Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

According to my latest The Writer magazine, there are some highly touted literary agents/agencies looking for new talent. I've listed just a few, those that I recognize and believe to be reputable:

Donald Maass Literary Agency - represents mostly fiction; no prescriptive nonfiction, picture books, poetry or screenplays. Query with a one-page letter, first five pages of manuscript and SASE. Responds in two weeks. Submission guidelines are online.

The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency - all types of commercial fiction (thrillers, mysteries, children's, romance, women's fiction, ethnic, science fiction, fantasy, general fiction); literary fiction with strong narrative; and nonfiction (current affairs, health, science, psychology, cookbooks, biography and memoir). No poetry, screenplays or short stories. Accepts unsolicited queries and manuscripts. Submission guidelines are online.

Harvey Klinger, Inc. - Mainstream adult fiction and nonfiction, literary and commercial. Unpublished writers considered. Submission guidelines online.

Natasha Kern Literary Agency - Fiction (historical, contemporary, multicultural, and inspirational); nonfiction (narrative, memoir, body/mind/spirit, health and medicine, inspirational and religious, psychology, relationship and self-help, parenting, animals and nature). Submission guidelines online.

Writers House - Fiction and nonfiction for adult and juvenile books; literary and commercial fiction, women's fiction, science fiction/fantasy, narrative nonfiction, history, memoir, biographies, books on psychology, science, parenting, cookbooks, how-to, self-help, business, finance, young adult and juvenile fiction/nonfiction and picture books. Send query letter of no more than two pages, including credentials, synopsis with SASE. Submission guidelines online. (My agent is with Writers House and I have only great things to say about this agency.)

My own 2 cents: Follow the guidelines. I know many writers who will say, "Hey, even if they don't ask for the first chapter in the initial query, go ahead and send it." My advice--don't. Follow the submission guidelines to the letter. Give them what they ask for and no more. These folks get a lot of queries every day (one part of the article indicated one of these agencies receives 5,000 queries a year.) And if you're submitting to multiple houses (which is perfectly fine in the query process), make sure you mention that in your query letter.

Good hunting!


Colleen Love said...

Thank you Sherrill! :)

It's going to be a while before I do any submitting. I've sold off all my finished projects! :D Yea!!

Happy writing!!


Sherrill Quinn said...

W00t! Congratulations, Colleen!! *hugs*