Today’s post contains a list of literary agents for African writers along with their contact details and interest areas:
Phone: 020 7387 0842
Seeking: Her interests are wide-ranging and her clients’ work includes literary fiction, crime and thrillers, young adult fiction, memoir, popular culture, biography, history and current affairs.
Seeking: Interested in literary fiction, children’s writing and thought-provoking non-fiction of all kinds.
Phone: 020 7387 0842
Seeking: Represents good quality commercial and literary fiction, contemporary and historical. She works almost exclusively with novelists, but does not handle science fiction, fantasy, horror or juvenile material. She is not adding to her client list now.
Angela Oguche Onoja
Phone: 08053294569 | 08168036130
Seeking: interesting fiction for children and teens.
Lumina Literary Agency
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ogochukwu Promise) |email@example.com (Unoma Azuah)
Seeking: adult literary fiction, Children’s fiction, drama and poetry.
The Wylie Agency
Represents over 800 authors of fiction and nonfiction worldwide, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Binyavanga Wainaina, Helen Oyeyemi, Elif Batuman, Martin Amis, NoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Geoff Dyer, Taiye Selasi, John Updike, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Salman Rushdie, and the Estates of Chinua Achebe, Roberto Bolaño, Ralph Ellison, Vladimir Nabokov, Jose Saramago, and Susan Sontag, among many others.
Sarah Chalfant of The Wylie Agency
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Does not accept email queries)
Works With: Women’s fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction.
Email: email@example.com / http://www.marsh-agency.co.uk/agents/jessicawoollard/
Phone: 020 7493 4361
Works With: strong issue based non-fiction, current affairs, politics, environment, narrative non-fiction, natural history, memoir.
To submit work to Jessica, use The Marsh Agency submissions page. She does not accept submissions sent by email.
VAN AGGELEN – African Literary Agency
Focus: African fiction and non-fiction books and high quality cook books.
A boutique literary agency, VAN AGGELEN – African Literary Agency only receive queries via email. They require you to send in a short synopsis (maximum 2 pages) and THREE chapters (recommend the first three, though the first and any other two are acceptable). If your chapters are short and you would like to submit more material, They are happy to look at the first 50 pages. All submissions should be printed out double spaced, on one side of an A4 page with at least 30mm margins.
Laura Boon Literary Agency
Email: No email submissions will be considered.
Seeks: stories that have a South African flavour but universal appeal. Specializes in mainstream fiction and memoirs but will consider manuscripts that fall outside of this definition, including children’s books. Will NOT accept poetry, short stories, and erotica.
How to submit: Post a one page covering letter; a one page synopsis and the first three chapters to the address below. And in a separate letter, indicate what kind of readers will enjoy your book.
Hand deliver to: Laura Boon, c/o The Write Co, 1st Floor, East Wing, Coral House, 20 Peter Place, Lyme Park, Bryanston, Sandton.
Or post to: Laura Boon, PO Box 783324, Sandton 2146. South Africa
The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency, Inc.
Does not accept poetry, screenplays, sci-fi and horror. Submit a one page query letter via e-mail to the respective agents below. The query letter should describe your work as well as your background. Please do not send attachments. However a first chapter pasted into the body of an e-mail query is acceptable. Do not submit to more than one agent at this agency.
1. Aaron Priest
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.aaronpriest.com/team.html#aaron
Seeks: Thrillers, commercial fiction, and biographies.
2. Lisa Erbach Vance
Email: email@example.com | http://www.aaronpriest.com/team.html#lisa
Seeks: Contemporary fiction, thrillers/suspense, international fiction, and narrative non-fiction.
3. Mitch Hoffman
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.aaronpriest.com/team.html#mitch
Seeks: Thrillers, suspense, crime fiction, literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, politics, popular science, history, memoir, current events, and pop culture.
4. Lucy Childs
5. Melissa L. Edwards
Email: email@example.com | http://www.aaronpriest.com/team.html#melissa
Seeks: Middle grade, young adult, women’s fiction, and thrillers.
Ayebia Clarke Literary Agency & Publishing Limited
Becky Ayebia Clarke, Ghanaian, set up Ayebia Clarke Literary Agency & Publishing Limited in 2003 with her husband David.
Seeks: writing from established as well as budding new authors.
Contact Ayebia by email first before submitting any material for assessment. Send a synopsis, a short bio, a concise covering letter that includes your writing history, outlining the merits of the work that you wish to submit and why you think your work deserves to be published. Do not send the original copy of your manuscript.
Culled from African Literary Magazine