If you’ve written a spiritual book manuscript and are looking for a major publishing house, the purpose of this post is to help you along your way.
Below you’ll find a list of 19 top literary agents for spiritual books. One of these agents might be able to help you land a publishing deal with a traditional publisher.
Continue reading to learn who they are.
1. Roger Freet
Having studied Divinity at Princeton and publishing at Stanford, Roger Freet has become an expert in matters of spirituality, religion, faith and beliefs. Presently a literary agent at Foundry+Media, he previously worked with HarperCollins and helped many acclaimed authors get their works in bestselling lists and win awards. He wants to craft engaging, intelligent books that enable authors to share their thoughts and beliefs with the audiences. He is currently seeking books in spirituality, memoirs, non-fiction and culture. You can query Roger via email but please read the submission guidelines carefully.
2. Leslie Meredith
An editor for nearly 15 years at Simon & Schuster, Leslie Meredith has been fascinated with the art of storytelling. She mastered the art of turning a poorly written novel into the next bestseller with her impeccable editing and keen eye. Continuing to work with bestselling authors, Leslie knew she could take the leap and become a literary agent. Supporting her authors and providing them with the break they need is her top priority. She is a literary agent at Mary Evans in New York and is looking for authors of spirituality, memoirs, and nature and mind-body-spirit practices. You can query Leslie via email after reading the submission guidelines on this page.
3. Amanda Annis
This literary agent is also a ghost writer, editor, poet, blogger and freelancer. Her vast experience on both sides of the writing desk has led her to have the sharp negotiation skills and knack to discover talent. Amanda Annis is a literary agent at Trident Media Group in New York, one of the most successful and popular agencies in the industry. She was an editor at Penguin Random House, the world’s foremost publisher and edited several award winning books. Amanda has eclectic tastes and is seeking clients in fiction, thrillers, memoirs, non-fiction, spirituality, mind and spirit and biographies. You can use their online submission form to query Amanda.
4. Peter Rubie
The CEO of FinePrint Literary Management, Peter Rubie is also an accomplished literary agent. A former journalist, he has also worked as an editor for newspapers and books. His interest in finding and shaping new authors was evident when he began teaching a course at NYU on how to become a literary agent. He can empathize with authors since he is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction genres. As a literary agent, his years as an editor, teacher and writer benefit him by letting him spot the next bestselling author or the next new voice in literature. He is looking for clients in fiction, thriller, science fiction, fantasy fiction, spirituality, history, biographies and self help. Send a query letter and personal bio by pasting it in the body of an email to Peter. Do not send any attachments.
5. Meredith Bernstein
A story editor for film turned literary agent, Meredith Bernstein has been in the business for 3 decades. She started the Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency to use her intuition, skill and knowledge to find and promote exciting voices and authors. Based in New York, she wants authors and writers who push the existing genres instead of playing safe. Compelling characters and clear storylines are preferred in fiction while in non-fiction she wants intriguing content that raises the bar and starts a dialogue about awareness and understanding. Meredith is interested in fiction, young adult, romance, memoirs, parenting, travel, inspirational and spirituality. You can use the online contact form to send a query or mail your materials via post. You can find the address and submission guidelines on this page.
6. Laura Blake Peterson
From a summer intern to the Vice President of Curtis Brown Ltd, Laura Blake Peterson has come a long way. Armed with a degree from Vassar and 30 years of experience as a literary agent, Laura knows how to shape the new generation of writers. Her ability to accept all genres and find the best among them has ensured her success in finding award winning authors and novels. She has seen the publishing industry evolve and can advise young writers and authors about the intricacies of writing a novel and getting it published. Laura wants authors of fiction, mystery, women’s fiction, spirituality, faith and memoirs. Send her a query by attaching the first 50 pages of your manuscript in an email. Remember to mention ‘lbpquery’ in the subject line of your email.
7. Elizabeth Kracht
An agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates in California since 2010, Elizabeth Kracht found her calling in the publishing industry. As a book editor, she found it rewarding and challenging to collaborate with authors to achieve their goals. But when the chance to become a literary agent came her way, she didn’t hesitate. This meant sifting through piles and piles of generic material to find the next bestseller or a diamond in the rough. Elizabeth has travelled and lived in various cities and countries which shapes her perspective and gives her a global world view. She is looking for authors of fiction, mystery, YA, historical fiction, non-fiction, investigative, science and spirituality. Writers and authors can send a query to Elizabeth using an online form.
8. William Clark
The formidable William Clark has been a literary agent since 1992 and eventually launched his agency Wm Clark Associates in 1997. His previous stints include being a literary agent at the iconic William Morris Agency which gave him the ruthless confidence and negotiation skills that set a great agent apart from a good one. William believes in his authors and is a proud member of The Author’s Guild and PEN American Center. He is interested in a wide range of genres such as fiction, mystery, graphic novels, children’s books, pop culture, travel, sports and spirituality. Interested writers and authors can query him using an online form available on the website.
9. Frank Weimann
A senior agent at one of the largest literary agencies in US, Frank Weimann has been in the business for almost 30 years. He formed The Literary Group, a boutique agency in 1986 and eventually merged with Folio Literary Management in 2013. Presently at Folio, he handles a mix bag of clients in genres such as fiction, sports, memoirs, spirituality, mind and body, lifestyle, health and history. His authors have been Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners, amateur and debutant authors with only their zeal and commitment to literature binding them. Frank will not only polish your work and get the best deals for you but he will also point your career in the right direction. Send your query letter and paste the first 10 pages of your manuscript in the body of an email. Put ‘QUERY’ in the subject line of the email.
10. Sarah Jane Freymann
As a literary agent, Sarah Jane Freymann has focused on supporting and building careers of authors and writers. Since the early 1970s, she lets writers focus on writing while she handles the corporate, promotional and business aspects of the process. Sarah established the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, LLC to pursue her dreams of working with authors and writers in creating the next big novel. Literary excellence and sales numbers both matter to Sarah as her books have sold huge number of copies and won prominent awards such as the Julia Child Award. Sarah wants fiction, young adult, self-help, memoirs, spirituality, lifestyle and health. Paste your query letter and the first 10 pages of your book in the body of an email.
11. Carol Mann
The former book editor started her literary agency, Carol Mann Literary Agency in 1977. With forty years of experience under her belt, Carol is the ideal friend, critic and guide a writer can dream of. Based in New York, her people skills and dedication for excellence are just some of the reasons she is so good at her job. The boutique agency has an impressive client list including names such as Queen Latifah, Ja Rule, Tim Egan and Fox Butterfield. Carol’s tastes are specific and she prefers non-fiction, spirituality, history, current affairs and narrative non-fiction. Paste a query letter, bio, synopsis and the first 25 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email.
12. Anne Marie O’Farrell
Partner and literary agent at Marcil-O’Farrell Literary LLC, Anne Marie O’Farrell has been committed to searching and encouraging budding writers and authors. For 30 years, she used her talents to help authors reach their full potential. Anne allows authors to see the big picture and put all their efforts into just creating a great portfolio of work. For an author, it can be crucial to know what other avenues are open to their book and work in terms of global sales, possible adaptations and licenses. She pushes her clients and authors to understand their interests and work towards protecting them. She is seeking non-fiction, self-help, fitness, spirituality and travel. Writers should send a book synopsis, why you are the right person to write this book and a marketing and promotion plan via email.
13. Bill Contardi
Another editor turned literary agent in New York, Bill Contardi is currently at Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. Bill is always up for a challenge and has worked with many debut writers as he enjoys marketing and selling a fresh, edgy voice. Non-fiction that mirrors today’s world and gives a sense of comprehension and insight to audiences is another interest of Bill. Diverse voices, multi-cultural authors who bring a unique flavor can approach Bill to represent them. He wants non-fiction, young adult fiction, suspense, historical fiction, biography, religion, spirituality, true crime and nature. Write a query letter no more than 2 pages, book overview and personal bio and send it via email.
14. Tina Wainscott
A bestselling author of 30 novels, Tina Wainscott knows firsthand the challenges and obstacles an author can face before getting published. Self-help and spiritual books helped her give peace of mind and find her soul so she jumped at the chance of being a literary agent at The Seymour Agency specializing in non-fiction. Her strong belief and passion for faith, spirituality, positive life stories make her pick the most well-written, true from the heart stories that can move readers. Stories about mind, body, spirit that can be your rock when your faith is tested intrigues Tina. Writers and authors have to mail a query including a blurb, subject, marketing proposal, references and sample chapters in a Word or PDF file.
15. Jim Levine
Scholar, doctorate degree holder, product developer, executive producer, author, philanthropist and literary agent, Jim Levine has donned many hats. Co-founder of the Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency formed in 1989; his various jobs and years of professional experience benefit him to push writers and creators in writing better. Having a multi-dimensional life means Jim has a higher expectation of written material, authors and writers than an ordinary literary agent. He pushes his clients to go beyond the norm and change the way things are done. Jim is interested in acquiring non-fiction, parenting, spiritual and social issues. You can submit your query using an online form or via email after reading the submission guidelines.
16. Scott Mendel
Scott Mendel is a magazine editor turned writer turned literary agent. He also taught at various institutions and universities offering promising writers and authors useful advice and skills. He established the Mendel Media Group in New York in 2002. Bridging the gap between the marketing and promotion driven publisher and the creative writer, as a literary agent he ensures both of them get a good result out of the deal. It can be tough for new writers to navigate the choppy waters of the American publishing industry and Scott mentors them effectively so they can achieve professional success. He wants fiction, young adult fiction, women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, non-fiction, spirituality, mind and body and current affairs. You can send your query letter, a book proposal and bio by pasting it in the body of an email.
17. Jocquelle S. Caiby
The most junior member of Serendipity Literary Agency and a new literary agent, Jocquelle Caiby is building her list. She also works in editorial development and proofreading, assisting the senior agents of the agency in assessing the next bestseller. As an agent at the largest African-American owned agency in US, Jocquelle wants diverse, marginal voices in fiction, young adult, horror, mental health, non-fiction, mind/body/spirit and spirituality. You can use their online submission form to submit a query.
18. Malaga Baldi
An independent literary agent since 1986, Malaga Baldi started her boutique agency The Baldi Agency to ensure unheard voices reach the public. Between fancy marketing gimmicks and loud promotions, the story and the author gets lost and diluted. Malaga is determined to keep the story and the author the hero and let them shine. Fiction should be crisp, well written and engrossing while non-fiction should raise questions you didn’t even know existed. The range of genres Malaga represents is massive and includes fiction, LGBTQ fiction, business, history, finance, travel, culture, lifestyle, memoirs, how-to, mind/body/spirit and spirituality. Send an email with a query letter to the New York based agent describing your work and book.
19. Ethan Ellenberg
Owner and literary agent at The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency, Ethan Ellenberg has represented many bestselling authors and writers. He negotiates effective contracts and deals for his authors which has given them global exposure and a reach that would not be possible without his assistance. Searching for a broad range of topics in fiction and non-fiction, he prefers thrillers, crime, women’s fiction, fantasy, health, science, memoir, spirituality and biography. You can find the submission guidelines and contact details available on this page.
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Shikha Pandey is a creative, content and script writer based in Mumbai, India.