Are you author who has written a Christian fiction novel?
Do you have ambitions to get your book published by a major publisher?
One of the following 17 top literary agents for Christian fiction might be able to help you get a publishing contract.
Jessica Schmeidler is a literary agent with Golden Wheat Literary, which is an agency based out of Hays, Kansas. The agency as a whole specializes in helping connect Christian writers with both Christian and secular publishers. Jessica herself represents works of general fiction, mystery, romance, fantasy and science fiction, juvenile fiction, children’s books, and Christian fiction. Some of her most recent project sales include the Warriors of the Heart series by Laurie Winter, The Crimson Five series by Jackie Yeager, and “Blue Tide" by Jenna-Lynne Duncan.
She is currently accepting unsolicited queries via email. Be sure to include the first 15 pages of your manuscript in the body of said email for her to consider, along with a synopsis or short chapter summaries, and a brief author bio. Due to the high volume of submissions that Jessica receives, she notes that it can take anywhere up to six months to receive a response. For more information, you can review Golden Wheat Literary’s submission guidelines.
2. Steve Laube
Steve Laube is a literary agent and founder of The Steve Laube Agency, based out of Phoenix, Arizona. With over 16 years of experience in the publishing industry, Steve has represented a handful of talented authors like Lisa Bergren, Susan May Warren, Tracey Higley, and Nancy Pearcey. Steve represents both Christian fiction and nonfiction.
He is currently open to accepting book proposals either via email or through regular post. If you choose to send your book proposal through the mail, he asks that you include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) so that your material can be returned to you upon consideration. For more information, you can review his submission guidelines to make sure your project meets all the minimum requirements.
Lluvia Agustin is a literary agent and founder of The Agustin Agency, which primarily represents inspirational, and Christian authors to a worldwide audience. She and her team at The Agustin Agency have represented authors like Pastor Mark Dance, Janice Marie Torres, and Barbara Palacios. As a full-service literary agency, Lluvia can not only represent your work, but assist you with manuscript revisions, content creation, author coaching, brand development, booking speaking engagements, and more.
While not actively seeking new clients to represent, you can still contact Lluvia through her website’s online contact form to send an initial query. If interested in your project, she will reach out to you promptly.
Tamela Hancock Murray is a literary agent with The Steve Laube Agency and has been working in the publishing industry since 1994. She loves to represent authors of Christian works, especially those projects that can also fall under women’s fiction and romance. Tamela has represented authors like Kim Vogel Sawyer, Lynette Eason, Renee Andrews, and Susanne Dietze. In 2017, she was named Agent of the Year by the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).
Tamela is currently accepting book proposals via email only. Be sure to include a cover letter that provides your contact information, a brief plot summary, an estimated word count, and an expected manuscript completion date (if not already finished). You should also include the first three chapters of your book (or the first 50 pages for consideration. For more information, you can review her submission guidelines here.
5. Adria Goetz
Adria Goetz is an experienced literary manager and agent with Martin Literary & Media Management. She represents books for both the general and Christian reading markets, picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, and occasionally represents adult fiction.
She is currently accepting queries via email. Be sure to include the first chapter of your manuscript attached as either a Word document or PDF, along with a prepared synopsis of your story. For more information about what Adria is looking for in terms of manuscripts, you can also visit her personal website to get a better sense of her wish list.
Mary Sue Seymour is a literary agent and founder of The Seymour Agency, which is based out of Canton, New York. With over 18 years of experience in the publishing industry, Mary has represented clients like Colleen Shannon, Gail Sattler, and Tori Phillips. She represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including Christian fiction and nonfiction.
She is currently seeking Christian and inspirational projects and prefers to receive queries via email. Be sure to include a cover letter detailing your contact information, a brief author bio, a short synopsis of your manuscript, and the first 50 pages of your project for consideration. For more information, you can review the agency’s submission guidelines.
Alexander Field is a literary agent and founder of The Bindery, a literary agency based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, that was founded in 2017. With nearly 18 years of prior experience working in the fields of book publishing and journalism, Alexander turned his talents over toward representing a multitude of authors and their works. He represents general fiction, fantasy and science fiction, biographies, Christian spirituality, and memoirs.
He is currently accepting book proposals via email. Be sure to include a cover letter that provides your contact information, a detailed summary of your book’s concept, a table of contents, a brief author bio, and at least one sample chapter for consideration. Due to the high volume of submissions that Alexander receives, it can take anywhere between 10-12 weeks to receive a response. If you have not heard back from him within this time frame, your project may not be of interest to him at this time.
Blythe McIntosh Daniel is a literary agent and founder of The Blythe Daniel Agency, a literary agency that specializes in producing works of Christian fiction and nonfiction. As a full-service literary agency, Blythe offers literary representation, publicity campaigns, author consultations and education, and even blog networking services. She and her team at the agency have represented projects like “Becoming Heart Sisters" by Natalie Chambers Snapp, “A Different Beautiful" by Courtney Westlake, and “10 Things A Husband Needs from His Wife" by Erin Smalley.
She is currently accepting book proposals via email. You’re strongly encouraged to review the agency’s submission guidelines before sending anything in. Be sure to include at least three sample chapters for consideration, and understand that due to a high volume of submissions, Blythe may take up to 8-12 weeks to respond. If you have not heard back from her within this time frame, she may not be interested in your project at this time.
David Van Diest is a literary agent and founder of Van Diest Literary Agency, an agency that specializes in Christian literature. With over 25 years of experience in the Christian book publishing industry, David has represented authors like Craig von Buseck, Curtis Tucker, and Thelma Wells.
He is actively seeking queries and book proposals through his website’s online contact form. Alternatively, you can send your query or book proposal via regular mail. He asks that you include a synopsis, a chapter outline, two to three sample chapters for consideration, a list of books you feel are comparable to your title, information on your intended market, and a marketing plan (if applicable).
10. Chris Park
Chris Park is a literary agent with Foundry Literary + Media. She represents memoirs, narrative nonfiction, sports books, and Christian fiction and nonfiction. She especially loves Christian fiction that is intensely character-driven. She has prior experience working for major publishing houses like Hachette Book Group and Random house, and has represented a handful of bestselling and award-winning authors.
She is currently accepting queries via email only. You’re strongly encouraged to review Foundry Literary + Media’s submission guidelines to make sure your project meets all minimum requirements. Along with your query letter, be sure to include a synopsis of your project, the first three chapters of your manuscript, and a short author bio to introduce yourself. If interested in your book, Chris should reach out to you shortly. Please note that multiple submissions will not be accepted.
11. Natasha Kern
Natasha Kern is a literary agent and founder of Natasha Kern Literary Agency. She has represented a wide range of talented New York Times bestselling authors, USA Today Best Sellers, and RITA, CAROL and Edgar winners. Natasha represents an impressive range of genre fiction, including women’s fiction, inspirational fiction, romance, suspense, Amish fiction, and Christian fiction. She is unfortunately close to queries from unpublished writers at this time. For more information or general inquiries, she can still be reached through her website’s online contact form.
12. Claudia Cross
Claudia Cross is a literary agent with Folio Literary Management. She represents a wide range of both fiction and nonfiction authors. Amongst her client list are authors like Emily Ley, Barbara Ehrlick White, Rachel Gibson, and Christina Lynch. She has in the past represented Christian fiction, and loves to work closely with her authors to help get the word out about their projects.
She is unfortunately closed to submissions at this time, but you’re strongly encouraged to check back at a later date when this status may change. In the meantime, you can review Folio Literary Management’s submission guidelines to prepare your submission.
13. Joyce Hart
Joyce Hart is a literary agent and founder of Hartline Literary Agency. She has been a literary agent since 1992 and has spent over 35 years successfully representing authors like Nicola Furlong, Lisa Godfrees, Pola Marie Muzyka, and Ann Guyer. Hartline Literary Agency specializes in serving the Christina book market and loves to work with authors of Christian fiction and nonfiction.
You’re strongly encouraged to review the agency’s submission guidelines before submitting. Joyce prefers to work with previously published authors, or authors who have been referred to her by others in the publishing industry. She accepts submissions either via email or through regular post.
14. Wendy Lawton
Wendy Lawton is a literary agent and vice president of Books & Such Literary Management. She joined the agency in 2005, and has since represented an impressive handful of successful bestselling authors. She primarily represents adult fiction and nonfiction books, and is herself well-versed with the Christian literary market. In 2007, the American Christian Fiction Writers named her Agent of the Year.
She is currently accepting queries via email. For more information, you can review the agency’s submission guidelines. You’re asked to limit your query to one page, include a brief summarizing paragraph about your book, and your overall vision for marketing it to readers. Be sure to include the first three chapters of your book (or the first 50 pages) for consideration.
15. Greg Johnson
Greg Johnson is a literary agent with Wordserve Literary. He has over 25 years of experience working in the publishing industry, and became a full-time literary agent back in 1994. He primarily represents military nonfiction and memoirs, business books, health and humor, and the occasional Christian fiction/nonfiction title.
He is currently accepting queries at this time via email. Be sure to review Wordserve’s submission guidelines before proceeding. You should include in your cover letter your experience in publishing (if applicable), a brief author bio, and include the first five pages of your manuscript in the body of your email for review.
Danielle Eagan-Miller is a literary agent and president of Browne & Miller Literary Associates, LLC. Many of the authors that she represents have gone on to win awards like the Edgar Award, the Minnesota Book Award, the RITA award, and the Golden Quill award. Danielle primarily represents adult fiction, inclusive of Christian fiction.
She is currently accepting queries via email, but be sure to review the agency’s submission guidelines for more information. Your email shouldn’t include any attachments, as they will not be opened. Your query should include what genre/category your project falls under, an approximate word count, if it’s fiction or nonfiction, a brief overview of your project, a short author bio, and your contact information.
17. Shannon Marven
Shannon Marven is a literary agent and president of Dupree Miller & Associates, a literary agency based out of Dallas, Texas. Authors that she’s represented include Dr. Phil, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Jim Wallis, and Joel Osteen. Among other things, Shannon represents Christian fiction and inspirational fiction. She is unfortunately not seeking submissions at this time. For more information or general inquiries, you can still reach her via email.
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K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.