Tuesday, October 6, 2015

7 Agents Seeking Women's Fiction Writers

A Quiet Half Hour by Lionel Charles Henley
Updated 1/9/18

Women's fiction - often coupled with the word "upmarket"  - is any fiction centered on the experience of women.

Frequently, that means your protagonist will be buying shoes (brand names prominently mentioned), trying to lose weight (she does!), looking for a man (she finds one and he loves her even though she is fat and owns too many shoes), or any number of deeply apolitical things that commercial publishers would like to have us believe comprise women's experience.

But not always. Especially now, in the age of #metoo, some of the more down-to-earth aspects of women's lives are being considered, though still, most frequently, within the fold of romance.

Note: 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.


Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary Management

Kimberly has represented a number of New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best selling authors (both traditionally and self published).

How to contact: E-query Kimberly at queries@browerliterary.com. Queries should be emailed with “QUERY: [Manuscript/Project Title]” in the subject line and include a query letter, a full synopsis (this should summarize the entire book), and your first chapter, pasted into the email, double-spaced. Queries sent without this information will not be considered. No attachments please.


Mallory C. Brown of TriadaUS

Mallory is especially drawn to pieces with strong character-driven plots and witty humor.

How to contact: E-query Mallory@triadaus.com. When querying, please include the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the e-mail after your query.


Danielle Burby of Nelson Agency

Danielle primarily represents YA and MG along with select mystery and women’s fiction.

How to contact: Email a query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript to dburby@hsgagency.com. No attachments.


Marie is an author in her won right, and an experienced agent. She is looking for books that are original, moving and/or hilarious. She is not interested in genre science fiction or high fantasy.

How to contact: Please email a query to marie.jdlit@gmail.com. Put “Query” in the subject line of your email, and please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.


Carly Watters is a VP and Senior Literary Agent with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent who develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to relevant markets.

How to contact: E-query query@psliterary.com with “Query for Carly” in the subject line. “Do not send attachments. Always let us know if your manuscript/proposal is currently under consideration by other agents/publishers. If you don’t receive a response to your query within 4-6 weeks it means a no from the agency. In my women’s fiction, I look for an external hook other than the love story (career, family, personal history etc.)”


Patricia Nelson of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia is looking for compelling, well-written stories featuring complex characters that jump off the page.

How to contact: Please send a query letter by email, with the word QUERY in the email’s subject line to Patricia@MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com.


Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun

Courtney Miller-Callihan founded Handspun Literary Agency in 2016, after more than ten years with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a hands-on editorial agent whose eclectic list includes historical fiction, women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, YA novels, humor, and practical nonfiction.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., Literature), and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., English), she lives in San Diego with her family, and travels frequently for meetings and conferences.

How to contact: Queries should be sent to query@handspunlit.com. For fiction: please send a query letter, short synopsis (5 pages or less), and the first three chapters or 50 pages of the novel, whichever is more

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