March 30, 2016

Writing Tips (XIII) New Literary Agent Alert

 Elise Erickson of Harold Ober Associates

New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Elise Erickson of Harold Ober Associates) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

 About Elise Erickson: Elise of Harold Ober Associates graduated from St. Olaf College and the
NYU Summer Publishing Institute in 2014, and spent several months interning at Penguin’s New American Library imprint, Folio Literary Management, and Susanna Lea Associates before taking on her current position at Harold Ober Associates. She grew up in both Florida and Minnesota, but is quickly learning to love city life in NYC. Elise is passionate about the role and responsibility of the literary agent, especially being an advocate for authors. In addition to working with books, she currently assists in selling Harold Ober’s TV, film, and subsidiary rights, and is actively building a client list of her own.
Currently Looking For: Romance and all of its subgenres, women’s fiction, paranormal, mystery including clever cozy mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, commercial literary fiction, and some YA. She is particularly drawn to stories that contain a strong sense of place, and female protagonists with unique, compelling voices.
Not Looking For: : Poetry, Screenplays, Picture Books, Horror, Self-help.
How to Query: Please email the first 15-20 pages of your manuscript, a concise query letter, and a detailed synopsis to elise [at]


  1. An extremely helpful post, Carmen. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like her list is open to quite a few genres.

    1. I'm glad you find it useful, Mae. There are still authors who want to have an agent. Not many, I think, due to self-publishing nowadays.

  2. Great information, Carmen! It's like to see a Florida girl do so well.

    1. For those who are looking for an agent it is great to find new names available. Thanks for checking the post, Flossie!


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