Thursday, January 5, 2023

4 New Agents Seeking Kidlit, SFF, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Romance, Mystery, Horror and more

Updated 11/19/23

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

Natasha Mihell is looking for Adult, NA, YA, MG, and Picture books. SFF, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Transgressive Fiction, Graphic Novel (Historical Fiction/Non-Fiction only), Biography/Memoir, History/Politics. Select Horror. 

Caroline Trussell is seeking Thrillers, Cozy Mysteries, Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, stories that feature dynamic characters with non-visible disabilities and/or mental illness.

Allegra Martschenko is looking for beautifully written YA science fiction and fantasy books. Allegra is currently prioritizing clients writing adult fiction.

Megan Frayser wants Adult: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Book Club Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Horror, Mythological Retellings, Dark Academia, Fantasy, Nonfiction, True Crime, Sociology. Young Adult: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Horror.

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 several agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another. (Some small agencies share. Be alert to a notice that "a no from one is a no from all.")

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


Ms. Megan Frayser
of Creative Media Agency

After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Megan Frayser began her journey in publishing with internships at Tule Publishing Group and Liza Dawson Associates. In 2021, she interned at Creative Media Agency before transitioning into an assistant position. Alongside her role in the office, she’s thrilled to be building her list as an associate agent.

What she is seeking:  
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Women’s Fiction (Ghosts by Dolly Alderton or Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour)
  • Book Club Fiction 
  • Mystery/Thrillers
  • Horror (Bunny by Mona Awad, Simone St. James, Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky)
  • Mythological Retellings
  • Dark Academia 
  • Fantasy (Black Sun, Piranesi, Babel)
  • Nonfiction, True Crime, Sociology
Young Adult:
  • Contemporary 
  • Romance
  • Mystery (Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Maureen Johnson, Holly Jackson)
  • Fantasy 
  • Horror (The Weight of Blood, House of Hollow) 

How to submit: Please email your query to and include the following in the body of the email: For fiction, the query letter and first five pages of text.
If you are writing nonfiction, along with your query please include an extended author bio and the marketing section of your book proposal. Remember to write “query” in the subject heading.


Ms. Natasha Mihell of The Rights Factory 

Currently closed to queries

Natasha Mihell is a writer, editor, and regular participant in NaNoWriMo, and has worked as an editorial assistant at TRF, an intern book scout, and an #IndigoEmployee. At Indigo, she sold books, organized author events, championed HarperCollins Canada, and raised funds for the Love of Reading Foundation, among other things. Outside the literary world, Natasha is a trained soprano with a BA (Hons.) in Political Science currently working toward a Masters in Public Administration. 

What she is seeking: Adult, NA, YA, MG, and Picture books. SFF, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Transgressive Fiction, Graphic Novel (Historical Fiction/Non-Fiction only), Biography/Memoir, History/Politics. Select Horror. 

How to submit: Use her form HERE.  


Ms. Caroline Trussell
 of Metamorphosis Literary Agency 

Caroline has a background in editing, writing, and communications and has worked as an agent assistant, editorial assistant, journalist, and communications consultant. She’s also a self-published young adult author, a Columbia Publishing Course graduate, and a mental health advocate.

What she is seeking
  • Thrillers (especially psychological thrillers)
  • Cozy Mysteries
  • Romance (especially romantic comedies, enemies to lovers, and fake dating)
  • Fantasy (particularly magical realism and urban fantasy)
  • Young Adult (contemporary romance and mental health driven storylines)
  • Middle Grade (with lots of heart and that discusses tough topics in an age appropriate way)
  • In any genre, stories that feature dynamic characters with non-visible disabilities and/or mental illness
How to submit: Use her query manager HERE.


Allegra Martschenko
 of Ladderbird Literary Agency

They started in publishing as a Sales intern at Princeton University Press, did a brief stint in children’s trade publishing, and spent a year at Cornell University Press as a 2020-2021 Mellon Diversity Fellow.

What she is seekingAllegra is looking for beautifully written science fiction and fantasy books in the young adult and adult space. Their top priority is elevating stories and authors traditionally marginalized in publishing and they are always on the hunt for gorgeous prose. Allegra prefers older YA and is open to crossover. They appreciate a romance subplot, especially if it’s queer, but there are so many types of love—it doesn’t need to be romantic! Allegra is currently prioritizing clients in the Adult space.

How to submit: Use their query manager HERE.

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