The Directory of Literary Agents
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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.
Erin Clyburn is a literary agent with Howland Literary. Prior to joining Howland Literary in 2022, Erin Clyburn was an associate agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She was the general manager and director of collection development for Turtleback Books, a distributor of books to the school and library market, and she has over a decade of experience in magazine publishing, having worked for brands including Food & Wine, Cooking Light, People, and Entertainment Weekly. She received her BA in English Literature from Mississippi State University and her MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her partner, Michael, and three unruly rabbits.
Erin represents middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and adult fiction and nonfiction.
In middle grade, Erin is looking for horror, mystery, grounded stories with a speculative element, magical realism/fabulism, big-hearted contemporary, & adventure stories. Middle grade favorites include The Riverman, Small Spaces, Ghost (The Track series), Hide and Seeker, Greenglass House, and The Canning Season. In YA fiction, she is looking for horror, mystery, thriller, grounded stories with a speculative element, magical realism/fabulism, Southern gothic, and rom-coms (heavy on the com). Young adult favorites include Clown in a Cornfield, Neverworld Wake, The Taking of Jake Livingston, Ace of Spaces, and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.
In adult fiction, she is looking for literary and upmarket projects in speculative fiction, horror, mystery, psychological thrillers, domestic thrillers, magical realism/fabulism, Southern gothic, and rom-coms. Adult favorites include Catherine House, Leave the World Behind, Long Division, The Scent Keeper, The Girl Before, Mexican Gothic, When No One Is Watching, Never Let Me Go, The Elementals, The Age of Miracles, Baby Teeth, and Every Bone a Prayer. She is also looking for commercial psychological and domestic thrillers in the vein of Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell.
In nonfiction, she’s interested in intersectional perspectives and is looking for deeply researched narrative nonfiction and deep dives into topics including medicine, pop science, nature/environment, food and culinary history, and pop culture, specifically video games, music, and film/TV. She’d love to see nonfiction in the vein of The Radium Girls, Cultish, Hurts So Good, Tacky, Taste Makers, The Book of Eels, Hidden Valley Road, and Finding the Mother Tree.
An Alabamian with Louisiana roots, Erin is particularly interested in Southern literary and upmarket fiction from diverse voices in the above genres. Across the board, she gravitates toward lyrical writing and to works that are strange and genre-bendy. Send her your weirds.
This literary agent represents:
FICTION: Children’s Fiction * Contemporary * Family Saga * Gay/Lesbian Fiction * Horror * Humor Fiction * Literary * Magical Realism * Middle Grade Fiction * Multicultural Fiction * Mystery * NoPB * Romance * Suspense * Thriller * Upmarket Fiction * Women’s Fiction * Young Adult Fiction *
NONFICTION: Cooking/Cookbook * Cultural/Social Issues * Current Events/Affairs * Environment * Film/Entertainment * Fitness * Food/Drinks * Gay/Lesbian * Health/Wellness * History * Journalism * Lifestyle * Medical/Medicine * Multicultural * Music * Narrative * Nature * Pop Culture * Psychology * Science * Technology * True Adventure * Women’s Issues *
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