Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
Laura Biagi, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.
Jennifer DeChiara, The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency
MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, Trident Media Group
Louise Fury, The Bent Agency
Louise Fury is a literary agent at The Bent Agency in NYC and has sold books to both traditional and electronic publishers. She encourages writers to have one foot in traditional publishing and the other in the digital-first arena and believes in staying ahead of the pack by embracing change, not just adapting to it. A huge advocate for exploring secondary rights, Louise has sold audio, film and foreign rights for her traditional and self-published clients. A native South African, Louise lives in Manhattan, but travels to Cape Town every year, where she spends time educating South African writers, meeting with international publishers.
Not Interested In: NO memoirs
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @louisefury | Personal Website
Evan Gregory, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Evan Gregory has been an associate agent and subsidiary rights coordinator for the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency since 2008. Now he works as an agent for Ethan Ellenberg in his own capacity specializing in SFF, YA/MG, and Mystery/Thrillers. His clients include Marko Kloos, Michael Livingston, Ferrett Steinmetz, Patty Blount, Jay Allan and Christopher Nuttall among others.
Interested In: While Evan specializes in SFF, YA/MG and Mystery Thrillers, hes also interested in literary fiction, womens fiction, childrens books and non-fiction, especially in the areas of science and the arts.
Not Interested In: Misery memoirs, spiritualism/mysticism, diet books, and poetry.
Links: Agency Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog
Erin Harris, Folio Literary Management
Susan Hawk, The Bent Agency
Molly Jaffa, Folio Literary Management
Molly Jaffa is a literary agent and the Co-Director of International Rights at Folio Literary Management, LLC, a full-service agency based in New York. She represents middle grade and YA fiction.
Interested In: Middle grade and young adult fiction
Not Interested In: Paranormal or dystopian YA fiction, sports- or animal-focused MG projects
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @molly_jaffa | Blog
Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management
Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Bruce Watson, Neil White, and Philip Gerard.
Interested In: Very well-written, character-driven novels; some suspense, thrillers; otherwise mainstream upmarket commercial (i.e. book club) and literary fiction.
Not Interested In: He has absolutely no interest in children’s, romance, mysteries, westerns, poetry, or screenplays, novels about serial killers, suicide, or children in peril (kidnapped, killed, raped, etc.).
Links: Agency Website | Facebook
Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary Agency
Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Laughran is a Senior Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She began her career as a long-time childrens bookseller, event coordinator and buyer for one of the largest independent bookstores in the country, and joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007. She splits her time between NYC and the Hudson Valley of New York, where she resides in a book-stuffed cottage run by a fiendishly clever corgi.
Interested In: Im seeking YA: PoC, LGBTQ stories, and other diverse narratives strongly encouraged. Also, generally, thrilling, romantic, heartbreaking, funny and generally unputdownable stories I want to stay up all night reading!
Not Interested In: Dystopian, paranormal, horror, gore or bleak stories. (Sad is fine but there has to be hope!) I am also NOT seeking: Childrens picture or chapter books; Grownup books of any kind.
Links: Agency website | Twitter: @literaticat | Blog
Sandy Lu, L. Perkins Agency
Sandy Lu holds BAs in psychology and sociology from Queens College, with minors in music, business, and Japanese. Before becoming an agent, she attended the Ph.D. Program in Social and Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center and worked as a business manager in the theater industry. Originally from Taiwan, she is fluent in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.
Sandy is looking for submissions that will draw her in with a unique voice, make her miss her subway stop, and keep her up all night. She loves historical fiction and anything dark, twisted, or with a supernatural bent.
Clients: Jennifer Harlow, Michael Boccacino, Dot Hutchison, Kim Foster, Robin Riopelle, Christine Van Wyk, Kristin Burchell, Martin Rose, M. H. Boroson, Cuyler Creech, and Randall Silvis.
Interested In: Fiction: mystery/crime, thriller, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, and YA. Non-fiction: narrative, history, biography, science, and pop culture.
Not Interested In: Picture books, graphic novels, religions/spirituality, politics/current affairs, sports, and how-to/self-help.
Links: Agency Website | Twitter: @sandylunyc
Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency
Kristin established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade of her career has represented over thirty New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Clients include Jamie Ford, Hugh Howey, Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Gail Carriger, Simone Elkeles, Jasinda Wilder, Courtney Milan, and RITA-award winners Sherry Thomas and Linnea Sinclair. She is currently looking for literary commercial novels, big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre, upmarket womens fiction, lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy, single-title romance (with a special passion for historicals), and young adult and upper-level middle grade novels. When she is not busy selling books, Kristin plays tennis as well as Bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club). She can also be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog Chutney.
Interested In: Kristin is looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category. For those looking for more specifics, the following might be helpful: Young-adult and upper-level middle-grade novels in all subgenres; Big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre (Wool, The Night Circus, Gone Girl); Literary commercial novels (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, The Art of Racing in the Rain); Upmarket women’s fiction (Keepsake, My Sister’s Keeper, Still Alice); Single-title romance (historicals especially) (Ravishing The Heiress, The Ugly Duchess, The Heir); Lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy (Soulless, Game of Thrones, Old Man’s War). For a list of Kristin’s recent sales, please visit her page at Publishers Marketplace.
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Links: Agency Website | Facebook | Blog
Carrie Pestritto, Prospect Agency
Carrie Pestritto joined Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts. For Carrie, extraordinary fiction and non-fiction share the ability to transport readers to new and exciting places. She is looking for description and detail that will make her feel
like she is inside the story and interest her in a subject she never thought she would want to read about—or, conversely, introduce her to startling facts about something or someone she believed she already knew everything about.
Interested In: Carrie is currently seeking narrative non-fiction, general non-fiction, biography, and memoir. She is looking for authors that have a strong platform, such as a popular blog, published articles, or related professional experience. She loves memoirs that bring her into a very unusual life situation, such as Suzanne McMinn’s CHICKENS IN THE ROAD and non-fiction that reveals little-known aspects of history. Cutting edge relationship or dieting books, pop psychology, and pop science also interest her.
In the fiction arena, she is looking for commercial fiction with a literary twist, upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery/thrillers for a female audience, YA, and upper middle grade. She is drawn in by
relatable characters, unusual premises, or re-imaginings of classical books. She is open to fictions with tinges of romance or fantasy, but is not usually open to books solely in that genre.
Not Interested In: Traditional romance, heavy science fiction/fantasy, or picture books
Links: Agency Website | Facebook | Twitter: @prospect_agency | Blog | Tumbler
Katharine Sands, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary Management
After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend moved to publishing and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now at New Leaf Literary & Media, she represents adult and childrens fiction and spearheads the Client Care program. She is actively looking to build her list. In adult, shes specifically looking for all things romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. In Childrens she loves YA and is dying to find great high concept literary Middle Grade projects. Shes an active member of AAR, RWA, and SCBWI. She drinks too much diet orange soda, has a Starbucks problem, and lives in New York with two dogs who know that chewing on books is not okay. More information on Suzie can be found on publisher’s marketplace . She also keeps a blog and tweets @sztownsend81.
Interested In: Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Womens Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction and Fantasy
Not Interested In: Screenplays, poetry, picture books
Links: Agency Website | Twitter | Blog
Jennifer Udden, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Roseanne Wells, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency