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.
Stephen Barr is a literary agent with Writers House Literary Agency. Writers House has been around for almost forty years, and in addition to being an actual house, it’s one of the largest literary agencies in the industry, representing fiction and non-fiction of every stripe.
Stephen says: “I’ve been with Writers House for a little over four years now, and although I’m not an actual house (it’s true!), I’m a pretty omnivorous agent. At the moment, I’ve got a particular hankering for unexpected memoirs with itchy voices, narrative non-fiction that tackles hard-to-tackle issues, wry and rarely paranormal YA, laugh-until-you-squirt-milk-out-of-your-nose middle grade (with heart!), sweet and wacky (but still logical) picture books from innovative author/illustrators, and any fiction that rewards the reader line-by-line and gets to know at least one character really, really well (recent favorites include Jeff In Venice, The Lazarus Project, Diary of a Bad Year, and Horns, which was awesome). I’m also willing to be a sucker for mysteries that bend reality, ghost stories that blow reality to hell, humor that’s more than just an infinitely repeated gag in sheep’s clothing, and Secret Book X (I don’t know what Secret Book X is, but suffice it to say, I’m open to the occasional curveball). I’m still in the early stages of building my list, and I have almost zero emotional baggage, so I’m ready to fall in love (with your book)!”
This literary agent represents:
FICTION: Children’s Fiction * Contemporary * Crime/Detective/Police * General Fiction * Graphic Novel * Humor Fiction * Literary * Middle Grade Fiction * Paranormal * Picture Book * Young Adult Fiction *
NONFICTION: Food/Drinks * General Nonfiction * Humor * Memoir * Middle Grade * Narrative * Pop Culture * Young Adult *
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