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Submission Information and Guidelines

The Seymour Agency is currently open to submissions. Read the information below and contact us in Canton, New York if you have questions.

 We strive to represent diverse authors and content that reflects the many communities, cultures, and countries we serve. Being inclusive is our mission.

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Our Guidelines

For email queries, a one-page letter will suffice. No attachments, please. All of The Seymour Agency agents prefer email queries and ask that you paste the first five pages of your manuscript into the bottom of your email.


Be sure to include the following details:

  • A great pitch for your book, 3-5 lines long. This helps us to immediately see what the hook is, as well as what the story is about.

  • Genre/Target Audience

  • Word Count

  • Contact Information and Bio

  • References (Conference, Recommendation, etc.)

In the interest of protecting the environment, please forward all submissions electronically.


Please query one agent at a time. However, if that agent passes on a project, please feel free to query another Seymour agent.


We make a conscious effort to reply to every query we receive. If you do not receive a request for additional materials within three weeks, you should assume that we are not interested in that particular project.


Please know that our opinion is but one, and another agent may feel differently. We wish you the very best in all of your writing endeavors! Thank you for your interest in The Seymour Agency!

Acquiring Agents

President

Accepts queries in the following genres: 

  • Action/Suspense/Thriller

  • Cookbooks

  • Cozies and Amateur Sleuth

  • Inspirational

  • Mystery

  • Romance

  • Sci-Fi

  • Fantasy

  • Women's Fiction

  • YA/Children's/MG

To query Nicole, please email nicole@theseymouragency.com.

**Nicole is currently closed to queries.

Vice President and Agent

Julie Gwinn accepts queries in the following genres: 

  • Adult Only

  • Historical Fiction

  • Inspirational Fiction and Non-Fiction

  • Mysteries and Suspense

  • Romance (Contemporary, Historical, Suspense, Inspirational, and Amish)

  • Spec Fiction and Fantasy

  • Women's Fiction

To Query: https://querymanager.com/JulieGwinn 

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Executive Director and Agent

Marisa Cleveland

Marisa Cleveland represents authors writing in the following genres:

  • PB/MG/YA Fiction and Non-Fiction

  • General Fiction (Contemporary and Upmarket)

  • Mystery

  • Speculative Fiction (SFF)

  • Non-Fiction (Business, Leadership, and Memoir)

**At this time, Marisa accepts queries by referral only and is closed on Query Manager.

Media Rights Manager, Communications Manager, and Agent

Lesley Sabga

Lesley Sabga accepts queries in the following genres:

 

Fiction, Young Adult, and Adult:

  • Mysteries (all genres)

  • Psychological Thrillers and Domestic Suspense

  • Romance (all genres)

  • Fantasy

  • Historical Fiction

  • Women's Fiction

Please no picture books.

 

To Query: https://QueryManager.com/LesleySabga 

 

**Lesley is currently closed to queries.

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Kid Lit Director and Agent

Joyce Sweeney

Joyce Sweeney accepts queries in the following genres: 
 

  • Picture Books (no graphic novels please)

  • Middle Grade

For queries, send an email to joyce@theseymouragency.com.

 

Agent

Tina Wainscott

Tina Wainscott accepts queries in the following genres: 

  • Prescriptive

  • Self-Help

  • Spirituality Non-Fiction

To Query: http://QueryMe.Online/TinaWainscottTSA.

Agent

Jennifer Wills

Jennifer Wills accepts queries in the following genres:

Picture Books and Cookbooks

 

Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction:
 

  • Sci-Fi
  • Fantasy
  • Horror/Suspense
     

Contemporary and Upmarket Women's Fiction With a Sense of Humor

 

Non-Fiction:

  • Narrative Non-Fiction
  • Memoir
     

To Query: https://querymanager.com/query/JenniferWills.

Agent

Lynnette Novak 

Lynnette Novak accepts queries in the following genres:

Adult Fiction:
 

  • Mysteries (Traditional, Amateur Sleuth, and Cozy)
  • Psychological Suspense
  • Thrillers
  • Horror
     

Young Adult Fiction:

  • Horror

  • Rom-Com

  • Thriller

  • Romantic Fantasy

  • Fantasy

  • Magical realism

In Adult Non-Fiction:

 

  • Memoirs

  • Spirituality/New Age

  • Self-help

  • Health/Fitness

  • Parenting/Family

  • Motivational/Inspirational

  • Business

  • Celebrity

  • Lifestyle

  • Pets

  • Psychology

  • Relationships/Dating

  • True Crime 

 

You must be an expert in the field and have a platform.

Middle-Grade Fiction:

 

  • Contemporary

  • Fantasy

  • Horror

  • Mystery

  • Magical Realism 

  • Contemporary/Grounded Fantasy

 

Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction:
 

  • Picture Books (Non-Rhyming Preferred)

Agent

Elisa Houot

Elisa Houot accepts queries in the following genres: 

 

Picture Books (non-rhyming preferred).

 

Middle Grade Fiction: 
 

  • Action/Adventure

  • Mystery

  • Contemporary

  • Humor

  • Magical realism

  • Fantasy
     

Young Adult and New Adult: 
 

  • Romance

  • Contemporary

  • Magical Realism

  • Mystery

  • Thriller

  • Fantasy
     

Adult Fiction:
 

  • Cozy Mystery 

  • Thriller

  • Romance

 

To query: https://QueryManager.com/ElisaHouot

Agent

Cole Lanahan

Cole Lanahan accepts queries in the following genres: 

Adult Fiction:

 

  • Romance (all genres)

  • Psychological Suspense


Young Adult Fiction:


All genres


Non-Fiction:

 

  • Humor

  • Business 

  • Self-Help

  • Lifestyle

  • Arts and Crafts

 

To Query: https://querymanager.com/ColeLanahan 

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