Thursday, September 3, 2015

3 Literary Agents Actively Building Their Client Lists

Updated 6/5/20

Here are three agents actively seeking new clients. John Cusick (Folio) is looking for MG and YA. He is seeking author/illustrators and artists as well. Matthew DiGangi (Bresnick Weil Literary Agency) is seeking American history, sports, politics, weird science, food, pop/alternative culture, and video games. Sue Miller (Donaghy Literary Group) is looking for Young Adult (all genres), Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, and character-driven Romance (all subgenres).

ALWAYS check the agency website before submitting. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists and submission requirements may change.

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

About John: John is an established agent who formerly worked for Greenhouse Literary. He has just become part of Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr. and is actively seeking new clients. John M. Cusick is the author of GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY (2010 and 2013, Candlewick Press), as well as a regular speaker at writers conferences. His clients include New York Times bestselling author Tommy Wallach (WE ALL LOOKED UP, March 2015, Simon & Schuster), Courtney Alameda (SHUTTER, February 2015, Feiwel & Friends) and Hannah Moskowitz (A HISTORY OF GLITTER AND BLOOD, August 2015, Chronicle Books) You can find him online and on Twitter, @johnmcusick.

What he is seeking: Middle-grade and teen audiences. He loves contemporary realism, fantasy, realistic stories with a fantastical twist, and really anything with imagination and heart. He works with first-time authors as well as veteran writers, and am always on the prowl for fresh voices. He is seeking author/illustrators and artists as well.

How to submit: Please email your query along with the first 2500 words of your manuscript, with the word QUERY in the subject line, to I try to respond to all queries, however if you do not hear from me within thirty days, please consider it a pass. Full submission guidelines can be found at

Matthew DiGangi of Bresnick Weil Literary Agency

About Matthew: Matthew is the newest member of the Bresnick Weil Literary Agency. He is one of only a handful of literary agents in Boston. With ten-plus years of publishing experience under his belt, he’s edited, anthologized, and published many books across many platforms. Matt has a BFA in English & Textual Studies from Syracuse University and an MA in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. Find him on Goodreads for a sense of his taste in books, or Twitter for a taste of his sense of humor.

What he is seeking: Matt is looking unforgettable characters, unpredictable plots, and prose that really hums. For nonfiction, he wants original research and journalistic instinct. Subjects include but are not limited to music, American history, sports, politics, weird science, food, pop/alternative culture, and video games. Matt does not represent YA, middle grade, or books for children.

How to submit: E-query matt [at] For fiction, include first two chapters. For nonfiction, include a complete proposal. See full submission guidelines here.

Sue Miller of Donaghy Literary Group

About Sue: Sue Miller is an Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group, with a special love for young adult books, fantasy and literary fiction. Her publishing career began in Toronto working with Fidalgo Books in PR and in sales at Scholastic Canada. This quickly progressed into literary consultations with published and unpublished authors who sought her penchant for preparing a body of work to be submission and publication ready. She has also prepared numerous social media marketing strategies centered on specific author branding. She holds a BA in English from York University along with a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. She is delighted to be a part of the Donaghy Literary Group, which mirrors her belief in the importance of results driven, quality and sincere author representation.

What she is seeking: Young Adult (all genres), Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, character-driven Romance (all subgenres).

How to submit: Sue is currently accepting queries through the Donaghy Literary Group submissions page. Please follow the submission guidelines on the DLG website.

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