Below is an incomplete list of US Literary Agents I have found over the course of my querying. If you have any additional information you'd like to add, please feel free to leave it in the comments, or to e-mail me with any additions. (As always, negative comments - directed toward a particular agent or not - will neither be tolerated nor posted. If you have a legimate verifiable problem with one of the agents below, e-mail me and I will consider removing their name from the list.) I've tried to verify that these agents are legimate and are either members of AAR or at least adhere to the AAR Canon of Ethics. As with anything, please do your own research to determine whether the information is helpful for your own situation and needs.
Last updated in full: 8/1/10
The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency
The Ahearn Agency
Alička Pistek Literary Agency
Anderson Literary Management, LLC
Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency
Artists and Artisans, Inc. (Jamie Brenner's blog - link broken)
Artists Literary Group (Link dead. See The Veltre Company)
Avenue A Literary LLC
The Barbara Bova Literary Agency (Barbara Bova passed away 9/23/09. The agency will continue but is not accepting new clients.)
Barbara Braun Associates, Inc.
Barer Literary LLC
BJ Robbins Literary Agency (Publishers Marketplace page. No known site of their own.)
Bliss Literary Agency International, Inc.
BookEnds, LLC (blog)
Bradford Literary Agency
Brick House Literary Agents (Publishers Marketplace page.)
Caren Johnson Literary Agency
Collins Literary Agency (Link dead. Can't find a new one on Google.)
The Cooke Agency
The Creative Culture, Inc.
The Croce Agency
Curtis Brown, LTD (Nathan Bransford left the agency, but here's his blog)
DeFiore and Company
Denise Marcil Literary Agency, Inc.
Denise Shannon Literary Agency
Donald Maass Literary Agency (Jennifer Jackson's blog.)
Doug Grad Literary Agency
Dunow, Carson & Lerner Literary Agency
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (blog)
The Elaine P. English Literary Agency (blog)
Ellen Pepus Literary Agency (See Signature Literary Agency)
Emma Sweeney Agency, LLC.
Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Faye Bender Literary
FinePrint Literary Management (Janet Reid's blog) (Colleen Lindsay's personal blog. As of 8/6/10, Colleen left agenting to to a job in publishing.)
Firebrand Literary - KIA - (Agency blog - Nadia Cornier's blog now defunct) - Announced they're closing their doors.)
Folio Literary Management (Agency blog - no new posts since 2008) (Agent Rachel Vater's blog defunct.)
Foundry Literary + Media
Fox Literary Agency (Publisher's Marketplace page. For additional info, see Diana Fox's blog.)
Frances Goldin Literary Agency
Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc.
The Gernert Company
The Grosvenor Literary Agency (Deborah Grosvenor closed her agency and moved in with Kneerim & Williams at Fish & Richardson. 8/21/10 Looks like Kneerim and Williams split with Fish and Richardson.)
Harold Ober Associates, Inc.
Harvey Klinger, Inc.
International Creative Management (Per website: DOES NOT accept unsolicited queries. Another source says some of the agents are accepting, so use your best judgement.)
Irene Goodman Literary Agency
JABberwocky Literary Agency - closed to queries until Fall 2010 (Joshua Bilmes' blog)
Jane Chelius Literary Agency, Inc.
Janklow & Nesbit
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency
Joelle Delbourgo Associates, Inc.
John Hawkins & Associates, Inc.
Judith Ehrlich Literary Management
Kimberly Cameron & Associates (formerly Reece Halsey North Literary Agency) (Agency blog.)
Kirsten Manges Literary (website is just a splash page with contact info, but here's an interview with Kirsten Manges)
Kneerim & Williams (Appear to have split with Fish and Richardson. Deborah Grosvenor is still with K&W.)
The Knight Agency, Inc. (blog) (Agent Lucienne Diver's blog. Agent Nephele Tempest's blog.)
Kraas Literary Agency
KT Literary, LLC (Agency blog: Ask Daphne)
KT Public Relations (blog) (Not affiliated in any way with KT Literary.)
L. Perkins Agency (Agent Lori Perkins' blog. Agent Louise Fury's blog.)
Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents
Laura Dail Literary Agency
Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.
Linda Chester and Associates
Lindstrom Literary Management, LLC
Literary Works, LLC
Liza Dawson Associates
LJK Literary Management
Loretta Barrett Books, Inc.
Lowenstein-Yost Associates, Inc.
Lukeman Literary (Updated 08/21/10- still not accepting queries, not taking on new clients) (Noah Lukeman's blog).
Lyons Literary LLC (blog)
Manus & Associates Literary Agency
Marly Rusoff & Associates
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
McCormick & Williams
Nelson Literary Agency (Kristin Nelson's - Pub Rants)
The Nicholas Ellison Agency
The Park Literary Group, LLC
Paul S. Levine Literary Agent
Pavilion Literary Management (as of 08/21/10 - accepts fiction submissions only from published authors or by referral)
The Plains Agency (Publishers Marketplace page.)
PMA Literary & Film Management, Inc.
Psaltis Literary (Dead link - unable to locate new site.)
The Rappaport Agency (blog)
Reece Halsey North Literary Agency (See Kimberly Cameron & Associates.)
Richard Henshaw Group
Robert Astle & Associates Literary Management, Inc.
Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.
Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc. (formerly Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency, Inc.)
Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc.
Signature Literary Agency
Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.
The Stringer Literary Agency, LLC
Susan Ann Protter Literary Agent (Dead link. According to a website called Wordhustler, as of 11/9/09 the agency appears to have folded.)
Susan Schulman Literary Agency (link is to Publishers Marketplace listing - as of 08/21/10, the agency's personal site is still down)
The Talbot Fortune Agency
Talcott Notch Literary Services
Tessler Literary Agency, LLC
TriadaUS Literary Agency
Trident Media Group
Upstart Crow Literary (Closed until after Labor Day 2010.)
The Veltre Company (Formerly Artists Literary Group.) (As of 2/4/11 - Joe Veltre closed this agency and moved to The Gersh Agency.)
Veritas Literary Agency
Vicky Bijur Literary Agency (Publisher's Marketplace Page)
Victoria Sanders & Associates
Wales Literary Agency
The Waxman Agency (blog)
Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.
Wendy Weil Agency, Inc.
William Morris Agency Now WME Entertainment (I can't seem to find the link to their literary agent section anymore. Query at your own risk.)
Wolfson Literary Agency
Writers House: A Literary Agency
Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency (blog) (Website states that as of March 2010, their site is under construction and give an ETA of a 'few days' - but as of August 2010, it's still down.)
Zachary Shuster Harmsworth (08/21/10 per website: still doesn't accept unsolicited submissions of any kind)
The Zack Company (blog)
Mind you, I haven't queried all of these agencies. Some of them don't represent my genres, and others I just haven't clicked with enough mentally to make the query step. If you have any questions about any of the above agencies, you can always e-mail me and I'll help where I can, but please remember my rule: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything. Which means if I got a rejection from any of the above, I won't be sharing the gorey details.If you'd like to research agents on your own, try some of the following:
- AAR (Association of Authors' Representatives
- Publishers Marketplace - Search
- Preditors and Editors - Agents
I hope this helps my fellow pre-published authors.
Posted by B.E. Sanderson at 8:17 AM
Wendy Roberts said...
May 25, 2007 10:35 AM
I can personally vouch for Wendy Sherman (she's my agent and is very savvy) and also add that a new agent, Emmanuelle Alspaugh, has joined her agency. EA is actively looking for new clients.A friend of mine has had successful representation with Joelle Delbourgo; I should note that Ms. Delbourgo handles far more nonfiction than fiction.Ann Rittenberg is supposed to be quite good, but beware that it can take months to hear back on queries.
May 25, 2007 12:01 PM
Very useful list. I laughed at your 'nice rejection' comment - I'm afraid I'm not that calm!
May 25, 2007 12:54 PM
liz fenwick said...
Great list!You've been tagged :-)
May 26, 2007 12:54 AM
Wow! This is really great. I found at least two on this list I didn't know of before that sound absolutely PERFECT for my current WIP. Can't wait to send out those queries!
April 25, 2008 10:18 PM