Top 20 YA Agents: 142 Sales in the Last 12 Months

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What agents are selling young adult (YA) novels? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way to look at the agents for young adult novels. This list includes information on the agent, links to his/her agency and the number of young adult deals made in the last twelve months. Please note that the agent/agency may have made many other deals in addition to these; these are limited to those self-reported by the agent/agency in the category of middle grade. For more information, go to Publishersmarketplace.com (you must pay to join to see full information).

This is the last of three articles on current agents for children’s books. See also Picture Book Agents and Middle Grade agents lists.

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I did a similar report on YA agents in 2013. At that time, I only listed the top 10 YA agents, who represented 72 deals. This time, the top 10 agents report 85 sales. This could be due to a couple reasons: first, Publisher’s Marketplace relies on agents to self-report. This means that the agents are, for the first time, in a sort of competition for rankings. Reporting more sales means they are ranked higher, which gives prestige and possibly brings in more prospective clients. Second, it could mean that sales are up for picture books. We hope the latter is the case, but suspect the first reason has much to do with the increased number of sales.

  1. Sara Crowe (Harvey Klinger), 12 deals. Website
  2. Jim McCarthy (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), 11 deals. Website
  3. Sarah Davies (Greenhouse Literary Agency), 10 deals. Website
  4. Mollie Glick (Foundry Literary + Media), 10 deals. Website
  5. John Cusick (Greenhouse Literary Agency), 9 deals. Website
  6. Rosemary Stimola (Stimola Literary Studio), 7 deals. Website
  7. Tina Wexler (ICM), 7 deals. Website
  8. Josh Adams (Adams Literary), 7 deals. Website
  9. Victoria Marini (Gelfman Schneider/ICM), 7 deals. Website
  10. Adriann Ranta (Wolf Literary Services), 7 deals. Website
  11. Kerry Sparks (Levine Greenberg Rostan), 7 deals. Website
  12. Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary Agency), 6 deals. Website
  13. Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency), 6 deals. Website
  14. Molly Ker Hawn (The Bent Agency), 6 deals. Website
  15. Kevan Lyon (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency), 5 deals. Website
  16. Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), 5 deals. Website
  17. Jill Corcoran (Jill Corcoran Literary Agency), 5 deals. Website
  18. Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency), 5 deals. Website
  19. Kathleen Rushall (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency), 5 deals. Website
  20. Allison Hellegers (Rights People | United Kingdom), 5 deals. Website

1 Comment
  • Rosalyn
    April 29, 2015

    It’s been fun watching these lists come up. I do think the self-reported thing is a factor, though, as Jodi Reamer of Writer’s House reps a number of top writers–and her recent deals are definitely underreported. But then, she doesn’t really need to attract new clients! (Also fun: knowing that my recent deal is one of my agent’s numbers up there . . .)