Ficiton Reboot: Literary Agents


Last week, I posted on whether or not you need a literary agent. It was a surprisingly popular post, and so today I decided to feature some good agencies, much the way I feature fiction on Fridays. Here are a few places you might want to look, but remember, don’t let this be the final destination. Always do research to find which agencies best suit you!

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Established in 1996, THE KNIGHT AGENCY has gained worldwide recognition for the success of our authors in the fiercely competitive publishing marketplace. Our philosophy is simple: what you give is what you get. As a company, we are dedicated to cultivating prosperous, long-term writing careers by giving clients unparalleled service. Thus, the agency designed a multifaceted approach to success, which includes maintaining high visibility in the marketplace, fostering the all-important author-agent relationship and operating full-service subsidiary rights and marketing and publicity departments. This conscientious approach anticipates the needs of clients at all stages of the publishing process. The stellar success enjoyed by our clients illustrates the merits of our methodology. Lucienne Diver, whose blog I follow (and often link to) is one of the agents—and also a successful author!

ANDERSON LITERARY MANAGEMENT’S Kathleen Anderson is an award-winning editor and agent who has been working in the publishing business since 1979—first as an editor at W.W. Norton where she published DEAR AMERICA: Letters Home From Vietnam, which became an Emmy award-winning documentary, then as a senior editor at Poseidon, formerly a division of Simon & Schuster, where she published and edited Mary Gaitskill and Ursula Hegi. She is a recipient of the Tony Godwin Award, given to an outstanding American editor under 35 who is then sent to England to learn about British publishing. She was also selected to be among the first group of editorial fellows from the United States to attend the Jerusalem Book Fair. She was a founding partner of Anderson Grinberg Literary Management, Inc., then formed her own firm in 2006. She specializes in adult and young adult literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, American and European history, literary journalism, nature and travel writing, memoir, and biography. A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, she is a member of PEN and the AAR (Association of Author’s Representatives).

STERLING LORD LITERISTIC, INC is defined by its rich heritage, as well as the energy and commitment of agents who are passionate about the writers they represent.   One of the most dynamic independent agencies in New York, Sterling Lord Literistic combines a long tradition of literary excellence with a diverse and successful client list unparalleled in the industry.   The Agency represents a wide range of authors, including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, literary and commercial novelists, politicians, journalists, scientists, and favorites in children’s literature.   The winning combination of established authors and newly emerging voices attests to the past achievement and future promise of the Agency.

The ETHAN ELLENBERG LITERARY AGENCY was established in 1984 by Ethan Ellenberg who was a contracts manager for Berkley and associate contracts manager for Bantam. Since its inception the agency has represented several bestselling authors, career novelists, and professional writers. In addition to new and published authors, the agency also represents rights on behalf of publishers and literary estates. The agency is an independent full-service agency with robust sales in subsidiary rights and partnering agents all over the world. The agency is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives, an affiliate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s of America, and an associate member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Romance Writers of America, and the Mystery Writers of America. The agency represents a broad array of fiction and non-fiction, and is currently seeking clients. For more information about what we’re looking for and how to submit your work for consideration, please read our submission guidelines.

Founded in 1875, A P WATT is the longest-established literary agency in the world. It is also one of the most dynamic and successful. The literary estates this agency represents include those of some of the foremost British and Irish writers of the 20th Century. Its current authors include leading novelists, biographers, historians, and specialist writers pre-eminent in their field. The agency also represents some outstanding children’s authors and illustrators, and, in its film and television department, a select number of screenwriters and directors. A P Watt’s clients include a Nobel Prize winner, four Booker Prize winners, three Orange Prize winners, several Whitbread and Costa Prize winners, and the first Children’s Laureate. Our writers have created many bestselling books, long-running television series and hit films.

The WAXMAN LITERARY AGENCY is a development-oriented firm, specializing inrepresenting nonfiction and fiction authors with powerful stories. Our strength lies in our ability to match authors with ideas and to connect them with the best possible publisher for their book. Our clients are accomplished journalists, experts in their fields, celebrities and first time writers with an exceptional story or message to share. We have been associated with numerous bestsellers and award winning projects, and look forward to continuing to help bring exciting and successful new voices to American and international markets.


Don’t forget to tune in Wednesday for more Here Comes Troubelle–and this Thursday I will be hosting Robin Blake, author of A Dark Anatomy!

3 Replies to “Ficiton Reboot: Literary Agents”

  1. This was very informative. I have just finished a science fiction novel and will be looking for an agent. Thanks again!

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