Thursday, December 5, 2019

2 New Literary Agents Seeking Memoir, Nonfiction, YA, Graphic Novels and more

Updated 7/6/22

Here are two new agents seeking clients. Iris Blasi is currently seeking nonfiction in the categories of biography, memoir, history, politics, science, business, “big idea” books, pop culture, cultural criticism, true crime, and narrative nonfiction. Ellen Goff is interested in all genres and formats of YA, especially anything spooky, historical fiction, and graphic novels. She has a soft spot for Shakespeare as well as southern gothic stories that remind her of her home state of Kentucky.

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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Ellen Goff of HG Literary

Ellen graduated from The University of Chicago (2016) with a BA in English, a minor in Cinema and Media Studies, and a focus in Creative Writing. Ellen has worked everywhere from The White House under the Obama administration to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At HG Literary, she assists Carrie Hannigan on all children's titles from picture books to middle grade to young adult. Ellen's own list consists of YA writers and illustrators. She is also a member of HG's foreign rights team.

What she is seeking: Ellen is interested in all genres and formats of YA, especially anything spooky, historical fiction, and graphic novels. She has a soft spot for Shakespeare as well as southern gothic stories that remind her of her home state of Kentucky.

How to submit: Please send your query and the first five pages in the body of your email to ellen@hgliterary.com

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Iris Blasi of Arc Literary Management

Iris Blasi has close to two decades of experience in publishing, working in multiple facets of the industry. She joined Arc Literary Management in 2021 after four years at the Carol Mann Agency. Prior to becoming a literary agent, she was Marketing Director and Senior Editor at Pegasus Books. She has held editorial, marketing, publicity, and consulting roles at Random House, Pegasus Books, Union Square Press, Open Road Media, literary PR firm Hilsinger-Mendelson, and consulting firm Idea Logical, Inc. She has worked on best-selling and award-winning books by authors including Lawrence Block, Rachel Carson, Michael Dirda, Erica Jong, Ira Levin, Alexandra Silber, Jerry Stahl, Gloria Steinem, Charles Strouse, and Fay Weldon.

What she is seeking: She is currently seeking nonfiction in the categories of biography, memoir, history, politics, science, business, “big idea” books, pop culture, cultural criticism, true crime, and narrative nonfiction with a strong hook or something stemming from a quirky journalistic/academic/personal obsession.

How to submit: For nonfiction, send a query letter including a brief bio and a proposal with sample material. All material should be pasted into the body of your message; attachments will not be opened. Only submit to one agent at this agency. A pass from one is a pass from all. Queries may be emailed to iris@arcliterary.com

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