To submit, please scroll down to find out which agent might be best for your query and submit to them at the e-mail address provided. Please do not query multiple agents at the same time.
Submissions should consist of a one-page query letter detailing the book in question and the author’s qualifications, as well as the reason you’re reaching out to the particular agent being queried. You should also attach a synopsis and the first ten pages of the novel or one short story from a collection. For nonfiction, you may attach the full proposal if you have one. Please label your attachments with your name and the title of the work.
Given the high volume of submissions we receive, we unfortunately are not able to respond to queries we decide not to pursue. Even if we do not pursue your submission, we are grateful for your interest.
Our primary areas of interest include literary fiction, suspense and thrillers, narrative non-fiction (history, biography, science, et cetera), book club fiction, YA and middle-grade works, some memoir, and some category non-fiction. We enthusiastically seek out new voices and perspectives. We do not represent romance, poetry, or screenplays.
We encourage digital submissions, but also accept submission by mail. If you wish to have your materials returned to you, please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. For review and return of postal submissions, please allow 4-8 weeks.
Please send submissions via post to:
Regal Hoffmann & Associates LLC
143 West 29th Street, Suite 901
New York, NY 10001
What do Regal Hoffmann & Associates agents like?
Claire started her career at the Christine Green Authors' Agency in London in 2008, before crossing the pond to New York. She has been at RHA since 2013. Claire has a Law degree from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She's glad to consider submissions across a range of genres, the common thread throughout being a meaty narrative and a confident voice. At the commercial end, she is a sucker for psychological suspense with great characters and twists you never see coming, whether standalone novels (think Ruth Ware) or the first in a crime/procedural series (think Angela Marson's Kim Stone series, or Tana French). Other genres: brainy, grounded sci-fi (e.g.Jeff VanderMeer, or Adrian Tchaikovsky's 'Children of Time'); book club fiction with an intriguing "what would you do" hook or highlighting contemporary issues/moral dilemmas (e.g. 'Small Great Things'). For literary fiction it's harder to be prescriptive, but if it's unexpected, ambitious, and resonant, please send! Across all genres, diverse and under-represented voices are most especially welcome.
In children's and YA fiction, Claire's open to anything for the 8+ range, be it fantasy, historical, contemporary, or a mash-up - so long as it is challenging, emotionally sophisticated, and sincere. (Witches, mages, and sorcerers welcome in adult fiction too!)
To submit to Claire, please email synopsis and the first three chapters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Markus Hoffmann joined Regal Literary in 2006 and was made a partner in the agency in 2014, when it became Regal Hoffmann & Associates. He studied English and Russian literature and linguistics in Munich, Moscow, and at Hertford College, Oxford, and started his career in publishing in London in the late 90s before relocating to New York City in 2004. He still betrays his transatlantic allegiance by insisting on the proper pronunciation of the words basil, tomato, and herb (among others). If he ever writes a book, it will be called WHY PUNS MATTER. His main interests as an agent are international and literary fiction, unusual speculative fiction, crime, literary memoir, philosophy, history, music, popular science, and travel literature. He also looks after the agency’s foreign rights. He's obsessed with surfing and capoeira and plays the trumpet for The Fancy Shapes as well as the occasional jazz combo.
To submit to Markus, please email email@example.com.
Elianna Kan joined Regal Hoffmann in 2017. She began her publishing career at Picador and as Senior Editor of The American Reader, where she edited literature in translation. After several years as a Spanish reader for Maria B. Campbell Associates and various US publishers, she decided to immerse herself more fully in the Latin American publishing world by moving to Mexico City where she worked as a consultant for Penguin Random House Mexico's Foreign Rights Director. She continues splitting her time between New York and Mexico. Elianna is a native of New Hampshire with a BA in Literary Studies and a background in theater from Middlebury College. She has studied Critical Theory at the University of Buenos Aires and is currently pursuing an MA at the Bread Loaf School of English. She is a native Russian speaker and speaks Spanish fluently. She has written about the Latin American publishing market for Publishing Perspectives and has interviewed writers and theater-makers on behalf of The Paris Review, BOMB Magazine, and The Believer. She has a passion for interdisciplinary cultural programming and teaches creative writing and literary translation at Columbia University. Elianna is actively building a list of Spanish-language fiction and non-fiction writers and is interested in literature in translation in general.
To submit to Elianna, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that Joseph Regal is currently not taking on new writers.
While pursuing a career as the lead singer of the rock band RAMA, Joseph Regal got his first job in publishing at the Russell & Volkening Literary Agency in 1991. There he worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling authors Anne Tyler, Eudora Welty, Annie Dillard, Howell Raines, and Peter Taylor, as well as Tony Award-winner Ntozake Shange, Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer, and TV anchorman and novelist Jim Lehrer. After leaving music for publishing, he founded Regal Literary Inc. in 2002. He graduated from Columbia College magna cum laude. His primary interests are literary fiction, international thrillers, history, science, photography, music, culture, and whimsy.
Grace A. Ross
Grace A. Ross joined Regal Hoffmann as an agent in 2016. She started her career at Oxford University Press in editorial before transitioning to agenting, first at Lowenstein Associates and then at Denise Shannon Literary Agency in 2014. Grace is interested in literary and upmarket fiction that engages with current social issues; character-driven stories; unlikely heroines; international narratives; dynamic plots that bridge genres; and propulsive psychological suspense. In nonfiction, she is looking for socially and politically conscious narratives, especially those that engage with cultural conversations about gender, race, and class in an accessible way; but she's also drawn to popular science, biography, cultural theory, and memoir.
To submit to Grace, please email email@example.com.
Stephanie Steiker joined Regal Hoffmann in 2015. From 2008 to 2015 she was Associate Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, working with prominent figures in literature, academia, and the arts. Previously she has worked for the online magazine Words Without Borders; the journal East European Politics and Societies; and the New School's Transregional Center for Democratic Studies. A native New Yorker with a degree in comparative literature from Brown University, she lived in Poland from 1999 to 2001, has a background in documentary film, and for several years wrote about the downtown NY music scene for The New Yorker. Stephanie is open to submissions in serious and narrative non-fiction, as well as literary fiction (including graphic novels). In non-fiction, her interests are history, philosophy, current affairs, literary and cultural studies; biography and memoir; music, photography, and issues of racial and economic justice. She's enthusiastic about international writing (reads in French, Spanish, and Polish), and has a thing for prose written by poets.
To submit to Stephanie, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.