Thursday, November 7, 2019

7 Literary Agents Actively Seeking Nonfiction, Memoir, YA, Literary Fiction and more

Here are seven agents actively building their client lists. Maile Beal is seeking nonfiction and YA. Maggie Cooper is seeking historical novels, cookbooks and unclassifiable projects. Heather Carr is seeking nonfiction and literary novels. Ian Bonaparte is actively acquiring in the areas of journalistic reportage, current events, science, creative memoir, and history, and is especially interested in social justice. Abigail Frank is passionate about stories for young people, especially those that are hilarious, poetic, quietly heartbreaking, and/or swoon-worthy. She is also looking for select adult fiction and nonfiction. Melanie Castillo is actively looking for fiction and narrative nonfiction. Chelsea Eberly represents authors of middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and women’s fiction, as well as writer-illustrators of picture books.

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


Ms. Maile Beal of Carol Mann Agency

Maile Beal joined the Carol Mann Agency in 2017 as subrights manager and assistant to Myrsini Stephanides. Originally  from Hawai`i,  Maile moved to the East Coast to attend Drexel University where she  earned her degree in English. She spends her free time binging  her latest TV obsession (currently The Good Place) with her cat, Mae. Her guilty pleasures include her favorite podcasts (My Brother,  My Brother and Me, and And That's Why We Drink), nearly anything  published in The Cut,  videos of unusual animal friends, the dinner party episode of The  Office, and irresponsible amounts of Ben and Jerry's (Cherry Garcia for  celebration and Chubby Hubby for comfort).

What she is seeking: She is seeking non-fiction ranging from fun and humorous illustrated books to narrative  investigations of important and timely social issues. She is particularly interested in intersectional feminism, pop-culture and entertainment, true crime, and lifestyle and cookbooks with a fresh hook. In fiction, she’s looking for voice-driven, commercial adult and YA with strong, complex characters and endings she can't  predict. In both fiction and non-fiction, she is focused on amplifying underrepresented voices and helping to diversify our  collective social library.

How to submit: Queries may be emailed to For fiction, send a query letter including a brief bio, and the first 25 pages of your manuscript. For nonfiction, send a query letter including a brief bio, a synopsis/proposal and the first 25 pages of your manuscript. All material should be pasted into the body of your message; attachments will not be opened. A pass from an agent is a pass from the agency; please do not submit to more than one of their agents.


Ms. Maggie Cooper of Aevitas Creative Management

Maggie Cooper comes to Aevitas from the world of of small presses, academic publishing, and literary journals. A 2016 graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, she holds a degree in English from Yale University and earned her MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as an editor for The Greensboro Review.

What she is seeking: Maggie is a passionate reader with a taste for imaginative, genre-bending fiction; capacious historical novels; beautifully told queer stories; and smart, feminist happy endings. Her other loves include unclassifiable book projects, food and cookbooks, and writing that interrogates whiteness, capitalism, and the heteropatriarchy.

How to submit: Use the online form HERE:


Ms. Heather Carr of The Friedrich Agency

“After two and a half years at Trident Media Group, I joined The Friedrich Agency in March 2018 and am thrilled to be part of this small, close-knit team."

What she is seeking: "I’m drawn to voice-driven nonfiction that teaches me something new while never losing personal warmth and/or zaniness. There’s a specific kind of alchemy that happens for me when a nonfiction writer marries their command of a subject with personal vulnerability. I’m also interested in long-form journalism of any type, but especially as it relates to gender and sexuality. In fiction, I love literary novels about dysfunctional families and friendships, high-concept commercial fiction, and anything with a singular voice." 

How to submit: Query Heather at


Ian Bonaparte of Janklow & Nesbit

Ian began his career in publishing at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, where he worked at the nexus of sales, publicity, and marketing. Having booked tours, pitched and edited essays from authors across Macmillan, and rescued numerous readings from disaster and near-miss, he departed for the agency world, joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2016. A graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Journalism School, Ian holds a B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University.

What he is seeking: He is actively acquiring in the areas of journalistic reportage, current events, science, big idea, creative memoir, and history, and is especially interested in social justice, radical thought, and moving the Overton window of discourse. He is able to help writers place journalism and op-eds. With an extensive background in editing fiction, he is also seeking a select list of fiction writers, and is interested in seeing any novel that is both moving and plot-driven.

How to submit: For email submissions, please send your material to Please see the website for detailed instructions.


Abigail Frank of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

Abigail joined the Greenburger team in 2017 after interning at Writers House. Formerly an assistant to Brenda Bowen, she now assists Faith Hamlin with her extraordinary and eclectic list of clients. Abigail graduated with a degree in English Literature from Swarthmore College and worked in healthcare before pursuing her passion for books. Find her mostly retweeting @abigailcrfrank

What she is seeking: Abigail is passionate about stories for young people, especially those that are hilarious, poetic, quietly heartbreaking, and/or swoon-worthy, and she cares about voice, above all. She gravitates towards picture books that feel entirely original, chapter books with big personalities, and novels about unforgettable teens falling in love. She is committed to advocating for the work of marginalized authors and artists, and she’s actively looking for stories that allow young readers to recognize themselves in the books they love. She is also looking for select adult fiction and nonfiction.

To submit your work: Query Abigail at under the subject line “QUERY – project title.” Please include a brief bio in your cover letter and your full manuscript or proposal as an attachment. If you are a visual artist, please also include a link to your portfolio. If Abigail believes your work might be a good fit for her list, she will be in touch within 4-6 weeks. Due to the volume of queries she receives, she is unable to respond personally to each submission.


Melanie Castillo of Root Literary

After graduating with an MS in writing and book publishing from Portland State University, Melanie worked as an editorial project manager at Quarto and then as a freelance editor for several years before joining Root Literary in 2018. She lives in Anaheim with my husband, a local sous chef, and a pack of animals currently comprised of two cats, one dog, and a geriatric turtle.

What she is seeking: "I'm actively looking for fiction and narrative nonfiction. I'm especially excited to find high-concept commercial and literary leaning general fiction, young adult novels with a strong voice and propulsive pacing, and heartfelt and humorous middle grade novels across genres. I was born and raised in Southern California in a multi-cultural, blended family, so I have a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of family relationships and identity."

How to submit: Please send a query letter and the first 10 pages of your manuscript to All material should be pasted in the body of the email.


Ms. Chelsea Eberly of Greenhouse Literary Agency

"I began my publishing career as an editor of Kindergarten and Pre-K reading textbooks at McGraw-Hill, which gave me a solid respect for everything the School/Library market does, but I always knew that children's book publishing was my true passion. After attending the Columbia Publishing Course, I joined Random House Books for Young Readers, where I rose to become a Senior Editor. I've had the pleasure of publishing multiple award-winning and New York Times bestselling books, editing authors such as Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, Matt de la Peña, Mark Siegel, Julia Walton, and Jessica Cluess to name only a few."

What she is seeking: Chelsea Eberly represents authors of middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and women’s fiction, as well as writer-illustrators of picture books. "I am actively building my list and am primarily interested in fantasy, magical realism, contemporary fiction (particularly romance, thrillers, and humor), and graphic novels—though please surprise me with an excellent read that I didn’t know I needed! I have a soft spot for literary when there’s a strong plot propelling the reader forward. I am interested in projects from underrepresented and marginalized voices. I am also interested in reads that thoughtfully address mental health and learning disabilities as part of the story but not necessarily the main focus. I am open to non-fiction with a unique point of view and/or a platform-driven project."

How to submit: Please put "Chelsea Eberly" in the subject line of your email and send your query letter and first 5 pages to
You will receive an auto-response acknowledgment of your email.
No manuscript attachments. If you are an author/illustrator or graphic novelist, please include a link to your website or online portfolio. If your art cannot be accessed online, you are welcome to attach it as a PDF.

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