22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You

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“22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You” by Joan Y. Edwards

I am not a publisher or an agent. I am a writer. It’s frustrating when you find a publisher you like and in their guidelines they state:
“We are no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts. We only accept from an agent.”

Horror of all horrors. That’s not what we writers or illustrators want to read or hear.

After I wrote my first blog about publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts 50 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts, I  researched agents. Finding agents that accept unsolicited queries or manuscripts was difficult, but I found them.

Remember that many agents will accept your query (a letter explaining your project and asking if they are interested in seeing your manuscript) but not a manuscript unless they ask for it.
I hereby give my personal thanks to all publishers and agents who accept unsolicited queries and manuscripts from writers. Hurray for you.

Read the guidelines carefully to make sure they are still accepting unsolicited submissions – queries and manuscripts. Check out your prospective agent on these lists:

Follow their guidelines.

Updated these February 17, 2019.  Please email me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com if links do not work or agencies no longer accept new clients.

 

Agent for Authors Who Are Already Published – Adult 

1. Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, LLC  Submission Guidelines

Agents for Screenplay Writers (one accepts books, too)

  1. Cedar Grove Agency Entertainment
    http://www.angelfire.com/movies/cedargrove/writers.html
    Email: cedargroveagency@msn.com
  2. Evatopia Entertainment Screenwriters http://evatopiaentertainment.com/submissions. Specializes in movie scripts, but also actively seeking: juvenile literature _ middle grade, YA and some nonfiction (mostly biographies).Release agreement – Good to read it. http://evatopiaentertainment.com/release-agreement
  3. Gallagher Literary They use a submission form. http://www.gallagherliterary.com/pitch.html

Agents for Adults Only

  1. Daniel Literary Group accepts non-fiction for adults only. http://danielliterarygroup.com/Submissions_Guidelines.html
  2. Irene Goodman Literary Agency Submissions This agency is always looking for the finest in commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction, including mysteries, romance, women’s fiction, thrillers, and suspense. Some agents represent young adult. They do not represent poetry, inspirational fiction, screenplays, or children’s picture books.

Adult and Children’s Books

  1. Books and Such Literary Agency. “Submissions:” http://www.booksandsuch.biz/submissions/
  2. Curtis Brown LTD, Adult and Children’s books http://www.curtisbrown.com/submissions.php
  3. Donald Maass Literary Agency. “Submissions:” http://maassagency.com/submissions/
  4. Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. “Submission Guidelines:” http://ethanellenberg.com/submission-guidelines/
  5. Greenburger Associates Check each agent for what they want and the agent’s email for submissions. http://greenburger.com/submissions/
  6. The Knight Agency The Knight Agency Submission Guidelines .
  7. Martin Literary Management http://www.martinlit.com/#!submission-policy/c2052. One agent accepts only adult non-fiction. The other agent accepts children’s books fiction and non-fiction.
  8. McIntosh and Otis, Inc. “Submissions:” http://mcintoshandotis.com/submissions/ 
  9. Writers House Adult and Children’s Books. Check submission guidelines: http://www.writershouse.com/submissions/

Literary Agents for Children’s Books Only

  1. Adams Literary Agency. “Submit Now:” http://www.adamsliterary.com/submissions/ 
  2. Andrea Brown Literary Agency. “How to Submit:” http://www.andreabrownlit.com/how-to-submit.html
  3. Folio Literary Management. “Staff:”  How to Submit – FictionFolio Literary How to Submit – Non-Fiction
  4. Sheldon Fogelman Agency. “Submissions:” http://www.sheldonfogelmanagency.com/submissions.htm
  5. Stimola Literary Studio, Inc. “Submission Guidelines:” Stimola Literary Studio – Submissions Guidelines
  6. Trident Media Group. “Submissions” Trident Media Group – Submissions
  7. Wernick & Pratt Agency. “Submissions Policy:” http://www.wernickpratt.com/submissions-policy/

Lists of Agents Are Below

If you check the lists below, you may find other agents that meet your personal needs.

Lists of Agents for all books

Lists for Screenwriters

 Lists for Agents for Children’s Books

Lists of Agents for Adult Books

How to Find an Agent

Database of Literary Agencies Lite Rejections.com http://www.litrejections.com/agency-database/#
Ginny Wiehardt. About.com. “Research Agents:” http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/thebusinessofwriting/tp/researchagents.htm
Joan Y. Edwards. “Take These Steps before You Sign with an Agent:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/take-these-steps-before-you-sign-with-an-agent/ 

Thank you for being here.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2013-2019 Joan Y. Edwards

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68 thoughts on “22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You”

  1. Joan,
    I admire your willingness to research for literary agents and share your findings. What a great gift–the gift of time. And in this case, lots of time. I hope you found at least one golden nugget that you will contact personally.

    1. Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. Thanks for the compliment. I did find a few that I might meet be a good match for me and my writing. I hope there’s one for you, too.
      Celebrate you today.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

    1. Dear Carol,
      Thanks for writing. You’re welcome for the list of agents. I do hope you find one when it’s time to head in an agent’s direction. Remember an agent is looking for you when you are looking for him.
      Celebrate your writing.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  2. Such a timely topic for me, Joan, since I am searching for one. Children’s Writers Market book is a great resource too, as is SCBWI if you write for kids. Can a non-member see the SCBWI list ?

    1. I’ll answer my own question about the SCBWI list: a non-member can read it, but it’s several years old. I’m not sure how it’s been updated since then.
      I’ve just started reading through all your links. This will keep me busy all weekend. Thanks again, Joan– You rock!

      1. Dear Juliana, I’m glad that you wrote again to clarify your question about the SCBWI list. SCBWI Members can see the current list.
        I’m glad that you’re looking forward to going through the links in this blog post. Thanks for saying that I rock. What a nice compliment.
        Never Give Up
        Joan Y. Edwards

    2. Dear Juliana,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you are searching for an agent. To see the current list you probably have to be a member of SCBWI. Even on current lists, it’s a good plan to check their website for guidelines. The submission guidelines may change from the time they are posted to the time you read them.
      Good luck with your pursuit of an agent. Remember the right agent is looking for you, too.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

    1. Dear Sandra,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you’re going to catalog an save the list for when you might need it in the future.
      Good luck with your new launch of Arlie, the Alligator.
      Thanks for the compliment about the list being very helpful.
      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

    1. Dear Maureen,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad that you think this post is helpful. I appreciate the compliment.
      Have fun traveling around. Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  3. Dear Ann,
    Thank you for reading my blog and for writing. I appreciate your vote of confidence in me, as a teacher. Saying I am a tireless researcher is a great compliment. Thank you. I hope your sequel to Hiding Carly sells oodles and oodles.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

    1. Dear Susan,
      Thanks for reading my post and writing me a note. I am glad you liked this 18 Literary Agents article. Thank you for letting me know another website to add to the resources in it. You are a jewel to share your information with me. Thanks for tweeting and facebooking a reference to it.
      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  4. It’s so wonderful you took the time to research this out and put it together. It seems these days you need a magic wand to get anywhere in anything but indie publishing so every time I see a post like this I think, wow, someone understands and cares.

  5. Joan, what a lovely person you are, to share something that has required your time and effort. Such a selfless act, knowing that one of the people reading your list may potentially take your ‘chance’ with the agent or publisher – yet you choose to disseminate rather than hoard the information. Even if I never submit another thing, I will appreciate the effort you have made on the part of all aspiring writers.
    I wish you luck and joy.
    Lee

    1. Dear Lee,
      Thank you for writing. What a wonderful compliment you gave me! I appreciate it very much. There is room for all of us to be published. I got frustrated at trying to find publishers and agents who were willing to accept unsolicited manuscripts. I started making a list. Then I decided that my information was much more a treasure if I shared it with others. Perhaps we could get to the publishing place together.
      Please do submit your writing. The world is waiting for it. I am thankful for the honor you bestowed upon me with your wishes for good luck and joy!
      May you always have the courage to take action toward your goals.
      I hope you’ll visit my website often. If there’s something you would like for me to write about, let me know.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

  6. Dear Sandra,
    Thanks for writing. I am honored that you believe this is a great list. You are welcome for the list.
    You made me laugh with your question, “Do you ever sleep?”
    Yes, I do sleep. If I get restless and can’t sleep, then I go to the computer and write. I’m glad you read my blog and find it helpful.
    Thanks for your gift of humor.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

    1. Dear Pamela,
      Thank you for writing. You are very welcome for my compiling this list. I hope you will visit my blog again!
      Go through the day and celebrate you!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  7. Don’t even bother with Diana Finch, people. You apparently have to have a membership in order to submit a query through her website (https://dianafinchliteraryagency.submittable.com/submit/1681), and her submission guidelines aren’t even consistent throughout each website that lists her contact information for hopeful writers. Seriously, just search for her name in AgentQuery.com’s database, Chuck Sambuchino’s blog at WritersDigest.com, and MarketList.com’s database. Her submission guidelines aren’t consistently similar on each of these sites OR on her own website.
    Thank you anyway for compiling this list, Joan, but Diana Finch is NOT someone whom I’d recommend to up-and-coming authors to contact in terms of having her represent their work.

    1. Dear Chad,
      Thanks for writing and telling me about your bad experience. I’ll remove her name from my list. I appreciate you taking the time to write and let me know.
      I wish you good luck in finding an agent you can rely on and can communicate with in a proper manner.
      Celebrate you and your concern for all writers,
      Joan

  8. Wonderful information and dedication to aspiring authors! Thank you so much for all of the information you posted and shared. Internet Communities are just awesome and I love to get instant results when researching. Again, great job!

    1. Dear Renee,
      Thank you very much for leaving a comment here and on my Facebook Author page. You are very thoughtful. I appreciate it very much. I hope the 18 Literary Agents leads you to the agent who is looking for your work.
      Celebrate you and your thoughtful ways,
      Joan

    1. Dear Patrick,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you like my blog. I hope you’ll subscribe (left-hand column on blog). Good luck to you in finding the publisher you want!
      Let me know if there’s a subject you’d like for me to write about.
      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

    1. Dear Caroline,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you believe the information I put about publishers is great information. Thanks for your good wishes for my publication, too.
      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  9. This is exactly what I have being looking for, an agents list, it is even more difficult than the writing itself. Hope it will work for me. You’ve done a wonderful job that requires great appreciation. Thank you

  10. Dear Alliyu Baba,
    Thank you for writing. I am excited that this is exactly what you have been looking for. Finding the right agent does take time and skill. Remember that the right agent is also looking for you.
    I hope you subscribe to my blog.
    Celebrate you and your writing.
    Never Give Up
    Joan

  11. Hi Joan:
    Thanks for your excellent research! I am a screenwriter seeking an agency that reps screenplays. Most of your research seems to be focused on literary. Can you direct me to other resources? Thanks.
    Ed Munter

  12. Hi Joan, I am a Service Coordinator (similar to a Case Manager) and I work with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. There is one particular young lady that I work with that is 25 yrs old and has Down Syndrome. She is extremely talented with her illustrating and story telling. She has a very creative and vivid imagination. She has written a number of books with illustrations that her mother would love to have published. Would you be able to offer me any advice?
    Thank you,
    Karin

    1. Dear Karen,
      You are a blessing to many. Thank you for helping those with disabilities. Other than submitting them to one or two of publishers on my post 33 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts or have them self-published through CreateSpace.
      I’m sorry I don’t have more information to share with you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

      1. Karin should direct them to Amazon.KindleKids, a platform for self-publishing picture books as an ebook. Amazon has CLASSES that teach you how to set it up yourself.
        Gretchen Griffith just did with with her wonderful little book, Hoop Hike, http://tinyurl.com/pfpnxd9 I believe the setup is FREE and books are sold on Amazon….THIS IS FOR EBOOKS ONLY. You will not get a physical book from it but your story and book and illustrations will be out there and for sale.
        Good Luck!

  13. MEANING OF THE
    BOOK OF REVELATION I AM TO
    REVIEWED
    In this one world, there is two world
    inside it: one world of
    different evil spirit and the world of
    human being, which
    co-exist as the same one world we
    are living. still our one
    world, Just one is spiritual, after I
    became born again God
    redeemed me have been living in
    the two worlds at the
    same timei.e. Living in flesh in
    human world and in spirit in
    the spiritual world, the world of all
    the evil spirit is also
    where all the spirit in humans is
    also open to and our own
    world where we see where human
    flesh is living, I live in
    the both world simultaneously, in
    flash and in spirit, how
    God has redeemed me after I
    became born again, how
    have been living my own personal
    life every single day
    seeing all that has been happening
    to human spirit in the
    spiritual world as I like as a spirit
    and as human in human
    world, when the gift was given to
    me, I first run crazy,
    month after month I got use to it, I
    got more stronger,
    more stronger and have lived like
    every other humans
    without been noticed that I live in
    two world, each and
    every months, the gift became more
    powerful, God blessed
    me more gifts, spiritual wisdom,
    discerning of spirit, gift of
    knowledge and allot of messages
    what I must do with all
    the gifts I was bless, I am to review
    the meaning of Book
    of Revelation, for everyone to know
    the true meaning, and
    everything it says, to write and
    report all that is happening
    presently in the two world to the
    people of the world, this
    book must be the book of truth,
    everything I must write
    must be the truth.
    have reviewed the meaning of book
    of Revelation as my duty requested with my gifts… it been so difficult to
    publish it due to my financial
    statues,have kept my gift secret till the right time to tell.. if any publisher want to
    help you can contact me on
    adebanjobiyi@gmail.com.

    1. Dear Abebanjo,
      I am not an agent. I list names and addresses of agents so you can send them a letter personally.
      Good luck with your writing and find an agent.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  14. I contacted (via email) Charlotte Gusay a few days ago. She was rather rude, emailed me back and told me NOT to send her anything, and if I wanted her to read my screenplay it would cost $500 and she still probably wouldn’t pass it on to anyone. Most people I’ve contacted were friendly. Not her.

    1. Dear Melody,
      I’ll remove Charlotte Gusay’s name and contact information from my list. I apologize. I didn’t know. Sometimes the information they put on their sites is not the full story.
      Thanks for reading my blog. I’ll look and see if I can find one to replace this one.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  15. Hi Joany, Thank for all this valuable information, Three days ago I wrote a Query letter ti Chuck Sambuchino & his Literary agents. I received confirmation that they received my pitch.
    Again thanks,
    Lady-in-waiting,
    Violette

    1. Dear Violette,
      You are welcome. I’m glad that the list of literary agents helped you. I hope that Chuck Sambuchino & his agents say, “YES.”
      Thanks for writing!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  16. I spent 4 years writing and rewriting my book, which I assumed was the hard part. Hah! I now see that once you have the baby, you still need to raise the child. The confusing world of publishing is something which I in no way expected, so I especially thank you for this list and all the work you did on preparing It!
    Best, Debi

    1. Dear Debi,
      Thank you very much for taking the time to write me a note. How sweet of you! I know what you mean. Getting a book published definitely has different steps…all necessary…all with tricky components. I hope my list helps you achieve your dreams. I have an article on 50 publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts, too. https://www.joanyedwards.com/2013/04/07/50-publishers-who-accept-unsolicited-manuscripts/
      I hope you subscribe to my blog.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  17. Dear Joan,
    I have just completed my book and entering the next stage of getting it published. There is a lot of information out here but your website has given me hope. Thanks for taking the time to do this. One question I have for you; I have written a screenplay that I think would be ideal for the Netflix arena. How do I go about contacting them; querying or submitting a manuscript to them for their consideration? Thanks again,
    Anila

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