The Stringer Literary Agency LLC 

is a full-service literary agency

specializing in commercial fiction since 2008.

Professional Affiliations







The Authors Guild


What We're Looking For Right Now

Watch this space for updates as our needs change.

Marlene Stringer is currently closed to queries except for referrals and conference requests.

Shari Maurer is currently seeking contemporary & historical YA and MG (no fantasy, please), and

book club fiction.



We are particularly seeking upmarket women's fiction, YA, suspense, fantasy, crime novels, romance (except erotic),MG, Narrative Non-Fiction, and thrillers of all types, but we are always looking for great stories in the genres we represent.


In addition to the wishlist above, we are looking for, in no particular order:

       Marlene Stringer:

  • Book club fiction that straddles the commercial/literary line

  • Historical fiction, especially that featuring notable historical personages

  • Women's Fiction, both contemporary & historical 

  • Older YA, both fantasy and contemporary

  • Grounded Science Fiction (no space, aliens, etc.)set on earth, with real science components.

  • Crime Fiction

  • Thrillers of all types

  • Suspense

  • Mysteries of all types

  • Romance (except erotic)

  • Magical Realism

Shari Maurer:


  • Picture Books

  • Middle Grade: Contemporary, Historical, Literary and Mystery

  • YA: Contemporary, Historical, Literary, Mystery, Paranormal Romance

  • New Adult

  • Romance (except erotic)

  • Women's Fiction


  • Biography

  • Juvenile (YA and Middle Grade)

  • Memoir

  • Narrative

  • Parenting

  • Popular Science


Please do not send Literary(except where noted above in Juvenile), Inspirational, Screenplays, Plays, Poetry, Short Stories, Comedy, Erotica or Erotic Romance, True Crime, Religious, or Instructional. We are not interested in seeing any projects that include abuse of children or animals as plot elements.


What Do You Want To See In A Query?

A query letter should be one page in length, include a synopsis/pitch of one or two paragraphs about your work, the genre, and word count, and pertinent information about your previous publishing experience, if any. 

If you're querying non-fiction, make sure you include detailed information about your platform in your query.

Please include the first five pages along with the query cover letter within the body of the e-mail.

We only accept queries for manuscripts that are completed, polished, and proofread.





May I re-query a manuscript that has been rejected?

Unless we’ve indicated in the original response that we are interested in taking another look at your manuscript, the answer, regretfully, is no.  You are always welcome to try us on a future project.

When should a writer think about querying a literary agent for fiction?

A previously-unpublished writer should only query literary agents after the manuscript is:

  • Complete

  • Revised

  • Polished

  • Read by independent and qualified readers.

For non-fiction,  query when you have a fully-developed proposal.


Manuscripts should be submitted in standard format. Number the pages, and include your contact information on the title page.

Make sure the pages you send are final


Publishing is subjective. 

Can I expect feedback?

Usually not. Our job is to evaluate manuscripts for sale, not to critique or provide feedback. We recommend critique partners, critique groups, or beta readers to provide feedback.



You Never Know Where The Next Great Story Will Come From

StringerLit welcomes queries from both published and unpublished writers in our areas of interest. 

Don't waste your time, or ours. Do your homework on the agency before you query and submit.

We do not charge reading or other types of evaluation fees to review submissions.

StringerLit is now working with Query Manager. We only accept queries through the form(link outlined in red) below. Queries sent otherwise are deleted unread.

Do not query more than one agent at a time. If we feel a ms is more suitable for a colleague, we'll refer.

Do not query more than one manuscript at a time.

Review query guidelines before sending.

We only accept submissions from authors, not submission services, etc.


Average response time is up to two weeks on queries, and up to three months on full manuscripts. We strive to respond as quickly as possible. Current clients' work always takes precedence. 


If you have not received a response in the time period indicated, please re-query.

Click on the buttons below to submit.

Marlene Stringer is currently closed to queries except for referrals and conference submission requests.

Some StringerLit Authors
Charlie N. Holmberg
Charlie Donlea
Charlie Donlea was born and raised in Chicago. He now resides in the suburbs with his wife and children.

Charlie's an avid golfer and baseball fanatic. He spends part of each summer fishing with his father in Canada.
Erica Hayes
Erica Hayes has been a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant, and a musician. She lives in Australia, where she is busy writing her next book.
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Geoffrey Wilson
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Caroline L. Bayley
Caroline was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, but moved to London in 2006 to seek her fortune. Since then, she's gotten an MA in Medieval Literature, worked for a FinTech startup, been an English teacher in East London, and started an educational technology company.

Caroline lives in Southeast London with her husband and two cats. When she isn't writing, she is coding. She thinks there ought to be more books about smart, grown-up women who get to have adventures.
Suzanne Johnson
Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance from Auburn, Alabama, after a career in educational publishing that has spanned five states and six universities. She grew up halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis' birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.
Marta Bliese
Marta Bliese is a mother on the edge who writes fantasy romance to escape it all. At various times, she's been a user interface designer, a firefighter, and a cocktail waitress.

Her first loves include Hobbits and NFL football. She firmly believes even evil overlords and pro quarterbacks can choose to become better people.
Andrea Thalasinos
Andrea Thalasinos grew up in the New York. She later moved to the Great Lakes, where she earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Andrea is now a professor at Madison College.

She has raced huskies and founded a rescue group for displaced northern breeds of dogs. When not teaching or writing, Andrea hikes with her dogs along the shores of Lake Superior.
Bethany Wiggins
A reader and daydreamer at heart, Bethany started writing on a dare and dove headfirst into the world of writerly madness. She's never looked back.
Orly Konig
Orly Konig is an escapee from the corporate world where she spent roughly sixteen (cough) years working in the space industry. Now she spends her days chatting up imaginary friends, drinking entirely too much coffee, and negotiating writing space around two over-fed cats.
She is the founding president of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an active member of the Tall Poppy Writers, and a quarterly contributor to Thinking Through our Fingers blog and Writers In The Storm blog.
Katie Schickel
Katie Schickel grew up in Ithaca, NY and graduated from Georgetown University. She’s worked as a newspaper reporter in New York, a scuba instructor in Key West, FL a magazine editor in Pensacola, and a dot com writer in San Francisco. Eventually, she moved back east where she has worked, among other things, as a middle school English teacher, farmer, fisherman, and silversmith. She lives in Newburyport, MA with her husband and two children.
Kate Pawson Studer
After a brief stint working in youth magazine publishing, it became clear that the charmed world of fiction is where Kate’s heart is most happy, so she embarked on her journey into the book-publishing world, first as an editorial assistant for a major publisher, and then as an author.
Kate makes her home in Toronto, Ontario, where she lives with her husband, daughter, son, two cats, and an ever-rising pile of cherished books.
Emily Rittel-King
Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.
Liane Merciel
As a so-called “Army brat,” Liane grew up in Germany, South Korea, and several different parts of the United States. She now lives in Philadelphia, where she practices law.

Liane is an alumnus of Yale University and the College of William & Mary Law School. She is of Korean and European heritage.
Caitlin McFarland
Originally from the Midwest, Caitlyn McFarland currently lives in Utah with her husband and three young daughters. She has a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she’s not writing about dragons or running around after her daughters, she can be found hunched over a sewing machine making elaborate princess costumes.
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Michelle Hauck
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of Northern Indiana with her husband and two dogs, while trying to find the humor of becoming an empty nester. She works with Exceptional Learners by day and writes fantasy whenever she has a moment. Her epic fantasy trilogy Birth of Saints (Grudging, Faithful, Steadfast) was published with Harper Voyager Impulse. To give back to the writer community, she hosts Query Kombat, Sun vs Snow, and other writer contests as well as mentoring in Pitchwars.
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Emily Bleeker
Emily Bleeker is a former educator who discovered her passion for writing after introducing a writer’s workshop to her students. She soon found a whole world of characters and stories living inside of her mind. It took a battle with a rare form of cancer to give her the courage to share that world with others.
Emily lives in suburban Chicago. Between writing and being a mom, she attempts to learn guitar, sings along to the radio (loudly), and embraces her newfound addiction to running.
Alexandra Rushe
Anna Bradley
Anna Bradley has been an avid reader, writer and book fondler since childhood, when she pilfered her first romance novel and stole away to her bedroom to devour it. This insatiable love of the written word persisted throughout her childhood in Maine, where it led to a master’s degree in English Literature.

Before she became a writer, Anna worked with a rare books library featuring works by British women writers from the 1600s through the Regency period.
Emily Cavanagh
Alyxandra Harvey
Alyxandra Harvey is the author of the Young Adult vampire series The Drake Chronicles. She likes tattoos, cinnamon lattes, and Mr. Darcy.
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Melissa Amateis
Don Dixon
Don Dixon is recognized as one of the foremost astronomical artists in the world. His paintings have graced the covers of publications ranging from the Mars Trilogy of Kim Stanley Robinson to Scientific American. As Art Director of the famed Griffith Observatory, high atop Mount Hollywood, he writes and directs the production of immersive planetarium shows.
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Resources for Writers 


Association of Authors Representatives, Inc.-

Romance Writers of America (RWA) -

Historical Novel Society -

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) -

Sisters in Crime  -

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) -

​International Thriller Writers (ITW) -

​Women's Fiction Writers (WFWA)-

​Horror Writers --

​The Authors Guild -​​​

​Publishers Marketplace - 

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