Friday, January 21, 2022

6 Agents Actively Seeking Cookbooks, Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Romance, YA and more

Here are six agents seeking cookbooks and other nonfiction, as well as fiction. All are from established agencies with good track records. 

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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Meg Thompson of The Thompson Agency

Meg Thompson grew up in Lubbock, TX and moved to NY to attend New York University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a degree in British and American Literature. She started in publishing in 2002, working closely with President Bill Clinton in his Harlem office as a researcher and fact checker on his memoirs, My Life. She then joined LJK Literary Management, LLC in 2005. She worked at LJK for six years, becoming a senior agent in only 2 years, before founding her own agency with Susanna Einstein, the Einstein Thompson Agency. After three successful years at ETA, Meg decided to launch her own agency, Thompson Literary LLC. Her clients include #1 NY Times bestselling cookbook author Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food. She is interested in biography, memoir, music, popular science, politics, social justice, cookbooks, sports, health and wellness, spirituality, fashion, art, design, adult illustrated books, popular culture, and anything that advances our cultural and social dialogue to a more elevated level.

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Erin Clyburn of Howland Agency

Prior to joining Howland Literary, Erin Clyburn was an associate agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She was the general manager and director of collection development for Turtleback Books, a distributor of books to the school and library market, and she has over a decade of experience in magazine publishing, having worked for brands including Food & Wine, Cooking Light, People, and Entertainment Weekly. She received her BA in English Literature from Mississippi State University and her MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. She is seeking books on food, culinary histories, memoirs, nonfiction and fiction.

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Christine J. Lee
of The Leshne Agency

Christine J. Lee is an Associate Literary Agent at The Leshne Agency with interest in a broad range of genres, including full-length literary fiction, sci-fi, thrillers, horror, true crime, and romance, YA, cookbooks, interior design and gardening, parenting, books on self-empowerment, and memoirs/biographies touching on race, sex, class, and identity. 

She has worked in the publishing industry for more than 13 years, beginning at Bedford/St. Martin’s, then moved on to Simon & Schuster. She earned a BA from Princeton University in English Literature and a MFA from the University of Houston in Fiction. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and cat.

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Stacey Glick of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC 

Stacey Kendall Glick, Vice President, joined DG&B in 1999 after working in film and television development for five years. Following a number of internships in the entertainment business, her first job after college was at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, where she looked for book projects to be adapted into feature films. Next, she worked as a story editor at Hearst Entertainment, where she scouted material for television movies. Stacey grew up just outside of Manhattan and is a former child actress who appeared on television, on stage, and in feature films. She has a wide-ranging and eclectic client list, and is interested in many subjects, including (but not limited to) on the adult side: practical and narrative nonfiction including cooking and food, memoir, psychology, mental health and wellness, lifestyle, women’s issues, parenting, current events, pop culture and science, and select adult contemporary fiction. And on the children’s side: YA, middle grade, nonfiction, and select picture books. Stacey is a member of the AAR, Women’s Media Group, and is a council member of the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature (RUCCL.org).

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Gina Panettieri
of Talcott Notch Literary Services

Gina Panettieri is the founder of Talcott Notch Literary Services, a full service literary agency representing the freshest voices in fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children. Some of her latest projects include Hillerman Prize winner THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf (St. Martin's Press), WSJ bestseller WAR SHADOWS by Andrews & Wilson (Thomas & Mercer), and GARDEN STATE GANGLAND by Scott Deitche (Rowman & Littlefield). 

"I find it all fascinating! History, business, self-help, science, gardening, cookbooks, crafts, parenting, memoir, true crime and travel. Teach me something new, something I couldn’t find somewhere else, something based on original research and that’s the hook I’m looking for. With fiction, I love quirky, edgy characters. Send me women’s fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, science fiction, historical, mystery, thrillers and suspense."

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Katherine Latshaw of Folio Literary Management

"I joined Folio in 2013 after working as an agent at The Literary Group International with Frank Weimann. Prior to that, I worked at packager and literary agency Stonesong, where I participated in every facet of book production, from sales to photo shoots to edits and design. That unique perspective has allowed me to weigh in with authority on behalf of clients during every step of the publishing process. I relish working one on one with authors. For nonfiction, I will often brainstorm with clients who have the requisite knowledge and platform but aren’t sure how to harness that into a saleable concept. I will write, re-write, and edit behind a client to present the best possible pitch to editors. For fiction, my aim is the same, and I will provide whatever is necessary to achieve that result, from general editorial suggestions to line edits. My authors range very widely from celebrities like Burt Reynolds to ice cream sandwich empire Coolhaus to antiracism author Layla Saad. I’m looking for commercial nonfiction: cookbooks; lifestyle; memoir; pop culture; health & wellness; social media-platformed projects; incisive essay collections; illustrated/gift books; feminist and underrepresented voices; select fiction. I am also looking for seasoned collaborators and ghostwriters so send along those resumes!"

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Jennifer Unter
of the Unter Agency

Jennifer Unter is the founder of the Unter Agency. She has worked in many aspects of the publishing industry from editorial at Henry Holt, to a copyright lawyer at an entertainment firm. In addition to placing projects at domestic and foreign publishers, she also sells to audio, film and television. She is a member of Women’s Media Group. She is interested in seeing quality fiction and general nonfiction, with a particular interest in memoir, food/cooking, nature/environment, biography, pop culture, travel/adventure, true crime, politics and health/fitness. Additionally, she is looking for all types of children’s literature (picture books, middle grade, and young adult).

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