3 Established Literary Agents Looking for Clients

Erica Verrillo
4 min readFeb 24, 2020


These three agents are actively seeking clients. Monica Odom represents fiction in the areas of: literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, compelling speculative fiction and magic realism, historical fiction, alternative histories, dark and edgy fiction, literary psychological thrillers, and illustrated/picture books (picture books by author/illustrators only). She is looking for nonfiction by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of: pop culture, illustrated/graphic design, food and cooking, humor, history and social issues. She is also looking for narrative nonfiction in these areas, and some memoir. Beth is open to MG and YA fiction and nonfiction, all genres. Connor Goldsmith is seeking nonfiction and fiction (by referral only).

IMPORTANT: Always read the agency website and agent bio before submitting!

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients


Beth Phelan of Gallt & Zacker Literary

“After graduating from New York University, I found my footing as an intern with the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. Since then, I’ve held positions at Waxman Leavell Literary and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. As a literary agent with the Bent Agency, I am looking for complex fiction that pulls you in immediately, characters that you wish were your real friends and plot lines that drag you away from reality to a world you never want to leave. My favorite stories are told with humor and sprinkled with surprises. When I was a kid, my father told me: ‘You’re not going to have any friends left if you keep reading instead of returning their phone calls.’ That’s when I knew I wanted to work with books (although I like to think that I’ve managed to strike a better balance in my life now). I live in Brooklyn with a neurotic chihuahua, goofy beagle and always some form of cheese in the fridge.”

What she is looking for: Beth is open to MG and YA fiction and nonfiction, all genres.

How to submit: Query Beth at QueryBeth@galltzacker.com. on the subject line, please write your last name and the title of your manuscript (if you illustrate but don’t write, write your last name and the word ILLUSTRATOR).


Monica Odom of Odom Media Management

Monica Odom founded her own agency in 2019, after working in publishing for nearly a decade, including roles as agent at Liza Dawson Associates and Bradford Literary Agency. She earned her M.S. in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University, and has a B.A. in English from Montclair State University. She was also schooled in bookselling and event coordinating at her local indie, Watchung Booksellers.

What she is looking for:

Advice/Relationships | Self-help/Self-Reflection | How-To | Crafting/Creativity | Food and Cooking | Humor | Pop Culture | Lifestyle | Fashion & Beauty | Biography | Memoir | Narrative | Business | Politics | Current Affairs | History | Science | Social Studies, including topics of: identity, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomics, civil rights and social justice

Literary fiction, Illustrators with demonstrable platforms, preferably author/illustrators, working on nonfiction, graphic memoirs or graphic novels.

How to submit: Please address all queries to submissions@odommediamgmt.com with the query letter included in the body of the email.


Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary

Connor Goldsmith is an Agent at Fuse Literary. He began his career in publishing in 2012 at Lowenstein Associates, where he was promoted to Associate Agent in March 2013. He joined Fuse in early 2014 and was promoted to Agent in November 2015. Prior to transitioning into the world of books, he spent a year as a full-time intern and relief assistant in the commercial film and television department at Abrams Artists Agency.

Born and raised in New York, Connor lived for a brief stint in the Midwest studying English and the Classics at Oberlin College in Ohio. He is passionate about narrative fiction across all media as a vehicle for social progress, and received a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from The New School for Public Engagement.

What he is looking for: Pop Culture (Celebrity, Humor, Television, Film, Music, Comics, Gaming), Social Politics (Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, Disability, Sex Work), Biography (especially of unsung women and/or other marginalized people), Narrative History (especially of the Ancient World), Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror.

Connor is only accepting fiction queries on referral or by solicitation.

He is especially interested in books by and about people from marginalized perspectives, such as LGBT+ people and racial minorities.

How to submit: To query Connor, please visit his page at QueryManager and fill out the submission form. You will need a query letter, a 1–2 page full plot synopsis (or chapter outline, for nonfiction), and the first ten pages of your manuscript.

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