In the field of writing for children and young adults it is much harder to launch a career “over or through the transom”, the term that means going in without an agent. (History relates to old doors that had upper transoms, a small glass window into the hall between the door and the ceiling that could be opened for ventilation–and writers could toss their books through that even when the door was closed!).
A fellow blogger (see her information at the bottom of the list) has compiled a list of agents who deal in Christian fiction (among other types, for children and young adults), I have not checked out these links or sites, but it is certainly a great place to start.
Thank you, Suzanne Hartman.
The following literary agencies state on their website that they have at least one agent who represents authors of Christian fiction and/or who has attended a Christian writers’ conference. They may represent secular authors and non-fiction as well, but this list concentrates exclusively on Christian fiction.
The information below is accurate according to information on their websites. The fact that they are on this list does not constitute an endorsement of any kind.
Before you contact any agent, make sure to check their website for their submission guidelines. While I will try to update this list at least yearly, many things can change at an agency between updates. Agents come and go, what each agency is looking for changes regularly, and the status of accepting submissions may change. Make sure you have the most up-to-date information by checking the website before contacting any agency.
Alive Communications Website: http://www.alivecom.com/ Agents: Lee Hough, Rick Christian, Joel Kneedler, Andrea Heinecke Genres: Adult and YA, children’s gift books Only accepting queries from authors with at least one book commercially published (not self-published) or who are referred by an Alive Communications client. Andrea Hurst Literary Management Website: www.andreahurst.com Agent: Judy Mikalonis Genres: adult and YA
Benrey Literary Website: http://www.benreyliterary.com Agent: Janet Benrey, Ron Benrey Only accepts brief e-mail queries from unpublished authors, queries and proposals from previously published authors, and queries and proposals from unpublished authors referred by current B-L clients.
The Blythe Daniel Agency Website: http://www.theblythdanielagency.com Agents: Blythe Daniel Genres: adult fiction, children’s books
Books & Such Website: http://www.booksandsuch.biz Agents: Janet Grant, Wendy Lawson, Etta Wilson, Rachel Zurakowski Genres: adult fiction (Janet & Wendy), children’s fiction (Etta), YA & 20-30 something (Rachel)
Browne & Miller Literary Associates Web Site: http://www.browneandmiller.comAgents: Joanna MacKenzie, Danielle Egan-Miller Genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, YA, Women’s Fiction, Mystery, General Fiction, teen/chick/mom/lady lit, Women’s Fiction,
Creative Trust Agency Website: http://www.creativetrust.com Agents: Dan Raines, Katie Sulkowski Genres: not listed on their website Does not accept unsolicited manuscripts or book proposals from unpublished authors, but will accept unsolicited inquiries from previously published authors. Daniel Literary Group Website: http://www.danielliterarygroup.com Agent: Greg Daniel Genres: general fiction, inspirational, suspense/thriller (no Children’s, YA, Romance, or Science fiction/Fantasy
D.J. Jacobson & Associates Website: www.dcjacobson.com Agents: Don Jacobson, David Van Diest, Jenni Burke, Lauren Yoho Genres: all types of Christian YA and adult fiction, children’s literature Donald Maass Literary Agency Website: http://www.maassagency.com Agents: Donald Maass, Jennifer Jackson, Cameron McClure, Genres: all types of fiction
Dreisbach Literary Management Website: www.dreisbachliterary.com Agent: Verna Dreisbach Genres: literary and commercial fiction with a particular fondness for mystery and thrillers
Eames Literary Services Website: http://www.eamesliterary.com Agents: John Eames Genres: YA and adult fiction
Farris Literary Agency Website: http://www.farrisliterary.com Agents: Mike Farris, Susan Farris Genres: thrillers, suspense, mysteries, romance, mainstream, action/adventure, Currently only accepting submissions from referrals and writers conferences. Foundry Literary + Media Website: http://www.foundrymedia.com Agents: Chris Park Genres: character-driven fiction
Hartline Literary Agency Website: www.hartlineliterary.com Agents: Joyce Hart, Tamela Hancock Murray, Diana Flegal, Terry Burns Genres: commercial fiction (no children’s)
The Knight Agency Website: http://www.knightagency.net/ Agents: Deidre Knight Genres: specializes in women’s fiction, romance, young adult, literary fiction, mystery, fantasy and science-fiction, as well as multicultural and inspirational/religious fiction
Leslie H. Stobbe Agency Website: None (should be able to see his guidelines for submission at www.acfw.com/conference/noguidelines.shtml but the link is currently broken) Agent: Les Stobbe Genres: all fiction except sci-fi and fantasy
Literary Management Group Agent: Bruce Barbour Website: http://www.literarymanagementgroup.com Genres: fiction (no childrens’ books)
Living Word Literary Agency Website: http://livingwordliterary.wordpress.com Agent: Kimberly Shumate Genres: adult and YA fiction
MacGregor Literary Website: www.macgregorliterary.com Agents: Chip MacGregor, Sandra Bishop Genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, General Fiction
Mortimer Literary Agency Website: http://www.mortimerliterary.com Agent: Kelly Mortimer Genres: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Mainstream Fiction, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Thrillers/Suspense (without romance), Women’s Fiction, Young Adult Closed to submissions at this time (check website for the few exceptions listed) Only signs PRE-PUBLISHED writers (those who have yet to snag a contract with a traditional pub house), or haven’t had a book pubbed within the last three years. Nappaland Literary Agency Website: http://www.literary.nappaland.com Agents: Mike Nappa, Alex Smart Genres: suspense, women’s fiction Currently not accepting any new authors for representation unless they are recommended by a current Nappaland author or editor.
Natasha Kern Literary Agency Website: http://www.natashakern.com Agent: Natasha Kern Genres: specializes in women’s fiction (including inspirational fiction, romantic suspense, contemporary and historical romances, and multicultural fiction) and currently seeking historical novels; contemporary fiction and a broad range of inspirational fiction (including suspense and mysteries, historicals, romance, and contemporary novels The Seymour Agency Website: http://www.theseymouragency.com/ Agent: Mary Sue Seymour Genres: any type of romance including: historical, contemporary category, contemporary mainstream, suspense, paranormal, regency or inspirational Spencerhill Associates Website: unable to find website, but you can find information about this agency at: http://www.agentquery.com/agent.aspx?agentid=638 Agents: Karen Solem Genres: Chick Lit, Christian, Commercial Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Multi-Cultural Not currently accepting unsolicited queries. Sterling Lord Literistic Website: http://www.sll.com Agents: Claudia Cross Genres: “books for the CBA marketplace” Steve Laube Agency Website: www.stevelaube.com Agent: Steve Laube Genres: Christian fiction in all genres
Three Seas Literary Agency Website: www.threeseaslit.com Agents: Michelle Grajkowski, Cori Deyoe Genres: inspirational romance
VanDiest Literary Agency Website: http://ChristianLiteraryAgency.com Agents: David Van Diest, Sarah Van Diest Genres: “While we mainly handle non-fiction, there are a select group of fiction writers who have a unique [Christian] message which is enhanced because of the format of fiction.”
The Waxman Literary Agency Website: http://www.waxmanagency.com Agents: Holly Root Genres: upmarket and commercial fiction, including women’s fiction, mystery, urban fantasy, romance, and YA
William K. Jensen Literary Agency Website: www.wkjagency.com Agents: William Jensen Genres: all fiction except YA and sci-fi/fantasy
Word Serve Literary Website: http://www.wordserveliterary.com Agents: Greg Johnson, Rachelle Gardner, Caleb Seeling Genres: all fiction
Winters, King and Associates Website: www.wintersking.com Agents: Thomas Winters Genres: specifics not listed on website
Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Website: http://www.zshliterary.com Agents: Mary Beth Chappell Genres: historical fiction, inspirational fiction, Christian fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, Southern fiction, cozy mysteries and young adult fiction Not currently accepting unsolicited submissions of any kind.
Suzanne Hartmann – Suspense with a Twist – http://www.suzanne-hartmann.blogspot.com
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