Literary agents are considered by many to be the gatekeepers of the publishing industry. If you want to be the next bestseller — or even have your book on the shelves of major bookstores — then you’ll probably need a literary agent. One source said the best way to get an agent’s attention is to immediately mention the name of a client, editor, agent, author, or bookseller who suggested you contact the agent.
An outstanding resource for finding a literary agent is Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published. You can find the 2016 edition here. Along with listing information for more than 1,000 literary agents who represent writers and their books, several additional resources are included.
Listed below are some select literary agents:
Andrea Brown Literary Agency — Founded in 1981, this agency works to “bring to light the voices and perspectives of new writers as well as to nurture and develop the careers of experienced authors.” (Currently representing juvenile books only.)
Irene Goodman Literary Agency — In business for over 30 years. Many of the clients have been on NY Times bestselling list.