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Start at letter:'s database of literary agents includes details of 698 English language literary agencies that don't charge reading fees, and haven't received negative assessments in any of the rating services we check. The database is continually updated: there have been 30 listings added or updated in the last month. With over a dozen different ways to narrow your search you can find the right literary agent for your book, fast.

News – March 15, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Cookery; Lifestyle; Self-Help
Markets: Adult
Treatments: Commercial

For fiction, send complete ms by email with 250-word pitch. For nonfiction, send pitch with proposal and details of your platform. No fantasy, space-operas, horror or gothic fiction, historical nonfiction, YA or children's fiction, or poetry or short stories. See website for full details. – March 13, 2018

DeFiore and Company, a mid-sized, high-profile literary agency based in Flatiron/Union Square, seeks assistant/associate. At least one year prior related experience in mainstream book publishing essential-and a background in foreign rights particularly helpful. The right person will have a mix of qualities not often found in one person: an ability to track multiple details, an ease with a calculator and computer, and a creative spirit and discerning editorial eye. – February 28, 2018

Ella Berthoud is joining Jo Unwin as a literary agent at JULA, and will build a list focusing on literary, reading group and children’s fiction.

Berthoud published her co-authored books The Novel Cure (Canongate) in 2013 and The Story Cure (Canongate) in 2017 with Susan Elderkin. As well as being a successful artist, she is a bibliotherapist at The School of Life. – February 20, 2018

The Lindsay Literary Agency is sponsoring a scholarship place for an "under-represented" writer of children's fiction at the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2018.

Open to unagented YA and middle grade writers, of any age, from an under-represented background (including but not limited to LGBTQIA, BAME and people with disabilities), the scholarship will cover the cost of three days at the festival which takes place 15th - 17th June. 

The scholarship includes access to all workshops and talks at the Winchester Writers’ Festival, four one-to-one appointments with industry experts, all meals, accommodation and travel. 


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By J. Paul Dyson

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