Tuesday, October 11, 2016

7 Literary Agents Seeking Horror NOW

Updated 8/24/19

These seven agents are seeking horror right now. All are from established agencies with solid track records.

For more literary agents seeking horror see: 9 Agents Looking for Horror Writers

Note: You can find dozens of agents seeking writers 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.

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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.

What she is seeking: Open to adult, YA, and middle grade horror.

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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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.

What she is seeking: YA and MG horror.

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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Amelia Appel (TriadaUS)

Amelia is a graduate of Hamilton College. Prior to joining the TriadaUS team, Amelia interned at HSG Agency and Writers House, where she was later an assistant. She joined M&O in 2014 as Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein's assistant and is currently seeking to build her own list as a junior agent

How to Submit: Please send an email with QUERY and the manuscript title in the email's subject line. In the body of the email, please paste your query letter, the first ten pages of the manuscript, a full synopsis, and an author bio.
EMAIL: amelia@triadaus.com

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Elizabeth Copps (Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.)
Elizabeth migrated from Florida to start her career with Maria Carvainis Agency as an intern in 2010. In 2011 she signed on with the agency as a full-time assistant, and two years later was promoted to Associate Agent. She represents a wide range of genres from MG and YA, to adult contemporary literary fiction, mystery, psychological thriller, women’s fiction, historical fiction, horror, and select nonfiction projects.

What she is seeking: “I prefer psychological horror over the slasher-type violence.”

How to Submit: Send a query letter, a synopsis of the work, first 5-10 pages, and note of any writing credentials. Send queries to mca [at] mariacarvainisagency.com. Attachments must be either Word documents or PDFs.

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Becky LeJeune (Bond Literary Agency)

After graduating from the Denver Publishing Institute, Becky worked 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.

What she is seeking: Open to adult, YA, and middle grade horror.

How to Submit: Please send a query letter via email to: queries [@] bondliteraryagency.com.

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Sam Morgan (Lotts Agency)


"My primary focus is speculative fiction ranging from fantasy to science fiction to horror to techno-thrillers, but if it's got great commercial appeal and a strong voice, then it's for me. I generally only represent writers in the adult age range, but will consider fantasy YA only if it could be considered crossover. At the moment, I'm especially hungry for epic fantasy and grounded sci-fi." 

How to Submit: Send your query to smquery@lottsagency.com. Paste your query into the body of your email.

You can submit up to the first three chapters of your completed novel. Either paste the chapters into the email or send them as an attachment. For attachments, please use either .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. No pdfs.

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Maximilian Ximenez (L. Perkins Agency)

Maximilian Ximenez grew up within the New York publishing industry. Prior to joining the L. Perkins Agency, he worked at Blizzard Entertainment, creators of the popular Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo video game franchises. He is a strong believer in publishing and narrative as a central pillar of franchise and transmedia development.

What he is seeking: “I’m specifically reading for ‘Women and children who kill.'”

How to Submit: Send query letter to submissions [@] lperkinsagency.com. Include the first five pages of your novel with your query letter. No attachments.

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