Top Literary Agent 2013 – The Top Book Agent of the Year

Top Literary Agent 2012 Top Literary Agent 2013 – who is it… and who came in second, third, etc.? Read this article to meet the major players and find out how to send them your book.

You might be surprised to see who made our “Top Literary Agent 2013″ list… and who didn’t. After you peruse the entries, make sure you access our Directory of Literary Agents and send someone at your favorite literary agency a query letter. Maybe today is your lucky day…

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Top Literary Agent 2013?

In a previous article I revealed the best literary agent of all time. That’s all fine and good, but you know what they say…

What have you done for me lately?

So I thought I’d put another list together, one that’s a little more timely. It reveals the fifty best literary agents in the United States based on total book deals reported to Publishers Marketplace over the last six months of 2013. This list includes literary agencies representing all book categories (fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books).

Please note, this list is solely based on deals that were “self-reported” by the author representatives themselves. That means there are many other book agents making lots of deals that don’t report them (since there really isn’t much benefit in doing so, unless you want to make the list). So the list below is incomplete (but it’s better than nothing).

Who gets the glorious designation of “Top Literary Agent 2013?”

Look below to find out…

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The Top Literary Agent 2013

Literary agents with the most reported book deals in the last six months of 2013 — Top 50

#1 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (17) | 29 deals

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#2 – Top Book Agent 2013

Chip MacGregor (MacGregor Literary)
Top category: Fiction: Inspirational (7) | 27 deals

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#3 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Kevan Lyon (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (14) | 26 deals

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#4 – Top Book Agent 2013

Natasha Kern (Natasha Kern Literary Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Inspirational (13) | 20 deals

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#5 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Danny Baror (Baror International)
Top category: International rights: Fiction (10) | 20 deals

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#6 – Top Book Agent 2013

Ellen Levine (Trident Media Group)
Top category: Fiction: General/Other (7) | 17 deals

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#7 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Don Fehr (Trident Media Group)
Top category: Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs (7) | 17 deals

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#8 – Top Book Agent 2013

Jane Dystel (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (4) | 17 deals

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#9 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
Top category: Children’s: Middle grade (7) | 17 deals

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#10 – Top Book Agent 2013

Louise Fury (L. Perkins Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (5) | 17 deals

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#11 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (11) | 16 deals

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#12 – Top Book Agent 2013

Isabel Atherton (Creative Authors)
Top category: Children’s: Picture book (5) | 16 deals

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#13 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Sandra Bishop (MacGregor Literary)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (8) | 16 deals

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#14 – Top Book Agent 2013

Zoe Pagnamenta (Zoe Pagnamenta Agency)
Top category: Non-fiction: Science (5) | 15 deals

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#15 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Rebecca Mancini (RightsMix)
Top category: International rights: Fiction (6) | 15 deals

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#16 – Top Book Agent 2013

Dawn Dowdle (Blue Ridge Literary Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (5) | 14 deals

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#17 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Laurie Abkemeier (DeFiore and Company)
Top category: Children’s: Picture book (2) | 13 deals

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#18 – Top Book Agent 2013

Mary Sue Seymour (The Seymour Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Inspirational (12) | 13 deals

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#19 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Sara Crowe (Harvey Klinger)
Top category: Children’s: Young Adult (8) | 13 deals

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#20 – Top Book Agent 2013

Kimberly Whalen (Trident Media Group)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (8) | 12 deals

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#21 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Joelle Delbourgo (Joelle Delbourgo Associates)
Top category: Non-fiction: Business/Investing/Finance (3) | 12 deals

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#22 – Top Book Agent 2013

Claire Roberts (Trident Media Group)
Top category: International rights: UK Fiction (5) | 11 deals

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#23 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Tamela Hancock Murray (Steve Laube Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Inspirational (8) | 11 deals

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#24 – Top Book Agent 2013

Scott Miller (Trident Media Group)
Top category: Fiction: Thriller (4) | 11 deals

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#25 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (4) | 11 deals

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#26 – Top Book Agent 2013

Deidre Knight (The Knight Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (8) | 11 deals

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#27 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (6) | 11 deals

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#28 – Top Book Agent 2013

Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
Top category: Children’s: Picture book (8) | 10 deals

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#29 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Ammi-Joan Paquette (Erin Murphy Literary Agency)
Top category: Children’s: Picture book (4) | 10 deals

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#30 – Top Book Agent 2013

Steven Axelrod (The Axelrod Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (8) | 10 deals

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#31 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Frank Weimann (The Literary Group)
Top category: Non-fiction: Memoir (4) | 10 deals

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#32 – Top Book Agent 2013

Laurie McLean (Larsen/Pomada Literary Agents)
Top category: Children’s: Young Adult (5) | 10 deals

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#33 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Roberta Brown (Brown Literary Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (10) | 10 deals

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#34 – Top Book Agent 2013

Brenda Bowen (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates)
Top category: Children’s: Picture book (6) | 10 deals

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#35 – Top Publishing Agent 2013

Daniel Lazar (Writers House)
Top category: Fiction: General/Other (4) | 10 deals

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#36 – Top Book Agent 2013

Scott Mendel (Mendel Media Group)
Top category: Non-fiction: Biography (2) | 10 deals

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#37 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Holly McGhee (Pippin Properties)
Top category: Children’s: Picture book (7) | 10 deals

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#38 – Top Book Agent 2013

Terry Burns (Hartline Literary Agency)
Top category: Fiction: General/Other (3) | 10 deals

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#39 – Top Publishing Agent 2013

Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency)
Top category: Non-fiction: Humor (4) | 10 deals

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#40 – Top Book Agent 2013

Jeff Herman (Jeff Herman Agency)
Top category: Non-fiction: Business/Investing/Finance (6) | 10 deals

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#41 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Grainne Fox (Fletcher & Company)
Top category: International rights: UK Non-fiction (2) | 9 deals

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#42 – Top Book Agent 2013

Wendy Sherman (Wendy Sherman Associates)
Top category: Non-fiction: Memoir (3) | 9 deals

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#43 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Teresa Kietlinski (Prospect Agency)
Top category: Children’s: Picture book (7) | 9 deals

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#44 – Top Book Agent 2013

Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary Agency)
Top category: Fiction: Women’s/Romance (5) | 9 deals

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#45 – Top Publishing Agent 2013

Sally Ekus (Lisa Ekus Group)
Top category: Non-fiction: Cooking (8) | 9 deals

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#46 – Top Book Agent 2013

Lisa Ekus (Lisa Ekus Group)
Top category: Non-fiction: Cooking (9) | 9 deals

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#47 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Janis Donnaud (Janis A. Donnaud & Associates)
Top category: Non-fiction: Cooking (7) | 9 deals

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#48 – Top Book Agent 2013

Mollie Glick (Foundry Literary + Media)
Top category: Children’s: Young Adult (3) | 9 deals

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#49 – Top Literary Agent 2013

Andrew Stuart (The Stuart Agency)
Top category: Non-fiction: History/Politics/Current Affairs (4) | 9 deals

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#50 – Top Book Agent 2013

Tina Wexler (ICM)
Top category: Children’s: Young Adult (3) | 9 deals

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Directory of Literary Agents – Top Literary Agent 2013

Now that you’ve seen our Top Literary Agent 2013 list, make sure you click here to get FREE unlimited access to our Directory of Literary Agents . You’ll be able to view the complete profiles for every author representative on our Top Literary Agent 2013 list. Plus you’ll be able to see the profile of every book agent in the business today.

Our Directory of Literary Agents is the most comprehensive (and accurate) list of literary agents in the world… plus it’s the easiest to use. Simply click here to see our FREE Online Directory of Publishing Agents and get instant access to:

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