on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Here are three literary agents actively seeking clients. All work with established agencies with good track records.
Sarah Khalil is seeking serious narrative nonfiction with an eye towards social, economic and environmental justice; pop/cultural criticism and histories; cross-cultural narratives; and writing from Caribbean, MENA, and Muslim creators; all deeply explored by experts—academics, journalists, and those with lived experiences and something important to say about them. Big ideas, radical thought, and propulsive writing are the cornerstones of her taste.
Alex Rice is especially drawn to stories in adult fiction that explore one’s identity and sense of self, family sagas, female friendship, and a fresh start on life. Alex is fond of storylines that fundamentally challenge the protagonist in some facet of life, pushing them to question their views on morality and purpose. She’ll also consider select genre books in romance, mysteries, and some thrillers when looking for a more escapist read. In the children’s realm, Alex looks for stories with a fast-paced plot that still delivers a poignant message.
Anthony Mattero accepts non-fiction submissions in the categories of pop-culture, humor, music, sports, and pop-business. In fiction he’s looking for submissions that blend the elusive literary/commercial line, but with a plot that doesn’t let you go. Of particular interest are novels highlighting history, underrepresented communities, and under-told points of view, as well as psychological thrillers and humorous critiques on modern society.
Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.
NOTE: Don’t submit to two agents at the same agency simultaneously. If one rejects you, you may then submit to another.