3 Recently Updated Literary Agents: Market Spotlight

Recently, I launched this new Market Spotlight feature on the WritersMarket.com blog. Every Monday, I plan on spotlighting a certain segment of the market that we list in the Writer’s Market books and on WritersMarket.com. Since we have an agent one-on-one boot camp just around the corner (August 24-27), I’m focusing on three recently updated literary agents this week.

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Recently Updated Literary Agents

Many new writers think their best route to book publication is going straight to the publishers, but they’d be wrong. Literary agents are the gatekeepers of book publishing, especially when it comes to getting a deal with the more recognized presses. Here are three literary agents that have been recently updated on WritersMarket.com.

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The Bent Agency represents fiction and nonfiction. For fiction, they’re looking for adventure, commercial, crime, erotica, fantasy, feminist, historical, horror, humor, juvenile, literary, mainstream, middle grade, multicultural, mystery, new adult, picture books, romance, short story collections, suspense, thriller, women’s, and young adult. In nonfiction, it’s animals, cooking, creative nonfiction, foods, juvenile nonfiction, popular culture, women’s issues, and young adult. The agency recommends, “Tell us briefly who you are, what your book is, and why you’re the one to write it. Then include the first 10 pages of your material in the body of your e-mail. We respond to all queries, please resend your query if you haven’t had a response within 4 weeks.”

Barry Goldblatt Literary specializes in fiction. Member agents Barry Goldblatt and Jennifer Udden represent fantasy, middle grade, mystery, romance, science fiction, thriller, and young adult. The agents say, “Your e-mail query should include the following within the body of the e-mail: your query letter, a synopsis of the book, and the first 5 pages of your manuscript. We will not open or respond to any e-mails that have attachments. If we like the sound of your work, we will request more from you.”

Talcott Notch Literary represents nonfiction and fiction. In fact, this three-agent agency represents such a variety of subjects that a writer can safely assume their subject is covered–if the writing is good enough. The agents say, “We are most actively seeking projects featuring diverse characters and stories which expand the reader’s understanding of our society and the wider world we live in.”

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By the way, the agents of Talcott Notch Literary will be participating in the Agent One-on-One: Your First Ten Pages boot camp on August 24-27.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market, blogging at Poetic Asides and the Writer’s Market blog, judging contests, scheduling online writing conferences, and so much more.

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