6 Agents Seeking Women’s Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Memoirs, Kidlit, YA, SF/F and more
Here are six literary agents actively seeking writers. Eve MacSweeney is interested in narrative non-fiction and literary fiction titles that speak to her interest in emotionally driven stories, singular voices, and compelling social issues, particularly as they concern the lives of women. Susana Alvarez is looking for narrative nonfiction and memoirs.
Amy Flynn wants picture books, middle-grade, or YA fiction or non-fiction. Michaela Whatnall is seeking fantasy and science fiction. She is also interested in nonfiction for both children and adults, especially narrative nonfiction in the areas of history, the creative arts, and lifestyle.
Jackie Ashton looks to represent writers in the categories of popular science, business, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and upmarket fiction. She is also interested in memoir and essay collections from accomplished writers. Kemi Ogunsanwo is primarily looking for literary & commercial fiction as well as YA fiction of all kinds. Note: Kemi only accepts UK writers.
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Ms. Eve MacSweeney of Fletcher & Company
Eve MacSweeney began agenting in Fall 2018 after working as a writer and editor in her native London and in New York, most recently as Features Director of Vogue, where she worked for 17 years.
What she is seeking: Narrative non-fiction and literary fiction titles that speak to her interest in emotionally driven stories, singular voices, and compelling social issues, particularly as they concern the lives of women.
How to submit: To query, please send a letter, brief synopsis, and the first 5–10 pages of the manuscript/proposal pasted into the body of the email to email@example.com. You should indicate the agent you are addressing the query to in the subject line. Please do not include email attachments with your initial query, as they will be deleted.
Susana Alvarez of Park & Fine Literary and Media
Susana Alvarez works alongside Celeste Fine and the nonfiction team, working closely to ensure that author’s needs and success are met throughout the publishing process, from ideation to proposal to execution stage.
What she is seeking: Her interests range from narrative nonfiction, where she has a penchant for memoirs, to voice-driven journalism, big idea society-changing books, cultural commentary, to the wellness industry; particularly among women and first-generation communities. Outside of nonfiction, her love of the literary world was first introduced through the great American novel, which evolved into a passion for fiction rooted in themes of: the self, coming of age, complex human relationships, and multi-generational stories against the backdrop of multiple nations and cultures.
How to submit: Please specify the first and last name of the agent to whom you are submitting, as well as the category and genre of your submission in the subject line of the email. For adult fiction please include a query letter and approximately the first 25 pages of your work in the body of the email. For non-fiction submissions, please send a query letter only. Send your query firstname.lastname@example.org
Michaela Whatnall of Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC
Michaela Whatnall joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2019 as the assistant to Michael Bourret in the West Coast office. After graduating from Emory University with a degree in English and linguistics, Michaela completed the Columbia Publishing Course. Her background in school and library marketing accounts for her strong interest in children’s literature, from picture books up through middle grade and young adult novels and graphic novels.
What she is seeking: In adult fiction, she is particularly seeking character-driven fantasy and science fiction. She is also interested in nonfiction for both children and adults, especially narrative nonfiction in the areas of history, the creative arts, and lifestyle.
How to submit: Send your query to email@example.com Include a writing sample of the first 25 pages of your manuscript (fiction) or your proposal with sample chapter (nonfiction) in the body of the email below your query letter.
Ms. Jackie Ashton of Lucinda Literary
Jackie is a seasoned media professional with over a decade of experience in journalism, copywriting, editing, and editorial direction. Her writing on health, lifestyle, and parenting in the digital age has appeared in publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, Real Simple, Parents, and Redbook, among others. She has provided editorial consulting for leading brands such as Airbnb, Athleta, and Omada Health.
What she is seeking: Jackie looks to represent writers in the categories of popular science, business, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and upmarket fiction. She is also interested in memoir and essay collections from accomplished writers. In fiction, she looks for characters that jump off the page, immersive storytelling that hooks from the opening line, and unexpected forays into little-known worlds.
How to submit: Use their form HERE.
Kemi Ogunsanwo of The Good Literary Agency (UK)
Having acquired a BA in English Literature at UEA and an MA in Publishing at UCL, Kemi spent her formative years gaining experience at publishers including Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books. Kemi made the transition into Marketing & audience insight in 2014, gaining invaluable experience at organisations such as ITV Broadcast Media, Amazon subsidiary The Book Depository and Time Out Magazine, before settling at leading talent agency, Identity Agency Group (IAG).
What she is seeking: Kemi is primarily looking for literary & commercial fiction as well as YA fiction of all kinds. Note: She only accepts UK writers.
How to submit: Please read their submission guidelines HERE. (UK writers only)
Ms. Amy Flynn of Rubin Pfeffer Content
Amy is a picture book author and associate agent.
What she is seeking: Picture books, middle-grade, or YA fiction or non-fiction.
How to submit: Send your query and the first 50 pages as a DOC or PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org
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