The Stringer Literary Agency LLC
Representing Professional Authors.
Building Careers One Book At A Time.
The Stringer Literary Agency LLC
is a full-service literary agency with offices in Florida and New York
specializing in commercial fiction & select nonfiction since 2008.
AALA (formerly AAR)
The Authors Guild
What We're Looking For Right Now
Watch this space for updates as our needs change.
Marlene Stringer is actively seeking contemporary & historical: women's fiction, upmarket, suspense, crime, thriller, fantasy, and romance. No epic or high fantasy. Looking for stories that are on the fence between thriller & psychological horror. Currently looking for a WF or thriller incorporating genetic genealogy.
Shari Maurer is currently seeking contemporary & historical YA and MG (no fantasy, please), and picture books. She's drawn to characters who have passion and grit, and would love to see stories that have humor, social justice, and suspense --not necessarily all in the same book!
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.
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
Thrillers of all types
Mysteries of all types
Romance (except erotic)
Middle Grade: Contemporary, Historical, Literary and Mystery
YA: Contemporary, Historical, Literary, Mystery
Juvenile (YA and Middle Grade)
Please keep in mind that we close submissions from time to time in order to catch up.
Do not send Literary(except where noted above in Juvenile), Inspirational, Screenplays, Plays, Poetry, Short Stories, Comedy, Erotica or Erotic Romance, True Crime, Genre Western, Religious(or books featuring abusive priests, nuns, pastors, etc.), 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 requested materials along with the query cover letter and synopsis on the form where indicated.
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:
Read by independent and qualified readers.
For non-fiction, query when you have a fully-developed proposal.
Manuscripts should be submitted in standard format.*
Make sure the pages you send are final. Don't ask to resend replacement pages.
Publishing is subjective. What appeals to one agent may not be right for another.
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.
*Basic standard format: Times New Roman or Courier, 12pt font. Double-spaced. 1" margins. Header w/author last name, and title. Page numbers on top right. Title page with name and contact information.
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, or other third parties, 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.
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Some StringerLit Authors
Phyllis Dixon next novel, INTERMISSION, is coming from Kensington Publishing in 2023.
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.
T.L Simpson has been a sports journalist since 2012. He’s been writing fiction for even longer. His journalism has appeared in publications across Arkansas. He has won multiple Arkansas Press Association and Associated Press and Managing Editor Awards. He currently writes middle-grade fiction. Find him at tlsimpson dot net or follow him on Twitter @trvsimpson
David Lewis was born in Wales and moved to Hollywood to become a director of photography. He has shot everything from movies to television series, commercials and music videos, specialising in comedies, and picked up a few awards along the way. For many years, David lived in Scotland and Portugal. An inveterate solo traveler, he now lives in southern California with Hank, the noisiest cat in the world.
Trish Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her Northern Vermont home writing about brave, smart women who are determined to protect the people and places they love. She is the author of the contemporary fantasy Dark Heart series, and the Northern Circle Coven series.
credit: Lindsey Pantele Photography
Anabelle Bryant is the USA Today bestselling author of seventeen historical romances including the new Maidens of Mayhem series for Kensington Publishing. Her historical romances are high concept, character driven stories which provide a heartfelt connection between hero, heroine, and the reader, believing the emotional journey on the path to true love is the most important bond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Isabella Kamal is an Iraqi author of historical romance novels. Growing up in the Middle East, she had very little access to romance novels—but once she got hold of one, she never looked back. Now calling Los Angeles home, she can usually be found in independent bookstores after long days spent developing stem cell-based therapies.
Emily Bleeker is the best-selling author of six novels. Combined, her books have reached over 2 million readers. She is a two-time Whitney Award finalist, a Wall Street Journal bestseller, Amazon charts bestseller and was recently listed as one of the top 100 Kindle authors “of all time.” Emily lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her four kids and a growing menagerie of animals.
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.
Terri Parlato was born & raised in upstate NY. She currently lives in northern Georgia with her husband, and dog, Lucy.
Ciaran Bartlett is a Belfast-based novelist, produced screenwriter, and comedian. He has also been a lecturer at Ulster University, holding a PhD in Media and Journalism.
Resources for Writers
Association of Authors Representatives, Inc.- aaronline.org
Romance Writers of America (RWA) - www.rwa.org
Historical Novel Society - historicalnovelsociety.org
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) - mysterywriters.org
Sisters in Crime - www.sistersincrime.org
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) - www.sfwa.org
International Thriller Writers (ITW) - http://thrillerwriters.org
Women's Fiction Writers (WFWA)- https://www.womensfictionwriters.org
Horror Writers -- www.horror.org
The Authors Guild - www.authorsguild.org
Publishers Marketplace - www.publishersmarketplace.com
Query Tracker: www.querytracker.net
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The Stringer Literary Agency LLC
P.O. Box 111255
Naples, FL 34108
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