Thursday, March 9, 2017

3 Established Literary Agents Actively Seeking Clients

Updated 8/22/20

Here are three established literary agents actively seeking clients. All of them work with respected literary agencies and have good track records. Make sure you read the agency's website before submitting, especially the submissions page, for more information.

The more you know about an agent before submitting the better. An excellent resource for checking out agents is Absolute Write. (Just type Absolute Write and the agent's name into a Google search.)

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: For a complete list of dozens of new and established agents actively seeking clients click here

Happy submitting!

Chris Wellbelove of Aitken Alexander Associates

Before joining Aitken Alexander Associates, Chris worked as an agent for six years at Greene & Heaton. 

What he is seeking: Literary fiction and nonfiction, including memoirs, nature writing, sports, and other nonfiction topics.

How to submit: Please send a query letter, with a short synopsis and the first 30 pages of your book as a Word attachment to



Monika Woods of Triangle House 

Monika Woods is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and has worked at Trident Media Group and InkWell Management, where she worked closely with leading voices in contemporary literature.

What she is seeking: Literary and commercial fiction and compelling non-fiction in food, popular culture, journalism, science, and current affairs. Monika is particularly excited about plot-driven literary novels, non-fiction that is creatively critical, unique perspectives, a great cookbook, and above all, original prose. 

How to submit: Please send an email with a description of your project as well as the first ten pages of your manuscript to She will respond if she’s interested in seeing more.Only accepts queries from first-time authors.

Pamela Malpas of Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency

Pamela Malpas has spent more than two decades in publishing; before joining the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, she was an agent with Harold Ober Associates, and prior to that, with Knox Burger Associates. She has worked with winners of the Stella Prize, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel, PEN/New England, PEN/West, and Ippy awards. Pamela represents work in several categories of fiction and narrative nonfiction. AAR member.

What she is seeking: Fiction (literary and upmarket commercial, crime and suspense) that examines moral problems, family dynamics, and human behavior. Narrative nonfiction in history, natural history, arts and culture. She does not consider nonfiction in the areas of pop culture, self-help or practical nonfiction, nor fiction in the categories of science fiction/fantasy, romance/erotica, juvenile or YA fiction.

How to submit: Send an email query to


  1. Hey just wanted to let you know that I queried an agent following your information, and upon further research later on I discovered that Victoria Marini wants the first 30 pages, not first ten pages. I highly recommend you fix the error, please, so others like me do not make the same mistake.

    Thank you.

    1. The submissions page on the Irene Goodman agency states first ten pages. I must post the agency's requirements, regardless of what may appear on an agent's individual site.


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