Willenfield Literary Agency is currently accepting queries for nonfiction (literary nonfiction and general nonfiction), by email only, from prospective clients. Please send a complete submission package comprising a standard query letter, a detailed book proposal, CV or résumé, and a sample chapter. Do indicate in your query letter whether your proposal is exclusive to us or whether you have submitted it to other agencies or publishers simultaneously.
Your book proposal should give us, and ultimately potential publishers, a clear idea of what your intended book is about, why you have chosen to write this book, and where the work fits within the specific nonfiction marketplace you are targeting. Please see our nonfiction proposal guidelines for information on how to write proposals for literary nonfiction and general nonfiction projects.
If you are at the project conceptualization stage and simply wish to gauge our interest in your idea, please send only a query letter and your CV or résumé. If we are interested, we will contact you for a full proposal.
Please send your submission package to email@example.com as a single DOC, DOCX or RTF file not exceeding 2MB. PDFs will not be accepted. The submission file must include the working title of your book and your last name. For example: The Afterlife of Cities_Metha. To ensure your submission doesn’t get mistaken for spam by our system, the subject line of your email should read as follows: Nonfiction Query — Book Title — Your Last Name.
You will receive an auto-response via email confirming receipt of your submission. We ask that you reply to this email only if you wish to withdraw your submission or have a competing offer to advise us of. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission.
Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to all queries. If we are interested in your submission, you should expect to hear from us within 8 weeks. If more than 8 weeks have passed and you have not heard from us, you can assume that we are not interested in pursuing your project. Unfortunately, we do not offer editorial advice or feedback on rejected submissions.
Thank you for considering Willenfield Literary for representation. We look forward to reading your submission.