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As of November 1, 2013, Wolfson Literary Agency is OPEN TO QUERIES!!

Wolfson Literary Agency is a green agency and as such, only accepts email queries. Snail mail queries will not be read or returned.

Please e-mail your query to query@wolfsonliterary.com

FICTION: please put “Query” and the title of your book in the subject of your email. Please paste your query letter and the first FIVE pages of the manuscript in the body of the email.

NON-FICTION: please put “Non-fiction query” and the title of your project in the subject.

All queries should be typed directly into the body of the email and should include word count. Attachments will not be opened and will be automatically deleted.

QUERY FUN FACTS:

The following current clients were found in the slush: Kiersten White (NYT bestseller), Mark Di Vincenzo (NYT bestseller), Kasie West, Kimberly Sabatini, Tawna Fenske, Linda Grimes, Travis Sentell. It happened to them; it can happen to you. Don’t give up.

QUERY NOT SO FUN FACTS:

Please note: I have a NO RESPONSE MEANS NO policy.

I’m really sorry about that. I wish I didn’t. I wish I had a more advanced set-up where I could auto-respond and tell you I received your query. But I don’t.

What I will tell you is this. I check my junk mail frequently. If you follow my guidelines (i.e. put Query: title), I will find your query. I will read your query. And I will respond to your query if I like it.

I tend to respond to queries VERY QUICKLY, anywhere from 5 minutes to 48 hours if I am interested. If you have not heard from me within 2 weeks, you should assume I think your query is well written and that your book sounds interesting but that unfortunately, it is just not right for me.

I tend to respond to partials VERY SLOWLY. If you have not heard from me on your partial in 6-8 weeks, you should feel free to send me a polite follow-up email.

 And every 4 weeks after that until you wear me down.

Thank you, as always, for your patience! And best of luck to you all.

Genres Wolfson Literary represents:

Fiction: Young Adult, New Adult, Mainstream, mysteries, thrillers, suspense, women’s fiction, single title romance

Non-fiction: Fun, practical advice books in any area, but particularly those that are of interest to women. Relationships, parenting, health/medical, humor, pop-culture, narrative non-fiction.

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121 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    Very concise. Thanks. I’m going to give you my best try. MW

  2. Cathy Rohde permalink

    Even if you reject my query, it was fun visiting your site. You made me smile.

  3. Don’t think my biblical, historical fiction, fits your categories, but I did enjoy your site! Following you on Twitter because I like your tweets. 🙂
    susanprestonPerth

  4. Victor Kwok permalink

    I hope you’ll enjoy my story. And if it isn’t the right one for you, know who it’ll be the right one for?

  5. A fun, and easy to read and understand requirements. As I’m very new in this business, you won’t mind if I check out some others before I make a decision.

  6. This is so disappointing, but I’m sure it’s a wise decision. When time is at a premium, it’s best to invest it in your current clients. I’ll be checking your blog regularly though. 🙂

  7. Are you accepting manuscripts, and if so what genre are you currently looking for? If you have a chance check out my blog http://guardianofthestone.com/ and let me know what you think? Your blog is definitely to the point, it’s easy to read with no holds barred, a great read…

  8. Antonette Lorette Southey permalink

    I have written a young adult epic paranormal novel which is complete at approximately 120,000 words.
     
    I am a resident of South Africa, and I am interested in seeking publication in the US or other countries, as the publication market here in South Africa is extremely difficult.

  9. Nudge. Normally I don’t nudge but it’s been six months. If publishing were a roleplaying game, I would say that each turn take 6 months to complete. While I don’t expect you’ve cleared your slate in a mere six months, it’s probably a fair time to ask if you know when you’ll start accepting submissions again. I like the work I see coming out of your agency.

  10. Jenna permalink

    Please tell me you’re opening to queries again soon. I follow you on twitter and your feed is hilarious.

  11. Anonymous permalink

    When will you open again?

  12. Jessica Santos permalink

    I would love to send you my manuscript even part of it. Please let me know when you will be accepting queries again.

  13. ReNina permalink

    I want to thank you for the concise submission info and the words of encouragement. I have been on this journey with my book since 2007 and I am very excited to submit my query to you.

  14. Thank you for a very concise submission profile. I do plan to submit my latest book and hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thanks again.

  15. Anonymous permalink

    Nobody likes me.

    • Anonymous permalink

      I try so hard to get published, and I keep writing- boy do I keep writing. It’s who I am, it’s in my bones, I don’t think I know how to stop.
      But I’m also poor, and it’s getting too hard.
      When will my life begin?
      Because until someone, such as this agency, accepts it, I think I have to start accepting I’m irrecoverably screwed.

    • Everybody hates me. I’m gonna eat some worms.

    • Anonymous permalink

      no one likes me either. you want to go bowling?

  16. Anonymous permalink

    I try so hard to get published, and I keep writing- boy do I keep writing. It’s who I am, it’s in my bones, I don’t think I know how to stop.
    But I’m also poor, and it’s getting too hard.
    When will my life begin?
    Because until someone, such as this agency, accepts it, I think I have to start accepting I’m irrecoverably screwed.

    • Only you can decide if you want to keep pursuing this, but if you do, I’m open to queries again and would love to hear from you.

  17. Jessica Santos permalink

    Is it okay if we give you six pages? I know you said the first five but when I do that then it cuts off the last two paragraphs of the chapter. Is it okay if this happens or should I include that 6th page?

    • Anonymous permalink

      Yes, 6 pages in this case is fine.

      • Crap. This is Michelle replying from my phone. I don’t know how to sign in here I think.
        Or maybe I do.

        • Alison permalink

          Hee hee… this made me laugh. “Literary agents…they’re just like us!”

          Submitting to you now.

  18. Thanks for presenting this in a clear and concise way. I submitted my manuscript, “The Cave of Souls,” to you today. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

  19. I’m going to wear you down until you 1. love my thriller, and then, 2. agree to represent my thriller! You’ll see!!!

  20. Robert Moore permalink

    I would like to know if your agency is a subsidy agency.

  21. Natalie permalink

    Hi! I was only wondering: for queries, should I also include a letter in which I talk about my book, or ONLY the first 5 pages?
    Thanks!

    • That letter in which you talk about the book is called the query, when you talk about submitting your work to agents. And yes, please email your query letter plus the first 5 pages. Thanks.

  22. HI i was just wondering if you except books that have already been published on Amazon kindle.

    • Sorry, that was meant to say accept! I’m a stay at home dad and have two crazy children running around waiting for their mum to come home from work.

  23. Robin OCanna permalink

    Can I send a query if my project isn’t finished?

  24. You can, but I don’t recommend it. Especially not if you are a first time author.

    • Robin OCanna permalink

      Thanks, I’ll keep working, and look for your next submission opening.

  25. Hey how come i didn’t get a reply lol

    • This is why I have a no response means no policy for queries. I saw your question and meant to respond but was busy and then forgot. Anyway, the short answer is no. A medium answer is that almost any book that would be worth my time would be making you enough money that you wouldn’t be looking for an agent or traditional publisher.

      • Anonymous permalink

        lol i Meant a reply on this feed

        • I know that’s what you meant, but the same principle applies. I’m saying that I have good intentions but I don’t always have time to respond to everyone individually. I had never responded on this page and then one day I went and responded to everyone. Now the comments are emailed to me, but if I don’t respond right away, I forget about it until I check the page, or, like you did, someone follows up. Not because I mean to ignore you, but because I’m busy. Same with queries. Maybe someday I’ll have someone who will respond on my behalf, but at this time, I don’t. So the bulk of my time has to be spent on client work and query time has to be reading them and responding when interested. I can only do as much as I can do. If it works for you (a general you as in for writers, I hope people will query me), and if not, I understand if someone needs a different kind of attention. But keep in mind, that when you become a client, you may be grateful that your agent doesn’t spend that time personally responding to every query, and instead gets back to you the client very quickly.

  26. Anonymous permalink

    You seem like a really good down to earth person. I would love you to represent my book if you thought it was good enough.

  27. Anonymous permalink

    Well my book is called Blood Heritage. Please do not hate on it because i bothered you today lol

  28. Love that you are a green agency! Thanks for the clarity and chuckles in your submission guidelines. I’ll send you a query in the near future. Fingers crossed, hoping it will interest you.

  29. When is too soon to submit? I honestly think I could have the next big thing, but you probably hear that often. I’m one of those weird people who needs deadlines and has a hard time setting them but I would like to submit soon so if you could give me an idea of how complete my manuscript needs to be I’ll get on it. Thank you kindly.
    Emme

  30. Joseph Joel Johnson permalink

    There is always a market for laughter, duplicity, blood, gore, and a good ole sharpened hatchet. Off Spring: the Killer Babies of Sparse, MA First Novel. It’s a thriller I hope you agree.

  31. Yay, I just sent my query to you. I’m doing the happy dance.

    Love

    Komali

  32. Jessica permalink

    I was about to send you my query but figured that I should ask first. It says that you want the first 5 pages but when I do that then the 5th page is the first page to chapter 2. If I were to include all of chapter 2 then it would be 8 pages. So should I cut it short at 4 pages and just have chapter 1 or can I include the rest of chapter 2?

  33. Jennifer permalink

    You seem so sweet! And I love the humor and charm in the Paranormalcy series. Just sent in a query. I’d love to work with you!

  34. Your site is very informative, and once I have another book complete I will most definitely send it your way.

  35. Susan Parker Rosen permalink

    Hi Twitter has brought me here! I do hope you enjoy the pages I’ve sent over. If you need more (pages of the modern times) I ‘ll send them over! Smiles all!!

  36. Writers' League Staff permalink

    I sent a query but your blog (even the submission guidelines) are so much fun to read I’ll probably follow you even if you don’t respond. That wasn’t kissing up. Okay, maybe a little.
    -Tony

  37. Michelle Areaux permalink

    I have two completed manuscripts, one is a young adult paranormal mystery and the other is a young adult thriller. Which would you prefer?

  38. You don’t handle any children’s books?

    • If you mean children’s picture books, then no. If you mean any other kind of children’s books, then yes, I do handle them.

  39. Greg permalink

    Are in accepting adult fiction?

  40. I want – no, wait, this is definitely a case of NEED, not want – some of what you’re having!
    You’re wrangling small children at home, how is it even possible to maintain the patience you display in the above comments?
    Actually, it is my children who need the answer to that question.
    Fairly quickly, before I strangle them.

  41. Charlotte Parker permalink

    I was looking through the comments trying to see if someone had already asked my question, but it doesn’t appear so. Or maybe I’m just missing it. Either way, I was wondering if you accept queries from other Countries (Say Canada) or if you deal exclusively with Americans. Also, are you open for submissions right now? Thank you!

  42. Anonymous permalink

    comments aren’t date stamped. all these people could be dead by now as I await their reply

    • I have 2 things to say to this. The 1st is that I read this comment from my phone, where all the comments show up as date stamped, so that was kind of entertaining. I agree it’s annoying that these comments aren’t date stamped, but I have no idea how to change that. If you know, tell me and I can try.

      And 2nd, I would definitely think that some people could die or already be dead if you are waiting for responses from the other commenters.

      • Anonymous permalink

        or, I could die or be dead awaiting responses from other commenters who I asked nothing off in the first place. My two comments can now be construed as a query

  43. Anna permalink

    Such a friendly site. Very encouraging & refreshing.

    • I’m glad you still think that, coming right after my somewhat obnoxious reply to the comment right above you!

      • Anonymous permalink

        actually I found your reply to be entertaining. the ‘Pretty please leave a comment’ above the comment box I find obnoxious. is that too harsh?

        • Well, as I like to say, this is a business of opinions and mine is just one. So in this case, I guess yours is just one. And you certainly have the option not to comment if you prefer cherries on top.

  44. Vani Rao permalink

    Would you be interested in historical literary fiction set in colonial and post-colonial India? It’s a character driven novel (the protagonist is a woman) with bollywood undercurrents. Thanks.

    • I have to say this doesn’t totally sound like my taste, but I just read a Bollywood-esque novel that I really enjoyed, so it’s hard to know. I’d encourage you to follow the actual submission process on this page (email query) for a better chance at catching my attention. This isn’t really the best place for me to judge.

  45. Anonymous permalink

    you seem like a nice person. i apologize if I was rude

  46. Under New Adult, does the genre matter? Your twitter feed is hilarious, and I would love to submit to you, but I don’t want to waste your time. Thanks!

  47. A. Nonymous permalink

    How do you feel about resubmitting queries for the same project? When is too soon to resubmit?

    • I’m not sure why you would do this unless it’s undergone some radical change. I guess if you think I’ll remember (and I often do), then it’s probably too soon. I would think a better idea is to start working on something new.

  48. April Little permalink

    Hello. When you say to put the first five pages of the manuscript in the body, you mean to put it before the closing of the letter? Sorry if this seems like a silly question, this is my first time querying agents. And by first five pages, you mean the first five pages in a Microsoft Word document? Thank you.

  49. April Little permalink

    Also, sending only the first five pages would be cutting out a paragraph or so of a character’s dialogue, where he finishes telling a story. Could I include that first paragraph or so of page 6? Thanks again.

    • Yes, I did mean the first 5 pages as counted by a Word doc, but of course it can go into the next paragraph if that’s a more natural break. That’s fine. And when I say the body of the email, I don’t mean above the closing of the query letter (although this is certainly not what I would judge you based on) but I mean as opposed to an attachment. I don’t want to open attachments unless I’ve requested them specifically. Thanks!

  50. Salve Michelle, you’ve been on my literary agent research list for over a month. Wasn’t sure you were all that keen on non fiction narrative. I follow you on twitter. Still open to queries? #memoir #Italy If so, 1st 5 pgs of proposal or manuscript?
    Grazie!

    • I’m actually scaling back on narrative nonfiction and nonfiction in general. You can always try, but it’s definitely not where I’m focusing right now.

  51. Cecile Sarruf permalink

    Hi!

    Have you interest in memoir/personal journey to mid – east type books?

    Thank you,

    Cecile Sarruf

  52. Eric permalink

    Writing Queries is a waste of time. I have sent several and won’t be sending any again. This agents are just too arrogant for me liking. I have written a series of 5 adventure novellas based on african mythology and they keep getting rejected. I wont be querying them again.I now have ingramspark and greenlightmymovie to distribute and pitch my novels too.

    • Sorry this has been your experience. When queries are universally rejected, I usually recommend changing up the query. If you believe in the project, maybe something about the way you’re pitching it isn’t working. But it could be agent arrogance too. Sounds like you know what you’re doing if you have film interest. Maybe you should self publish and take it from there. Best of luck to you.

  53. Do you ever consider representing collections of short stories? FYI: I’ve had three books published, one of them a short story collection. Considering a change of publisher. Interested?

    • Sorry, I’m actually not a short story reader, even if they weren’t so difficult to get published. It’s just not my thing. I always want more! But I wish you luck with this.

  54. Anonymous permalink

    Not sure if my 34,000 word Middle Grade novel will fit, but I’m always of the mind that “It never hurts to ask!” (unless it has to do with not getting a traffic ticket)…

    • Middle grade is really tough for me. It’s definitely not my main area, but something I’d like to do more of. I would say can’t hurt to send a query. Just knowing the word count doesn’t give me enough to go on. Feel free to email a query. Thanks!

  55. I sent 10 pages, embedded in my email…please don’t reject me for sending too much…you can stop reading at six pages if you like! I am sorry about that…

    • Don’t tell anyone but I’m sure that’s what I did. Unless I read all 10 and asked for more. Let’s face it, it’s not like I count while I’m reading. But I don’t think that in most cases you do yourself any favors by sending 10 instead of 5. If I want to read more, I’ll request more. Most of the time, I go through queries very quickly and I’m not looking to get pulled in to a long read. Sometimes I request more when I haven’t even read all 5 pages. I can know I want to read more from 1 or 2 pages and I don’t have time at that moment to read more. So it’s not necessarily about how much you give me to read.

      It’s like the people who send chapter 4 instead of chapter 1 and tell me it’s a better place for me to start. Well, if it’s a better place for me to start, then start your book there!

      Not sure if I requested more or not since this probably happened already, but either way, take this as advice for future queries and I think it’s fine. Just send 10.

  56. From what I see on this page, I like your writing style, so I have added you to my list of agents to contact when my manuscript about life as a woman in the Alaskan wilderness is complete.

  57. When I read this it came as a pleasant surprise. A fun literary agency. Having spent a huge amount of time super-seriously editing my manuscript to near perfection, reading your instructions made me smile. In fact I was just hoping you would represent my chosen genre. You do. Amen to that! Thanks for bringing sunshine to my day.

    That said … I hope you love The Climb: book 1 Eye on the Surface.

  58. Daniela Elana permalink

    I am unsure if you are still accepting manuscripts, but if so I have a 87,000 word new adult manuscript I would like to submit in the near future.

  59. Lily permalink

    I have to tell you, I adore your personality and wish SO MUCH you represented my genre. Although since I love your humor and sarcasm I’d probably be devastated by a rejection and curl into the fetal position and rock back and forth in the corner of my room sobbing quietly. But not dramatically. Because romance authors are lots of things, but certainly not dramatic.

  60. Joe permalink

    Hello,

    As an agent I think you are just right for me in terms of who you currently represent as well as your whole attitude to the process. I reside in the UK and was wondering whether you represent people out of the US?

    Thank you for your time,

    Joe

  61. I consistently produce work and have a few completed stories of various sizes and for various age ranges waiting for publication. I’ll query you about a couple to see what you think. One is a picture book and one a novella for “tweens” that a nationally syndicated cartoonist has produced art to accompany. Its silly and tongue and cheek. I’m also working on a non-fiction book about stress today and how nature can help. It takes a look at America’s Federal parks. The Roycroft in East Aurora, NY, and working with people in the established the famous Albert Hubbard’s print-shop inspired me.

    Published book reviews number over 250 for authors and publishers.

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