Every so often an established agent will announce that she or he is seeking new clients. Generally, this happens when the agent switches to another agency (which is why you need to read Publishers Weekly
, where these job moves are posted).
Whenever an established agent seeks out new clients, it is a boon for new authors. You get the dual advantage of having someone who will work hard for you, and who has the connections to do so.
Here are two established agents who are actively building their client lists.
As always, read the bios of the agents - and the websites of their agencies - very carefully to see if they are a good fit for your writing.
William Callahan is from Iowa City, Iowa. He went to the University of Iowa and Fordham University and has recently returned to InkWell Management
: “For nonfiction, I am currently most interested in narrative nonfiction and memoir, comedy and pop culture, and American history. For fiction, I represent crime and commercial thrillers, and literary fiction.”Contact
: Please email submissions to william [at] inkwellmanagement.com.
joined Janklow & Nesbit
as a literary agent, five years after selling her half of Fletcher &Parry — which she co-founded in 2004 . Parry was born in England, where she worked closely with VS Naipaul, Germaine Greer and Helen Fielding. She has been writing, developing and editing manuscripts and screenplays. Parry says in the announcement, “I feel very lucky to have found a new professional home alongside so many excellent and inventive colleagues. It’s easy to be evangelical about Janklow & Nesbit – and I hope authors looking for the highest grade help will hear me."Seeking
: "I’m on a scout for serious talent.”Contact