Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 7, 2016

Agent Looking to Build List

ryann-wahl-literary-agentRyann Wahl holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English from Allegheny College. Between literary journal editing and working in the trade publishing industry, she has six years of publishing experience. She grew to love working with foreign publishers through her three years in literary scouting, and looks forward to continuing to do so as the Foreign Rights Manager at Holloway Literary, in addition to taking on her own clients as a literary agent. As a writer herself, she is dedicated to the rights and needs of authors, and takes a hands-on, editorial approach.

Follow Ryann on Twitter @ryann_wahl


Status: Ryann is currently open to submissions.

Ryann is looking for books that teach her more about the world and challenge her perspective. Fresh, highly-observed, psychologically-complex writing. She likes a story that is ambitious in scope, but has a keen eye for detail. Introspective, meditative, lyrical, atmospheric, diverse, subversive, and politically relevant are all qualities to which she’s drawn. She is particularly impressed by successful first-person narratives. Crafted experimentation is welcome.

Ryann is interested in representing:

  • Literary fiction – Ryann is looking for sharp, clean, language-driven writing with stunning turns of phrase. She is interested in narratives that explore the strange within the mundane, dig into the human experience, and lift the corners of our daily lives to reveal what’s beneath.
  • Up-market fiction – Ryann is looking for strong writing with a compelling hook. She likes psychological thrillers that approach the genre in a fresh way, as well as smart “coming-of-age” stories with a mature voice.
  • Young Adult –  Ryann would like special YA novels that are timely yet have a timeless feel. Well-written stories of all genres are welcome, particularly those which tackle challenging subjects in imaginative ways. Three-dimensional characters and world-building are essential.


Send your query and the first fifteen pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of your email to submissions @ In the subject header write: Ryann/Title/Genre. You can expect a response in 4 to 6 weeks. Please only submit to one agent at a time. We will pass your work on if we feel it’s better suited to a colleague. Any queries sent to more than one agent will be deleted.

If Ryann is interested, she’ll respond with a request for more material. If she’s not interested in your query but thinks it will be a good fit for others at the agency, she’ll share your submission. Due to the number of emails we receive, Ryann will only respond if she’s interested.

Talk tomorrow,


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