7 Literary Agents Seeking Thrillers NOW

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Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I'm creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016.

This list is for thrillers.

All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016 that they are actively seeking historical romance submissions NOW. Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not. Good luck querying!

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1. Carrie Pestritto (Prospect Agency)

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Notes: "I am looking for thrillers, but am looking for more high-concept thrillers aimed at a female audience rather than police procedurals, etc."

How to Submit: Upload submission through online submissions page. Do not query by mail or email. Include a synopsis and query letter with your email and contact information at the beginning of the manuscript body (3 chapters or first 30 pages).

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2. Bernadette Baker Baughman (Victoria Sanders & Associates)

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How to Submit: Send a query letter with the first three chapters (or about 25 pages) pasted into the body of the message to queriesvsa [@] gmail.com. Only accepts queries via e-mail. Query letters should describe the project and the author in the body of a single, one-page e-mail that does not contain any attached files.

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3. Kimberly Brower (Brower Literary and Management)

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Notes: She seeks mysteries and thrillers for both adult and YA.

How to Submit: Kimberly is currently closed to unsolicited queries.

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4. Michelle Brower (Kuhn Projects)

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Notes: "Sub categories I'm looking for are psychological suspense, literary suspense, thrillers with an international bent, and suspense with a touch of the supernatural (but only a touch). Nothing that involves the CIA or terrorism or evil corporations."

How to Submit: Submit queries through the agency online form.

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5. Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary)

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Notes: "I'm mostly interested in thrillers with a strong romantic element and/or modern political angle. (Female MCs a plus; not a huge fan of Jason Bourne.)"

How to Submit: Please query Veronica Park by emailing query [@] corvisieroagency.com and putting "Attn: Veronica Park - Query - [BOOK TITLE]" in the subject line. She prefers to see your query letter, synopsis and 15-20 page sample pasted into the body of the email. For bonus points, include links to your social media profiles in your email signature, and a brief description of your writing career goals.

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6. Jessica Papin (Dystel & Goderich)

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Notes: She seeks dark, twisty literary thrillers

How to Submit: Query by email to jpapin [@] dystel.com. Paster cover letter in the body of the email. Include a synopsis, outline, sample chapter (one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) either below the cover letter or attached as a separate document. We won’t open attachments if they come with a blank email.

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7. Victoria Lowes Cappello (The Bent Agency)

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Notes: She seeks crime fiction and atmospheric, haunting domestic thrillers

How to Submit: Send queries to cappelloqueries [@] thebentagency.com. Tell Victoria briefly who you are, about your book, and why you're the one to write it. Include the title of your project in the subject line of your email. Then paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email (not as an attachment, please).

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BONUS: Mitch Hoffman (Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency)

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How to Submit: Please submit a one page query letter via e-mail. Please do not send attachments. However a first chapter pasted into the body of an e-mail query is acceptable. Send queries to queryhoffman [@] aaronpriest.com.

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BONUS 2: Evan Gregory (Ethan Eilenberg)

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How to Submit: Query by email only to agent [@] ethanellenberg.com. Paste all materials into the body of the email in the order mentioned below: a brief query letter, a synopsis (1-2 pages long), the first 50 pages (approximately) of your manuscript. No attachments.

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