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 steampunk.
All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016 that they are actively seeking steampunk submissions NOW. Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not. Good luck querying!
1. Lydia Moëd (The Rights Factory)
Notes: "I'm open to adult and YA submissions. I like my steampunk heavy on the punk, and I'm mostly looking for steampunk set in places other than Britain or a Britain-analogue."
How to Submit: Send queries to lydia [@] therightsfactory.com.
2. Cate Hart (Corvisiero Agency)
Notes: "Currently I am interested in finding adult steampunk, but I am open to YA and MG as well. I am always open to diverse characters from diverse authors and welcome more unique settings outside of Victorian London."
How to Submit: Cate prefers you attach your 1-2 page synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript as a separate Word doc. Send queries to cate [@] corvisieroagency.com.
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3. Shira Hoffman (McIntosh & Otis, Inc.)
Notes: "I’m only looking for adult steampunk and maybe an occasional YA. No MG."
How to Submit: Send queries SHquery [@] mcintoshandotis.com. Please send a query letter, synopsis, author bio, and the first three consecutive chapters (no more than 30 pages) of your novel. No attachments.
4. Jen Hunt (Booker Albert Literary Agency)
Notes: Picture books, YA, and adult steampunk.
How to Submit: Send your queries to query [@] thebookeralbertagency.com. Include the first 10 pages of your manuscript copy/pasted into the body of an email (no attachments, unless requested). In the subject line: please be sure to include “Query for Jen: [Title]." Also include genre and word count and your name and contact information. If you have publishing credits, please give us relevant information: name of the book/anthology/story, publisher, publication date, sales info.
5. Sara Megibow (KT Literary)
Notes: Middle grade, young adult, romance, science fiction and fantasy. The novel can be epic, urban, historical, paranormal, contemporary, etc—steampunk in any sub-genre is welcome. "I’m looking for queries for novels that are 100% complete and never previously published. As an example of steampunk that I love, I represent Stefan Bachmann whose THE PECULIAR is an internationally bestselling steampunk fantasy for middle grade."
How to Submit: Send a query letter (2-3 paragraph description of the book that reads like the back cover of a novel) plus the first 3 pages of their book (in the body of the email) to saraquery [@] ktliterary.com.
Bonus #6. Lane Heymont (The Tobias Agency)
How to submit: To query, type “Query - The Title of your Manuscript” in the subject line, then please paste the first five pages of your manuscript into the body of the e-mail to query [@] thetobiasagency.com.
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