The Knight Agency
232 Washington St
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Deidre Knight established The Knight Agency in 1996. Since then it has grown to include nine agents, representing middle grade, young adult and adult fiction – mostly popular fiction, but also literary fiction with commercial possibilities, and a range of nonfiction. Most of their agents are accepting queries, but for new authors, these are your best bets:
Travis Pennington is an Associate Agent and also the agency’s Media and Marketing Director. Travis seeks middle grade, young adult and adult fiction, plus inspirational / Christian nonfiction.
In YA and Middle Grade, he particularly wants high concept fiction with a great voice. He also wants young adult Christian fiction, such as There You’ll find Me by Jenny B. Jones and Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren.
In adult fiction, he’s looking for mysteries and psychological thrillers; plus Chrisitian fiction in any genre, from thrillers to contemporaries, to historical fiction.
In nonfiction, he’s looking for Inspirational Mempoirs such as Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton and Grace, Gold, and Glory by Gabrielle Douglas. He also wants Christian Apologetics and General Christian nonfiction.
Query Travis through his query manager here.
Kristy Hunter is actively building her list and searching for projects that surprise her with their uniqueness. “I often find that it’s the story I least expect that pulls me in and doesn’t let go,” says Kristy. “It all comes down to the voice and a strong hook!”
She represents middle grade, young adult and adult fiction.
In adult fiction, she’s looking for:
igh concept women’s fiction such as ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman and THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty. As well, as stories that are literary but with commercial appeal such as LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng and LILY AND THE OCTOPUS by Steven Rowley. She especially loves projects that capture the complicated nature of family.
Rom-coms set in wonderful urban settings such as THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne and CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan
Mainstream titles with hints of magic like THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger and THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern.
In Young Adult fiction, she’s looking for:
Fantasy projects that allows her to be transported in a way that feels new and fresh. She’d especially love to find a contemporary fantasy with a wonderful atmospheric setting. She wouldn’t say no to paranormal…but it would truly have to be something hasn’t seen before.
Historical projects that are serious in nature like CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, as well as those that are more playful like THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee. She especially loves historical mysteries and projects set in the Victorian and Regency periods.
Cotemporary YA stories that are fun and unique, and overall present the perfect escape – even if they address larger issues. THINK DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy, TO ALL THE BOYS I LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han and WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord.
Thrillers and mysteries – either contemporary or historical. Her favorites include LITTLE MONSTERS by Kara Thomas and WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart.
In Middle Grade fiction, she’s looking for:
Contemporary projects in the vein of THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK by Celia Pérez, WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW by Cindy Baldwin, and WISH by Barbara O’Connor (I’m a sucker for a pet!)
Quirky mysteries that could be part of a larger series and stories involving shifting friend groups
Light fantasy and magical realism such as THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill and A SNICKER OF MAGIC by Natalie Lloyd
And of course, like everyone else, she’s looking for OwnVoices projects and projects featuring a diverse cast of characters, across all genres.
Query Kristy through her query manager here.
To read what all agents at The Knight Agency are looking for, see the agency’s submissions page here.
If you want to grow as a writer don’t miss these upcoming workshops:
Online: How to Build Your Novel, Saturday, May 7, with guest speaker author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. Details here.
Online: Beginning Right: How to Start Your Novel, Sunday, May 15. Details here.
And these writing retreats:
Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, Oct 14 – Monday Oct 17, 2022. Details here. Mark your calendars and reserve early before it fills up!
Weekly courses for the summer will be announced soon.
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