Thursday, June 20, 2013

Literary Agents Seeking New Writers

If you are a new writer, finding an agent may seem like one of the twelve labors of Hercules.  Chances are, if you've already sent off a few dozen queries only to receive generic rejections or, even worse, no reply at all, you are feeling hopeless. Take heart! There are agents who are looking for you! Often, these are young agents who have recently joined a literary agency and are building their client list. They may not have a lot of clout on their own, but if they are part of an established agency, editors will listen.

Here are three agents who are actively seeking clients. Make sure you read their full bios and check out their agency's submission guidelines before sending a query.

1. Roz Foster of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Roz is a talent scout for one of the top literary agencies on the West Coast. Right now she is looking for new talent. She is interested in literary and commercial fiction, women's fiction, literary sci-fi, and literary YA. She loves novels that make her feel like the author is tuned into a rising revolution - cultural, political, literary, or whatnot - that's about to burst on the scene. She looks for a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; complex characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure. Roz is also interested in non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, design, business, cultural anthropology/social science, politics, psychology and memoir. Here, she looks for driven, narrative storytelling and sharp concepts that have the potential to transcend their primary audience. Please note that Roz is specifically not interested in: sports, cookbooks, screenplays, poetry, romance, and children's middle-grade/picture books.

2. Sarah E. Younger of Nancy Yost Literary

Sarah is interested in representing all varieties of romance / women's fiction: contemporary, historical, Western, sports, regency, inspirational, urban fantasy, paranormal, young adult and any combination thereof. Out of all of those, she's really love to see a contemporary military romance, a great/quirky historical, or a really awesome inspirational romance. She also enjoys stories with a strong supporting cast of animal characters: horses, dogs, cats.

3. Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, Inc.

Bridget is looking for middle grade and young adult novels in a range of genres, including fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary. However, she's also keeping an eye out for any book that bends the rules of genre or any books with underrepresented or minority characters. When it comes to adult fiction, Bridget especially wants fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, and literary women's fiction, as well as informational, literary nonfiction, especially science or history written by experts for a general audience.


  1. I think I just found a fresh voice! Thanks!

  2. Thank you for letting us know about these thing, for sure many newbie writers will be having their good chances upon this opportunity to get involved on this job. Thanks for sharing this wonderful insights.

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  3. So Ive been told that you can write a few chapters then submit them and then if they are liked someone will contact you and have you write the rest, I am thinking this is not the case as every submission form i have read thus far has been submit a couple chapters and a quick summary of each chapter etc etc. so I guess I asking if you have found that to be uncorrect, also there are many companies I have found that will look at your work without an agent, what are the pros and cons of that and would you recommend that route.

  4. Unless you are an established writer, your manuscript must be complete (including editing and proofing) before you can submit it to anyone - agent or publisher. Ideally, you should also have a second book either finished or well on the way as well. If an agent is interested in your work, he or she will ALWAYS ask, "What else have you got?"

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  6. I have a question--why do you think young agents who have only been with an agency a year or so would found their own agency? Wouldn't they have less clout?

  7. All of these agents are with established agencies. In general, agents who have recently signed on with older agencies are good bets for new writers. They work hard, and the letterhead of the agency carries weight. Sometimes new agents who found agencies are former editors with major publishing houses (and lots of connections). It's worth doing your homework and researching an agent before you send a query.

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  9. I like to work with you in publishing my poems.


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