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 2-4 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.


Choose the correct genre

Make sure to specify the correct genre for your book, and don't query agents for categories they aren't seeking. If an agent is not presently accepting queries in your genre, pick a different agent who is currently open to that genre.



Agent Wish Lists

Deidre Knight,

Senior Agent and President

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Right now, I’m being very selective, but am seeking new authors in the areas of women’s fiction, thriller (except espionage/political), romcom, queer lit, mainstream fiction/commercial fiction, beach reads (a la Emily Henry), sports romance, as well as contemporary romance with high concepts that can be published in a bigger way. Also seeking nonfiction in the categories of sports, business, finance, cookbook, pop culture, current affairs, gardening, health and fitness, history, home décor and design, lifestyle, parenting, memoir, and travel.

You should check Query Manager for a more exhaustive list of genres and sub-genres than I'm currently seeking. If you don't see your work's category listed there, then I'm not presently considering that genre. Also, on Query Manager, please don't submit via incorrect genres or for novella-length works.

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Pamela Harty,

Vice President of Sales/Agent

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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.

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Elaine Spencer,

 

Vice President of Operations/Agent


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I’m looking for fiction that wholly transports me- be it to another place, another decade, or to another life. I have an equal love for both the type of upmarket fiction that book clubs love discussing, and alternatively, the purely escapist commercial narratives that make a great beach read. I gravitate towards strong female voices, sweeping love stories, historical fiction, new adult stories (with big unique plots), romantic comedies (with a voice that is truly funny), quirky mysteries, family dramadies (who doesn’t love a last will and testament gone wrong) and high concept psychological thrillers. I have a soft spot for books with a southern flair and a desire for bringing previously underrepresented narratives to market. I always want stories that make me feel all the things: joy, anger, hope, frustration, shock, laughter, desperation, and longing. I believe a strong and memorable voice will almost always trump everything else. 

In Nonfiction 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, business, finance, wellness, spiritual, diet, platform-driven social media brands, modern parenting, and lifestyle. 

 

Elements, Tropes and things that will always make me take notice in a pitch: 

  • Heist, Grifter, Con stories like First Lie Wins, The Social Climber, Counterfeit, Stone Cold Fox, Listen for the Lie
  • Strong Male voices like Steven Rowley, Matthew Norman, Will Leitch, Tom Perotta, Peter Heller
  • Family-focused narratives such as The Sweeney Sisters, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, All Adults Here, The Unsinkable Greta James, Laurie Frankel.
  • Twentieth Century Historical Fiction focused on places, people, or story-angles that we haven’t heard of but that feel familiar some great examples I love Fiona Davis, Beatriz Williams, Susan Meissner, Marie Benedict
  • Women vs The World such as Women Are The Fiercest Creatures, The Wife App, Smile and Look Pretty
  • Romance for the modern reader, give me all the Emily Henry, Meet Me At the Lake, Thank You For Listening, Romantic Comedy, Funny You Should Ask, Nora Goes Off Script
  • Stories with unforgettable animals like Lily and the Octopus, Remarkably Bright Creatures, West With Giraffes
  • Art-centered plots (contemp or historical)- I devoured Woman On Fire, Fake, The Art Forger, The Night Portrait
  • Cozy Crime / Mystery The Maid, Thursday Murder Club, Finlay Donovan is Killing it, Everyone In My Family has Killed Someone, Dial A for Aunties
  • Books with Speculative Elements such as The Lost Apothecary, The Keeper of Lost Things or any magical realism
  • Stories with a strong setting great examples are Elin Hildebrandt, Karen White, or Where the Crawdads Sing
  • Isolated Locations ie boarding school, deserted island, airplanes, remote cabin
  • Characters Behaving Badly which crosses close to the con/grifter/heist bullet but not quite- The Club, A Novel Obsession, 
  • Books about Books,  The Midnight Library and The Reading List are opposites on this spectrum

 

2024 Spring Current Wish List: 

Sports Romances - especially Hockey, F1, Tennis, Golf, Lacrosse, Pickelball - but others too!

Genre Mashups Like Action Adventure Romantic Comedies, Historical Rom Com, Paranormal Mysteries

Paranormal Romance - ITS BACK. I have always loved retellings, folklore and myth-based projects

Cozy Fantasy

Made up True Crime based stories

Light-hearted Mafia romance

Romantic Comedies with Women in underrepresented rolls, not just stem, but, executives, bosses, etc

Romance set against politics (but not with any ties to real life politics)

Stories centered around a friendship Dramas, Unravellings, Rebuilding - spanning from Generation Z to Boomers and beyond. 

Stories featuring Boomers finding friendship with Gen Z/Millenials

Historicals from Jazz Age, WW2 - give me those untold stories of American legends and dynasties

Commercial Fiction based on women’s emotional journeys - secrets found in attics, women returning home. 



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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.

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.

Recent and upcoming titles include THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin, BITTER FALLS by Rachel Caine, WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by Alyssa Cole, THE GHOST TREE by Christina Henry, and THE DARK ARCHIVE (Invisible Library #7) by Genevieve Cogman.

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Nephele Tempest,

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I’m currently seeking submissions in the following genres: women’s contemporary or historical fiction; contemporary or historical single-title romance; adult real-world or secondary-world fantasy; adult science fiction.

In all categories/genres, I am looking for stories featuring:

  • Underrepresented characters/diverse POVs, whether by gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.
  • #ownvoices stories
  • Found families
  • Strong sibling relationships, especially sisters or large families
  • Excellent world building
  • Fish-out-of-water stories
  • “New” settings, places that have not been overdone
  • Strong writing/prose, distinctive voices, new twists on familiar tropes, and/or high concepts
  • Strong hooks
  • Smart characters who demonstrate blind spots/flaws/their humanity

Specifically, I’d love to find any of the following:

  • High-concept/breakout romance with a strong secondary narrative in addition to the HEA, especially rom-coms or something with a lighthearted thread. (Featuring diverse couples of all types.)
  • Women’s fiction that features a long-time female friendship or close-knit sisters; would love a travel/road-trip novel, but no Thelma-and-Louise endings.
  • A heroine looking at a slow/late career start/finding themselves in mid-30s to late-40s/reinventing themselves.
  • Unconventional/self-made/entrepreneurial heroines.
  • Fresh, creative re-imaginings of classics.
  • Dual/multiple timelines.
  • Magic or magical realism, especially non-Western.
  • Historical fiction set between the early-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, especially that does not focus on WW2 directly.
  • Historical fiction with a literary tie-in.
  • Literary-leaning witch novel: women’s fiction/historical/fantasy, especially something set in modern-day Salem.

Favorite recent(-ish) reads include RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston, THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB series by Lyssa Kay Adams, LOVE LETTERING by Kate Clayborn, BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall, PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND OTHER FLAVORS by Sonali Dev, HAMNET by Maggie O’Farrell, THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin, NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo, THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow, REPUTATION by Lex Croucher, Themis Files series (SLEEPING GIANTS, WAKING GODS, and ONLY HUMAN) by Sylvain Neuvel, WRITERS AND LOVERS by Lily King, and THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle.

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Melissa Jeglinski,


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• 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.


Recent and upcoming titles include Aimie K. Runyan’s ACROSS THE WINDING RIVER, Sarah Warburton’s ONCE TWO SISTERS, Ginger Garrett’s NAME TAGS AND OTHER SIXTH GRADE DISASTERS, and Rosemarie Ross’s FINISHED OFF IN FONDANT.

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Kristy Hunter,


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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


Recent and upcoming titles include Kelly Powell's MAGIC DARK AND STRANGE, Liselle Sambury's BLOOD LIKE MAGIC, and Loriel Ryon's INTO THE TALL, TALL GRASS

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Travis Pennington,

Media and Marketing Director, Associate Agent

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Fiction

- Young adult and Middle Grade, particularly high concept with a great voice

- mystery and psychological thrillers

- Christian fiction in any genre, from thrillers in the vein of Joel C. Rosenberg or Tim LaHaye, to contemporary titles such as The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton, to Historical Romance such as An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

Nonfiction

- Inspirational Memoirs such as Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton, Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic, Grace, Gold, and Glory by Gabrielle Douglas, Shaken by Tim Tebow, and More Than My Scars by Kechi Okwuchi

- General Christian non-fiction

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