Submission Information and Guidelines

The Seymour Agency is currently open to submissions. Read the information below and contact us in Canton, New York if you have questions.

 We strive to represent diverse authors and content that reflects the many communities, cultures, and countries we serve. Being inclusive is our mission.

Our Guidelines

For email queries, a one-page letter will suffice. No attachments, please. All of The Seymour Agency agents prefer email queries and ask that you paste the first five pages of your manuscript into the bottom of your email.

Be sure to include the following details:

  • A great pitch for your book, 3-5 lines long. This helps us to immediately see what the hook is, as well as what the story is about.
  • Genre/Target Audience
  • Word Count
  • Contact Information and Bio
  • References (Conference, Recommendation, etc.)

In the interest of protecting the environment, please forward all submissions electronically.

Please query one agent at a time. However, if that agent passes on a project, please feel free to query another Seymour agent.

We make a conscious effort to reply to every query we receive. If you do not receive a request for additional materials within three weeks, you should assume that we are not interested in that particular project.

Please know that our opinion is but one, and another agent may feel differently. We wish you the very best in all of your writing endeavors! Thank you for your interest in The Seymour Agency!

Helpful Advice for Authors Who Are Submitting

  • First impressions count. Use spellcheck and format your manuscript properly
  • (1" margins, 12pt font, header with title, page #, author name).
  • Beware of typos.
  • Avoid passive writing.
  • Do your homework. Know your target audience and genre.
  • Be unique. Every theme/storyline has been done before. What makes your manuscript different?
  • Edit. Edit. Edit. Make sure your story begins in the right place, that secondary characters don't steal the show, and the tension escalates.
  • Every agent/editor/reader wants a book they can't stop reading, so be mindful of pacing.
  • Create characters a reader will care about.
  • Typing "The End" is only the beginning. Be prepared to promote and market both your book and your brand. For example, blog spots and websites build readership and establish an online presence.
  • Networking through writing groups and formal organizations (ACFW, RWA, MWA, FWA) can introduce you to new friends, critique partners, and offer resources tailored to your genre.
  • Develop your craft and don't stop writing. Writers improve with every manuscript, and completing more books increases your odds of achieving publication.   

Acquiring Agents


Accepts queries in the following genres: 

  • Action/Suspense/Thriller
  • Cookbooks
  • Cozies and Amateur Sleuth
  • Inspirational
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Sci-Fi
  • Fantasy
  • Women's Fiction
  • YA/Children's/MG

For queries, send an email to [email protected].

Vice President and Agent

Julie Gwinn accepts queries in the following genres: 

  • Historical Fiction
  • Inspirational Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Mysteries and Suspense
  • Romance (Contemporary, Historical, Suspense, Inspirational, and Amish)
  • Spec Fiction and Fantasy
  • Women's Fiction

For queries, send an email to

Executive Director and Agent

Marisa Cleveland accepts queries in the following genres:
    • Mystery
    • General Fiction
    • Nonfiction (Business and Leadership)
For other genres, by referral only.

For queries, click this link:

Communications Manager and Agent

Lesley Sabga accepts queries in the following genres:

Fiction, Young Adult, and Adult:
  • Book Club Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Romance and Mysteries/Thrillers
  • Women's Fiction
Middle Grade:
  • Action/Adventure

  • Contemporary

  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Humor
  • Mysteries

For queries, send an email to l[email protected].


Tina Wainscott accepts queries in the following genres: 

  • Prescriptive
  • Self-Help
  • Spirituality Non-Fiction

For queries, click this link: http://QueryMe.Online/TinaWainscottTSA.


Jennifer Wills accepts queries in the following genres:

Picture Books and Cookbooks

Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction
    • Sci-Fi
    • Fantasy
    • Horror/Suspense
Contemporary and Upmarket Women's Fiction With a Sense of Humor

    • Narrative Non-Fiction
    • Memoir

For queries, send an email to [email protected].


Lynnette Novak accepts queries in the following genres:

Adult Fiction
    • Contemporary Romance
    • Horror
    • Mysteries (Traditional, Amateur Sleuth, and Cozy)
    • Psychological Suspense
    • Romantic Comedy
    • Thrillers
Young Adult Fiction
    • Contemporary
    • Fantasy
    • Horror
    • Mysteries
    • Psychological Suspense
    • Sci-Fi
    • Thrillers
Middle-Grade Fiction
    • Action/Adventure
    • Contemporary
    • Fantasy
    • Horror
    • Humor
    • Mystery
    • Sci-Fi
Children’s Fiction
    • Picture Books (Non-Rhyming Preferred)

For queries, send an email to [email protected]


Elizabeth “Lizzie” Poteet accepts queries in the following genres:

  • Cozy Mystery

  • New Adult and Young Adult
  • Romance (Suspense, Historical, Contemporary)

No poetry, picture books, or literary fiction novels.

For queries, send an email to [email protected].


Michael L Joy accepts queries in the following genres: 

Adult Fiction:

  • Crime
  • Graphic Novels (Script Form)
  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Thrillers


  • Art
  • Business Self-Help
  • Music
  • Pop Culture
  • True Crime
  • Graphic Novels

For queries, send an email to QueryMe.Online/MichaelLJoy.


Joyce Sweeney accepts queries in the following genres: 

  • Picture Books (no graphic novels please)
  • Middle Grade

For queries, send an email to [email protected].

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