Literary Management

Submission guidelines

areas of interest

CookeMcDermid represents authors of literary, commercial and speculative fiction; a broad range of narrative non-fiction; health, wellness and lifestyle resources; and middle-grade and young adult books. 

We are not open to poetry or picture books at this time.

We do not represent screenplays.

We do welcome people of all backgrounds, identities and perspectives to submit their work 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 in seeing more, we will invite you to send further material.


We do our best to evaluate submissions within twelve weeks of when they were received. 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.