Have you started a writing project in which you’re penning a paranormal romance story? If so, take a look at our guide on how to write a paranormal romance novel.
Alternatively, if you’re past the writing and editing phase and want to get your novel published a major traditional publisher, continue reading to learn about 19 top literary agents for paranormal romance.
One of these may be able to help you get a publishing contract.
If you’re a writer who dabbles in the genres of fantasy, you would have heard of the names P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. The Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency is behind the success of many of the mother-daughter duo’s popular novels. This New York City-based agency began doing the rounds years ago with Meredith at its forefront, bringing with her over 30 years of experience as a literary agent. Those of you who wish to jumpstart a career as a paranormal romance author should not miss out on the opportunity to submit your work to Meredith. So read up on the submission guidelines and contact her at the earliest.
2. Jill Marsal
The Marsal Lyon Literary Agency was co-founded by Jill Marsal and Kevan Lyon, who both handle genres like women’s fiction, all types of romance and commercial fiction. The agency has been catering to writers since 2009 and is based in the San Diego area. Interesting relationships, dramatic narratives and suspense are just some aspects of romance that appeal to Jill. The guidelines mentioned by the agency would help you put your best foot forward, so don’t forget to go through them. If you believe that your novel has the potential to become a great success with the help of Jill Marsal, then you can contact her via LinkedIn, Twitter or email.
3. Kevan Lyon
Kevan Lyon, founder and agent at The Marsal Lyon Literary Agency is currently looking to work with writers of various romance genres. She has experience representing bestselling authors like Jennifer L. Armentrout, Jamie McGuire, Laura Griffin and many more. You will find the agency’s office in Solana Beach, California. Even before establishing the Marsal Lyon agency in 2009, Kevan worked as an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Send her an email or get in touch with her via LinkedIn to further discuss your manuscript representation.
4. Kim Lionetti
Kim Lionetti is part of the team of agents that constitutes the BookEnds Literary Agency. Instituted in the year 1999, BookEnds is the brainchild of Jessica H. Faust and is located in Gillette, New Jersey. Kim’s interests in fiction lie in the genres of mystery, romance and young adult novels; so, consult her about whether your paranormal romance novel would be a suitable project for her to take on. You might want to read up on the kind of books that pique her interest, as mentioned on the agency’s submission page.
At BookEnds Literary Agency, you can also present your manuscript to Beth Campbell, who has been working at the company since 2012. She is open to representing science-fiction, young adult and fantasy books of any sub-genre. Women-centric stories, diverse characters and an engaging portrayal of disability are just some of the elements that she keeps an eye out for in the works of clients. Hemlock Veils by Jennie Davenport and When She’s Gone by Jane Palmer are two novels Beth has worked on. Fill up this form if you’d like her to represent your novel.
Weronika Janczuk is a New York City-based literary agent employed at D4EO Literary Agency owned by Bob Diforio. Since her entry into the publishing field in 2009, Weronika has worked closely with many authors of fantasy novels. Some of the books she has represented have been picked up by mainstream publishers like Tor, Macmillan, Rowman & Littlefield. Authors whose works she loves to read are Laini Taylor, Markus Zusak, J.R.R Tolkien and Rainbow Rowell. So you get a clear idea of the kind of romance novels she is looking to represent. If you feel your manuscript fits the bill, reach out to her with the help of the contact information provided on the site. There’s a whole lot of information specified on her website about submitting your manuscript.
In 1989, Bob Diforio launched the D4EO Literary Agency, which is housed in Brandenton, Florida. Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen is one of the fantasy romance novels they have launched. Julie Dinneen has been on board with the D4EO agency since 2017. While contemporary and historical romances would capture her attention, she is also open to paranormal works that retain a sense of originality and have a convincing story. To know more about what kind of books Julie would or would not sign, take a look at this page. If you are convinced that she is the right agent for you, then send her a message via email, Twitter or her own website.
With over 8 years of experience as a Senior Literary Agent at the Spencerhill Associates, Nalini Akolekar’s expertise lies in women’s fiction, romance novels and thrillers. Previously, she has helped authors sign contracts with the likes of Harlequin, Amazon and Big Five. Desert Wolf by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom and The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle are two romance novels the agency has represented. Spencerhill Associates was founded by Karen Solem in 2001. It is located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. If you’d like your novel to have its best chance at being signed by the agency, make sure to read the guidelines before getting in touch with them via Query Manager.
9. Amanda Leuck
Amanda Leuck’s academic pursuits in literacy and literature set her on the path of having a career in the publishing industry. She joined Spencerhill Associates as an editorial assistant and was promoted in 2014 to the position of agent. At the moment, books that have strong character-driven stories or paranormal romances with a unique twist are on her radar. If you’d like to talk to her about the possibility of representing your manuscript, fill up this form with complete information pertaining to your work and you’ll hear from them if they wish to accept your book.
Talia Hibbert, Laurie Benson, Jessica Brockmole and Alexis Hall are just some of the names you’ll encounter on Handspun Literary’s clients list. Courtney Miller-Callihan is the founder and agent of this San Diego, California-based literary agency. From its establishment in 2016, the agency has represented quite a few romance authors. If you’d like to know more about the process of working with them, you should contact Courtney and then, decide if they are the agency you would like to submit your manuscript to. Their submission page also has some pointers as to what Courtney likes to read in books, for e.g a diverse cast of characters and flawed, active protagonists.
11. Laura Bradford
San Diego, California is also home to the Bradford Literary Agency, where Laura Bradford works as an agent and is also the founder. The agency began representing clients in 2001 and has ever since worked on myriad genres in fiction and nonfiction. You may have a romance novel that is a combination of sub-genres like paranormal, suspense, erotic, historical etc. That said, ensure that your book is not in a short story format, because the agency is not open to any short story submissions. Once you’ve followed the agency’s submission guidelines to the dot, contact Laura Bradford. Wolf’s Ascension by Lauren Dane, Hooked on a Witch by Zoe Forward and Dangerous Promise by Megan Hart are a few of the titles they’ve worked on in the past.
12. Tanera Simons
In 1988, Darley Anderson started an agency with its headquarters in London, England and another office near Ham-on-Wye. It is a literary, TV and film agency that has, over the years, gained a lot of experience in representing fictional works. While the agency has a set of agents that are open to reviewing books of different genres, it is Tanera Simons whom you should contact if you have a romance piece yet to be published. She joined the agency in 2017, and has been determined to increase the number of women’s fiction put forth by the firm. Tanera is particularly interested in commercial romances of all sub-genres. So she would be a good fit for your paranormal romance, especially if it has a strong female character and is unique in tone. Laurie Ellingham, Mandy Baggot and Beth O’Leary are some authors Tanera has represented. All the information you need to contact her is available on the website, in addition to their guidelines for submission.
If you’re familiar with titles like How To Stop Time by Matt Haig and The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer, you would know the calibre of the agency that has put forth these books, making them a success. Conville & Walsh, i.e. C+W is a literary agency in London, England, established in 2000. It was cofounded by Clare Conville. A manuscript that is made up of two or more genres is all the more welcome at this agency, as agent Alexander Cochran enjoys books that push boundaries. Some of his favourite genres are fantasy, dark thrillers, literary fiction and science-fiction. Luke Arnold, Gareth L. Powell and G.V. Anderson are a few of his clients. Familiarize yourself to the kind of books Alexander works with before you send him your manuscript for consideration. You can contact him by phone or email details of which are available on the site.
14. Jamie Cowen
Based in Oxfordshire, England, The Ampersand Agency boasts the work of Jamie Cowen, a literary agent who is on the lookout for great crime-thrillers, horror, fantasy manuscript and the likes. The agency was instituted in 2005 by Cindy Montgomery. They have specific information regarding how you can submit your manuscript and the charges for the services they provide on their submission guidelines page. Jamie Cowen has 14 years of experience working in the publishing sector, including a stint at HarperCollins as well as the Hachette Group. Some of the names on his clients’ list are Nate Crowley, Mark Hill, Mark A. Latham, Joel Bird and Adrian Selby. If you’re certain that Jamie could do a great job with your manuscript then reach out to him via email.
Is your manuscript one that would appeal to adults? Well, Harry Illingworth represents a range of fictional genres like fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, thrillers etc that caters to adults. Strong writing styles appeal to him. He works at DHH Literary Agency, which was established by David H Headley. Started in the year 2008, this agency welcomes writers that are either new or have prior experience as a published author. For detailed instructions about how to submit your work to this agency, you’ll find relevant information on their website. Once you’ve decided to work with Harry, you can also contact him via his Twitter page. London, England is where you’ll find this literary agency.
16. Sarah Younger
Nancy Yost started a literary agency named after herself in the year 2009. The Nancy Yost Literary Agency is where Sarah Younger works at present, as an agent representing a whole slew of genres including romance, thrillers, fantasy etc. Within romance, Sarah is looking forward to working on manuscripts that are paranormal, suspense or urban fantasy to name a few sub-genres. Take note that she is not looking to sign any young adult novels. Two books she has represented are The Queen’s Gambit by Jessie Mihalik and Burned Deep by Calista Fox. The Nancy Yost Literary Agency is based in New York City, New York. Once you’ve gone through these instructions, you may submit a query to Sarah.
17. Tish Beaty
The L. Perkins Agency was founded in 1987 by Lori Perkins and has a handful of agents who are well versed in different genres of writing. If your work has anything to do with erotic romance, especially one that is paranormal, historical, light BDSM in nature, then you should definitely reach out to Tish Beaty who has been working as an agent. She has previously worked with the author of bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L James. For the New Adult readers, she is looking for stories that are about anti-heroes or coming of age stories. You can contact Tish either by email or on Twitter. Make sure that you adhere to their guidelines for submission before contacting them. The L. Perkins Agency is located in Riverdale, New York.
18. Rachel Brooks
Rachel Brooks is yet another agent who has worked at The L. Perkins Agency. Currently employed at BookEnds Literary Agency, she holds a BA in English from the Texas A&M University and has worked as an apprentice to Louise Fury. She is eager to represent young adult fiction and adult romances. As far as the romance genre is concerned, Rachel enjoys reading about determined heroines and swoon-worthy heroes. If you feel that your manuscript could be well-represented by her, then read the submission guidelines of the agency and get in touch with her via the query form or Twitter.
As an agent at and founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, Marisa A. Corvisiero is currently looking to sign with writers of Adult, Young Adult or New Adult Romance pertaining to genres of paranormal, science-fiction or urban fantasy. The agency was established in the year 2012 and is based in New York City. The Guardian of Blackbird Inn by Kerry Adrienne, Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose and Charming by Elliott James are a few titles Marisa has worked on. If you wish to submit your manuscript to her for consideration, read the submission guidelines and contact her via the website.
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A 22 year old writer from India, Meera Nair has been blogging for over 5 years. She has a triple major Bachelor’s degree in Media, English and Psychology from Christ University Bangalore. She regularly reviews books for publishers like Bloomsbury, Pan Macmillan, Penguin etc. Reading and writing are two of her utmost passions and she is glad to have the opportunity to share that love with others.