Tuesday, October 1, 2019

3 New Agents Seeking Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Speculative Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Romance and more

Updated 11/9/20

Here are three new agents actively expanding their client lists. Susan Canavan is seeking narrative nonfiction that explores the limitlessness of human potential or that change the way we think about the world around us. Kelly Thomas is interested in non-fiction (memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, and true crime) and fiction (psychological thrillers, mysteries, suspense, adventure stories, young adult, fantasy, and comedies). Tara Gilbert wants speculative fiction, romance, graphic novels, children's literature, YA, horror, LGBTQIA+ books, and Tarot cards.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

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Ms. Susan Canavan of Waxman Literary Agency

Susan Canavan joined the Waxman Literary Agency in 2019. She was formerly a senior executive editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she acquired and edited dozens of New York Times bestsellers in the categories of narrative nonfiction, history, adventure, sports, memoir, journalism, health, science, pop culture, parenting, nature and literary and historical fiction. She is interested in books that explore the limitlessness of human potential or that change the way we think about the world around us. A graduate of Boston College with an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, she is passionate about exceptional storytelling, narrative arc and discovering original voices.

What she is seeking: Narrative nonfiction.

How to submit: Please email your query letter and the first ten pages of your project in the body of an email. Please submit narrative nonfiction and memoir to Susan Canavan at susan@waxmanagency.com

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Ms. Tara Gilbert of Jennifer De Chiara Agency

Tara joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an Associate Literary Agent in 2020. She has been a part of the publishing industry since 2017, previously working as an Associate Agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency and as an intern with Entangled Publishing. Tara spent over a decade learning the art of negotiation as a staffing professional in the aerospace industry before finding her passion as a literary agent.

What she is seeking:
  • Adult, NA, YA, and Upper-MG.
  • All the LGBTQIA+ books.
  • Romance in all genres (except thriller/crime/suspense).
  • Contemporaries with strong relationship themes. Especially friendships!
  • Graphic novels in YA and MG.
  • Fantasies: Paranormal, Contemporary, Urban, everything but high fantasy.
  • Magical Realism.
  • Sci-Fi (not based in space, unless it's a really unique idea).
  • Horror, Occult Fiction, all Gothic Fiction, etc.
  • YA and MG Historical (think LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY).
  • Tarot card proposals.
How to submit: Queries should be submitted through QueryManager: http://QueryMe.Online/TaraGilbert
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Kelly Thomas of Serendipity Literary Agency

Kelly Thomas has over 15 years of experience in sales, having served as a Head Hunter specializing in matching candidates with dream positions. Now she brings her extensive sales and business expertise to the literary world as a champion for writers to secure publishing deals for their projects. Kelly has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Pace University where she concentrated on Literature and Communications. Prior to joining Serendipity she provided manuscript analysis for the president of D4EO literary agency. Kelly is a published poet with publications in ‘Tales for the Disenchanted’ (2008) and ‘Penumbra Art & Literature’ (2015). Kelly is eager to build her client roster and is actively seeking the next bestselling author!

What she is seeking: Kelly is most interested in non-fiction (memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, and true crime) and fiction (psychological thrillers, mysteries, suspense, adventure stories, young adult, fantasy, and comedies.)  She is always on the look for manuscripts with twists, turns, and jaw dropping moments. She has an affinity for manuscripts about serial killers and mental illnesses.

How to submit: Please use the agency's online forms.

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