Thursday, May 5, 2016

4 New Agents Seeking Clients NOW - Fantasy, Scifi, YA, Romance, Literary Fiction and more

Updated 2/14/18

Here are four new agents actively seeking clients. Kelly Peterson (Corvisiero) is looking for MG, YA, NA, and adult fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, historical fiction, and romance. Amanda Jain (BookEnds Literary Agency) is seeking historical fiction (in all genres), women’s / book club / upmarket fiction, romance, mysteries, and narrative nonfiction in the areas of social history, archaeology, art history, and material culture. She is also interested in select young adult and middle grade projects with unique hooks and a strong voice. Albert Lee (Zachary Shuster Harmsworth) is interested in nonfiction. Alexandra Weiss (The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency) is looking for fiction in all categories.

Remember to check the agency guidelines before submitting. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists.

For a comprehensive list of dozens of agents looking for clients, see: Agents Seeking Clients

Kelly Peterson of Corvisiero Literary

Temporarily closed to queries

About Kelly: Kelly is a junior agent at Corvisiero Literary. Kelly has spent her whole life with a book in her hands. Whether it’s from reading, writing, or day dreaming, her mind has always been up in the clouds wishing her fantasy stories would come true. Down on earth, somewhere between reading during science class, writing while she should be sleeping, and spending her social hours pretending she wasn’t actually a closet nerd, she finally realized that her life would be a lot happier if she just accepted her love of books. A graduate of West Chester University, she earned her B.S.Ed. in English and went to pursue a career in teaching. Little did she know that despite all of her hard work, the environment she ended up in would be one she disliked. After taking a step back and reassessing her life, she realized that maybe she should have focused on the world of literary agents and publishing a long time ago.

What she is seeking:
  • Middle Grade: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-fi.
  • Young Adult: Fantasy (all sub genres of fantasy accepted), Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Historical (19th century and earlier with strong heroines), Dystopian (hold the cyborgs, the scorch, and diseases, please), Sword and Sorcery, a very selective few for Contemporary Romance, and any combination of the above with strong, female main characters.
  • New Adult: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance (Cowboys, anyone? Sexy and somewhat geeky entrepreneur? Celebrity? Yes?), Historical Romance, or any combination of the above.
  • Adult Fiction: Fantasy, Romance.
Her truest passion is for YA Fantasy. More recently, Steampunk has quickly crept up the charts in her heart as well.

With books, there’s just something about strong female main characters holding their own against the world, in an environment that Kelly could never, in her wildest dreams, find herself living within. It tears at her heart and pulls at her soul, especially when the main character finds that she never needed another to complete her in the first place.

She is not seeking Nonfiction, Emotional Turmoil, Mystery/Crime, Children’s Picture Books.

How to submit: query [at] Then address your Query to a specific agent, using the phrase “Query for [Agent Name]: [Name of Submission]” in the Subject Line. “For fiction, we require a query letter pasted into the body of your email along with a 1-2 page synopsis (that includes spoilers and the ending) and the first 5 pages of your manuscript either attached as 2 separate Word .doc files or pasted into the Query email.” There are more guidelines here.


Amanda Jain of BookEnds Literary Agency

About Amanda: After earning a BA in English, Amanda worked in the trade department at W.W. Norton for seven years before leaving to pursue graduate studies. She graduated in 2011 with a MA in the history of decorative arts. Amanda then joined Inklings Literary in 2014, first as Michelle’s assistant. She is now building her client list. Find her on Twitter.

What she is seeking: Amanda is currently looking for adult mystery, romance, women's fiction, and upmarket projects, and always enjoys historical fiction in all genres. In romance, she is particularly looking for diverse historical projects that explore time periods often overlooked, or that show us well-known periods from a different viewpoint. In any genre, she is most interested in those stories that transport the reader and provide a completely immersive reading experience. In non-fiction, she is interested in projects that explore the literary world, art history, material culture, archaeology, food history, or social history. Amanda is not currently seeking children's books (YA and below), erotica, horror, hard sci-fi, or high fantasy.

How to submit: Please use this form.


Albert Lee of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

About Albert: Albert Lee brings nearly two decades of entertainment and publishing experience to Zachary Shuster Harmsworth / Kuhn Projects. Albert was the executive editor of US Weekly for fourteen years. Before that, he was the founding editor in chief of, associate editor at, and wrote for The Village Voice, Dance Magazine, and more.

What he is seeking: Albert is interested primarily in nonfiction—especially narrative journalism, current affairs, pop culture, music, business and technology—as well as titles with strong book-to-film/TV potential.

How to Submit: Follow the online form at:


About Alexandra: Alexandra Weiss recently joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent and is currently building her client list. She’s also a Books Writer for and PR Manager for a Chicago circus. She previously worked as an Acquisitions Editor for an award-winning anthology and holds a BFA in Creative Writing and Publishing from Columbia College Chicago.

What she is seeking:
  • Young Adult: realism, magical realism, science fiction (especially if it includes real science and or astronomy), paranormal, historical fiction, and fantasy. She’s searching for beautiful writing, diverse voices, and subjects that go beyond the coming-of-age story. Pirates are cool, space travelers are awesome, and talented magicians are the way to her heart.
  • Middle Grade and Children’s Fiction: open to all genres. She loves adventurous, silly, out-of-the-box, and character-driven stories.
  • Other Fiction: She’s not looking for romance, but she is seeking a story that takes the concept that every story is a love story to new heights. She’s searching for stories about complex relationships that surround bigger issues. Literary or magical realism is preferred, but the only genres she’s not interested in are nonfiction, heavy mysteries, horror, or thriller novels.
  • If you have a short story collection, essay collection, or happen to use unique forms in your novel (think letters, how-to, photos, poetry, or screenplays) and fit her other criteria, she’s interested to hear from you.
How to submit: Please email a query letter with the word “Query” in the subject line to alexweiss.jdlit [at] Please send the first 20 pages in the body of the e-mail, along with a one-paragraph bio and one-paragraph synopsis. Established picture book authors, please email your query and bio with the complete picture book manuscript pasted into the body of the email.

1 comment:

  1. I will add Kelly and Alexandra to my list of fantasy/SF agents shortly, to spread the word! Thanks for the heads up.


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