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If you submit your book to a mediocre literary agency, you can’t expect anything more than mediocre results. So scroll below now to find out who the major players are. Then get your query letter ready so you can get one of them to represent you.
This article is part of a 7-part series to help you find The Best Literary Agent for You.
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Best Literary Agencies - Introduction
Selecting the best literary agencies and ranking them isn’t easy, it’s time-consuming, and it’s bound to create controversy. So let me take a moment to explain how we did it.
Our list (below) of the 50 Best Literary Agencies is based on:
- Total Number of Book Deals: Instead of using the total number of book deals that a literary agent has done all-time, we decided to base our ranking on the number of deals done in the last five years. That way newer agents have a chance to make the list of best literary agencies. Plus we wanted to make sure that well-established agencies that used to be movers and shakers, but are now in decline, did not make the list of best literary agencies.
- Number of Big Deals: We used the same criteria here (mentioned above), only counting six-figure deals or greater that literary agencies closed during the last five years.
- Google Search Results: One of the best ways to measure relevance is Google. For example, Trident Media Group (#1 on our list of Best Literary Agents) has 126,000 search results in Google. Spectrum Literary Agency (#49 on our list) has 4,640.
- Social Influence: Another factor that influenced our rankings was the number of followers and fans that literary agencies have on social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Reputation: Finally, we factored in the reputation of every literary agency on our list of Best Literary Agencies.
Best Literary Agencies
50 Best Literary Agencies
Scroll below for best literary agencies contact information
- Trident Media Group
- Writers House
- Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
- Levine Greenberg Literary Agency
- Inkwell Management
- The Knight Agency
- Sterling Lord Literistic
- Andrea Brown Literary Agency
- MacGregor Literary
- William Morris Agency
- Janklow & Nesbit
- Curtis Brown
- Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
- Donald Maass Literary Agency
- Waxman Literary Agency
- William Morris Endeavor
- Hartline Literary Agency
- Harvey Klinger
- Folio Literary Management
- Curtis Brown UK
- Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
- David Black Literary Agency
- Kneerim & Williams
- Natasha Kern Literary Agency
- Transatlantic Literary Agency
- Foundry Literary + Media
- Steve Laube Agency
- Conville & Walsh
- The Wylie Agency
- Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
- Westwood Creative Artists
- WordServe Literary Group
- The Literary Group
- The Gernert Company
- Brown Literary Agency
- Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency
- Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
- DeFiore and Company
- Alive Communications
- Lippincott Massie McQuilkin
- FinePrint Literary Management
- Joelle Delbourgo Associates
- Kuhn Projects
- Vigliano Associates
- McIntosh & Otis
- Dunow, Carlson & Lerner
- Spectrum Literary Agency
- Literary Services
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- Full-length agent biographies and photos for the best literary agencies
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- Query letter method (email, online form, post) for the best literary agencies
- Links to websites of the best literary agencies and maps to their offices
- Personal email and postal addresses for agents at the best literary agencies
Now that you’re familiar with the 50 best literary agencies
and you know where to go to get a top literary agent…
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