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Literary Agents Indicating Interest in Representing Romance

Last Updated on July 16, 2015

NOTE:  A listing on this site should not be considered a recommendation of an agency.  Be sure to check with other authors, RWA, Beware by SFWA, Bewares, Recommendations and Background Check, Preditors and Editors before signing with any agent.

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Abrams Artists Agency#

275 7th Ave
26th Floor
NY, NY 10001
(646) 486-4600

Maura Teitelbaum

Primarily a talent agency with a literary agency on the side.  Looking for very polished, well written, women’s fiction or thrillers. Authors who have some writing background, either in journalism, a well read blog, etc.  Send Maura an email query.

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The Ahearn Agency#

2021 Pine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-8395
Fax (504) 866-6434
Email: Pahearn@aol.com

Pamela G. Ahearn

This agency handles general adult fiction, specializing in women's fiction and suspense. They do not deal with any nonfiction, poetry, juvenile material or science fiction.

Send a one-page query letter describing the type of book and word count with an SASE.  List previous publications, awards, etc.  Accepts short electronic queries with no attachments.


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 Alive Communications Inc.

7680 Goddard Street, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Andrea Heinecke
S. Rickly Christian*
Lisa Jackson
Bryan Normal

Alive Communications works primarily with well-established, best-selling, and career authors. While their clients write in a variety of genres, each writes from a Christian perspective.  On rare occasions, they accept new clients at the start of their careers, generally from referrals of current clients. 

Alive Literary Agency is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time. However, they will consider book proposals from authors who are personally referred by clients or close contacts of Alive.

Authors referred by an Alive client or close contact are invited to send queries to Submissions@aliveliterary.com.


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Linda Allen Literary Agency

1949 Green Street, Suite 5
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 921-6437
(415) 921-3733
Email: linda@lallenlitagency.com

Linda Allen*
Amy Kossow

Not taking on new clients at this time.

Handles commercial fiction, literary, women's fiction, romance, historical, mystery/suspense, thriller, young adult.

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AMB Literary Management

104 Fulton Ave
Toronto, ON
Canada M4K 1X8
(416) 324-8845
Fax (416) 324-8870
Email: ambliterarymanagement@rogers.com

Amy Moore-Benson
Twitter @amblit

Looking for literary fiction, romance, women’s fiction, suspense/thrillers.

Send a one-page query letter detailing the book and the author’s background. If emailing the query, please no attachments. Also please let her know if it’s a multiple submission.

Website is not up.

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Marcia Amsterdam Agency

41 West 82nd Street, Suite 9A
New York NY 10024--5613 
(212) 873 4945 

Marcia Amsterdam 

Specializes in mainstream fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, humor, young adult, TV and film scripts. No poetry, books for the 8-10 age group or how-to. No unsolicited mss.

Query with letter, synopsis, three chapters and an SASE.  No unsolicited manuscripts.

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The Axelrod Agency#

55 Main Street
P.O. Box 357
Chatham, NY 12037
(518) 392-2100
fax (518) 392-2944
Email: steve@axelrodagency.com

Steven Axelrod*

Send a query letter via letter or email.  Expect response in 2-3 months.

Currently looking for new or established authors in all genres.


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Baror International

P.O. Box 868
Armonk, NY 10504-0868

Heather Baror

A literary agency primarily engaged in the sale of British and translation rights for other companies.  They currently have a full client list and are taking on very few authors.

They represent commercial fiction, literary titles, science fiction, fantasy, young adult and more.

Submit your work for consideration by post or email to heather@barorint.com.


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Loretta Barrett Books, Inc.

220 East 23rd Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 242 3420
Fax (212) 807 9579
Email: lbarbooks@aol.com

Loretta Barrett*, President
Nick Mullendore, Vice President and Director of Foreign Rights
Jennifer Didik, Junior Agent

Loretta Barrett Books, Inc. represents a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction for general audiences. Their fiction ranges from commercial thrillers, mysteries, romantic suspense mainstream women’s and men’s fiction and more literary works, and their nonfiction encompasses genres such as history, biography, popular science and psychology, spirituality and religion, health and nutrition, women’s issues, narrative nonfiction, memoir, humor, sports, politics and current affairs, true crime, etc. They do not handle cookbooks, gardening books, children’s books, science fiction and fantasy novels, and historical romance.

To query via email send submissions to Query@lorettabarrettbooks.com.  No attachments accepted.  Snail mail queries accepted.  No fax queries.


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 Benrey Literary Agency

P.O Box 12721
New Bern, NC 28561

Janet Benrey

Benrey Literary Agency represents commercial fiction for adults, including most genres except science fiction, fantasy, and erotica. They’re especially interested in romance, historical, suspense, mystery, and women’s fiction. They don’t represent children’s fiction and they rarely represent young adult books. They don’t market short stories, screenplays, scripts, or poetry.

They are currently not accepting new clients.

They can not respond to unsolicited queries and proposals. They do accept submissions from authors recommended by current agency clients, and from authors they meet at writers conferences.

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The Bent Agency

19 West 21st, #201
New York, NY 10010

The Bent Agency / London
21 Melliss Avenue
Kew, Richmond TW9 4BQ

Jenny Bent* (blog)
Heather Flaherty
Louise Fury
Molly Ker Hawn*
Victoria Lowes*

Beth Phelan*

Jenny Bent represents literary and commercial adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction. She also represents nonfiction in the areas of memoir, humor and select narrative nonfiction.  In adult fiction, she particularly enjoys women's fiction and crime/suspense. She also loves novels—for grown-ups or children—that have an element of magic or fantasy to them or that take her into a strange and new world, whether real or imaginary.

Heather represents children's, middle grade, and young adult fiction and non-fiction, as well as select new adult fiction, and pop-culture or humorous non-fiction.

Louise is currently closed to unsolicited materials.  Louise represents young adult, middle grade, new adult, commercial fiction including romance, and select nonfiction.

Molly is looking for young adult and middle grade that's inventive, well-crafted, and rich with emotion, whether contemporary, historical, fantasy, sf, thriller, romance, or mystery.

Victoria is looking for children's, middle grade, and young adult fiction and non-fiction, as well as select new adult fiction, and pop-culture or humorous non-fiction.

Beth represents authors who write young adult fiction, romance, select commercial and literary adult fiction, and nonfiction by way of lifestyle, cooking/food writing, humor, pop culture, LGBT and pets/animals.

Email your chosen agent and tell her 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). If you're submitting a picture book, please include the complete text; for illustrations, please also include a link to your website if available, or two or three PDFs or JPEGs of your work.

Send queries to the specific agent above.  They only accept email queries.  Do not simultaneously query agents. 


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Meredith Bernstein Agency#

2095 Broadway, Suite 505
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-1007
fax (212) 799-1145

Meredith Bernstein*

Send a query letter only with an SASE.  No email.

Open to all genres.

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Bleeker Street Associates

532 LaGuardia Place #617
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-4492
Fax: (212) 388-0001

Agnes Birnbaum*

Represents Inspiration, Romance, Science, Technology, Self-help, True crime, Women's literature, and Young adult.

Query with SASE.  No email queries accepted.

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Blue Ridge Literary Agency

133 Marvin Place
Lynchburg, VA 24503

Dawn Dowdle

They represent mystery, cozy mystery, thriller, urban fantasy, romance (no erotica), sci-fi, women's, general, historical, Christian, young adult, middle grades, and young readers.  They do not accept poetry, scripts, short stories, children's picture books, or screenplays at this time.

AT THIS TIME they are mostly acquiring Romances and Mysteries. Will consider Suspense and Thrillers.

Please send an e-mail to query@blueridgeagency.com  to send your Synopsis and 1st 3 chapters (double-spaced)  as Word attachments.  No manuscripts via email.


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Book Cents Literary Agency#

364 Patteson Drive, #228
Morgantown, WV 26505
Email: cw@bookcentsliteraryagency.com

Christine Witthohn*

Send your query and first five pages via their website form.

Looking for Romance - Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense, RomComs, Multicultural, YA, Middle Grade, Mystery/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Outstanding Literary Fiction


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BookEnds L.L.C.#

136 Long Hill Road
Gillette, NJ 07933
(908) 604-2652
Email: editor@bookends-inc.com

Jessica Faust*
Kim Lionetti*
Jessica Alvarez*
Moe Ferrara
Beth Campbell

BookEnds accepts and looks for queries from both published and unpublished writers. In fiction they represent all areas of romance, young adult, mystery, steampunk, science fiction and fantasy, new adult, and women's fiction. In nonfiction they represent titles in the following areas: current affairs, reference, business, parenting, pop culture, and general nonfiction.

BookEnds does not represent children's picture books, short fiction, poetry, screenplays, or techno-thrillers.

Jessica Faust is open to all submissions in mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological thrillers, historical mystery, cozies, romantic suspense, YA thrillers, and anything with a strong female protagonist. She's also looking for contemporary YA, sports-themed romance, and women's fiction. All other genres are accepted by referral only.

Kim Lionetti is open to all submissions in historical and contemporary romance, women's fiction, cozy mysteries, and contemporary new adult fiction and young adult fiction.

Jessica Alvarez is looking for romance (but no paranormal at this time, please), romantic suspense, female-focused erotica, and women's fiction.

Moe Ferrara is interested in fiction for adults, young adults, and the middle-grade reader. She's particularly looking for all subsets of science fiction and fantasy, contemporary or historical romance, and LGBTQ romance.

Beth Campbell is accepting submissions in urban fantasy, science fiction, YA (no middle grade), suspense, romantic suspense, and mystery. She is particularly interested in stories with diverse characters across all the above genres.


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Books and Such Literary Agency#

52 Mission Circle, Suite 122
PMB 170
Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5370

Janet Kobobel Grant*
Wendy Lawton
Rachel Kent
Mary Keeley
Rachelle Gardner

Books & Such will accept e-mail queries for the following genres:
Adult fiction and nonfiction, Teen and young adult fiction and nonfiction, Twenty-to-thirtysomething fiction and nonfiction, Middle grade fiction and nonfiction).

Send a one page query to representation@booksandsuch.biz. No attachments.  They do not accept unsolicited phone or postal mail queries.


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Bradford Literary Agency#

5694 Mission Center Road #347
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 521-1201

Laura Bradford*
Natalie Lakosil

They acquire Fiction: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy,women’s fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, literary fiction (to Monica Odom), mystery, thrillers, children’s (picture book and middle grade to Natalie Lakosil only) and young adult (please read bios for specific interests).  They do not accept poetry, screenplays, short stories, westerns, horror, new age, religion.

Laura is currently seeking work in the following genres: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers and young adult as well as some select non-fiction.  Laura is not looking for: Picture books, chapter books, middle grade, inspirational novels, poetry or screenplays

Natalie's specialties are children’s literature (from picture book through teen and New Adult), romance (contemporary and historical), cozy mystery/crime, upmarket women’s/general fiction and select children’s nonfiction. Her interests include historical, multi-cultural, magical realism, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, middle grade with heart, and short, quirky or character-driven picture books.  Natalie is not looking for: Inspirational novels, memoir, romantic suspense, adult thrillers, poetry, screenplays.

They accept email queries only.  Please email a query letter to queries@bradfordlit.com along with the first chapter of your manuscript and a synopsis.  Your entire submission must appear in the body of the email and not as an attachment.


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Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.#

1501 Broadway, Suite 2310
New York, NY 10036
(212) 840-5760
Fax: (212) 840-5776

Marianne Merola*
Emma Patterson*

Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. represents fiction and non-fiction for the general trade market. They work with literary and commercial fiction, mystery/thriller, memoir, narrative non-fiction, journalism, history, current affairs, books on health, science, popular culture, lifestyle, and art history, and children’s books.

They do not handle screenplays or textbooks.

Marianne handles writers of compelling fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

Emma represents fiction ranging from dark, literary novels and story collections to upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction (with special interest in the 19th and 20th centuries), narrative non-fiction that includes pop culture, memoir, journalism, and history, and young adult fiction and non-fiction along similar lines.

They accept queries by email and regular mail; however, they cannot guarantee a response to emailed queries. Address queries to the specific Brandt & Hochman agent whom you would like to consider your work.


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Brown Literary Agency#

410 7th Street Northwest
Naples, FL 34120
(239) 455-7190
E-mail: broagent@aol.com

Roberta M. Brown*

At this time Brown Literary represents a select group of authors and are not reviewing new material in any genre.

Their areas of expertise include: Women’s Fiction, Single Title Romance (paranormal, urban fantasy, romantic suspense, contemporary, historical, inspirational, multicultural, steampunk), as well as Category Romance. We also represent Young Adult novels, Mystery Cozies, and the occasional Thriller.

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Browne & Miller Literary Associates#

410 South Michigan Ave, Suite 460
Chicago, IL 60605

Danielle Egan-Miller*, President
Joanna MacKenzie*, Agent
Abby Saul, Associate Agent

Browne & Miller is most interested in literary/commercial fiction/women's fiction, women's historical fiction, literary-leaning crime fiction, romance, and Amish fiction. They are also interested in time travel stories; Christian/inspirational fiction by established authors; literary and commercial Young Adult fiction; a broad array of non-fiction by nationally-recognized, platformed author/experts. They do not represent children's picture books, horror or sci-fi novels, short stories, poetry, original screenplays, articles, or software.

Joanna is looking for exciting new voices in women’s fiction, thriller, new adult, and young adult genres.

Abby is looking for great and engrossing writing, no matter what the genre.

Authors seeking representation can direct their queries to mail@browneandmiller.com. Please include your query in the body of your email as they will not open attachments.


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Curtis Brown Ltd*

10 Astor Place
New York, NY 10003
fax 212-598-0917

Laura Blake Peterson
Maureen A. Walters*
Ginger Clark*
Katherine Fausset*
Kerry D'Agostino*
Steve Kasdin*

Curtis Brown Ltd represents adult and children’s authors of all genres, including illustrators.

Laura represents a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and books for children, including memoir and biography, natural history, literary fiction, mystery, suspense, women’s fiction, health and fitness, children’s and young adult, faith issues and popular culture. Email her directly at lbp@cbltd.com, and attach the first 50 pages of your project for her review. Please include “lbpquery” in the subject line of your email.

Maureen works primarily in women’s fiction and nonfiction projects on subjects as eclectic as parenting & child care, popular psychology, inspirational/motivational volumes as well as a few medical/nutritional books. To submit please send your query and contact information to mw@cbltd.com.

Kerry is interested in a wide range of literary and commercial fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction and memoir. Please email query letters to kd@cbltd.com, along with a synopsis and three sample chapters.

Ginger represents science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, literary horror, and young adult and middle grade fiction.  She prefers email queries to gc@cbltd.com.

Katherine is actively seeking, literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, memoir, journalism, popular science and narrative nonfiction. Please email query letters to her at kf@cbltd.com. For fiction, please feel free to include your complete manuscript, and for non-fiction please include your full proposal.

Steve is seeking commercial fiction, including Mysteries/Thrillers, Romantic Suspense (emphasis on the suspense), and Historical Fiction); Narrative Nonfiction, including Biography, History and Current Affairs; and Young Adult Fiction, particularly if it has adult crossover appeal. He is NOT interested in SF/Fantasy, Memoirs, Vampires and writers trying to capitalize on trends. Please send a query letter about what makes your book unique, a 1-3 page plot synopsis, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history, if you have one), and the first 40-50 pages of your manuscript as an attachment to the email to skasdin@cbltd.com.


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Maria Carvainis Agency Inc. #

Rockefeller Center
1270 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 2320
New York, NY 10020
(212) 245-6365
Fax: (212) 245-7196
Email: mca@mariacarvainisagency.com

Maria Carvainis*
Martha Guzman*
Elizabeth Copps*

Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc. represents a wide range of fiction and non-fiction with special interest in literary and mainstream fiction, mystery and suspense, thrillers, historicals, contemporary women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade, memoir, biography, history, business, psychology, pop culture and popular science.

The agency does not represent screenplays, children’s picture books, science fiction, or poetry.

If you would like to query the agency, please send a query letter, a synopsis of the work, two sample chapters, and note any writing credentials. They accept electronic queries at mca@mariacarvainisagency.com and snail mail. All files must be Word or PDF.


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Jane Chelius Literary Agency#

548 Second Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 498-0236
Fax: (718) 832-7335

Jane Chelius*

The agency handles popular and literary fiction, mystery, and women’s literature, and eclectic nonfiction.

E-mail queries to queries@janechelius.com; enclose one-page synopsis and first 10 pages of work in body of the e-mail.

Not taking new clients at this time.

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Linda Chester Literary Agency #

630 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10111
(212) 218-3350

Linda Chester*

Please note that they have a full client list and are only considering a few new clients a year. If you are interested in representation, please send a personalized query letter including a short biography citing your prior publishing credits, your media experience, and an overview or the first 5 pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to submissions@lindachester.com. Query emails sent to personal agency addresses will not be reviewed.


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Don Congdon Associates, Inc.

110 William St. Suite 2202
New York, NY 10038
fax 212-727-2688

Katie Grimm*
Katie Kotchman*
Maura Kye-Casella*


Currently accepting queries from new and established authors via regular mail and email. A query letter consists of a one-page description or synopsis of your work and your relevant background information. You may also include the first chapter. They do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

For queries via email, you must include the word “Query” and the agent’s full name in your subject heading. Please also include your query and sample chapter in the body of the email, as they do not open attachments for security reasons.

Katie Grimm focuses on vivid literary fiction, transportive historical fiction, up-market women’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, graphic novels, and lurid mysteries & thrillers with faraway or historical settings. In young adult, she is actively seeking both contemporary and fantastical high-concepts rooted in history that have a touch of romance. In middle grade, she looks for novels with a timeless quality and a strange twist. For non-fiction, she is looking for memoirs that reveal greater social issues, narratives about dark times in human history, popular/weird science, and off-beat topics explored through an academic lens.

Katie Kotchman is  interested in up-market women’s fiction, young adult, mystery, thriller/suspense, and literary fiction. In non-fiction, she specializes in business, narrative non-fiction, and pop culture.

Maura represents writers of narrative non-fiction, cookbooks, women's fiction, young adult, self-help and parenting and is seeking literary works, women's fiction, horror, thrillers, multicultural voices, and any well-written novels with quirky characters and/or unique plots and settings. She's especially interested in works for both the young adult and middle grade markets.


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Cornerstone Literary Agency

4525 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 208
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(323) 930-6039
fax (323) 930-6047
Email:  info@cornerstoneliterary.com

Helen Breitwieser*

Submissions should consist of a one-page query letter detailing the book as well as the qualifications of the author. For fiction, submissions may also include the first ten pages of the novel or one short story from a collection.

Their primary areas of interest include literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. They do not consider business, how-to, photography books, poetry, screenplays, self-help or Westerns.

Queries can be sent to info@cornerstoneliterary.com.

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The Corvisiero Literary Agency

275 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(646) 942-8396
Fax: (646) 217-3758

Maria Corvisiero
Saritza Hernandez
Dorreen MacDonald
Cate Hart
Samantha Bremekamp
Jane Pleyto
Veronica Park

The Corvisiero Literary Agency accepts queries from both established and emerging authors.

They accept electronic queries only. Please DO NOT mail them your work. Address your Query to a specific Agent, using the phrase "Query for [Agent Name]: [Name of Submission]" in the Subject Line. Each agent has difference preferences on what they like to so so check their profiles. Email your query to query@corvisieroagency.com.

Please only submit one project at a time. If your query is rejected, you may then submit a query for another project. A rejection from one agent is a rejection from all. Please do not query another agent unless expressly invited. Please note that none of our Agents represent Screenplays, Poetry or Novellas (except for Romance).

For Adults, New Adults, and Young Adults, Marisa will consider Contemporary Romance, Thrillers, Adventure, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, or any combination thereof.

Saritza represents both new and established authors and is currently looking for strong erotic romance in the following sub-genres: Intercultural romance, BDSM erotica/erotic romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy romance, Steampunk & Cyberpunk romance, Historical romance (emphasis on Ancient Egypt, Caribbean/MesoAmerican), Paranormal romance, M/M, F/F, GLBT-themed erotic romance, erotica & general fiction, GLBT themed YA

Doreen is currently closed to submissions.  When available, she is open to any genre, fiction and non-fiction. She especially enjoys mysteries and thrillers, biographies and memoirs, fantasy and the paranormal, and American history 1770-1800.

Cate's favorite genre is historical, whether it’s Middle Grade or YA, Adult Romance or something even spicier. The time periods she loves most are Elizabethan England, the American and French Revolutions, the Victorian Era and the Gilded Age. She loves Scottish and French History. If it’s steampunk, clockpunk, or candlepunk she wants it.

Samantha loves reading Children’s (sweet and funny), MG (Looking for diverse graphic novels and comics), YA (Veronica Mars-esque meets X Files, maybe?), NA (strong voices, simple original plots that blend with today's world), and adult fiction (sports romance, cowboys, spanning the world a la Amazing Race but with spies!). She is open to most genres within those age groups, but prefers action adventure (think indiana jones meets Veronica Mars) speculative fiction, mystery (Miss Marple meets La Femme Nikita, and quirky romance (Romancing the Stone meets Bridget Jones).

Jana is new to the agenting front and is currently building her client list. She is seeking mainly a good thriller, crime, horror, or women’s fiction and New Adult.

Veronica represents YA/NA (anything with a unique voice, but especially Contemporary), Adult (Thrillers, Romance, and Romantic Suspense) and Humorous Non-Fiction.


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Crichton & Associates, Inc.#

6940 Carroll Avenue, Floor 2
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 495-9663
Fax (202) 318-0050
Email: cricht1@aol.com

Sha-Shana N. L. Crichton, Esq.

They represent fiction (Romance--all types especially Gothic, Historical, Multicultural, Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction) and non-fiction works from authors who are experts in their field.  They do not represent children’s books, YA, poetry, science fiction or screenplays.

Send your query via email to query@crichton-associates.com. In the subject line of the email, please indicate whether your project is fiction or non-fiction. Please do not send attachments. Your query letter should include a description of the project and your biography.


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Richard Curtis Associates, Inc.#

171 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 772-7363
fax (212) 772-7393
Email: rcurtis@curtisagency.com

Richard Curtis

With the exception of nationally published professional authors, they are not accepting romance queries at this time.

Highly recommended by P&E.

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7 Indian Valley Road
Weston, CT 06883
Fax 203-544-7160

Bob Diforio
Mandy Hubbard

Represents single-title romance, women's fiction, literary fiction, commercial fiction, thrillers / mysteries / crime, horrors, fantasy /sci-fi / paranormal fiction (each of all types), memoirs.

Bob prefers to see recommendations from clients and writers with previously published works.

Mandy wants romance--contemporary, new adult, and historical. In contemporary and NA, the sexier the better! Please, no paranormal romance or urban fantasy for adults.

Email submissions only. Put "Query: Book Title" in the subject line of the email. Paste the first five pages of your novel below your query. No attachments

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Liza Dawson Associates

350 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2003
New York, NY 10001
(212) 465-9071
Fax: (212) 947-0460

Lisa Dawson*
Caitlin Blasdell

Caitie Flum

Liza specializes in: Smart, plot-driven bestselling fiction. Page-turning thrillers that teach you about spycraft, foreign intrigue or an unusual career. Mysteries – featuring brainy detectives. Women's fiction for book clubs. Breakout historical novels and romances. Fresh young adult fiction.   She prefers only a query letter first.

Caitlin specializes in: quality commercial fiction including science fiction & fantasy (adult, young adult, and middle grade), urban fantasy, historical, mysteries, thrillers, and women's fiction. Send only a query letter via email.

Caitie specializes in commercial and upmarket fiction, including historical fiction, women's fiction, romance, and mysteries (adult, young adult). She is also looking for contemporary young adult projects with diverse characters. She is probably not the right agent for science fiction or fantasy. She prefers only a query via email.


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Jennifer De Chiara Agency

31 East 32nd Street, Suite 300
New York, NY 10016
Fax: 212.481.9582

Vicki Selvaggio

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency is a New York City-based full-service literary agency founded in 2001 and named one of the top 25 literary agencies in the country by Writer’s Digest. The agency represents children’s literature for all ages – picture books and middle-grade and young adult novels – but also represents high-quality adult fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of genres. JDLA is proud to represent illustrators, as well as screenwriters for both television and film, including Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writers and illustrators.

Currently looking for lyrical picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, new adult, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, adult fiction but find she's especially drawn to Middle Grade and Young Adult. She especially loves thrillers and all elements of weird, creepy stuff.

Email a query to vselvaggio@windstream.net and put "Query" in the subject line of your email. For queries regarding children's and adult fiction, please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.

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Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

PMB 515
1155 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92104-2605
Fax 858-794-2822

Jessica Watterson

Jessica is currently building her list and is most interested in all genres of romance. She greatly enjoys romance novels with strong characters that jump right off the page and a plot that stays with the reader long after the book has finished. She is also interested in select women's fiction and young adult fiction. Please note that Jessica is specifically not interested in: children's books, middle grade, cookbooks, poetry, short stories, screenplays, self-help, or religious/spiritual books.

Send a query letter, a 1-page synopsis, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), and the first 10-15 pages of your manuscript via email.


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Jane Dowary Literary Agency

9B Little Street
Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Julia Sarah Levin

Handles General fiction, Romantic fiction, Adventure, Action, Horror, Thriller, Chick Lit, Detective, Mystery, Literary, and all age range works for children.

Queries accepted only by email. "Query" should be in the subject line of the email. Include the first sample chapter with a full synopsis, state the category of the work (I.e - children, romance, science fiction, fantasy, adventure, horror, thriller, mystery, literary, chick lit), state whether or not the manuscript is complete. Julia only considers complete manuscripts. Julia does not consider multiple/simultaneous submissions.

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Dystel & Goderich#

1 Union Square West, Suite 904
New York, NY 10003
212 627 9100
Fax: 212 627 9313

Miriam Goderich
Michael Bourret*
Jim McCarthy*
Lauren E. Abramo
Michael Hoogland
Sharon Pelletier

Miriam’s areas of interest include: literary and commercial fiction as well as some genre fiction, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, psychology, history, science, art, business books, and biography/memoir.

Michael B. is currently looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, commercial adult fiction, and all sorts of nonfiction, from practical to narrative. He’s especially interested in food and cocktail related books, memoir, popular history, politics, religion (though not spirituality), popular science, and current events. And if you’ve got something on bourbon or tennis, even better. Michael is now only accepting queries via email.

Jim is particularly interested in literary women’s fiction, underrepresented voices, mysteries, romance, paranormal fiction, and anything unusual or unexpected. In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative nonfiction, memoir, and paranormal nonfiction.

Lauren has interests that include humorous middle grade, contemporary YA, and adult fiction including contemporary romance; smart, funny contemporary fiction; and well-paced literary fiction with a unique voice.

Michael H. is currently looking for thrillers (especially domestic), sci-fi/fantasy, YA, and upmarket women’s fiction, as well as a wide range of narrative nonfiction.

Sharon is interested in smart commercial fiction, from upmarket women’s fiction to domestic suspense to literary thrillers, and also would love to see more strong contemporary romance novels.

They prefer email queries, so make sure your cover letter is in the body of the email. Synopses, outlines or sample chapters (say, one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) should either be included below the cover letter or attached as a separate document.


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Einstein Literary Agency

27 West 20th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 221-8797

Susanna Einstein*

Einstein Literary Management is a full-service independent literary agency based in New York City's Flatiron District. They represent a broad range of literary and commercial fiction, including upmarket women's fiction, crime fiction, historical fiction, romance, and books for middle-grade children and young adults.

Please submit a query letter and the first ten double-spaced pages of your manuscript in the body of the email (no attachments) to submissions@einsteinliterary.com.  They do not accept or respond to queries by physical mail or phone.


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Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency#

548 Broadway, #5E
New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-4554
Fax: (212) 941-4652

Ethan Ellenberg*
Bibi Lewis, Associate Agent

The agency represents a broad array of fiction and non-fiction, and is currently seeking clients. They’re interested in all kinds of commercial fiction, including thrillers, mysteries, children’s, romance, women’s fiction, ethnic, science fiction, fantasy and general fiction.

They accept unsolicited manuscripts and seriously consider all submissions, including those from first time writers. They also consider submissions for works that are self-published or previously published through other small or non-traditional outlets, though they ask that you follow our normal submission guidelines when sending submissions for these works. 

They DO NOT represent poetry, short stories or screenplays.

Bibi is actively acquiring clients in young adult and women’s fiction.

Please send submissions to agent@ethanellenberg.com to the attention of Ethan Ellenberg.  Snail mail submissions are welcome as well but do follow guidelines.

Also handles Agent Sponsored Publishing.


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Elaine P. English PLLC#

4710 41st Street, NW, Suite D
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 362-5190
Fax: (202) 362-5192

Elaine English*

This firm acts as a literary agent for exceptional authors of commercial fiction. They represent authors of romance, women's fiction, and cozy mysteries.

The agency is not recruiting new authors in any genre at this time. They are closed to submissions.


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Ferguson Literary Agency #

5500 W. 133rd Terrace, #821
Overland Park, KS 66209

Cheryl Ferguson

Looking for Romance, to include, historical, Regency-set historical, contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense and multicultural. In mainstream fiction they acquire multicultural, women’s, commercial, thriller and historical fiction; as well as Chick Lit and Mommy Lit.

They accept email queries only.  Send all queries to: Submissions@FergusonLiteraryAgency.com. In the subject line type ”query” and the title of the manuscript. Example: Query/Manuscript Title. The submission will consist of a query letter, a detailed synopsis and the first 10 pages of the manuscript cut and pasted into the body of the e-mail. Any submissions with attachments (including picture attachments) will be deleted.


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Fineprint Literary Management #

115 West 29th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001

Stephany Evans*, President
Penny Moore

Send a query letter with a synopsis of your book, your bio and include the FIRST two chapters or so (no more than 30 pages) embedded in the body of your email — DO NOT SEND AN ATTACHMENT WITHOUT INVITATION.

Stephany represents a range of women’s fiction, from literary to romance, including mystery, historical, and romantic suspense, and the occasional novel not aimed at women. She is looking for fine, accomplished writing, whether the work is by a first time or established author.

Penny Moore represents middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. She’s especially keen on YA fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi, and contemporary stories exploring romance and the complications of growing up. As for adult fiction, her tastes lean towards upmarket, speculative fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, psychological thrillers, and select romance projects including New Adult.


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Folio Literary Management#

630 9th Avenue, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10036
(212) 400-1494
Fax (212) 967-0977

Michelle Brower*
Erin Niumata
Claudia Cross*

Folio Lit is aggressively seeking upmarket adult fiction that’s appropriate for book club discussion; literary fiction and commercial fiction that features fresh voices and/or memorable characters.

Please do not submit simultaneously to more than one agent at Folio. Must have a completed novel before querying. They only accept email queries.

Michelle is interested in fiction that pays equal attention to both the voice and the story, and I’m particularly drawn to thrillers and literary mysteries, quirky women’s fiction, “book club” fiction that brings a tear to the eye and a thrill to the heart, books with a fantastic/paranormal element that reach beyond genre fiction, and literary fiction that pops off the page. She is also selectively representing edgy YA with the same qualities.  She is not looking for genre romance, cozy mysteries, westerns, hard science fiction or fantasy. She also do not represent children’s picture books, plays, or screenplays.  Submit to her via this form.

Claudia represents romance novels, commercial women’s fiction, cooking and food writing. She is not looking for traditional fantasy or science fiction. Submit queries to claudia@foliolitmanagement.com. Please include the query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript or proposal in the body of the email. Please be sure to write QUERY in the subject line.

Erin represents mysteries, psychological thrillers, and commercial women’s fiction. She is looking for commercial women’s fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, psychological thrillers, suspense, humor. I love sassy Southern and/or British heroines. She does not want poetry, short story collections, business, travel memoirs, middle grade, or picture books. She is accepting queries starting June 1, 2015 until September 1, 2015. Please email erin@foliolit.com


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Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

59 West 71st Street, Suite 9B
New York, NY 10023
(212) 362-9277

Jessica Sinsheimer*
Katherine Sands

They are looking for sophisticated mainstream and literary fiction with a distinctive voice. They are also looking for edgy Young Adult fiction.

Email your query letter (in the body of the email–no attachments, please) to Submissions@SarahJaneFreymann.com. Below your query, please paste the first ten pages of your work.


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Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency

Rebecca Friedman
Kimberly Brower
Rachel Marks

Rebecca is interested in commercial and literary fiction with a focus on literary novels of suspense, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult, as well as journalistic non-fiction and memoir.

Queries for Rebecca Friedman must include a brief query letter and your first chapter (pasted into the email, not to exceed fifteen double-spaced pages) and should be emailed to brandie@rfliterary.com.

Kimberly is interested in both commercial and literary fiction, with an emphasis in contemporary romance, women’s fiction, mysteries/thrillers, young adult, as well as certain areas of narrative non-fiction.

Queries for Kimberly Brower must include a brief query letter, a full summary (this should summarize the entire book), and your first chapter (pasted into the email, double spaced). Please submit to Kimberly@rfliterary.com.

Rachel is interested in young adult, science fiction, fantasy, new adult and romance.

Queries for Rachel Marks must include a brief query letter and your first chapter (pasted into the email, not to exceed fifteen double-spaced pages) and may be sent to Rachel@rfliterary.com.

Please note that your ‘brief query letter’ should not exceed 1 page.


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The Friedrich Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10010

The Friedrich Agency represents a small list of beloved writers, mainly in the categories of literary and commercial fiction for adults and young adults, as well as narrative non-fiction and memoir.

They no longer accept queries (or printed books) in hard copy, email only. Please use the body of the message to present your work (no attachments), and please do not attach your manuscript unless they request it.


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Fuse Literary
(formerly Foreward Literary)

Laurie McLean
Michelle Richter
Emily Keyes
Jennifer Chen Tran

For manuscript submissions, please contact the agent directly using the guidelines on the Team FUSE page.

Laurie is only accepting referral inquiries and submissions from writers she meets at conferences or requests via online events. Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense, horror, etc.) plus middle-grade and young adult children’s books. She does not handle non-fiction, or commercial, literary or women’s fiction, nor does she handle children’s picture books or graphic novels.

Michelle is primarily seeking fiction, specifically book club reads, literary fiction, and smart women’s commercial fiction, thrillers and mysteries (amateur sleuth, police procedurals and smart cozies). Send your query letter, a 1-2 page plot synopsis, and the first twenty pages of your manuscript to querymichelle@fuseliterary.com.

Emily is looking for a select list of commercial fiction which includes fantasy & science fiction, women’s fiction, new adult fiction, along with pop culture and humor titles. She is not looking for poetry, short stories, picture books or anything that is “publishable” and not amazing.  Send a query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript (pasted into the body of an email) to queryemily@fuseliterary.com. No attachments.

Jennifer is seeking literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, contemporary romance, mature Young Adult, New Adult, suspense/ thriller and select graphic novels (both adult, YA or MG).  Send the first twenty pages (copy and pasted into e-mail, no attachments) and a query letter. Electronic submissions only to queryjennifer@fuseliterary.com

Also handles Short Fuse Publishing.

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Gandolfo, Helin & Fountain Literary Managementtrong

Renee C. Fountain

Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management is a full-service literary and dramatic rights agency with a presence in Los Angeles, New York, Louisville, and Vancouver, Canada. They manage the development, publishing, producing, and licensing of client property including commercial fiction, non-fiction, personal memoirs, original teleplays, and screenplays.

They are open to all genres except poetry, high fantasy, and erotica. Please address all queries to: submissions@ghliterary.com. Write in the subject line of your email the AGENT NAME you are querying, TITLE of MANUSCRIPT, and AUTHOR NAME.  Please only submit to one agent at a time.

Renee is looking for all types of adult and YA fiction and non-fiction. She prefers: thrillers, horror/dark fantasy, urban/contemporary fantasy, pop-culture, memoirs, and narrative/commercial.  Not Looking For: Children’s Picture books/Middle Grade, short story collections, religious, biological/terrorist /political thrillers or poetry.


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Irene Goodman Literary Agency#

27 W. 24 Street, Suite 700B
New York, New York 10010

Irene Goodman*
Miriam Kriss
Barbara Poelle
Rachel Ekstrom

They are always looking for the finest in commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction, including mysteries, romance, women's fiction, thrillers, and suspense. They do not represent poetry, inspirational fiction, screenplays, or children’s picture books.

Irene is particularly interested in upmarket women's fiction, middle grade and young adult fiction, historical fiction, and family-driven thrillers.

Miriam is passionate about modern urban fantasy, young adult fiction, romance, and all other types of commercial fiction.

Barbara is looking for high octane thrillers, edgy mysteries, literary and upmarket fiction and YA.

Rachel is looking for upmarket and commercial fiction in the following categories: women's fiction, young adult, new adult, mysteries & thrillers, romance, and is open to well-written narrative nonfiction.

Email a query letter and the first ten pages, along with a synopsis (3-5 paragraphs) and bio, in the body of an email to the agent of your choice. THEY DO NOT ACCEPT SNAIL MAIL QUERIES.


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Ashley Grayson Literary Agency#

1342 W. 18th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732-4010

Carolyn Grayson
Lois Winston


The agency is temporarily closed to queries from writers who are not published at book length (self published or print-on-demand do not count). There are only three exceptions to this policy: (1) Unpublished authors who have received an offer from a reputable publisher, who need an agent before beginning contract negotiations; (2) Authors who are recommended by a published author, editor or agent who has read the work in question; (3) Authors whom they have met at conferences and from whom they have requested submissions.

Carolyn represents C Women's fiction, romance, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, mysteries, thrillers, children's books, non-fiction

Lois Winston accepts women's fiction, romance, chick-lit, mysteries.

If you meet above criteria, send a query via email.  No attachments.

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Sanford J. Greenburger Associates Inc.

55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 206-5600

Courtney Miller-Callihan
Rachael Dillon Fried

The agency does not represent screenplays.

Query the agent who best represents your interests.

Courtney is currently seeking women’s fiction, romance, and historical novels, as well as nonfiction projects on unusual topics, humor, pop culture, and lifestyle books.  Email her a brief synopsis (no more than five pages) and the first three chapters of your manuscript with your query.

Rachael is growing her client list with both fiction and non-fiction authors, with a keen interest in unique literary voices, women’s fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, and comedy. Email her your query letter at rfried@sjga.com.


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Greyhaus Literary Agency#

3021 20th ST. PL SW
Puyallup, WA 98373
Email:  scott@greyhausagency.com

Scott Eagan, agent

GREYHAUS LITERARY AGENCY WILL BE CLOSED TO NEW SUBMISSIONS FROM JUNE 1, 2015, throughout the summer. The agency will continue to review requested material from prior requests, summer contests and summer conferences.

Greyhaus is a small agency focusing only on Romance and Women's Fiction.  They do not represent Fantasy, Single Title Inspirational, YA or Middle Grade, Picture Books, Memoirs, Biographies, Erotica, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Screenplays, Poetry, Authors interested in only e-publishing or self-publishing.

Looking for Harlequin lines.  See guidelines.


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Jill Grosjean Literary Agency

1390 Millstone Road
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(631) 725-7419
Fax (631) 725-8632

Jill Grosjean*

Currently looking for mysteries, literary fiction, historical fiction, young adult, women’s fiction, and select non-fiction.

Query with SASE. Email submissions welcome, no downloads or attachments, though. Please, no cold calls.

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Hartline Literary Agenc

123 Queenston Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
(412) 829.2483

Joyce Hart
Jim Hart
Linda Glaz

Hartline Literary agency is one of longest established agencies serving the Christian book community and though they specialize in that market they do work with general interest books as well.

All e-mail submissions sent to Hartline Agents should be sent as a MS Word doc (or in rich text file format from another word processing program ) attached to an e-mail with "submission: title, authors name and word count" in the subject line. A proposal is A SINGLE document, not a collection of files. Place the query letter in the email itself. Do not send the entire proposal in the body of the e-mail or send PDF files.

Joyce accepts romance, historical romance, historical, women's fiction, romantic suspense, suspense/thriller, girlfriend books, humorous fiction. She does not want No poetry, children's, sci fi, fantasy, futuristic, YA. She works primarily with published authors unless you have met at a Writer's conference. Also, she will look at referrals by a client or an editor. Joyce will accept both e-mail and USPS proposals.

Jim is looking for authors who can write unique and engaging fictional suspense, romance, women’s fiction, spiritual warfare, YA, and some sci-fi.

Linda welcomes a great romance, either contemporary, suspense, or historic, you’ll probably make me happy. Please no works that include any graphic sexuality or profanity. Please no children’s.


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Richard Henshaw Group#

145 W. 28th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 414.1172

Richard Henshaw*
Susannah Taylor has retired

Currently looking for Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Literature (Not part of their core business, but an occasional labor of love.), Horror (They are extremely selective owing to the limited market.)  They do not represent children’s books, screenplays, short fiction, poetry, textbooks, scholarly works or coffee-table books. They only consider works between 65,000-150,000 words.

Submit a query letter in the form of an e-mail of fewer than 250 words to submissions@henshaw.com. As of December 1, 2013, they will no longer accept letters or partials at their physical address unless they have agreed in advance to make an exception.


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Hopkins Literary Associates#

2117 Buffalo Road, Suite 327
Rochester, NY 14624

New address??
250 Third Avenue North Suite 600
Minneapolis , Minnesota 55401

Pamela Hopkins*

Pam represents full-length fiction in historical, contemporary, paranormal, chick & mom-lit, inspirational and category romance as well as mainstream fiction.

Does not accept email queries.  Send a query with first 50 pages & SASE.

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Inkwell Management

521 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2600
New York, NY  10175

(212) 922.3500
Fax (212) 922.0535
Email - info@inkwellmanagement.com 

William Callahan
Catherine Drayton
David Forrer
Nathaniel Jacks
Eliza Rothstein
Hannah Schwartz
Monika Woods

Queries should be emailed to submissions@inkwellmanagement.com. In the body of your email, please include a query letter and a short writing sample (1-2 chapters). Emails with large attachments will be discarded. They currently accept submissions in all genres except screenplays.


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International Creative Management #

825 Eighth Avenue, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10019

Tina Wexler

Looking for contemporary, paranormal, erotica romance.

Queries may be sent via e-mail (twexler@icmtalent.com) or via post.

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JABberwocky Literary Agency

49 West 45th Street, 12th Floor North
New York, NY 10036
Fax 917.388.2998

Lisa Rodgers, Junior Agent

 Lisa is closed to unsolicited queries. Check in again later in 2014!

Lisa accepts Science Fiction (space opera, military SF, near- or far-future settings, and/or space battles), Fantasy (epic, contemporary, and dark fantasies), and Romance, as well as YA and Middle Grade.

They only respond to unsolicited queries by mail when they are accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) or, for international queries, an international reply coupon (IRC) if US postage is unavailable. They do not accept queries by phone, or by fax.

Currently e-mail queries must be directed to Eddie Schneider. Unsolicited e-mail queries sent to any other address are considered spam, and will be deleted unread.

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Janklow & Nesbit Associates

445 Park Avenue, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2606
Fax: 212-980-3671

Alexandra Machinist*

Accepts Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Women's Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, and Thrillers/Suspense.  She is specifically looking for literary fiction, literary suspense, up-market women’s fiction, historical fiction, historical romance, narrative nonfiction, and any other novel that will keep her up turning pages all night.  Email: query and first ten pages in the body of the email to amachinist@janklow.com

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Caren Johnson Literary Agency#

132 East 43rd Street, #216
New York, NY 10017

Caren Johnson Estesen

As of May 2011, the agency is closed to submissions indefinitely.

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Justak Literary Services, Inc.#

7648 Candlewood Lane
Indianapolis, IN 46250

Marta Justak
Jill Lawrence

Query with SASE (for response only), synopsis, and two sample chapters. All materials will be recycled, so no SASE is required for manuscripts.

Currently looking for:  romance (contemporary, historical, mystery, chick-lit, paranormal); mystery; detective/police/crime; suspense; commercial fiction; literary fiction

Most of her authors have come through referrals, but she will look at new authors. She's looking for excellent writers who understand plot, characterization, and have an easy, engaging style

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Natasha Kern Literary Agency#

P.O. Box 2908
Portland, OR 97208
Email: NKern@natashakern.com

Natasha Kern

6/09:  Listed as #6 Top Agent for Romance/Women's Fiction by Publisher's Weekly

The Natasha Kern Literary Agency was rated 11th in the list of top 25 literary agencies for new writers by Writer's Digest in its March 2003 issue.

Query via email: queries@natashakern.com or regular mail sent to the agency address.  Send the query letter, synopsis, and sample pages within the body of the email. They do not accept or read unsolicited attachments. Include the word QUERY, and also the title of your project in the email subject line.

Via mail: 

  • A cover (or query) letter that includes an overview of your book, and the following:

    • The genre of your novel (e.g. romantic suspense, women's mainstream, inspirational)

    • An estimated length or word count

    • A one-paragraph bio and any previous publishing or writing credits

    • Contact information, including: address, phone/fax numbers, and email address

  • A 1-2 page synopsis of your book including how your story ends.

  • The first 5-10 pages of your manuscript

Currently looking for contemporary, historical, inspirational and multicultural romances; romantic suspense; women's fiction.


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Harvey Klinger, Inc.#

300 West 55th St, Suive 11V
New York, NY 10019
(212) 644 2020

Harvey Klinger*
Andrea Somberg

They are always interested in considering new clients, both published and unpublished. Bear in mind, they take on only a very small number of new authors in any given year.

Query by letter, first three sample chapters, and synopsis. We do not accept queries via phone or fax. Regular mail is fine, as is e-mail (queries@harveyklinger.com).

Currently looking for contemporary, historical, inspirational and multicultural romances; romantic suspense; women's fiction.


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The Knight Agency#

577 East Avenue
Madison, GA 30650

Email: submissions@knightagency.net

Deidre Knight*
Pamela Harty
Lucienne Diver*
Nephele Tempest
Elaine Spencer
Melissa Jeglinski

6/09:  Pamela Harty listed as #7 Top Agent for Romance/Women's Fiction by Publisher's Weekly
Deidre Knight listed as #9 Top Agent for Romance/Women's Fiction by Publisher's Weekly

They are definitely actively looking for new and published authors at The Knight Agency.  Actively looking for:  romance (all sub-genres, especially keen to find wonderful historical authors and soft contemporary romance), Young Adult/Middle Grade, Commercial Non-fiction (inspirational, true crime, health/wellness, query on others), Contemporary Fiction, Women’s fiction, Erotica, Fantasy, literary-commercial novels

NOTE: they are no longer accepting queries by regular mail, so please email.  To query, please email submissions@knightagency.net.  The submissions coordinator will determine which agent she feels would be best-suited for each individual project or author.

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Elaine Koster Literary Agency LLC

55 Central Park West, Suite 6
New York, NY 10023
(212) 362-9488
Fax (212) 712-0164

Elaine Koster*
Stephanie Lehmann

Elaine Koster passed away on August 12, 2010.

Stephanie is looking for chicklit and momlit, young adult, literary fiction, thrillers, mysteries and narrative nonfiction.  Query with a bio, 1-3 page synopsis, first three chapters and SASE.

KT Literary

9249 S. Broadway, #200-543
Denver, CO 80129

Kate Schafer Testerman*

As of midnight on December 17, 2010, they are currently CLOSED to all queries. THey will reopen on a yet-to-be-determined day in June 2011.  Keep an eye on the KT Literary blog for updates.  Any e-mail queries received after Dec. 17th will be deleted unread. They have not been open to snail mail queries for most of a year. Snail mail queries will be tossed.

Concentrates on middle grade and YA fiction as well as handling some select adult commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction.  Her interests cover a broad range including teen chick lit, urban fantasy and magical realism, adventure stories, and romantic comedies.

To submit to kt literary, please email them at queries@ktliterary.com. Queries should not contain attachments; if you'd like to include two or three pages of your manuscript (at the most), please do so within the body of the email. Attachments will not be read.


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Larsen/Pomada Literary Agents#

1029 Jones Street
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 673-0939
Email: larsenpoma@aol.com

Elizabeth Pomada*
Laurie McLean

Laurie McLean handles romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, mysteries, suspense and western novels. She also represents children's YA and middle grade fiction and non-fiction (NOT picture books or chapter books!) Laurie only accepts submissions via email, so please send the first ten pages and a 1-2 page synopsis in the body of your email to: query@agentsavant.com.  Laurie does not open attachments unless pre-arranged, so please include your text in the body of your email message.  Hint: Saving your submission in .rtf or plain text format eliminates all the weird characters and spacing.  She is closed to submissions during the months of December and January.

Elizabeth Pomada handles literary and commercial fiction, romance, thrillers, mysteries and mainstream women's novels. If you have completed a novel, please send Elizabeth the first ten pages and synopsis with SASE, mailed flat, not folded. Be sure to include your phone number and email address.


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Levine Greenberg Literary Agency#
(formerly James Levine Communications Inc)

307 Seventh Avenue Suite 1906
New York, NY 10001
(212) 337-0934
fax (212) 337-0948
Email: srostan@levinegreenberg.com

Stephanie Kip Rostan*

Query Stephanie by email at srostan@levinegreenberg.com

Stephanie is currently looking for Romance of all kinds – historical, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense – straight suspense, mainstream historicals and general women’s fiction.

Submit online at http://www.levinegreenberg.com/how-to-submit/.

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LJK Literary Management LLC#

708 Third Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Susanna Einstein

This agency has closed.  Agents Susanna Einstein and Emma Thompson formed the Einstein Thompson Agency.  Queries can be sent to submissions@einsteinthompson.com.

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Lindstrom Literary Management LLC

871 N. Greenbrier Street
Arlington, VA  22205

Kristen Lindstrom

Send a query e-mail to submissions@lindstromliterary.com that describes the book, its genre and length, as well as the first three chapters and a synopsis of the manuscript. Include an author biography and publishing history in the e-mail. Paste this information into the body of the e-mail.

Seeking commercial and literary fiction and narrative nonfiction.  In particular, she wants new, talented writers of mysteries, thrillers and women's fiction. 


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Lowenstein Associates#

121 W. 27th St, Ste 601
New York, NY 10001
(212) 206-1630
fax (212) 727-0280

Natanya Wheeler

Effective July 2009, Nancy Yost is leaving Lowenstein-Yost to start up her own agency.

Accepts paper and electronic submissions of both fiction and non-fiction, however it does not represent the following material: horror, westerns, science-fiction, children's books, textbooks and books in need of translation.

Please send a one-page query letter via email, along with the first ten pages pasted in the body of the message (if fiction; for non-fiction, please send only a query letter), by email to assistant@bookhaven.com. Please put the word QUERY and the title of your project in the subject field of your email and address it to the agent of your choice. Please do not send an attachment as the message will be deleted without being read and no reply will be sent.

By mail send a query letter, short synopsis, first chapter and a S.A.S.E (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope).

Natanya is aggressively looking to build her fiction list with strong writers who have original and confident voices. She’s particularly interested in literary fiction that touches on current events or multicultural issues, women’s fiction of all kinds, dark, edgy character-driven thrillers, moody mysteries, young adult and single title graphic novels. She does not handle poetry, horror or science fiction.


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Donald Maass Literary Agency#

121 West 27th Street, Suite 801
New York, NY 10001
Email:  info@maassagency.com

Jennifer Jackson*
Katie Shea

10/2011:  Katie Shea is new to DMLA.  She is looking for commercial, literary, women's fiction and memoirs.

Please submit a one-page query, plus the synopsis and first five pages of the manuscript to info@maassagency.com or via mail with enclosed SASE for reply.

Currently looking for romance with either contemporary or historical settings, including suspense, paranormal, multicultural, and inspirational; also women’s fiction. Additionally, we represent other genres such as mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, and YA.   New authors are welcome.


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MacGregor Literary Agency

2373 N.W. 185th Avenue
Suite 165
Hillsboro, OR 97124-7076

Chip MacGregor*
Sandra Bishop

Handles contemporary and historical romance, Amish stories, romantic suspense, thrillers/crime, inspirational fiction, and women's fiction.

MacGregor Literary works primarily with established authors. At this time they are not looking to add unpublished authors except through referrals from current clients.  Unsolicited manuscripts sent to them will be discarded, even if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included.  Query at submissions@macgregorliterary.com.


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Manus & Associates Literary Agency

425 Sherman Ave, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Fax  650-470-5159

New York Office
445 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Fax  212-644-3374

Email:  manuslit@manuslit.com

Stephanie Lee*

Send query letter with synopsis, first 30 pages, and SASE.  Will accept email and fax queries without attachments.  Expect response in 6 weeks.  Send all manuscript submissions to the California office. 

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Currently looking for new or established authors in romantic fiction--category, long contemporary and historical, romantic suspense and romantic comedy.  No paranormal.


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Denise Marcil Literary Agency #

156 5th Avenue, Suite 625
New York, NY 10010

Denise Marcil*
Maura Kye-Casella*

Send one-page, written query letter with SASE, describing work and writing history.  Do NOT query by fax or email.

Denise Marcil is seeking mainstream historical fiction with female lead characters, preferably based upon real historical figures; paranormals; mainstream suspense with female protagonists, and multicultural fiction including but not limited to Latina fiction and African-American women’s fiction.

Maura Kye-Caella is seeking mainstream thriller/suspense novels, cutting edge paranormals that go above and beyond the current genre, and multicultural novels.


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Marsal Lyon Literary Agency#

PMB 121
665 San Rodolfo Dr. 124
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 492-8009

Kevan Lyon
Jill Marsal

6/09:  Kevan Lyon listed as #5 Top Agent for Romance/Women's Fiction by Publisher's Weekly

For electronic submissions, please send a query letter to query@marsallyonliteraryagency.com and write “QUERY” in the subject line of the email. For hard copy submissions, please send the following: include a cover letter, 1 page synopsis of your work, and the first 10 pages of your manuscript.

Looking for romance (all genres), historical, contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, young adult, other women’s fiction including: commercial, women’s fiction & chick-lit, mainstream, multicultural, mystery, suspense, & thriller.


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Evan Marshall Agency#

Six Tristam Place
Pine Brook, NJ  07058-9445
973) 882.1122
Fax (973) 882.3099

Evan Marshall*

Send query letter with SASE by regular mail only. No e-mail queries accepted.

Currently looking for established authors in search of fresh career management.

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The McCarthy Agency

7 Allen St
Rumson, NJ 07760
(732) 741-3065
Email: McCarthylit@aol.com

Shawna McCarthy*
Nahvae Frost

Queries acceptable via email .

Agency opened in 1999.  Open to all kinds of romance.

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McIntosh & Otis, Inc.#

353 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Fax: 212-687-6894
Email:  info@mcintoshandotis.com

Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein*
Shira Hoffman*
Christa Heschke*

Email is the preferred submission method. Please email agents directly.

All text should be pasted in the body of the email as outlined in the submission guidelines. Emails containing attachments will not be opened and will be automatically deleted due to security reasons.

Represents single title romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, romantic suspense, historical romance and chick-lit.

Elizabeth is looking for literary fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, thriller, mystery/suspense, narrative non-fiction, history, and current affairs.

Shira's primary interests include mainstream commercial fiction, mystery, literary fiction, women’s fiction, romance, urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, horror and dystopian.

Christa is a fan of new adult and young adult novels with a romantic angle, and strong, quirky protagonists. In young and new adult, Christa is especially interested in contemporary fiction, horror and thrillers/mysteries. She’d also like to see any steampunk and fantasy (urban and high), that pushes the boundaries of what's currently on the shelves, perhaps a new take on these genres that has yet to be seen.


Updated 6/26/2014

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Bob Mecoy Literary Agency

66 Grand Street, Suite One
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-1936
Fax (212) 226-1398

Bob Mecoy

Bob accepts mystery, thrillers / suspense, military / espionage, romance, young adult science fiction and fantasy, and graphic novels.

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Updated 6/26/2014

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Mendel Media Group#

115 West 30th Street, Suite 800
New York, NY 10001

Scott Mendel*

Please do not send inquiries by email or fax..  send the first twenty pages and a synopsis by regular post to the address above, along with a detailed letter about your publication history and the history of the project, if it has been submitted previously to publishers or other agents

Looking for Authors of contemporary mainstream women’s fiction, non-category fiction for women readers in their 20s and 30s, and meaty historical novels by experts in their periods. No paranormal, time travel, science fiction or fantasy themes, please, or work that has already been unsuccessfully exposed to the market.


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Martha Millard Literary Agency

420 Central Park West #5H
New York, NY 10025
(212) 662 1030

Martha Millard*

Not able to consider unsolicted queries at this time. Referrals through professional associates.

Well-known in the science fiction and fantasy fields, also specializes in mystery, romance and other genre fiction.

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Maureen Moran Agency#

P.O. Box 20191
Park West Station
New York, NY 10025
(212) 222-3838
fax (212) 531-3464

Maureen Moran

Prefer letter with SASE. If the book and author sound promising, she'll ask to see the complete manuscript or partial with a recently published book. Brief e-mail queries are fine, but no attachments, please.

Currently looking for women's fiction.  No fantasy, science fiction or horror.

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Grace Morgan Literary Agency #

405 East 54th Street, Suite 8E
New York, NY 10022

Grace Morgan

Looking for all forms of mystery, limited romance, fantasy, women’s fiction, and men’s fiction.

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Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

30 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-8400

Kate McKean

Represents literary fiction, contemporary women's fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, mystery, young adult and middle grade fiction, narrative non-fiction, sports related books, food writing, pop culture, and craft. She is not accepting any queries until after September 13, 2010. She is not accepting any epic fantasy, science fiction, or children's picture books.  Does not accept email queries.


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William Morris Agency#

1325 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6026
(212) 586-5100

Mel Berger*

For fiction and non-fiction queries, please send ONLY a cover letter with a synopsis and your publication history, and a self-addressed stamped envelope.  No email queries.

Open to all types of fiction.


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Mortimer Literary Agency#

52645 Paui Rd.
Aguanga, CA 92536
(951) 332-8206

Email: mla@mtpalomar.net

Kelly L. Mortimer

As of February 24, 2009 Kelly Mortimer was listed as the President, CEO and Editorial Director of Underdog Press. This information can be found on the company's "About Us" section of their Web site. http://www.underdogpress.com/

She only represents writers not yet published, or those not pubbed in the last three years at a traditional publishing house. You must have a completed manuscript in order to query.  The agency accepts e-mail queries only at: queries@mortimerliterary.com.  Type ‘Query’ and the title of your manuscript in the subject line. DO NOT send proposals, pages, or a synopsis with your query, please.

Currently looking for Contemporary Romance - Single Title and Category, Historical Romance - Single Title and Category, Mainstream/General Fiction, Paranormal [Dark and Light], Thrillers/Suspense, Young Adult [protagonist is 16 years old and above] [closed to Inspirational YA right now] .


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Nelson Literary Agency#

1732 Wazee Street, Suite 207
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-2805
fax (720) 384.0761

Kristin Nelson*
Sara Megibow

3/13/2012:  At the end of March, Lindsay Mergens is leaving Nelson Literary Agency to pursue freelance opportunities. Joining the agency is Adrienne Sparks, former associate director of marketing at Doubleday.

Please email a short query to determine interest.  Anything longer should be sent via snail mail.  No phone queries.

Looking for commercial fiction (romance, women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, young adult & middle grade) and literary fiction with a commercial bent. They also consider a few nonfiction projects that tend to be story-based, such as memoir and narrative nonfiction.  No inspirational or category.

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Harold Ober Associates

425 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 212-759-9428

Phyllis Westberg*
Craig Tenney*
Pamela Malpas*
Jake Elwell*
Cara Mannion

Phyllis handles Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children. Dramatic Rights

Craig Tenney handles Fiction, Children. Print and Electronic Permissions.

Pamela Malpas handles Fiction, Non-Fiction. Translation.

Jake Elwell handles Fiction, Non-Fiction, Audio.

Cara is looking for mainly YA and adult commercial fiction, including romance (and all its subgenres), historical fiction, women’s fiction, paranormal, science fiction, horror, mysteries and thrillers. Limited interest in nonfiction includes humor and biography. Not Looking For: Fantasy, memoirs, picture books, poetry, self-help books, screenplays and short story collections.

Author submissions are accepted only by postal mail, and must be addressed to a specific agent for consideration. Please enclose a concise cover letter, the first five pages of your manuscript or proposal, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for reply.

They do not handle screenplays or plays.

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Pen & Ink Literary

New York, NY

Anne Bohner
Twitter @PENandINKlit

Looking for commercial women's fiction, romance, YA and popular nonfiction.

Use online form or send query via email to ab@penandinklit.com .


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L. Perkins Agency#

5800 Arlington  Ave.
Riverdale, NY 10471
Phone: (718) 543-5344

Email:  submissions@lperkinsagency.com

Lori Perkins ( not accepting submissions)
Louise Fury
Sandy Lu
Saritza Hernandez (epub agent)

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Please email them a query letter with a brief synopsis, bio and the first five pages from your novel or book proposal in the body of your email.  Attachments will not be opened unless specifically requested. They only accept email queries. They do not accept queries by snail mail or phone. All snail mail queries will be discarded unopened.

Lori Perkins is not currently taking on any new clients.

Louise Fury is seeking well written, teen Sci-Fi and Young Adult horror.  She is also on the hunt for deep, dark contemporary YA and select Middle Grade fiction with a literary feel-- it must be realistic and thought provoking and the characters must be authentic and original.

Louise is a huge adult horror fan, but also loves romance (especially Regency & Victorian) and is looking for steam/cyberpunk.

In nonfiction, please send humor and pop culture manuscripts her way.

Sandy Lu is looking for dark literary and commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, paranormal/urban fantasy, historical fiction, and YA.  In particular, she is looking for historical thrillers or mysteries set in Victorian times and has recently fallen in love with steampunk.

In non-fiction, she is looking for narrative non-fiction, history, biography, pop science, pop psychology, pop culture (music/theatre/film), humor, and food writing. 

She is also actively searching for espionage fiction and non-fiction set in China between the two World Wars.  No romance, high fantasy, children’s picture books, how-to/self-help, parenting, religion/spirituality, and sports. 

Saritza Hernandez represents both new and established authors and is currently looking for strong erotic romance in the following sub-genres:  Paranormal, sci-fi, steampunk, cyberpunk, fantasy, BDSM, historical (emphasis on Ancient Egypt, Caribbean/MesoAmerican), intercultural and all GLBT-themed erotica for the digital marketplace.   Find her submission guidelines on her blog: saritzahernandez.blogspot.com and please send queries to: sh@lperkinsagency.com

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Alicka Pistek Literary Agency, LLC#

302A West 12th St., #124
New York, NY 10014
Email: info@apliterary.com

Alicka Pistek

Now accepting e-mail queries only. Please e-mail your query letter and the first three chapters to: info@apliterary.com. The first three chapters may be sent as an attachment.  They will read and carefully consider all submission but will only respond to those that seem appropriate. Romance submissions will be deemed a special category; please indicate in the subject heading whether your submission is a romance.

Alicka welcomes submissions of literary fiction, plot-driven commercial fiction, especially suspense, thrillers, romance and mysteries and she is interested in high-quality non-fiction, including narrative nonfiction, science, biography, history, travel, and current affairs.


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The Prospect Agency#

285 Fifth Avenue, PMB 445
Brookyn, NY 112
Email: esk@prospectagency.com

Emily Sylvan Kim*
Becca Stumpf
Carrie Pestritto
Linda Random

6/09:  Listed as #8 Top Agent for Romance/Women's Fiction by Publisher's Weekly

Agency specialties are romance, women's fiction, literary fiction, urban fantasy and sci-fi, mysteries and thrillers, young adult/children's literature, and picture book writers and illustrators. They do not accept poetry, textbooks, plays, or screenplays.

In adult fiction, Becca is looking for literary mysteries that chill and charm, fast-paced literary thrillers, character-driven SciFi and Fantasy novels that defy genre stereotypes, and smart, spicy romance novels (contemporary, historical, SciFi/UF/Steampunk). In the YA and Middle-Grade realm, Becca is especially looking for spine-tingling mysteries (historical or contemporary), YA thrillers, and beautifully written fantasy and science fiction. She's also looking for contemporary YA and MG stories that go beyond "boy-meets-girl" and explore a broader view of life and relationships.

Carrie is looking for commercial fiction with a literary twist, upmarket women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery/thrillers for a female audience, YA, and upper middle grade. She is drawn in by relatable characters, unusual premises, or re-imaginings of classical books. She is open to fictions with tinges of romance or fantasy, but is not usually open to books solely in that genre. She is not currently interested in science fiction/fantasy or picture books.

Linda is currently seeking: Adult, middle grade, and young adult fiction across all genres (romance, horror, fantasy, realistic, light sci-fi, and graphic novels). Select literary fiction (preferably with commercial bent) and picture books (both writers and illustrators welcome). Select narrative nonfiction and memoir. Diversity of all types (ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc.). Linda is NOT seeking: Early readers/chapter books, screenplays, poetry, and short stories.

They request a query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis.

Prospect Agency only accepts website submissions. Go to submissions to upload your materials. Please do not send submissions via email or mail. Email submissions will be blocked. Unsolicited paper submissions sent by traditional mail will be recycled.


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Red Sofa Literary

2163 Grand Avenue #2
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-6670

Jennie Goloboy, Associate Literary Agent

Genre Fiction– Science Fiction/Fantasy or Paranormal, especially with a literary flair.
Young Adult and Middle Grade– Fiction, especially Science Fiction/Fantasy

Send an email and/or query letter initially, before attempting to send a full book proposal or sample chapters.  If querying via email, please only put the contents of your query IN the email. They will not open attachments unless they have been requested in advance.  NO PHONE QUERIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.


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The Rosenberg Group#

23 Lincoln Avenue
Marblehead, MA 01945
(781) 990-1341
Fax:  (781) 990-1344

Barbara Collins Rosenberg*

Send one-page query letter with SASE.  No fax or email queries.  Only query one project at a time.  If writing for category, list line you're targeting.   Be sure to include word count.  Expect a response within a week.

Currently looking for category, single title contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, chick-lit, lady-lit and women's fiction.  No inspirational, time-travel, paranormal or futuristics.


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Jane Rotrosen Agency#

318 East 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 593-4330
fax (212) 935-6985
Email: jrotrosen@aol.com

Andrea Cirillo
Annelise Robey
Christina Hogrebe
Meg Ruley
Amy Tannenbaum
Rebecca Scherer

Jane Rotrosen Agency is best known for representing writers of commercial fiction: thrillers, mystery, suspense, women’s fiction, romance, historical novels, mainstream fiction, young adult, etc. They also work with authors of memoirs, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction.

Andrea's list includes bestsellers in suspense and women’s fiction of all sorts.

Meg represents commercial fiction, with strong interest in suspense, mysteries, romance and general fiction.

Annelise likes women’s fiction, suspense, mystery, literary fiction and the occasional non-fiction project.

Christina is currently accepting queries from published and unpublished writers with works in the following categories of commercial fiction: Young Adult, New Adult, Book Club Fiction, Romantic Comedies, Mystery, and Suspense.

Amy enjoys contemporary romance, erotic romance, psychological suspense, and new adult. Amy is particularly interested in those areas, as well as thrillers and women’s fiction that falls into that sweet spot between literary and commercial.

Rebecca is particularly interested in works of women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, romance, and upmarket/literary-leaning fiction.

Please choose the agent you think would best align with you and your work. Simultaneous email submissions will not be considered. Send a query letter that includes a concise description of your work, relevant biographical information, and any relevant publishing history. Also include a brief synopsis and the first three chapters of your novel or proposal for nonfiction.

When querying by email: Paste all text in the body of your email. We will not open email attachments.

When querying by mail: Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for our reply. Mail submissions which do not include a SASE will be recycled without a response.



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Damaris Rowland Agency#

5 Peter Cooper Road, #13 H
New York, NY 10010
(212) 358-9411

Damaris Rowland*

Send query letter with SASE.  Expect response within 8 weeks.

Currently looking for historical romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and general women's fiction.

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Liza Royce Agency LLC

1049 Park Ave
New York, NY 10028

Liza Fleissig

Manuscripts for consideration may be sent to submissions@lizaroyce.com .

Liza loves a good thriller/suspense/mystery that keeps her guessing until the end. She also gravitates to commercial women’s fiction and loves a sarcastic comic voice. On the children’s side, she handles all categories, though is looking mostly for young adult and middle grade.

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Eric W. Ruben, Attorney at Law, PC#

222 Broadway, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Eric W. Ruben

Query by email at eric@rubenlaw.org.  Looking to represent all kinds of romance.


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Susan Schulman Literary Agency

454 West 44th Street
New York NY 10036
(212) 713 1633/4/5
Fax (212) 581 8830
Email: schulmanqueries@yahoo.com

Susan Schulman*
Christine Morin

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Fiction interests include contemporary fiction, including women's, mysteries, historical and thrillers `with a cutting edge'. 

Always looking for `something original and fresh'. No unsolicited mss. Query first, including outline and three sample chapters with IRCs. No attachments.  No reading fee.

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Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc.

276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 708
New York NY 10001

(212) 679-8686
Fax: (212) 679-6710
Email: mailroom@scglit.com

Russell Galen

E-mail queries are strongly preferred, but must not be accompanied by attachments of any kind. If you prefer to mail a hard copy letter, please include your e-mail address so they can reply by e-mail, and don't include a SASE or anything else. Send an unadorned, unaccompanied letter as your first step, whether paper or e-mail.

Open to romance.

Highly Recommended by P&E.


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Lynn Seligman Literary Agency

400 Highland Avenue
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
(973) 783-3631

Lynn Seligman

Query with chapter, synopsis and SASE.

Seeking Detective/Police/Crime, Ethnic, Fantasy, Feminist, Gay/Lesbian, Historical, Horror, Humor/Satire, Literary, Mainstream/Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance (Contemporary, Gothic, Historical, Regency), Science Fiction, Women's Fiction

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Serendipity Literary Agency

305 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Karen Thomas, Senior Agent
Foladé Bell, Associate Agent
Michelle Hardy, Associate Agent

Thomas' main areas of interest are: narrative non-fiction, celebrity, pop culture, memoir, general fiction, women's fiction, romance, mystery, self-help, inspirational, Christian based fiction and non-fiction including Evangelical.

Foladé is actively seeking to represent a broad range of projects. She is particularly drawn to: literary and commercial women’s fiction with a strong sense of story, voice and character; funny and relatable fiction; Daring YA books that showcase a fresh, unique perspective; literary mysteries/thrillers that aren’t formulaic or market saturated, contemporary historical fiction, African-American issues, gay/lesbian, Christian fiction, humor and books that deeply explore other cultures. No subject is out-of-bounds. She loves non-fiction that reads like fiction. Feel free to approach her with ideas adapted from blogs or websites with new views on pop culture.

Hardy is actively seeking to represent a broad range of projects. Most recently, she joined the team  at Serendipity Literary Agency as an agent looking to acquire  non-fiction self help, motivational and empowerment, women's fiction, relationship, pop culture, leadership and non-denominational spiritual titles.  Feel free to contact her in reference to any non fiction subject.

Complete the form on their website to submit your manuscript.  You will need a one page synopsis of the work that details the plot and theme of the story and the first fifty pages or first three chapters of your manuscript.

Serendipity Literary Agency is on Facebook and encourages you to "LIKE" them at www.facebook.com/serendipitylit and stay updated with agency news and interact with them personally there.

Please note that they are no longer accepting snail mail submissions and these will be unopened and discarded.


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The Seymour Agency#

475 Miner St. RD
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-1831
fax (315) 386-1037
Email: marysue@twcny.rr.com

Mary Sue Seymour*
Nicole Resciniti

Send one-to-two page cover letter with SASE.  Email queries are okay.   Expect response in 2-3 weeks.

Currently looking for prescriptive nonfiction written by credentialed authors, other types of nonfiction, women's fiction and romance, Christian and inspirational books.

Mary Sue loves inspirational romance, including Amish and historicla novels.  Nicole is seeking paranormal, suspense, polished sci-fi/fantasy and YA.  Paste first five pages of your novel into the body of your email query.


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Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.

450 Seventh Avenue
Suite 3004
New York, NY 10123
(212) 279-9027
Fax: (212) 279-8863
Email: wendy@wsherman.com

Wendy Sherman*
Kim Perel

Send an e-mail query and the first 10 pages to submissions@wsherman.com or via post to address above.  Only accepts queries via email.  your last name, title, and the name of the agent you are submitting to in the subject line.  For fiction, please include a query letter and your first 10 pages copied and pasted in the body of the email.  They will not open attachments unless they have been requested.  For non-fiction, please include your query letter and author bio.

Currently looking for paranormal, historical and contemporary romance.  No romantic suspense.

They are not looking for includes genre fiction such as mystery, fantasy and science fiction. They do not handle children's books or screenplays.


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Spectrum Literary Agency#

320 Central Park West, Suite 1-D
New York, NY 10025
FAX: (212) 362-4562

Eleanor Wood

Send query letter, brief synopsis, sample chapters and SASE.  No fax, email or telephone queries.  Expect response in 1-2 months.

Currently looking for:  romance (paranormal, romantic suspense, highly original historicals), romantica, fantasy, mystery/thrillers.


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Spencerhill Associates, LTD#

8131 Lakewood Main St. #205
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Karen Solem*
Nalini Akolekar
Amanda Leuck

6/09:  Jennifer Schober listed as #4 Top Agent for Romance/Women's Fiction by Publisher's Weekly
Karen Solem listed as #10 Top Agent for Romance/Women's Fiction by Publisher's Weekly

They are currently considering submissions from published and un-published authors in the following genres: commercial, general-interest fiction, romance including historical romance, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic fiction, category romance, literary fiction, thrillers and mysteries.

Amanda is seeking: strong, character-driven stories, written with an unforgettable voice. She’s looking for literary and commercial YA, new adult fiction, urban fantasy, and romance in all genres, including edgy romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal with a fresh twist.

They accept electronic submissions and are no longer accepting paper queries. Any paper queries they receive will be recycled. Please send a query letter in the body of an email, pitch your project and tell them about yourself: Do you have prior publishing credits? Attach the first three chapters and synopsis preferably in .doc, rtf or txt format to your email. Send all queries to this link: submission@spencerhillassociates.com. They do not have a preference for exclusive submissions, but do appreciate knowing if the submission is simultaneous.


Updated 7/16/2015

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Steele-Perkins Literary Agency#

26 Island Lane
Canandaigua, NY 14424
(716) 396-9290
Fax (716) 396-3579
Email:  pattiesp@aol.com

Pattie Steele-Perkins*

Send query letter, first three chapters, synopsis and SASE or email pattiesp@aol.com with synopsis and query letter.   Include "query" in subject line.  No email attachments.  Expect response in 6 weeks. 

Currently looking for all genres of romance, including category, romantic suspense, inspirational, multicultural, chick-lit, women's stories, historical and mainstream women's fiction.

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Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.#

65 Bleecker St., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 780-6050
fax (212) 780-6095

Claudia Cross*
Marcy Posner

Send query letter and first three chapters.  Expect response within 4 weeks.

Currently looking for category, romantic suspense, historical romance, contemporary women's fiction, inspirational, mystery and thrillers.

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Pam Strickler Author Management#

P.O. Box 16
Accord, NY 12404
Email: pamstrickleragency@gmail.com

Pamela Dean Strickler*

This agency is closed to new queries until after September.

PREFER EMAIL queries, including a one page letter with a brief description of your plot, plus the first ten pages of your novel ALL PASTED IN to the body of the email. Sorry, unknown attachments will not be opened.

Looking for women's fiction, historical fiction and romance of all kinds.  Does not handle Nonfiction, YA/Children's, Picture Books or Screenplays.

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The Stringer Literary Agency, LLC#

P.O. Box 770365
Naples, FL 34107

Marlene Stringer*

Query by e-mail only.  Please send a well-prepared, one-page query including a brief synopsis of your work, relevant publishing history, if any, and contact information.  Include the first five pages within the body of the e-mail.  No attachments, please. Put the title and the word "query" in the subject line.

Represents romance, women's fiction, YA and teen, middle-grade, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, smart horror, suspense, and mystery.


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The Strothman Agency LLC#

197 Eighth Street
Flagship Wharf - 611
Charlestown, MA 02129

Lauren MacLeod (YA only)

They handle young adult and literary fiction.  They do not handle romance, science fiction, picture books or poetry.   

Please do not send entire manuscripts unless requested. They do not accept or respond to queries via fax or telephone.  They accept queries via email at strothmanagency@gmail.com only.  Snail mail queries will be returned unopened.


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Mary M. Tahan, Literary Agency, LLC

PO Box 1015 Cooper Station
New York, NY 10276
Fax 212-714-7795
Email: querymarytahan@earthlink.net

Mary M. Tahan*

For fiction, send synopsis and first ten pages.  Does not accept unsolicited queries.

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The Talbot Fortune Agency

180 E. Prospect Ave. #188
Mamaroneck, New York 10543

E-Mail queries@talbotfortuneagency.com

Gail Fortune
John Talbot*

The agency represents authors of narrative nonfiction, romance, women's fiction, suspense, and literary fiction. They do not handle children's books, westerns, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, or screenplays.

PLEASE QUERY VIA EMAIL ONLY using the email address above. Be sure to include the word "query" in the subject line, and specify whether the query is addressed to John Talbot or Gail Fortune. The query letter should be one page only, with no attachments. An email with links, photos, attachments, or in any way not identifiable as a query letter will be deleted unread. If you have been referred by someone please note this by including the word "referral" in the subject line of your email. Please remember to include your daytime phone number and return email address as well as your physical mailing address. Also remember to include the title of your book and the approximate word count. Note any previous publications you have had, plus any relevant writing experience.


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Talcott Notch Literary Services

2 Broad Street
Second Floor, Suites 1,2 & 10
Milford, CT 06460
fax: 203-876-9517

Gina Panettieri, President
Paula Munier, Senior Literary Agent
Rachael Dugar, Associate Agent
Jessica Negron, Associate Agent
Saba Sulaiman, Junior Agent

Gina likes women's fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, science fiction, historical, mystery, thrillers and suspense.

Paula's specialties include mystery/thriller, SF/fantasy, romance, YA, memoir, humor, pop culture, health & wellness, cooking, self-help, pop psych, New Age, inspirational, technology, science, and writing.

Rachael works with young adult, middle grade, romance, and women’s fiction.

Jessica wants commercial fiction, sci fi and fantasy (and all the little sub genres), psychological thrillers (fewer Navy SEALS and more Gillian Flynn), cozy mysteries, romance, and erotic romance. Plus all genres of YA.

Saba is interested in Adult: up-market literary and commercial fiction, romance (all subgenres except paranormal), character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries, and memoir; Young Adult:/New Adult: all subgenres except paranormal and sci-fi.; Middle Grade: think Roald Dahl.

Query letters should be one to two pages long and can be accompanied by the first ten pages of your manuscript. They strongly prefer email queries and can reply faster to email. Email queries should be addressed to the specific agent you are interested in considering your work.

From Preditors & Editors:  9/17/07: some reports of slowness have been received. 1/18/09: a writer reports not hearing from the agent for months.


Updated 7/16/2015

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Patricia Teal Literary Agency#

2036 Vista Del Rosa
Fullerton, CA 92831-1336
(714) 738-8333

Patricia Teal*

Send query letter with SASE.  Expect response within 10 days.

Currently looking for category fiction, especially women’s fiction by established authors only.

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Three Seas Literary Agency#

3 Seas Literary Agency
P.O. Box 8571
Madison, WI 53708
(608) 834-9317

Michelle Grajkowski*
Cori Deyoe
Linda Scalissi

Please email your first chapter and synopsis to queries@threeseaslit.com with the subject line of QUERY.  Email queries sent to any other address will not be read. They no longer are accepting snail mail submissions.

Their agency specializes in romance, women’s fiction and children’s books. They are currently looking for fantastic authors with a voice of their own. More specifically, they love any type of romance (historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal, chick lit, inspirationals and fantasy) and young adult and middle grade fiction. They also represent mysteries, thrillers and select nonfiction titles.

They currently are not accepting poetry or screenplays.


Updated 6/30/2015

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Charles Tolbert, Esq

Literary Representation
New York Office
244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200
New York, NY 10001
(212) 769-7980
Fax (212)679-2310

New Jersey Office
115 Franklin Turnpike, No. 259
Mahwah, NJ 07430
(201) 962-2940
(201) 828-5819


The Law Offices of Charles Tolbert is at the moment not accepting queries or manuscripts due to current publishing and film development projects.

Promotes fiction and non-fiction to publishing companies, magazine and motion pictures.  Send a query letter with an overview of your material and a concise biography to an address above.  Include your name, address, email and phone number with your letter and an SASE.

Recommended by Preditors and Editors

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TriadaUS Literary Agency

PO Box 561
Sewickley, PA 15143
(412) 401-3376

Dr. Uwe Stender*  (P&E is impressed with this agent.)
Laura Crockett
Brent Taylor
Mallory C. Brown

Dr. Uwe Stender is interested in all kinds of commercial fiction, especially Young Adult, Middle Grade, Mysteries, and Women's Fiction.

Literary Agent Assistant Laura Crockett is interested in a variety of YA and adult fiction. In YA, she is interested in contemporary realistic fiction (such as study abroad experiences, strong female friendships, falling in love, anxiety and abuse), high and low fantasy, and gothic horror. In adult fiction, she is interested in WWI and WWII historical fiction, gothic horror, neo-Victorian mystery, contemporary women's fiction, and fantasy.  When querying, please include the first ten pages in the body of the email.

Brent Taylor is seeking books in the following categories: middle grade, young adult, women's fiction, literary fiction, and crime fiction.  When querying, please include the first ten pages in the body of the email.

Literary Agent Assistant Mallory C. Brown is seeking young adult, new adult, women’s fiction, and non-fiction. She is especially drawn to pieces with strong character-driven plots and witty humor. She loves contemporary fiction, low fantasy (think realistic world with a fantastical twist), and romance.

They prefer to receive queries via email. Paste your query into the body of the email. They will not download attachments unless they request them.

They do not respond to postal submissions that aren't accompanied by a SASE and will not return any material unless a SASE accompanies the submission. Do not send personal checks, money orders, or cash. Additionally, because of new postal regulations, they cannot use metered mail for returns. All self-addressed envelopes must include stamps. If you send a snail mail query, please, send it to:

Dr. Uwe Stender
Triada US Literary Agency
P.O. Box 561
Sewickley, PA 15143


Recommended by Preditors & Editors

Updated 7/16/2015

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Trident Media Group

41 Madison Avenue, 36th Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 333-1500

Ellen Levine*, Executive Vice President
Paul Fedorko, Literary Agent (212) 333-1533
Kimberly Whalen, Vice President/Literary Agent
Stephanie MacLean, Literary Agent
Jenny Bent, Literary Agent
Alyssa Eisner Henkin

6/09:  Kimberly Whalen listed as #2 Top Agent for Romance/Women's Fiction by Publisher's Weekly

Stephanie specializes in romance, women's fiction and YA

They are actively seeking new or established authors in a variety of genres:  both fiction and non-fiction.  Send a query letter via mail or email.  Do not send a manuscript unless asked to do so by an agent.

Trident will reject any submissions made to more than one agent at their firm at the same time.

Jenny Bent has recently joined Trident Media Group where she represents literary fiction, women's commercial fiction and popular non-fiction.

This agency represents mostly big name published authors, which does include some romance authors such as Carly Phillips.  They currently represent Janet Evanovitch and  Dean Koontz.


Highly Recommended by P&E.

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Unter Agency

23 West 74th Street, Suite 100
New York, NY 10010
(212) 401-4068

Jennifer Unter

Send a query letter to Jennifer@theunteragency.com. They are interested in seeing quality fiction and general nonfiction, with a particular interest in memoir, food/cooking, nature/environment, biography, pop culture, travel/adventure, true crime, politics and health/fitness. Additionally, they are looking for all types of children's literature (picture books, middle grade, and young adult)


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Vigliano Associates

584 Broadway , Suite 809
New York, NY  10012
(212) 226-7800
Fax:  (212) 226-5508
Email: db@viglianoassociates.com

Is not accepting unsolicited queries at this time.

Highly Recommended by P&E

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The Vines Agency Inc.

53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY  11215
(212) 777-5522   
Fax: 212-777-5978
Email: jv@vinesagency.com

James Vines

The agency is no longer accepting new clients. PLEASE DO NOT SEND QUERY LETTERS.

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Waxman Leavall Literary Agency

Attn:  Submissions
80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10011

Holly Root

Send query to holly@waxmanagency.com.

Currently looking for paranormal romance, historical romance, erotica, women's fiction and young adult.  Please query via form on their website or print it out and mail to above address.


Recommended by P&E

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Cherry Weiner Literary Agency

28 Kipling Way
Manalapan NJ 07726

Cherry Weiner

Handles all genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, westerns, mystery, romance, Native American.  No YA or children.

Has established group of authors.  Only accepts queries from people she meets at conferences.

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WordServe Literary Agency

10152 Knoll Circle
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

Queries: admin@wordserveliterary.com

Rachelle Gardner
Barbara J. Scott

9/2011:  Barbara J. Scott has just joined WordServe.  She is interested in Full-length fiction, 65,000 to 100,000 words. General market or Christian market. Genres: Women’s, Romance, Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Historical, Family Saga, Amish, Political Thrillers, Mainstream, Supernatural/Speculative, including End Times. Short contemporary and historical fiction, 40,000 to 65,000 words. Christian market. Genres: Romance, Historical, Romantic Suspense. Will accept queries for Barbour, Steeple Hill Love Inspired, Summerside Love Finds You, and Avon Inspire. Kids: Middle grade and YA books.  Query her at barbara@wordserveliterary.com. 

Interested in a broad spectrum of genres including Christian fiction, suspense, romance,  women's, historical, suspense/thriller, legal, literary, mainstream, supernatural, romance. NO fantasy or sci-fi.

Query only via email.  Rachelle Gardner does not accept queries in the months of July and December.  Please address queries to: admin@wordserveliterary.com. In the subject line, include the word QUERY.


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Writer's House#

21 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 685-2400
fax (212) 685-1781

Amy Becktower
Daniel Lazar*
Jodi Reamer*, Esq.
Robin Rue*
Maya Rock

Send queries to attention of Submissions.

Currently looking for category, romantic suspense, historical romance, contemporary women's fiction from established authors only.

To send to Maya Rock, send a query letter and first page in the body of the email.  She is not accepting snail mail.  She will only read personalized email.

To send to Jodi Reamer, send the first ten pages of your manuscript and query letter via snail mail.

Writers House represents fiction and non-fiction, for both adult and juvenile books. Our agents work with literary and commercial fiction, women's fiction, science fiction/fantasy, narrative non-fiction, history, memoirs, biographies, books on psychology, science, parenting, cookbooks, how-to, self-help, business, finance, young adult and juvenile fiction/non-fiction and picture books.

Please send them a query letter of no more than two pages, which includes your credentials, an explanation of what makes your book unique and special, and a synopsis. Also, please include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope for their reply, which generally takes six to eight weeks.

Please do not query two agents within their agency simultaneously.

Highly Recommended by P&E.


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Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency#

1138 South Webster Street
Kokomo, IN  46902

Sharene Martin-Brown*

Open to ALL types of romance, erotica and women’s fiction. This includes GLBT projects in romance and erotica.

Visit website or blog for latest news before querying.  To query, please send a brief message describing your work and your publishing credits and/or preparation to be a novelist, along with the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your e-mail, to the following address: sharenembrown@wylie-merrick.com

Please note: If your work includes a prologue, and the prologue runs over ten pages, please just send the first ten pages of chapter one.

Recommended by Preditors and Editors


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Nancy Yost Literary Agency

350 Seventh Street, Suite 2003
New York, NY 10001
(212) 239-2861

Nancy Yost*
Natanya Wheeler*
Zoe F. Shacham

They accept queries by snail mail and email. For queries via the post office, please make sure to include a SASE for their reply. They will respond to queries within six weeks.

For fiction and narrative nonfiction, please send a query letter, which should include a brief overview of your project, previous publications, if any, and any relevant information about you. They would also like to see the first chapter, as it’s the writing that really helps them connect with your manuscript.

Nancy Yost represents a wide variety of writers of commercial fiction, specializing in crime novels; thrillers, mysteries, suspense; historical fiction and historical suspense; and women’s fiction of all kinds. Her nonfiction tastes lean to social history and natural science. She looks for complex, engrossing, character- and voice-driven reads, and has a fondness for a good ghost story, southern fiction, historical fiction and atmosphere.

Natanya is particularly interested in literary fiction that touches on current events or multicultural issues; family sagas; dark and edgy thrillers with a great new hook, moody mysteries and cozy mysteries. She loves to find new writers and does not shy away from debut talent.

Zoe F. Shacham is open to first-time writers and is looking for unique voices of all genres, but especially in literary fiction, compelling young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction and pop culture. She does not handle poetry, horror, fantasy or science fiction.


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