FAQs

Are you accepting submissions right now?  
Please check the details on the AGENTS page to see what types of projects our agents are currently accepting.

Do you accept submissions by snail mail?
No, please send your queries by email to speilburgliterary@gmail.com. It’s an awful lot of paper to be shipping around the country, don’t you think?

For detailed guidelines, please check our SUBMISSIONS page.

What should I include in the query letter?
The query letter should include a pitch for your book and a brief synopsis. It’s also an opportunity to show off your writing skills. The pitch can either be an excerpt that draws in the reader, or a pithy description of your book. Think about the descriptions on book jackets that you read when you’re looking for a book at a bookstore. Those couple paragraphs often determine whether you’ll buy the book, right? In the same way, your query letter will often determine whether an agent will consider representing you as an author. For more query tips, check out the Speilburg Literary intern’s series on writing queries: https://speilburgliterary.com/category/publishing/frustrated-intern/

How should I format the sample chapters?
Please include sample chapters within the body of the email.

I’ve self-published a book and would like an agent to find a traditional publisher for the same book. Can I send it to you?
Yes, but in the case of any previously self-published book, please include your sales information: x copies sold within x months/years.

I wrote a children’s picture book. Can I send it to you?
No. Although the agency represents middle-grade and young adult novels, we do not represent children’s picture books at this time.

My email was blocked. Did I do something wrong?
As long as you have included the word “Query” in the subject line, it should come through. If you’re still having trouble, please leave a comment on this page and someone will be in touch.

Is there a reading fee, or any other sort of fee?
No, Speilburg Literary adheres by the AAR Canon of Ethics and does not charge any reading fees. Please avoid submitting your work to any literary agent who charges a reading fee. Most literary agents work on commission, which means that they receive a percentage of the author’s royalties if they sell the book to a publisher. The industry standard is 15% for domestic book deals.

I sent you a submission, but I haven’t heard from you. Do you respond to all submissions?
We do try to respond to all submissions, but it may take a while. Please be patient. (The exception is if you sent your non-conference query when the agency was closed to queries, in which case you should resend it.)

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