Thursday, August 4, 2016

9 Literary Agents Seeking Thrillers

These nine literary agents are looking for thrillers. Each is from an established agency with a solid track record. Be sure to read the agency website for details before submitting.

If you are not sure whether your query letter will grab an agent's attention, go to Query Shark. Agent Janet Reid does an excellent job of explaining how queries do and don't succeed (with great examples).

Good luck!

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.

Note: You can find a complete listing of over 100 new and established agents seeking clients here:
Agents Seeking Clients

Victoria Lowes Cappello (The Bent Agency)

Victoria was born and raised in Queens, New York and graduated from the City University of New York, Queens College. Before joining the Bent Agency, she completed internships at Serendipity Literary and the Carol Mann Agency.

What she is looking for: Crime fiction and atmospheric, haunting domestic thrillers.

How to Submit: Send queries to cappelloqueries [@] Tell Victoria briefly who you are, about your book, and why you’re the one to write it. Include the title of your project in the subject line of your email. Then paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email (not as an attachment, please).


Carrie Pestritto (Laura Dail Agency)

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.

What she is looking for: “I am looking for thrillers, but am looking for more high-concept thrillers aimed at a female audience rather than police procedurals, etc.”

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.

Bernadette Baker Baughman (Victoria Sanders & Associates)

Bernadette Baker-Baughman has a MS in Professional Writing and has worked on both the editorial and marketing sides of publishing. As the Marketing Coordinator for Beyond Words Publishing/Atria Books, she headed up campaigns for two New York Times best-selling titles. In 2005 Bernadette co-founded Baker’s Mark Literary Agency where she discovered talent such as Farel Dalrymple, Faith Erin Hicks, Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett, Dan Elconin, David Axe, Carson Morton, and Zack Giallongo, among others.

How to Submit: Send a query letter with the first three chapters (or about 25 pages) pasted into the body of the message to queriesvsa [@] Only accepts queries via e-mail. Query letters should describe the project and the author in the body of a single, one-page e-mail that does not contain any attached files.


Kimberly Brower (Rebecca Friedman Literary)

Kimberly is a graduate of both California State University, Northridge and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Although she loves all things romance, she is also searching for books that are different and will surprise her, with empathetic characters and compelling stories.

What she is looking for: She seeks mysteries and thrillers for both adult and YA.

How to Submit: Include a query letter, a full synopsis (this should summarize the entire book), and your first chapter (pasted into the email, double spaced). Please submit to Kimberly [@]


Michelle Brower (Kuhn Projects)

Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master's degree in English Literature at New York University. During that time, she worked with the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo. After graduating, she became an agent at Wendy Sherman Associates where she began representing books in a variety of areas within fiction and non-fiction.

Recent books Brower has represented include: The House Girl (William Morrow 2013) by Tara Conklin, aNew York Times bestseller, #1 Indie Next Pick, and Target Book Club Pick; The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (St Martins 2015), which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick and Amazon Debut of the Month; The Girl Who Came Home (William Morrow 2014) by internationally bestselling author Hazel Gaynor; as well as the New York Times bestseller The Returned by Jason Mott (MIRA 2014), which was the basis of the ABC television series "Resurrection."

What she is looking for: “Sub categories I’m looking for are psychological suspense, literary suspense, thrillers with an international bent, and suspense with a touch of the supernatural (but only a touch). Nothing that involves the CIA or terrorism or evil corporations.”

How to Submit: Submit queries through the agency online form.


Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary)

Veronica Park is an agent, author, journalist and marketing consultant with more than ten years of experience writing and editing for publication. She graduated with a BA in print journalism with an emphasis in linguistics and business marketing from Brigham Young University and went on to expand her writing skills as a broadcast journalist and independent film producer, before running away with her husband to work on cruise ships in the Caribbean as a port lecturer and luxury goods marketing specialist.

What she is looking for: “I’m mostly interested in thrillers with a strong romantic element and/or modern political angle. (Female MCs a plus; not a huge fan of Jason Bourne.)”

How to Submit: Please query Veronica Park by emailing query [@] and putting “Attn: Veronica Park – Query – [BOOK TITLE]” in the subject line. She prefers to see your query letter, synopsis and 15-20 page sample pasted into the body of the email. For bonus points, include links to your social media profiles in your email signature, and a brief description of your writing career goals.


Jessica Papin (Dystel & Goderich)

Jessica Papin first joined DGLM in 2003, after spending eight years as an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central). In 2004, she moved to Egypt, where she spent three years working for the American University in Cairo Press. Upon her return to the United States, she rejoined Dystel and Goderich. With a background on both sides of the desk, she loves working collaboratively with clients to shape and refine their work. Her stay in the Middle East has given her an abiding interest in the history and politics of the region, as well as the broader Islamic world.

What she is looking for: She seeks dark, twisty literary thrillers

How to Submit: Query by email to jpapin [@] Paster cover letter in the body of the email. Include a synopsis, outline, sample chapter (one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) either below the cover letter or attached as a separate document. We won’t open attachments if they come with a blank email.

Mitch Hoffman (Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency)

Mitch Hoffman joined the Aaron Priest Literary Agency as a Senior Agent in 2015. A 20-year veteran of the publishing industry, he was most recently Vice-President, Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing.

How to Submit: Please submit a one page query letter via e-mail. Please do not send attachments. However a first chapter pasted into the body of an e-mail query is acceptable. Send queries to queryhoffman [@]


Evan Gregory (Ethan Ellenberg)

Evan Gregory is a senior agent at Ethan Ellenberg.

How to Submit: Query by email only to agent [@] Paste all materials into the body of the email in the order mentioned below: a brief query letter, a synopsis (1-2 pages long), the first 50 pages (approximately) of your manuscript. No attachments.

1 comment:

  1. Plenty of useful info here for fiction writers who write thrillers. Great post!


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