Literary Agent Contacts Page 1

Agencies, Agents, and Contact Information


Dominick Abel Literary Agency

146 West 82nd St., Ste. 1-B
New York, NY 10024

Not Accepting Submissions

True Crime | Mystery | Commercial Fiction | Women's Fiction | Romance | Family Saga | Historical Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense | Adventure | Military/Espionage

Celebrity | Biography | Medical | Parenting | How-To | Self-Help | Adventure/True Story | Business | Women's Issues | Pop Culture | Narrative | Finance | Pets | Film & Entertainment | True Crime | Cultural/Social Issues
Blacklist: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Author:  Sara Paretsky
Genres:  Thrillers/Suspense
Publisher:  Putnam Publishing Group; (September 29, 2003)

Chicago private eye V.I. ("Vic") Warshawski needs all her strength and ingenuity to deal with two seemingly unconnected mysteries: the discovery of an investigative reporter's body, who disappeared during the McCarthy era, as well as a missing Egyptian boy whose possible terrorist connections make him very much sought after by the government

Recent Books Represented:
Mystery Notes
Date: March 14, 2005
With its muted evocation of the Alaskan terrain and somewhat brittle construction, Sue Henry's Murder at Five Finger Light: A Jessie Arnold Mystery is a weak entry in a usually strong series that began with Murder on the Iditarod Trail (1991), which won both Anthony and Macavity awards. Forsaking her dog team and the familiar environs of her remote cabin, Jesse sets off to join a work party organized by friends who have purchased a lighthouse on Five Finger Island, where the discovery of a body puts a chill on what were supposed to be festive proceedings. Agent, Dominick Abel. (NAL, $23.95 288p ISBN 0-451-21397-1)

Date: Oct 25, 2004 |

Marian Babson's latest cozy, Please Do Feed the Cat, immerses the reader in English village life, after a witty swipe at the kind of graphic crime fiction typical of Patricia Cornwell. A cast of delightful characters, including cats, plus long, loving descriptions of food compensate for a less than compelling mystery involving a fatal hit-and-run "accident." Agent, Dominick Abel. (St. Martin's Minotaur/Dunne, $22.95 224p ISBN 0-312-28498-5)

Date: Jun 6, 2005 |

Set in the past, Robert J. Randisi and Christine Matthews's Same Time, Same Murder: A Gil and Claire Hunt Mystery, the third in this cozy series after The Masks of Auntie Laveau (2002), tells how the husband-and-wife detective duo met and fell in love while attending a mystery writers convention in Omaha, where they stumble on a murder in the best tradition of amateur sleuths everywhere. Throwaway references to real-life authors like Lawrence Block amuse, though there's little detecting and not much of a puzzle. Agent, Dominick Abel. (St. Martin's Minotaur/ Dunne, $23.95 256p ISBN 0-312-31728-X)

Date: Oct 25, 1999
Sara Paretsky: A Gun of One's Own
Date: Oct 25, 99 | Author: S.J. Rozan
Paretsky's first book found a publisher when Kaminsky sent the finished manuscript to his own agent, Dominick Abel. About Abel, Paretsky has written, "I'll only say of Dominick, in the old Chinese words, that I would send him for horses." She has the same gratitude and respect for her longtime editor at Delacorte, Jackie Farber. "She's a critical reason why I've stayed with this publisher," she says. "She's one of a vanishing breed of editors. She has the capacity to look at the book you're trying to write, not the book she would have written."

Date: Jul 7, 2003 | Author: by Staff

...Additionally, (Jasmine) Cresswell cites the need for a good agent. Four years ago, she moved from Maureen Rogers at Curtis Brown to Dominick Abel. "He's very well known in the mystery field," she explains, "and I just thought it would be interesting and...
The bottom line is that Dominick Abel is a great agent for mystery writers.



Bret Adams Ltd.

448 West 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

Phone:  (212) 765-5630

 Mark Orsini, Agent


Doesn’t Accept queries
Company concentrates on stage presentation material.

Linda Allen Literary Agency

1949 Green St, #5
San Francisco, CA  94123

(415) 921-6437

Linda Allen
No blind queries:  Recommendation only.

Marcia Amsterdam Agency

41 West 82nd Street, Suite 9-A
New York NY 10024

(212) 873-4945
Esb.  1970.
Fantasy Horror Romance
Science Fiction Thrillers & Suspense Women's Fiction
Young Adult


Marcia Amsterdam
  • Enjoys humorous stories
  • Interested in medical and legal thrillers within the suspense genre
  • She likes character-driven SF and horror
  • Snail Mail: query, synopsis, three samples chapters & SASE
No email queries.


Anderson Literary Management

12 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone:  (212) 645-6045

Kathleen Anderson, query letter + 50 pg + SASE

Liz Gately @

Marcus Silverman


Michelle Humphrey

·  Does not accept email queries.


Snail Mail/nonfiction: query with proposal, resume, and SASE
Snail Mail/creative nonfiction and fiction: query with proposal (for creative nonfiction) or synopsis (for fiction) and up to 50 pages and SASE

Margaret Raymo at Houghton Mifflin Children's Books has made a two-book deal with Amy Ryan. The first book, a YA novel called Vibes, is about a girl who can read minds, and is scheduled for release in fall 2008. The deal was made with Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Literary Management.

Margaret Raymo at Houghton Mifflin has bought North American rights to two novels by Barry Lyga, author of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl and Boy Toy. In Hero-Type, which is due out in fall 2008, 16-year-old Kevin goes from Hero to Zero in his small town after he is seen removing Support the Troops magnets from his car. The second book, which is not yet titled, will be published in the fall of 2009. The agent was Kathleen Anderson of Anderson Literary Management.

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Barry Lyga. Houghton, $16.95 (320p) ISBN 0-618-72392-7s

Life is pretty dismal for the geeky 15-year-old narrator of Lyga's debut novel, who will quickly win over readers. He is mostly ignored by his beer-guzzling, gun-toting stepfather (aka "step-fascist") and pregnant mother (who still calls him Donnie), and harassed at school. His only friend, Cal, ignores him whenever the popular guys come around. Then a goth girl named Kyra sends him a surprise email, and he finds someone to talk to about everything from comics to their disdain for their classmates ("Someone could walk through the halls with a machine gun and kill ninety-nine percent of the people in that place and I wouldn't care," Kyra says). He even shows her the graphic novel he is hoping to publish so he can "get away from here. Start new somewhere else." But while Kyra is always blunt and angry, "fanboy" (as she calls him) begins slowly to piece together just how troubled she is. The story unfolds slowly, and a few resolutions seem scripted, such as the narrator making sudden peace with the step-fascist. But fanboy's comic book obsession feels authentic, in the way he describes famous authors, the difficulty of creating a comic ("You have to decide if the words are important enough to cover up the artwork that's telling half the story"), and even life inside a comic-book convention. His relationship with Kyra seems real, too; they are both truly outsiders, full of confusion and pain ("I don't know how I got here," he says during their big fight. "I don't think she knows, either"). In the end, there is plenty here to keep readers engaged. Ages 14-up. (Oct.) Agent: Kathleen Anderson, Anderson Literary Management.

Artists and Artisans Inc.

244 Madison Avenue, Suite 334
New York, NY 10016

Tel (212) 924 9619 Jamie Brenner

Tel (212) 924 9615 Adam Chromy

Prefer email queries:

Adam Chromy:

Jamie Brenner:

Artists Literary Group

27 West 20th Street
10th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Established 2004: 

Joe Veltre

Diane Bartoli
contact: online submission form via website
There is an online submission form at their website. The page can be accessed here:


Billy Mernit's IMAGINE ME AND YOU, in this 'be careful what you wish for' scenario, a man desperate to win back his estranged wife invents an imaginary lover to make her jealous...and then gets into trouble when this fantasy woman becomes real to him, a first novel, to Sally Kim for Shaye Areheart Books, in a pre-empt, by Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group (NA).

Journalist Tatiana Boncompagni's first novel, GILDING LILY, a humorous roman a clef set amid Manhattan's high society play dates, loaner gowns and jewels, and socialite PR specialists, drawing on the author's own experience reporting on the socialite scene for the NYT and life as daughter to an Italian Princess and wife to Max Hoover, heir to the vacuum cleaning fortune, to Lucia Macro at William Morrow, in a pre-empt, by Diane Bartoli at Artists Literary Group (NA).

Stefan Petrucha's TEEN, INC., about a teenage boy raised by the corporation whose faulty product was responsible for his parents' deaths, centering on his first year in a public school where he meets his first girlfriend and learns some disturbing things about his unconventional "family," to Mary Gruetzke at Walker Children's, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Diane Bartoli at Artists Literary Group (world English). Film: Sarah Self at The Gersh Agency.

PG Kain's THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS OF DORIE DILTS, a new series featuring a precocious and science-obsessed eighth grader, who sets out to solve tween-age problems using science, including the first, DUMPED BY POPULAR DEMAND, which reads like a cross between Mean Girls and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, to Julia Richardson at Aladdin, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Diane Bartoli at ALG (NA).

Actor and playwright Jessica Blank's ALMOST HOME, the story of a group of teen runaways that form their own dysfunctional family living on the streets, to Margaret Cardillo at Hyperion Children's, in a pre-empt, by Joe Veltre of Artists Literary Group (NA). Film: Sarah Self at Gersh Agency

PUG HILL author Alison Pace's THROUGH THICK AND THIN, about two estranged sisters -- one a single, Manhattan workaholic, the other a newly suburban stay-at-home mom -- brought back together as they embark on a mutual weight-loss quest that will either finally break them or bond them forever, to Susan Allison at Berkley, by Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group (NA).

26 year-old Crown Books editor Jason Pinter's THE MARK, a first novel about a young reporter who becomes a fugitive after being accused of killing a cop, and who must team with a headstrong female law student to uncover a story that could shatter a city, to Linda McFall at Mira, in a three-book deal, by Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group.

Valerie Stivers's BLOOD IS THE NEW BLACK, about a young woman at a glossy fashion magazine who discovers that the reigning tastemakers have a thirst for blood, pitched as The Devil Wears Prada & Mean Girls meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Allison McCabe for Three Rivers Press, at auction, for publication in summer 2007, by Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group, developed with Farrin Jacobs (NA). Sarah Self at The Gersh Agency is handling film rights.

LITTLE and THE HIAWATHA author David Treuer's THE TRANSLATION OF DR. APELLES, in which a lonely translator discovers a manuscript written in a "dead" language that only he understands and unravels a story leading to his own first true love, to Fiona McCrae at Graywolf, by Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group (World English).

Twenty-one year old former fashion model Amanda Kerlin's SECRETS OF THE MODEL DORM, a year in the life of a young, aspiring model living in a small apartment rented by a modeling agency exclusively to its new clients, as she navigates close quarters among competitive strangers, fueled by alcohol, drugs and obsessive dieting habits, to Suzanne O'Neill at Atria, in a pre-empt, by Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group (World English).

Former Paramount scout and husband to agent Maria Massie, Justin Evans's A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD, a Southern Gothic suspense "in the spirit of Donna Tartt's The Secret History," to Sally Kim of Shaye Areheart Books, at auction, by Diane Bartoli at Artists Literary Group (World).

Nick Stone's MR. CLARINET, set predominantly in the voodoo landscape of Haiti, an ex-cop turned P.I. travels to investigate the strange disappearance of a wealthy family's missing son, to Claire Wachtel at Morrow, in a pre-empt, in a good deal, by Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group on behalf of Lesley Thorne and Gillon Aitken (US). Michael Joseph at Penguin will publish in the UK.

Avenue A Literary LLC

419 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 624-5859
Fax: (212) 228-6149
Est.  2006
See website. Wants only email submissions. Very short (about 400 words).





Commercial Fiction
Family Saga
Literary Fiction
Short Story Collections
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
Biography & Memoirs
Celebrity, Pop Culture, Music, Film & Entertainment
History & Military
Women's Issues

 Jennifer Cayea


Date: Jan 15, 2007

Karen Thomas has acquired Daniel Serrano's Gunmetal Black for her new list at Warner; Jennifer Cayea at Avenue A Literary sold world rights in this two-book deal. The first novel finds a recently paroled gangster returning to his Chicago neighborhood determined to save his best friend from a life of crime. Serrano is a lawyer for New York City; Warner will publish in spring 2008.

Date:  May 22, 2006

Jennifer Cayea, former foreign rights director at Nicholas Ellison Inc., has opened her own shop, Avenue A Literary, where she recently sold Mabel Iam's I Love You, Now What? How Hot, Happy Couples Stay Close to Johanna Castillo at Atria, for significant six figures for world rights. Sex and relationship expert Iam is the author of Sex and the Perfect Lover and the more recent The Love Diet. Atria plans to publish the new book in January 2008. 

Baker’s Mark Literary Agency

P.O. Box 8382
Portland, OR  97207
(503) 432- 8170
General Literary Mystery
Romance Thrillers & Suspense

Art Biography Business
Finance Health & Fitness History
Pop Culture Reference Sports
Women's Issues

Other Genres
Graphic Novels/Comics, Commercial Non-Fiction, Paranormal
Bernadette Baker

Gretchen Stelter


Email query first and wait for invitation for more material.


Mark Siegel of Holtzbrinck's First Second Books, has preempted a graphic novel titled Germantown by Edgar winner Laurence Klavan and television writer Susan Kim; the world rights deal was handled by Victoria Sanders of Victoria Sanders & Associates and Bernadette Baker of Baker's Mark. Set in a WWII-era immigrant neighborhood in New York, the book tells the story of a comics-obsessed girl who decodes a secret spy message in the pages of a romance novel.


Other recent Sales:


The Recidivists by Karin Slaughter, Oni Press/Slaughterhouse books 2008 
The Unaffordable Nation by Jeffrey D. Jones, Prometheus Books, 2007
Germantown by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan 
The Fielding Course by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan 
The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple


Malaga Baldi Literary Agency

233 West 99th Street #19C
New York, NY 10025

 (212) 222-3213
Fantasy Literary

Biography Business Cultural & Social Issues
Film & Entertainment Finance Food & Lifestyle
History Memoirs Science
Technology Travel

Malaga Baldi

The Paula Balzer Agency

55 Eastern Parkway #5H
Brooklyn, NY 11238


She accepts queries.
Does not accept email queries.

Literary Fiction - Commercial Fiction

Celebrity - Biography - Drama/Music - Pop Culture - Gay & Lesbian * -Photography - Film & Entertainment - Cultural/Social Issues


Barer Literary LLC

270 lafayette street
suite 1504
new york, new york 10012
Julie Barer: The owner/agent.

phone: 212 691-3513
fax: 212 691-3540
Please send a SASE to the agency:
You can also email a query (no attachments please) to:


Health/Fitness /Business/Investing/Finance /Sports
Mind/Body/Spirit /Reference /Thrillers/Suspense /Military
Romance /Children's Books/Picture Books /Screenplays
See:  Publishers Marketplace link

Baror Literary Agency

831 Mt. Kisco Rd.
Armonk, NY 10504
Agency Phone: (914) 273-9199
Agency Fax: (914) 273-5058
Danny Baror


That sound you heard echoing around New York on Friday, September 9, wasn't your imagination. It was the collective groan coming from publishing houses as The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, a 1,300-page manuscript by a relatively unknown Manhattan playwright, Gordon Dahlquist, hit editors' desks just before the weekend. However, once Bantam's Bill Massey plunged into the sprawling fantasy epic—about three strangers in Victorian England who battle a mysterious cabal that brainwashes innocent people to do their bidding—whatever misgivings he may have had about jettisoning his weekend plans were quickly forgotten. That Monday, the presumably bleary-eyed Massey rushed in with an aggressive two-book, $2 million offer to Baror International's Danny Baror and the E.J. McCarthy Agency's E.J. McCarthy. Of course, nothing raises producers' antennae like a publisher throwing around Hollywood-style cash, so soon New York scouts were pulling their own version of Massey's lost weekend. By press time there was no film offer on the table, but don't expect that to last. A certain heavyweight producer is rumored to be pursuing the novel, which Baror describes as "Philip Pullman for adults." Bantam has set a September or October 2006 pub date. CAA's Matt Snyder is handling film rights.
Seems to specialize in negotiating foreign rights deals for books.


Loretta Barrett Books, Inc.

101 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10003


Phone:  (212) 242-3420

Ethnic Literary Mystery
Romance Thrillers & Suspense Women's Fiction

Biography Cultural & Social Issues Health & Fitness
Memoirs Narrative Psychology & Psychiatry
Regional Interest Religion & Spirituality Self-Help
Women's Issues

Other Genres:
Commercial Fiction, Current Affairs
Accepts Queries
Nick Mullendore
  • Counter-cultural, counter-intuitive, thought provoking, dark, relevant—if any of these describe a project, then it will probably hold some appeal for him
  • Interested in science (particularly physics and space) as well as scientic thrillers
  • Apply a unique perspective and Nick’s curiosity will be piqued
Email: query via (no attachments)
Snail Mail/fiction: query with a synopsis or chapter outline for your project

Snail Mail/nonfiction: query and brief overview or chapter outline for your project

Gabriel Davis
  • His interests span a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction
  • He is especially intrigued by new voices with a unique perspective or understanding of their subject matter, including cultural commentary, pop-psychology, memoir, narrative history, natural history, or sports (especially outdoor/adventure)
  • He is looking for nonfiction books that take a readerly approach as they inform.
  • In terms of fiction, he is drawn to both commercial and literary works, as long as the characters are well drawn and the emphasis, first and foremost, is on telling a good story.
Sally Richardsonand Hope Dellon at St. Martin's Press have bought world rights to Hartmoor, a historical novel by Sarah Ferguson, the duchess of York, in collaboration with novelist Laura Van Wormer. The deal was negotiated with Peter Sawyer of the Octagon Literary division of the Fifi Oscard Agency and Loretta Barrett, in association with Peter Grant and David Wiener of Grubman Indursky & Shire. Hartmoor opens in England in 1812 and will tell the adventures of an earl's daughter who undertakes a dangerous journey to America to rescue her kidnapped father. Previous books from the duchess include an autobiography, children's books and a series of lifestyle books with Weight Watchers. Scheduled publication is winter 2008.


A new three-book deal for the prolific M.J. Rose was signed by agent Loretta Barrett with Mira books for three paranormal thrillers; meanwhile, Rose's three Butterfield Institute books, about a sex therapist, made sales in Japan and Russia.

The Bent Agency

204 Park Place
Number Two
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Susan Bergholz Literary Services

17 West 10th Street, #5
New York, NY 10011



·  Does not accept email queries.


Rep:         Sandra Ciscernos

                Julia Alvarez
Sulay Hernandez at Touchstone bought North American rights to It Calls You Back, the follow-up to Luis Rodriguez's gangland memoir, Always Running. In the new book, Rodriguez writes about finding purpose in art while dealing with alcoholism, multiple divorces and the incarceration of his son. Susan Bergholz made the sale.

Many Mexican-American authors, like Cisneros, Ana Castillo and Luis Rodriguez, who came on the scene in the late '80s and early '90s, were represented by the grand dame of Latino agenting, Susan Bergholz, who has been credited as the hammer that broke down the publishing walls for Latino writers. Now that Bergholz's client list is full, she passes worthy authors to agent Stuart Bernstein, who has cultivated a pan-Latino group of fresh voices with academic backgrounds and lit journal credibility, among them Manuel Muñoz, H.G. Carrillo and Felicia Luna Lemus, who is currently without an agent.


Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency

2112 Broadway, Suite 503-A
New York NY 10023
phone: (212) 799-1007
Ethnic Fantasy Literary
Mystery Romance Science Fiction
Thrillers & Suspense Women's Fiction

Animals & Pets Art Biography
Gay & Lesbian Health & Fitness How-To
Humor Medical Music & Dance
Parenting & Child Care Politics Psychology & Psychiatry
Religion & Spirituality Self-Help Sports
Technology Travel


Meredith Bernstein

Does not accept email queries
Elizabeth Cavanaugh


by John F. Baker -- Publishers Weekly, 4/22/2002

Before the FDA had even approved controversial Botox injections for cosmetic purposes, Elizabeth Beier, executive editor at St. Martin's Press, had signed a book all about it. It's The Botox Book and its author, Dr. Michael Kane, pioneered the use of Botox to change the look of the face more than a decade ago; he has been frequently published in medical literature and trains other doctors in how best to use Botox. He will answer lots of typical questions about Botox use, including whether it is painful, how much it costs and whether its use can replace face-lifts or brow-lifts. It was a six-figure world rights deal, signed with agent Meredith Bernstein, and SMP is rushing the book out for a late summer pub date.

Known client:  Nancy Pickard, known for her Jenny Cain mystery series, ventures into suspense territory with The Virgin of Small Plains, a stand-alone novel set in Kansas in which the grave of an unknown murder victim, a teenage girl, becomes a shrine for people seeking miracles.


Pam Bernstein & Associates, Inc.

790 Madison Ave., Suite 310
New York, NY  10021

Pam Bernstein

(Not much recent activity).
Last known entry for Publishers Weekly was in 1998 and when Ms. Bernstein was an agent with William Morris.
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