There is an abundance of literary agencies in the United States. Most operate with a clear mission that puts them in a niche or in several literary niches. Most will have relationships with acquisition editors at publishing houses – large and small – throughout the country. In this post, you will be introduced to 5 African American literary agencies and agents currently seeking manuscript submissions.
Founded and owned by Regina Brooks, Serendipity is the largest African American owned literary agency in the country. They’ve represented authors in both fiction and non-fiction, and they are award-winning. Their website states they are currently accepting fiction manuscript submissions for representation consideration. Content on their website includes information on and guidelines for submitting fiction, non-fiction, and children’s book manuscripts.
Quressa Robinson is an Associate Agent with D4EO Literary agency actively building her client list. Formerly she was an acquiring editor for St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers where she edited both fiction and nonfiction.
Ayanna Coleman is the founder of Quill Shift, which is a children’s and youth-oriented agency. A FAQ for submissions is on their website as well as a menu of editorial services.
Before joining the L. Perkins agency, Latoya C. Smith was an editor for over thirteen years working at publishing houses such as Kensington Publishing, Hachette Book Group, and Samhain Publishing. Latoya is seeking romance, erotica, erotic fiction, women’s fiction, women’s thriller, LGBTQ romance and erotic fiction, along with advice/how-to/memoir submissions.
She is interested in anything different and original, but especially in smart, plot-driven YA, historical fiction / nonfiction, contemporary women’s fiction, and literary fiction. How to Submit: E-query kfaderin [at] dystel.com. “Synopses, outlines or sample chapters (say, one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) should either be included below the cover letter or attached as a separate document. We won’t open attachments if they come with a blank email. Please do double space your samples for reading that’s easy on the eyes! We will respond to most query letters within a six to eight week period. If you don’t hear from us within that time frame, chances are we did not receive yours. Feel free to resend it.”