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Our team has placed well over 2,000 titles across the entire spectrum of New York publishers, as well as at independent houses throughout the country. Though we have represented clients in virtually all genres, our areas of fiction expertise include women’s, romance, young adult, literary, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction, as well as multicultural and inspirational/religious fiction. Our agents have also placed narrative nonfiction, self-help, health, memoirs, and financial/business titles.

The agency focuses on a broad range of client services, addressing all aspects of our clients’ careers. TKA agents bring to bear their extensive experience and knowledge of subsidiary rights management in the areas of foreign, motion picture and television, audio, merchandising, and electronic rights. Additionally, our marketing and publicity department offers wide-ranging support in the areas of book promotion and branding.

In the continually evolving world of publishing, The Knight Agency remains committed to providing cutting-edge services and scouting for fresh, unique voices to bring to the forefront. Yet what truly sets our company apart are the lasting relationships between our authors and our team; ultimately, for us, it’s all about people.

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Deidre Knight, Senior Agent and President

Please note—the following list isn’t meant to be comprehensive in terms of either the projects I’m seeking or those I represent. The information is merely meant to provide some guideposts as to the types of projects I’m seeking right now. My wish list is ever-evolving, so please be sure to check the dropdown menu on Query Manager when you submit.

I'm eagerly seeking diverse voices in every area, and would love to find more projects by queer authors of color. I have an affinity for all LGBTQ fiction and nonfiction, both YA and adult. Some recent examples of favorite queer reads on the YA side would include RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE and AUTOBOYOGRAPHY. Some of my representative clients in this area include: TJ Klune, Rachel Reid, Annabeth Albert, Cat Sebastian, MA Grant, Jenn Burke, and Tibby Armstrong.

In fiction, I am hungry for voice-driven novels, as I love emotionally resonant novels like ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE or THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE. Always on the hunt for a wonderful YA romance in the vein of Stephanie Perkins or Jenny Han. I would love to find more authors like TJ Klune (THE EXTRAORDINARIES) and Emma Lord (TWEET CUTE).

Despite searching for it, I’ve yet to find someone in the vein of Elin Hilderbrand (whose novels are set on Nantucket and the Cape) or Judy Blundell’s THE HIGH SEASON (which is set on the North Fork of Long island).

Bring me some great romcom! 2020 has truly proved that we need a great escape and to remember the healing power of love. And If I am known for anything after nearly 25 years as an agent, it’s romance of every type. Recent romance reads include THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB, THE FRIEND ZONE (Abby Jimenez), HEATED RIVALRY (Rachel Reid), and ROOMIES (Christina Lauren.)

I’ve been on a spate of reading hockey and sports romances lately. You can’t go wrong targeting me for anything hockey-related, whether fiction or nonfiction. I’m a huge fan, so this is obviously right in my wheelhouse! (Go Preds!) But my love of sports also extends to football and baseball, and I’m aggressively seeking nonfiction in the area of sports.

My client TJ Klune's THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA is a great example of the kind of adult fantasy I represent and would love to find. His book THE EXTRAORDINARIES is also very representative of what I’m looking for on the YA side. These should give you an excellent gauge of the kinds of books I might love, i.e. filled with heart, emotion and humor. I also represent Gena Showalter on the adult and YA side. She’s a good benchmark of what I’m seeking: big concepts, compelling characters, and a voice that pulls you right in.

After spending months quarantined, I’m more focused on finding what I would term “home and hearth” books—ones that focus on cooking, food, lifestyle, home décor.

I’d like to find nonfiction business/investing-focused books, especially those focused on digital culture and investment opportunities. I’m seeking financial topics for millennials. I'd also like a book exploring the impacts of a cashless society, not just an exploration of crypto. As an entrepreneur myself, I’m always eager for topics addressing leadership and business management and ownership.

Recent and upcoming titles include Annabeth Albert's CONVENTIONALLY YOURS, Gena Showalter's THE DARKEST KING and THE EVIL QUEEN, Cat Sebastian's TWO ROGUES MAKE A RIGHT and A DELICATE DECEPTION, TJ Klune’s THE EXTRAORDINARIES, and James Ellman's HOT STOCKS.

Lastly, some of my favorite tropes include enemies-to-lovers, forbidden romance, secret romance, Beauty and the Beast, to name a few. Whether these tropes appear in romances or mainstream books with romantic elements, I’m all in! And if you can work it into a nonfiction book, well, then you’re even more clever than we might hope!



Pamela Harty, Vice President of Sales/Agent

I’m looking for rom-com, cozy mysteries, and historical fiction. For non-fiction, I'd like health and wellness, advice and relationship, and true crime. 




Elaine Spencer, Vice President of Operations/Agent

I’m looking for historical fiction focused on lesser-known women who made big waves with lasting impacts in their relationships and circles. I also loved fictionalized accounts of very specific moments in history. Fiona Davis, Chanel Cleeton, and Ariel Lawhon are all wonderful examples of this type of storytelling. I would also love to find new diverse, millennial voices in romance, women’s fiction and cozy mysteries. And I’m always open to platform-driven nonfiction content in a wide range of categories across the lifestyle, wellness, and business space.

• I would love to see more historical women’s fiction exploring unique moments in history with a strong sense of place. Fiona Davis, Chanel Cleeton, and Ariel Lawhon are all wonderful examples of the type of story that will grab my attention.

• On the contemporary side of the women’s fiction spectrum I want stories that will speak to readers personally, characters who will get in your head and cause reason for personal reflection. I love contemporary Suburban Dramadies (think Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty or even the modern classic Little Children by Perrotta). I’m also always interested in sweeping family dramas that bridge over into the commercial space such as Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng or All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. I loved The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg, and This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.

• I love stories with strong southern themes. To me this means an overwhelming sense of another time (even if its in a contemporary novel); stories about a place steeped in ancient traditions and family expectations, unique cultural oddities and loveliness

• Fictionalized Stories featuring hot topics in the news and/or from the daily realities of modern pop-culture.

• In Romance I’m looking for urban-set contemporary romantic comedies. I know I’m one of a million but The Hating Game has been at the top of my favorites list for awhile. I also like stories featuring strong “underdog” modern heroines. In my view this can take a lot of directions, someone from a marginalized background, someone with an uncommon upbringing, a person who has overcome all the odds, etc.

• I’m a big fan of domestic suspense but it would really have to be stand out in a currently crowded space to grab my attention. It must have high stakes, a sympathetic protagonist, and a unique easy to spot hook

• I’m also really growing my list in the non-fiction space. I’m interested in narrative, prescriptive and gift nonfiction in a vast arena spanning from true-crime (especially as it relates to its lasting impact on history, a place or a group of people such as Missoula by Jon Krakauer or Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann), pop-culture, motivational/self-help, how-to guides, female empowerment, humor (especially humorous memoir), diet, platform-driven social media brands, modern parenting, and lifestyle to name a few.

• Beyond the above specific parameters I love stories featuring animals (ok, starring animals!), cooking/food/wine, world-travel, secret or underground societies, “clubs” of all sorts (knitting, book, widows, etc)., weddings, vacation spots, sports-influence




Lucienne Diver, Agent

My list is incredibly full at the moment. Still, I can’t bring myself to stop reading anything with a unique premise, particularly involving concepts that are relevant to the sociopolitical challenges of today and particularly with diverse voices.

Most wanted for me: a novel that keeps me on the edge of my seat with characters I care about deeply. I enjoy fresh perspectives and surprising turns. I don’t want to feel as though I’ve heard it before or can anticipate where the novel is going before it even gets there.




Nephele Tempest, Agent

I’m currently submissions in the following genres: women’s contemporary or historical fiction; contemporary or historical single-title romance; magical realism; secondary-world fantasy; science fiction; young adult and middle grade fiction of all sorts.

In general, I want voice- and character-driven fiction told with strong pacing and engaging plot twists, and stories that make me think. More specifically, I’d love to see any of the following:

  • High-concept/breakout romance with a strong secondary narrative in addition to the HEA, especially something with a lighthearted thread.
  • Still looking for something with an antihero/hero with dubious morals; pirates, etc. As in, bad boys, please.
  • Women’s fiction that features a long-time female friendship or close-knit sisters.
  • Complex female characters dealing with family dynamics, identity, career.
  • Dual timelines or alternate histories.
  • Historical fiction set between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.
  • Diverse POVs/casts that reflect the makeup of the real world and #ownvoices stories of all types.
  • Mainstream fiction with a magical realism or straight magic component, such as Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House, or Robin Sloan’s Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.
  • In YA fiction – stories where the teen romance serves as a means of support during a difficult time instead of the difficulty itself; historical teen fantasy that does NOT include a teenager becoming a ruler/monarch/fighting to keep their crown; historical fiction featuring everyday teens in the midst of challenging events; something featuring a politically/socially aware teen but that’s not preaching to readers.
  • In MG fiction – strong friendships and sibling relationships; a story featuring a precocious/troublemaking protagonist; kids attempting to handle something difficult/serious on their own due to distracted/absent parents.




Melissa Jeglinski, Agent
  • I would really love to find a project that captures my attention immediately.  For me, this means a strong opening chapter, wonderfully engaging characters, unexpected twists and turns, and a very satisfying ending.  No projects over 100k words, please.
  • Contemporary Romance which is lighter in tone, has a sense of humor and a premise that is out of the box. Diverse characters welcome.
  • Historical Fiction set in periods other than WWII.  Also looking for contemporary and historical intertwined timelines.  Prefer strong female protagonists.
  • Cozy Mysteries with a unique premise but no paranormal edge.  Planned series a plus.
  • Middle Grade fiction with a heartwarming message or just pure entertainment.  Fun and flawed realistic characters. Contemporary and historical settings but no paranormal or fantasy.



Travis Pennington, Media and Marketing Director, Associate Agent

Right now, I’m open to queries from ownvoices and diverse authors in the following genres:

• I’m always looking for YA and MG with amazing voices and unique concepts.

• I’m also interested in thrillers and suspense with female protagonists.

• I don’t usually like high fantasy, but I’d love to find something in the sci-fi area that’s really high concept and well-written.

• I’ll take a look at any genre if the story takes place in unique locations that the author has first-hand experience with, particularly Asia and Africa.



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Kristy Hunter, Associate Agent

• I’m actively building my list and searching for projects that surprise me with their uniqueness. I often find that it’s the story I least expect that pulls me in and doesn’t let go. It all comes down to the voice and a strong hook!

• I’m always looking for OwnVoices projects and projects featuring a diverse cast of characters across all genres.

In adult fiction, Im looking for:

• High concept women’s fiction such as ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman and THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty. As well, as stories that are literary but with commercial appeal such as LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng and LILY AND THE OCTOPUS by Steven Rowley. I especially love projects that capture the complicated nature of family.

• Rom-coms set in wonderful urban settings such as THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne and CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan

• Mainstream titles with hints of magic like THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger and THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern.

In YA fiction, Im looking for:

• Fantasy projects that allow me to be transported in a way that feels new and fresh. I’d especially love to find a contemporary fantasy with a wonderful atmospheric setting. I also wouldn’t say no to paranormal…but it would truly have to be something I haven’t seen before

• Magical realism

• Historical projects that are serious in nature like CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, as well as those that are more playful like THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee. I especially love historical mysteries and projects set in the Victorian and Regency periods.

• Cotemporary YA stories that are fun and unique, and overall present the perfect escape—even if they address larger issues. THINK DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy, TO ALL THE BOYS I LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han and WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord.

• Thrillers and mysteries—either contemporary or historical. My favorites include LITTLE MONSTERS by Kara Thomas and WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart.

In MG fiction, Im looking for:

• Contemporary projects in the vein of THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK by Celia Pérez, WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW by Cindy Baldwin, and WISH by Barbara O’Connor (I’m a sucker for a pet!).

• Quirky mysteries that could be part of a larger series and stories involving shifting friend groups

• Light fantasy and magical realism such as THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill and A SNICKER OF MAGIC by Natalie Lloyd



Janna Bonikowski, Associate Agent

- I’m eager to find well-crafted, inclusive stories with tight pacing, authentic characters, distinctive voices, and—above all—imaginative, fresh concepts. I love books that make me laugh out loud or take me down dark and twisted paths; books centered around family, friendship, or strong women; and stories that hook me from the start and don’t let go. If a story is sassy and bold, memorable and unique, or sparks conversation, I want to read it. More than anything, I want to be surprised.


Jackie Williams

Jackie Williams, Associate Agent


I'm interested in all types of science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and suspense in YA and Adult.

Novels that span generations similar to Cixin Liu’s THREE-BODY PROBLEM, Justin Cronin’s THE PASSAGE, and Netflix’s Dark. Wildly imaginative magic systems like N.K. Jemisin's THE FIFTH SEASON and Samantha Shannon's THE BONE SEASON. Or, magical realism and surrealism books like THE MEXICAN GOTHIC and Haruki Murakami's work.

I also love novels with light-hearted magic such as THE EMPEROR's SOUL, the SHADOWSHAPER CYPHER series, and THE WAYWARD CHILDREN's series. Geeky books that inspire nostalgia like Stranger Things and READY PLAYER ONE. And, science-fiction and fantasy mixed with romance like DARK MATTER and THE NIGHT CIRCUS.

Generally, I enjoy mysteries, thrillers, and suspense with smart female protagonists and/or unreliable narrators, like the LOU NORTON series, THE WIFE BETWEEN US, THE OTHER SISTER, SHARP OBJECTS, and YOU.

For contemporary, I'm into books with a unique take on sports, dance, and hip-hop like Love & Basketball, Pose, or The Get Down, and books that explore status and beauty like THE BELLES.

I tend to prefer literary fiction with a commercial appeal or includes elements of other genres; authors like Celeste Ng, Steph Cha, and Tana French are particularly great at this.


When it comes to food and drink, I’m particularly interested in projects involving southern food and culture, single-subject books, and project where food and community intertwine (AFRO-VEGAN, LET’S MAKE RAMEN!, THE COOKING GENE, SON OF A SOUTHERN CHEF,  and WE ARE LA COCINA are great examples).

In the lifestyle and wellness space, I would love to work with authors that explain big ideas and large concepts like happiness, productivity, business, or creativity in ways that are accessible, fun, and humorous (THE LAZY GENIUS WAY, ATOMIC HABITS, AM I OVERTHINKING THIS?, OR GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER). And whether it’s meditation, breathwork, astrology or Wicca, I would love books or novelty items that explore physical and mental resilience through a BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ lens.

As far as memoirs, I look for culture-related stories that expand the readers' empathy and self-awareness like EDUCATED and WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR.

#Ownvoices/Underrepresented communities

I'm interested in #ownvoices or diverse characters, identities, and cultures, and bringing more underrepresented communities to the publishing forefront.






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In 1996, Deidre Knight founded The Knight Agency. Since that time, The Knight Agency has become
one of the most successful agencies in the country with a multitude of titles appearing on the
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As an agency, we believe the reason for our success is our ability to foster strong relationships
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