He got up and sat on the edge of the bedstead with his back to the window. “It’s better not to sleep at all,” he decided. There was a cold damp draught from the window, however; without getting up he drew the blanket over him and wrapped himself in it. He was not thinking of anything and did not want to think. But one image rose after another, incoherent scraps of thought without beginning or end passed through his mind. He sank into drowsiness. Perhaps the cold, or the dampness, or the dark, or the wind that howled under the window and tossed the trees roused a sort of persistent craving for the fantastic. He kept dwelling on images of flowers, he fancied a charming flower garden, a bright, warm, almost hot day, a holiday—Trinity day. A fine, sumptuous country cottage in the English taste overgrown with fragrant flowers, with flower beds going round the house; the porch, wreathed in climbers, was surrounded with beds of roses. A light, cool staircase, carpeted with rich rugs, was decorated with rare plants in china pots. He noticed particularly in the windows nosegays of tender, white, heavily fragrant narcissus bending over their bright, green, thick long stalks. He was reluctant to move away from them, but he went up the stairs and came into a large, high drawing-room and again everywhere—at the windows, the doors on to the balcony, and on the balcony itself—were flowers. The floors were strewn with freshly-cut fragrant hay, the windows were open, a fresh, cool, light air came into the room. The birds were chirruping under the window, and in the middle of the room, on a table covered with a white satin shroud, stood a coffin. The coffin was covered with white silk and edged with a thick white frill; wreaths of flowers surrounded it on all sides. Among the flowers lay a girl in a white muslin dress, with her arms crossed and pressed on her bosom, as though carved out of marble. But her loose fair hair was wet; there was a wreath of roses on her head. The stern and already rigid profile of her face looked as though chiselled of marble too, and the smile on her pale lips was full of an immense unchildish misery and sorrowful appeal. Svidrigaïlov knew that girl; there was no holy image, no burning candle beside the coffin; no sound of prayers: the girl had drowned herself. She was only fourteen, but her heart was broken. And she had destroyed herself, crushed by an insult that had appalled and amazed that childish soul, had smirched that angel purity with unmerited disgrace and torn from her a last scream of despair, unheeded and brutally disregarded, on a dark night in the cold and wet while the wind howled

14 Literary Agents Currently Seeking Clients

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After years of grueling work, avoiding distractions, and breaking through writer’s block, you finished your novel. Now what?

Even though some jump straight to submitting it to publishers, for many writers, the next step is finding a literary agent. Literary agents help writers find publishers, as well as negotiate the deal and sales of the book.

But some agents who have been in the business for years get north of 10,000 queries a year, and only sign 1 or 2 clients. Those are terrible odds. You need to find a new agent who is the lookout for new writers, and this is exactly what this list gives you.

1. Emma Patterson

Patterson is a part of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. seeking interesting memoirs. Copy and paste the first ten pages of your manuscript, along with a query letter, directly into the email. The query letter should give insight to the story, the author, and their previous projects.

2. Steve Kasdin

As an agent with Curtis Brown Ltd., an entertainment agency, Kasdin is interested in looking at general literary fiction. In your email, include a one to three page plot synopsis, a query letter about how your work stands out, and a bio about you and your previous published works. He also suggests adding 40-50 pages of the manuscript as an email attachment.

3. Sarah Manning

Manning is a new literary agent at United Talent Agency seeking both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. In the body of your email, put your cover letter. As attachments, add your synopsis and the first three chapters of your work.

4. Suzy Evans

Evans works with Sandra Dijkstra Literacy Agency, searching for manuscripts in a few different areas. She’s interested in non-fiction for both adults and children. She’s also intrigued by YA, especially stories that confront important issues common in the age group. Her email queries vary for fiction and non-fiction. For emails about fiction manuscripts, include your query letter, a plot synopsis, and your first chapter. For non-fiction manuscripts, include a query letter and a short author biography.

5. Latoya C. Smith

Smith is an agent with L. Perkins Agency looking for manuscripts across many adult genres. She’s interested in romance, erotica, LGBTQ, as well as thrillers and fiction aimed towards women. Advice, memoirs, and how-to guides are also encouraged. Your query letter in the body of the email should include a bio, a concise synopsis, and the first five pages of your manuscript or proposal.

6. Sam Freilich

Freilich works with Elyse Cheney Literary, and he is looking for manuscripts for a multitude of genres such as narrative nonfiction, biographies, crime novels, and literary nonfiction. He is also partial to anything related to Los Angeles. In a query email, write about the story and your previous career endeavors, as well as no more than three chapters of the work.

7. Margaret Sutherland Brown

Brown is a new asset to the Emma Sweeney Agency, but all queries will go to the agency email. Brown is looking for thrillers, narrative non-fiction, literary and commercial fiction, as well as lifestyle books and cookbooks.

The email should describe the plot/proposal, a short author bio, and a cover letter about your writing experience along with where you heard about the agency. The agency also ask that the first ten pages of your proposal or manuscript be pasted directly into the body of the email, not as attachments.

8. Caitlin McDonald

McDonald, an agent with Donald Maass Literary, is looking for science fiction and fantasy fiction for all age groups. She’s on the lookout for alternate history and secondary world fantasy manuscripts. Along with your query letter, include a plot synopsis and the first ten pages of the novel into the email.

9. Marya Spence

Spence is a new agent at Janklow & Nesbit searching for manuscripts across the genre board including upmarket commercial fiction, pop culture, funny or critical narrative journalism, as well as literary fiction and non-fiction.

Queries are accepted both through email and mail. For emails about fiction include a cover letter, a short plot synopsis, and the first ten pages in the body of the email. For nonfiction stories,  send an outline and cover letter to the mailing address. Address the queries to Spence, or any other specific agent.

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10. Chris Bucci

Bucci is a part of the McDermid Agency, searching for manuscripts from a variety of genre authors. He is interested in novels for historical fiction, thrillers, mysteries, narrative nonfiction, and commercial literary fiction. Nonfiction genres he is looking at include sports, pop culture, politics, history, essays, and popular science. The body of your query should have a brief author bio, a description of your story, and 10-15 pages of your manuscript.

11. Tracy Marchini

Marchini is a recent addition to BookEnds Literary Agency. She is looking for queries about picture books as well as genres aimed towards young adult and middle grade readers such as magical realism, nonfiction, historical fiction, thrillers, mysteries, and contemporary. To submit your query, fill out the application in the link above.

12. Carly Watters

Watters is the senior literary agent at P.S. Literary Agency, and she is currently looking for new clients. That genres that she is interested in include women’s fiction, non-fiction centered on a specific platform, thrillers, commercial fiction, and upmarket fiction. In an email towards her, include the story’s genre, title, word count, and a brief introduction. Also add in a concise author bio, along with a short description of the novel.

13. Rachel Crawford

Crawford joined Wolf Literary Services at the end of June. For fiction, she’s interested in literary fiction, commercial fiction, and young adult fiction, especially dystopians, apocalyptic, or eco-fiction. For non-fiction, send her queries about psychology, science, technology, and futurism. Along with your query letter, you should also include a 50 page sample of the story. For non-fiction query submissions, write an in-depth proposal.

14. Cassandra Rodgers

Rodgers is an associate agent at The Rights Factory looking for queries about a variety of genres including history and historical fiction, memoir, politics, non-fiction, women’s fiction, literary fiction, popular science, and commercial upmarket. To submit a query, fill out the application in the link above.

BONUS AGENT: Steven Salpeter

Steven Salpeter works for Curtis Brown, and is seeking a wide variety of commercial fiction and nonfiction.

He accepts queries via an online submission form, and promises to respond within 3 weeks if he wants to see more of your manuscript.

Also check out his personal website, which contains the latest information on his clients and book sales.

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  1. My father was a writer by hobby his entire life. He passed away a year ago and I inherited 70 years of all kinds of literature. He was never interested in being published but everyone he knew read his books and stories and were always waiting for the next piece to read. He was a terrific writer and I have no idea how I would pick one book or story to send to someone – which one – all of us that were his fans have our favorites. How do I get an agent to help me sort through all of these years of writing; much of which is timeless so written 30 years ago would still be a hit today. Help or Advise would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Deborah,

      I would select your absolute favorite and figure out whether it is marketable (whether an agent would be able to sell it). Then write a cover letter and send it to an agent that is appropriate for this type of manuscript. If you’d like additional consulting advice, I do a minimal writing coaching package (which includes advice on the business of books) for a flat fee of $100.

    2. I love situations like this I would write a novel based on yr lifetime of experience reading yr father’s writing.

    1. Hi Mitch, Just read your short blog seeking new authors for quality fiction, dated December 30, 2016. If I am not too late I believe I may be able to contribute with my five full length novels, three of which could be either a trilogy or stand alone. So if you are still open for new subject matter, please get in touch. Yours sincerely, Terry Bull. (pseudonym ). January 13th. 2017

  2. Hello,
    My name is Sarie Barnnett and I am 25 years old. I am seeking an agent that wants to be part of a legacy and of course make money. What I have done is created a book proposal with 28 book ideas containing their summaries, sample pages, and why it would be not only marketable, but profitable. What makes me a unique author is the fact that I made this proposal consist of all genres showing how versatile I am in my craft. What my goal to do is sell these books across the world, after all America is not the only place that money can be made from. I am able to translate these 28 books into any language in order to get a border audience and I am able to create movie scripts and presentations for each book in order to cross over from not just doing novels, but also movies, because in that industry there is billions of dollars to be made and producers are also looking for new movie ideas. I created these book ideas in literally a short time frame, and I even came up with many more, but these are just a few. Now I know you might not be looking for a new author, but if you pass up on this opportunity you will be passing up on millions of dollars that will be made. Now what I am looking for is an agent that can get me to a publishing company and get me that well deserved deal. My work speaks for itself and so does my presentations, but as you might also know authors need agents. I hope that we can work together and make history together. Let’s capitalize off of my talents and make millions. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read my email. I look forward to hearing back from you. Also attached below is my 28 ideas book proposal.
    -Sarie Barnnett

      1. I wonder how hard she hit, did she survive that eminent fall? Will she pick herself up and try to face reality. I’m thinking she should be published as a comedian. No, it’s more sad than funny.

    1. Sarie, my first suggestion for you would be to do your homework! Learn about the process of submitting. Your post clearly indicates that you have not done so. Secondly, I would say that, if your library of manuscripts is anything like your post, you have a LONG way to go before you are anywhere near being ready to submit. Your post is rife with grammatical and structural errors. Your presentation lacks clarity and shows no sense of seriousness to the task you are trying to accomplish. You need to focus on ONE project and you need to narrow your focus to key points and don’t try to market your collective.

      You are not ready to start shopping agents. Go back. Focus on one project only. Do some serious research into HOW to submit to an agent. Then do MORE research… How to write a submission query letter. How to find the RIGHT agent for your project.

      Not every agent reps every type of manuscript. Isolate what your story is REALLY about. Figure out into which genre your chosen story best fits. THEN research each agent who specifically states an interest in representing that specific type of work. Make sure you have edited and proofread and made your story as good as you can (without obsessing over every comma but making sure there are not egregious errors). When you are absolutely certain your project is ready for submission, select the top five or ten agents on your list. Go over their requirements and preferences for submissions and how to submit. Prepare an individual submission letter for each one based on a basic template that gives the pertinent info on your project but addresses one specific agent’s preferences.

      When you’ve done that, package up your snail mail or email submissions and send them out. Be sure to keep a log of who you have submitted to so you do not inadvertently re-submit to the same agent. Then you do the same for your next ten… then the next. When you have sent a batch of queries for one project, you can start the process on another.

      DO NOT try to query a fistful of manuscripts to every agent in the book. It’ll only leave you frustrated. Respect yourself and your work. Do it right.

      1. Hello Wordsmith,
        Your 2018 reply to Sarie, which I am just now finding, is very helpful to me. Your advice answered some of my questions, and created more. Your apparent willingness to provide instruction to Sarie emboldens me to ask you for advice on my own behalf. May I have an email conversation with you off-line? (talktochrisford@gmail.com)

  3. Dear Mr. Smith,
    I am looking for an agent that is not afraid to tackle controversial subject matter. My novels are based on actual events that are racial, child molestation, rape, and spousal abuse, which begins at the age of 10. These novels; SAYING SORRY WON’T STOP THE PAIN, CHOCK, MY BUTT NOT BIG; tells how these events affects a little girl’s life and her relationship with others as an adult and what she thought she had to do to fit in and survive.

  4. I am a new author. My book is ready to be published. It is called No more broken hearts. It is erotic comedy fiction. I need to find a literary agent to help me publish my book. Can you help me?

  5. I want to get my autobiographical story to you.
    Trust me you will grab it with both hands.
    Send me your email address and its there!
    With thanks
    Michael O’Hara [former MI6]

  6. I have five manuscripts, I am looking for anyone to be the owner of my manuscripts. I give him right by writing and law to sell and reprints as he want. But what I want to buy from me the right. But don’t change the author name. I need your help. Thank you.

  7. I am a Catholic book writer . Jesus helped me to write a Memoir & 4 Children picture bible stories, We were able to sell more than 40,000 copies in my state. I am looking for Literary agents in USA who can help me to find a Catholic publisher. Please advice. God loves you.

  8. Hi I am a new author, new to writing, I have written a 48,000 word novella, I have submitted to approximately 48 agents and I have received 28 replies to date, with very good feedback unfortunately non have taken up the novella.
    I am seeking an agent willing to take a risk on a newcomer, most of the feedback is the novel is too sensitive to the present climate of ISIL and converts to their cause.

  9. Hello!

    I current have nine titles ranging from mystery/suspense, thrillers, horror novels and one short story. My more delving work include sci-adventure.
    Currently I have a self published work but due to the reviews and emails I’ve recieved I am seeking representation.

    I can submit samples at any time.

    I look forward to hearing from you and seeing if these works are something we can team up on to go to print and eventually, screen.

  10. I have already completed three books (two fiction, one narrative experiences in the Middle East). I have also completed a 67,000 word MS entitled Politics, Power and Pandemonium which is a fictional account of how the Muslims take over the USA, a very controversial novel about what possibly could actually happen. It is very detailed and has some ramon a’ clef prose that refers to existing people with different names. I do not have an agent and am looking for one. Is anyone interested in a potential blockbuster and possible best seller?

  11. I have published six historical-fictions novels myself, each centering about a moment likely changing the people and circumstances around them. I cannot break into any major book store chain. can you help me with this. Otherwise, I’ll continue to sell on a small scale

  12. I have written one novel and having finished a second volume in what is now going to be a four-part series with a third well under way. I have had no success so far and on rereading the first novel and slightly baulked at it, while not badly written I felt I could do better so have gone over it again and more pleased with the result I am ready for a bigger push in 2018 and I am looking for a publisher.
    I like what I’ve written (Well naturally, say’s the Yorkshire part of me!) set in a parallel universe with advanced technology, genetic engineering, antigravity vehicles, Mcguffins, goodies, baddies, action and some sauce with an unusual storyline, a dangerous, romantic and exciting journey for the main protagonist and her beau.

    1. Hi Kyt,

      Sounds great! Love the description. Let me know if you’d like some feedback and developmental editing before you send it out to publishers.

      1. Hi,

        I have a non fiction based on actual events.It is about a woman who deals with the kidnapping of her daughter, searches for her for over 10 years only to find out things were never as they seemed. The book will be finished in January 2019 and I need a literary agent!

        Thank you!

  13. I am a Canadian author. My first book historical fiction was published in India in 2013. I have a collection of more than 200 poems, and would like to get them published in Canada or U.S. Please email me…..Thanks

  14. Bookfox great article. Thank you! Interesting in your coaching package. Please send me some info. I have a manuscript that is non-fiction, based on my work with a Dementia patient. Please email me pertinent information.

  15. As an independent writer and author of more than twenty published novels, I can truthfully say that trying to find a legitimate agent in one’s lifetime is about as easy as being struck by lightning in a cellar on a sunny day. After nearly thirty years of submitting to agents and receiving rejections, insults or total silence, I came to the conclusion that I was wasting my valuable time. Ever since, I have published my books on the Net and have actually sold nearly all of them. I may not be a bestselling author, but I’ve made money, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I’ve produced more than two dozen books that I’m very proud of, and that the good ratings and reviews my books have received have proven that maybe those 250+ agents who have rejected me most of my life were actually wrong .

  16. One agent asked for my full manuscript. She also asked me whether I had a W8 on file or not. I sent an email asking whether I should attach the full manuscript to the email or not? In the same email, I asked her what a W8 was and the fact that I did not have it on file. I told her I wanted to discuss the formatting. I received no reply to that email. Then after 4.5 hrs, I sent her the full manuscript attached to an email. There was no confirmation of receipt.No offer has come in 1 month. Help.

  17. Hey there — as a first time author, do you suggest going through an agent or directly to the publisher?

    1. Depends on whether you want a small press or a big publisher experience. For big publishers, they only accept through agents. For small presses, you can submit to them directly.

      So I would recommend either or both — they’re both great options, but it depends on the book and what you want as an author.

  18. Hello,
    Thank you for the great information on your site and for helping authors navigate these waters. I was wondering if any of these agents accept self-published work. Any insight you could share would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    1. No, none of them look at self-published work unless you’ve already sold more than 10,000 copies (then they might be interested).

      Once it’s published, it’s published.

  19. I’ve wriiten a memoir but it contains Christian content. It’s actually very topical, a journey through child abuse, bereavement and unexpected disability. A major publishing company told me it was a provocative , powerful and emotional read but they didn’t accept Christan books. I’m struggling to find anyone willing to look at a christian book. Any advise? Im fed up of all the positive comments followed by … But we don’t accept….

  20. Is there an agent who loves self-help non-fiction primarily for women’s consumption? This agent would have to love new authors. I have a kick-ass title and hook.

  21. i need an agent to turn my book into a movie.the book is called the story of clarence and scout a betrayal.

  22. Dear Sir/Madame,
    At a moment I have finish book called a LOST PAST one (600 pages) and it is ready for printing.
    Book covers a period from beginning of WWI, up to the end of WWII, involving a few people as well couple Aliens.
    Please, if you people got spare time I will be glad to submit my book for your valuation. THANKS!

    1. SP, at 600 pages, your book is probably not ready for publication. On average word count per page, your book clocks in at around 120,000 to 150,000 words. Even for epic fantasy, which is generally accepted at around 100,000 – 110,000, you’re on the long side. For historicals, even sf historical, you probably want to keep the word count under 75,000. I doubt seriously any agent would want to risk taking on something of this magnitude. I would recommend going back and doing some serious re-writing and cutting. Good luck with your project.

  23. PEOPLE PLEASE! DO NOT submit more than ONE project/manuscript at a time! DO NOT submit to more than one agent within an agency. DO NOT even consider submitting until you have edited, proofed, and fine-tuned your manuscript to its absolute best. (HINT: The editing process generally takes longer than the first draft so don’t try to rush it. Respect yourself and your work. Take your time and do it right.)

  24. Hi, I’m currently drafting a memoir that describes my survival story in coping with sexual assault at the age of 12. My tentative title for it is “Sandtray”. I chose this title because I play with imagery of actually using a Sandtray to mirror my pain in sessions that I had with a therapist. However, I feel totally and completely lost when it comes to finding a publisher that would be interested in my work. My hope and goal is that my story will be able to inspire other survivors of sexual assault (both men and women). I strive to challenge stereotypes of what it means to be a “man” in a Mexican American household. Due to my experiences, I had an identity crisis, where I felt that I needed to hide my sexual orientation. I’d like to show my readers that being a victim of assault doesn’t make a guy any less of a “man,” and that there’s strength in vulnerability. I feel that this project can help and save many lives. I welcome advice and/or guidance on what to do to get my ideas out there.

    1. There’s a lot of books on this topic, so you need to think about what makes your book different, and then write it, get an editor for it, and write a killer query letter (with a one-sentence summary that makes everyone want to read it).

  25. Thanks very much for the list! It’s very helpful! Do you offer any editing or feedback services? A kind of outside eye proofread before I send it out to agents? Thank you so much

  26. Thank you for this list. I stumbled upon it because I am taking a class at the University of Arts in San Francisco & we have to write a Quarry Letter and have it ready to be sent to an actual Literary Agent. Looking over this list I can see it won’t help me since I wrote a four-page story which is Fiction with many non-fiction elements to it. Therefore it is too short to be sent to most of the agents on the list. I will forward the link to my class however in case any of my classmates have manuscripts closer to the lengths needed to submit to them.

  27. Dear John
    I have mss of short stories 14 of them that deal with the lives of immigrants to the US and the dichotomies that they live with trying hard to stay with the culture and traditions of India while adapting to a new land with its own strong culture.Can you find me a US agent for a fee? I am a published author with 6 books behind me in India– some of them are still getting very good reviews on the e sites.

  28. I’m an unpublished. Thanks to whoever provided this page. I was getting really disillusioned from other things I found on-line about multiple genre writing. This is a really good thing.

  29. Hello, I’m currently writing several books. I have not finished them, but will soon once I get out of writers block. I wish to have an affordable literary agent if possible when I get finished with my books. My books are based on the supernatural, some horror, romance, thriller, and mystery. I’m willing to broaden my horizons to better myself as a writer and to help me in general.

  30. Bookfox, I have an edited, finished chapter book and I am struggling with hooking a literary agent. I have received several replies to my queries that indicate the material is interesting, but the agents choose to pass on representation, regardless. It could be my query letter itself which needs polishing. I see you offer manuscript editing services. Do you also offer query letter writing services? I may also be interested in having someone go over the manuscript again, if that is what it takes to get literary representation.

  31. Bookfox: I am writing in what appears, now, to be a non-existent genre. You see, I am old school and love traditional action and adventure and traditional fantasy and scifi. Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Tolkien and Heinlein. I noticed there is a lack of good fun fiction for YA/Teens outside the Werewolf/Vampire/Drugs/Pregnancy/Crime/Horror/Teen angst etc., areas. Readers are interested on wattpad and quotev, etc., in good clean fun fiction. So it seems there is a market. How do I find a literary agent interested in Christian action/adventure, readable and fun? The Christian agents seem obsessed with romance and redemption stories (they seem to love finding ways to work sex and violence into a story without it being ‘adult’ somehow) and non-Christians agents seem to run away screaming from the very word “Christian”. Am I just in a place that is the third rail of literature, except for readers anyway? But how can I get it to readers without a publisher or agent? My apologies for asking about such a problem. But if you have any thoughts whatsoever I would be greatly appreciative.

  32. This is fantastic! I had lost hope/interest in publishing as it seemed that all publishing houses have gone “self publish”. Something I simply can’t afford.
    I am going to take your advise and review my book. Then hopefully contact one of the Agents on your list.
    Thank you!

  33. ‘Romancing death’ is the title of my completed novel, 500 pages in manuscript. Genre: Romance, Crime. Should I send it to an agent or approach a publisher directly, any advice, please. It is my debut.

  34. I am willing to do 50% With An agent ,My book [[ The Stranger ]] can be A TV series. Email me to call me I’m 76 years young, Also ,kids story books and (( The Covered Bridge)) Inspirational .family book not looking to get rich even go as far as 25% to me 75% to you no kidding.

  35. I have a complete MS for a fantasy that I self-published and which has been read by YA and adult alike with good reviews. I have had the work read by a Manuscript Assessment Agency, and after making changes received a letter stating that the novel ‘cried out for a sequel, even a series’ and that I should start seeking an agent and/or publisher. It was after years of rejections that I decided to self-publish, however I still have hope that someone will give me a chance – though I know the likelihood of that shrinks daily.

    I can’t give up hope though, because it’s a dream I’ve had for so long and one which has kept me going through so many of life’s challenges. I will keep trying, always keep writing, and maybe one day years of hard work and persistence will pay off…

  36. Re: Query for novel: Lighthouse Prometheus

    Knowledge may be power; but sometimes it also can be a death sentence.

    Just ask billionaire Michael Solaryn.

    Owner of Hyperion Optics and inventor of a world altering technology, Solaryn’s quest to know leads him to a derelict lighthouse near a northern California town, which site he has chosen to shakedown his invention—code named “Prometheus”—over the course of a grueling seven-day testing schedule.

    However, progressive, power lusting Mayor Dalton Fuchs—who seeks the equality of uniform thinking amongst humankind—and conservative, zealous Reverend Martin Papen—who seeks to make America great again in the eyes of the Lord—have other ideas.

    When a mysterious illness breaks out in the town, Fuchs–along with Saul Kantsler, the nihilist newspaper editor who feeds on chaos, and a postmodern professor from the local college who believes in the dogma of social genesis–mount a witch hunt to blame Solaryn and his invention.

    With the future of his company hanging in the balance—with magnates of the world’s largest shipping concerns nervously fidgeting while they await the test results and with competitors hot on his heels and millions of dollars in play—Michael Solaryn must succeed in his tests of Prometheus while dealing with the tyranny of a town thrown back into the Dark Ages and which leaders are intent upon destroying his invention and having him and his VP of R&D—the woman he loves—thrown in prison.

    Or killed.

    He has seven days.
    Lighthouse Prometheus combines the action of an adventure story with the mystery of a psychological—perhaps even a philosophical—thriller: One man’s quest to learn what lies beneath a devotion as old as mankind. Its theme is: Realism vs. Supernaturalism–philosophically, psychologically & politically.

    Lighthouse Prometheus is my first novel, at just under 75,000 words.

  37. Hello, I’m looking for a Romance Publishing Agency interested in a semi-erotica love story. It is currently 80,000 words and is with my editor at the moment. I know I need an introductory letter and synopsis, which I’m about to start writing. What agencies would you suggest for romance writers? I’m anxious to start the process as I would like to also start the second book which would be a prequel to the first. Thanks in advance.

  38. I have written a story, a Children’s book or maybe Young Adult (?) about a Cat. Actually it’s about 7 cats. I am looking for an agent that can guide me to a conclusion. I have never written anything – and haven’t a clue. Is there an Agent that still guides, and if necessary, hold hands to get the project accomplished? Or am I being ‘old fashioned’? Thanks.

    1. Agents sometimes will give editorial advice, but mostly they’re trying to pick one story out of 1000 submissions that they think they can sell.

      You probably want an editor instead. I do children’s book editing — check out my page.

  39. Hello, I have written a speculative fiction novel, which is complete at 86,000 words. I have had it professionally edited and it is ready to submit. Do you have an agent or publisher recommendation for this genre? I find it difficult to find publishers who refer to this genre specifically; most mention science fiction or fantasy, neither of which really capture the tone of the story. Am I better off submitting as straight fiction?

    1. Look for agents looking for supernatural or magical realism — if either of those fit. Keep on searching for exactly the right genre name (without having read the book, it’s tough to say).

  40. Understood, thanks. It’s a time travel theme set in 2070 Los Angeles, where the government transports cyber criminals back in time. Focuses on a system glitch, stranding the transporters. The story doesn’t try very hard to be science fiction, rather concentrating on the survival aspects and the protagonist’s personal journey and growth as a result of losing everything you’ve ever known.

      1. Okay, that’s good to hear as it will open up the field a bit more. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions!

  41. Hi, i’m looking for a new agents or a small or new as well agency where I can query my Fantasy and Science Fiction YA book, because I have a while seeking for an agent and most of them do not even reply, so I wonder if you can give me any advise.

  42. So many manuscripts and so many hopeful authors. Personally, I gave up ten years ago and just self-publish on amazon. I concluded that agents and publishers are looking for the next EASY manuscript, the one that requires little investment and big returns. I think back to the days before online, back when agents and publishers developed talented authors. These days, they haven’t time to make that investment. So, to those that have written a novel let me say “well done” now go back and take another look, look for what is so absolutely unique, never been done. If you can’t find it then your chance of being picked up by an agent or publisher are practically none existent. Keep writing and keep dreaming, make your characters so real on paper that they shout at the reader for attention. Turn your plots to the improbable rather than real-life. Write what is to be unforgettable else you will be forgotten.

    1. Bravo! Perry Comer, your “darts of fact,” have traversed the Internet, hitting the (Bullseye) right where it hurts the Agents & Publishers most. Their Bank deposit slips.

  43. Dear Bookfox… I think this post has just proven to me what life must be like for an agent. You have done your utmost to champion writers and have had to weed through those replies which prove people cannot and do not follow the guidelines, even those that are meant to help them out of their wet paper bag. Sarie’s post is classic, she must have a wonderful sense of humor. I’m guessing from my quick Google search she is in deep negotiations with her agent/publisher and hasn’t had time to become the celeb she set out to become, but then again I heard the publishing industry moves slowly.

  44. Good grief! Many of these “writers” can’t write. Between incoherent sentences, poor grammar, and wrongly used punctuation I doubt they will be taken seriously by agents trying to find books they can represent. I admire your empathy and sound advice, Bookfox. You have a lot of patience.

  45. What is your suggestion on re-publishing a novel published in 2002 through a small publishing co. outside of Huston, Tex. I have written a sequel to this book. I wrote the sequel because the people who read the original kept asking, what happened, when are you going to write another. I am almost finished with the second book and feel that I might have more luck with it if I re-published the first?

  46. I have a work in progress, a book about the life of Cats. These are real Cats. I do not know if it is done or if it needs more information. I would like to think it is the type of story to read at bedtime…if people do that anymore. What type of agency/agent do I look for? Thanks for any input.

  47. Hello,
    I started a book about my life. I have three chapters so far. I would love to share with someone to see if its worthy of continuing. In addition, I have a son that is currently in jail awaiting trial for murder, sexual assault and kidnapping. I understand this is controversial, however, if you knew my son this doesn’t make sense. I would like to write a book about what I’m going through. I think this could also be a Netflix show. My son is only twenty-four years old. This is a cold case. Please reach out or if possible connect me with someone interested.

  48. i am a new writer. i have a book that i am working on that is not completed, but 3/4 done. I have a lot of other book ideas, however each one is a different genre. the book i am working is a action, adventure, murder, Motorcycle club book, one of two, as i have a sequal for it. who would be the best person to send it yo off this list?

  49. Dear Mr Smith, I have completed a book that my publishing services editor assures me is publishable. I had considerable trouble deciding on the genre until I came across a book dealing with similar subject matter published by St Martin’s Press. Is there a way to find out who the author’s agent is?

  50. Hi my name is Valerie Goodman and I would like to know who would be the best person to represent me as well as get me a great offer on my story. I wrote my autobiography, as well as a mystery novel. I have also written a book of poetry. I understand that I am a new writer but my story about my life has many twist and tells to it. The story is true and concise,and I am sure that anyone that reads it can relate to it.I also now that it could also be made into a movie.

  51. I am a psychologist, neuropsychologist and founding president/CEO of a national behavioral health management firm, the author of one book on “Antidepressants: Science, Magic or Marketing”? co-author of “Rehabilitation of the Brain-Damaged Adult (Plennum press, 1983) and author of a completed 100,000 word manuscript entitled “A Systematic Approach to Improved Healthcare at lower cost for the employer sponsored employee self-insured health plans. I am looking for an agent/publisher. My thrust is that too much of current healthcare is based on clinical opinion/patient satisfaction (much like 3,000 years of bloodletting) rather than sound scientific health research and the key to improved healthcare at lower cost is to base payment on only proven drugs/treatments.

  52. I have two completed Young Adult Fantasy manuscripts. I have self published one book of a different genre. I have listened to much advice and am confused. I don’t know what my next step should be. I long to talk to someone inside the agent community for this reason. I did have a professional editor read my last nook. She honestly raved about it. Is there anyone who would take a call from me?

    1. No, no one is going to take a call from you. If you pay to go to a conference, you might get some face-to-face time after a seminar or session.

  53. Hi,
    I recently completed a powerful novel set in Southern Rhodesia { Zimbabwe} It is based on true events that occured over two decades as the Rhodesian Security Forces battled guerilla fighters loyal to powerful black political leaders.
    It’s the story of a unique band of counter-terrorist fighters named the Selous Scouts…for anyone interested Google them. The title of the book is Song of the Butterflies. We all know only too well the exploits of the US Navy SEALs, we’ve watched movies and read countless tales of their campaigns, but few know anything about the Selous Scouts. I’m hoping that if an agency will pick this up, and it is eventually published, many more readers will come to know about them.

  54. If an agent asks for ” several” chapters, how many should I send?
    How does one send so many pages without sending it as an attachment?

  55. hello i am attempting to contact yall as i need a literary agent
    and i am a person with a disability nd now Christian Writer 2 books in process currently 5 to 7 planned CFP Christian Faith Publishing and Covenant Books
    only 1 contract though need a literary agent to field the things i have no idea about The Face of Deception and The Unspoken Covenant with Covenant Books
    i am a Former US Army MP but disabled from abandonment as an infant also have a start Up Company GreensphereESE.com there you will see the company my art and trellis works