Literary Agents

The best way to get the names of literary agents to query is to ask around. Nothing beats a personal recommendation. A good alternative is to read the acknowledgments pages of books similar to yours. If both those methods fail, check the following resources. Most can also be used to check an agent’s credentials and reputation. Click on the name to visit the website.

Agent Query
A free, searchable database of more than 900 literary agents.

Association of Authors’ Representatives
The professional organization for literary and dramatic agents. Agents who aren’t members are usually considered questionable.

eBook Crossroads
A website of information and links for writers, readers, publishers, and small business owners. It includes a database of agents who handle ebooks.

Guide to Literary Agents
A book and a blog. The reference book, by Chuck Sambuchino, is published annually by Writer’s Digest Books. In between, Sambuchino publishes updates on the blog.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over!
A reference book. The title says it all.

Preditors and Editors
A website of information on publishers and publishing services to help writers determine who is legitimate and who should be avoided. It includes an extensive listing of literary agents.

Query Tracker
A website devoted to the querying process. It includes a database of agents that can be searched using a variety of criteria.

Writer Beware
A service of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. It blows the horn on agents who are dishonest, amateurish, marginal, incompetent, or just plain questionable.

Writers Market
A database of more than 9,000 listings, including literary agents. It charges a membership fee to the website.

WritersNet
A searchable database of writers, editors, agents, and publishers. The agents enter themselves into the database, so you’ll need to do additional research.