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In celebration of my three new books released in the fall, I’m doing a lot of special lists of agents seeking queries right now. I’ve already done lists on science fiction agents, picture book agents, thriller agents, fantasy agents, horror agents, women’s fiction agents, and agents seeking diverse kidlit books. Below find a list for 14 agents seeking Southern fiction NOW.
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All the 13 agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of late 2015 that they are actively seeking Southern fiction submissions for adults NOW. Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not. Good luck querying!
Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency)
How to submit: E-query queries [at] thebentagency.com. Include the title of your project in the subject line of your email. Then paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email (not as an attachment).
Stephany Evans (FinePrint Literary Management)
How to submit: Send queries to Stephany [at] fineprintlit [dot] com. Send a query letter and include the first two chapters or so (no more than 30 pages) of your book pasted in the body of your email. No attachments.
Sarah Joy Freese (Wordserve Literary)
How to submit: Please address queries to: admin [at] wordserveliterary.com. In the subject line, include “Query for Sarah: [title].” Sarah will contact you within 60 days if interested. Paste the first 5 pages of the book into the email below the query.
Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency)
How to submit: E-query julie [at] theseymouragency.com. Send a query and the first 5 pages of your work pasted into the email.
Stacy Testa (Writers House)
How to submit: Please submit your query, including the first five pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email (no attachments), to stesta [at] writershouse.com. Please do not query multiple Writers House agents simultaneously.
Sharon Pelletier (Dystel & Goderich)
How to submit: E-query spelletier [at] dystel.com. Paste up to 25 pages in your email below the query.
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Carly Watters (P.S. Literary)
Notes: “Not overly literary, but rather seeking upmarket/commercial with Southern themes.”
How to submit: E-query firstname.lastname@example.org with “Query for Carly” in the subject line. “Do not send attachments. Always let us know if your manuscript/proposal is currently under consideration by other agents/publishers. If you don’t receive a response to your query within 4-6 weeks it means a no from the agency. In my women’s fiction, I look for an external hook other than the love story (career, family, personal history etc.)”
Carrie Pestritto (Prospect Agency)
How to submit: "We request a query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis. If you are submitting a picture book text, please submit the entire manuscript. Illustrators should provide a link to their URL. We only accept submissions through our website. Please go to our SUBMISSIONS page to upload your materials. Please do not send submissions via email or mail. Responds in 3 months if interested. Illustrators and author-illustrators should refer to the guidelines in PROSPECT PORTFOLIO regarding submissions." (Please do not submit to Linda Camacho [also on this list] if submitting to Carrie.)
Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary)
How to submit: queries [at] bradfordlit.com. Put "Query: [title]" in your subject line. Please email a query letter along with the first chapter of your manuscript and a synopsis. Please be sure to include the genre and word count in your cover letter. (If you submit to Laura, please do not submit to any of the other Bradford Lit agents on this list -- Monica Odom or Sarah LaPolla.)
Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency)
How to submit: "We request a query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis. If you are submitting a picture book text, please submit the entire manuscript. Illustrators should provide a link to their URL. We only accept submissions through our website. Please go to our SUBMISSIONS page to upload your materials. Please do not send submissions via email or mail. Responds in 3 months if interested. Illustrators and author-illustrators should refer to the guidelines in PROSPECT PORTFOLIO regarding submissions." (Please do not submit to Carrie Pestritto [also on this list] if submitting to Linda.)
Alison Devereux (Wolf Literary)
How to submit: Send a query letter addressed to Allison along with a 50-page writing sample (for fiction) or a detailed proposal (for nonfiction) to queries [at] wolflit.com. Samples may be submitted as an attachment or embedded in the body of the email. More information can be found on the agency submission page.
Laura Biagi (Jean V. Naggar Literary)
Notes: “Only in a literary or mainstream vein”
How to submit: Follow the instructions on the agency’s submissions page.
Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates)
How to submit: To submit your work for consideration, please send a query letter, synopsis, and the first 30 pages or three chapters of your work, whichever is more, to carlie [at] ckwebber.com and put the word “Query” in the subject line of your email. You may include your materials either in the body of your email or as a Word or PDF attachment. Blank emails that include an attachment will be deleted unread. E-mail queries only.
GIVEAWAY: In two weeks time, Chuck will pick a random commenter from this post to win any of his 3 new books. Simply comment to win.
Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest Books edits the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS and the CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog is one of the largest blogs in publishing.
His 2010 humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK, was optioned by Sony Pictures. Chuck has also written the writing guides FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT and CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM.
Besides that, he is a freelance book & query editor, husband, sleep-deprived new father, and owner of a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham.