Tuesday, May 10, 2022

4 New Agents Seeking Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, Middle Grade, YA, Mystery, Romance and more

Here are four new agents actively seeking clients. New agents are a boon to writers. They are actively building their lists, and will go the extra mile for their clients.

Tom Killingbeck is interested in non-fiction. Victoria Dillman is most interested in adult literary/upmarket fiction and narrative and expert-driven nonfiction. She would particularly like to hear from underrepresented communities including neurodivergent, queer, and BIPOC voices. 

Jenissa Graham is currently seeking submissions for middle grade, YA, and select adult projects. In middle grade and YA, she is interested in contemporary, action/adventure, mystery/suspense, sci-fi, fantasy, and psychological thrillers. In adult, she is only currently open to mystery/suspense and psychological thrillers.

Hannah Strouth is looking for historical fiction, contemporary rom-coms, and upmarket/literary fiction.

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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Mr. Tom Killingbeck of A.M. Heath & Co. Ltd (UK) 

I joined AM Heath as a literary agent in 2022. Previously I was an editorial director at Penguin and HarperCollins, where I worked with an eclectic group of authors including Dame Jane Goodall, John Preston, Bella Mackie, Isabel Hardman, Sarah Langford, Ed Caesar, Adam Higginbotham, Kathleen Hanna, Bimini Bon Boulash and The Modern House. I also helped to launch the 4thWrite Prize. As an agent with over a decade of experience as an editor, I relish working closely and creatively with academics who want to reach the broadest possible readership for their writing, and journalists and memoirists with the storytelling abilities of the best novelists.

What he is seeking; I specialise in nonfiction, seeking fresh, expert perspectives on history, science, nature, politics, current affairs, travel, business and health. I am always keen to find pioneering or definitive narratives in the arts and pop culture, especially music. I am particularly interested in writers who can open readers’ minds and help them see the world differently, through untold histories, ground-breaking science, or revelatory journalism. But equally, I love books that are simply a pleasure to read, be they a hilariously gossipy memoir or a gripping true crime investigation.

How to submit: Use their submission form HERE.

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Ms. Victoria Dillman
 of Howland Literary 

Before Howland Literary, Victoria Dillman was an assistant and foreign rights associate at Sobel Weber Associates and an intern at Linda Leith Publishing, as well as a reader for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Awards. She holds a B.A. in English from McGill University, and an MFA in Fiction from The New School. Her pronouns are she/her.

What she is seeking: Victoria is most interested in adult literary/upmarket fiction and narrative and expert-driven nonfiction. She would particularly like to hear from underrepresented communities including neurodivergent, queer, and BIPOC voices.

In fiction, she looks for a well-paced plot with a strong, distinctive voice. She is fascinated by complex and nuanced characters with conflicting desires. She especially loves literary fiction with a speculative or magical element. She is also intrigued by hybrids of literary-genre fiction: pieces that work to subvert genre conventions. She will always be captured by family relationships, particularly the complexities of sibling dynamics and intergenerational trauma. As someone who grew up internationally, Victoria is drawn to narratives exploring transitory homes and cultures.

In nonfiction, she is looking for projects that have a passion for and in-depth knowledge of niche topics. She is drawn to narratives that focus on the individual and offer fresh perspectives on our world. Some of the topics she is interested include social justice, climate change, mental health, cults, true crime, and counterculture.

How to submit: Use her Query Manager form HERE.

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Ms. Jenissa Graham 
of BookEnds, LLC 

Jenissa’s publishing career started at Writers House when she was selected for the Fall 2020 internship class. In January 2021, she was hired full time in the subrights department as the Global Licensing and Media Rights Assistant. She moved to BookEnds in April 2022, where she is thrilled to begin building a list as an Associate Agent and Subrights Manager. Jenissa is interested in increasing the BIPOC space in Publishing and is always on the lookout for new underrepresented authors. Born in upstate New York and raised in Georgia, Jenissa is a first-generation Jamaican. She is an alumna of Georgia State University where she received her Bachelor’s in English, Creative Writing. Jenissa currently lives in New York.

What she is seeking: Jenissa is currently seeking submissions for middle grade, YA, and select adult projects. In middle grade and YA, she is interested in contemporary, action/adventure, mystery/suspense, sci-fi, fantasy, and psychological thrillers. In adult, she is only currently open to mystery/suspense and psychological thrillers.

How to submit: Use her form HERE

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Ms. Hannah Strouth
 of Jane Rotrosen Agency 

While earning her B.A. in English and Marketing from the College of William & Mary, Hannah completed an internship at a boutique literary agency in Virginia, where she fell in love with this side of publishing. After graduating from the Columbia Publishing Course, she joined JRA as Office Assistant and soon after was promoted to Contracts Associate. Today, as assistant to Andrea Cirillo and Kathy Schneider, she helps maintain their list of clients while keeping her sights set on growing her own list. 

What she is seeking: Historical fiction, contemporary rom-coms, and upmarket/literary fiction.

How to submit: Use her form HERE.


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