The Directory of Literary Agents
7 Insider Secrets to Get a Top Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal
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Literary Agent Directory
Important: Visit each agent’s website (links in their listings below) to see if they’re open to submissions before querying.
Coleen O’Shea is a literary agent with and a founding partner in the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency. Previously, she worked in executive editorial positions at major trade publishers, discovering many bestselling authors and helping to develop publishing programs. Before becoming a literary agent, published author, book packager and publishing consultant, she was Executive Editor of a major publisher. In that position, Coleen worked with a wide array of award-winning and best-selling fiction authors and developed a successful list of self-improvement, health and nutrition titles, as well as illustrated lifestyle books and cookbooks. She has conceived and developed book series for Simon & Schuster, Random House, National Geographic Society Trade Books, and Reader’s Digest, among others.
With a strong editorial and publishing background, as a literary agent Coleen works actively with her clients to craft strong proposals and to develop, publish and promote their books and brand. Her best-selling authors publish books, offer related courses, seminars and workshops, appear on national media, develop products, write for major publications and blogs, and speak to a wide array of audiences around the world. Her client list focuses on health, wellness, nutrition, diet, fitness, meditation, inspirational, lifestyle, cooking, narrative, memoir, and some select fiction authors. Among her clients are best-selling and award-winning authors, notable entrepreneurs, chefs and bakers, Olympic athletes, internationally celebrated yogis and fitness experts, Intuitives, Meditators, scientists, researchers, and doctors, educators and journalists. She also has an interest in the areas of pop culture, parenting, and design.
She is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Book Proposals and Query Letters (Penguin Books) with her partner Marilyn Allen.
A voracious reader, active gardener, cook and runner, Coleen is eager to work with clients with national and international platforms to help share new ideas with big audiences.
Coleen is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and Women’s Media Group.
This literary agent represents:
NONFICTION: Art * Business * Cooking/Cookbook * Crafts * Dating/Relationship/Sex * Design * Diet/Nutrition * Environment * Fitness * Food/Drinks * General Nonfiction * Gift/Novelty * Health/Wellness * History * How-To * Inspiration * Lifestyle * Memoir * Mind/Body/Spirit * Money/Finance * Narrative * Nature * New Age * Parenting/Child Guidance * Politics * Pop Culture * Religion * Science * Self-Help/Personal Development * Reference * Spirituality * Sports * Women’s Issues *
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