If you’ve written a nonfiction book or book proposal and you’re looking for a major book deal, you’re going to need a great literary agent.
But not just any literary agent will do. You need to make sure you find an agent who actually specializes in nonfiction.
But that’s not enough either, because many nonfiction agents do not accept submissions from others. Agents close their submissions for several reasons, usually because they have enough clients already, or because they only accept new clients from referrals once they’ve built up a large enough business.
So if you don’t already have someone who can give you a warm introduction to an agent, you’re going to need to find an agent on your own—someone who is currently accepting submissions.
List of Nonfiction Literary Agents Accepting Submissions
With that in mind, our team did some research, and we found 41 agents who specialize in nonfiction and are currently open to submissions.
But before you contact each of these agents, make sure you do your research!
You’ll need to make sure you read their submission guidelines and follow them exactly. Many agents only accept book proposals, while others may accept submissions without a proposal.
You’ll also need to write a great query letter (you can learn how to do that and other great tips on finding a literary agent here). Most agents will simply delete or ignore your email if you don’t write a query letter and follow their submission guidelines.
1. Tess Callero
Agency Link: www.curtisbrown.com/agents/tess-callero
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/tess-callero/
2. Wendi Gu
Agency Link: www.janklowandnesbit.com
Personal Website: www.jenchentran.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/wendi-lulu-gu/
3. Jennifer Chen Tran
Agency Link: www.bradfordlit.com/about/jennifer-chen-tran-agent
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/jennifer-chen-tran/
4. Adrienne Rosado
5. Michael Caligaris
6. Quressa Robinson
Agency Link: www.nelsonagency.com/quressa-robinson
Personal Website: www.quressa.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/quressa-robinson/
7. Paul Lucas
8. Helen Adams
9. Elise Capron
Agency Link: www.dijkstraagency.com/agent-page.php?agent_id=Capron
Manuscript Wishlist: www.dijkstraagency.com/submission-guidelines.php
10. Rick Pascocello
11. Ed Maxwell
12. Maximilian Ximenez
13. Serene Hakim
Agency Link: www.pandeliterary.com/about
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/serene-hakim-ayesha-pande-literary/
14. Elizabeth Copps
Agency Link: www.mariacarvainisagency.com
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/elizabeth-copps/
15. Jennifer Wills
16. Rachel Crawford
Agency Link: www.wolflit.com/tag/rachel-crawford
Manuscript Wishlist: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/rachel-crawford/
17. Catherine Cho
18. Melissa Nasson
19. Laurie Abkemeier
20. Amelia Atlas
21. Ethan Bassoff
22. Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts
23. Georges Borchardt
24. Paul Bresnick
25. Sarah Burnes
26. Chris Calhoun
27. Farley Chase
28. Elyse Cheney
29. Laura Dail
30. Sandra Dijkstra
31. Priya Doraswamy
32. Henry Dunow
33. Caroline Eisenmann
34. Mary Evans
35. Mark Falkin
36. Jenni Ferrari-Adler
37. Christy Fletcher
38. Ellen Geiger
39. Susan Ginsburg
40. Susan Golomb
41. Rica Allannic
Nonfiction Book Publishing
If you’re looking for a small press publisher that specializes in publishing and marketing nonfiction, you’re in the right place. TCK Publishing is a full-service publishing company. We never charge any fees, and we pay 50% royalties, which is 3-6 times more than what most other traditional publishers pay.
You can also check out our case study on how we sold over 150,000 nonfiction books without a big marketing budget.
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Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.