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: Children’s Fiction * Commercial * Crime/Detective/Police * General Fiction * Juvenile Fiction * Literary * Middle Grade Fiction * Mystery * Picture Book * Thriller * Young Adult Fiction *
NONFICTION: Art * Autobiography * Biography * Business * Celebrity * Cooking/Cookbook * Current Events/Affairs * Dating/Relationship/Sex * Film/Entertainment * General Nonfiction * Health/Wellness * History * How-To * Humor * Journalism * Lifestyle * Memoir * Military/War * Money/Finance * Music * Narrative * Nature * Photography * Politics * Pop Culture * Reference * Science * Technology * True Adventure * True Crime *
Peter McGuigan is a literary agent with and the founder of Ultra Literary. With almost thirty years in the book publishing business, Peter McGuigan has seen the industry – and the agent’s role in it – evolve over the course of his career.
“Selling books is easy. Developing inspiring projects and guiding them to success is the real work of being an agent.”
Peter began his publishing career outside of the mail room, working as a bike messenger, then in bookstores before landing a job as an assistant at a small agency. He quickly became involved in foreign rights, and international publishing remains one of his passions. Five years working in corporate publishing convinced Peter that he was an independent at heart, and he took a job at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, where he began developing his own diverse client list and worked with Bestselling authors such as Dan Brown and Nicholas Sparks.
At Foundry Literary + Media, Peter created a large, independent agency that became known for high-quality bestsellers. Dewey, The Monuments Men, Dopesick, Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime, Cassandra Peterson’s Yours Cruelly, Elvira, – these projects were not only massively successful around the world, they were all developed from scratch by Peter, the author and their team.
“I am not interested in documenting popular culture,” he says. “I want to create popular culture.”
Foundry’s 13 year run, including massive bestsellers from Jenn Sincero, Mark Manson, Trevor Noah and others, set a high bar for independent, internationally-focused book publishing. Peter also became a producer of TV and film, with credits appearing in Dopesick, Stronger, Searching for Neverland and many other projects.
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