Top Literary Agencies – The Top 50 Book Agencies

Photo of the Top Literary AgenciesTop Literary Agencies – What are the best literary agencies in the US and how can you submit your book to them? This article (just updated) lists the Top 50 Literary Agencies in the United States. Get instant access to the contact information for each of the literary agents working at these literary agencies. Just scroll below now to see our list of literary agencies so you can get a top literary agent, publisher, and book deal.

But first…

Top Literary Agencies – What Are They?

How does one determine who should be on a list of the top literary agencies? Simple, top literary agencies have the best literary agents. What makes a top literary agent? Many things: a good education, publishing industry experience, the ability to identify talented authors, book development skills, publicity background, and people skills. But there’s one other skill or ability you have to look for as an author when trying to find top literary agencies to get you a top publisher and book deal.

And that is… sales ability.

It doesn’t matter how good your agent is at anything else if he or she isn’t a good salesperson.

So, what are the top literary agencies based on book sales?

And I don’t mean the number of book deals that an literary agency has made. I mean the number of six-figure (and beyond) book deals that a literary agency has negotiated. In other words, what are the top literary agencies when it comes to getting the biggest advances and promotional budgets for authors, allowing them to enjoy financial freedom and have a bigger impact on the world?

Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different names, but most publishing professionals will agree that the agents listed below in our Top 50 Literary Agencies list deserve to be there. Why? This list of top dealmakers is based purely on performance. These are the Top Literary Agents in the world based on the most six-figure or better deals since January 2004 for all book genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books).

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Top Literary Agencies – The 50 Best Literary Agencies

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Top Literary Agencies (1-5)

  1. Trident Media Group
    Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
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  2. Writers House
    Top category: Children’s: Middle grade
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  3. Marly Rusoff & Associates
    Top category: Fiction: General/Other
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  4. ICM
    Top category: Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
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  5. Inkwell Management
    Top category: Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
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    Top Literary Agencies (6-10)
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  6. The Knight Agency
    Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
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  7. Foundry Literary + Media
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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  8. Folio Literary Management
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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  9. Sterling Lord Literistic
    Top category: Non-fiction: Diet
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  10. William Morris Agency
    Top category: Fiction: Debut
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    Top Literary Agencies (11-15)
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  11. Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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  12. Janklow & Nesbit
    Top category: Fiction: General/Other
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  13. Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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  14. LevelFiveMedia
    Top category: Non-fiction: Business/Investing/Finance
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  15. Andrea Brown Literary Agency
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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    Top Literary Agencies (16-20)
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  16. William Morris Endeavor
    Top category: Fiction: General/Other
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  17. The Stuart Agency
    Top category: Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
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  18. The Literary Group
    Top category: Non-fiction: Memoir
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  19. Jane Rotrosen Agency
    Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
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  20. Liza Dawson Associates
    Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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    Top Literary Agencies (21-25)
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  21. Larry Weissman Literary
    Top category: Non-fiction: Narrative
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  22. Yates & Yates
    Top category: Non-fiction: Religion/Spirituality
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  23. The Bent Agency
    Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
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  24. Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency
    Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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  25. Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency
    Top category: Non-fiction: Memoir
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    Top Literary Agencies (26-30)
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  26. Pippin Properties
    Top category: Children’s: Picture book
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  27. Waxman Literary Agency
    Top category: Non-fiction: Sports
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  28. Victoria Sanders & Associates
    Top category: Fiction: General/Other
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  29. Harvey Klinger
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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  30. Lippincott Massie McQuilkin
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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    Top Literary Agencies (31-35)
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  31. Adams Literary
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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  32. Donald Maass Literary Agency
    Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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  33. Nelson Literary Agency
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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  34. Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency
    Top category: Fiction: General/Other
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  35. Fletcher & Company
    Top category: Non-fiction: Business/Investing/Finance
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    Top Literary Agencies (36-40)
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  36. Greenhouse Literary Agency
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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  37. Hornfischer Literary Management
    Top category: Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
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  38. Vigliano Associates
    Top category: Non-fiction: Memoir
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  39. The Axelrod Agency
    Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
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  40. Fletcher & Parry
    Top category: Non-fiction: Science
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    Top Literary Agencies (41-45)
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  41. Steve Laube Agency
    Top category: Fiction: Inspirational
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  42. Janis A. Donnaud & Associates
    Top category: Non-fiction: Cooking
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  43. David Black Literary Agency
    Top category: Non-fiction: General/Other
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  44. DeFiore and Company
    Top category: Fiction: Debut
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  45. Curtis Brown
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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    Top Literary Agencies (46-50)
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  46. Lowenstein-Yost
    Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
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  47. McCormick & Williams Literary Agency
    Top category: Non-fiction: Narrative
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  48. Stimola Literary Studio
    Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
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  49. Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
    Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
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  50. Spencerhill Associates
    Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance

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Top Literary Agencies – Additional Information & Resources

One final thought for you before you start sending query letters to the top literary agencies above. This list of publishing agents is based on deals that have been “self-reported” by book agents to a website called Publishers Marketplace. In other words, there are a lot more literary agents making six-figure deals that aren’t reporting them (since the only reason to do so would be to make this list)! In other words, there are a lot more great agents (hundreds of them) that aren’t on this list.

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