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.
Shauna Golden is a literary agent with the ArtHouse Literary Agency. After graduating with her Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago, Shauna moved to LA to pursue a career in the music industry. She quickly realized this particular avenue was not for her and decided to pursue her first and longest love, books. She is currently back home in Orlando and is excited to help authors develop their stories and be their biggest cheerleader. As an associate agent, Shauna is looking for Fantasy and Upmarket Fiction. She also has her own Booktube and Bookstagram accounts at “Shauna’s Book Journal.” When she doesn’t have her nose in a book she loves playing with dogs and relaxing with friends and family and a glass of wine or cup of tea.
Shauna is often drawn to stories that are a little strange, and especially ones that use speculative or fantastic elements in beautiful, original ways. Across the board, she’s looking for an inclusive cast of characters, across gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, and mental health spectrums. Of course, if any manuscript that is submitted to Shauna makes her see the world through a new perspective, then this is an extra plus! She loves reading about strong, badass women, as well, in all genres. She would love to see anything centered around Irish or Celtic history and lore/mythology.
YA & New Adult Fantasy, Upmarket Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Shauna is mostly looking for YA and New Adult fantasy with major character development. She loves to see fantastical and unique worlds but needs to see the characters overcoming challenges and learning about themselves. If there is an epic or dark romance interspersed, even better! She loves fantasy, especially those that are informed by, or inspired by, the myths and superstitions of a culture.
Favorites in this genre: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Hibiscus Daughters Series by Lana Popovic
Shauna is also looking for Upmarket and Book Club Fiction. She is extremely interested in books that delve into complicated relationships and don’t have a pretty bowtie ending. She loves to see books that discuss heartbreak and aren’t afraid to NOT sugarcoat difficult topics, anything that pushes the limit.
Favorites in this genre: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Stolen by Lucy Christopher, The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali
For speculative fiction Shauna is really looking for light speculative elements interspersed within Upmarket novels. She loves dark and difficult matters but has a huge soft spot for Cozy Speculative Fiction as well.
Favorites in this genre: One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle, Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
What She Doesn’t Want: Erotica, Westerns, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Middle Grade, Children’s books
This literary agent represents:
FICTION: Ethnic Fiction * Fantasy * Gay/Lesbian Fiction * Multicultural Fiction * New Adult * Romance * Upmarket Fiction * Young Adult Fiction *
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