- stories with a drop of magic or set in the not-so-distant future
- stories that grapple with ideas of masculinity
- select adult titles: cultural criticism and anything that looks closely at healthcare or higher education/campus life (fiction or nonfiction)
- contemporary commercial fiction written for and about people in their 20's.
Heather Carr of The Friederich Agency
Currently Seeking: I'm on the hunt for voice-driven narrative nonfiction that teaches me something new, especially from what I like to call "kooky experts." Think Caitlin Doughty's From Here to Eternity, Sy Montgomery's The Soul of an Octopus, or Kate Cole-Adams' Anesthesia. I'm also interested in long-form journalism, especially as it relates to gender and sexuality.
In fiction, I love literary novels about dysfunctional families and friendships, high-concept commercial fiction with elements of suspense, and anything with a singular voice a la Weike Wang's Chemistry or Jen Beagin's Pretend I'm Dead.
I'm exclusively looking for fiction and nonfiction for adults, so no YA, MG or picture books, please!
Gail Fortune of The Talbot Fortune Agency
Currently Seeking: She is currently looking for upmarket commercial fiction in the following categories: domestic suspense, psychological suspense, thrillers, crime novels, espionage novels, mysteries of all types, historical thrillers, women's fiction, historical fiction with suspense elements. She's a big fan of dual narratives, different time periods and multiple POV. Authors she loves to read include Ruth Ware, Elin Hilderbrand, Kate Morton, Harlan Coben and Fiona Davis.
In nonfiction, she loves food and travel narratives, as well as history titles that would have a commercial readership.
Bibi Lewis of the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Currently Seeking: For children's books, she is interested in picture books and chapter books as well as middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys fiction with well-developed characters and a strong hook. She gravitates towards realistic stories and books with magical realism but not necessarily high fantasy or science fiction. In nonfiction, she enjoys projects that center on women and POC historical figures.
On the adult end, Bibi is most interested in commercial and upmarket women's fiction, contemporary romance, mysteries, and thrillers. In all ages, she is excited to read more projects from marginalized voices.
Rita Rosenkranz of the Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency
Currently Seeking: She represents first-time as well as seasoned authors, and looks for projects that present familiar subjects freshly or lesser-known subjects presented commercially. The agency does not accept submissions for screenplays, poetry, fiction, children’s or YA books.
Representative titles include Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus (Atria Books; essence.com best-seller), Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World (Wiley; James Beard Award winner) by Gil Marks; 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker (Da Capo Press; New York Times bestseller, MS Awareness Award Winner, Books for a Better Life), and A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley, Ph.D. (Tarcher).
Peter Rubie of FinePrint Literary Management
Currently Seeking: Peter's philosophy is broadly that books (both fiction and nonfiction) help us figure out who we were, who we are now, the times we live in, and where we’re possibly going. So he is always looking for writers who can help us understand these things. He represents a broad range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction and is a sucker for great writing. He specializes in children's books, particularly middle grade and YA and in adult books, narrative nonfiction such as the occasional memoir, biographies, history and current affairs, as well as books on business, popular science, spirituality, politics (really hard to sell though), technology, parenting, music, and food. In adult fiction, he does crime novels, thrillers, commercial women’s fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and exceptional literary fiction.
What many people do not know about Peter is that he is also an active jazz musician. In any given week, he can be heard playing guitar around jazz venues in New York City—and occasionally in London. His latest novel is doing the rounds of publishers as you read this . . .
Kat Enright of the Seymour Agency
Currently Seeking: Kat is looking for fresh, new stories, and actively seeking MG and YA of all genres, adult SFF, romance, and select nonfiction.
Kat Enright (she/they) is an Associate Agent at the Seymour Agency, and they represent both fiction and nonfiction. Prior to joining the Seymour Agency, they worked in a variety of departments in publishing, including Sales and Editorial, and they have a keen understanding of the many stages that a book must go through in order to reach bookshelves.
As someone who lives on the corner of many intersections, they are most especially interested in elevating voices of marginalized authors.
Hannah Brattesani of Emma Sweeney Agency
Currently Seeking: I am actively acquiring adult literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction culture and lifestyle books. I have a particular interest in wellness, spirituality, sex and relationships, art, design, film, and the environment.
An unusual story and unique voice is always sure to catch my eye; I'd love to see something dark and literary like Samantha Schweblin's Fever Dream or an author with the deadpan wit of Jen Beagin in my inbox. With poetry, I'm drawn to performative poets who are active in their respective scenes, and work from marginalized voices. I also enjoy ecopoetry.
Across genres, I would love to hear from a writer who has an occupational connection to nature and/or is on the frontline of climate change – surfers, wildland firefighters, farmers, environmentalists.
I am not acquiring YA or MG.
Eric Smith of P.S. Literary
Currently Seeking: Hi! I'm seeking diverse and inclusive Young Adult fiction across all genres (and would love to find some more YA nonfiction!), accessible science fiction and fantasy, literary fiction that does a bit of genre blending (think Station Eleven or The Night Circus), and nonfiction in the realm of essay collections, memoir, pop-culture history, and cookbooks!
If you want to get a sense of my taste, look up some of my recent projects, like Mike Chen’s accessible sci-fi novel Here & Now & Then, Tom Ryan’s latest Young Adult novel Keep This To Yourself, Erica Boyce’s literary novel The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green, and Sam Slaughter’s cocktail book Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum?
Dominic Yarabe of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency
Currently Seeking: While I am willing to look at anything keenly observed and with a cogent pitch, I am currently seeking marginalized voices throughout YA, adult fiction, and nonfiction. In the nonfiction space, I’m drawn towards politics and sustainability.
Dominic Yarabe joined Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency in 2018. As a multiracial second-generation American citizen, she is particularly drawn to characters and stories that traverse the complexities of the immigrant experience. However, she’ll read anything that is keenly observed and transports her outside of her tiny New York apartment.
Keely Boeving of WordServe Literary
What She’s Seeking: Keely represents projects in the both the general and Christian markets. She is actively seeking nonfiction and memoir as well as select adult and MG fiction. She is particularly interested in well-researched nonfiction books in the areas of parenting and family life; health and wellness; the intersection of faith and culture; business (especially books targeting women in the workplace); social justice; and religious studies; as well as projects from diverse and under-represented voices.
For the Christian market, she is seeking books in the areas of Christian Living, spiritual transformation, devotion and worship, and women’s topics including motherhood, relationships and marriage, and calling.
Jevon Bolden of Embolden Media Group
What she is seeking: Jevon is seeking to acquire adult Christian nonfiction in the following categories: Christian living, spiritual growth, personal growth, women’s issues, prayer, faith, select Spirit-filled/charismatic topics, and select topics on race and diversity. Jevon will also consider some devotionals; some children’s books—picture, MG, or YA—Christian or mainstream; and some fiction. Authors must have a well-honed concept and well-established or actively growing platform.
She is not accepting Bible studies or personal testimonies/memoirs at this time.
Joseph Perry of Perry Literary, Inc.
Seeking: Joseph is actively acquiring nonfiction and fiction. Within nonfiction, he has a particular interest in music and sports. Specifically, he’s interested in music books about the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, as well as sports books about football, basketball, baseball, running, and golf. He is also interested in trade and academic books about film; pop culture; biography; politics; current affairs; law; medicine; journalism; history (in particular 20th Century US history and US legal history); business books (biography, history, technology, and economics); cookbooks; food and wine; parenting; philosophy; photography; psychology; science and technology; and social sciences.
Within fiction, he is acquiring literary fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, legal thrillers, and picture books. He does not acquire fantasy, science fiction, romance, and middle grade or YA fiction.
Melissa Richeson of the Apokedak Literary Agency
What She’s Seeking: In picture books, Melissa appreciates stories with funny characters or heartfelt themes, ones that make her laugh or cry. Well-done rhymes will always catch her eye, and she finds nonfiction stories about little-known subjects fascinating.
In middle grade, she loves to see magic, humor, and a sense of imagination. A great hook and quick pacing are keys to her heart.
In young adult, she’s typically drawn to contemporary and historical, but fantasy intrigues her sometimes as well. Subtle wit and intelligent wordplay make for a fabulous read, in Melissa’s opinion, but she’s not a fit for horror, paranormal, or graphic violence.
Marlo Berliner of The Jennifer de Chiara Literary Agency
What I’m Seeking:Middle Grade and Young Adult: I am interested in all genres of MG and YA fiction, with particular emphasis on adventure, psychological thriller, suspense, mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, speculative, and romance. I enjoy magic, magical realism, unusual settings, pirates, dark elements, gothic tone, secrets or secretive characters, treasure hunts, and unreliable narrators. Also, if you can take a story or intellectual property (in TV or books) that is popular with the adult crowd and give me it’s MG or YA version, then I will give it a look because I believe these types of stories may have strong potential for the market. Stories told by #ownvoices, and stories with diverse characters of all kinds, including neuro-diverse and LGBTQIA+ are all welcomed. I am also open to coming-of-age stories set in college that walk the line between upper YA and NA. While I do like contemporary tales, I may not be the best fit for ‘issue’ books where the central conflict revolves primarily around rape/rape-culture, drugs, or illness. I will also consider some select nonfiction projects in MG and YA, particularly if they involve pop-culture or current events.
Adult: I am interested in all genres of Romance, except inspirational, historical and erotic. I am also open to women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, and suspense.
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