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.
Nancy Yost is a literary agent with the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. Nancy, a Las Vegas export, started her literary career in the contracts department at Random House, then joined Avon Books as an editor, and worked 15+ years as an agent before starting NYLA in 2009, but her passion for books has been lifelong. In addition to being a world class bookworm, she’s an avid scuba diver, recovering opera singer, unrepentant animal lover, and shameless caffeine addict.
Some of her NYT, USAT, and international bestsellers and award-winning authors include—alphabetically!—Ilona Andrews, Linda Castillo, Loretta Chase, Deborah Crombie, Suzanne Enoch, Jeaniene Frost, Karen Hawkins, Miranda James, Beverly Jenkins, Stephanie Laurens, and Victoria Thompson.
Nancy’s primary focus is commercial fiction. Her areas of expertise include: crime novels (suspense, mysteries, thrillers—both contemporary and historical); women’s fiction (historical romance, accessible upmarket fiction, book club reads, romantic comedies, and any combination thereof); urban fantasy/paranormal; and sci-fi/fantasy.
She looks for complex, engrossing character- and voice-driven reads, great world-building, atmosphere, intelligence, humor, and adorable (or not-so-adorable) animals. She loves learning painlessly, be it history, science, or the arts; and has a special fondness for good gothics and ghost stories. Her nonfiction tastes lean in the same direction.
This literary agent represents:
FICTION: Commercial * Contemporary * Crime/Detective/Police * Family Saga * Fantasy * Historical * Mystery * Romance * Suspense * Thriller * Upmarket Fiction * Women’s Fiction *
NONFICTION: Animals/Pets * Celebrity * Environment * Film/Entertainment * Food/Drinks * Gift/Novelty * History * Humor * Memoir * Multicultural * Nature * Pop Culture * True Crime *
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