Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mega-List of Agents Looking for Memoirs

Updated 3/18/23

Memoirs are enjoying a resurgence in the publishing world. While biographies and personal histories have previously been reserved for well-known figures - political leaders, writers, artists - increasingly, this genre is opening up to ordinary people who simply have a story that might appeal to a wide readership.

Here is a list of 231 agents looking for memoirs. In most cases, these agents are also interested in representing other non-fiction. Read their submission requirements carefully. In the case of memoirs, agents frequently want a writing sample, just as they would for fiction. But, to be on the safe side, have an outline of your memoir prepared before you begin querying.

For other non-fiction, a proposal is required. The proposal is a detailed chapter-by-chapter breakdown of your book which must be submitted even if your book is complete. Make sure your bio reflects your expertise in your book's subject.

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 at any time.

NOTEDon't submit to several agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another. (Some small agencies share. Be alert to a notice that "a no from one is a no from all.")

For a complete list of agents looking for writers in all genres see: Agents Seeking Clients.

Agency Agent Guidelines How to Submit
Creative Artists Agency Lola Bellier

https://creativeartistsagency.submittable.com/submit Query via form
The Bent Agency Claire Draper

http://www.thebentagency.com/submission-guidelines Query and first ten pages of your book in the body of your email
The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency Ethan Ellenberg http://ethanellenberg.com/submission-guidelines/ Send a brief query letter,
sample chapters, in the body of
an email. No attachments
Writers House Daniel Lazar

Susan Ginsburg

Query letter by email. Please include the first 5 pages of your manuscript
with your query letter. NO attachments 
DeFiore and Company Laurie Abkemeier

Brian DeFiore

Miriam Altshuler

Caryn Karmatz Rudy

Tanusri Prasanna
See individual agents for submission details and contact information
Query with brief summary of your novel or the scope of your non-fiction project; short description why you’re writing the project; any specific credentials you have for writing the book in question
The Karpfinger Agency Barney Karpfinger http://karpfinger.com/submissions/ Query only. Please include a brief description of your book in the body of the email, along
with a short bio
Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises Betsy Amster b.amster.assistant@gmail.com

Query. For narrative nonfiction, please embed the first
three pages of your manuscript in the body of your e-mail
The Book Group Brettne Bloom submissions@thebookgroup.com

Send a query letter and ten sample pages, with the
first and last name
of the agent you are querying in the subject line
Salky Literary Agency

Kate Garrick https://www.salkyliterarymanagement.com/submissions Submit via query manager
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates Daniel Mandel

Iwalani Kim
See individual agents for contact and submission information

Query letter
Calligraph Alison MacKeen

Katherine Flynn

Zoe Pagnamenta

Lucy Cleland
https://www.calligraphlit.com/contact Please send a query letter to submissions@calligraphlit.com with a brief synopsis of your work and a short bio, along with 25 pages of sample material in the body of the email (no attachments will be opened). Include the name of the agent you are querying in the subject line of the email, along with the title of your project and its genre. 
Elyse Cheney Literary Associates Elyse Cheney

Adam Eaglin

Claire Gillespie
submissions [at] cheneyliterary [dot] com

Please send a query letter briefly describing your project and professional background, along with up to three chapters of sample material. We ask
that you not query more than one
Trident Scott Miller

Martha Wydysh
https://www.tridentmediagroup.com/submissions/ Query and online form. Wait 30 days before submitting
to another agent at Trident
Harvey Klinger, Inc. Wendy Levinson

David Dunton

Andrea Somberg

Rachel Ridout
https://www.harveyklinger.com/submission-guidelines Query, short synopsis of your work, an author
bio, and the first
five pages of your manuscript (pasted into the body of
your email, no attachments please)
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management Miriam Goderich

Stacey Kendall Glick

Jim McCarthy

Query. Synopses,  sample
chapters (one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) should either be included below the cover letter 
Vicky Bijur Literary Agency Vicky Bijur https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/vbijur/ Query letter
John Hawkins & Associates, Inc.  William Reiss   http://www.jhalit.com/#Submissions A brief letter about your book (genre, summary and/or synopsis, word count, etc.)
A bit about you/your writing background
Include your book proposal as a single Word attachment. 
The Friedrich Agency Heather Carr

Hannah Brattesani
http://www.friedrichagency.com/submit Query letter
The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency  Lucy Childs

Mitch Hoffman

Lisa Erbach Vance 
http://aaronpriest.com/submissions/ Query letter with 1 chapter pasted into email - no attachments
Wm Clark Associates William Clark  http://www.wmclark.com/query-form.html Online form
Don Congdon Associates, Inc.  Katie Kotchman

Susan Ramer

Query and first chapter
Folio Literary Management Frank Weimann https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/weimann/

Query and first 10 pages pasted in
body of email
Jennie Dunham
query at dunhamlit dot com

Query letter
Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc Gail Hochman 

Mitchell Waters

Emily Forland

Emma Patterson

Jody Kahn
See individual agents for contact information Query letter
Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency Russell Galen

Anna Ghosh


Query letter
Irene Goodman Literary Agency  Kim Perel https://www.irenegoodman.com/submissions Email a query letter and the first ten pages, along with a synopsis (3-5 paragraphs) and
bio, in the body of an email to the
agent of your choice
Denise Shannon Literary Agency Denise Shannon  submissions@deniseshannonagency.com

Query. "We request that you inform us
if you are submitting material simultaneously to other agencies."
Carol Mann Agency  Carol Mann

Gareth Esersky

Joanne Wyckoff

Agnes Carlowicz

Query letter including a brief bio, a synopsis and the first 25 pages in the body of your
email - no attachments
David Black Literary Agency  David Black

Gary Morris

Susan Raihofer

Sarah Smith

Joy Tutela
http://www.davidblackagency.com/submissions/ Query letter
Vertical Ink Nick Mullendore  http://www.vertical-ink-agency.com/submission Query and a brief overview or chapter outline for your project. In your query, please include your contact information, any relevant background information on yourself or your project, and a paragraph of description of your project. Also, please include any marketing and promotion information relevant to you and/or your project.  All of this material must be included in the body of your email.
BJ Robbins Literary Agency BJ Robbins  robbinsliterary@gmail.com

Query letter
Victoria Sanders & Associates  Victoria Sanders 

Bernadette Baker-Baughman
https://www.victoriasanders.com/submissions Query plus
three chapters (25 pages) in body of email
Susan Schulman Literary Agency  Susan F. Schulman queries@schulmanagency.com Query letter at least one
chapter - no attachments
Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.  Wendy Sherman submissions@wsherman.com

Query and bio
Irene Skolnick Agency  Irene Skolnick DECEASED Query and 10 pages in body of email
Frances Goldin Literary Agency   Sam Stoloff

Matt McGowan  

Caroline Eisenmann

Roz Foster

Jade Wong-Baxter

Alison Lewis
https://www.goldinlit.com/submissions Query and sample
Robin Straus Agency, Inc.  Robin Straus  http://www.robinstrausagency.com/submissions Query letter with contact information, an autobiographical summary, a brief synopsis or description of your book project, submission history, and information on competition.
If you wish, you may also include the opening chapter of your manuscript.
Emma Sweeney Agency Emma Sweeney  queries@emmasweeneyagency.com

Please begin your query with a succinct (and hopefully catchy) description of your plot or proposal. Include a brief cover letter telling us how you heard about ESA, your previous
writing credits, and a few lines about yourself. Paste the first ten (10) pages of your proposal or novel into the text of your e-mail.
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency  Alicia Brooks

Ariana Philips 
Submit through online form

Online form
The Tessler Literary Agency Michelle Tessler  Online form

Online form
Curtis Brown, Ltd Kerry D’Agostino

Laura Blake Peterson

Katie Grimm
http://curtisbrown.com/submissions/ See individual agents for submission requirements
McIntosh & Otis, Inc.  Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein  EWRquery@mcintoshandotis.com

Query letter, author bio, and three sample chapters (no more than 30 pages) of the manuscript
The Waxman Leavell Literary Agency Susan Canavan

Ashley Lopez

https://www.waxmanliteraryagency.com/new-page-1 Query letter
Emilie Stewart Literary Agency Emilie Stewart  info@emiliestewartagency.com

Query and one or two sample chapters
Prospect Agency Emily Sylvan Kim  Online form

Query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis via online form
JABberwocky Eddie Schneider

queryeddie [at] awfulagent.com

Query and first 5 pages. A brief one to three-page synopsis can be included at the bottom
Veritas Literary Agency  Katherine Boyle 

Michael Carr
https://www.veritasliterary.com/submissions Query letter
Liza Dawson Associates Tom Miller

Rachel Beck
https://www.lizadawsonassociates.com/submissions/ Query letter
Sterling Lord Literistic Philippa Brophy

Neeti Madan

Robert Guinsler

Mary Krienke

Danielle Bukowski

Chris Combemale

Jessica Belaval

Online form
The Stuart Agency Andrew Stuart Online form

Online form
Talcott Notch Literary Services Gina Panettieri 
https://talcottnotch.net/?page_id=12 Query and 10 pages
Trellis Literary  Allison Hunter

Stephanie Delman

Allison Malecha

Mariah Stovall

Allison Devereux
https://www.trellisliterary.com/submissions See their form
Hornfischer Literary Management Jim Hornfischer    queries { A T } hornfischerlit { D O T } com

Query letter
Wales Literary Agency Elizabeth Wales  waleslit@waleslit.com

By referral only
Laura Langlie Agency Laura Langlie  laura@lauralanglie.com

Note: This agent gives very rapid responses
Query letter
Hill Nadell Literary Agency Bonnie Nadell

Dara Hyde
http://www.hillnadell.com/contact/submissions/ Query manager
Fredrica S. Friedman & Co. Fredrica S. Friedman submissions@fredricafriedman.com

Query letter
Fifi Oscard Agency, Inc. Peter Sawyer

Carmen La Via
Online form

Online form
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC  Deborah Ritchken http://www.marsallyonliteraryagency.com
Query letter
Chris Calhoun Agency LLC Chris Calhoun https://www.chriscalhounagency.com/submissions Query letter, a synopsis of the work, the first three chapters of the
manuscript, a brief bio or resume
Susan Rabiner Literary Agency Sydelle Kramer

Holly Bemiss

Query letter
Julia Lord Literary Management Julia Lord https://julialordliterarymgt.com/submission-guidelines/ Query, synopsis, first 5 pages in body of email - no attachments
Gina Maccoby Literary Agency Gina Maccoby query@maccobylit.com Query letter
Patricia Moosbrugger Literary Agency Patricia Moosbrugger pm@pmagency.net

Query letter
The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency Angela Rinaldi info@RinaldiLiterary.com

Query letter
Union Literary Sally Wofford-Girand

Christina Clifford

Jenni Ferrari-Adler

Trena Keating
http://unionliterary.com/submissions/ Query with sample pages attached in .doc or .docx format. Please do not send .pdf files
Serendipity Literary Agency Kelly Thomas

Jiton Sharmayne Davidson
Online form

Query letter
The Martell Agency Alice Fried Martell submissions@themartellagency.com

Query letter
Malaga Baldi Literary Agency Malaga Baldi  info@baldibooks.com

Query letter
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency Arielle Datz

Henry Dunow

Erin Hosier

Eleanor Jackson

Nicki Richesin

Rachel Vogel

Betsy Lerner

Query and 10 pages in body of email
The Unter Agency Jennifer Unter  Jennifer@theunteragency.com

Query letter
Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency Katherine Flynn

Query letter to an individual agent and a synopsis, a brief bio, and no more than 20 pages of initial sample material in body of email
Paper Literary  Catherine Cho  https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/paperliterary/ Query letter, synopsis, and the first 3 chapters (10,000 words) to submissions@paperliterary.com. Include all material within the body of the email.
Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Maria Massie

Rob McQuilkin

Rayhané Sanders

Renée Zuckerbrot

Julie Stevenson

Elias Altman

See individual agents for submission details
Inkwell Management Alexis Hurley

Nathaniel Jacks

Eliza Rothstein

Naomi Eisenbeiss

Query letter and
short writing sample (1-2 chapters) in body of email
Fairbank Literary Representation Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank  queries@fairbankliterary.com

Query and 1 chapter in body of email
Tracy Brown Literary Agency Mr. Tracy Brown tracy@brownlit.com Query letter
Albert LaFarge Literary Agency Albert LaFarge  lafargeliterary@gmail.com

Query letter
Grosvenor Literary Agency Deborah Grosvenor  submissions@grosvenorlit.com

Query letter
Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc James Schiavone profschia@aol.com

No longer active
Query letter
Wilson Media Robert Wilson queries@wilsonmedia.net

Query letter
Fletcher & Company LLC
Christy Fletcher

Grainne Fox

Sarah Fuentes

Rebecca Gradinger 

Eric Lupfer

Query, brief synopsis. and
the first 5-10
pages of the manuscript pasted into the body of the email
Paul S. Levine Literary Agency  Paul S. Levine paul@paulslevine.com

Query letter
Joelle Delbourgo Associates  Jacqueline Flynn


Query letter
Carnicelli Literary Management Matthew Carnicelli    https://www.carnicellilit.com/submissionss Online form
Solow Literary Enterprises Bonnie Solow  info[at]solowliterary[dot]com

Query letter
Cowles Agency  Katherine Cowles   katherine@cowlesagency.com
Query letter
Aevitas Jennifer Gates

Janet Silver

Jane von Mehren

Lori Galvin

Sarah Levitt
https://aevitascreative.com/agents/ Online forms: See individual agents
Rick Broadhead & Associates Literary Agency Rick Broadhead submissions@rbaliterary.com

Query letter
DeFiore and Company  Brian DeFiore

Laurie Abkemeier

Matthew Elblonk

Caryn Karmatz Rudy

Miriam Altshuler
https://www.defliterary.com/submissions/how-to-submit/ See individual agents for submission requirements
Ayesha Pande Literary Ayesha Pande

Madison Smartt Bell
https://www.pandeliterary.com/queries-pandeliterary Online form
Martin Literary Management
Delia Berrigan

http://www.martinliterarymanagement.com/ Query letter
Judith Riven Literary Agency Judith Riven  http://rivenlit.com/submit.html

Not active
Query letter
Albert T. Longden Agency Albert Longden  atlong2012@hotmail.com Query letter
Gardner Literary
Rachelle Gardner

https://rachellegardner.com/submissions/ Query letter
The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency closed http://www.zpagency.com/contact/submissions-guidelines/ Query and 25 pages

Snail mail only
PFD New York Annabel Merullo

Adam Gauntlett

Laurie Robertson
https://petersfraserdunlop.com/submissions/books/ Query letter, 3 chapters and synopsis

Judith Ehrlich Literary Management Judith Ehrlich

Query letter
TriadaUS Literary Agency Uwe Stender http://www.triadaus.com/sub-guidelines.html Query letter
Laura Dail Literary Agency Carrie Pestritto http://www.ldlainc.com/submissions Online form
Marianne Strong Literary Agency Marianne Strong Not active Query letter
Literary Artists Representatives Sam Fleishman


Query letter
Jane Rotrosen Agency  Amy Tannenbaum https://www.janerotrosen.com/submissions Query letter
Einstein Literary Management Paloma Hernando https://www.einsteinliterary.com/submissions/ Query and 10 pages
Jud Laghi Agency Jud Laghi submissions@laghiagency.com

Query and 1 chapter
Stonesong Agency Judy Linden

Maria Ribas

Query and 1 chapter or 10 pages
The Helen Zimmermann Literary Agency Helen Zimmermann Submit@ZimmAgency.com

Query letter
Fox Literary Diana Fox https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/fox/ Query letter
and the first 5 pages of your manuscript
Ebeling & Associates Michael Ebeling http://ebelingagency.com/inquiries/ Query letter, see details on website
Lynn Johnston Literary  Lynn Johnston http://www.lynnjohnstonlit.com/submissions.html Query Manager
Max Gartenberg Literary Agency Anne G. Devlin http://www.maxgartenberg.com/submissions.htm Query letter
The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency Elizabeth Kaplan https://www.elizabethkaplanlit.com/submissions Query letter
P.S. Literary Agency Curtis Russell

Carly Watters

Cecilia Lyra

Maria Vicente
http://www.psliterary.com/submissions/ Query letter
Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Andrew Lownie mail@andrewlownie.co.uk

Query letter
FinePrint Literary Management Laura Wood http://fineprintlit.com/submissions.html Query letter with a synopsis of your book, your bio, and the first two
chapters (no more than 30 pages) embedded in the body of your email
Cooke McDermid Agency Martha Webb

Suzanne Brandreth

Rachel Letofsky
https://cookemcdermid.com/submissions Online form
Straus Literary Jonah Straushttps://www.strausliterary.com/submissions Query with a synopsis, author bio, and two sample chapters in the body of the email
Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency Stephanie Rostan

Daniel Greenberg

Danielle Svetcov

Lindsay Edgecombe

Monika Verma
https://lgrliterary.com/submissions/ Online form 
Jeff Herman Agency Jeff Herman submissions@jeffherman.com

Query letter
Howland Literary

Carrie Howland https://howlandliterary.com/about-us Please send your query letter and first 20 pages to submissions@howlandliterary.com.
Rees Literary Agency Lorin Rees
Query letter and 3 chapters
Charlberg & Sussman Rachel Sussman

Terra Chalberg
https://www.chalbergsussman.com/submission-guidelines Query letter
Wolf Literary Services Kate Johnson

Leigh Eisenman
https://wolflit.com/contact Query and 50 pages
L. Perkins Agency Maximilian Ximenez http://www.lperkinsagency.com/#submissions Synopsis, bio, 5 pages in body of email
Andy Ross Agency Andy Ross  andyrossagency@hotmail.com

Query letter
Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd. Lynn C. Franklin DECEASED Query letter with short outline and synopsis
McCormick & Williams Edward Orloff

Bridget McCarthy

Query letter 
Bradford Literary Agency Laura Bradford http://www.bradfordlit.com/submission-guidelines/ Query letter 
Sarah Jane Freymann Sarah Jane Freymann Submissions@SarahJaneFreymann.com

Query and 10 pages in body of email
Georges Borchardt, Inc. Samantha Shea CLOSED TO QUERIES Query letter 
Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency Jennifer Lyons

Jeff Ourvan

Pamela Malpas
https://www.jenniferlyonsliteraryagency.com/submission-guidelines/ See individual agents
Ross Yoon AgencyShannon O’Neill

Jennifer Weis 


Email a query
letter, a proposal, and sample chapter 
Capital Talent Agency Shaheen Qureshi http://capitaltalentagency.com/html/
Query letter 
Glass Literary Management Alex Glass http://www.glassliterary.com/submissions Query, show an understanding of
the marketplace
and where your book would fit into it;
and show why you are the best person to be writing the book you’re proposing
Corvisiero Marisa Corvisiero (?) https://www.corvisieroagency.com/query-guidelines.html

Query letter and attach a 1-2 page synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript to the email in
separate Word .doc files. Your query letter should include links to any social media or author websites 
Kimberly Cameron Amy Cloughley

Elizabeth Kracht
https://www.kimberleycameron.com/submission-guidelines.php Online form
Riggs Agency Maggie Riggs CLOSED Please send your query letter, bio,
and the
first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of your email to
Holloway Literary Nikki Terpilowski (?) https://hollowayliterary.com/submissions/ Query letter
Myers Literary Management Eric Myers http://myersliterary.com/submissions-2/

For non-fiction queries, please include a few paragraphs on the premise of the book and about your own background. Also please include “non-fiction” in your email subject line.
Empire Literary Agency Andrea Barzvi http://www.empireliterary.com/contact/ Query
Beth Vesel Literary Agency Beth Vesel

https://www.bvlit.com/submissions Please submit a cover letter detailing your idea, a complete outline, and the first 5 pages of your manuscript. NO ATTACHMENTS!
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