The Definitive List of Middle Grade Literary Agents (2019)

Manhattan skyline home to middle grade literary agents

You’ve written a middle grade book that you’re proud of and now you’re ready to find an agent. But you don’t want someone who will simply represent your work—you want an agent who can (and will) fall in love with your manuscript and then sell it to a top publisher!

This is the definitive list of literary agents who represent middle grade fiction and nonfiction. The list includes agent names, their agencies, and their contact information: email, phone number, mailing address, and Twitter account. Perhaps most importantly, this list of middle grade literary agents includes the types of books they are looking to represent so you can use it as a guide to find the right agent for you.

It’s important to note that you could write the most beautiful middle grade novel in history, but it won’t see the light of day with a major publisher if you don’t have an agent. So, before you start researching agents below please make sure to read these critical tips. If you take the advice seriously, you’ll improve your chances at securing a middle grade literary agent.

4 Critical Tips to Help You Secure a Middle Grade Literary Agent

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  • Do your research before you make a pitch. Virtually everything you need to know about submitting to every literary agent in the United States is online, so take advantage of the intel (starting with this article).
  • Follow each agent’s submission instructions precisely. Like it or not, publishing is more than the art of writing a book. It’s a business, and it’s competitive. That competition starts with securing an agent. If you’re unable to follow submission instructions from an agent precisely, there’s a near 100% chance that you’re going to get rejected. You’ve worked too hard writing an entire novel to mess up now.
  • Make a personal connection. Middle grade literary agents love to put personal information in their bios. They often tell you their favorite books growing up, where they went to college, and the types of books would love to represent. Did you go to the same college? Were you inspired by the same books? Make sure you use that to your advantage when you submit your query.
  • Show off (but not too much). Make sure you highlight any publishing credits you have, or if you’ve worked with children in the past (teachers, you have a distinct advantage here). And if you were referred by a mutual friend, don’t forget to mention it! You’d be surprised what could keep you out of the rejection pile.
  • Play it cool. There’s a difference between passion and desperation. Agents want to work with passionate authors who have a vision, but they can all smell desperation from a mile away. It’s a tough balancing act, but you can do it. It’s important to be low maintenance as an author, so don’t follow up about your query submission unless they tell you it’s okay.

Table of Contents: Middle Grade Literary Agent List

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Use this Table to Contents to help you navigate to the detailed information about each middle grade literary agent on this list.

47 Literary Agents Seeking Middle Grade Submissions in 2019

The following list of literary agents who represent middle grade is in alphabetical order by last name. Please note that some agents will close submissions for a periods of time. If you find any errors in this list, or if you are an agent who has updates to your information or would like to be added to this list, please email me at: literaryagents@writemiddlegrade.com.

Josh Adams

Agency: Adams Literary Agency

Josh Adams runs Adams Literary with his wife, Tracey. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia Business School, Josh spent several years in media and publishing before launching his career as a literary agent.

Contact Information for Josh Adams

Submission Guidelines for Josh Adams

Josh takes submissions through the online form on the Adams Literary submissions page. You’ll enter your contact details on the form and attach your manuscript as a .doc file or a .pdf file. Unfortunately, he cannot accept files that are over 10MB.

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Sally Apokedak

Agency: Apokedak Literary Agency

Sally Apokedak is the founder of Apokedak Literary Agency. Prior to her agenting experience, she served as the manager of Kidz Book Buzz blog tour wher she worked with best-selling authors Jeanne DuPrau and Shannon Hale. In time, her career led to her to Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency, and she launched Apokedak Literary Agency after Leslie Stobbe retired in 2018.

Contact Information for Sally Apokedak

Submission Guidelines for Sally Apokedak

Please send the following via email to submissions@sally-apokedak.com:

  • Query letter (body of email)
  • Proposal with a 3-page synopsis, your bio, and comparable books (Word Doc)
  • Complete manuscript (Word Doc)

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Marlo Berliner

Agency: The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Marlo Berliner joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in 2018, where she serves as an associate agent. She holds degrees in Industrial Management and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to her career in publishing, she served as an accounting manager.

Marlo is currently building her list at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

Contact Information for Marlo Berliner

Submission Guidelines for Marlo Berliner

Submit your query along the first 20 pages of manuscript through Marlo’s Query Manager. A successful submission will trigger an automated response. They typical response time is six weeks.

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Michael Bourret

Agency: Dystel, Goodrich & Bourret

Middle grade literary agent Michael BourettI admire Michael Bourret a great deal. He represents a friend, Lisa McMann, who speaks highly of his representation. When considering an agent, I don’t want someone who is simply willing to try to sell my books. I want an agent who can help guide my career. That’s what Michael does for his clients, and he’s one of the best in the business.

He joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret while he was still a student at New York University. Then, after ten years in their New York office, he moved to Los Angeles where he opened their West Coast office where he continues to represent his list of bestselling and award-winning clients. He also aggressively pursues film and television opportunities for his clients.

Contact Information for Michael Bourret

Submission Guidelines for Michael Bourret

Send your query letter via email to mbourret@dystel.com. Please include the following in the body of the email (not as an attachment):

  • Full query
  • First 25 pages of your manuscript (fiction)
  • Proposal with sample chapter (nonfiction)

Please limit your query to one agent at a time when you query Dystel, Goodrich, & Bourret. They will not review queries sent to multiple agents. You can resend your query by email if you haven’t heard from Michael in eight weeks. Please note the date of the original submission.

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Savannah Brooks

Agency: The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Savannah Brooks joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate editor in 2018. She has an MFA, from Hamline University and a degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech. Outside the office, she can be found at her MMA gym, on her motorcycle, or relaxing on the shores of Minnesota’s lakes.

Contact Information for Savannah Brooks

Submission Guidelines for Savannah Brooks

Submit your query along the first 20 pages of manuscript through Savannah’s Query Manager. A successful submission will trigger an automated response. They typical response time is six weeks. 

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Madelyn Burt

Agency: Stonesong

Madelyn Burt joined Stonesong in 2015, where she enjoys long-lasting, collaborative relationships with her authors.

She’s interested in middle grade and young adult fiction, and enjoys stories about friendships, heists, and quests. She is looking for unique voices, and is particularly interested in stories that make historical figures accessible to modern readers.

Contact Information for Madelyn Burt

Submission Guidelines for Madelyn Burt

Submit your query to Madelyn Burt at submissions@stonesong.com with the world “Query” in the subject line. Please include the following in the body of your email (no attachments):

  • Query letter
  • First 10 pages of your manuscript

Successful email queries will receive an automatic reply confirming receipt. However, due to the volume of submissions you will only receive a response if they are interested in requesting additional information.

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Steven Chudney

Agency: The Chudney Agency

Steven Chudney founded The Chudney Agency in 2002, where he specializes in children’s books. His career started at Dell Publishing and he has held a variety of positions at Viking Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Winslow Press. As an agent, he enjoys discovering new talent and working on projects from their infancy.

Contact Information for Steven Chudney

Submission Guidelines for Steven Chudney

Submit your query letter only to Steven Chudney at steven@thechudneyagency.com. If he is interested in taking next steps, he will respond within three weeks.

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Sara Crowe

Agency: Pippin Properties

Sara Crowe is a senior agent at Pippin Properties. Her agenting career began at The Wylie Agency where she worked in foreign rights. She’s been building a list of middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction for the last ten years that includes both bestselling and award-winning authors.

Authors represented by Sara Crowe

  • Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Nina Lacour
  • Veera Hiranandani
  • Varian Johnson
  • Dan Wells
  • Michael Northrop

Contact Information for Sara Crowe

Submission Guidelines for Sarah Crowe

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to Sara Crowe, please query her via email at scrowe@pippinproperties.com. Sarah only accepts exclusive queries and requires four weeks for consideration.

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Laura Dail

Agency: Laura Dail Literary Agency

Laura Dail graduated from Duke University, and has represented a variety of books that include dozens of bestsellers. He current interest is in high-concept fiction as well as serious non-fiction.

Contact Information for Laura Dail

Submission Guidelines for Laura Dail

LDLA accepts email submissions only, so please follow the directions below closely. We do our best to answer every query letter within 2-4 weeks. The submission should include the following:

  • Book title and Laura Dail’s name as your requested agent to query in the Subject of the email
  • Query letter with a short pitch, plot summary, and bio in the body of the email
  • Publisher submission history (if applicable)
  • Previous publishing credits (if applicable)
  • First 5-10 page of your manuscript in the body of the email
  • Synopsis in the body of the email (optional)

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Sarah Davies

Agency: The Greenhouse Literary Agency

Sarah Davies founded The Greenhouse Literary Agency after moving the United States from the UK in 2007. She currently divides her time between New York City and London.

Authors represented by Sarah Davies

  • Brenna Yovanoff
  • Blythe Woolston
  • Sarwat Chadda
  • Megan Miranda
  • Tricia Springstubb
  • Donna Cooner

Contact Information for Sarah Davies

Submission Guidelines for Sarah Davies

Please send your query email to submissions@greenhouseliterary.com with “Sarah Davies” in the subject line. Your query letter should be no longer than one page and it should contain the following:

  • Word count of manuscript
  • Target age group
  • Synopsis of story (3 paragraphs)
  • Bio with details of any writing background
  • Where you live (country)

In addition to your query letter, please submit the first 5 pages of your manuscript into the body of the email.

Successful submissions will receive an automated response acknowledging receipt. If Sarah is interested in your work she will be in touch within six weeks. If you do not hear from her within that time, please assume that she is not interested.

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Catherine Drayton

Agency: Inkwell Management

Middle grade literary agent Catherine DraytonI owe a portion of my writing career to Catherine Drayton. She nearly represented Derek and I with our first book, Grey Griffins: Revenge of the Shadow King, but she said she wouldn’t commit until we agreed to make some major changes to the story.

Her feedback went a little something like this, “it’s a fun story but I don’t care enough about your characters so that danger you’re putting them in doesn’t really matter.”

She also told us that the draft we shopped was too focused on our knowledge of mythical creatures and not nearly enough about the kids. She said that she’d review it again if we fixed the issues, but we had a few other nibbles from other agents and didn’t want to risk losing out on representation.

So, we signed with another agent—but what Catherine doesn’t know is that we implemented all her suggestions before we allowed our agent to shop the book to publishers.

Catherine has a BA in English Literature as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. After graduating, she worked as a litigation lawyer at an international law firm.

However, he true passion is novels, which is why she joined InkWell (formerly Arthur Pine Associates). She represents middle grade, YA, and adult authors and is intrigued by a variety of subjects.

Authors represented by Catherine Drayton

Contact Information for Catherine Drayton

Submission Guidelines for Catherine Drayton

Please email queries for Catherine Drayton to submissions@inkwellmanagement.com. The submission should include:

  • Query letter (in the body of the email)
  • 1-2 Sample chapters

Due to the volume of queries you may not receive a response to your query. If Claire is interested in more information she we will respond within eight weeks.

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Melissa Edwards

Agency: Stonesong

Melissa Edwards joined Stonesong in 2016 after serving as an agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency. She had degrees from Washington University (St. Louis) as well as Vanderbilt Law School, and she served as a litigation attorney before switching to a career in publishing.

She represents middle and YA authors, as well as adult commercial fiction and some pop-culture nonfiction. Melissa is currently looking for timeless middle grade stories as well as accessible fiction for YA audiences.

Contact Information for Melissa Edwards

Submission Guidelines for Melissa Edwards

Submit your query to Melissa Edwards at submissions@stonesong.com with the world “Query” in the subject line. Please include the following:

  • Your query letter in the body of your email (no attachments)
  • The first 10 pages of your manuscript pasted into the email (no attachments)

Successful email queries will receive an automatic reply confirming receipt. However, due to the volume of submissions you will only receive a response if they are interested in requesting additional information.

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Alyssa Eisner Henkin

Agency: Trident Media Group

Alyssa Eisner Henkin earned a degree from the University of Pennsylvania before moving to New York City to work in the publishing industry. Her career started at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers as part of the editorial team.

Late 2006, Alyssa joined Trident Media Group where she was tasked with helping to expand their children’s book business.

She delights in editing everything from the words to the ideas that formed them, as well as collaborating with her authors on everything from marketing to foreign rights to audio rights.

Her current focus is middle grade, where she enjoys fiction and nonfiction alike. She loves stories about underdogs, as well as manuscripts with humor and heart. She enjoys select YA projects, especially that champion social justice.

Authors represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin

  • J. Palacio
  • Adam Sidwell
  • Bobbie Pyron
  • Kathryn Holmes
  • Lauren Barnholdt

Contact Information for Alyssa Eisner Henkin

Submissions Guidelines for Alyssa Eisner Henkin

Please submit query letters by email to ahenkin@tridentmediagroup.com. Include the first five pages your manuscript below the query letter in the body of the email (no attachments).

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Caitie Flum

Agency: Liza Dawson Associates

Caitie Flum joined Liza Dawson Associates in 2014. She has a degree in English from Hofstra University before interning at both Hachette Book Group and Writers House.

Authors represented by Catie Flum

  • Caryn Lix
  • Ronica Davis

Contact Information for Kelly Peterson

Submission Guidelines for Carlisle Webber

Please submit your query letter in the body of an email (no attachments) to querycaitie@lizadawsonassociates.com.

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Claire Friedman

Agency: Inkwell Management

Claire Friedman joined InkWell Management in 2016. She spent three years working at The King’s English, one of the leading independent bookstores in United States, before attending Columbia University in New York City. She graduated with degrees in both History and English.

Claire is attracted to middle grade, YA, narrative fiction, and literary fiction.

Contact Information for Claire Friedman

Submission Guidelines for Claire Friedman

Please email queries to submissions@inkwellmanagement.com. The submission should include:

  • Query letter (in the body of the email)
  • 1-2 Sample chapters

Due to the volume of queries you may not receive a response to your query. If Claire is interested in more information she we will respond within eight weeks.

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Ali Herring

Agency: Spencerhill Associates

Ali Herring joined Spencerhill in 2017. In her prior career, she served as a magazine associate editor.

She is seeking middle grade and YA fiction across all genres, including fantasy, science fiction, southern women’s fiction, and (especially) romance. She has a particular affinity for high-concept commercial fiction that has literary flair.

Contact Information for Ali Herring

Submission Guidelines for Ali Herring

Ali accepts electronic submissions, which you can access by clicking here. Please include the following:

  • Query letter
  • Project pitch
  • Something about yourself

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Alyssa Jennette

Agency: Stonesong

Alyssa Jennette started at Stonesong Literary in 2015. She enjoys being an editorial agent who helps to shape the story along with the author.

She represents middle grade and YA, and is particularly drawn to diverse voices.

Contact Information for Alyssa Jennette

Submission Guidelines for Alyssa Jennette

Submit your query to Alyssa Jeanette at submissions@stonesong.com with the world “Query” in the subject line. Please include the following:

  • Your query letter in the body of your email (no attachments)
  • The first 10 pages of your manuscript pasted into the email (no attachments)

Successful email queries will receive an automatic reply confirming receipt. However, due to the volume of submissions you will only receive a response if they are interested in requesting additional information.

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Brianne Johnson

Agency: Writers House

Brianne Johnson starter her career at Writers House in 2007 as an intern before making her way to senior agent. She is passionate about her work as an agent, and is cultivating a list with a primary focus on books for children.

Authors represented by Brianne Johnson

  • Lauren Magaziner
  • Jonathan Stokes
  • Wesley King
  • Mike Winchell
  • Sue Beckhorn

Contact Information for Brianne Johnson

Submission Guidelines for Brianne Johnson

Please send you query letter by email to bjohnsonsubmissions@writershouse.com. Responses can take up to 8 weeks. Please include:

  • Query letter
  • First 10 pages of your manuscript (no attachments)

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Jennifer Laughran

Agency: Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

Jennifer Laughran started her career in publishing as a children’s bookseller and buyer. In 2007, she joined the Andrea Brown Literary Agency where she is interested in middle grade and YA fiction with unforgettable characters.

She is attracted to everything from comedies to magical adventures, but her favorite stories regardless of genre are those that offer a worldview that’s offbeat. Jennifer loves simplicity, but not the conventional.

Authors represented by Jennifer Laughran

  • Alex Gino
  • Mara Rockliff
  • James Klise
  • Erin Jade Lange
  • Kate Messner

Contact Information for Jennifer Laughran

Submission Guidelines for Jennifer Laughran

Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. only accepts submissions through this form. Your submissions should include the following:

  • Query Letter introducing yourself, you story, and any publishing credentials
  • The first 10 pages of your manuscript
  • Phone number
  • Email address.

Please be sure to let Jennifer know if you are submitting to other agencies. However, do not submit to any other agents at Andrea Brown Literary Agency while submitting to Jennifer. 

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Dan Lazar

Agency: Writers House

Dan Lazar is a senior agent at Writers House.

He is always looking for distinct fiction with a focus on middle grade and young adult authors. He particularly enjoys stories that are either about new worlds or they put a new twist on what he already knows. Dan loves historical fiction and is a fan of both graphic novels and memoirs.

Authors represented by Dan Lazar

  • Rachel Renee Russell
  • Max Brallier
  • Terri Libenson
  • Marcus Emerson
  • Robert Hoge

Contact Information for Dan Lazar

Submission Guidelines for Dan Lazar

Please send you query letter by email to dlazar@WritersHouse.com or by snail mail with a SASE to Writers House | 21 West 26th Street | New York, NY 10010. Every query gets a response, though it may take several weeks. Please include:

  • First 5 pages of your manuscript (If you email, no attachments)
  • Links to page samples if your project is illustrated

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Alexandra Levick

Agency: Writers House

Alexandra Levick serves at Writers House as a junior literary agent. She is currently in the process of developing lists for middle grade and YA while she works alongside senior agents Rebecca Sherman and Brianne Johnson. She’s worked as a bookseller and in publicity for a publisher. Alexandra is driven to be a champion for causes she holds dear (like her clients).

Contact Information for Alexandra Levick

Submission Guidelines for Alexandra Levick

Please send your personalized query letter along with your first ten pages (pasted into the body of the email) to alevick@writershouse.com. Bonus points if you can tell me a bit about the intention behind your work.

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Bibi Lewis

Agency: The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency

Bibi Lewis is an agent at The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.

She is currently looking for middle grade and YA, as well as commercial and upmarket fiction for adults. She prefers fantasy, mysteries, contemporary realism, historical stories, and humor.  She has a particular attraction to heists (think Veronica Mars or Harriet the Spy).  Her non-negotiable? Characters that are well-developed. 

Contact Information for Kelly Peterson

Submission Guidelines for Bibi Lewis

Submissions should be emailed to agent@ethanellenberg.com to the attention of Bibi Lewis. Please paste the following list into the body of the email (no attachments):

  • Query letter
  • Synopsis
  • First 50 pages of your manuscript

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Simon Lipskar

Agency: Writers House

Simon Lipskar serves as a literary agent at Writers House, and is considered a top agent in the publishing industry. He represents a wide range of authors who write for middle grade and YA, as well as commercial and literary fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

Author represented by Simon Lipskar

  • Brandon Mull

Contact Information for Simon Lipskar

Submission Guidelines for Simon Lipskar

Simon Lipskar accepts queries by email (slipskar@writershouse.com) or by snail mail. If you are submitting by mail please include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope with proper postage for our reply. All queries should be addressed to a single agent at:

Writers House
21 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010

It is important to remember that you should only submit a query letter to one agent at a time when querying an agent at Writers House.

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Holly McGhee

Agency: Pippin Properties

Holly McGhee headed to New York City after college, where her career has spanned time as a secretary, advertising manager, and a sales rep before she became Executive Editor at HarperCollins.

As the President and Creative Director of Pippin Properties, Holly is dedicated to books that she believes will help make a true difference.

Authors represented by Holly McGhee

  • Kate DiCamillo
  • David Small
  • Jandy Nelson
  • Peter H. Reynolds
  • William Steig

Contact Information for Holly McGhee

Submission Guidelines for Holly McGhee

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to Holly McGhee, please query her via email at exclusivetoholly@pippinproperties.com. Holly only accepts exclusive queries and requires four weeks for consideration.

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Donald Maass

Agency: Donald Maass Literary Agency

Middle grade literary agent Donald MaassDonald Maass likely doesn’t know this, but I’m (probably) his biggest fan. Look, there are a lot of opinions out there about MFA programs. Mine? Save your money and read Writing the Breakout Novel and Fire in Fiction (both written by Donald). You’ll learn how to write books that will actually sell.

He also founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 1980.

Contact Information for Donald Maass

Submission Guidelines for Donald Maass

Please submit your query for Donald Maass to query.dmaass@maassagency.com. In addition to your pitch, you’ll paste the first five pages of your manuscript into the body of your e-mail (no attachments). The query reply will take several weeks.

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Andrea Morrison

Agency: Writers House

Andrea Morrison received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University after studying Literature & Writing at UCSD.

Her primary interests are literary upmarket commercial fiction featuring young protagonists. She is drawn to true-to-life fiction, but is also intrigued by magical elements and worlds that are slightly different from our own. She likes literary mysteries and thrillers alike.

Authors represented by Andrea Morrison

  • Joyce Sidman
  • Xia Gordon
  • Laekan Zea Kemp

Contact Information for Andrea Morrison

Submission Guidelines for Andrea Morrison

Please send submissions by email to andreasubmissions@writershouse.com and include the following:

  • Query letter
  • Synopsis
  • 10-15 sample pages of your manuscript

Andrea reads all queries. If she has not responded within eight weeks, she requests that you give her a nudge. She also requests that you let her know if you receive interest from another agent.

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Erin Murphy

Agency: Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Erin Murphy started her career in publishing at Northland Publishing/Rising Moon Books for Young Readers, where she served as editor-in-chief prior to her agency career. She founded Erin Murphy Literary Agency in her home state of Arizona in 1999, which was relocated to southern Maine in 2016.

Erin represents middle grade and YA authors. Her favorite stories feel timeless and are written with strong, unique voices. She is interested in adding stories about cultural diversity.

Contact Information for Erin Murphy

Submission Guidelines for Erin Murphy

At this time, Erin Murphy is taking submissions from people they have met at a conference or who are a referral. If you meet one of those qualifications, please complete the contact form on Erin Murphy Literary Agency’s contact page.

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Charlie Olsen

Agency: Inkwell Management

Charlie Olsen joined InkWell Management in 2007. Before Inkwell, Charlie attended Rider University and served as a journalist for newspapers in New Jersey.

He’s interested in fiction, graphic novels and illustrated works.

Authors and Graphic Novelists represented by Charlie Olsen

  • Matt Kindt
  • Jeff Lemire
  • Noelle Stevenson
  • Andrea Cremer
  • Amy Ewing
  • Gus Gordon

Contact Information for Charlie Olsen

Submission Guidelines for Charlie Olsen

Please email queries for Charlie Olsen to submissions@inkwellmanagement.com. The submission should include:

  • Query letter (in the body of the email)
  • 1-2 Sample chapters

Due to the volume of queries you may not receive a response to your query. If Claire is interested in more information she we will respond within eight weeks. 

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Ammi-Joan Paquette

Agency: Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Ammi-Joan Paquette is a Senior Agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency who represents middle grade and young adult literature. When she’s not working, she’s likely to be found curled up with a favorite book or baking.

She’s interested in finding strong lyrical voices, as well as stories that have tight plotting and some surprising twists.

Contact Information for Ammi-Joan Paquette

Submission Guidelines for Ammi-Joan Paquette

At this time, Ammi-Joan Paquette is taking submissions from people they have met at a conference or who are a referral. If you meet one of those qualifications, please complete the contact form on Erin Murphy Literary Agency’s contact page.

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Kelly Peterson

Agency: Rees Literary Agency

Kelly Peterson graduated from West Chester University and worked as a junior literary agent for before joining Rees Literary Agency.

She is looking for manuscripts in a variety of genres for Middle Grade, YA, and Adult. In terms of Middle Grade, she is particularly drawn to, sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary that deals with tough issues kids are facing today. Kelly’s YA preferences vary from sci-fi and high fantasy to ghost stories and historical fiction.

She’s interested in representing marginalized authors with witty and unique characters. She’d also like to see stories about witches, dark fantasy, and even pirates.

Contact Information for Kelly Peterson

Submission Guidelines for Kelly Peterson

Kelly Peterson only accepts submissions via email to kelly@reesagency.com with “QUERY” in the subject line. Please past the query and synopsis into the email and attach the first 10 pages of your manuscript. She will only respond to queries that she is interested in pursuing.

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Adriann Ranta Zurhellen

Agency: Foundry Literary + Media

Adriann Ranta Zurhellen represents bestselling and award-winning authors and graphic novelists at Foundry Literary + Media. She’s actively seeking all genres for middle grade, with a particular interest in unique settings, uncommon voices, and everyman stories that have a new spin.

She loves stories that are a bit gritty, with conflict that’s based in the real world. She also enjoys women’s literary fiction and genre-bending works for children. She’s known for specializing in stories about “cool women doing badass things.”

Authors

  • Sarah Gerard
  • Kendare Blake
  • Mindy McGinnis
  • Alana Massey
  • Gavin Aung Than

Contact Information for Adriann Ranta Zurhellen

Submission Guidelines for Adriann Ranta Zurhellen

Include your name and project title in the subject line and send your email to arsubmissions@foundrymedia.com. We do accept attachments, but your email will bounce back if the files are too large, so you may also paste your materials in the body of the email.

  • Query letter
  • Synopsis
  • First Three Chapters of Manuscript
  • Author Bio

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Jodi Reamer, Esq.

Agency: Writers House

Jodi Reamer, Esq. has been is an agent and attorney at Writers House for over 20 years. She represents middle grade, YA, and even adult books. Her primary focus is commercial fiction, but she would love to find a legal thriller.

Authors represented by Jodi Reamer

  • Stephenie Meyer
  • John Green
  • Ally Condie
  • Lisa Yee
  • Bruce Campbell

Contact Information for Jodi Reamer, Esq.

Submission Guidelines for Jodi Reamer, Esq.

Please mail me the first 10 pages of your manuscript (or until the end of that chapter) along with your query letter or email the material to my assistant, Alec Shane, at ashane@writershouse.com. 

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Allison Remcheck

Agency: Stimola Literary Studio, Inc.

Allison Remcheck started her career in publishing at a library. The next stop was a bookstore, then a publishing house, and finally Stimola Literary Studio. The common thread? Books for children are her lifelong passion.

She likens her role as an agent to that of a treasure hunter on the looks out to books that speak to her. Allison is drawn by unique stories that can be told only by the author, along with books that reflect every child’s life.

She is most interested in middle grade and young adult fiction. Her particular interest lie in fantasy that’s grounded in reality; contemporary stories with a focus on diversity that isn’t didactic; contemporary romance and coming of age for teen girls; and psychological thrillers.

Contact Information for Allison Remcheck

Submission Guidelines for Allison Remcheck

Please click to use this form to submit your query to Allison Remcheck.

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Laura Rennert

Agency: Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

Laura Rennert joined the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 1998, where she represents middle grade and YA authors.

She is drawn to idiosyncratic stories that are refreshing and unexpected. She is compelled by dynamic characters who are conflicted. She also enjoys writers with an unusual point of view who has the ability to build dynamic worlds.

Laura loves stories that pull from literary traditions but they are reimagined them as something captivatingly new. She has a fondness for stories that play with commercial tropes that have emotional depth.

Authors represented by Laura Rennert

  • Jay Asher
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Shannon Messenger
  • Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Barry Eisler

Contact Information for Laura Rennert

Submission Guidelines for Laura Rennert

Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. only accepts submissions through this form. Your submissions should include the following:

  • Query Letter introducing yourself, you story, and any publishing credentials
  • The first 10 pages of your manuscript
  • Phone number
  • Email address.

Please be sure to let Laura know if you are submitting to other agencies. However, do not submit to any other agents at Andrea Brown Literary Agency while submitting to Laura.

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Melissa Richeson

Agency: Apokedak Literary Agency

Melissa Richeson joined Apokedak Literary Agengy in 2018, where she currently serves as an associate agent. She has a marketing degree and she has publishing credits with Focus on the Family, The Washington Post and more.

Her focus is on middle grade and YA, where her middle grade interest is in charming mysteries and magic. When it comes to YA, she is drawn to fresh, character-driven stories.

Contact Information for Melissa Richeson

Submission Guidelines for Melissa Richeson

Please email Melissa Richeson at melissa.richeson@apokedakliterary.com. Be sure to past the first ten pages of your manuscript after the query letter (no attachments) and include your synopsis and the full manuscript as attachments.

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Rachel Ridout

Agency: Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

Rachel graduated from New York University where she studied Creative Writing. In 2009, she joined the Harvey Klinger Literary Agency after working in the travel guide industry. Rachel is building her list and is interested in middle grade and YA fiction. She’s a fan of contemporary westerns, magical realism, science fiction, and just about any story that is driven by imagination.

Contact Information for Rachel Ridout

Submission Guidelines for Rachel Ridout

Rachel is currently accepting submissions sent to her email at achel@harveyklinger.com. Please ensure that your submission includes the following is pasted into the email (no attachments):

  • Short synopsis of your work
  • Author bio
  • First five pages of your manuscript

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Peter Rubie

Agency: FinePrint Literary Management

Peter Rubie once shared office space with my agent, Nancy Coffey. At the time, Peter’s lead client was BYT bestselling author, Patrick Carmen.

Peter has an eclectic background, Peter is a former BBC Radio journalist, he was on faculty at NYU, and he was a jazz musician. Before becoming an agent, Peter served as an editor at a publishing house.

He currently represents a broad range of both fiction and non-fiction. His fiction focuses on, crime, science fiction and fantasy, military, and literary fiction for middle grade (though he does represent some YA authors who write stories more focused on male audiences)

Author represented by Peter Rubie

  • Patrick Carman

Contact Information for Peter Rubie

Submissions Guidelines for Peter Rubie

Please send a query letter with a synopsis of your manuscript, as well as your bio and the first two chapters (limited to  a maximum of 30 pages) that is embedded in the body of your email (no attachments) to peter@fineprintlit.com.

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Jennifer Rofe

Agency: Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

Jennifer Rofe represents projects that range from picture books to young adult (YA). However, she has a particular soft spot for middle grade, where she’s open to all genres: commercial, historical, magical, fantastical, contemporary, and even literary.

Jennifer is drawn to YA stories that are true to the adolescent experience—stories that are wistful, funny, or even a cringe-worthy romance. She also loves YA urban fantasy and fantasy alike. Her passion, regardless of age group, is masterful writing with a distinct voice and perspective. She wants to represent stories that transport readers.

Authors represented by Jennifer Rofe

  • Meg Medina
  • Eliza Wheeler
  • Mike Boldt
  • Crystal Allen
  • Denise Doyen

Contact Information for Jennifer Rofe

Submission Guidelines for Jennifer Rofe

Jennifer Rofe at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. accepts submissions by email at jennifer@andreabrownlit.com. Please include the word “Query” in the subject of the email. Your submission should include the following:

  • Query Letter introducing yourself, you story, and any publishing credentials
  • The first 10 pages of your manuscript
  • Phone number
  • Email address.

Please be sure to let Jennifer know if you are submitting to other agencies. However, do not submit to any other agents at Andrea Brown Literary Agency while submitting to Jennifer.

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Chloe Seager

Agency: Madeline Milburn Ltd.

Chloe Seager represents middle grade authors with a humorous bent to their writing, and she is looking for additional authors to add to her client list. In particular, she is interested in funny YA because funny books are hugely underrated when it comes to teens.

In terms of middle grade, Chloe is looking for a gothic, spooky story, or even contemporary books centered on friends or family. She also enjoys sci-fi and fantasy, but for her to consider it, she needs to see a strong hook (think The Loop trilogy by Ben Oliver).

Contact Information for Chloe Seager

Submission Guidelines for Chloe Seager

Please address your email submission to Chloe Seager by emailing her at childrens@madeleinemilburn.com. Include the following:

  • Your name and the title of your manuscript in the subject line
  • The first three chapters of your manuscript
  • A synopsis of the entire book
  • A query letter introducing your book with a compelling blurb about the story and information about yourself
  • A one-line elevator pitch and up to three comparable books or authors you’d place your book alongside in your email

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Alec Shane

Agency: Writers House

Alec Shane joined Writers House in 2008 as Jodi Reamer’s assistant. Today, he is actively building his client list where he represents a mix of children’s and adult fiction and nonfiction.

He enjoys thrillers, mysteries, and protagonists with chips on their shoulders. He is also interested in historical fiction (Maccabees, Vietnam War, American Revolution), adventure stories with solid research, and horror that leaves him scared of the dark.

Alec is particularly passionate about inspiring boys to read, so he is looking for middle-grade adventure, ghost stories, or other tales geared to that audience.

Authors represented by Alec Shane

  • Mark Stein
  • Mike Thomas
  • Ronald Kidd
  • HP Newquist
  • Jack Murphy

Contact Information for Alec Shane

Submission Guidelines for Alec Shane

Alec Shane accepts queries by both email (ashane@writershouse.com) and snail mail, though he prefers email. His response time is typically 5-8 weeks. The title of the email should be: “Query for Alec Shane: <YOUR BOOK TITLE>” but do not send attachments. If you send via snail mail, please include a SASE with postage. Please include:

  • Query letter
  • First 10 pages of your manuscript

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Rebecca Sherman

Agency: Writers House

Rebecca has served at Writers House for over 14 years, where she’sb uilt a list of dynamic and award-winning middle grade and YA novelists. She represents both debut authors and those with experience.

She is actively seeking stories that meet kids where they are at—and in particular, humorous stories that will get them to laugh.

Authors represented by Rebecca Sherman

  • Jared Chapman
  • Leslie Patricelli
  • Caroline Hadilaksono
  • Matt Phelan
  • Corey Tabor

Contact Information for Rebecca Sherman

Submission Guidelines for Rebecca Sherman

Rebecca accepts queries by email at rsherman@writershouse.com. Please do not send attachments. Your submission should include:

  • Query letter
  • First 10 pages of your manuscript
  • Synopsis

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Alexander Slater

Agency: Trident Media Group

Alexander Slater earned his B.A. in English Literature with Concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Connecticut. His first job in publishing was an internship at the Maria Carvainis Agency, and he started his career at Trident Media Group in 2010.

He served as a Foreign Rights Agent, where he specialized in representing middle grade and YA authors in foreign markets. That experience continues to guide his work as a Literary Agent.

Alex is interested blended genre stories, as well as characters who have been underrepresented in the past. His list is focused on both middle grade and YA, but he does represent some adult thrillers, crime noir, pop culture, literary fiction, and graphic novels.

Authors represented by Alexander Slater

  • Ali Novak
  • Molly Booth
  • Jodi Kendall
  • Kelly Yang
  • Dana Langer
  • Michael McBride

Contact Information for Alexander Slater

Submissions Guidelines for Alexander Slater

For unpublished authors, please send a query letter using this form to Alex Slater (please do not submit to multiple agents at the same time from Trident Media Group).

Your query should Include the following:

  • Paragraph about yourself
  • Brief plot synopsis and your c
  • Contact information

Do NOT include any of the following:

  • Manuscript
  • Proposal
  • Writing samples

You may submit to another agent at Trident Media Group after thirty days. However, submissions to multiple agents within a thirty-day period will be blocked.

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Kelly Sonnack

Agency: Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

Kelly Sonnack represents middle grade, picture book, chapter book, YA, and graphic novels authors. She spent over ten years in her childhood in Singapore, and she currently lives in San Diego, where she serves on the Advisory Board for University of California San Diego’s certificate in Writing and Illustrating for Children.

Authors represented by Kelly Sonnack

  • Sharon Cameron
  • Court Stevens
  • James Burks
  • Joy Ang
  • Ashlyn Anstee

Contact Information for Kelly Sonnack

Submission Guidelines for Kelly Sonnack

Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. only accepts submissions through this form. Your submissions should include the following:

  • Query Letter introducing yourself, you story, and any publishing credentials
  • The first 10 pages of your manuscript
  • Phone number
  • Email address.

Please be sure to let Kelly know if you are submitting to other agencies. However, do not submit to any other agents at Andrea Brown Literary Agency while submitting to Kelly.

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Brent Taylor

Agency: Tirada US, Inc.

Brent Taylor’s tastes tend towards upmarket, meaning stories that are well-written, with both emotion and appeal to a commercial audience. He is seeking manuscripts that are fun, heartfelt, and smart for middle grade, chapters books, YA, graphic novels, and picture books.

Authors represented by Brent Taylor

  • Rajani LaRocca
  • Sayantani DasGupta
  • Rex Ogle
  • D. Halbrook
  • Debbie Levy

Contact Information for Brent Taylor

Submissions Guidelines for Brent Taylor

When querying Brent Taylor, please ensure that you include the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of the email (no attachments). Ensure that the word “Query” is in the subject line and email it to brent@triadaus.com. 

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Joanna Volpe

Agency: New Leaf Literary

Middle grade literary agent Joanna VolpeI have a special place in my heart for Joanna Volpe. She was an assistant for my agent, Nancy Coffey, and helped edit the first books in the Grey Griffins series. She has an incredible knack for storytelling, and she has risen int the ranks of the publishing world because she is just that good.

Joanna represents everything from commercial fiction to literary fiction to genre fiction, and she particularly likes stories with nuanced characters who engage in complex relationships.

She has a soft spot for speculative and fantastical elements, and does not need romance in the stories she reads (though she does appreciate good romance). Joanna also has a proclivity for stories that are a bit strange or offbeat (even morbid).

Authors represented by Joanna Volpe

  • Veronica Roth
  • Danielle Paige
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Susan Dennard
  • Kody Keplinger

Contact Information for Joanna Volpe

Submission Guidelines for Joanna Volpe

Please send your query to query@newleafliterary.com with the word “Query” and Joanna’s name in the subject line (Subject: Query, Joanna Volpe). Please also include the category (ie, MG, YA, etc.)

Include up to 5 double-spaced sample pages within the body of the email (no attachments), along with your contact information. You’ll receive an auto-response confirming receipt, however, Joanna will only respond if she is interested in seeing your entire manuscript.

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Carlisle Webber

Agency: Fuse Literary

After college, Carlisle Webber took her love of commercial, middle grade and YA fiction to the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a Master of Library and Information Sciences. Carlisle worked as a public librarian for before moving into agenting. She is searching for high-concept middle grade, adult, and YA commercial fiction.

Contact Information for Carlisle Webber

Submission Guidelines for Carlisle Webber

Please submit your work to Carlisle via her QueryManager form by clicking here. If you are unable to use the form please submit a query letter, synopsis, and the first ten pages of your manuscript (in the body of your email) to querycarlisle@fuseliterary.com.

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Caryn Wiseman

Agency: Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

Caryn Wiseman started her career as an agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2003. With over 425 books sold, her focus is on middle grade, graphic novels, YA, chapter books, and picture books.

She represents authors who have been on the NYT list and won awards, as well as debut authors. She is looking for books that have a strong voice and are written with emotional depth.

Authors represented by Caryn Wiseman

  • Tom Angleberger
  • Nate Evans
  • A. Nelson
  • Ben Mikaelsen
  • Randi Reisfeld

Contact Information for Caryn Wiseman

Submission Guidelines for Caryn Wiseman

Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. only accepts submissions through this form. Your submissions should include the following:

  • Query Letter introducing yourself, you story, and any publishing credentials
  • The first 10 pages of your manuscript
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Please be sure to let Caryn know if you are submitting to other agencies. However, do not submit to any other agents at Andrea Brown Literary Agency while submitting to Caryn.

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Additional Resources to Find Middle Grade Literary Agents

We’ve captured some of the best middle grade literary agents in the world on this list, but there are more. Use the resource links below to continue you research as you look for the perfect agent to represent your manuscript.

Related Questions

How much do literary agents make? Literary agents typically receive 15% of an author’s total royalties from the sale of their books before taxes. That commission jumps to 20% on foreign rights sales. Most literary agents take 15% of any payments an author receives for television or movie sales.

What does a literary agent do? Literary agents provide five key services for the authors they represent:

  1. Manuscript critiques
  2. Build ongoing relationships with editors to improve the likelihood of sales
  3. Pitch your manuscript with the right editor at a reputable publishing house
  4. Contract negotiations
  5. Career Advice