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Frequently, that means your protagonist will be buying shoes (brand names prominently mentioned), trying to lose weight (she does!), looking for a man (she finds one and he loves her even though she is fat and owns too many shoes), or any number of deeply apolitical things that commercial publishers would like to have us believe comprise women's experience.
(Rarely do these books cover topics such as the rising rate of homelessness among women with young children, abortion and reproduction rights, and equal pay for equal work. Who's interested in reality?)
Okay, I'm a cynic. But, if you happen to write fiction - especially commercial fiction - featuring "women's experience," here are eight agents looking for your work.
Trident is an enormous agency located at the hub of the publishing industry in New York. MacKenzie was Publishing Manager at Touchstone Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) and worked closely with the sales and marketing departments for a wide-array of bestselling authors, such as Philippa Gregory, Lisa Unger, Bethenny Frankel, J.A. Jance, and R.L. Stine.
How to contact: Send a query letter, pasted in the body of the email, to MFraserBub@TridentMediaGroup.com. Please do not send a manuscript or proposal until you have been requested to do so.
Although she is a new agent, Kimberly has represented a number of New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best selling authors (both traditionally and self published).
How to contact: E-query Kimberly@rfliterary.com. Submit a brief query letter and your first chapter (pasted into the email, not to exceed fifteen double-spaced pages). No attachments.
Mallory is a new agent. She is especially drawn to pieces with strong character-driven plots and witty humor.
How to contact: E-query Mallory@triadaus.com. When querying, please include the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the e-mail after your query.
Danielle is a new agent. She enjoys complex female characters, narratives that explore social issues, and coming-of-age stories.
How to contact: Email a query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org. No attachments.
Marie is an author in her won right, and an experienced agent. She is looking for books that are original, moving and/or hilarious. She is not interested in genre science fiction or high fantasy.
How to contact: Please email a query to email@example.com. Put “Query” in the subject line of your email, and please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.
Carly Watters is a VP and Senior Literary Agent with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent who develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to relevant markets.
How to contact: E-query firstname.lastname@example.org with “Query for Carly” in the subject line. “Do not send attachments. Always let us know if your manuscript/proposal is currently under consideration by other agents/publishers. If you don’t receive a response to your query within 4-6 weeks it means a no from the agency. In my women’s fiction, I look for an external hook other than the love story (career, family, personal history etc.)”
Patricia is a new agent. She is looking for compelling, well-written stories featuring complex characters that jump off the page.
How to contact: Please send a query letter by email, with the word QUERY in the email’s subject line to Patricia@MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com.
Greenburger Associates is a large established agency located in New York. Courtney began her career in publishing at Random House, where she spent a number of years in subsidiary rights sales and in contracts before joining Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in 2005. She works closely with authors to help them reach their full creative and commercial potential.
How to contact: E-query email@example.com.