Here are six 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.
Ashley Reisinger is interested in a variety of fiction across adult, young adult, and middle grade. Chad W. Beckerman represents illustrators and author/illustrators from all over the globe, who create artwork for all ages and genres.
Ashley Hong is looking for transporting storytelling; compulsively readable memoirs; subversive prayers. But she's also into the fun stuff: rom com lit that rivals TV; self-deprecating self-help; essay collections that feel like a friend.
Anne Glusker's interests lie in nonfiction with a strong narrative that treats of-the-moment social & political issues and in can’t-put-it-down memoir and fiction that features strong storytelling. She is particularly interested in stories and situations featuring women, disability issues, people of color, and LGBTQ issues.
Lori Colvin is looking for fresh viewpoints in multiple genres, including WF, Thriller, Book Club Fiction, Mystery (but no Cozy), and more. Madeline Wallace is seeking literary and upmarket fiction, as well as select narrative nonfiction and memoir.
Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.
NOTE: Don'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. Ashley Reisinger
of Triada US Literary Agency
Ashley Reisinger is a Canadian author who writes about first love. She joined Triada US as assistant literary agent in February 2023.
What she is seeking: Assistant Literary Agent Ashley Reisinger is interested in a variety of fiction across adult, young adult, and middle grade.
In adult, she is primarily looking for swoony romances, the more chaotic the protagonist, the better (think Boyfriend Material, The Love Hypothesis, You Had Me at Hola, Book Lovers, Weather Girl).
In young adult, she is interested in heartfelt, character-driven stories, particularly romcoms (think To All The Boys I've Loved Before, A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, What I Like About You). She can also be enticed by the odd horror, thriller, or spec fic (think Wilder Girls, Cemetery Boys, The Darkness Outside Us, The Whispering Dark).
In middle grade, she is looking for a fun, quirky voice that will make her laugh. Primarily, she's interested in contemporary (think Front Desk, From the Desk of Zoe Washington), and fantasy/contemporary fantasy (think Amari and the Night Brothers, Ghost Squad).
How to submit: When querying Ashley, please include the first ten pages in the body of the email, with "query" included in the subject line. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Agent Chad W. Beckerman brings over 20 years of illustration and design experience to the Agency. After studying illustration as an undergrad at RISD, Chad went on to be a Designer at Scholastic, a Senior Designer at Greenwillow Books, and then became the Creative Director at ABRAMS Kids and Comic Arts, where he spent 13 years overseeing the design of 250 books a year - from picture books, to novels, to graphic novels, and art and entertainment books. Chad is behind the aesthetic for over forty New York Times bestselling and award-winning books including the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, the Caldecott honor and Corretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Story, illustrated by Brian Collier, and the Newbery Medal honor books
El Deafo, and Heart of the Samurai.
What he is seeking: Chad’s greatest joy is working with illustrators, and as an agent he is busy curating and cultivating a unique group of artists who are inspiring and innovating in children’s literature. Chad represents illustrators and author/illustrators from all over the globe, who create artwork for all ages and genres.
How to submit: Send materials to SUBMISSIONS@CATAGENCYINC.COM & let us know who you are submitting to in the subject line!
Illustrators: send 4-6 jpegs of samples, a live link to your website and a short letter of introduction
Please send work that shows character development, style, color and narrative story-telling.
Author/Illustrators: email a brief synopsis of your manuscript, along with several accompanying illustrations or samples of your artwork. If we are interested in reviewing your dummy, we will request that you send it.
Ashley dove into the publishing world in 2017 after several years in news/digital media. She served the Convergent imprint of Penguin Random House for over four years, where she edited a number of NYT bestsellers.
What she is seeking: She's a sucker for the kind of writing that haunts you in a good way: transporting storytelling; compulsively readable memoirs; subversive prayers. But she's also into the fun stuff: rom com lit that rivals TV; self-deprecating self-help; essay collections that feel like a friend.
How to submit
: Use the agency's query manager HERE
Anne Glusker is a long-time editor, at publications ranging from the Washington Post to Forbes to the American Lawyer; she has overseen stories and projects on everything from food to business, fashion to politics, health care to education.
What she is seeking: As an agent, her interests lie in nonfiction with a strong narrative that treats of-the-moment social & political issues and in can’t-put-it-down memoir and fiction that features strong storytelling. She is particularly interested in stories and situations featuring women, disability issues, people of color, and LGBTQ issues. She loves a contrarian point of view and a look into rarely seen worlds.
How to submit: Send query to anne@TheSpielerAgency.com
Lori has a special empathy for authors, having penned over 150 books herself, under a successful pen name. A fierce advocate for her fellow writers, Lori understands the publishing industry from many different viewpoints, and she does her absolute best to tailor her approach to meet each author’s needs.
What she is seeking: Lori's looking for fresh viewpoints in multiple genres, including WF, Thriller, Book Club Fiction, Mystery (but no Cozy), and more.
How to submit: In the subject line, type ATTN Lori, and include your project's title. Please send all of the following in the BODY of your email. Attachments will not be opened and your query may be declined if this guidance isn’t followed.
- Word Count
- A 1-2 sentence hook
- A SHORT query. Please do not send a summary disguised as a query letter. If you don't know how to write a query, there are multiple online tools to assist you with this.
- A 1-2 page summary that hits the high points only.
- The first ten pages of your manuscript.
Madeline joined the Greenburger team after internships with Writers House and the Feminist Press. A Midwesterner at heart, she grew up in Indiana and graduated from Earlham College. She serves as the second assistant to Heide Lange and feels fortunate every day to work with Heide’s esteemed clients.
What she is seeking: Madeline is seeking literary and upmarket fiction, as well as select narrative nonfiction and memoir. She is committed to advocating for voices that have been underrepresented in publishing.
In fiction, Madeline loves to lose herself in unputdownable stories with characters that transcend the page. More specifically, she would love to receive coming-of-age novels from adult perspectives, especially ones that turn tropes on their heads and offer engrossing, offbeat perspectives. She appreciates novels with distinct sociopolitical contexts, welcomes satire and surrealism as long as the overall work is grounded, and falls for anything with a biting sense of humor. She would love to see intergenerational or domestic sagas with crackling characters and vibrant prose. She also appreciates suspenseful, literary-leaning novels with smart twists. Ultimately, fiction needs to be multidimensional, progressive, and unique in the way it delivers its message.
In the nonfiction space, she is hoping for books that explore pop culture, examining celebrity and fandom through a critical lens. She would also love to receive intimate narratives that interrogate institutions and systems, books that grapple with relationships between food and body image, and memoirs with family-centered narratives, particularly ones that excavate surprising histories.
How to submit: Query Madeline at email@example.com. Please put “Query: [PROJECT TITLE]” in the subject line, followed by your name. Please include a query letter in the body of your email and, as a .docx or .pages attachment, the first 15–20 pages of the work, or your full nonfiction proposal. If your manuscript meets the requirements of her list, Madeline will respond within 4–6 weeks with a decline or interest in the full manuscript.
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