Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2 Literary Agents Actively Seeking Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels and more

Updated 1010/20

Here are two agents actively building their client lists. Peter Ryan is seeking graphic novels. Johanna Castillo is interested in Upmarket Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Memoir, Inspirational Self-Help, Latinx Fiction and Nonfiction (adult & children), Literature in Translation, Narrative Nonfiction, and Cookbooks.

Always check the agency website before submitting. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.

If these agents don't suit your needs, you can find a comprehensive list of new and established agents seeking clients here: Agents Seeking Clients.


Johanna Castillo of Writers House

Johanna is a seasoned professional in the publishing industry with over 18 years of experience. Formerly a Vice President & Executive Editor at Atria Books/Simon and Schuster and Editorial Director of Atria Español for fourteen years, she acquired and edited forty New York Times bestsellers by authors including Isabel Allende (The Japanese Lover), Colleen Hoover (It Ends with Us), Sharyn McCrumb (Prayers the Devil Answers) Rachael Ray (The Book of Burger), María Dueñas (The Time in Between), Rosanna Pansino (The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook), Laura Day (How to Rule the World from your Couch), Javier Sierra ( The Secret Supper), Laura Esquivel ( Malinche) and Theresa Caputo (There is More to Life Than This), as well as multiple national and international bestsellers, such as The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, Meat by Pat LaFrieda, and The Elizas by Sara Shepard.

What she is seeking: Commercial and literary fiction, inspirational memoirs and works of narrative nonfiction. Genres: Upmarket Commercial Fiction. Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction,Memoir, Inspirational Self-Help, Latinx Fiction and Nonfiction (adult & children), Literature in Translation, Narrative Nonfiction, and Cookbooks.

How to submit: Send a query letter and the first 25 pages of your manuscript to jcastillo@writershouse.com.


Peter Ryan of Stimola Literary Studio

Peter Ryan is a lifelong reader of comic books and graphic novels.  His first comics were a big box of silver and golden age comics that were handed down from a friends older brother.  The comics were tattered, torn and in pieces but they were the best thing he had ever seen.  He has a broad background in business, and spent a few years working in the video game industry working on titles like Guitar Hero, Call of Duty some of the Marvel Universe.

What he is seeking: "I am looking for graphic novels of all kinds.  Everything from the classic adventure to the truly weird and wacky.  I am looking for graphic novels that range from Middle-Grade up to Adult.  I want to see stories of diversity, LGBTQ issues, coming of age and stories that elevate under-represented voices and talents. I am only accepting graphic novels.  Any other format will not be accepted."

How to submit: Use the submission form HERE.

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