Literary Agents Who Represent Christian Authors

Aspiring authors routinely ask me to recommend an agent. This is more difficult than you might think. For starters, we work with numerous agents and enjoy good relationships with all of them.

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Second, it’s often just as difficult to find an agent as a publisher. Many agents are not accepting clients. However, if your project is good and you are persistent, you will eventually find one.

Rather than recommend a specific agent, I hoped to be able to point authors to a list of agents on the Internet. However, I couldn’t find a list that represent Christian authors. Bummer. So, with the help of Vicki, my assistant, I compiled one.

This may not be all the agents that could be listed, but these are the forty or so we work with at Thomas Nelson. While all of them represent Christian authors, they themselves may not necessarily be Christians or represent exclusively Christian authors. If you want to check out an agent or get the opinions of other writers, you might visit ChristianWriters.com or The Absolute Writer Water Cooler, two discussion forums for authors.

Also, please note: before you approach any agent, you should prepare a formal proposal. I provide explicit guidance in my two e-books, one for fiction and one for non-fiction. These will enable you to put your best foot forward and answer the questions that most agents ask.

Regardless, this list does not constitute my recommendation. It is your responsibility to check references and ascertain whether or not a specific agent is right for you.

Keep in mind that agents typically charge a 15 percent commission. This is standard in the industry. However, you shouldn’t have to pay them until they actually sell your book to a publisher.

Note: If you are one of the agents listed below and want your information edited or removed, please send me an email. If you want to be added to the list, send me an email with your contact information and the names of at least three of your clients who have been published. (I don’t want to list inexperienced agents.)

LITERARY AGENTS
Last Updated: 09/27/2013
Maurilio Amorim
Amorim Agency
112 Westwood Place suite 110
Brentwood TN 37027
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Sally Apokedak
The Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency
Atlanta Office
5252 Barrett Parkway #39
Marietta, GA 30064
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Karen Ball
The Steve Laube Agency
5025 N. Central Avenue, #635
Phoenix, AZ 85012–1502
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Bruce Barbour
Literary Management Group
P.O. Box 40965
Nashville, TN 37204
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Jenni Burke
D.C. Jacobson & Associates, LLC
3689 Carman Drive, Suite 300
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
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Terry W. Burns
Hartline Literary Agency
1414 Sunrise Drive #51
Amarillo TX 79104-4332
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Mary Chappell
Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
535 Boylston Street, Suite 1103
Boston, MA 02116
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Rick Christian
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St., Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Jonathan Clements
Wheelhouse Literary Group
1007 Loxley Drive
Nashville TN 37211
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Chaz Corzine
The MWS Group
321 Billingsly Court, Unit 15
Franklin, TN 37067
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Claudia Cross
Folio Literary Management
The Film Center Building
630 9th Avenue, Ste. 1101
New York, NY 10036
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Blythe McIntosh Daniel
The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc.
P.O. Box 64197
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
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Greg Daniel
Daniel Literary Group
1701 Kingsbury Drive, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37215
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Jan Dennis
Dennis Literary
19350 Glen Hollow Circle
Monument, CO 80132
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David Dunham
The Dunham Group
63 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203
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Danielle Egan-Miller
Browne & Miller Literary Associates
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 460
Chicago, IL 60605
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Christopher Ferebee
2834 Hamner Avenue, Suite 456
Norco, California 92860
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Esther Fedorkevich
The Fedd Agency
606 Flamingo Blvd.
Austin, TX 78734
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Gary Foster
Gary D Foster Consulting
733 Viginia Ave
Van Wert, OH, 45891
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Rachelle Gardner
Books & Such Literary Agency
52 Mission Circle, Suite 122, PMB 170
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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Jennifer Gates
Zachary Schuster Harmsworth,
A Literary & Entertainment Agency
1776 Broadway, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10019
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Joel Gotler
Intellectual Property Group
9200 Sunset Blvd. Suite 520
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Steve Green
Anvil II Management
12175 Network Boulevard, Suite 150
San Antonio, TX 78249
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Joyce Hart
Hartline Literary
123 Queenston Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15235
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Andrea Heinecke
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St., Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Kathryn Helmers
Creative Trust, Inc.
Media, Entertainment & Literary Management
5141 Virginia Way, Suite 320
Brentwood, TN 37027
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Judy Hilsinger
Hilsinger-Mendelson West
8916 Ashcroft Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Lee Hough
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St. Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Don Jacobson
D.C. Jacobson & Associates, LLC
P.O. Box 1965
Sisters, Oregon 97759
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Nancy Jernigan
Hidden Value Group
1240 E. Ontario Ave., Ste. #102-148
Corona, CA 92881
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Greg Johnson
WordServe Literary Group
10152 S. Knoll Circle
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
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Natasha Kern
Natasha Kern Literary Agency
P.O. Box 1069
White Salmon, WA 98672
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Joel Kneedler
Alive Communications
7680 Goddard St., Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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Deidre Knight
The Knight Agency
570 East Avenue
Madison, GA 30650
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Janet Kobobel-Grant
Books & Such Literary Agency
52 Mission Circle, Suite 122, PMB 170
Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5370
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Steve Laube
The Steve Laube Agency
5025 N. Central Avenue, #635
Phoenix, AZ 85012–1502
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Wendy Lawton
Books & Such Literary Agency
Central Valley Office
Post Office Box 1227
Hilmar, CA 95324
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Shannon Litton
Amorim Agency
112 Westwood Place suite 110
Brentwood TN 37027
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Shannon Marven
Dupree, Miller & Associates
100 Highland Park Village, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75205
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Jan Miller
Dupree, Miller & Associates
100 Highland Park Village, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75205
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Tamela Hancock Murray
The Steve Laube Agency
5025 N. Central Avenue, #635
Phoenix, AZ 85012–1502
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Bill Reeves
Working Title Agency
2948 Augusta Trace Drive
Spring Hill, TN 37174
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Rebeca Seitz
Reclaim Management
1700 Hayes Street, Suite 302
Nashville, TN 37203
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Mary Sue Seymour, AAR
The Seymour Agency
475 Miner Street Road
Canton, New York 13617
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David Shepherd
The DRS Agency
317 Main Street/Suite 207
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
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Meredith Smith
Creative Trust, Inc.
Media, Entertainment & Literary Management
5141 Virginia Way, Suite 320
Brentwood, TN 37027
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Karen Solem
P.O. Box 374
24 Park Row
Chatham, NY 12037
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Les Stobbe
Literary Agent
300 Doubleday Road
Tryon, NC 28782
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Mark Sweeney
Mark Sweeney & Associates
28540 Altessa Way, Suite 201
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
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David Van Diest
Van Diest Literary Agency
P.O. Box 1482
Sisters, OR 97759
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David Vigliano
Vigliano & Associates
405 Park Avenue, Suite 1700
New York,, NY 10022
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Frank Weimann
The Literary Group International
The Stanford Building
51 East 25th Street, Suite 401
New York, NY 10010
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Thomas J. Winters
Winters & King, Inc.
2448 East 81st Street, Suite 5900
Tulsa, OK 74137-4259
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Andrew Wolgemuth
Wolgemuth & Associates
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
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Erik Wolgemuth
Wolgemuth & Associates
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
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Robert Wolgemuth
Wolgemuth & Associates
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
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Wes Yoder
Ambassador Agency
P.O. Box 50358
Nashville, TN 37205
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  • Madeleinecalcutt

    One of the people who commented on this site said that Zachary Shuster Harmsworth do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. This appears to be the case as it is stated so on their website. I sent them an email asking them if they accept unsolicited query letters or book proposals and if they don’t and if they do not accept anything unsolicited, how do they get their clients? How do they solicit authors, and could they please solicit me!
       It will be interesting to see if they reply to me and what they say in their reply. It sounds as if it is a Catch22. An author has to have an agent to get an agent. If that is the case, what agent would refer an author on to Z.S.H., I wonder?

  • Gfish777

    Wonderful post Michael! Keep up the good work!

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  • Pat Gilliss

    I wrote a book about true miracles that have happened in my life. I went with a company that I shall not name. Things did not work out there so I have pulled out. It was a print on demand company. I have redone my book with a  much nicer cover, corrections have now been made, and I am wondering if there is any hope of my getting in with a real publisher. By that I mean Someone who will pay me instead. Pat G

    • Madeleinecalcutt

      I believe an agent is the way to go. There are also agents listed in Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2012. This is a worthwhile book to purchase – a very valuable tool and resource. You can buy it from Amazon and I think it is about $30 plus postage. I would recommend it. Your book sounds very inspiring and readable. All the best with it. God bless you from Madeleine

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  • Darrell Kobaso

    Hello, my name is Darrell David Kobaso Christian singer/songwriter/ Radio Producer I am seeking a Christian Literary Agent. I have some great ideas and need to find the right people to work with. Thanks. dkobaso@gmail.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You will need to approach them, Darrell. I suggest you start by creating a proposal and then going from there. See my post, Advice to First Time Authors.

  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    Nope, it’s not. Just be up front about it. Thanks.

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  • Christine

    I am an illustrator and author who is interested in illustrating for my own children’s books. Is there an Christian Agent out there who would represent those who write and illustrate?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, but I don’t know of one.

  • Jasmine

    Thank you.

  • Harold Carter

    I am trying to sell the Second Best story ever told. I have never dealt with an agent before, it all seems quite complicated. Anyone got an idea of who I should approach? Synopsis – http://www.GreatestSupernaturalExperience.com . Thanks!

  • Frank Di Silvestro

    If Etta Wilson is retired, how come she is still on your list?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I didn’t know she was. She has not yet notified me.

  • Frank Di Silvestro

    Can you list separately a list of Christian children’s literary agents? I think some of the agent’s don’t handle children’s books. But there often is no way to discern this.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I’m afraid I don’t. If there are any children’s book agents on the list, it’s an accident.

  • ricardo williams

    Mike, I want to say you are a blessing to upcoming writers. I haven’t found any other blogs online that is so informative and supportive as yours.
    I just completed my first book, “Dear God, An Impatient Conversation with a Patient God.” I’ve set a budget of $3000.00 to get self published, but I’m wondering if I should make this my first course of action?

  • Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, this list was very helpful.

    You are planting seeds.

  • http://bilingualamerica.com/ Ricardo Gonzalez

    This is really helpful Michael. I appreciate your willingness to share this valuable information. I have a leadership book I am working on that is in the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic area that will also be well received in the Christian genre.

  • Jessica Berg

    Thank you so much for this list:) I appreciate it as this will come in very handy. What is the likelihood of an agent looking at a self-published book? I really regret self-publishing my first book, and I’ve heard that agents steer clear of those.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Not true. It’s really about whether it looks and reads like a self-published book. Smart agents will see the opportunity in a well-written book.

  • MELIMELI

    I REALLY DO APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS IN COMPILING A LIST OF LITERARY AGENTS SERVING CHRISTIAN WRITERS. MAY I SUGGEST YOU DO A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF AGENTS SERVING CHRITSIAN SCRIPT AND MOVIE WRITERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOME OF US ASPIRING AUTHORS AND SCREEN WRITERS.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid I am not the one to do this. I don’t have any expertise in those areas. Thanks.