Have you written a true story using the characteristics and techniques of fiction?
Do you believe your nonfiction story can possibly become a bestseller and want to get it published by a top publisher?
One of the following 17 top literary agents for narrative nonfiction (also known as creative nonfiction) might be able to help you find a book publisher.
Deborah Hofmann is a literary agent who works with David Black Literary Agency. Based out of Manhattan, New York, Deborah has a great deal of experience as the former Editor of the New York Times Best Sellers List. She is currently interested in representing authors with works of commercial and literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, autobiographies, memoirs, and other nonfiction subgenres.
If you’re a creative nonfiction writer and have a completed manuscript you wish to have represented, you can reach out to Deborah via email to send a query letter. Be sure to summarize your book and provide the first fifty pages of your manuscript for consideration. Deborah notes that due to the high volume of submissions that she receives, she is unfortunately unable to respond to all queries. If she’s interested in your project, Deborah will reach out to you promptly.
Quressa Robinson is a literary agent with Nelson Literary Agency. With an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, Quressa also has a great deal of experience working as an in-house editor. As an avid reader, she strives to find new and compelling stories with a strong voice and complex narrative.
She is currently seeking narrative nonfiction projects with commercial appeal. She’s especially interested in creative nonfiction projects about pop science works by women of color. If you’re interested in working with Quressa, the best way to submit is through the Nelson Literary Agency’s submissions page. You’re strongly encouraged to review their submission guidelines before sending a query letter.
3. Tess Callero
Tess Callero is a literary agent working with Curtis Brown, Ltd., a literary agency that’s been in operation since 1914. While Tess primarily represents young adult and adult fiction projects, she’s also currently on the lookout for narrative fiction projects –specifically about food-related topics. She also accepts nonfiction books about pop culture, business, cookbooks, humor, biographies, and self-help titles.
Tess is currently accepting submissions at this time and strongly encourages you to first send her a query letter via email. In the body of your email, please include a detailed summary of your manuscript, as well as your contact information and brief author bio. Due to the high level of submissions that she receives, she unfortunately will only respond to those queries that have interested her.
4. Whitney Ross
Whitney Ross is a literary agent working with Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Prior to her time as a literary agent, she worked as an editor for Macmillan for several years. She’s worked with a wide range of talented authors including Susan Dennard, Ann Aguire, and Stacey Kade. With a BA in English Literature, Whitney is always on the search for the next compelling project to represent!
Presently, Whitney is looking for nonfiction submissions, specifically projects about design, cooking, and fashion. If you’re interested in working with Whitney, you’re strongly encouraged to send her a query letter first to see if your project would be a good fit. Query letters can be sent via email. Be sure to include a summary of your book, provide a brief author bio, and a little information on your target audience. If interested, Whitney will reach out promptly.
Rob McQuilkin is a literary agent and one of the founders of Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents. He has represented a number of projects that include narrative nonfiction, and nonfiction about topics like history, art history, cultural criticism, memoirs, and biographies. His team at Massie & McQuilkin have represented projects like “Not That Bad" edited by Roxane Gay, “One Person, No Vote" by Carol Anderson, and “All You Can Ever Know" by Nicole Chung.
Rob is currently accepting submissions for narrative nonfiction projects and strongly encourages you to send a query letter via email. They ask that you do not call to follow up about submissions, and note that they do not accept submissions by mail. Due to the high volume of submissions that he receives, he asks that you allow between four to six weeks to hear back. If you haven’t heard back from him after that time, Rob may not be interested in your project.
6. Clelia Gore
Clelia Gore is a literary agent who works with Martin Literary Management. She’s earned a BA in English Literature from Boston College has an MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. With her expertise and work experience, Clelia knows exactly what it takes to help her authors get their works out into the world to enjoy.
While she primarily represents picture books, middle grade fiction, and young adult fiction, Clelia has made it known that she is currently interested in expanding her nonfiction clientele. If you’re interested in working with Clelia, you’re encouraged to send her a query letter via email. Be sure to summarize your book and indicate that it’s a work of narrative nonfiction. If interested, Clelia will reach out to you to discuss the next steps of your publishing journey.
Janis Vallely is a literary agency and founder of Janis Valley Literary Agency, an independent literary agency that specializes in representing commercial nonfiction, including narrative nonfiction. Based out of New York, Janis has represented narrative nonfiction titles like “Places Left Unfished at the Time of Creation" and “The Farthest Home Is In An Empire of Fire" by John Phillip Santos. She has previous work experience with publishing company Simon & Schuster, so she knows exactly what it takes to get her authors through the door.
She does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, but highly encourages you to send a query letter first via email. If she’s interested in your project, you may then send your manuscript for consideration. Be sure to include in the body of your emailed query letter a brief author bio, a summary of your book, and information on your target audience. You may also send a query letter through her website’s online contact form.
8. Gina Maccoby
Gina Maccoby is a literary agent and founder of Gina Maccoby Literary Agency based out of New York, New York. She has represented a wide range of authors and book genres. She’s worked with titles like “The Unwritten Rules" by John Besson, “Like A Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World" by Christopher B. Daly, and “Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America" by Donald L. Miller.
Gina represents both fiction and nonfiction, which also includes the subgenre of narrative nonfiction. She is currently accepting queries via email. Be sure to provide a summary of your book, a brief author bio, and information on your target audience. If Gina is interested in your project, she will reach out to you to request your full manuscript for further consideration.
9. Jeff Ourvan
Jeff Ouryan is a literary agent with Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency who primarily represents narrative nonfiction, historical nonfiction, biographies, science, food and sports books. As an author himself, Jeff is able to use his experience in the publishing industry to help find and promote new writing talent. If you’re interested in working with Jeff, you can send a query letter to him via email. If you have any questions about their submission guidelines, you can review them here prior to submitting a query letter.
10. Laurie Abkemeier
Laurie Abkemeier is a literary agent that works with DeFiore & Company, a literary agency. She specializes in representing narrative nonfiction and has worked with titles like “Sex and the City and Us" by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County" by Kristen Green, and “Just A Shot Away" by Saul Austerlitz. Several of her clients have become New York Times and national bestselling authors.
She is currently open to accepting query letters from prospective authors via email only. Be sure to keep your email brief and include a summary of your book. Laurie is typically able to respond to all queries between two to four weeks. You can also review DeFiore & Company’s submission guidelines for more information before proceeding.
11. Judith Ehrlich
Judith Ehrlich is a literary agent and founder of Judith Ehrlich Literary Management, a literary agency based in New York. Judith herself used to be an award-winning journalist and author. In 2002, she launched her own agency after spending several years with Linda Chester Agency. She represents a wide range of genres in both fiction and nonfiction categories. Several nonfiction clients of hers includes Sam Weller, Steve McKee, and Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
She accepts literary nonfiction (also known as creative or narrative nonfiction) and strongly encourages you to review her submission guidelines. She is currently accepting query letters via email only. Judith notes that due to the high volume of submissions that she receives, only projects of interest will be responded to.
12. Lisa DiMona
Lisa DiMona is a literary agent who works with Writers House, LLC in New York. Lisa specializes in representing nonfiction titles, including creative nonfiction about important and influential figures in history, science, technology, culture, and art. Some of the clients that Lisa’s worked with includes James Clear, Reid Hoffman, and Yung Pueblo.
She is currently open to accepting query letters from prospective authors. You’re strongly encouraged to review Writers House’s submission guidelines before proceeding. They ask that you do not query multiple agents at one time, and instead wait to hear for a response before trying again. You can contact Lisa via email.
13. Diana Finch
Diana Finch is a literary agent and founder of Diana Finch Literary Agency located in the city of New York. She is especially interested in representing authors of narrative nonfiction, history, science, and politics. She is currently accepting query letters and prefers that all queries be submitted through her website’s online submission form.
You should include a sample of your work for consideration. Also be sure to include your contact information and provide a brief author bio. If interested in your project, Diana will respond to your promptly to request your full manuscript for further consideration.
14. Connor Goldsmith
Connor Goldsmith is a literary agent with Fuse Literary. He is interested in representing nonfiction titles, with a specific interest in narrative history –especially about the Ancient World. But he also loves to represent books about pop culture, social politics, and biographies. He is unfortunately closed to unsolicited queries at this time, but will reopen soon in late January of 2019 to consider prospective clients. In the meantime, you can review Fuse Literary’s submission guidelines to prepare for when Connor reopens.
15. Monika Verma
Monika Verma is a literary agent with Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency (LGRLA). She’s been with this company since 2006 and specializes in representing nonfiction projects. Not only does she represent narrative nonfiction, but she also loves to work with projects about pop culture, style and fashion, and humor. Some of the clients she’s represented includes Nick Offerman, Janie Bryant, and Allie Brosh.
She is currently accepting book proposals from prospective authors. If you’re interested in working with Monika, you can use LGRLA’s online submission form. Be sure to provide your contact information, indicate the type of project you’re submitting for, and provide a brief summary about your book. You should also include a few sample chapters, as well as information on any comparative titles. If interested, Monika will reach out to you to request more information.
16. Stephany Evans
Stephany Evans is a literary agent with Ayesha Pande Literary (APL), a New York City-based literary agency. Stephany has previous experience working with companies like Simon & Schuster Audio, and is an official member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. She primarily represents nonfiction writers and is always on the lookout for new and exciting narrative nonfiction projects to represent.
If you’re interested in working with Stephany, you can use APL’s online query submission form to reach out to her. Be sure to provide your contact information, include a short author bio, and provide details about your project. Be sure to include a sample page of your manuscript for consideration (up to 1250 words).
17. Matt McGowan
Matt McGowan has been a literary agent with Frances Goldin Literary Agency, Inc. for almost 19 years. Some of his best-known clients include authors Eula Biss, Stephen Burt, Brian Evenson, and David Shields. Matt represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works, including narrative nonfiction. He is currently accepting query letters via email only. He asks that you include between five to ten pages of your manuscript for consideration in the body of the email. If he’s interested in your project, Matt will reach out to you shortly to request more information.
Do you know of any other literary agents for narrative nonfiction? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.