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 graphic novels.
All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016 that they are actively seeking graphic novel submissions NOW. Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not. Good luck querying!
1. Tamar Rydzinski (Laura Dail Literary)
How to Submit: Send a query to queries [at] ldlainc [dot] com. Put "Query for Tamar: [Title]" in the subject line. In the query, include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable. (If you are a debut author, do not worry.) After your query letter, paste the first 5-10 pages of your novel into the body of the e-mail. No attachments. Pasting a synopsis is also fine, but not mandatory.
2. Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary)
Notes: "I would love some MG/YA graphic novels, or even just graphic artists who are interested in collaborating on a graphic novel with another author."
How to Submit: Please query Veronica Park by e-mailing 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 e-mail. For bonus points, include links to your social media profiles in your e-mail signature, and a brief description of your writing career goals.
3. Gordon Warnock (Fuse Literary)
Notes: Interested in all types of graphic novels and books -- adult, young adult, middle grade, graphic memoir, and graphic nonfiction.
How to Submit: Please query via email at querygordon [@] fuseliterary.com. Please paste in the first chapter below your query. Unsolicited attachments and links will not be opened.
4. Anjali Singh (Ayesha Pande Literary)
Notes: Seeks graphic novels for any age, but the book would need to have the narrative depth to be published on a mainstream list.
How to Submit: Query via the agency's online form.
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5. Bernadette Baker-Baughman (Victoria Sanders & Associates)
Notes: Considers all categories in the graphic novel genre.
How to Submit: Send a query letter with a detailed description of the work, along with any sample artwork. Queries should be pasted into the body of the message to queriesvsa [@] gmail.com. Only accepts queries via e-mail.
6. Dara Hyde (Hill Nadell Literary)
Notes: "I do take on a limited amount of graphic novels and memoirs in the adult and YA categories. I'm looking for unique properties with a strong visual and storytelling style that would have appeal to a wide range of readers, including those new to the genre. I prefer that the artist/writer team is already assembled or that the creator is both, and want to see a fully realized pitch with sample script pages and art, or even better a completed project."
How to Submit: Send your query letter and opening pages to queries [@] hillnadell.com. For security purposes, please do not include any attachments unless specifically requested. Please copy and paste the first five to ten pages in the body of the email below your query letter.
7. Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency)
How to Submit: Send a query letter, 3 sample chapters, and a brief synopsis through the online submissions form.
8. Sam Hiyate (The Rights Factory)
How to Submit: Send queries to sam [@] therightsfactory.com.
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