Literary agents looking for new writers are easier to find than you might think. Not just new book agents, but also well established publishing agents.
Read this article to learn more about literary agents looking for new writers and discover how you can find the one for you.
This article is part of a 15-part series called Everything You Need to Know About Finding a Literary Agent.
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Literary Agents Looking for New Writers – Introduction
As a former NY Times bestselling publishing agent I can tell you, there’s nothing quite like the rush of discovering “the next big thing.”
It starts with the query letter. You begin reading it, expecting to find something (in the first two sentences) that will “give you permission” to reject the project… then you suddenly realize that you’ve just finished reading the letter.
And you have goosebumps.
But that’s just the beginning…
You have to get on the phone with the author to see if his or her work is still available, improve the manuscript and/or proposal, shop the book and get the best deal, and then do everything possible to ensure that your new author becomes a success after the book is published.
Discovering a great new talent is a thrill that’s hard to describe. And it’s made even more exciting by the fact that it takes so much time (and patience) to shepherd the project through the entire development, pitch, and publication process.
There are lots of book agents addicted to the “new writer drug.” They make sure they’re constantly on the lookout for new authors so they can maintain their euphoria. And, although many of these publishing agents are new, some of them already have a well established list of bestselling and award-winning authors.
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10 Literary Agents Looking for New Writers
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Karen Solem is a literary agent who says, “Even though a number of my clients have become New York Times bestsellers, I still take a lot of pleasure in discovering and developing new talent.”
David Hale Smith is on a never ending quest to find the world’s great BBQ joints, taco stands, and new writers. His list includes many well-known authors like New York Times-bestselling novelist Greg Rucka and CBS medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton, M.D.
Bill Contardi used to work as an editor for NAL, Berkeley, Popular Library and Avon Book (among other things). Bill is still looking for new writers. He says, “I am looking for fresh, smart voices, in control of the story which have some resonance to today.”
Michelle Brower says that during her during her early years as a book agent, she “found herself in love with the process of discovering new writers… and greatly enjoys working with emerging writers.”
Jodie Rhodes was named by Writers Digest as one of the top 25 literary agents in the country who accepts new writers. Jodie opened her agency for the specific purpose of representing first time writers.
Michelle Witte has worked in a variety of positions in publishing. She has experience helping all aspects of a project including the idea, writing, and editing stages. Michelle loves finding enthralling new writers and manuscripts.
Paul Fedorko is a former publishing and marketing executive that can now be found among the many literary agents looking for new writers. Paul works with established authors and new writers of both fiction and non-fiction.
Natanya Wheeler loves to find new writers and doesn’t shy away from debut talent. She represents nonfiction; literary fiction; novels that touch on current events or multicultural issues; family sagas; as well as dark and edgy psychological thrillers and crime fiction.
Jessica Sinsheimer says she’s “always on the lookout for new writers.” She’s most excited about literary, women’s, and Young Adult fiction, and—on the nonfiction side—psychology, parenting, self-help, cookbooks, memoirs, among other things.
Paula Allen is a literary agent who’s always looking for new writers with a unique voice. Paula says that she “most enjoys the creative process of working with writers as well as the thrill of making a sale.”
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Conclusion – Literary Agents Looking for New Writers
If you’re a new writer, don’t despair…
Think of yourself as the pretty new girl in town that’s just about to make your first appearance at the big annual dance downtown.
There will be lots of eligible bachelors there.
They won’t have much in common, except this one thing.
Most of them will be hiding their secret desire to fall in love again.
And there’s a chance that at least one of them, is going to fall in love with you.
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