Monday, January 11, 2016

14 Agents Seeking Science Fiction

Updated 4/22/18

Here are 14 agents currently seeking science fiction manuscripts. All are from reputable agencies.

If you want to know more about a particular agent, you can check him or her out at Absolute Write, a forum where writers freely discuss their experiences with agents and publishers.  (To avoid jumping through hoops, just type the name of the agent and "absolute write" into a google search.)

Query Tracker is another good site for finding information about agents (such as who they represent).

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.

1. Carlie Webber (Fuse)

Carlie has a Master of Library and Information Science. For ten years, she worked as a public librarian serving teens and adults, served on book awards committees, and reviewed books professionally for journals including Kirkus Reviews and VOYA. Wishing to pursue her interest in the business side of books, she then enrolled in the Columbia Publishing Course. Her professional publishing experience includes an internship at Writers House and work with the Publish or Perish Agency/New England Publishing Associates and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. 

What she is looking for: Science fiction and fantasy for children and teens. (No adult sci-fi)

How to submit: You can submit your work to Carlisle via her QueryManager form: https://querymanager.com/query/QueryCarlisle

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2. Paula Munier (Talcott Notch Literary)

About Paula: She began as a journalist and has authored/co-authored more than a dozen books, She has also worked as an editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive.

What she is looking for: “High concept only.”

How to submit: Email queries to pmunier@talcottnotch.net Query letters should be one to two pages long and can be accompanied by the first ten pages of your manuscript. 

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3. Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary)

About Kaylee: Kaylee received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson College. Kaylee joined the agency as a professional copyeditor, proofreader, and administrative assistant. She has recently been promoted to Associate Literary Agent.

What she is looking for: “Word count under 120,000.”

How to submit: Send query, synopsis, and first 25 pages to query [at] deemuraliterary.com. No attachments please.


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4. Sam Morgan (Foundry Literary + Media)

About Sam: He is a native of Shelby, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Communications – Media Studies and Production. Before joining Jabberwocky in late 2012, Sam worked in New York City as a television critic.

How to submit: Please send all queries for Sam to smsubmissions@foundrymedia.com. For more information on submitting your project, please see the Foundry Submissions page.

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5. Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media)

About Mark: From an early age, Mark showed a passionate interest in his father’s work, his founding of Trident with Dan Strone, and the growth of the company. This focus on publishing continued at Emerson College, where Mark was a founding member of the Publishing Club, subsequently overseeing its first publication under the Wilde Press imprint. After graduating Emerson with a degree in writing, literature and publishing, Mark began his career as an assistant to the Vice President of the Berkley imprint at Penguin, working with leading editors at the firm.

Mark’s first position at Trident was in the foreign rights department, assisting the department’s agents in selling the books of clients around the world. Mark next became audio rights agent. Since Mark has managed the audio rights business, the annual sales volume has doubled. Now while continuing to head up audio rights, Mark is building his own client list of writers. "I am excited to work directly with authors that I bring to Trident, helping to manage and grow their careers with all of the unique resources that are available to me at Trident."

How to submit: Use the online submission form here. Make sure you direct your inquiry to Mark.

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6. Evan Gregory (Ethan Ellenberg Literary)

"I will not respond to your email unless interested. If you do not hear back from me after two weeks from sending your submission, you can safely assume that I am not interested in that project. You may submit to me again if you have a new project you think might interest me or the agency, but please do not submit the same project to the agency multiple times, and please do not submit more than one project at a time."

What he is looking for: “Action-oriented SF, military SF, space opera, but also looking for that weird stuff which really pushes the envelope.”

How to submit: Please send submissions to agent [at] ethanellenberg.com to the attention of Evan. “For email submissions, we ask that you paste all materials into the body of the email in the order mentioned below. For example, if you were submitting fiction you would begin with a brief query letter, followed by your synopsis, followed by the first 50 pages of your manuscript. We will not open attachments.”

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7. Sara Megibow (kt literary)

About Sara: Sara is a literary agent with nine years of experience in publishing. She specializes in working with authors in middle grade, young adult, romance, erotica, science fiction and fantasy and represents New York Times bestselling authors Roni Loren and Jason Hough and international bestselling authors Stefan Bachmann and Tiffany Reisz. Sara is LGBTQ-friendly and presents regularly at SCBWI and RWA events around the country.

How to submit: ”Please e-mail your query letter and the first three pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to saraquery [at] ktliterary.com. The subject line of your email should include the word ‘Query’ along with the title of your manuscript. No attachments. We aim to reply to all queries within two weeks of receipt. In addition, if you’re an author who is sending a new query, but who previously submitted a novel to us for which we requested chapters but ultimately declined, please do say so in your query letter. If we like your query, we’ll ask for the first five chapters and a complete synopsis. For our purposes, the synopsis should include the full plot of the book, including the conclusion. Don’t tease us.”

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8. Beth Campbell (BookEnds, Inc.)

About Beth: After an academic career filled with publishing internships, Beth joined BookEnds as a literary assistant in September 2012 and was promoted to Assistant Literary Agent in 2015.

What she is looking for: “I will look at hard sci-fi but prefer soft.”

How to submit: E-query bcsubmissions [at] bookendsliterary.com. No attachments. “If you haven’t received a response to a query after 8 weeks, we ask that you simply resend the query. It’s possible that it was eaten by a spam filter on either our end or yours.”

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9. Jennie Goloboy (Donald Maass Agency)

Jennie Goloboy joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2017. Before that, she was an agent at Red Sofa Literary for six years. She has a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard, and published a book based on her dissertation, Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era, in 2016.

What she is looking for: Jennie is particularly looking for fun, innovative, diverse, and progressive science fiction and fantasy for adults. She thinks that one of the most important jobs of science fiction is to imagine a future we want to live in.

How to submit: Please send a query letter, plus the first five pages of the manuscript pasted into the email, to query.jgoloboy@maassagency.com

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10. Mary C. Moore (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)

About Mary: Mary C. Moore has been with Kimberley Cameron since 2012. Mary specializes in science fiction and fantasy, although she does appreciate a wide breadth of the literary cannon.

What she is looking for: “No dystopian.”

How to submit: Query Mary [at] kimberleycameron.com. Include “Author Submission” in the subject line. Attach a one-page synopsis and the first fifty pages of your manuscript as separate Word or PDF documents.

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11. Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency)

About Nicole: Nicole has been listed by Publisher's Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country, and named ACFW's 2012 Agent of the Year. She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors to take their career to the next level.

How to submit: Send all queries to nicole [at] theseymouragency.com. The subject line should be “QUERY: (Title).” Please past the first five pages in the body of the e-mail. If you query Nicole, do not query Lynnette on this list.


12. Lynnette Novak (Seymour Agency)

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a bachelor of education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent.

How to submit: Query: querylynnette@theseymouragency.com

13. Rena Bunder Rossner (Deborah Harris Agency)

Rena is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars Program, where she double-majored in poetry and non-fiction writing. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin and holds an MA in History from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She worked at bookstores in four countries, has written extensively for The Jerusalem Report and The Jerusalem Post, and worked in PR, grant-writing, and website development at The Jerusalem Foundation. She is a writer of both fiction and poetry as well as the author of the cookbook EATING THE BIBLE, which has been translated into five languages.

 How to submit: Send a query letter with a brief synopsis of the book and the first two chapters of the book, or an equivalent of up to fifty pages to rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com

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14. Lisa Rodgers (Jabberwocky)

Lisa grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento. In 2012, she moved to New York City to attend NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute and joined the JABberwocky team soon after. She’s previously worked at San Francisco Book Review and Barnes & Noble, interned at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency, and was a submissions reader for Lightspeed Magazine. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
What she is looking for: “ I love SFF of all stripes, from epic fantasy to grimdark to space opera and military SF. Large-scale stories are fantastic, but I’m also very interested in smaller-scale stories, where the focus is on a particular group of characters and not necessarily the fate of the galaxy.”

 How to submit: Queries should be sent to querylisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com. Please include your query letter. A 1–3 page synopsis is appreciated but completely optional. Both should be pasted into the body of the email; queries with unsolicited attachments will be deleted, unread. If you would like to make my life a little easier, you may use this formula for the subject line: “Query: Title (Genre)”.

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