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Best Literary Agents – Top Literary Agents for All Genres

Photo of best literary agentsBest literary agents – Who are the best book agents on our list of literary agents and how can you submit your book(s) to them? This article lists the Top 100 Literary Agents and it provides access to their contact information so you can query them. It also shows the top category for each agent. For example, the best fiction literary agents include Robert Gottlieb withTrident Media Group, Marly Rusoff with Marly Rusoff & Associates, and Russell Galen with Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. The best nonfiction literary agents include Celeste Fine with Sterling Lord Literistic, Larry Weissman  with Larry Weissman Literary, and Frank Weimann with Folio Literary Management. And the best book agents representing books for younger readers include Stephen Barbara with Inkwell Management for young adult, Daniel Lazar with Writers House for middle grade, and Holly McGhee with Pippin Properties. Scroll below now to see the top 100 literary agents so you can get a top book agent, publisher, and book deal. And, click here if you want to see the Top Literary Agencies.

Best Literary Agents – Who Are They?

The best literary agents and literary agencies aren’t easy to identify. That’s because there are many skills that make a top literary agent: a good education, experience in the publishing industry, the ability to spot talented authors, book development, publicity, and general people skills. But there’s skill that’s more important than any other for authors who want to get a top publisher and a big 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, who are the best literary agents based on sales?

I’m not talking about the number of book deals that an agent has closed, either. I’m talking about the number of six-figure (and beyond) book deals that an agent has closed. In other words, who are the best literary agents who’ve gotten the biggest advances and promotional budgets for their clients, allowing them to make the biggest difference in the world?

You’ll get different opinions depending on who you ask, but most publishing insiders will agree that the best literary agents are those listed below. That’s because this list of top dealmakers is based purely on performance. These are the best literary agents based on the most reported deals.

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Best Literary Agents (1-10)

  1. Robert Gottlieb (Trident Media Group) / Top category: Fiction: Thriller
  2. Marly Rusoff (Marly Rusoff & Associates) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  3. Russell Galen (Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  4. Kimberly Whalen (The Whalen Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  5. Celeste Fine (Sterling Lord Literistic) / Top category: Nonfiction: Health
  6. Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  7. Scott Miller (Trident Media Group) / Top category: Fiction: Thriller
  8. Larry Weissman (Larry Weissman Literary) / Top category: Nonfiction: Narrative
  9. Frank Weimann (Folio Literary Management) / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  10. Stephen Hanselman (LevelFiveMedia) / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance

Best Literary Agents (11-20)

  1. Daniel Lazar (Writers House) / Top category: Children’s: Middle Grade
  2. Andrew Stuart (The Stuart Agency) / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  3. Stephen Barbara (Inkwell Management) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  4. Holly McGhee (Pippin Properties) / Top category: Children’s: Picture Book
  5. Steven Axelrod (The Axelrod Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  6. Victoria Sanders (Victoria Sanders & Associates) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  7. Jim Hornfischer (Hornfischer Literary Management) / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  8. Deidre Knight (The Knight Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  9. Laura Rennert (Andrea Brown Literary Agency) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  10. Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult

Best Literary Agents (21-30)

  1. Christy Fletcher (Fletcher & Company) / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  2. Jane Dystel (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret) / Top category: Fiction: New Adult
  3. Kevan Lyon (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  4. Sarah Davies (Greenhouse Literary Agency) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  5. Scott Waxman (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency) / Top category: Nonfiction: Sports
  6. Rosemary Stimola (Stimola Literary Studio) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  7. Al Zuckerman (Writers House) / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  8. Sara Crowe (Pippin Properties) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  9. Tracey Adams (Adams Literary) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  10. Josh Adams (Adams Literary) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult

Best Literary Agents (31-40)

  1. Steve Laube (Steve Laube Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Inspirational
  2. Janis Donnaud (Janis A. Donnaud & Associates) / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  3. Rob McQuilkin (Massie & McQuilkin) / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  4. Zoe Pagnamenta (Zoe Pagnamenta Agency) / Top category: Nonfiction: General/Other
  5. Chris Ferebee (Christopher Ferebee) / Top category: Nonfiction: Religion/Spirituality
  6. Richard Abate (3 Arts Entertainment) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  7. Emily van Beek (Folio Literary Management) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  8. Dorian Karchmar (William Morris Endeavor) / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  9. Helen Breitwieser (Cornerstone Literary) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  10. Elizabeth Sheinkman (William Morris Endeavor) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other

Best Literary Agents (41-50)

  1. Susan Golomb (Writers House) / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  2. Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary & Media) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  3. Curtis Yates (Yates & Yates) / Top category: Nonfiction: Religion/Spirituality
  4. Nancy Yost (Nancy Yost Literary Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  5. Dan Conaway (Writers House) / Top category: Fiction: Thriller
  6. Kim Witherspoon (Inkwell Management) / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  7. Joseph Veltre (Gersh Agency) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  8. Liza Dawson (Liza Dawson Associates) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  9. Simon Lipskar (Writers House) / Top category: Fiction: Thriller
  10. John Maas (Sterling Lord Literistic) / Top category: Nonfiction: Health

Best Literary Agents (51-60)

  1. Elisabeth Weed (The Book Group) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  2. Steve Troha (Folio Literary Management) / Top category: Nonfiction: Health
  3. Doug Abrams (Idea Architects) / Top category: Nonfiction: Health
  4. David Vigliano (AGI Vigliano) / Top category: Nonfiction: Pop Culture
  5. Melissa Flashman (Janklow & Nesbit) / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  6. Gail Ross (Ross Yoon Agency) / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  7. Eileen Cope (Mark Creative Management) / Top category: Nonfiction: Health
  8. Alexandra Machinist (ICM) / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  9. Suzanne Gluck (William Morris Endeavor) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  10. Karen Solem (Spencerhill Associates) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance

Best Literary Agents (61-70)

  1. Deborah Schneider (Gelfman Schneider/ICM) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  2. Stacey Glick (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret) / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  3. Peter McGuigan (Foundry Literary + Media) / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  4. Todd Shuster (Aevitas Creative Management) / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  5. Bonnie Solow (Solow Literary Enterprises) / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  6. Elyse Cheney (The Cheney Agency) / Top category: Nonfiction: Narrative
  7. Fredrica Friedman (Fredrica S. Friedman and Company) / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  8. Alison Fargis (Stonesong) / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  9. Meg Thompson (Thompson Literary Agency) / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  10. Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Best Literary Agents (71-80)

  1. Esther Newberg (ICM) / Top category: Nonfiction: Sports
  2. Meg Ruley (Jane Rotrosen Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  3. Alex Glass (Glass Literary Management) / Top category: Nonfiction: Diet
  4. Barry Goldblatt (Barry Goldblatt Literary) / Top category: Children’s: Middle Grade
  5. Robert Barnett (Williams & Connolly) / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  6. Lisa Bankoff (Bankoff Collaborative) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  7. Bill Clegg (The Clegg Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  8. Kathleen Anderson (Anderson Literary Management) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  9. Ted Weinstein (Ted Weinstein Literary Management) / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  10. Lisa DiMona (Writers House) / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance

Best Literary Agents (81-90)

  1. Meredith Bernstein (Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  2. Peter Steinberg (Foundry Literary + Media) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  3. Caitlin Blasdell (Liza Dawson Associates) / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  4. David Fugate (LaunchBooks Literary Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  5. Eric Simonoff (William Morris Endeavor) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  6. Danielle Egan-Miller (Browne & Miller Literary Associates) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  7. Sealy Yates (Yates & Yates) / Top category: Nonfiction: Religion/Spirituality
  8. Stephanie Tade (Stephanie Tade Agency) / Top category: Nonfiction: Health
  9. Andrea Barzvi (Empire Literary) / Top category: Nonfiction: Diet
  10. Steven Malk (Writers House) / Top category: Children’s: Middle Grade

Best Literary Agents (91-100)

  1. Jennifer Jackson (Donald Maass Literary Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  2. Erica Spellman Silverman (Trident Media Group) / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  3. Cathy Hemming (Cathy D. Hemming Literary Agency) / Top category: Children’s: Picture Book
  4. Marc Gerald (UTA) / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  5. Alan Nevins (Renaissance) / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  6. Ted Malawer (Upstart Crow Literary) / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  7. David McCormick (McCormick Literary) / Top category: Nonfiction: Narrative
  8. Grainne Fox (Fletcher & Company) / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  9. David Kuhn (Aevitas Creative Management) / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  10. Amy Rennert (Amy Rennert Agency) / Top category: Fiction: Mystery/Crime

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Best Literary Agents – FICTION (Adult)

Top General Fiction Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Ellen Levine (Trident Media Group)
  2. Bill Clegg (The Clegg Agency)
  3. Deborah Schneider (Gelfman Schneider/ICM)
  4. PJ Mark (Janklow & Nesbit)
  5. Kevan Lyon (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  6. Amelia Atlas (ICM)
  7. Henry Dunow (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
  8. Elisabeth Weed (The Book Group)
  9. Alexandra Machinist (ICM)
  10. Marly Rusoff (Marly Rusoff & Associates)
  11. Amanda Urban (ICM)
  12. Rob McQuilkin (Massie & McQuilkin)
  13. Laura Dail (Laura Dail Literary Agency)
  14. Marleen Seegers (2 Seas Agency)
  15. Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  16. Alexa Stark (Trident Media Group)
  17. Emma Sweeney (Emma Sweeney Agency)
  18. Eric Simonoff (William Morris Endeavor)
  19. Daniel Lazar (Writers House)
  20. Susan Golomb (Writers House)
  21. Victoria Sanders (Victoria Sanders & Associates)
  22. Anna Stein (ICM)
  23. Maria Massie (Massie & McQuilkin)
  24. Grainne Fox (Fletcher & Company)
  25. Sally Wofford-Girand (Union Literary)
  26. Jane Dystel (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  27. Gail Hochman (Brandt & Hochman)
  28. Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative Management)
  29. Andrew Stuart (The Stuart Agency)
  30. Sarah Chalfant (The Wylie Agency)
  31. Claudia Ballard (William Morris Endeavor)
  32. Seth Fishman (The Gernert Company)
  33. Jin Auh (The Wylie Agency)
  34. Christy Fletcher (Fletcher & Company)
  35. Wendy Sherman (Wendy Sherman Associates)
  36. Jennifer Carlson (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
  37. David Kuhn (Aevitas Creative Management)
  38. Alex Glass (Glass Literary Management)
  39. Emily Forland (Brandt & Hochman)
  40. Melissa Flashman (Janklow & Nesbit)
  41. Brettne Bloom (The Book Group)
  42. Richard Pine (Inkwell Management)
  43. Richard Abate (3 Arts Entertainment)
  44. Kirby Kim (Janklow & Nesbit)
  45. Esmond Harmsworth (Aevitas Creative Management)
  46. Andrea Montejo (Indent Literary Agency)
  47. Susanna Lea (Susanna Lea Associates)
  48. Renee Zuckerbrot (Massie & McQuilkin)
  49. Josh Getzler (Hannigan Salky Getzler)
  50. Meredith Kaffel Simonoff (DeFiore and Company)

Top Fantasy / Sci-Fi Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Russell Galen (Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency)
  2. Jennifer Jackson (Donald Maass Literary Agency)
  3. Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency)
  4. Joshua Bilmes (JABberwocky Literary Agency)
  5. John Silbersack (Trident Media Group)
  6. DongWon Song (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency)
  7. Cameron McClure (Donald Maass Literary Agency)
  8. Sara Megibow (KT Literary)
  9. Eddie Schneider (JABberwocky Literary Agency)
  10. Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  11. David Fugate (LaunchBooks Literary Agency)
  12. Sam Morgan (Foundry Literary + Media)
  13. Lisa Rodgers (JABberwocky Literary Agency)
  14. Matt Bialer (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates)
  15. Martha Millard (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  16. Jennie Goloboy (Donald Maass Literary Agency)
  17. Justin Bell (Spectrum Literary Agendy)
  18. Eleanor Wood (Spectrum Literary Agency)
  19. Richard Curtis (Richard Curtis Associates)
  20. Caitlin Blasdell (Liza Dawson Associates)
  21. Seth Fishman (The Gernert Company)
  22. Robert Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  23. Barry Goldblatt (Barry Goldblatt Literary)
  24. Juliet Mushens (Caskie Mushens)
  25. Holly Root (Root Literary)
  26. Connor Goldsmith (Fuse Literary)
  27. Andrew Zack (The Zack Company)
  28. David Hale Smith (Inkwell Management)
  29. Jonathan Lyons (Curtis Brown)
  30. Brianne Johnson (Writers House)
  31. Scott Miller (Trident Media Group)
  32. Jennifer Azantian (Azantian Literary Agency)
  33. Lane Heymont (The Tobias Literary Agency)
  34. Michael Carr (Veritas)
  35. Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency)
  36. Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)
  37. Josh Getzler (Hannigan Salky Getzler)
  38. Judith Hansen (Hansen Literary Agency)
  39. Kim-Mei Kirtland (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency)
  40. Leon Husock (L. Perkins Agency)
  41. Danny Baror (Baror International)
  42. Jennifer Udden (Barry Goldblatt Agency)
  43. David Forrer (Inkwell Management)
  44. Sarah Younger (Nancy Yost Literary Agency)
  45. Rob Weisbach (Rob Weisbach Creative Management)
  46. Jim Hart (Hartline Literary Agency)
  47. Jessica Schmeidler (Golden Wheat Literary)
  48. Laura Crockett (TriadaUS Literary Agency)
  49. Quressa Robinson (Nelson Literary Agency)
  50. Courtney Miller-Callihan (Handspun Literary Agency)

Top Mystery / Crime Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  2. Jessica Faust (BookEnds)
  3. Dawn Dowdle (Blue Ridge Literary Agency)
  4. Christina Hogrebe (Jane Rotrosen Agency)
  5. Evan Marshall (Evan Marshall Agency)
  6. Kimberley Cameron (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)
  7. Helen Breitwieser (Cornerstone Literary)
  8. Josh Getzler (Hannigan Salky Getzler)
  9. Janet Reid (New Leaf Literary & Media)
  10. Nancy Yost (Nancy Yost Literary Agency)
  11. Kevan Lyon (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  12. Paula Munier (Talcott Notch Literary Services)
  13. Shane Salerno (The Story Factory)
  14. Donna Eastman (Parkeast Literary)
  15. John Talbot (Talbot Fortune Agency)
  16. Kim Lionetti (BookEnds)
  17. Meg Ruley (Jane Rotrosen Agency)
  18. Ann Collette (Rees Literary Agency)
  19. Jill Grosjean (Jill Grosjean Literary Agency)
  20. Deborah Schneider (Gelfman Schneider/ICM)
  21. Sandra Bond (Bond Literary Agency)
  22. Laura Blake Peterson (Curtis Brown)
  23. Elisabeth Weed (The Book Group)
  24. Rachel Ekstrom (Folio Literary Management)
  25. Frances Black (The Literary Counsel)
  26. Chip MacGregor (MacGregor Literary)
  27. Paige Wheeler (Creative Media Agency)
  28. Scott Miller (Trident Media Group)
  29. Christine Witthohn (Book Cents Literary Agency)
  30. Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency)
  31. Stacia Decker (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
  32. Stephany Evans (Ayesha Pande Literary)
  33. Jim McCarthy (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  34. Joelle Delbourgo (Joelle Delbourgo Associates)
  35. Natasha Kern (Natasha Kern Literary Agency)
  36. Barbara Poelle (Irene Goodman Agency)
  37. Lisa Gallagher (DeFiore and Company)
  38. Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency)
  39. Priya Doraswamy (Lotus Lane Literary)
  40. Cynthia Zigmund (Second City Publishing Services)
  41. Pam Ahearn (Ahearn Agency)
  42. Victoria Skurnick (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  43. Jane Gelfman (Gelfman Schneider/ICM)
  44. Ellen Geiger (Frances Goldin Literary Agency)
  45. Doug Grad (Doug Grad Literary Agency)
  46. Melissa Jeglinski (The Knight Agency)
  47. Joshua Bilmes (JABberwocky Literary Agency)
  48. Ethan Bassoff (Massie & McQuilkin)
  49. Sandy Lu (L. Perkins Agency)
  50. Terrie Wolf (AKA Literary)

Top Thriller Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Robert Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  2. Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)
  3. Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  4. Dan Conaway (Writers House)
  5. Stephanie Kip Rostan (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  6. Sharon Pelletier (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  7. Pam Ahearn (Ahearn Agency)
  8. Barbara Poelle (Irene Goodman Agency)
  9. Victoria Sanders (Victoria Sanders & Associates)
  10. John Silbersack (Trident Media Group)
  11. Erica Spellman Silverman (Trident Media Group)
  12. Rachel Ekstrom (Folio Literary Management)
  13. Lisa Gallagher (DeFiore and Company)
  14. Madeleine Milburn (Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency)
  15. David Hale Smith (Inkwell Management)
  16. Simon Lipskar (Writers House)
  17. Anne Hawkins (John Hawkins & Associates)
  18. Kimberley Cameron (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)
  19. Lisa Erbach Vance (Aaron Priest Literary Agency)
  20. Esther Newberg (ICM)
  21. Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  22. Sara Crowe (Pippin Properties)
  23. John Talbot (Talbot Fortune Agency)
  24. Joseph Veltre (Gersh Agency)
  25. Laney Katz Becker (Massie & McQuilkin)
  26. Donna Eastman (Parkeast Literary)
  27. Grainne Fox (Fletcher & Company)
  28. Kim Witherspoon (Inkwell Management)
  29. Alexandra Machinist (ICM)
  30. Alice Martell (The Martell Agency)
  31. Ellen Geiger (Frances Goldin Literary Agency)
  32. Harvey Klinger (Harvey Klinger)
  33. Katherine Fausset (Curtis Brown)
  34. Jennifer Joel (ICM)
  35. Juliet Mushens (Caskie Mushens)
  36. Astri von Arbin Ahlander (Ahlander Agency)
  37. David Forrer (Inkwell Management)
  38. Eric Myers (Myers Literary Management)
  39. Jennifer Lyons (Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency)
  40. Daniel Lazar (Writers House)
  41. Laura Dail (Laura Dail Literary Agency)
  42. Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative Management)
  43. Ann Rittenberg (Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency)
  44. Marly Rusoff (Marly Rusoff & Associates)
  45. Jane Gelfman (Gelfman Schneider/ICM)
  46. Jennifer Weltz (Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency)
  47. Henry Dunow (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
  48. Aaron Priest (Aaron Priest Literary Agency)
  49. Nicole James (Chalberg & Sussman)
  50. David Halpern (The Robbins Office)

Top Women’s Fiction / Romance Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  2. Melissa Jeglinski (The Knight Agency)
  3. Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency)
  4. Helen Breitwieser (Cornerstone Literary)
  5. Kevan Lyon (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  6. Pamela Harty (The Knight Agency)
  7. Karen Solem (Spencerhill Associates)
  8. Elaine Spencer (The Knight Agency)
  9. Sarah Younger (Nancy Yost Literary Agency)
  10. Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency)
  11. Emily Sylvan Kim (Prospect Agency)
  12. Jessica Alvarez (BookEnds)
  13. Barbara Collins Rosenberg (Rosenberg Group)
  14. Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary Agency)
  15. Chip MacGregor (MacGregor Literary)
  16. Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency)
  17. Nalini Akolekar (Spencerhill Associates)
  18. Holly Root (Root Literary)
  19. Jessica Watterson (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)
  20. Amanda Leuck (Spencerhill Associates)
  21. Natasha Kern (Natasha Kern Literary Agency)
  22. Deidre Knight (The Knight Agency)
  23. Evan Marshall (Evan Marshall Agency)
  24. Pam Hopkins (Hopkins Literary Associates)
  25. Meg Ruley (Jane Rotrosen Agency)
  26. Nancy Yost (Nancy Yost Literary Agency)
  27. Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary & Media)
  28. Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein (McIntosh & Otis)
  29. Kimberly Brower (Brower Literary)
  30. Rachel Brooks (BookEnds Literary)
  31. Terrie Wolf (AKA Literary)
  32. Kimberly Whalen (The Whalen Agency)
  33. Tamela Hancock Murray (Steve Laube Agency)
  34. Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)
  35. Jane Dystel (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  36. Steve Laube (Steve Laube Agency)
  37. Courtney Miller-Callihan (Handspun Literary Agency)
  38. Scott Eagan (Greyhaus Literary Agency)
  39. Pattie Steele-Perkins (Steele-Perkins Literary Agency)
  40. Amy Tannenbaum (Jane Rotrosen Agency)
  41. Stacey Donaghy (Donaghy Literary Group)
  42. Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary Agency)
  43. Rebecca Angus (Rebecca Angus Books)
  44. Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary)
  45. Ann Leslie Tuttle (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  46. Jessica Faust (BookEnds)
  47. Steven Axelrod (The Axelrod Agency)
  48. Paige Wheeler (Creative Media Agency)
  49. Danielle Egan-Miller (Browne & Miller Literary Associates)
  50. Pam Ahearn (Ahearn Agency)

Best Literary Agents – NONFICTION (Adult)

Top Nonfiction Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Celeste Fine (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  2. Jane Dystel (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  3. Don Fehr (Trident Media Group)
  4. Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  5. Jeff Herman (Jeff Herman Agency)
  6. Andrew Stuart (The Stuart Agency)
  7. Linda Konner (Linda Konner Literary Agency)
  8. Janis Donnaud (Janis A. Donnaud & Associates)
  9. Giles Anderson (Anderson Literary Agency)
  10. Steve Troha (Folio Literary Management)
  11. Meg Thompson (Thompson Literary Agency)
  12. Daniel Greenberg (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  13. Gail Ross (Ross Yoon Agency)
  14. Eric Lupfer (Fletcher & Company)
  15. Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  16. James Levine (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  17. Zoe Pagnamenta (Zoe Pagnamenta Agency)
  18. Lindsay Edgecombe (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  19. Leticia Gomez (Savvy Literary Services)
  20. John Willig (Literary Services)
  21. David Kuhn (Aevitas Creative Management)
  22. Maryann Karinch (The Rudy Agency)
  23. Alison Fargis (Stonesong)
  24. Anthony Mattero (CAA)
  25. John Maas (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  26. Matt Latimer (Javelin)
  27. Rafe Sagalyn (ICM)
  28. Ronald Goldfarb (Goldfarb & Associates)
  29. Jessica Papin (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  30. Sarah Passick (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  31. Keith Urbahn (Javelin)
  32. Greg Johnson (WordServe Literary Group)
  33. Joelle Delbourgo (Joelle Delbourgo Associates)
  34. Howard Yoon (Ross Yoon Agency)
  35. Marilyn Allen (Allen O’Shea Literary Agency)
  36. Lisa Adams (The Garamond Agency)
  37. Bill Clegg (The Clegg Agency)
  38. Stephanie Tade (Stephanie Tade Agency)
  39. Anna Sproul-Latimer (Ross Yoon Agency)
  40. Cindy Uh (Thompson Literary Agency)
  41. Carol Mann (Carol Mann Agency)
  42. Chip MacGregor (MacGregor Literary)
  43. Joy Tutela (David Black Literary Agency)
  44. Tina Bennett (William Morris Endeavor)
  45. Steve Harris (CSG Literary Partners)
  46. Greg Daniel (Daniel Literary Group)
  47. Geri Thoma (Writers House)
  48. Myrsini Stephanides (Carol Mann Agency)
  49. Kate Woodrow (Present Perfect)
  50. Jim Hart (Hartline Literary Agency)

Top Business Book Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. James Levine (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  2. John Willig (Literary Services)
  3. Jeff Herman (Jeff Herman Agency)
  4. Giles Anderson (Anderson Literary Agency)
  5. Leticia Gomez (Savvy Literary Services)
  6. Maryann Karinch (The Rudy Agency)
  7. Howard Yoon (Ross Yoon Agency)
  8. Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  9. Joy Tutela (David Black Literary Agency)
  10. Katie Kotchman (Don Congdon Associates)
  11. Steve Troha (Folio Literary Management)
  12. Lucinda Blumenfeld (Lucinda Literary)
  13. Stephen Hanselman (LevelFiveMedia)
  14. Esmond Harmsworth (Aevitas Creative Management)
  15. Lisa DiMona (Writers House)
  16. Christy Fletcher (Fletcher & Company)
  17. Linda Konner (Linda Konner Literary Agency)
  18. Andrew Stuart (The Stuart Agency)
  19. Celeste Fine (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  20. Leila Campoli (Stonesong)
  21. Kirsten Neuhaus (Foundry Literary + Media)
  22. Laurie Abkemeier (DeFiore and Company)
  23. Steve Ross (Abrams Artists Agency)
  24. John Maas (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  25. Chris Parris-Lamb (The Gernert Company)
  26. Meg Thompson (Thompson Literary Agency)
  27. Jeanne Glasser Levine
  28. Eric Myers (Myers Literary Management)
  29. Alison Fargis (Stonesong)
  30. Lucinda Karter (Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency)
  31. Megan Close Zavala (Keller Media)
  32. Gary Krebs (GMK Writing and Editing)
  33. Joelle Delbourgo (Joelle Delbourgo Associates)
  34. Leah Spiro (Riverside Creative Management)
  35. Ted Weinstein (Ted Weinstein Literary Management)
  36. Carol Franco (Kneerim & Williams)
  37. Carol Mann (Carol Mann Agency)
  38. Wendy Keller (Keller Media)
  39. David Fugate (LaunchBooks Literary Agency)
  40. Lynn Johnston (Lynn Johnston Literary)
  41. Eric Lupfer (Fletcher & Company)
  42. Jessica Papin (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  43. Jane Dystel (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  44. Don Fehr (Trident Media Group)
  45. Frank Weimann (Folio Literary Management)
  46. John Taylor “Ike” Williams (Kneerim & Williams)
  47. Matt Wagner (Fresh Books Literary Agency)
  48. Scott Hoffman (Folio Literary Management)
  49. Lisa Adams (The Garamond Agency)
  50. Margret McBride (Margret McBride Literary Agency)

Top Health Book Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Celeste Fine (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  2. Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  3. Steve Troha (Folio Literary Management)
  4. Stephanie Tade (Stephanie Tade Agency)
  5. Dado Derviskadic (Folio Literary Management)
  6. John Maas (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  7. Jane Dystel (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  8. Steve Harris (CSG Literary Partners)
  9. Jaidree Braddix (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  10. Linda Konner (Linda Konner Literary Agency)
  11. Carol Mann (Carol Mann Agency)
  12. Marilyn Allen (Allen O’Shea Literary Agency)
  13. Sarah Passick (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  14. Heather Jackson (Heather Jackson Literary Agency)
  15. Ryan Harbage (Fischer-Harbage Agency)
  16. Bonnie Solow (Solow Literary Enterprises)
  17. Laurie Abkemeier (DeFiore and Company)
  18. Ted Weinstein (Ted Weinstein Literary Management)
  19. Elizabeth Kaplan (Elizabeth Kaplan Agency)
  20. Tom Miller (Carol Mann Agency)
  21. Jeff Herman (Jeff Herman Agency)
  22. Joelle Delbourgo (Joelle Delbourgo Associates)
  23. Stephany Evans (Ayesha Pande Literary)
  24. Coleen O’Shea (Allen O’Shea Literary Agency)
  25. Doug Abrams (Idea Architects)
  26. Al Zuckerman (Writers House)
  27. Richard Pine (Inkwell Management)
  28. Lindsay Edgecombe (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  29. Jessica Papin (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  30. Wendy Sherman (Wendy Sherman Associates)
  31. Joy Tutela (David Black Literary Agency)
  32. Don Fehr (Trident Media Group)
  33. Giles Anderson (Anderson Literary Agency)
  34. Dana Newman (Dana Newman Literary)
  35. Laura Nolan (Aevitas Creative Management)
  36. Stacey Glick (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  37. Eric Lupfer (Fletcher & Company)
  38. Sarah Jane Freymann (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency)
  39. Ellen Levine (Trident Media Group)
  40. Deidre Knight (The Knight Agency)
  41. Carole Bidnick (Bidnick & Company)
  42. Sharon Bowers (Miller Bowers Griffin)
  43. Catherine Drayton (Inkwell Management)
  44. Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)
  45. Brian DeFiore (DeFiore and Company)
  46. Karen Gantz (Karen Gantz Literary Management)
  47. Lucinda Blumenfeld (Lucinda Literary)
  48. Ellen Stiefler (Transmedia Multiverse)
  49. Esther Newberg (ICM)
  50. Gareth Esersky (Carol Mann Agency)

Top How-To Book Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Jane Dystel (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  2. Rita Rosenkranz (Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency)
  3. Regina Ryan (Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises)
  4. Andrea Somberg (Harvey Klinger)
  5. Maria Ribas (Stonesong)
  6. Maryann Karinch (The Rudy Agency)
  7. Paul Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary Agency)
  8. Jean Sagendorph (Mansion Street Literary Management)
  9. Monika Verma (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  10. Celeste Fine (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  11. Brandi Bowles (UTA)
  12. Erin Malone (William Morris Endeavor)
  13. Cindy Uh (Thompson Literary Agency)
  14. Jennifer Gates (Aevitas Creative Management)
  15. Rick Richter (Aevitas Creative Management)
  16. Albert Lee (Aevitas Creative Management)
  17. Jennifer Herrera (David Black Literary Agency)
  18. Lucinda Karter (Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency)
  19. Leah Spiro (Riverside Creative Management)
  20. Lori Galvin (Aevitas Creative Management)
  21. John Maas (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  22. Sally Ekus (Lisa Ekus Group)
  23. Leila Campoli (Stonesong)
  24. Gordon Warnock (Fuse Literary)
  25. Charlotte Gusay (Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency)
  26. Lauren Abramo (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  27. Giles Anderson (Anderson Literary Agency)
  28. Jen Marshall (Aevitas Creative Management)
  29. Ellen Levine (Trident Media Group)
  30. Kevin O’Connor (O’Connor Literary Agency)
  31. Todd Shuster (Aevitas Creative Management)
  32. Erica Bauman (Aevitas Creative Management)
  33. Stephen Hanselman (LevelFiveMedia)
  34. Peter Steinberg (Foundry Literary + Media)
  35. Adam Krasner (Melrose & Park)
  36. Julian Alexander (Lucas Alexander Whitley)
  37. Michelle Tessler (Tessler Literary Agency)
  38. Nicole James (Chalberg & Sussman)
  39. Elise Capron (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)
  40. Sharon Pelletier (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  41. Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency)
  42. Joy Tutela (David Black Literary Agency)
  43. Jeff Herman (Jeff Herman Agency)
  44. Kate Epstein (Epstein Literary Agency)
  45. Caroline Greeven (The Agency Group)
  46. Linda Roghaar (Linda Roghaar Literary Agency)
  47. Lisa Hagan (Lisa Hagan Literary)
  48. Judy Linden (Stonesong)
  49. Stefanie Von Borstel (Full Circle Literary)
  50. Linda Konner (Linda Konner Literary Agency)

Top Humor (Nonfiction) Book Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  2. Anthony Mattero (Foundry Literary + Media)
  3. Kathleen Ortiz (New Leaf Literary & Media)
  4. Monika Verma (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  5. Scott Mendel (Mendel Media Group)
  6. David Kuhn (Aevitas Creative Management)
  7. Richard Abate (3 Arts Entertainment)
  8. Byrd Leavell (UTA)
  9. Myrsini Stephanides (Carol Mann Agency)
  10. David Vigliano (AGI Vigliano)
  11. Marc Gerald (UTA)
  12. Noah Ballard (Curtis Brown)
  13. Anna Sproul-Latimer (Ross Yoon Agency)
  14. Claudia Ballard (William Morris Endeavor)
  15. Kent Wolf (Friedrich Agency)
  16. Lindsay Edgecombe (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  17. Jennifer Joel (ICM)
  18. Robert Guinsler (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  19. Susan Raihofer (David Black Literary Agency)
  20. Eve Attermann (William Morris Endeavor)
  21. Andrea Barzvi (Empire Literary)
  22. William LoTurco (Aevitas Creative Management)
  23. Dan Mandel (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates)
  24. Kathleen Schmidt (Empire Literary)
  25. Rosie Jonker (Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency)
  26. Deborah Grosvenor (Grosvenor Literary Agency)
  27. Dana Murphy (The Book Group)
  28. Anthony Gardner (Gardner Literary)
  29. Cynthia Cannell (Cynthia Cannell Literary Agency)
  30. Berta Treitl (Renaissance)
  31. Charlie Viney (Viney Shaw Agency)
  32. Alexandra Penfold (Upstart Crow Literary)
  33. Stephanie Delman (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates)
  34. Sandy Hodgman (Hodgman Literary)
  35. Penny Moore (Empire Literary)
  36. Eric Simonoff (William Morris Endeavor)
  37. Andrew Wylie (The Wylie Agency)
  38. Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency)
  39. Daniel Greenberg (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  40. Dan Strone (Trident Media Group)
  41. Sorche Fairbank (Fairbank Literary Representation)
  42. Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency)
  43. David Fugate (LaunchBooks Literary Agency)
  44. Erin Malone (William Morris Endeavor)
  45. Danielle Svetcov (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  46. Paul Bresnick (Bresnick Weil Literary Agency)
  47. Lydia Wills (Lydia Wills)
  48. Alyssa Reuben (Paradigm)
  49. Jay Mandel (William Morris Endeavor)
  50. Holly Schmidt (Hollan Publishing)

Top Memoir Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Bill Clegg (The Clegg Agency)
  2. Anthony Mattero (CAA)
  3. Steve Troha (Folio Literary Management)
  4. David Kuhn (Aevitas Creative Management)
  5. David McCormick (McCormick Literary)
  6. Amanda Urban (ICM)
  7. Brettne Bloom (The Book Group)
  8. Meg Thompson (Thompson Literary Agency)
  9. Frank Weimann (Folio Literary Management)
  10. Jane Dystel (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  11. Farley Chase (Chase Literary Agency)
  12. Jim Hornfischer (Hornfischer Literary Management)
  13. Chip MacGregor (MacGregor Literary)
  14. Daniel Lazar (Writers House)
  15. Tina Bennett (William Morris Endeavor)
  16. Kim Witherspoon (Inkwell Management)
  17. David Black (David Black Literary Agency)
  18. Becky Sweren (Aevitas Creative Management)
  19. Howard Yoon (Ross Yoon Agency)
  20. Jeff Herman (Jeff Herman Agency)
  21. Emma Parry (Janklow & Nesbit)
  22. Janis Donnaud (Janis A. Donnaud & Associates)
  23. Melissa Flashman (Janklow & Nesbit)
  24. Markus Hoffmann (Regal Hoffmann & Associates)
  25. Murray Weiss (Catalyst Literary Management)
  26. Erica Spellman Silverman (Trident Media Group)
  27. Grainne Fox (Fletcher & Company)
  28. Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)
  29. Stuart Krichevsky (Stuart Krichevsky Agency)
  30. Julia Kardon (Mary Evans)
  31. Kristyn Keene (ICM)
  32. Myrsini Stephanides (Carol Mann Agency)
  33. David Granger (Aevitas Creative Management)
  34. Jamie Carr (William Morris Endeavor)
  35. Lane Heymont (The Tobias Literary Agency)
  36. Adriann Ranta Zurhellen (Foundry Literary + Media)
  37. Allison Devereux (Wolf Literary Services)
  38. Cindy Uh (Thompson Literary Agency)
  39. Marc Gerald (UTA)
  40. Daniel Greenberg (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  41. Greg Johnson (WordServe Literary Group)
  42. Scott Waxman (Waxman Literary Agency)
  43. Alan Nevins (Renaissance)
  44. Peter McGuigan (Foundry Literary + Media)
  45. Jennifer Rudolph Walsh (William Morris Endeavor)
  46. Andrew Blauner (Blauner Books Literary Agency)
  47. Steve Ross (Abrams Artists Agency)
  48. Henry Dunow (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
  49. Jennifer Gates (Aevitas Creative Management)
  50. Zoe Pagnamenta (Zoe Pagnamenta Agency)

Top Parenting Book Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Greg Johnson (WordServe Literary Group)
  2. Chip MacGregor (MacGregor Literary)
  3. Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  4. Laurie Abkemeier (DeFiore and Company)
  5. Keely Boeving (Wordserve Literary)
  6. Carol Mann (Carol Mann Agency)
  7. Joelle Delbourgo (Joelle Delbourgo Associates)
  8. Linda Konner (Linda Konner Literary Agency)
  9. Lilly Ghahremani (Full Circle Literary)
  10. Wendy Sherman (Wendy Sherman Associates)
  11. Jane Dystel (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  12. Jeff Herman (Jeff Herman Agency)
  13. Alan Nevins (Renaissance)
  14. Doug Abrams (Idea Architects)
  15. Brandi Bowles (UTA)
  16. Allison Hunter (Janklow & Nesbit)
  17. Janis Donnaud (Janis A. Donnaud & Associates)
  18. Sarah Burnes (The Gernert Company)
  19. Jacqueline Flynn (Joelle Delbourgo Associates)
  20. Don Fehr (Trident Media Group)
  21. Erika Storella (The Gernert Company)
  22. JL Stermer (New Leaf Literary & Media)
  23. Miriam Altshuler (DeFiore and Company)
  24. Suzy Evans (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)
  25. Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli (JET Literary Associates)
  26. Celeste Fine (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  27. Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency)
  28. Steve Troha (Folio Literary Management)
  29. Gillian MacKenzie (MacKenzie Wolf)
  30. Jennifer Weltz (Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency)
  31. Lydia Wills (Lydia Wills)
  32. Cathy Hemming (Cathy D. Hemming Literary Agency)
  33. Matthew Elblonk (DeFiore and Company)
  34. John Maas (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  35. Heather Jackson (Heather Jackson Literary Agency)
  36. Rory Scarfe (Furniss Lawton)
  37. Leah Spiro (Riverside Creative Management)
  38. Tom Miller (Carol Mann Agency)
  39. Alexander Field (The Bindery)
  40. Kim Perel (Irene Goodman Agency)
  41. John Willig (Literary Services)
  42. Nadine Rubin Nathan (High Spot Literary)
  43. Erica Spellman Silverman (Trident Media Group)
  44. Anna Knutson Geller (Write View)
  45. Priya Doraswamy (Lotus Lane Literary)
  46. Jim Hart (Harline Literary)
  47. Molly Friedrich (Friedrich Agency)
  48. Cherise Fisher (Wendy Sherman Associates)
  49. Ryan Harbage (Fischer-Harbage Agency)
  50. Saba Sulaiman (Talcott Notch Literary Services)

Top Pop Culture Book Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Paul Bresnick (Bresnick Weil Literary Agency)
  2. David Dunton (Harvey Klinger)
  3. Daniel Greenberg (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  4. Marc Gerald (UTA)
  5. Matthew Elblonk (DeFiore and Company)
  6. Andrea Somberg (Harvey Klinger)
  7. Allison Hunter (Janklow & Nesbit)
  8. Judy Linden (Stonesong)
  9. Bonnie Nadell (Hill Nadell Literary Agency)
  10. James Fitzgerald (James Fitzgerald Agency)
  11. Sarah Lazin (Sarah Lazin Books)
  12. David Vigliano (AGI Vigliano)
  13. David Kuhn (Aevitas Creative Management)
  14. Laurie Fox (Linda Chester Literary Agency)
  15. Anthony Mattero (CAA)
  16. Charlie Viney (Viney Shaw Agency)
  17. Scott Miller (Trident Media Group)
  18. Steve Troha (Folio Literary Management)
  19. Jennifer DeChiara (Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency)
  20. Erin Hosier (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
  21. Marilyn Allen (Allen O’Shea Literary Agency)
  22. Thomas Flannery Jr. (AGI Vigliano)
  23. Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group)
  24. David Halpern (The Robbins Office)
  25. Joelle Delbourgo (Joelle Delbourgo Associates)
  26. Gail Ross (Ross Yoon Agency)
  27. William Clark (William Clark Associates)
  28. Leticia Gomez (Savvy Literary Services)
  29. Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency)
  30. Monika Woods (Curtis Brown)
  31. Rachel Vogel (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
  32. Anna Sproul-Latimer (Ross Yoon Agency)
  33. Carol Mann (Carol Mann Agency)
  34. Simon Green (CAA)
  35. Susan Ramer (Don Congdon Associates)
  36. John Silbersack (Trident Media Group)
  37. Rica Allannic (David Black Literary Agency)
  38. Jeff Schmidt (NY Creative Management)
  39. Julia Conrad (Sarah Lazin Books)
  40. Ken Treusch (Bleecker Street Entertainment)
  41. Rick Pascocello (Glass Literary Management)
  42. Kevin O’Connor (O’Connor Literary Agency)
  43. Katie Grimm (Don Congdon Associates)
  44. Rob Kirkpatrick (The Stuart Agency)
  45. Amelia Appel (Triada US Literary Agency)
  46. Eric Lupfer (Fletcher & Company)
  47. Murray Weiss (Catalyst Literary Management)
  48. Nate Muscato (Aevitas Creative Management)
  49. Sandra Bond (Bond Literary Agency)
  50. Lynn Johnston (Lynn Johnston Literary)

Top Religion / Spirituality Book Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Cyle Young (Hartline Literary Agency)
  2. Greg Daniel (Daniel Literary Group)
  3. Greg Johnson (WordServe Literary Group)
  4. Keely Boeving (WordServe Literary Group)
  5. Jim Hart (Harline Literary Agency)
  6. Sealy Yates (Yates & Yates)
  7. Chip MacGregor (MacGregor Literary)
  8. Stephany Evans (Ayesha Pande Literary)
  9. Jeff Herman (Jeff Herman Agency)
  10. Bill Gladstone (Waterside Productions)
  11. Jana Burson (Christopher Ferebee)
  12. Alexander Field (The Bindery)
  13. Chris Ferebee (Christopher Ferebee)
  14. Curtis Yates (Yates & Yates)
  15. Emma Sweeney (Emma Sweeney Agency)
  16. Don Fehr (Trident Media Group)
  17. Angela Scheff (Christopher Ferebee)
  18. Linda Konner (Linda Konner Literary Agency)
  19. Priya Doraswamy (Lotus Lane Literary)
  20. Nena Madonia Oshman (Dupree Miller & Associates)
  21. Anna Knutson Geller (Write View)
  22. Celeste Fine (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  23. Stephanie Tade (Stephanie Tade Agency)
  24. Matt Yates (Yates & Yates)
  25. Kathryn Helmers (Creative Trust)
  26. Jan Miller (Dupree Miller & Associates)
  27. David McCormick (McCormick Literary)
  28. John Willig (Literary Services)
  29. Richard Curtis (Richard Curtis Associates)
  30. Kimberley Cameron (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)
  31. Lisa DiMona (Writers House)
  32. Marleen Seegers (2 Seas Agency)
  33. Laura Yorke (Carol Mann Agency)
  34. Nancy Barton (Nancy Owen Barton Agency)
  35. Coleen O’Shea (Allen O’Shea Literary Agency)
  36. Robert Guinsler (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  37. Tom Miller (Carol Mann Agency)
  38. Ross Harris (Stuart Krichevsky Agency)
  39. Eve Attermann (William Morris Endeavor)
  40. Henry Dunow (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
  41. Amy Hughes (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
  42. Matt Bialer (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates)
  43. Lisa Jackson (Alive Literary Agency)
  44. Sarah Passick (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  45. Jacqueline Ko (The Wylie Agency)
  46. Lynn Nesbit (Janklow & Nesbit)
  47. Joan Brookbank (Joan Brookbank Projects)
  48. Jaidree Braddix (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  49. Alexandra Penfold (Upstart Crow Literary)
  50. Claudia Ballard (William Morris Endeavor)

Best Literary Agents – CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Top Young Adult Fiction Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Jim McCarthy (Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)
  2. Sarah Davies (Greenhouse Literary Agency)
  3. Victoria Marini (Irene Goodman Agency)
  4. Molly Ker Hawn (The Bent Agency)
  5. Beth Phelan (Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency)
  6. Kerry Sparks (Levine Greenberg Rostan)
  7. Sara Crowe (Pippin Properties)
  8. Rosemary Stimola (Stimola Literary Studio)
  9. Stephen Barbara (Inkwell Management)
  10. Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary Agency)
  11. Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  12. Brianne Johnson (Writers House)
  13. Jessica Regel (Foundry Literary + Media)
  14. Kathleen Rushall (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  15. Lana Popovic (Chalberg & Sussman)
  16. Taylor Haggerty (Root Literary)
  17. Katelyn Detweiler (Jill Grinberg Literary Management)
  18. Josh Adams (Adams Literary)
  19. Holly Root (Root Literary)
  20. Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary & Media)
  21. Catherine Drayton (Inkwell Management)
  22. John Cusick (Folio Literary Management)
  23. Andrea Somberg (Harvey Klinger)
  24. Ginger Knowlton (Curtis Brown)
  25. Rebecca Podos (Rees Literary Agency)
  26. Beth Miller (Writers House)
  27. Uwe Stender (TriadaUS Literary Agency)
  28. Pete Knapp (Park Literary Group)
  29. Robert Guinsler (Sterling Lord Literistic)
  30. Jennifer Weltz (Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency)
  31. Carrie Pestritto (Laura Dail Literary Agency)
  32. Moe Ferrara (BookEnds)
  33. Elana Roth Parker (Laura Dail Literary Agency)
  34. Anthony Mattero (Foundry Literary + Media)
  35. Tina Wexler (ICM)
  36. Ammi-Joan Paquette (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
  37. Kevan Lyon (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
  38. Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency)
  39. Ginger Clark (Curtis Brown)
  40. Faye Bender (The Book Group)
  41. Mandy Hubbard (Emerald City Literary Agency)
  42. Wendy Schmalz (Wendy Schmalz Agency)
  43. Jodi Reamer (Writers House)
  44. Joanna Volpe (New Leaf Literary & Media)
  45. Michelle Wolfson (Wolfson Literary Agency)
  46. Emily van Beek (Folio Literary Management)
  47. Deidre Knight (The Knight Agency)
  48. Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency)
  49. Amy Tipton (Signature Literary Agency)
  50. Brenda Bowen (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates)

Top Middle Grade Fiction Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Carrie Pestritto (Laura Dail Literary Agency)
  2. Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary & Media)
  3. Gemma Cooper (The Bent Agency)
  4. Sara Crowe (Pippin Properties)
  5. Sarah Davies (Greenhouse Literary Agency)
  6. Abigail Samoun (Red Fox Literary)
  7. Marietta Zacker (Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency)
  8. Daniel Lazar (Writers House)
  9. Barry Goldblatt (Barry Goldblatt Literary)
  10. Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  11. Jill Corcoran (Jill Corcoran Literary Agency)
  12. Holly Root (Root Literary)
  13. Susan Hawk (Upstart Crow Literary)
  14. Victoria Marini (Irene Goodman Agency)
  15. John Cusick (Folio Literary Management)
  16. Brent Taylor (TriadaUS Literary Agency)
  17. Marie Lamba (Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency)
  18. Alec Shane (Writers House)
  19. Erin Murphy (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
  20. Ammi-Joan Paquette (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
  21. Caryn Wiseman (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  22. Tina Wexler (ICM)
  23. Brianne Johnson (Writers House)
  24. Stefanie Von Borstel (Full Circle Literary)
  25. Emily Sylvan Kim (Prospect Agency)
  26. Linda Epstein (Emerald City Literary Agency)
  27. Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  28. Rosemary Stimola (Stimola Literary Studio)
  29. Stephen Barbara (Inkwell Management)
  30. Alyssa Eisner Henkin (Trident Media Group)
  31. Holly McGhee (Pippin Properties)
  32. Josh Adams (Adams Literary)
  33. Stephen Fraser (Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency)
  34. Emily van Beek (Folio Literary Management)
  35. Jennifer Rofe (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  36. Rubin Pfeffer (Rubin Pfeffer Content)
  37. Deborah Warren (East-West Agency)
  38. Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency)
  39. Steven Malk (Writers House)
  40. Ginger Knowlton (Curtis Brown)
  41. Laura Dail (Laura Dail Literary Agency)
  42. Catherine Drayton (Inkwell Management)
  43. Clelia Gore (Martin Literary Management)
  44. Natalie Lakosil (Bradford Literary Agency)
  45. Carrie Hannigan (Hannigan Salky Getzler)
  46. Molly Ker Hawn (The Bent Agency)
  47. Jennifer Unter (The Unter Agency)
  48. Mandy Hubbard (Emerald City Literary Agency)
  49. Jill Grinberg (Jill Grinberg Literary Management)
  50. Alex Glass (Glass Literary Management)

Top Picture Book Literary Agents – Best Literary Agents

  1. Steven Malk (Writers House)
  2. Karen Grencik (Red Fox Literary)
  3. Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  4. Anna Olswanger (Olswanger Literary)
  5. Emily van Beek (Folio Literary Management)
  6. Kirsten Hall (Catbird Productions)
  7. Lori Nowicki (Painted Words)
  8. Anne Moore Armstrong (The Bright Group)
  9. Rosemary Stimola (Stimola Literary Studio)
  10. Abigail Samoun (Red Fox Literary)
  11. Caryn Wiseman (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  12. Marietta Zacker (Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency)
  13. Essie White (Storm Literary Agency)
  14. Ammi-Joan Paquette (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
  15. Adriana Dominguez (Full Circle Literary)
  16. Kathleen Rushall (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  17. Erin Murphy (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
  18. Holly McGhee (Pippin Properties)
  19. Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  20. Rubin Pfeffer (Rubin Pfeffer Content)
  21. Justin Rucker (Shannon Associates)
  22. Carrie Hannigan (Hannigan Salky Getzler)
  23. Lori Kilkelly (Rodeen Literary Management)
  24. Stephen Barr (Writers House)
  25. Alli Brydon (The Bright Group)
  26. Emily Coggins (Astound US)
  27. Deborah Warren (East-West Agency)
  28. Emily Mitchell (Wernick & Pratt Agency)
  29. Lara Perkins (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  30. James Burns (The Bright Group)
  31. Claire Easton (Painted Words)
  32. Mela Bolinao (MB Artists)
  33. Steven Chudney (The Chudney Agency)
  34. Tricia Lawrence (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
  35. Stephanie Fretwell-Hill (Red Fox Literary)
  36. Jennifer Rofe (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  37. Alexandra Penfold (Upstart Crow Literary)
  38. Liza Fleissig (Liza Royce Agency)
  39. Sean McCarthy (Sean McCarthy Literary Agency)
  40. Jennifer Unter (The Unter Agency)
  41. Alyssa Eisner Henkin (Trident Media Group)
  42. Tracy Marchini (BookEnds)
  43. Arabella Stein (The Bright Group)
  44. Stefanie Von Borstel (Full Circle Literary)
  45. Laura Rennert (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
  46. Christa Heschke (McIntosh & Otis)
  47. Rachel Orr (Prospect Agency)
  48. Jill Corcoran (Jill Corcoran Literary Agency)
  49. Mary Cummings (Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises)
  50. Andrea Morrison (Writers House)

Best Literary Agents – Additional Information & Resources

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