Thursday, February 11, 2016

2 New Literary Agents Actively Seeking Clients - Thrillers, Romance, Nonfiction, YA, Memoir

Updated 1/31/18

Here are two new literary agents seeking clients. Rob Kirkpatrick (The Stuart Agency) is looking for memoir, biography, sports, music, pop culture, current events, history. Rachel Beck (Liza Dawson) is interested in women's fiction, thrillers, romance, YA, and literary fiction.

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Rachel Beck of Liza Dawson

Currently closed to queries


About Rachel: Rachel Beck joined Liza Dawson Associates in 2020 after working at a boutique literary agency for 4 years. She has been in the publishing industry since 2009 and worked at Harlequin editing romance novels for nearly 6 years before transitioning her skills to the agent world in order to be an advocate and champion for authors. She lives in southern California with her husband, young son, and endlessly entertaining cat.

What she is seeking: Rachel is drawn to voice-driven fiction, particularly in young adult; quirky, three-dimensional, flawed characters, including and especially secondary characters; beautiful writing; books that explore good people in morally complicated situations; and complex, detailed plots. Rachel is interested in representing:
  • Women’s fiction
  • Upmarket/book club fiction, i.e., Emily Giffin, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain
  • Young adult (no fantasy or paranormal unless it’s very light)
  • Contemporary romance, i.e., Kristan Higgins
  • Category romance with unique, memorable plots, i.e., Natalie Charles
  • Southern fiction
  • “Dark” women’s fiction/thrillers, i.e., Gillian Flynn or Mary Kubica
  • Urban fiction
  • Literary fiction
How to submit: Please send a query letter and the first 5 pages of your manuscript or proposal in the body of your email to queryrachel@lizadawson.com. The query letter should include your book’s genre and word count.

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Rob Kirkpatrick of The Stuart Agency

CLOSED TO QUERIES

​About Rob: Rob Kirkpatrick joins The Stuart Agency after working as a senior editor at multiple publishing houses for more than a dozen years. Titles he has helped publish include The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret; Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor that Tried to Kill Me; Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. (Viv Albertine); Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws (basis for the miniseries Gangland Undercover); The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution; The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game (Leigh Steinberg); Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s; Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group; The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses; Black Noon: The Year They Stopped The Indy 500; Cohn-Head: A No-Holds Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys Club (by ESPN’s Linda Cohn); and Jerry Rice’s latest book, 50 Years, 50 Moments. Rob completed a PhD in English and also is the author of several books himself. 

What he is looking for: Memoir, biography, sports, music, pop culture, current events, history.

How to submit: Submissions should be sent via the agency's submission form HERE.

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