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If you are a new writer, finding an agent may seem like one of the twelve labors of Hercules.  Chances are, if you've already sent off a few dozen queries only to receive generic rejections or, even worse, no reply at all, you are feeling hopeless. Take heart! There are agents who are looking for you! Often, these are young agents who have recently joined a literary agency and are building their client list. They may not have a lot of clout on their own, but if they are part of an established agency, editors will listen.

Here are three agents who are actively seeking clients. Make sure you read their full bios and check out their agency's submission guidelines before sending a query.

1. Roz Foster of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Roz is a talent scout for one of the top literary agencies on the West Coast. Right now she is looking for new talent. She is interested in literary and commercial fiction, women's fiction, literary sci-fi, and literary YA. She loves novels that make her feel like the author is tuned into a rising revolution - cultural, political, literary, or whatnot - that's about to burst on the scene. She looks for a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; complex characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure. Roz is also interested in non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, design, business, cultural anthropology/social science, politics, psychology and memoir. Here, she looks for driven, narrative storytelling and sharp concepts that have the potential to transcend their primary audience. Please note that Roz is specifically not interested in: sports, cookbooks, screenplays, poetry, romance, and children's middle-grade/picture books.

2. Sarah E. Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency

(Note: Sarah is currently closed to queries.)

Sarah is interested in representing all varieties of romance / women's fiction: contemporary, historical, Western, sports, regency, inspirational, urban fantasy, paranormal, young adult and any combination thereof. Out of all of those, she's really love to see a contemporary military romance, a great/quirky historical, or a really awesome inspirational romance. She also enjoys stories with a strong supporting cast of animal characters: horses, dogs, cats.

3. Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, Inc.

Bridget is looking for middle grade and young adult novels in a range of genres, including fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary. However, she's also keeping an eye out for any book that bends the rules of genre or any books with underrepresented or minority characters. When it comes to adult fiction, Bridget especially wants fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, and literary women's fiction, as well as informational, literary nonfiction, especially science or history written by experts for a general audience.

 


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Robert Pietzsch
11/17/2014 12:44pm

I have completed a YA fantasy novel and would like to send a query to the three lit agents above. Would you please send me their email addresses. Thanks in advance. Robert.

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11/17/2014 12:59pm

Click on the name of the agency (it's a link) to see their submission instructions.

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