Friday, September 27, 2013

2 Established Literary Agents Looking for New Clients

Updated 11/30/22

Every so often an established agent will announce that she or he is seeking new clients. Generally, this happens when the agent switches to another agency (which is why you need to read Publishers Weekly, where these job moves are posted).

Whenever an established agent seeks out new clients, it is a boon for new authors. You get the dual advantage of having someone who will work hard for you, and who has the connections to get you published.

Here are two established agents who are actively building their client lists. William Callahan is seeking a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. Emmy Parry is looking for "serious talent" in fiction and nonfiction.

As always, read the bios of the agents - and the websites of their agencies - very carefully to see if they are a good fit for your writing. Submission requirements can change, so make sure you check their submission page before submitting.

For a comprehensive list of dozens of agents looking for writers see: Agents Seeking Clients


WILLIAM CALLAHAN of InkWell Management.

William Callahan is from Iowa City, Iowa. He went to the University of Iowa and Fordham University and has recently returned to InkWell Management.

Seeking: “For nonfiction, I am currently most interested in narrative nonfiction and memoir, comedy and pop culture, and American history. For fiction, I represent crime and commercial thrillers, and literary fiction.”

How to submit: Queries should be emailed to: Along with your query letter and a short writing sample (1-2 chapters). Emails with attachments will be deleted.


EMMA PARRY of Janklow & Nesbit

Emma Parry joined Janklow & Nesbit as a literary agent, five years after selling her half of Fletcher & Parry — which she co-founded in 2004 . Parry was born in England, where she worked closely with VS Naipaul, Germaine Greer and Helen Fielding. She has been writing, developing and editing manuscripts and screenplays. Parry says in the announcement, “I feel very lucky to have found a new professional home alongside so many excellent and inventive colleagues. It’s easy to be evangelical about Janklow & Nesbit – and I hope authors looking for the highest grade help will hear me."

Seeking: "I love memoir, reportage, history, science, and narrative - all non-fiction with the power to surprise and gratify. I love novels with irresistible plots, distinctive voices, fresh perspectives, big characters, historical insights, heart and wit."

How to submit: For fiction submissions, send an informative cover letter, a brief synopsis and the first ten pages. If you are sending an email submission, please include the sample pages in the body of the email below your query.

For non-fiction submissions, send an informative cover letter, a full outline, and the first ten pages of the manuscript. If you are sending an email submission, please include the sample pages in the body of the email below your query.

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