Literary agents for literary fiction

 

Who we are

Agent Hunter is a database of all UK literary agents. The site:

  • contains rich data on every agent. (Photos, biogs, likes & dislikes, client lists & more)
  • contains full details of every agency
  • Gives you up to date submission instructions by agency
  • makes it easy to search and filter the data

The full benefits of the site are available only to subscribers, but you can become a subscriber for as little as a few pounds. More info here.

 

The Agent Hunter database and how to use it

There are plenty of agents with a love for serious fiction and you won't want to approach them all. The best way to develop and refine your shortlist of likely targets is to go straight to our main search page and use the search tools on the left to make your selection.

You can select by genre (eg: "Literary") but you can also select by the agent's level of experience, appetite for new clients and very much more. Our database is completely comprehensive and it's really, really easy to create the searches you want.

 

How to get the most from Agent Hunter

The site is designed to give users a good feel for the data and functionality for free ... but the real riches of our site are available only to subscribers. Signing up is incredibly simple - you just go here and follow the instructions - and subscriptions start from just a few pounds.

 

The market for literary fiction

Despite everything that has happened to publishing over the last two or three decades - the emergence of the super-corporate conglomerate publisher, the collapse of the net book agreement, the rise of the super-author, Amazon, the e-book revolution and more - the fact is that literary fiction still commands the high ground of modern publishing. It may not be where the most money is to be found, but it still dominates in terms of respect, prizes and sheer kudos.

That doesn't mean that getting your book taken on by agents will be easy. Of course it won't. A couple of decades ago, publishers still bought 'small' books - ones that might only sell 5,000 copies and that were never really expected to make money for anyone. Out of those smaller books, it was hoped that some literary giants would some day flourish ... but they often didn't. As an art, literary fiction was healthy. As a business - it was lousy.

Time has changed all that. These days, publishers are looking for literary books that will sell - and also for 'book club' type books: that is, books with a certain amount of literary class, but with plenty of mass market accessibility too. Hard books are out. Eye-catching books are in.

Quality also matters more than it did. Fewer literary debuts are being bought than for many years. That means, it's not good enough if your book is pretty decent. It has to sparkle. But if you get it right (Zadie Smith, Nathan Filer) the rewards, in terms of praise and recognition, can be stupdendous.