Thursday, April 2, 2020

5 New Agents Seeking YA, Kidlit, Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Cookbooks and more

Here are five new agents seeking clients. New agents are a boon to writers. They are actively building their lists, and will go the extra mile for their clients. Lori Steel represents children's and YA literature. Eryn Kalavsky is interested in narrative nonfiction, personal growth, parenting, health & fitness, cookbooks, spirituality and pop culture. Laura Mazer represents adult nonfiction only.

Michael L Joy accepts queries in the following genres: In Adult Fiction: Mystery, Crime, Suspense, Thrillers, and Graphic Novels (in script form). In Non-Fiction: Art, Music, Pop Culture, True Crime, Business Self-Help, Graphic Novels. Erin Files is most interested in upmarket young adult, middle grade and adult fiction. She also enjoys literary-leaning nonfiction in the areas of psychology, history, and popular science.

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

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


Laura Mazer of Wendy Sherman, Associates

Before joining the book-publishing industry, Laura oversaw editorial operations for Creators Syndicate, a global news agency representing some of the most influential opinion writers and editorial cartoonists of the day, including Hillary Clinton, Arianna Huffington, Molly Ivins, Ann Landers, and Mike Luckovich. Laura was also a senior editor at Brill’s Content magazine and the special sections editor at the Los Angeles Times.

What she is seeking: Laura represents adult nonfiction only, with a focus on progressive cultural commentary, feminism and racial justice, intelligent pop culture, keep-it-real prescriptive advice, irreverent self-help, and packaged gift or “concept” books. She adores history, biography, and celebrations of literary legacies, especially when they offer fresh stories about women. An established national platform is essential.

How to submit: Please send all e-mail submissions to  Include your last name, title, and the name of the agent you are submitting to in the subject line. They will not open attachments unless they have been requested.  For non-fiction, please include your query letter and author bio.


Ms. Lori Steel of Raven Quill Literary Agency

Lori joined the RQLA team as Agent and Agency Assistant after working with young readers’ literature for more than a decade. Her experience runs the gamut from school librarian to freelance editor to intern/assistant with two kidlit agencies. She holds degrees in history, education, as well as an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she currently serves as Coordinator for their Oxford/Bath summer residency program. When not holding a quill, Lori is often planning her next travel adventure or perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe.

What she is seeking: Children's and YA literature.

How to submit: Use her form HERE.


Ms. Eryn Kalavsky of Salky Literary Management

Eryn Kalavsky is a veteran of the book publishing industry, having built the foundation of her career in publicity, marketing and international sales at HarperCollins Publishers. Prior to joining SLM, she worked with a list of authors and entrepreneurs as a publishing consultant strategically helping develop their book ideas while simultaneously growing their brands and platforms. She is based in Los Angeles and her approach to representation is with a long-term view of building a client’s career within the publishing world and beyond.

What she is seeking: Her interests include narrative nonfiction, personal growth, parenting, health & fitness, cookbooks, spirituality and pop culture. However, she appreciates any idea with an ability to foster connection and satisfy an audience.

How to submit: Use the query form HERE.


Michael L. Joy of Seymour Agency

Michael L Joy is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Creative Writing program and a board member of the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, where he is the co-chair of their annual mystery writing conference, SleuthFest. ( He is a professor of English, musician and recovering programmer living in Southwest Florida.

What he is seeking: Fiction: "I’m looking for character-driven commercial fiction in mystery/crime/suspense/thriller – including graphic novel script format. I’m excited to read new perspectives – #OwnVoices, race, gender, LGBTQ, or sub-culture - different POVs, obstacles and outcomes. Situational humor is good, but not required. Cozies will be a tough sell unless the “community” is something extremely different. No talking or communicative animals. No Romance."

Non-Fiction: "I’m looking for art, music, pop-culture or sub-culture topics, including positive mental and physical health for artist. True crime. Business Self-Help: How to survive and keep positive while starting a business, running a business or working a high-pressure job. I’d be excited to look at graphic novel formats for non-fiction also. No politics or religion."

How to submit: Send your query to When sending your query please include a book blurb, what topic the book targets, clear marketing/platform information (eg. Social media followers, subscribers, professional connections, etc.), your proposal, a comparison in the market, sample index page and three sample chapters. No attachments.


Erin Files of Aevitas

Erin Files graduated from New York University with a BA in English Literature. Prior to Aevitas, she worked at several publishing houses and agencies, mostly notably Writers House and W.W. Norton in New York and Little Tiger Press in London.

What she is seeking: Erin is most interested in upmarket young adult, middle grade and adult fiction—particularly issue-driven stories that mirror the depth and diversity of the world around us. She also enjoys literary-leaning nonfiction in the areas of psychology, history, and popular science.

How to submit: Use the form HERE.

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