Tuesday, September 4, 2018

5 Agents Seeking Kidlit, Crime Novels, Nonfiction & all Genres of Adult Fiction

Here are five agents expanding their client lists. Amy Levenson is open to nonfiction, and all fiction genres. Masha Gunic is only looking to acquire middle grade and young adult novels. Jim Kelly leans toward biography and history, and also has a passion for crime, both real and imagined. Annie Bomke is interested in representing a wide variety of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction. Lauren Scovel is especially interested in fiction and nonfiction involving social justice, political issues, and other timely and underrepresented stories.

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.

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Jim Kelly of Aevitas

For more than thirty years, Jim Kelly worked as a writer and editor at Time Magazine, including as its managing editor. Jim joined Aevitas this year after serving for six years as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Life has many pleasures, but few beat a well-told story.

What he is seeking: Jim leans toward biography and history, and also has a passion for crime, both real and imagined.

How to submit: Please use the contact form on the website HERE.

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Amy Levenson of Blue Heron Agency

Amy Levenson, a native to the Pacific Northwest and graduate of the University of Washington, began her career at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency in New York City, where she had the opportunity to work with books by some of her favorite childhood authors and illustrators. She later returned to Seattle, selling books for becker&mayer! that focused on well-known estates and intellectual properties, including Star Wars and the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.

What she is seeking: Nonfiction, and all fiction genres.

How to submit: Fiction submissions should include a query letter, synopsis, the first 3 chapters or 25 pages of your manuscript, and an author biography. Nonfiction submissions should include a query letter and full proposal. No attachments. Submit queries to submissions@blueheronliterary.com.

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Masha Gunic of the Azantian Literary Agency

Masha started her career in publishing as an intern at the Azantian Literary Agency and has since held internships at Red Fox Literary and Writers House before working as an Editorial Assistant at Abrams Books on the children's side for two years. Her love for books across genres, as well as her desire to find and foster great talent, drove her to make the transition from editorial back to the Azantian Literary Agency on the West Coast.

What she is seeking: Masha is only looking to acquire middle grade and young adult novels.

How to submit: Please use the submission form on the website HERE.

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Annie Bomke of Annie Bomke Agency

Annie Bomke is a literary agent with over a decade of experience helping authors succeed. She has worked with internationally bestselling authors such as Ken Blanchard, Spencer Johnson, John Assaraf, John David Mann, and Bob Burg. She has edited a wide range of projects—from hard-nosed business books to otherworldly historical novels.

What she is seeking: Annie is interested in representing a wide variety of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction, including commercial and literary fiction, upmarket fiction, mysteries (from hilarious cozies to gritty police procedurals and everything in between), historical fiction, women’s fiction, psychological thrillers, literary/psychological horror, self-help, business, health/diet, cookbooks, memoir, relationships, current events, psychology, and narrative nonfiction. She is especially looking for books that feature diverse characters.

How to submit: For all fiction submissions, please include a query letter, synopsis, and the first two chapters of your manuscript pasted in the body of the email. Submission guidelines for nonfiction: For all nonfiction submissions, please include a query letter and proposal. You can email submissions to submissions@abliterary.com, or mail them via USPS.

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Lauren Scovel of Laura Gross Literary Agency

Lauren grew up outside of Seattle and graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing as well as Theatre Studies. She began her publishing career as an editorial intern at Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary Shuster Harmsworth). Her editorial work can be seen at The Millions. She has also been a bookseller at Newtonville Books since 2016.

What she is seeking: She especially interested in fiction and nonfiction involving social justice, political issues, and other timely and underrepresented stories.

How to submit: Please submit via Submittable

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