Thursday, December 10, 2015

6 Literary Agents Seeking Thrillers

Here are six literary agents actively seeking thrillers. All of them work with reputable agencies.

To find out more about these agents and their agencies check the Absolute Write forums. (Just type the name of the agency or agent into a google search with "absolute write.") The Absolute Write "watercooler" is where writers talk candidly about their experiences with agents and publishers.


Ann Collette of Rees Literary Agency

Ann Collette was a freelance writer and editor before joining the Rees Literary Agency in 2000.  Her list includes books by Barbara Shapiro, Ashley Weaver, Steven Sidor, Vicki Lane, Carol Carr, Clay and Susan Griffith, and Chrystle Fiedler.

How to contact: E-query and include your first chapter within the body of the email. Attachments and links will not be opened.


Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary

Stacey began her career with the Corvisiero Literary Agency in New York, where she wore many hats from team manager and trainer, to intern, to agent. Stacey represents NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling Authors, as well as Authors who have been nominated or have won awards for various works.

How to contact: E-query Place the following information in the email’s subject line: “Query” followed by story title, genre and the name of the agent that you are querying. Paste a 1- or 2-page synopsis below the query letter. Paste the first 10 pages of your double-spaced manuscript below the synopsis. No attachments.


Julie Stevenson of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin

Julie was an agent at Sobel Weber Associates and Waxman Leavell Literary before joining Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. She received her bachelor's degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She also worked in the editorial departments of Tin House and Publishers Weekly. She is drawn to fiction with unforgettable characters, an authorial command of voice, and a strong sense of narrative tension. She loves outsiders, weirdos, and innovators. She looks for work that explores the depths of human experience and the many facets of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and regional backgrounds. Julie loves editing and contemplating craft and storytelling with clients. She takes pride in connecting writers with editors and ultimately with readers. She's agented books that have won the Pulitzer Prize, the MWA Edgar Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor.

How to contact: Please query Julie directly at Please note that Julie only responds to queries in which she is interested. If you haven't heard from her in 2-4 weeks, your project is not a good fit for her. You may include 5-10 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email.


Alec Shane of Writers House

Writers House is a large agency which has represented hundreds of authors as well as licensing, and selling film/TV, foreign, audio, dramatic and serial rights. Alec is an Assistant Agent to Jodi Reamer. He is now in the process of actively building his own list.

How to contact: Send the first 10 pages of your manuscript, along with your query letter, to with “Query for Alec Shane: [TITLE]” as your subject heading – no attachments.


Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock joined Liza Dawson Associates as an associate agent in 2015, having previously interned at LDA in 2013 before working as an agent's assistant at Trident Media Group. Jennifer graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is looking for thrillers with a literary bent à la Tana French, with an outsider protagonist who stumbles into a conspiracy like THE PELICAN BRIEF, or with a psychological focus and an unreliable protagonist.

How to contact: E-mail

Mallory C. Brown of TriadaUS

“I love a good sociopath and have yet to find one that is believable and not completely horrifying. I want my sociopath to be like Sherlock Holmes from BBC Sherlock, sociopathic but not inhuman, or Dexter, one with a code despite it not being societally correct.”

How to contact: E-query When querying, please include the first ten ms pages in the body of the e-mail after your query.

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