Have you just finished your YA novel and are ready to begin your search for an agent? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
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Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult (YA) fiction has become a super selling genre in recent years. Look at Stephanie Meyer and Suzanne Collins whose trilogies were so popular they were turned into multi-million Hollywood blockbusters. While big-hitters, like Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, continue to attract a mix of readers.
What was the key to their success? Good character development, a fast pace, and a touch of danger.
New and engaging young adult novels, think Holly Jackson’s A Good Girls’ Guide to Murder or Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses, are carrying on this tradition and beginning to attract a wider audience, capturing the imagination of adult readers too.
The fact that so many young adult books are selling means that agents are inevitably interested in the area and keen to take on outstanding work. However, it also means that agents will be picky: they’ll be looking for novels that can compete with the big names. To make sure you give yourself the biggest chance at success, you need to target the right agents. So do your research and perfect your opening chapters before you start querying agents. Don’t waste your chance by rushing into it.
Once you’re sure your submission pack is ready, it’s time to start preparing your agent shortlist.
AgentMatch And How To Use It
There are plenty of YA-loving agents, but you won’t want to approach them all. The best way to develop and refine your own shortlist of UK agents for young adult fiction is to visit AgentMatch, our literary agent database, and use the search tools on the left to make your selection.
With AgentMatch you can select by genre (e.g. young adult fiction), country, the agent’s level of experience, their appetite for new clients, and much more. You can even save your search results and come back to them, allowing you to work through them one by one, at your own pace. Each profile has been researched thoroughly including what agents like to read in their spare time, information on their most recent deals, manuscript wishlists, submission requirements, and exclusive interviews.
UK Agents For Young Adult Fiction
To get you started we’ve selected a list of 20 UK agents looking for YA fiction:
We’re here to help you at every step in your writing and querying process. Check out our favourite blogs that can assist you in putting together your query letter and synopsis, and if you want valuable, personal feedback on your writing you can book a fifteen-minute One-to-One with an agent of your choice. Premium members can also get a free query letter review from our lovely Writers Support team!
Happy searching, and good luck on your querying journey!