Literary agents for memoir, true story and autobiography

The market for memoir is easy (sort of).

Step 1 is to be a celebrity. And if you find yourself unable to complete Step 1, things may prove a little harder.

You will, for one thing, almost certainly need to have been part of something quite remarkable.

Not my-friends-think-it’s-amazing remarkable, but the kind of remarkable that will grip and hold the interest of perfect strangers, like Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

You will also need the ability to transform your experiences into excellent prose. You need to be able to bring to life the things you’ve seen and done.

Think also, for example, of masterpieces as The Hare With Amber Eyes or Empire Antarctica.

These stories are rarer than you think.

AgentMatch and how to use it

There are plenty of memoir-loving agents and you won’t want to approach them all. The best way to develop and refine your own shortlist of likely targets is to visit our page and use the search tools on the left to make your selection.

With AgentMatch, you can select by genre (e.g. memoir) but you can also select by the agent’s level of experience, their appetite for new clients, and very much more. Our database is completely comprehensive and it’s really, really easy to create the searches you want.

All you need is to become a member.

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