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List of Literary Agents – Use our free lists of book agents in our literary agencies database for all Book Agents Near Me searches. For example, you can use the list to find Literary Agencies and Publishing Agents in NYC, Literary Agencies and Book Agents in California, and more. Our literary agent lists have information about both new and established author representatives seeking authors, as well as the Best Publishing Agents working at the Top Literary Agencies. Our literary agent lists are easy to use and include contact information, book genres, biographies, photos, and more for all book agents and book agencies in the United States. Scroll below or click here now for instant access to the Publishing Agents Directory.

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List of Literary Agents – Which List Is Right for You?

Scroll below to find the list of literary agents that is right for you and your book. Our assorted literary agent lists include information about both new and established publishing agents looking for writers.

New Literary Agents and Agencies List

Find all new author representatives seeking clients using the official literary agencies directory. Our book agents list includes all new book agents with all book agencies in the USA. Use our literary agency directory to find all new publishing agents, including those working at established literary agencies and new literary agencies. Search the directory by location or genre. The literary agency database includes more than 100 different genres.

Literary Agencies and Literary Agents Looking for New Writers List

Find all writer representatives looking for new writers in the USA using the official literary agencies directory. Use our agent and agency database to find all publishing agents seeking new authors, including the top publishing agents with the best literary agencies. Use our literary agency directory to find all new publishing agents, including those working at established literary agencies and new literary agencies. Search the directory by location or genre. The literary agency database includes more than 100 different genres.

Fiction Literary Agents and Agencies List

Find all fiction author representatives using the official literary agencies directory. Our book agents list includes all fiction publishing agents working at all publishing agencies in the USA. This includes the top fiction publishing agents with the best literary agencies representing novelists. Search the directory by location or fiction sub-genre including General Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, etc. Our literary agency database includes detailed bios for all fiction publishing agents.

Nonfiction Literary Agents and Agencies List

Find all nonfiction writer representatives using the official literary agencies directory. Our book agents list includes all nonfiction publishing agents working at all publishing agencies in the USA. This includes the top nonfiction publishing agents with the best literary agencies representing all nonfiction categories. Search the directory by location or nonfiction sub-genre including General Nonfiction, Self-Help, Business, Spirituality, etc. Our literary agency database includes detailed bios for all fiction publishing agents.

Children’s Books Literary Agents and Agencies List

Find all children’s book author representatives using the official literary agencies directory. Our book agents list includes all kids’ book agents working at all publishing agencies in the USA. This includes the top children’s publishing agents with the best literary agencies representing all genres of books for young readers. Search the directory by location or a children’s book sub-genre such as Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Picture Books. Our literary agency database includes detailed bios for all publishing agents representing children’s books.

Picture Book Literary Agents and Agencies List

Find all picture book writer representatives using the official literary agencies directory. Our book agents list includes all picture book agents working at all publishing agencies in the USA. This includes the top picture book agents with the best literary agencies representing all types of picture books including rhyming, non-rhyming, humorous, serious, and illustrated. Search the directory by location, AAR membership status, and more. Our literary agency database includes detailed bios for all publishing agents representing picture books.

Middle Grade Literary Agents and Agencies List

Find all middle grade author representatives using the official literary agencies directory. Our book agents list includes all middle grade book agents working at all publishing agencies in the USA. This includes the top middle grade publishing agents with the best literary agencies representing all types of MG books including both fiction and nonfiction. Search the book agent directory by location, AAR membership status, and more. Our literary agency database includes detailed bios for all publishing agents representing middle grade books.

Young Adult Literary Agents and Agencies List

Find all young adult writer representatives using the official literary agencies directory. Our book agents list includes all young adult book agents working at all publishing agencies in the USA. This includes the top young adult publishing agents with the best literary agencies representing all types of YA books including both fiction and nonfiction. Search the book agent directory by location, AAR membership status, and more. Our literary agency database includes detailed bios for all publishing agents representing young adult books.

Christian Literary Agents and Agencies List

Find all Christian author representatives as well as mainstream agents representing Christian authors using the official literary agencies directory. Our book agents list includes all agents seeking Christian writers of both fiction and nonfiction, at all book agencies in the USA. Use our literary agency directory to find all publishing agents looking for Christian authors, including the top publishing agents with the best literary agencies. Search the directory by location or genre including Christian publishing agents. Our literary agency database includes detailed bios for all publishing agents representing Christian writers.

Black Literary Agents and Agencies List

Find all black writer representatives using the official literary agencies directory. Our book agents list includes all African American agents working at all book agencies in the USA. Examples include: Sha-Shana Crichton with Crichton & Associates, Tricia Skinner with Fuse Literary, and Regina Brooks with Serendipity Literary Agency. Use our literary agency directory to find all black publishing agents, including the top publishing agents with the best literary agencies. Search the directory by location or genre including black book agents seeking African American or multicultural books. You can also see a list of the top black publishing agents, and find facts and statistics about African American book agents in the agency database.

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Guide to Using Lists of Literary Agencies and Agents

Literary Agent List Step 1: Use the Best Literary Agents List

Most literary agent lists, literary agent directories, and literary agent databases in print or online are incomplete. They also have a lot of mistakes. That’s why we created the Literary Agency Directory. We did so in 2012, after complaints from our author coaching clients about other popular resources being unreliable. That’s when we undertook the tremendous task of creating and maintaining our own book agents list.

What’s wrong with every other literary agent list or book agents list?

  • One of the most popular literary agent list resources printed in book form only has profiles for less than 300 publishing agents. That’s a problem because there are more than 1,000 book agents in the United States. This publishing agents list I’m referring to here doesn’t have an index, either. It’s not user-friendly. It doesn’t make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
  • Another popular list of book agents, also in book form, features profiles for almost every literary agency in business today. That’s a good thing, but it doesn’t say much about the agents on the list. In other words, this particular publishing agents list doesn’t allow you to learn much about the agent’s backgrounds, accomplishments, or personalities.
  • Another problem with any list of book agents available in book form is the information in it is approximately six months old, if not more, by the time it’s made available in bookstores. That’s because it takes that long for the publisher to collect the information, print the book, and distribute it
  • Using a publishing agents list online is better, but you have to use the best list. In other words, a list that doesn’t include: retired or dead agents; agents who’ve moved or switched agencies; or the wrong information about various agents’ Book Genres, website addresses, email addresses, postal addresses, etc. It’s easy for a literary agent list to have incomplete information because maintaining such lists is time-intensive.

Literary Agent List Step 2: Stop Looking for a Literary Agent

Using the best literary agent list isn’t the only thing you need to do. Many talented authors fail to get a literary agent and get published simply because they don’t send out enough submissions. The best way to approach the process is the same way the best writer representatives approach the process of trying to find a publisher for a book.

Top book agents don’t try to find just one publisher for a book. Instead, they try to find multiple publishers. In other words, they make multiple or simultaneous submissions. They do this to increase the chance of getting an offer. They also do this to increase the odds of getting more than one offer. You can do the same thing with agents if you have a comprehensive literary agent list.

Most authors make the mistake of sending out a small number of Query Letters at once. That’s a mistake because it puts the author in a vulnerable position of he or she gets an agent interested. If you only have one agent interested, you might end up with an agent isn’t professional or committed. You also might end up with an agent who wants you to make changes to your book that you aren’t comfortable making or don’t feel are necessary.

Literary Agent List Step 3: Send Out A Lot Of Submissions

Before you start using our list of author representatives, it’s important you understand that you should approach the process of trying to find and get a literary agent the way agents approach the process of trying to get a publisher. In other words, you shouldn’t just send out just a few queries at a times. Be more comprehensive and query your favorite literary agent at many or most of the top literary agencies in each round of submissions you send out.

Doing so will give you the best chance of:

  • Getting More Agents Interested: It’s simple math. If you query more agents, you’ll get more agent interested. And, if that happens, you’ll have better odds of enjoying the additional benefits below.
  • Getting Agents Responding Faster: If multiple agents are reviewing and considering your work when one of them offers to represent you, you can use that offer to get the other agents responding faster.
  • Choosing the Best Agent: If you get more than one offer, you get to choose which literary agent you work with. That should be your goal. Ideally, you’ll want to talk with more than one agent to determine which one is the most successful. You’ll also want to determine which agent is most committed to your work and your future as a writer. And you’ll want to determine which agent is the best fit for your personality.
  • Getting Better Terms: If you get an agreement or contract from a literary agent, outlining the terms of your relationship, there might be something in it you want to change. For example, an agent might say the contract is for a period of two years. If you have multiple agents interested, it’s more likely you’ll get what you want.
  • Having the Best Agent Relationship: If you have multiple publishing agents interested in your book, the agent you choose will believe in you more and be more committed to your success. Since agents get so many submissions from authors and seldom have to “compete” to get an author, you’ll simply be treated better and valued more if you have multiple agents who want you and your work.

List of Literary Agents – The Literary Agencies Directory

The list of literary agents in our literary agent database is the most comprehensive (and accurate) literary agency directory in print or online. It’s also free and the easiest book agents database to use. Lastly, our publishing agents list was created by, and continues to be maintained by, a former AAR literary agent. The literary agent list in our directory contains everything you need to find and get the best possible literary agent, publisher, and book deal. Click here for free, instant access to the Literary Agent Directory.

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