Tanya McKinnon

Literary Agency: 
McKinnon Literary
(914) 909-2757
Accepts E-mail Queries: 
Interested in Representing: 
Autobiography/Memoir, BIPOC Voices, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBTQ Voices, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Clients Include: 
Brittney Cooper, Sharon Draper, Michael Harriot, Benjamin Herold, Martha Jones, Bettina Love, Jonathan Metzl, Tiya Miles, Cole Arthur Riley, Tricia Rose, Mark Siegel, Salamishah Tillet, Damon Young, to name a few.

Submission Guidelines

Please see details for submissions on the agency’s website. There are instructions for each category. Submissions should include a concise, well-written cover letter. Include the name of your project, followed by a strong one-paragraph pitch of the project (what it is and why it’s important/relevant), and a concluding paragraph about you and your accomplishments. Cover letters should be no more than a page long. E-mail submissions with attachments are not accepted. Please include your query and proposal or sample pages in the body of your e-mail.

Tips From the Agent

Pitch letters are important. Can you summarize your idea in a tight, compelling paragraph? If not, your pitch letter will not be as effective as it can be. Include details about your platform: social media numbers, advanced degrees, awards, previous publications, and endorsements. Proofread everything carefully.