Monday, November 1, 2021

5 New Literary Agents Seeking Romance, Sci-fi, Horror, Nonfiction, Memoir, YA, MG, Fantasy and more

Here are five new agents actively expanding their client lists. New agents are a boon to writers. They are actively building their lists, and will go the extra mile for their clients. Emma Bal is actively looking for nonfiction and memoir. Clara Chuiton is seeking romance. Saint Gibson is interested in representing adult romance, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Becca Langton is looking for new stories in all shapes and sizes, from middle grade and graphic novel to teen and YA fiction. Naomi Eisenbeiss is interested in literary fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

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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Saint Gibson
of Speilburg Literary Agency 

Saint Gibson was born in California and raised in the deep South before moving up to moody New England. Prior to joining Speilburg, she worked as an assistant acquisitions editor at Tantor Media and as a ghostwriter of contemporary romance novels. She holds a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and a master's degree in Theological Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. She currently lives in Boston with her fiance and spoiled Persian cat, and spends her free time hunting for vintage clothes in thrift stores and reading tarot cards. Saint is also an author of romantic fantasy books. 

What she is seeking: Saint is interested in representing adult romance, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In romance, she's most interested in representing queer and polyamorous love stories of all kinds, especially historicals that read like KJ Charles or Cat Sebastian, or high heat, high angst contemporary romances that feel like Sierra Simone or Tiffany Reisz books. She loves a hard-won HEA no matter the circumstances, and some of her favorite romance tropes include forbidden love, marriage in trouble, exes to lovers, and second chance romance. She's not a good fit for sports romances or secret babies.

Saint is also interested in representing select titles in religious and metaphysical nonfiction, particularly titles with a progressive bent or interfaith appeal. She's interested in memoirs of faith lost or found, accessible theology that engages with current events and pop culture, and stories of syncretism. 

How to submit: Use her query manager HERE

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Ms. Clara Chuiton of Olswanger Literary 

Clara Chuiton is a new agent at Olswanger Literary. "I am a big musical theater fan, so manuscripts with this element are bound to get my attention. I'm also a former gymnast, so send me your sport and competition romances!"

What she is seeking: "I love all categories of adult romance, with an emphasis on rom-coms and contemporary. I especially love storylines that focus on identity and non-traditional careers, and I am always looking for fresh twists on well-loved tropes (enemies-to-lovers, unlikable heroines, road trip novels…). I also love historical romances that take place in unusual settings and in rarely-written-about time periods. I'm also looking for science-fiction and horror novels, and manuscripts that blend the two genres. Stories set in space, stories that pose ethical dilemmas, and stories with strong intersectional feminist themes are very likely to interest me."

How to submit: Submit a query letter and the first three chapters of your manuscript here.

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Ms. Emma Bal of The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency (UK)

After graduating from the University of Bristol with a Master’s in Classics, Emma Bal has spent several years championing authors as an award-winning publicist at Penguin and then as Head of Publicity at Bloomsbury. From debuts to high-profile, award-winning experts in their fields, she has launched and cultivated the careers of historians, poets, activists, polemicists, Nobel prize-winning economists, memoirists, journalists and novelists. Authors she has worked with include: Reni Eddo-Lodge, Peter Frankopan, Claudia Rankine, Pankaj Mishra, David Kynaston, Richard Thaler, and Patricia Lockwood. Emma has handled the campaigns for many Sunday Times bestsellers such as Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, Humankind by Rutger Bregman, The Establishment by Owen Jones, Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan, Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem and The Anarchy by William Dalrymple.

What she is seeking: Nonfiction. Emma is actively looking for new perspectives in history, arts & culture, politics, economics, philosophy, psychology, nature and science; unusual illustrated projects; dynamic cookery and food writing; and atypical narrative non-fiction and memoir.

How to submit: Read submission guidelines HERE

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Ms. Becca Langton
of Darley Anderson Literary (UK) 

Becca studied History at Cambridge and loved studying (and student life) so much that she went on to add a PGCE, a masters in Children’s literature and a second masters in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University to her CV. Whilst chasing that ‘back to school’ high, Becca has gained experience in almost every part of the publishing industry. She started out as an editorial assistant at Hot Key Books before joining the licensing world to work as a magazine editor and publishing manager for Moshi Monsters. After a spell developing original ideas for Pottermore she became a literary scout (the super sleuth of the publishing world) where she learned the importance of the foreign rights market. Becca joined Darley Anderson as a literary agent in October 2021 and is now building a list with a particular focus on the US market.

What she is seeking: Becca is looking for new stories in all shapes and sizes, from middle grade and graphic novel to teen and YA fiction. Becca reads widely but loves books with compelling voices, twists and brave new ideas. In YA she would love to see some Queer fantasy, rom-coms with plenty of ‘com’ and contemporary stories told from a new perspective. For younger readers she love/hates the books that make her cry and is on the search for characters that stay with her long after the final page. High-stakes adventure stories are welcome as are graphic novels and books that make you want to read just one more chapter…

How to submit: Use her form HERE.

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Ms. Naomi Eisenbeiss
of InkWell Management 

Naomi Eisenbeiss graduated with a dual degree in Political Science from Sciences Po in Nancy, France and Freie University in Berlin, Germany. Prior to InkWell, she spent three years as Manager of the Shanghai International Literary Festival in China. She speaks English, Japanese, German and conversational French and Mandarin. 

What she is seeking: Her interests include literary fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

How to submit: Send your query to submissions [at] inkwellmanagement [dot] com. You may specify the name of the agent to whom you are submitting in the subject line of your query or address your query to the agency at large. In the body of your email, please include a query letter and a short writing sample (1-2 chapters). Emails with large attachments will be discarded.


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