Thursday, March 3, 2016

10 Agents Seeking Women's Fiction

Updated 7/12/19

Here are ten agents looking for women's fiction. All are with reputable agencies. Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

You can also look up the agent on Query Tracker to get information about response times, and do a search to see if the agent has done any interviews. Knowing an agent's preferences before submitting will help you hone your query letter.

Note: For a complete list of new and established agents actively seeking clients go to: Agents Seeking Clients





Carly Watters (P.S. Literary)


About Carly: Carly is a Senior Agent and VP at P.S. Literary. She began her publishing career in London at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. She has a BA in English Literature from Queen's University and a MA in Publishing Studies from City University London. Since joining PSLA in 2010 Carly has had great success launching new authors domestically and abroad.

How to submit: 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.)”

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Stephany Evans (Ayesha Pande)

About Stephany: Stephany Evans put a toe in the publishing waters at Simon & Schuster Audio when audio publishing was just beginning to be “a thing.” Stephany is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR), the RWA, the MWA and the Agents Round Table (ART). She has served as ghostwriter on seven published books in the categories of memoir and spirituality. Now, for more than twenty-five years, Stephany has represented nonfiction writers in the areas of health and wellness, spirituality, lifestyle, food and drink, and sustainability, running and fitness, memoir and narrative nonfiction. She also represents a range of women’s fiction, from literary to upmarket commercial, to romance, as well as crime fiction (mysteries, thrillers), and the occasional literary or commercial novel not aimed at a female market. She is looking for fine, accomplished writing, whether the work is by a first time or established author.

How to submit: Use the form on the website here: http://pandeliterary.com/queries/

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Sarah Joy Freese (Wordserve Literary)

About Sarah: She loves reading through queries, working with her authors on various proposals, and attending writing conferences to meet new excellent writers. Sarah especially enjoys working with authors to make their manuscripts even stronger. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also has an MA (emphasis in creative writing) and an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

How to submit: Please address queries to: admin [at] wordserveliterary.com. In the subject line, include “Query for Sarah: [title].” Sarah will contact you within 60 days if interested. Paste the first 5 pages of the book into the email below the query.

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Stacy Testa (Writers House)

About Stacy: Stacy joined Writers House in 2011 as an assistant to senior agent Susan Ginsburg and has been actively building her own client list since 2013. Previously, she interned at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Whimsy Literary. Stacy graduated cum laude with a BA in English from Princeton University.

How to submit: Please submit your query, including the first five pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email (no attachments), to stesta [at] writershouse.com. Please do not query multiple Writers House agents simultaneously.

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Sharon Pelletier (Dystel & Goderich)

About Sharon: Sharon Pelletier joined DG&B in 2013 after working for Europa Editions, Vantage Press, and Barnes & Noble. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Sharon moved to New York in 2009 and now can't imagine ever living anywhere else. In addition to growing her own list, Sharon oversees digital projects and social media for the agency.

How to submit: E-query spelletier [at] dystel.com. Paste up to 25 pages in your email below the query.

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Carrie Pestritto (Laura Dail Agency)

About Carrie: Carrie Pestritto worked at Writers House and Prospect Agency before becoming part of the LDLA team. She earned her BA in English, cum laude, from Amherst College in 2009, also spending a year studying abroad at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients. Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds and is drawn in by relatable characters, meticulous world-building, and unusual, compelling premises.

How to submit: Send a concise email query letter to: queries [at] ldlainc [dot] com
Along with your book's title, please include the name of the agent you are querying in the subject field. This helps guarantee that your submission ends up in the right person's queue. (Example subject line: QUERY: TITLE for AGENT). Your query letter should include a short pitch, a short plot summary, and a short bio. Please also include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable. If you are a debut author, do not worry. After your query letter, paste the FIRST 5-10 PAGES of your novel into the body of the email. Your writing sample MUST be pasted into the email, as we do not open unrequested attachments of any kind. You may also include a synopsis, but it's not required.

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Linda Camacho (Gallt & Zacker)

About Linda: Linda Camacho joined Gallt & Zacker in 2018 after nearly a decade in publishing. After graduating from Cornell University, Linda interned at Simon & Schuster and Writers House literary agency, and worked at Penguin. She has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

How to submit: Send query and sample to QueryLinda@galltzacker.com Please see specific guidelines here.  http://www.galltzacker.com/submissions.html
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Allison Devereux (The Cheney Agency)

About Allison: Allison Devereux joined The Cheney Agency in 2019 as agent and foreign rights director. She represents narrative nonfiction, memoir, cultural history, natural history, science, sports, philosophy, and select literary fiction. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin's Plan II Honors Program, she began her publishing career at Macmillan before working as an agent and foreign rights manager at MacKenzie Wolf.

How to submit: Queries may be sent by mail, with a self-addressed stamped envelope, or by email to: submissions [at] cheneyagency [dot] com. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to all queries.

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Carlie Webber (Fuse Literary)

About Carlie: She obtained a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and 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.

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



Ann Leslie Tuttle (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC)

Ann Leslie Tuttle joined DG&B in 2017 after working for 20 years at Harlequin Books where she worked on an extensive and varied list of bestselling and award-winning titles in romance and women’s fiction.  She received her B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. Helping to grow the careers of established and debut writers has always been Ann Leslie’s passion.

What she is looking for: Ann Leslie is especially seeking women’s fiction (e.g. relationships, family sagas, historical fiction and psychological thrillers) romance (e.g. romantic comedies, medical romance and contemporaries) and Southern Gothics on the adult fiction side as well as Middle Grade fiction and narrative nonfiction.

How to submit: Send your query to atuttle@dystel.com, and include the full query in the body of the email, not as an attachment. Do include a writing sample of the first 25 pages of your manuscript (fiction) or your proposal with sample chapter (nonfiction) in the body of the email below your query letter.

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