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Top Literary Agencies – The Top 100 Book Agencies

Photo of the Top Literary AgenciesTop Literary Agencies – What are the best literary agencies in the U.S. and how can you submit your book to them? This article (just updated) lists the Top 100 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. And, click here if you want to see the Best Literary Agents.

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 100 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 100 Best Literary Agencies

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Top Literary Agencies (1-10)

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

Top Literary Agencies (11-20)

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

Top Literary Agencies (21-30)

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

Top Literary Agencies (31-40)

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

Top Literary Agencies (41-50)

  1. Vigliano Associates / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  2. Janis A. Donnaud & Associates / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  3. David Black Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: General/Other
  4. The Gernert Company / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  5. DeFiore and Company / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  6. Stonesong / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  7. Curtis Brown / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  8. McCormick & Williams Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Picture Book
  9. Cornerstone Literary / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  10. Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: General/Other

Top Literary Agencies (51-60)

  1. Zoe Pagnamenta Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: General/Other
  2. Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  3. Spencerhill Associates / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  4. Christopher Ferebee / Top category: Nonfiction: Religion/Spirituality
  5. Idea Architects / Top category: Nonfiction: Health
  6. Elyse Cheney Agency / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  7. Barry Goldblatt Literary / Top category: Children’s: Middle Grade
  8. Laura Dail Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  9. Browne & Miller Literary Associates / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  10. Susan Golomb Agency / Top category: Fiction: General/Other

Top Literary Agencies (61-70)

  1. LJK Literary Management / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  2. Abrams Artists Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  3. Dunow, Carlson & Lerner / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  4. Solow Literary Enterprises / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  5. Gelfman Schneider / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  6. Venture Literary / Top category: Nonfiction: Sports
  7. Nancy Yost Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
  8. Erin Murphy Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Middle Grade
  9. Brockman / Top category: Nonfiction: Science
  10. LaunchBooks Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Top Literary Agencies (71-80)

  1. Susan Rabiner Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: General/Other
  2. Williams & Connolly / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  3. Ted Weinstein Literary Management / Top category: Nonfiction: Business/Investing/Finance
  4. UTA / Top category: Fiction: Thriller
  5. Waxman Leavell Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Religion/Spirituality
  6. Aaron Priest Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Thriller
  7. Anderson Literary Management / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  8. Irene Goodman Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  9. Kuhn Projects / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  10. Amy Rennert Agency / Top category: Fiction: Mystery/Crime

Top Literary Agencies (81-90)

  1. Regal Literary / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  2. Fredrica S. Friedman and Company / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  3. Alive Communications / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  4. Gail Ross Literary Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  5. The Creative Culture / Top category: Nonfiction: Memoir
  6. Stephanie Tade Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: Health
  7. Linda Chester Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Debut
  8. WordServe Literary Group / Top category: Fiction: Inspirational
  9. The Strothman Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  10. MacGregor Literary / Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance

Top Literary Agencies (91-100)

  1. Paradigm / Top category: Nonfiction: Cooking
  2. Jill Grinberg Literary Management / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  3. Kneerim & Williams / Top category: Nonfiction: Biography
  4. The Wylie Agency / Top category: Fiction: General/Other
  5. 3 Arts Entertainment / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  6. Carol Mann Agency / Top category: Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs
  7. Spectrum Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  8. Howard Morhaim Literary Agency / Top category: Children’s: Young Adult
  9. Natasha Kern Literary Agency / Top category: Fiction: Inspirational
  10. Wendy Sherman Associates / Top category: Fiction: Debut

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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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Author Success Story: Fiction/Young Adult  
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Author Success Story: Memoir/Christian  
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Author Success Story: Fiction  
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Author Success Story: Fiction/Mystery/Thriller  
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Author Success Story: Nonfiction/Self-Help  
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"Mark helped me get five different offers for representation from top literary agents. I signed with Stephanie Tade who got me a 6-figure book deal with Penguin Books, which published my book in hardcover! When Stephanie first contacted me, she was very excited and said, ‘I can’t get your book proposal out of my head. It’s brilliant – I mean, really, it’s fantastic. Editors should be salivating by the time they get to the chapter outline.’ Working with Mark was completely worth it." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

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Author Success Story: Nonfiction/Business  
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"Not long after Mark helped me land a top literary agent, I got a call from my agent letting me know that I had three different publishing offers from well-known publishers: Amacom, Palgrave Macmillan, and McGraw-Hill who recently published my book in hardcover! It was a fantastic feeling and a huge smile came over my face. For a moment I felt like life was perfect and the angels were singing." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Author Success Story: Nonfiction/Narrative Nonfiction  
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"Berkley Books recently published my book in hardcover after Mark helped me get multiple agents interested in my work. I was able to speak with literary agents from top agencies such as Janklow & Nesbit, Trident Media, Anderson Lit, and Folio. I signed with Don Fehr at Trident Media and a short time later I had a publishing contract! Having Mark on your side is incredibly valuable." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]


About Mark Malatesta

MARK MALATESTA is a former literary agent turned author coach. Mark now helps authors of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children's books) get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals through his company Literary Agent Undercover and The Bestselling Author. Mark's authors have gotten six-figure book deals, been on the NYT bestseller list, and published with houses such as Random House, Scholastic, and Thomas Nelson. Click here to learn more about Mark Malatesta and click here for Reviews of Mark Malatesta.
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