Submission Guidelines

Our agents have a wide range of tastes and preferences.

The agents of The Knight Agency are currently looking for material in a wide spectrum of genres. However, we are NOT currently accepting screenplays.

Response Times

We pride ourselves on fast responses, however sometimes our current client needs and other professional responsibilities prevent us from answering queries in the timelines we aim for. In general, we strive to respond to all queries within two weeks of receipt, but we ask that you check an agents Query Manager page for timeline updates before following up on a project. If your response still seems overdue, please do not hesitate to follow up via the link provided when you submitted your project.

We only accept queries through Query Manager

Paper queries submitted via US Mail or any other means will not be reviewed nor returned.

Agent Wish Lists

Deidre Knight,

Senior Agent and President

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• Nonfiction in the areas of finance, investing, stock trading, business, gardening, food and cooking, health and wellness, pop culture, personal development, Net culture, and unusual subjects explored brilliantly.

• Compelling Women’s Fiction with strong narrative voice. Women’s Fiction with romantic elements, humorous Women’s Fiction, Southern Fiction, high-concept Commercial Fiction.

• Novels set in very distinctive places and about sisters/familial connections.

• A historical novel about a unique culture or time period.

• YA and MG of all stripes.

• Fantasy/women’s fiction that straddles the genres lyrically, i.e. TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE and THE NIGHT CIRCUS.

• Upmarket women’s fiction

• Suspense/thrillers


Pamela Harty,

Vice President of Sales/Agent

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• I am looking to add new nonfiction authors. Please send me your True Crime, Lifestyle, Cooking & Diet, How-to, Pop Culture, Humor, Parenting, Narrative, and Advice/ Relationship. I am really looking forward to seeing new material.


Elaine Spencer,

Vice President of Operations/Agent

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• 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,


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• 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.


Nephele Tempest,


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• Voice- and character-driven fiction told with strong pacing and engaging plot twists; stories that inspire and make me think.

• Mainstream/upmarket fiction with magic or or other genre tropes/crossover appeal, such as Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

• #ownvoices and diverse projects where the diversity is not necessarily the main thrust of the story.

• Complex female characters dealing with family dynamics, romance, and own identity.

• Late 19th and early 20th century fiction set in U.S./Europe/Latin America; dual-timeline narratives; alternate histories, such as Jo Walton’s Farthing, Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars.

• Would love something featuring a hero of dubious moral fiber/antihero; think pirates, highwaymen, corporate raiders, double agents, former spies who haven’t quite retired; could be fantasy, romance, YA, historical fiction.

• High concept/breakkout romance with a strong narrative running along side the road to HEA.

• Multi-layered adventure/puzzle narrative that’s not a mystery, in the vein of Katherine Neville’s The Eight

• YA with a dark fairy tale atmosphere but that’s not a direct retelling, such as Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood, Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw; contemporary high-school based stories with psychological twists; charming, sweet romance intertwined with bigger life issues; historical fiction featuring teens taking on tasks/roles unusual for their age.

• MG featuring strong friendships, or large families of siblings; neighborhood adventures; humorous misadventures; fantasy/paranormal adventures in real-world setting—either contemporary or historical.


Melissa Jeglinski,


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• Thrillers with a female protagonist

• Historical Fiction set during either WWI or WWII or Historical Fiction about the Romanovs.

• Cozy Mystery with an innovative approach, no paranormal elements.

• A humorous Middle Grade with a female detective protagonist.


Travis Pennington,

Media and Marketing Director, Associate Agent

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• 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.


Kristy Hunter,

Associate Agent

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• 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

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• I’m eager to find well-crafted stories with tight pacing; authentic, diverse characters (especially by #ownvoices authors); distinctive voices; and—above all--big, imaginative concepts.

• I love books demonstrating the strength of women, books that make me laugh out loud, and books about socially relevant topics.

• I’m fatigued with romance and women’s fiction submissions that seem to be treading the same paths, so something outside-the-box would be fantastic. • I’m definitely in the mood for a romantic comedy or a humorous cozy mystery with a fresh setting.

• For YA, I’d love to see suspense or mystery that is dark and twisty or fantasies with strong worldbuilding and exciting new concepts. More than anything, I want to be surprised.