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.
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This literary agent represents:
FICTION: General Fiction * Literary *
NONFICTION: General Nonfiction * History * Journalism * Memoir * Narrative * Psychology *
Elias Altman is a literary agent with Massie & McQuilkin. He was raised in Vermont, attended Concord Academy, interned at the Huffington Post in 2006, and graduated from the University of Vermont magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in art history and English in 2007. Having co-founded the still-active student newspaper, The Water Tower, during his senior year, Altman moved to New York City to work for one of his heroes, Lewis Lapham. Altman served as a senior editor at Lapham’s Quarterly for seven years, working on the magazine’s first thirty issues and editing anthologized essays by writers like Anne Fadiman, Pico Iyer, Simon Winchester, and Michael Wood. In 2015 he became an agent at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth (now Aevitas Creative Management) and three years later he joined Massie & McQuilkin. Altman has written criticism and personal essays for, among other publications, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Nation, the Georgia Review, and Vogue. As an agent Altman specializes in sharp, moving narratives featuring psychological insight, timeless themes, and strong characters, whether in reported non-fiction, popular history, memoir, or literary fiction.
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