Tuesday, September 20, 2016

16 Literary Agents Seeking Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Updated 8/21/19

These 16 agents are seeking YA fantasy right now. All are from established literary agencies with solid track records. As always, make sure to read the agency website before submitting your query to see if your book would be a good fit.

Note: You can find a list of dozens of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

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. Query only one agent at the same agency at a time.

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Anne Tibbets of Red Sofa Literary

Anne Tibbets is the author of multiple science fiction novels and a former screenwriter. She joined Red Sofa Literary as an Associate Agent in 2018. In her free time, Anne watches television, reads, games, and participates in a myriad of “Old Lady” hobbies. She lives in Los Angeles, but don’t hold that against her. She can be found on Twitter @AnneTibbets.

What she is seeking: Anne represents adult science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, and horror, with the occasional crossover YA. Bonus points if you combine genres.

How to submit: Send query to Anne Tibbets here: anne@redsofaliterary.com



Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary)

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. Recognized for her obsessive-compulsive attention to detail and crazy-fast reading ability, Kaylee joined the Dee Mura team as a professional copyeditor, proofreader, and administrative assistant before being named an agent.

What she is seeking: She seeks particularly epic, contemporary, near-future, and diverse. She has a special interest in locked-room mysteries, psychological, multiple POVs, lesser-explored settings, and unusual retellings.

How to Submit: Send queries to query [@] deemuraliterary.com. Put your name and the project title in the subject. Include a synopsis and the first 25 pages of your ms in the body of the email.

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Renee Nyen (KT Literary)

Several years in the editorial department at Random House’s Colorado division provided Renee with the opportunity to work with bestselling and debut authors alike. After leaving Random House, she came to KT Literary in early 2013. She loves digging into manuscripts and helping the author shape the best story possible.

What she is seeking: “I love non-traditional family structures (thinking specifically LGBTQIA+ here), and I’m always fascinated by deeply religious families. I’d like to find a YA fantasy/sci-fi with a transgender main character.”

How to Submit: Please submit a query letter with the first three pages of your manuscript pasted in the email to queries [@] ktliterary.com.When querying Renee, do not query Hannah Fergeson, also on this list.


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Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary)

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. A few of Patricia’s recent sales include Hayley Chewins’ middle grade fantasy THE TURNAWAY GIRLS (Candlewick); Kristi Wientge’s middle grade debut KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE (Simon & Schuster Children’s); Mary McCoy’s YA mystery CAMP SO-AND-SO (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner); Jaime Questell’s YA contemporary fantasy BY A CHARM AND A CURSE (Entangled Teen); Susan Bishop Crispell’s magical realist women’s fiction THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press); Loretta Nyhan’s quirky contemporary women’s fiction ALL THE GOOD PARTS (Lake Union Publishing); Kelly J. Ford’s literary suspense COTTONMOUTHS (Skyhorse); and KC Bateman’s historical romance TO STEAL A HEART (Loveswept/Random House).

How to Submit: Please send a query letter by email to: Patricia [at] MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com and write “QUERY” in the subject line of the email.

Please note that her agency now accepts electronic submissions only. In all submissions, please include a contact phone number as well as your email address.

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Rebecca Strauss (DeFiore and Company)

Before joining DeFiore and Co., Rebecca was at McIntosh and Otis for seven years where she was an agent and Director of Subsidiary Rights.  Prior to M&O, she was a foreign rights associate at Trident Media Group, and a book scout and development assistant at Sony Pictures. She’s originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and earned her degree in English Literature from Duke University.

What she is seeking: Fantasy only; no sci-fi.

How to Submit: Please email her at Rebecca [@] defliterary.com with a brief query letter containing information on your book, your bio and the first five pages in the body of the email. Please include the word “Query” and your book title in the subject line.

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Sara Megibow (kt Literary)

Sara Megibow is a literary agent with kt literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO. She has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestsellers authors including Margaret Rogerson, Roni Loren, Jason M. Hough and Jaleigh Johnson. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. Always LGBTQ+ Friendly!

How to Submit: To query her, please email your query letter and the first three pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to Sara at saraquery@ktliterary.com.

Send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.

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Eric Smith (PS Literary)

Eric Smith is a literary agent at P.S. Literary, with a love for young adult books, sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction. He began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University, and his MA in English at Arcadia University. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books appear on Book Riot, Paste Magazine, Barnes & Noble’s blog, and more. As an author, he’s been published by Bloomsbury, Quirk, and Flux.

How to Submit: Queries should be directed to query@psliterary.com.

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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 seeking: Seeks high concept fantasy only; does not seek sci-fi or other.

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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Emily Van Beek (Folio Literary)

Representing an author or artist, whether aspiring or established, is an honor and a commitment I take very seriously. I am passionate about children’s and young adult books. I am passionate about negotiating the best deal possible. I am passionate about working together with our experienced and esteemed subsidiary rights and contracts teams to squeeze as much juice out of a single property as it will yield. I find it incredibly rewarding to work with new voices (and I’m thrilled to say that I’ve discovered several irresistible projects by debut authors and artists in the submissions pile). I’m also committed to helping established authors and artists continue to grow their careers. I am an “editorial” agent, in that I’ll work through as many drafts over the course of as many years as it takes to polish a manuscript I believe in to a high shine prior to submission. My goal is to build long-term relationships with authors and artists and to help them publish books that will stand the test of time.

How to Submit: Please send along your query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the email to emily[@] foliolitmanagement.com.

Put the word QUERY in the subject line. If you haven’t heard from Emily in six weeks, then she is not the agent for your project.

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Christa Heschke (McIntosh & Otis)

Christa Heschke graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She started in publishing as an intern at both Writers House and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she fell in love with the agency side of publishing. Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children's Literature Department since 2009.

What she is seeking: “For fantasy, I’d like to see unique takes or twists that make them stand out from what’s already on the shelf. I’m a sucker for folklore, especially non-western. I love re-tellings of all types — folktales, classic stories, etc., but again they have to be standout. I’m not looking for something that’s been done many times before. No urban fantasy please.”

How to Submit: Send queries to CHquery [@] mcintoshandotis.com. Please send a query letter, synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript.

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Hannah Fergesen (KT Literary)

Before settling in New York City, Hannah worked and went to school in Denver, where she obtained her degree in Writing for Film and Television. Opportunities in New York presented themselves before she could run off to LA, and she course corrected her career toward publishing, a dream of hers since childhood. After stints as a remote intern for a well-known agent, a bookseller at the famous Books of Wonder, an intern at Soho Press, a literary assistant at Trident Media Group, and a freelance editor working with well-known authors, Hannah joined KT Literary in 2016.

How to Submit: Send queries to hannahquery [@] ktliterary.com. The subject line of your email should include the word “Query” along with the title of your manuscript. Queries should not contain attachments.

The synopsis should include the full plot of the book including the conclusion. If querying Hannah, do not query Renee Nyen, also on this list.

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Ginger Clark (Curtis Brown)

Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown LTD (New York) since 2005. On the adult side of her list she represents science fiction, fantasy and horror. On the children’s side she represents middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she also handles British Commonwealth rights for the agency’s children’s list. She attends the Bologna Book Fair every year on behalf of her agency, and visits London annually as well. Previously, she worked at Writers House for six years as an assistant literary agent. Her first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at Tor Books. She is the Chair of the Contracts Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and a member of its International Committee. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

How to Submit: Send query letter and contact information to gc [@] cbltd.com.

You can also submit via an online form.

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Peter Knapp (Park & Fine Literary)

Peter is a literary agent at Park & Fine Literary & Media. Fueled by the thrill of reading a new story for the first time, he works creatively with clients and on marketing, branding initiatives and promotions to get great books into the hands of readers. Before joining  Park & Fine, he was a story editor at a book-scouting agency working with film clients, and he continues to look for new ways to partner with Hollywood on adaptations and multimedia properties.

How to Submit: Send your query to queries@parkfine.com
Please include the first chapter or approximately the first ten pages of your work in the body of the email. No attachments.

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Becky LeJeune (Bond Literary Agency)

After working her way through college as a bookseller and earning a BS in Criminal Justice (with minors in English and Anthropology), Becky was accepted into the Denver Publishing Institute, one of a handful of graduate-level programs offering a crash course in publishing. It was there that she met Sandra Bond of Bond Literary Agency. After working for two years as managing editor for a cookbook imprint and another five as a commissioning editor for a local interest and regional history publisher, Becky reconnected with Sandra and has been working with her ever since.

How to Submit: Please send a query letter via email to: queries [@] bondliteraryagency.com. Address Becky by name in the query salutation.

No attachments.

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Charlotte Wenger (Prospect Agency)
Born and raised in Pennsylvania and Virginia, Charlotte grew up with a bookish, editorial mind but was first drawn to publishing work in college. She then worked for a publishing services company in Philadelphia until shipping up to Boston to earn her MA in Children's Literature from Simmons. After gaining editorial, sales, and agency experience, she became an associate editor for Page Street Kids, where she loved working with debut talent and building relationships with authors and illustrators.

How to Submit: Used their submission form.
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Jessica Reino (Metamorphosis)

Working for many years as a freelance substantive editor and being a multi-genre author herself, it is no surprise that Jessica has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to storytelling. She's a member of SCBWI New England, The Women’s Fiction Writers Association where she was a Webinar Program Leader, and The Editorial Freelancers Association. She has also been a contributor for The Children’s Writer’s Guild Online Magazine as well as a reviewer for Story Monsters Ink. She has experience as an author coach and freelance editor with Pandamoon Publishing. She also runs a monthly Twitter chat #thewriterszen. Whether the story is tackling tough topics, or serves solely to entertain, Jessica is looking for manuscripts that are well-written with a strong voice in order to make that emotional connection.

How to Submit: To submit, send your query letter (state genre and word count), author bio, the first ten pages or three chapters and synopsis via https://querymanager.com/query/JessicaReino
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