Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 12, 2013

Literary Counsel


Literary Counsel is a boutique agency located in New York City.

It has two agents:

Frances Black – looking for:

•Contemporary Romance


•Historical Romance

•New Adult

Jenn MishlerJennifer Mishler looking for:

•Young Adult Romance

•Young Adult Contemporary

•Young Adult Literary

•Young Adult Historical

•New Adult

Jennifer is seeking Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Contemporary, Young Adult Literary, and Young Adult Historical.

Twitter: @literarycounsel

Visit her here:

They only accept queries on the 1st and 2nd of each month.

Their Guidelines:

Genres and Specialties: Romance—contemporary and historical, prior to 1930—Mystery/Crime, YA (Young Adult Novels) and New Adult. No vampires, no werewolves and no erotica.

Please send us an EMAIL to (this is our submission address) with a summary of your manuscript, a short biography introducing yourself, a way to contact you and ATTACH the first three chapters of your manuscript and a SYNOPSIS as a Word doc.

Your subject line should tell us what genre your manuscript is. (Example: A Young Adult Contemporary, A Historical Romance, A Mystery)

Please do not paste the chapters in the body of your email (it’s difficult for us to read submissions this way!)

In your attachment, please have your title, your name and contact info in your first three chapters. Also, make sure your manuscript has page numbers.

Please include the following information: What genre you feel your work is most like, any similar titles and who your audience is.

Make sure everything you submit to Literary Counsel has your name included, email address and also please have page numbers.

Some advice..

If you submit outside the submission deadlines, your manuscript WILL NOT BE READ.

Your manuscript needs to be double spaced.

• Be professional and courteous in your approach to us. We form an impression based on your e-query, and you want it to be a good impression. Do not write your query in a rush. Take the time to write it well. Make sure your query and manuscripts are polished and error free.

• It could take up to a month to respond to your initial query letter and if we want to read more of your manuscript, we will ask for it.

The process of reading an entire manuscript can be long. We try to read as much as we can. Please be patient.

Talk tomorrow,


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