Tuesday, August 3, 2021

6 New Literary Agents Seeking Speculative and Genre Fiction, Literary Fiction, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels

Here are six new literary agents seeking clients. Logan Harper is seeking a variety of character-driven fiction and is particularly drawn to women’s fiction, book club fiction, psychological thrillers, domestic suspense, mystery/crime, upmarket and literary fiction. Bre Stephens wants Gothic, Horror, Speculative, Fantasy, Psychological Realism, Detective/Mystery, MG, YA, and in nonfiction, Art, History, Personal Journey, Healing, Memoirs, Biographies, Self-Help. 

Alina Mitchell is actively looking for nonfiction proposals including memoir, biographies, how-to, elementary & secondary education topics, religion/spirituality, narrative nonfiction, and new perspectives in history, arts & culture. ​Kirsten Aguilar  is interested in Literary Fiction, Commercial/Upmarket Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Memoir, Essay Collections, and Family Mythology. 

Hafizah Geter is open to submissions of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Ericka Phillips is interested in non-fiction authors working in the Buddhist and mindfulness arena with a focus on health and spiritual well-being.

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

NOTEDon't submit to two agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another.

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

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Ms. Alina Mitchell of MacGregor & Luedeke Literary 

Alina received a Bachelor of Arts in English/Professional Writing with a minor in Business Management from Oakwood University, a Master of Arts in English & Secondary Education from the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) and an Instructional Design/eLearning Certificate from Oregon State University. Beginning her writing and education career working as a Freshman Composition instructor at UAH, Alina always encouraged her students to have a sense of agency and own their voices through their writing. She continued to pursue her passion working as a secondary English teacher, principal and higher education administrator.  In 2019, Alina published her debut book, The Color of Beauty: The Life and Work of New York Fashion Icon Ophelia DeVore, which chronicled the life of her grand-aunt Ophelia DeVore, the 1st Black model in the United States. Additionally, she freelances as a writer with Darklight Studios and evaluates standardized writing exams with the Educational Testing Services. 

What she is seeking: Alina is actively looking for nonfiction proposals including memoir, biographies, how-to, elementary & secondary education topics, religion/spirituality, narrative nonfiction, and new perspectives in history, arts & culture.

How to submit: Please read their guidelines HERE.

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Ms. Logan Harper of Jane Rotrosen Agency 

Prior to joining JRA in 2021, Logan was an Associate Agent at a mid-sized literary agency in Manhattan. A native Washingtonian, Logan is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle and the Columbia Publishing Course in Oxford.

What she is seeking: She’s seeking a variety of character-driven fiction and is particularly drawn to women’s fiction, book club fiction, psychological thrillers, domestic suspense, mystery/crime, upmarket and literary fiction. She is always eager to read and champion underrepresented voices and perspectives. 

How to submit: Use her contact form.

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Ms. Bre Stephens of Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency 

TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO QUERIES

Bre has 13 years of experience as a writer, publisher, educator, literary judge, and editor. She has worked as an Editor-in-Chief of a literary magazine and has taught university composition, technical writing, and creative writing. Bre holds an MA in English and Creative Writing, an M.Ed. in ESL, and a BA in Art History. In her spare time, she loves attending Japanese festivals and learning more about world cultures.

What she is seeking: Adult Fiction: Gothic, Horror, Speculative, Fantasy, Psychological Realism, Detective/Mystery

Middle Grade & Young Adult: Gothic, Horror, Fantasy, Psychological Realism, Detective/Mystery, Slice of Life, Adventure, Coming of Age, Graphic Novels

Non-Fiction: Art, History, Personal Journey, Healing, Memoirs, Biographies, Self-Help

How to submit: Use her query manager HERE.

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Ms. Kirsten Aguilar of Ladderbird Literary Agency 

​Kirsten Aguilar was born and raised in Sonoma, California and currently lives in Chicago. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame and has had internships at Folio Literary Management and Penguin. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys tending to her (too) many plants, attempting to cook, and visiting mountains as often as she can. She’s obsessed with whales and hummingbirds. You can find her on Twitter @LitAgentAguilar.

What she is seeking: Literary Fiction, Commercial/Upmarket Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Memoir, Essay Collections, and Family Mythology. Across the board, she is looking for work that represents the complexity, intersectionality and diversity of the world without tokenization. She is especially dedicated to representing writers of marginalized communities whose stories are often left out of the publishing landscape. She would love to see work that centers BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ experience.

How to submit: Submit to Kirsten here: queryme.online/kirstenaguilar

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Ms. Hafizah Geter
 of Janklow & Nesbit Associates 

Hafizah Geter is an award-winning Nigerian-American poet, writer, and editor born in Zaria, Nigeria. She grew up in Akron, Ohio and Columbia, South Carolina and received her BA in English and economics from Clemson University and an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago.

What she is seeking: Hafizah is open to submissions of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Hafizah represents writers who start conversations, challenge conventions, and whose sentences thrum with voice and style. She loves complex thinkers who combine their obsessions with lyric and narrative attention and is interested in stories that reveal something precise and up close about our world and our relationships. She’s interested in stories that complicate the personal with the political, cultural, and/or historical in order to reveal new connections, and fuller ways for us to be human—stories that investigate the intricacies and in-betweens of sexuality, gender, tenderness and cruelty, love and desire, intimacy and shame—and she loves a sad book as much as a funny one.

How to submit: Please read their guidelines HERE.

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Ms. Ericka Phillips
 of Stephanie Tade Agency 

Before joining the Stephanie Tade Agency, Ericka has worked as a development consultant for social mission-driven businesses and foundations such as the Eileen Fisher Community Foundation and Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She has held several leadership positions in the mindfulness sector including serving as Executive Director at both New York Insight Meditation Center and the New York Shambhala Center - two of the largest meditation communities in the US. Ericka also serves as the Board President of MNDFL Ed, an organization founded to support positive transformation in the educational system, bringing mindfulness to schools. 

What she is seeking: Ericka is interested in non-fiction authors working in the Buddhist and mindfulness arena with a focus on health and spiritual well-being. She has a passion for developing projects and building platforms that help amplify the voices of women of color and black women writers in particular. She is experienced in platform development, marketing, and publicity and helps authors translate their message into brand strategy. 

How to submit: Use their form HERE.

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