African American Literary Agents & Agencies Taking Submissions

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.

Serendipity Literary Agency, Brooklyn NY (Client List)

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.

Queressa Robinson, D4EO Literary Agency

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. 

Quill Shift Literary

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.

Latoya C. Smith, L. Perkins Agency

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. 

Kemi Faderin, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC

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.”

3 thoughts on “African American Literary Agents & Agencies Taking Submissions

  1. Good afternoon! My name is, Paul R. Hillman! I have published 3 books, “The Spiritual Battle with the mind” “The Champion in you”, and. “Broken for a Blessings” I have a new book coming out in the next few weeks titled, “The Hidden Mystery” This will be my first nonfiction novel, although I based it from my life story. Right now, I am trying to find an Agent who will help me, in getting this book out. I spoke with a producer, who told me that t
    my book, the Mystery is very good, and that he would like to make it a movie. However, I need to speak with an Agent. My phone number is, 780_380_6942. Would love to hear from you!

    Thank you,

    Paul R. Hillman

    • Can you direct me, specifically, to African American agents that are based near Hollywood, specialize as agents for screenwriting and screen treatments.

      • Hi Paul,
        Congratulations on your writing career, and particularly on the potential movie deal. I do not have direct contact information on any of the agents listed in my blog. And these agents live in various states.

        Agents generally do not speak to writers via phone for submissions. They normally ask for query letters and several book chapters, but please review the submission requirements under my blog post if you wish to contact any of those agents, and visit their websites for additional information. Make sure they are accepting your genre before you submit.

        Best wishes,

        Patricia

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