Monday, October 17, 2022

Four agents at Wolf Literary seek new authors

Night Shift by Natalka Burian
represented by Wolf Literary

Wolf Literary Services

115 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

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Wolf Literary Services is a New York agency with five agents, four of whom are looking for new authors:

Laura Southern is the newest member of the team, and like all new agents, she needs authors. Laura Southern joined Wolf Literary Services in 2021 as an assistant to Kirsten Wolf and is now building her list as an associate agent. Born and raised in Texas, Laura received her BA in English from Baylor University before moving to New York City, where she earned her MS in Publishing from New York University while assisting at Morhaim Literary.

Laura loves lyrical prose and character-driven narratives regardless of age group or genre. In adult, she is looking for fantasy, science-fiction, and horror with lush worldbuilding and voice that vibrates off the page. She’s a fan of villains, setting as character, and stories that dive headfirst into the weird or strange.

Romcoms and fantasy romcoms with sharp, witty prose are also high on her list, as well as upmarket fiction with off-beat premises. As a Texan native, Laura has a soft spot for narratives set in the South, particularly when told from diverse perspectives and featuring LGBTQ+ narrators.

In young adult and middle grade, Laura is interested in speculative fiction across any subgenre, as well as select contemporary fiction. Laura loves the fae, talking/magical animals, marching band, new twists on quest narratives, genre-blending, found family, mythological retellings, and dragons.

Additionally, Laura is looking for memoir and narrative nonfiction. She’d especially like to work with scientists, journalists, and other experts writing on animal and nature conservation.

Query Laura through her query manager here.

Rachel “Rach” Crawford joined Wolf Literary Services as an agent in 2015. She represents authors in both the U.S. and Australia, and represents U.S. rights on behalf of select Australian publishers and agents. Previously, she was MacKenzie Wolf’s foreign rights manager. Before moving to Wolf, Rach worked in rights at Fletcher and Company, at Sterling Lord Literistic, and as a publicist for a small press. 

Rach’s clients have won Walkley Awards, are Fulbright Scholars, have been shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and appeared in Best American Short Stories. 

Rach represents literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, with a particular interest in LGBTQ+ perspectives across topics. In nonfiction she is drawn above all else to lyrical writing and rigorous thinking, and is interested in climate change, nature, geopolitics, migration, pop culture, tech, and in works that might be defined as cultural anthropology – books that help us understand the world we live in now.

In fiction, as well as work that engages with the above topics, she has a particular soft spot for social horror, literary fiction that flirts with genre, working class characters, and intimate novels that burrow deep into the brain of one captivating weirdo.

Query Rach through her query manager here.

Kate Johnson is an agent as well as UK rights manager for Wolf Literary Services and the Gillian MacKenzie Agency. Before moving to Wolf Literary, Kate was an agent and Vice President at Georges Borchardt, Inc. 

Her authors have won the PEN Faulkner Award, Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, Whiting Award, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize for Fiction, National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, the Nigeria Prize for Literature, and have been longlisted for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the PEN Open Book Award. Kate has chaired the judging panel for the Bristol Short Story Prize and Bath Short Story Award. 

Kate represents literary and upmarket fiction as well as a range of narrative nonfiction and select memoir, and is interested in food, running, obsessives, unconventional families, art, global stories, social justice, mental health, medicine, and the environment. She loves working with journalists. Across all her projects, she looks for authentic voices and books that uncover something off-kilter in the everyday, or conversely something relatable in the extraordinary.

Query Kate through her query manager here.

Leigh Eisenman is a literary agent and an attorney with Wolf Literary Services. She is an experienced lawyer who has been practicing in New York since 2003. After ten years of practicing in the New York offices of several international law firms, Leigh shifted her focus to the publishing industry. 

Since then, she has handled publishing and publishing-adjacent agreements and matters on behalf of several agencies and law firms. She serves on the Contracts Committee of the Association of American Literary Agents. 

As an agent, Leigh represents primarily adult nonfiction and select literary and commercial fiction. On the nonfiction side, she loves working on illustrated books of all stripes – including cookbooks, lifestyle, the arts, pop culture, travel, humor/gift, health and wellness, and self-care, as well as personal finance, personal/professional development, and memoir.

In fiction, she's drawn to present day (not historical), realistic (no sci-fi or fantasy) stories that transport her through a vivid, well-defined sense of place and explorations of relationships (including journeys of self-discovery). Across both, she's drawn to fresh voices and perspectives.

Query Leigh at:  

Include sample manuscript pages for fiction or a full proposal for nonfiction.

See Wolf Literary’s full guidelines here.

Night sky at Sherwood Inn

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our in-person How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, November 19, in Mississauga, with literary agent Olga Filina of 5 Otter Literary. As this is an in-person workshop, attendance will be strictly limited. Details here.

Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take shape:

Weekly classes starting soon:

Online: Writing Personal Stories, Monday afternoons,  12:30 – 2:30, Oct 24 – Dec 5, 2022 {Or to Dec 12 if the course fills up.) Details hereWaiting list only for this class

Winter class will be posted soon.

Writing Retreats: 

March in Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, March 24 – Monday, March 27, 2023. Details here.


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