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Writer’s Digest Top Agent Websites 2020

Here are the top websites by and about agents as identified in the 22nd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2020 issue of Writer's Digest.

Here are the best writing advice websites as identified in the 22nd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2020 issue of Writer's Digest.

* Denotes the website's first appearance on our list.

1. Bookends Literary Agency blog

BookendsLiterary.com

Get insider information on what it’s like to work with an agent, what they look for, and why they reject manuscripts from the blog of this New Jersey-based literary agency. If an agent you want to pitch to contributes to a blog, you need to be reading what they write.

2. Literary Carrie

LiteraryCarrie.Wixsite.com/Blog

Carrie Pestritto of the Laura Dail Literary Agency blogs about being a literary agent, her clients, the books she loves, living in The Big Apple, and more. Each month, one lucky author who enters Carrie’s Query Critique Contest will win a free public critique of their query letter on the blog.

3. Lit Rejections

LitRejections.com

If you’re querying, you’ve got to have thick skin—Lit Rejections shares stories of rejection on the blog to help you cope. The site also publishes interviews with agents and an extensive database of literary agencies and their submission guidelines.

4. Manuscript Wish List

ManuscriptWishList.com

Following Manuscript Wish List religiously is a must to increase your chances of landing an agent. Search the site for agents and editors who represent your genre—most profiles include a bio and submission guidelines as well as spell out exactly what types of books they are looking for. For how-to tips and interviews with agents and authors, listen to “The Manuscript Academy” podcast.

5. Pub Rants

NelsonAgency.com/Pub-Rants

If you want insider information about querying, landing representation, and publishing news from literary agents (sometimes in rant form, but always polite), then visit this blog by literary agents from Nelson Literary Agency.

6. Query Shark

QueryShark.Blogspot.com

Before you send a query letter, it’s a good idea to read this blog to see if you’re making any of the mistakes literary agent Janet Reid has advised against through her public critiques of 300+ query letters (and counting). After her line-by-line critique, authors may submit their revised queries to the shark. Send in your own query for a chance to have it critiqued on the blog—but remember, this shark is brutally honest.

7. Query Tracker

querytracker.net

Query Tracker has been on this list for 11 years now, and with good reason: more than 3,000 authors have found agents here. Search the database of agents to find whom to query. Create a free account to track the agents you’ve researched, whom you want to query or don’t want to query, the date you sent your letters, and the result of your queries.  

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New Agent Alert: Kristina Pérez of Zeno Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Kristina Pérez of Zeno Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Kristina Pérez is a half-Argentine/half-Norwegian native New Yorker who has spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. Before joining the Zeno Literary Agency in London at the end of 2019, she worked as a journalist, academic, and author. This breadth of experience enables her to serve her clients in a variety of fields and she is a very editorial agent.

Kristina Pérez

Kristina holds a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. As a journalist, she's written for many international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal Asia, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNN.

She is the author of the YA Fantasy Sweet Black Waves trilogy (Imprint/Macmillan), the YA Sci-Fi, The Tesla Legacy (Tor Teen), and the academic monograph, The Myth of Morgan la Fey (Palgrave Macmillan).

Currently Seeking

With her diverse background, Kristina's tastes in books are equally eclectic. She is actively building her list in both fiction and nonfiction, and particularly encourages submissions from marginalized writers.

On the adult side, she is looking for fantasy, romance, sci-fi, and nonfiction. Kristina loves lush historical fantasy like Tasha Suri's Empire of Sand and well-researched historical romance along the lines of Joanna Shupe or Courtney Milan. She is a huge Battlestar Galactica fangirl with a soft spot for light space opera, but she's not the right agent for hard/military SF. 

For nonfiction, she is primarily looking for current affairs, cultural history, and popular science. Recently, she's enjoyed Latinx, by Ed Morales, and Invisible Women, by Caroline Criado Perez.

Kristina is open to all kinds of MG and YA, but does not represent picture books or chapter books. She adores retellings with a twist, whether it be contemporary or fantasy, especially LGBTQIA+ and those that draw on non-Western folklore and mythology. She also has a penchant for novels-in-verse. Favorite MG reads include The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; The Unicorn Quest, by Kamilla Benko; and The Storm Runner, by J.C. Cervantes.

How to Submit

Email queries only to perez@zenoagency.com. Please email your query letter with the first chapter of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email. No attachments will be opened.

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New Agent Alert: Pam Gruber of Irene Goodman Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Pam Gruber of Irene Goodman Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

About Pam:

Pam Gruber began her career in publishing as an editor, working for over 10 years at Hachette Book Group with a number of acclaimed authors and illustrators. From there, she went on to serve as the editorial director at the children’s media startup Rebel Girls, where she saw firsthand how a great book can expand into other entertainment mediums.

Pam joined Irene Goodman as a literary agent after realizing her favorite part of the publishing business was working directly with authors and artists, helping them to shape not only their stories, but also their careers.

She looks for work that is gripping from page one, whether it makes her break out in a smile or gives her goosebumps (from excitement, not fear!). She loves complicated female protagonists, innovative twists on classic tropes, and getting swept away by fully realized worlds—be it the next town over or an imagined universe unlike our own.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pam knew she wanted to work in publishing from a young age. She brings an inscrutable eye for detail to every book she gets her hands on, and her experience at a publishing house gives her insight into how editors think and what they’re looking for.

Currently seeking:

Pam is looking for adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction with literary voices and commercial hooks. She is particularly interested in layered fantasy, speculative fiction, fantastical realism, rom-coms, and coming-of-age stories with a twist. She is also open to realistic middle grade and YA graphic novels, as well as select narrative nonfiction on lesser-known subjects. Pam would not be the best fit for prescriptive nonfiction, anthologies, potty humor, paranormal, or erotica.

How to submit:

Please send your query letter to pam.queries@irenegoodman.com along with the first 10 pages of your manuscript, a brief synopsis, and your bio in the body of the email.