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.
Holly Root is a literary agent with Root Literary. She says: “Reading as much as you do in this job, it’s easy to become overly analytical—assessing this or that from a market standpoint, considering the buyers and retail outlook before you’ve even fallen into the story. My favorite books—and the submissions most likely to catch my interest—are the ones so assured in their execution that the only input my critical mind can muster is “That was fun. How soon can we tell everyone we know about it?” I’m delighted to be in a position of perpetual discovery.
Professionally, I’m proudest of the times my work has enabled my clients to take great leaps, whether creative or professional, to advance their careers. It’s an honor to be inside the process, participating in bringing great reads into the world, and a true joy to enable those books’ creators to build healthy, sustainable careers.
I’m drawn to well-told commercial narratives across multiple categories. I’m much more likely to keep reading if I know from the perfectly-executed first pages that this is someone whose voice interests me, someone whose story I’d like to get lost in for the next few hours. I know I’ve found a winner when I catch myself sketching a potential submission list on any available scrap of paper as I read.”
This literary agent represents:
FICTION: Ethnic Fiction * Fantasy * General Fiction * Graphic Novel * Historical * Humor Fiction * Middle Grade Fiction * Multicultural Fiction * New Adult * Romance * Science Fiction * Women’s Fiction * Young Adult Fiction *
NONFICTION: Dating/Relationship/Sex * Film/Entertainment * General Nonfiction * Humor * Middle Grade * Narrative * Pop Culture * Science * Technology * Young Adult *
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