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California Literary Agencies and Agents – Literary Agencies in California

California Literary Agencies - Literary Agencies in CaliforniaLiterary Agencies in California – This article answers the most common questions about California literary agents and California literary agencies: Are literary agents in California the best representatives for authors of books with movie or TV appeal? How many book agents on our list of literary agents are  in California? How many of the best literary agents and top literary agencies are in California? And, should you send your query letter to CA literary agents? Scroll below for answers to these questions, and more.

If you want to see literary agencies in New York, the publishing capital of the world, click here for Literary Agencies NYC or click here to visit our Literary Agents Near Me page, for information about all USA Literary Agents in our Directory of Literary Agents. There, of course, you’ll find detailed information about literary agents and literary agencies in California as well. There’s no charge to use the directory, and it contains detailed biographical and contact information for all book agents in the USA. When you enter the directory, you’ll see a drop-down menu that allows you to “filter” or search the agents listed by location and the various book genres they represent.

Why Are So Many Literary Agencies in California?

There are more literary agents and literary agencies in California than any other place in the United States–except New York. There are a lot of literary agents in CA because it’s the state with the largest population in the country, and because California is the “Entertainment Capital” of the Untied States. Manhattan is the “Publishing Capital” of the country, with 2/3 of the nation’s literary agents located there. However, there are also many literary agents on the West Coast, pitching their authors’ books to publishers in New York and elsewhere–and getting them “subsidiary” or “ancillary” rights deals related to feature film, television, and other area of the entertainment and infotainment industry.

Should You Query California Literary Agencies?

Literary agents and literary agencies in California can do just as good a job for authors as literary agents and literary agencies in New York or elsewhere. Each situation is different, so here are two things you should consider.

  • Most successful literary agencies without their main office(s) in California have someone who works for them who is in California; or, more often, they have “co-agent” or “sub-agent” relationships with successful literary agencies in California who help sell their authors’ subsidiary or ancillary rights. Same thing goes for foreign rights such as English language editions and translated editions of books produced and published abroad. We live in a specialized world and not every literary agent or agency does everything, does everything well, or needs to. For example, when I was a literary agent, I didn’t handle film rights personally. Instead, when I had a project I believed had film potential, I reached out to a famous literary agent, Joel Gotler, who’s well-known and well-respected in the movie industry, and he was kind enough to help.
  • If you’re already a media personality, you want to become a media personality, and/or you believe book publishing is just one part of what you’re planning to produce and promote with your brand…it might make sense to prioritize literary agencies in California when you start researching and ranking agents. Especially if you live in California, or if you’re planning to eventually move to The Golden State. Otherwise, you shouldn’t give California literary agencies preferential treatment, the same way you shouldn’t exclude successful literary agents in California just because they’re not in New York.

Literary Agencies in California – By the Numbers

Here are “the numbers” for literary agents and literary agencies in California.

  • 71 of the 600+ literary agencies in the USA are in California
  • 152 of the 1,300+ individual literary agents in the U.S. work with CA literary agencies
  • 126 of the book agents with literary agencies in California are in Los Angeles
  • The 26 publishing agents in California NOT in Los Angeles can be found in: San Diego (14), Del Mar (12), Tiburon (9), San Francisco (8), La Honda (7), Palo Alto (6), Salinas (5), Santa Rosa (5), Solana Beach (5), La Jolla (4), Santa Ana (4), Shell Beach (4), Beverly Hills (3), El Segundo (3), Encinitas (3), Lancaster (3), Marina Del Rey (3), Norco (3), East Garrison (2), La Canada Flintridge (2), Mission Viejo (2), Orinda (2), Santa Clarita (2), Venice (2), Burbank (1), Culver City (1), El Dorado Hills (1), Fairfax (1), Mill Valley (1), N. Hollywood (1), Oakland (1), Pacific Palisades (1), Placerville (1), San Luis Obispo (1), Santa Monica (1), Sherman Oaks (1), and Studio City (1)
  • 123 of the book agents with literary agencies in California accept queries for adult fiction
  • 141 of the publishing agents with California literary agencies accept queries for nonfiction books
  • 87 of the literary agents with CA literary agencies accept queries for children’s books
  • 20 of the 152 book agents with literary agencies in California are members of the Association of Authors’ Representatives – AAR
  • 16 of the publishing agents with California literary agencies only accept submissions by referral
  • 131 of the literary agents with CA literary agencies accept email queries
  • 37 of the book agents with literary agencies in California accept postal mail queries
  • 25 of the publishing agents California literary agencies accept queries via online forms on their websites
  • 56 of the 71 CA literary agencies have websites
  • 106 of the book agents with literary agencies in California are on LinkedIn
  • 104 of the publishing agents California literary agencies are on Twitter
  • 31 of the book agents with CA literary agencies are on Facebook

Literary Agencies California (in alphabetical order)

  • Aevitas Creative Management
  • Andrea Brown Literary Agency
  • Andy Ross Literary Agency
  • APA Talent and Literary Agency
  • April Eberhardt Literary
  • Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises
  • BJ Robbins Literary Agency
  • Books & Such Literary Agency
  • BookStop Literary Agency
  • Bradford Literary Agency
  • Candice Fuhrman Literary Agency
  • Castiglia Literary Agency
  • Christopher Ferebee Literary Agency
  • Cine/Lit Representation
  • Cornerstone Literary Agency
  • Creative Management
  • Dana Newman Literary
  • Davis Wager Literary Agency
  • Dreisbach Literary Management
  • East West Literary Agency
  • Eyebait Literary Management
  • Felicia Eth Literary Representation
  • Fountain Literary
  • Fresh Books Literary Agency
  • Full Circle Literary
  • Fuse Literary
  • Ghosh Literary
  • Global Literary Management
  • Handspun Literary
  • Heacock Hill Literary Agency
  • Hidden Value Group
  • Hill Nadell Literary Agency
  • Intellectual Property Group
  • Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
  • Julie Hill and Associates
  • Keller Media
  • Ken Sherman & Associates
  • Kimberley Cameron & Associates
  • LA Literary Agency
  • Launchbooks Literary Agency
  • Lennie Literary Agency & Author’s Attorney
  • Linda Allen Literary Agency
  • Lupine Grove Creative, LLC
  • Manus & Associates Literary Agency
  • Margret McBride Literary Agency
  • Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Media Motion International
  • Paul S. Levine Literary Agency
  • Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency
  • Red Fox Literary
  • Redwood Agency
  • Renaissance Literary & Talent
  • RO Literary
  • Root Literary
  • Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
  • Solow Literary Enterprises
  • Stuart M. Miller Co. Literary Agency
  • Ted Weinstein Literary Management
  • The Amy Rennert Agency
  • The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
  • The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency
  • The Cowles Agency
  • The Fielding Agency
  • The Knight Agency
  • Van Haitsma Literary
  • Venture Literary
  • Veritas Literary Agency
  • Verve Talent & Literary Agency
  • WordWise Media Services
  • Writers House
  • Yates & Yates

Submit your Query to California Literary Agencies

Before you query literary agencies in California, make sure you reference the most up-to-date information in our Directory of Literary Agents. There is no charge to use the directory. It’s easy to use. And it contains detailed biographical and contact information for all California literary agencies and California literary agents. When you enter the Directory of Literary Agents™, you’ll also get free, instant access to our article and audio library with additional information to help you get a literary agent who works at an agency listed under literary agencies in California.

The Directory of Literary Agents™ has been called the most comprehensive and accurate list of literary agencies and literary agents available today, in print or online. Other book agent lists and directories are often incomplete, outdated, and filled with mistakes. The Directory of Literary Agents™ is completely up-to-date with full profiles and photographs for all book agents working at literary agencies in California (representing fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books). There are more than 600 literary agency listings in the directory and you can search by location, book genres, AAR status, and more.

Profiles of Literary Agencies in California

Get FREE INSTANT ACCESS to All California Literary Agency Profiles If you want the most accurate information available for publishing agents with literary agencies in California, simply enter your first name and email address for free instant access to the Directory of Literary Agents™. As soon as you register, you’ll get instant access to the following:

* Agent bios working at literary agencies in California

* AAR membership status for all book agents with book agencies in California

* Personal email addresses for agents with literary agencies in California

* Mailing addresses for all publishing agents with publishing agencies in California

* Agent photos for all book agents with literary agencies in California

* Preferred query letter methods (email, online form, postal mail)

* A link to all websites for all California literary agencies

* A map to the offices of all California book agencies

* Access to all profiles for all agents with California literary agencies in the Directory of Literary Agents

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About Mark Malatesta

Photo of Mark Malatesta - Former Literary Agent 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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