Thursday, June 20, 2013

3 Literary Agents Seeking Nonfiction, Sci-fi, Mystery, Romance and more

Updated 8/12/18

If you are an aspiring author, 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.

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. Roz Foster is actively seeking serious nonfiction as well as sci-fi, mysteries, thrillers, and multi-cultural fiction. Sarah Younger is specifically interested in representing all varieties of Romance, Women's Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and select Non-Fiction. Bridget Smith is interested in middle grade and young adult novels in a range of genres, including fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary, plus anything that bends the rules of genre. She is actively seeking books by underrepresented voices. She is also seeking fiction for adults, especially fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, and literary/upmarket women’s fiction.

If these agents don't suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.

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Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, Inc.

Bridget graduated from Brown University in 2010. While there, she studied anthropology and archaeology, worked as a radio DJ, fenced on the varsity team, and helped design an experiment that she later performed in microgravity at NASA.

What she is seeking: A lifelong fan of children’s books, she’s looking for middle grade and young adult novels in a range of genres, including fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary, plus anything that bends the rules of genre. She is actively seeking books by underrepresented voices. She is also seeking fiction for adults, especially fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, and literary/upmarket women’s fiction.

How to submit: To submit a query letter by email, the correct address is: query@dunhamlit.com Please paste the query letter and the first five pages in the body of the email.

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Roz Foster of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

With a BA in English literature from UC San Diego, Roz studied philosophy for a year at the University of Sheffield, U.K., and earned her MA in English, with an emphasis in composition & rhetoric and creative writing, from Portland State University. At PSU, she taught writing in exchange for tuition. She works from the Catskills of New York. Roz spent over five years as a qualitative researcher in high-tech consumer products marketing. In 2008, she co-founded a web design company for which she provided non-profit organizations with audience-focused market research, project planning, and digital design. She joined SDLA in 2013. 
What she is seeking: Roz specializes in serious nonfiction in the areas of history, politics and current affairs.  She’s also interested in technology, business, sociology, cultural studies, urban studies, science, design and memoir. She looks for driven, narrative storytelling and big, bold ideas with national and international, appeal. She's also interested in adult literary and commercial fiction and is actively looking for crime/mystery/thriller, contemporary, multi-cultural and literary sci-fi.  She looks for fiction with a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure. 
How to submit: Fiction: Please 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. Please send all items in the body of the email, not as an attachment. Non-fiction: Please send a query letter and your book proposal. Send materials to: roz@dijkstraagency.com
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Sarah E. Younger of Nancy Yost Literary

Sarah Younger is specifically interested in representing all varieties of Romance, Women's Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and select Non-Fiction. For romance she is interested in the following genres: Contemporary, Historical, Western, Sports, Regency, Inspirational, Category, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, and any combination thereof. For women's fiction Sarah is drawn to layered stories that don't shy away from the realities, and often difficulties, of life. She particularly enjoys women's fiction that has cross generational plotlines, and as always meaningful pet characters are a plus along with happy endings. For non-fiction projects she would love to see anything involving animals, specifically inspirational equine stories, and she also is an avid sports fan and would love to see more athletic narratives in her queries.

How to submit: At this time the Nancy Yost Literary Agency only accepts queries through the Query Manager system.  For fiction and narrative nonfiction, please include a query letter, which should include a brief overview of your project, previous publications, if any, and any relevant information about you, along with sample material. For prescriptive nonfiction, please send a query letter, and sample material which should include an overview, table of contents, information regarding your platform, and sample chapter. 

9 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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?

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  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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