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.
Nicole Cunningham is a literary agent with The Book Group. She represents a range of fiction, nonfiction, and illustrators. She works with writers and artists who share a sense of wonder, curiosity, and tenderness about the world.
Nicole is looking to acquire literary and upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, and novels with a magical or speculative bent. She’s drawn to fiction that’s gorgeously written, immersive, smart, and sensitive to the complexities of being a human. She believes great fiction makes readers feel seen, so she wants to read about complicated relationships, identity and belonging, grief and regret, home and community. Nicole gravitates towards work with a strong sense of place and vivid natural settings.
In the nonfiction space, Nicole wants to read fresh, surprising essay collections, and well-researched, entertaining narrative nonfiction that has the binge-able quality of her favorite podcasts. She particularly enjoys work that explores topics like reproductive health, motherhood, feminism, family, and the natural world.
Nicole joined The Book Group in 2016 to support Julie Barer. Prior to joining the agency, she worked as the Manager of Author Relations at a book discovery website and as an assistant in the publishing department of ICM Partners. She studied English and American Literature at New York University, with a minor in Gender and Sexuality studies. When she’s not reading, Nicole can be found social dancing, hiking the Catskills high peaks with her husband and dog, and renovating her old home in the Finger Lakes. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Upstate NY.
This literary agent represents:
FICTION: General Fiction * Historical * Literary * Magical Realism * Upmarket Fiction *
NONFICTION: Art * Environment * Family * General Nonfiction * Health/Wellness * Narrative * Nature * Parenting/Child Guidance * Photography * Women’s Issues *
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