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Top Literary Agencies | Find the Best Literary Agencies for All Book GenresTop Literary Agencies – What are the best book agencies in the U.S. and how can you submit your book to them? This article (just updated) lists the Top 100 Book Agencies on our List of Literary Agents for all Literary Agents Near Me searches, including the Best Literary Agents. For example, you can use our literary agency directory to find Book Agents in NYC, Book Agents in Atlanta, Book Agents in Boston, Book Agents in Chicago, and more. Get free instant access to contact information for all writer representatives working at these publishing agencies who are seeking new clients. 

Our literary agency database has information about new and established author representatives seeking authors. Our literary agency directory is easy to use and it’s searchable by book genres and location. You can find agent biographies, contact information, 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. Get a top literary agent, publisher, and book deal today.

Top Literary Agencies – What Are They?

How does one determine who should be on a list of the top literary agencies? Simple, top book agencies have the best book 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 publishing 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 book 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 100 Literary Agencies list deserve to be there. Why? This list of top dealmakers is based purely on performance. These are the Top Publishing 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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Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (1-10)

Listed below are the first ten book agencies on our list of best publishing agencies based on sales. The author representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. Trident Media Group / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  2. Writers House / Top category: Children’s: Middle Grade
  3. Folio Literary Management / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  4. Sterling Lord Literistic / Top category: Nonfiction: Health
  5. ICM / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  6. The Bent Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  7. Foundry Literary + Media / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  8. Marly Rusoff & Associates / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  9. Inkwell Management / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  10. The Knight Agency / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance

Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (11-20)

Listed below are the publishing agencies 11-20 on our list of best book agencies based on sales. The writer representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. Pippin Properties / Top category: Children’s: Picture Book
  2. Sanford J. Greenburger Associates / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  3. William Morris Endeavor / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  4. Andrea Brown Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  5. Janklow & Nesbit / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  6. Jane Rotrosen Agency / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  7. LevelFiveMedia / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  8. Dystel & Goderich Literary Management / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  9. Yates & Yates / Top category: Nonfiction: Religion/Spirituality
  10. Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (21-30)

Listed below are the book agencies 21-30 on our list of best publishing agencies based on sales. The author representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. Larry Weissman Literary / Top category: Nonfiction: Narrative
  2. The Stuart Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  3. Adams Literary / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  4. Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  5. Liza Dawson Associates / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  6. Marsal Lyon Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  7. Nelson Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  8. Fletcher & Company / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  9. Victoria Sanders & Associates / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  10. The Literary Group / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir

Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (31-40)

Listed below are the publishing agencies 31-40 on our list of best book agencies based on sales. The writer representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. Donald Maass Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  2. Hornfischer Literary Management / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  3. The Axelrod Agency / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  4. Lippincott Massie McQuilkin / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  5. Harvey Klinger / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  6. Stonesong / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  7. Greenhouse Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  8. Waxman Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Sports
  9. Stimola Literary Studio / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  10. New Leaf Literary & Media / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult

Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (41-50)

Listed below are the book agencies 41-50 on our list of best publishing agencies based on sales. The author representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. DeFiore and Company / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  2. Curtis Brown / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  3. Steve Laube Agency / Top category: Fiction: Inspirational
  4. Vigliano Associates / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  5. David Black Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: General/Other
  6. The Gernert Company / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  7. Janis A. Donnaud & Associates / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  8. Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  9. McCormick & Williams Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Picture Book
  10. Cornerstone Literary / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  11. Zoe Pagnamenta Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: General/Other

Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (51-60)

Listed below are the publishing agencies 51-60 on our list of best book agencies based on sales. The writer representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. Christopher Ferebee / Top category: Nonfiction: Religion/Spirituality
  2. Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  3. Idea Architects / Top category: Nonfiction: Health
  4. Spencerhill Associates / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  5. Lowenstein-Yost / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  6. Abrams Artists Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  7. Irene Goodman Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  8. Elyse Cheney Agency / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  9. Nancy Yost Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  10. Stephanie Tade Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Health

Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (61-70)

Listed below are the book agencies 61-70 on our list of best publishing agencies based on sales. The author representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. Laura Dail Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  2. Barry Goldblatt Literary / Top category: Children’s: Middle Grade
  3. Brockman / Top category: Nonfiction: Science
  4. UTA / Top category: Fiction: Thriller
  5. Ted Weinstein Literary Management / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  6. Browne & Miller Literary Associates / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  7. Susan Golomb Agency / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  8. LJK Literary Management / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  9. LaunchBooks Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  10. Waxman Leavell Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Religion/Spirituality

Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (71-80)

Listed below are the publishing agencies 71-80 on our list of best book agencies based on sales. The writer representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. Dunow, Carlson & Lerner / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  2. Solow Literary Enterprises / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  3. Gelfman Schneider / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  4. Venture Literary / Top category: Nonfiction: Sports
  5. Erin Murphy Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Middle Grade
  6. Susan Rabiner Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: General/Other
  7. Williams & Connolly / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  8. Howard Morhaim Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  9. Jill Grinberg Literary Management / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  10. Aaron Priest Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Thriller

Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (81-90)

Listed below are the book agencies 81-90 on our list of best publishing agencies based on sales. The author representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. Anderson Literary Management / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  2. Carol Mann Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  3. Wendy Sherman Associates / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  4. The Strothman Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  5. WordServe Literary Group / Top category: Fiction: Inspirational
  6. Kuhn Projects / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  7. Amy Rennert Agency / Top category: Fiction: Mystery/Crime
  8. Regal Literary / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  9. Fredrica S. Friedman and Company / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  10. Alive Communications / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir

Best Literary Agencies with the Most 6-Figure Book Deals (91-100)

Listed below are the last ten publishing agencies on our list of best book agencies based on sales. The writer representatives working at the companies below have the most reported six-figure book deals and beyond since 2004.

  1. Gail Ross Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  2. The Creative Culture / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  3. Thompson Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Illustrated/Art
  4. Mendel Media Group / Top category: Nonfiction: Humor
  5. Aevitas Creative Management / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  6. Linda Chester Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  7. MacGregor Literary / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  8. Paradigm / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  9. Weed Literary / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  10. Ross Yoon Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Narrative

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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 publishing 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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