Looking for a nonfiction agent to help you get a contract with a traditional publishing house?

Literary agents will distribute your book proposal and query the likely traditional publishing houses about their interest in you and your topic. Some traditional publishers require an agent’s vetting of all authors they consider publishing, so agents are important gatekeepers in that part of the publishing world.

They specialize in book genres and have requirements about how to make contact about your book, just as publishers do. So you’ll need to do your research before you finalize your shortlist of agents to contact about your book proposal. If you’ve written a book proposal about a business book you want to create, you should plan contact at least 100 agents whose webpages specify they work with business books, asking if they’d like to see your proposal. Five to ten percent may respond favorably and ask to see your proposal. Some who read your proposal will offer to represent you and invite you to choose them. Your job is to find a good fit with only one. That person will represent you to the publishers in the very best light and help you negotiate a commitment from one of them to publish your eventual book in exchange for a percentage of all royalties that publisher pays you over time. These 500 are a great place to begin your research.

 

Laurie Abkemeier

Agency Link: www.defliterary.com/agent/laurie-abkemeier
Manuscript Wishlist: www.defliterary.com/submissions/how-to-submit/

Helen Adams

Agency Link: www.zimmermannliterary.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.zimmermannliterary.com/submissions

Rica Allannic

Agency Link: www.davidblackagency.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.davidblackagency.com/rica-allannic/

Amelia Atlas

Agency Link: https://cwagency.co.uk/agent/amelia-atlas
Personal Website: www.laurieabkemeier.tumblr.com
Manuscript Wishlist: https://cwagency.co.uk/page/submissions

Georges Borchardt

Agency Link: www.gbagency.com
Manuscript Wishlist: http://www.gbagency.com/about

Paul Bresnick

Agency Link: www.bresnickagency.com/about/paul-bresnick
Manuscript Wishlist: www.bresnickagency.com/contact/

Sarah Burnes

Agency Link: www.thegernertco.com/our-team
Manuscript Wishlist: www.thegernertco.com/our-team/

Chris Calhoun

Agency Link: www.chriscalhounagency.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.chriscalhounagency.com/submissions

Michael Caligaris

Agency Link: www.hollowayliteraryagency.com/michael-caligaris
Manuscript Wishlist: www.hollowayliteraryagency.com/submissions/

Tess Callero

Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/tess-callero/

Elise Capron

Agency Link: www.dijkstraagency.com/agent-page.php?agent_id=Capron
Manuscript Wishlist: www.dijkstraagency.com/submission-guidelines.php

Farley Chase

Agency Link: www.chaseliterary.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.chaseliterary.com/submissions

Elyse Cheney

Agency Link: www.cheneyassoc.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.cheneyassoc.com/

Elizabeth Copps

Agency Link: www.mariacarvainisagency.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/elizabeth-copps/

Rachel Crawford

Agency Link: www.wolflit.com/tag/rachel-crawford
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/rachel-crawford/

Sandra Dijkstra

Agency Link: www.dijkstraagency.com
Personal Website: www.dijkstraagency.com/sandra-dijkstra
Manuscript Wishlist: www.dijkstraagency.com/sandra-dijkstra

Priya Doraswamy

Agency Link: www.lotuslit.com/about
Manuscript Wishlist: www.lotuslit.com/submissions/

Henry Dunow

Agency Link: www.dclagency.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.dclagency.com

Caroline Eisenmann

Agency Link: www.goldinlit.com/agents
Manuscript Wishlist: www.mswishlist.com/agent/CarolineMEisen

Mary Evans

Agency Link: www.maryevansinc.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.maryevansinc.com/submissions.html

Mark Falkin

Agency Link: www.markfalkin.com/falkin-literary
Manuscript Wishlist: www.markfalkin.com/falkin-literary.html

Jenni Ferrari-Adler

Agency Link: www.unionliterary.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.unionliterary.com/submissions/

Christy Fletcher

Agency Link: www.fletcherandco.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.fletcherandco.com/team/christy-fletcher/

Ellen Geiger

Agency Link: www.goldinlit.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.francesgoldinliteraryagency.submittable.com/

Susan Ginsburg

Agency Link: www.writershouse.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.writershouse.com/submissions/

Susan Golomb

Agency Link: www.writershouse.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.writershouse.com/submissions/

Wendi Gu

Personal Website: www.jenchentran.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/wendi-lulu-gu/

Serene Hakim

Agency Link: www.pandeliterary.com/about
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/serene-hakim-ayesha-pande-literary/

Paul Lucas

Agency Link: www.janklowandnesbit.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.janklowandnesbit.com/people/paul-lucas

Ed Maxwell

Agency Link: www.greenburger.com/agent/ed-maxwell
Personal Website: http://edwardmaxwell.com/
Manuscript Wishlist: www.greenburger.com/agent/ed-maxwell

Melissa Nasson

Agency Link: www.rpcontent.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.rpcontent.com/submissions

Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts

Agency Link: www.hsgagency.com/soumeyas-bio
Manuscript Wishlist: www.mswishlist.com/agent/soumeya_bio

Quressa Robinson

Agency Link: www.nelsonagency.com/quressa-robinson
Personal Website: www.quressa.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/quressa-robinson/

Adrienne Rosado

Agency Link: www.stonesong.com/about-us
Manuscript Wishlist: www.stonesong.com/adrienne-rosado

Andrea Somberg

Agency Link: www.harveyklinger.com/submission-guidelines
Manuscript Wishlist: https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/andrea-somberg-new

Jennifer Chen Tran

Agency Link: www.bradfordlit.com/about/jennifer-chen-tran-agent
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/jennifer-chen-tran/

Jennifer Wills

Agency Link: www.theseymouragency.com/About-Us
Personal Website: www.jenniferhopewills.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.mswishlist.com/agent/WillsWork4Books

Maximilian Ximenez

Agency Link: www.lperkinsagency.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.lperkinsagency.com/#submissions