Sunday, November 24, 2013

3 Literary Agents Seeking Kidlit, Literary and Commercial Fiction, Nonfiction and more

Updated on 7/8/24

Here are three established literary agents looking for clients. Rachael Dillon Fried (Sanford Greenburger) has a keen interest in women’s literary and commercial fiction. Shannon Hassan (Marsal Lyon Agency) wants literary and commercial fiction, young adult fiction, and children's fiction. Maria Vicente (P. S. Literary) is looking for Young Adult (contemporary; horror; magical realism; mystery; light science fiction; light fantasy), Middle Grade (any genre), and illustrated Picture Books. In nonfiction, she is looking for projects in the Pop Culture, Science, Design, and Lifestyle categories.

Always read the agency website, the agent bio, and submission requirements (on the website) before submitting. Agents may switch agencies, and submission requirements may change.

For a list of dozens of new and established agents seeking clients see: Agents seeking clients.


Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary Agency

About Maria Vicente: Maria Vicente is an Associate Agent at P.S. Literary Agency, located in Ontario, Canada. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University and a B.Ed. from The University of Western Ontario. Her reading preferences vary across categories and she is interested in writers with unique and creative concepts. Maria has a literary blog and can be found on Twitter at @MsMariaVicente.

What she is looking for: Maria is seeking fiction and non-fiction projects for readers of all ages. She’s eager to sign new clients writing literary and upmarket fiction: contemporary stories, novels with speculative elements, magical realism, horror, fairy tale retellings, books that experiment with narrative structure, and stylish mysteries and thrillers. In non-fiction, she’s looking for projects that explore the arts, pop culture, life sciences, psychology, cultural history, and occult topics. For children’s books, she’s accepting submissions of young adult novels, middle grade novels, illustrated picture books, and illustrated graphic novels. Maria welcomes and encourages submissions from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled creators.

How to submit: Please read the submission requirements on P.S. Literary's website carefully before sending a query. P.S. Literary only accepts queries via e-mail: query [at] Please limit your query to one page and include the following: an introduction (the title and category of your work and an estimated word count), a brief overview (similar to back-cover copy), and a writer’s bio (a little bit about yourself and your background). Do not send attachments or submit a full-length manuscript/proposal unless requested. In your email subject line, have it read “Query for Maria: [Book Title].”


Rachael Dillon Fried of Sanford Greenburger Associates

About Rachael Dillon Fried: After a stint with International Creative Management’s [now ICM Partners] live appearances division in Los Angeles, Rachael Dillon Fried embraced her love of books and relocated to New York City to pursue a career in literary representation. She landed at Sanford Greenburger, where she assisted agent Heide Lange before becoming an associate agent. Rachael is a Rhode Island native and graduate of Brown University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, a television writer. Find Rachael on Twitter.

What she is looking for: Rachael has a keen interest in a keen interest in women’s literary and commercial fiction. She hopes to build long-term relationships with clients who are passionate about developing their craft and career.
How to submitQuery Rachael at Please put “Query” in the subject line and, for the email body, include a brief letter and the first few chapters. If Rachael is interested in reading further, she will be in touch within 4-6 weeks


Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Agency

About Shannon Hassan: Shannon has worked in publishing and law for more than a decade. Before becoming an agent, she was the Acquisitions Editor at Fulcrum Publishing, and prior to that, a corporate attorney at Arnold & Porter in New York. She received her JD from Harvard and her BA from George Washington University.

Previously Shannon was an agent at the Warner Literary Group where she represented a range of literary and film projects, including the soon to be published Future Flash by Kita Murdock (Sky Pony Press). Prior to that she was the Acquisitions Editor at Fulcrum Publishing, where she worked with best-selling and award-winning authors such as Anita Thompson, Laurie David, Adam Schrager, Larry Schweiger, Marilou Awiakta, Matt Dembicki, Sally Kneidel, and Mitch Tobin.

What she is looking for: Bookclub, Children's, Contemporary, Family Saga, Historical, Humor, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Neo-Western, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult.

How to contact her: Use her querymanager HERE.

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