Car chases, murder intrigue, and epic adventures are well and good, but sometimes it's nice to sit back and enjoy an old fashioned internal conflict: A man at odds with the modern world (Ulysses), a house-wife smoldering beneath a loveless marriage (Little Children), or maybe just a group of ex-pats wandering listlessly from one European city to the next, searching for meaning amidst their memories of war (The Sun Also Rises).
If you've written a literary novel, you'll need an agent who's familiar with the terrain to help you on your path to publication. WEbook's AgentInbox has 38 literary agents currently seeking literary fiction. That means they have established relationships with literary editors (think Knopf or Grove Atlantic), and they're looking for more writing to pitch to them.
Here are some details about a few of our literary fiction agents, but be sure to check out our full list of agents actively seeking submissions.
Scott Waxman, Waxman Literary Agency: Scott Waxman began his career as an editor at HarperCollins and started his own agency in 1997. Most recently, he co-founded Division Books, a publisher of eBook originals. For all you literary fiction writers looking for a hands-on agent to help guide you through your career, Scott is a great fit. When asked about the changing roll of literary agents as the publishing industry tightens its belt, Scott said:
“The agents’ role has become much more hands-on. The agents have to take a very strong editorial hand in the shaping of proposals and making sure that what they submit is top quality.”
Read more of this interview at DigitalBook world, or see Scott Waxman's WEbook profile.
Abigail Koons, The Park Literary Agency: Abigail came to the publishing industry after working for a large Swedish company specializing in educational travel. She's is an agent and the director or foreign rights TPLA. Here's Abigail's thoughts on what can be left out of a query, from an interview at Guide to Literary Agents.
"If your query letter is more than one page long, there are things in there that are superfluous. The most common unnecessary addition is a description of the writer’s family/personal life if the book is not a memoir. Some personal background is good, but I would much prefer to know about the amazing novel you wrote. The personal information can come later."
See Abigail's full WEbook profile.
Victoria Marini, The Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency: Victoria Marini started working at GSLA as an agency assistant in 2008, and began building her own client list in 2009. Like many young agents, Victoria is seeking debut writers, making her the perfect agent to query if you're a fledgling author. If you're interested in querying her, take note of her interview with Shiny, where she revealed the type of queries that catch her eye the fastest:
"The query letters I am drawn to the most are the ones that get right to the point and are written with the author’s unique voice. Be original, engaging and informative. Tell me about your book. I don’t need statistics, marketing ideas, generic letters, and overly formal introductions."
See Victoria's full WEbook profile.
Looking for literary agents representing Romance, Young Adult Fiction and much more? Check out our previous posts about AgentInbox agents! You can also sign up for WEbook and get more feedback on your work from our writing community, or try out PageToFame.