Literary agents for science fiction

The market for science-fiction remains as interesting and varied as it’s ever been.

You can still write classic space opera and find a market, but there’s an increasing interest in dystopia, genre collisions, and any intelligent idea-driven fiction.

The genre remains rich, deep, and you can certainly argue that the literary novelists, Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell, have written sci-fi novels. George Orwell and Aldous Huxley are especially famous for sci-fi masterpieces.

People like Iain Banks and China Mieville aren’t usually considered literary novelists, but they are excellent writers who write challenging, thoughtful, bold fiction.

A healthy, confident market with plenty of international appeal. And AgentMatch can help you tap it.

Are you really writing science-fiction?

We suggest you think hard about whether you are really writing science-fiction.

For example:

  • A near-future thriller involving (say) an as-yet-undiscovered virus could well market itself more accurately as a techno-thriller and be suitable for crime and thriller agents and editors.
  • An intelligent novel, like David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, is probably better sold as literary fiction, no matter whether or not it uses sci-fi ideas and techniques.

Using our genre search along with careful use of our agent profile pages means that you’ll get the best possible fit for your novel.

AgentMatch and how to use it

On AgentMatch, there are plenty of science-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.

You can select by genre (e.g. science-fiction) 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.

This site is designed to give users a good feel for the data and functionality for free, but the real riches of our site are available only to members.

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Our AgentMatch search pages can help you look for agents. Peek for the Select Genres box, click that, and choose “Science Fiction”. And the list of agents will automatically be filtered.

Simply choosing agents who like science-fiction will give you a list that is too long to be manageable, though, so you will need to pare it back in some way.

You can do that by:

  • Figuring out if you would rather be represented by a large agency or a small one;
  • Looking for agents who are “Keen to build client list” rather than “List largely complete”;
  • Looking for agents who have been in the business a little less long, so are hungrier to attract new clients;
  • Other uses of the search filters.

You should also explore the profiles of the agents who come up to see who really is a match for your book and who really isn’t. Some agents are happy to look at all submissions that come their way, but won’t have a real keen interest in the genre. Others are particularly keen on the area and would strongly welcome your submissions.

Wishing all intergalactic luck!

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