New literary agents are a blessing for writers who are looking for agents. Since they are actively looking for clients, new writers have a better chance at having their work read. If you have a query, synopsis and completed manuscript, check out the names below and see whether any of these literary agents are a match for you.
Sandy Harding of Spencerhill Associates
Literary agent Sandy Harding is seeking mainly upmarket commercial and literary fiction for the adult market. She enjoys women’s fiction for book clubs, smart page-turning thrillers, works of suspense with complex protagonists, mysteries of all sorts (cozies, historical, traditional), and romance. Most of all she’s seeking writing with a voice so penetrating and a story so captivating the reader simply must keep reading.
To query: email submission [at] spencerhillassociates.com. Put ‘Query for Sandy: [TITLE]” in your subject line. Send the query letter in the body of an email and attach the first three chapters and synopsis preferably in .doc, rtf or txt format to your email
Let her know if the submission is simultaneous. If interested, the agency will contact you within 12 weeks.
Caitlin McDonald of Donald Maass Literary
Literary agent Caitlin McDonald is looking for all science fiction and fantasy fiction (and subgenres) for adult, YA, and MG — especially secondary world fantasy and alternate history. She is also seeking genre-bending or cross-genre fiction, and stories that examine tropes from a new angle as well as diversity of all kinds, including (but not limited to) race, gender, sexuality, and ability, in both characters and world-building
She is not interested in women’s fiction, crime fiction, picture books or chapter books, screenplays or short stories
To query: email query.cmcdonald [at] maassagency.com with the query letter, synopsis, and the first ten pages of your novel pasted into the body of the email.
Julie Stevenson of Waxman Leavell Literary
To query: email juliesubmit [at] waxmanleavell.com
For fiction, you may include 5-10 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email. Please do not query more than one agent at this agency simultaneously. Due to the high volume of submissions, agents will reach out to you directly if interested. The typical time range for consideration is 6-8 weeks.
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