Tuesday, June 2, 2020

4 New Agents Seeking Literary Fiction, Memoir, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Nonfiction and more

Here are four new agents seeking writers. Daniella Cohen is most interested in literary fiction, narrative memoir, and psychological thriller. She also loves poetry—particularly anthologies that center on feminism and religion. Evan Brown is looking for literary fiction, historical fiction, Fantasy, science fiction, sports history and memoir. Pam Gruber is seeking adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction with literary voices and commercial hooks. She is particularly interested in layered fantasy, speculative fiction, fantastical realism, rom-coms, and coming-of-age stories with a twist. She is also open to middle grade and YA graphic novels, as well as select narrative non-fiction on lesser-known subjects. Hannah VanVels represents YA, Middle Grade and Picture Books.

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.

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Pam Gruber of Irene Goodman

Pam Gruber began her career in publishing as an editor, working for over ten years at Hachette Book Group with a number of acclaimed authors and illustrators. From there, she went on to serve as the Editorial Director at children’s media startup Rebel Girls, where she saw first-hand how a great book can expand into other entertainment mediums.

Pam joined Irene Goodman in 2020 after she realized her favorite part of the publishing business was working directly with authors and artists, helping them to shape not only their stories, but also their careers. She looks for work that is gripping from page one, whether it makes her break out in a smile or gives her goosebumps (from excitement, not fear!). She loves complicated female protagonists, innovative twists on old tropes, and getting swept away by fully realized worlds—be they portraits of the next town over or an imagined universe unlike our own.

What she is seeking: Pam is looking for adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction with literary voices and commercial hooks. She is particularly interested in layered fantasy, speculative fiction, fantastical realism, rom-coms, and coming-of-age stories with a twist. She is also open to middle grade and YA graphic novels, as well as select narrative non-fiction on lesser-known subjects. Pam would not be the best fit for prescriptive non-fiction, anthologies, potty humor, paranormal, or erotica.

How to submit: Please include a query letter and the first ten sample pages of your manuscript in the body of your email to pam.queries@irenegoodman.com

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Ms. Daniella Cohen of Aevitas Creative Management

Daniella Cohen holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Yale University and has published creative work in numerous school publications. She joined Aevitas in 2020, after interning with Folio Literary Management’s editorial and audio rights departments.

What she is seeking: Based in New York, Daniella is most interested in literary fiction, narrative memoir, and psychological thriller. She also loves poetry—particularly anthologies that center on feminism and religion.

How to submit: Use the agency's submission form HERE.

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Evan Brown of Transatlantic Literary Agency

Evan Brown is an Associate Agent and Records Clerk at Transatlantic Literary Agency. Evan has been in publishing since 2012. Prior to joining Transatlantic in April 2019 he worked at a major trade publisher based in Toronto as a marketing specialist for adult and YA novels, including multiple New York Times bestsellers across a wide range of genres; as an acquisitions committee reader; and in online rights, helping authors combat digital piracy and plagiarism. He has experience copyediting, proofreading and freelance editing.

What he is seeking: Evan is currently developing his list and is looking for submissions in the following genres: Literary fiction, featuring unique voices, intriguing characters, writing ranging from real to the surreal, and stories that ponder big questions – even when narrow in scope. Historical fiction, literary rather than genre, featuring epic settings, multi-generational legacies, and compelling character drama. Fantasy fiction, written for adult readers, meaning mature themes more than mature content, laced with intricate lore, tangled politics, and relatable motivations. Science fiction, set in unique and evocative locations, challenging elements of contemporary society through a futuristic lens or alternative reality. Sports history and memoir, ideally narrative driven and reflecting to some extent on bigger issues or the wider world beyond sports.

How to submit: Please send a short biography, synopsis, and 20-page sample in Word or PDF to evan@transatlanticagency.com. Replies will be sent only for submissions being actively considered.

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Hannah VanVels of Belcastro Agency

Hannah’s life is consumed by all things bookish, and when she’s not working on books, she can usually be found curled up with a good cup of coffee or a glass of wine. She earned her BA at the University of Michigan and holds MA degrees from Tel Aviv University and the University of Chicago. In addition to agenting, Hannah owns a freelance editing business. Hannah has worked various bookish jobs including a stint as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble, a freelance editor for scholarly and academic essays and journals, and most recently as the acquiring editor at a young adult imprint with HarperCollins Publishing. Hannah loves working closely with authors and coming alongside them to make their vision come to life on page. She lives in West Michigan with her partner, two German Shepherds, and two cats.

What she is seeking: YA, Middle Grade and Picture Books. "I’m actively building an inclusive list with a variety of voices and genres. I love working with #OwnVoices authors, and I’m looking for voices from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, regardless of genre."

How to submit: Use her submission form HERE.


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