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CookeMcDermid represents authors of literary and commercial fiction (including science fiction, fantasy and crime); narrative-driven nonfiction (specifically in the areas of health and well-being, popular culture, science, history, politics, natural history and personal reference); mind/body/spirit resources; and middle-grade and young adult books.

We do represent poetry and picture books, but both lists are currently closed.

We do not represent screenplays.

We do welcome people of all backgrounds, identities and perspectives to submit and are proud to represent a wide array of voices.

Submission Process

We only accept electronic queries—no attachments. Emails should be directed to, but if you believe your submission is best suited for a particular agent please let us know. In the subject line, you must include “Author Query” to get around the spam filter. Also include your name and the title of your work.

Note: We do not accept queries by postal mail. Hard submissions will not be read.

Your query should include:
— the genre (e.g., fiction – fantasy; non-fiction – biography)
— a brief description of the book (think jacket copy, not a play-by-play)
— the approximate word count
— if non-fiction, the table of contents
— a brief bio that includes your writing experience, relevant qualifications, published works, awards, etc.
— your contact information
— the submission history of the project
— the first four pages of your manuscript copy and pasted into the body of the email (we will not open attachments attached to query letters)

If we are interested to see more, we will then invite you to send further material


We do our best to evaluate submissions within twelve weeks of when they were sent. Due to an extremely high volume of queries, we do not respond personally to each one but we can assure you that every query is carefully read and considered. You will not receive detailed criticism of your work unless we are interested in representing it.

Thank you for considering CookeMcDermid.

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