Wolf Literary Services LLC is a full-service literary agency and legal consulting company specializing in smart, quirky, ambitious books. We have a deep respect for the power of stories and we love authentic voices, compelling writing, and books that break the bounds of genre.
From acclaimed literary fiction (Fra Keeler by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi and Binary Star by Sarah Gerard) to world-expanding narrative non-fiction (Becky Wade’s Run the World) to innovative genre-benders (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher), we’re excited by the place where high art meets “low” art and are committed to books that provoke, enlighten, and entertain.
We’re always looking for new and underrepresented voices to add to our list, which includes novelists, author/illustrators, popular bloggers, journalists, and creative professionals who are leaders in their fields. If the work is surprising, weird, fresh, dark, international, thought-provoking, heart-breaking, tear-jerking, or side-splitting, we want to see it.
Wolf Literary also hosts a thriving legal and financial consulting division, working with an ever-growing list of literary agencies, media companies, and independent artists. It is this work, unique among literary agencies, that ensures we have our finger on the pulse of current issues in publishing. Our experience across disciplines and our international network of contacts make us uniquely suited to serving our clients’ many needs—from translation rights and film and TV deals, to manuscript development and editorial advice, to contract negotiation—and managing all the administrative day-to-day of being a writer. Our hands-on approach at every step provides steady guidance for authors at all stages of the publishing process.
At Wolf Literary, we are our authors’ biggest fans and we work closely with them to develop enduring relationships, successful careers, and extraordinary books.
Kirsten Wolf is the founder and owner of Wolf Literary Services. A graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston University School of Law, Kirsten spent the better part of the ’90s putting herself through college and law school doing a wide variety of jobs, ranging from working as a professional chef to managing an engineering firm.
In 2003, Kirsten relocated to New York from Boston and began her career in publishing as an assistant at Anderson Grinberg Literary Management. After working for over four years under Jill Grinberg as associate agent, contracts manager, and foreign rights manager, she opened her own company, Wolf Literary Services, in 2008. Kirsten now operates as the financial and legal guru of Wolf Literary, spending the bulk of her time consulting for media agencies, publishers, and independent artists. She prides herself on guiding her clients through the confusing, confrontational, and sometimes downright dull parts of the media world in the most painless way possible, while always making sure that the client is assured that their interests are being safely looked after. She’s also a lot more fun than the previous two sentences would suggest.
Kirsten is not currently accepting submissions.
Kate is an agent at Wolf Literary, representing authors and handling rights in both the US and the UK. Prior to joining Wolf Literary, Kate was an agent and vice president at Georges Borchardt, Inc., for more than eight years. She previously edited and reported at StoryQuarterly, Bookslut.com, New York magazine and elsewhere, and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her authors have won the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, Whiting Award, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, Whitbread Award, the Nigeria Prize for Literature, and have been longlisted for the National Book Award in nonfiction.
Kate represents literary and upmarket/book club fiction, and is drawn to global stories, psychological investigations, modern-day fables, moral ambiguity, a strong sense of place, and diverse, convincing characters. She likes vivid settings, be it the Midwest or Moldova, and would love to read a good Southern gothic or Scottish noir. She also represents a range of narrative nonfiction, with interest in food, running, feminism, obsessives, humor, unconventional families, social history, art, travel, mental health, medicine, and the environment. She loves working with journalists. Across all her projects, she looks for authentic voices, and books that uncover something off-kilter in the everyday, or conversely something relatable in the extraordinary. Kate handles contemporary, realistic YA on occasion, but is not looking for middle grade, picture books, fantasy, sci-fi, erotic fiction, or legal/courtroom dramas.
To submit a project to Kate, please follow the instructions here.
Allison Devereux is an agent and the foreign & subsidiary rights manager at Wolf Literary. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has previously worked at the Harry Ransom Center and Macmillan.
Allison reads books across all genres, but she particularly loves literary and up-market commercial fiction featuring everyman characters who find themselves in unlikely, surprising, and unexpected situations; unconventional narrative voices; and stories set firmly in reality but that explore something fantastical. She’s drawn to fresh and distinctive debut voices, contemporary narratives with a visceral sense of place, and psychologically adept stories with a surreal or subversive bent. For nonfiction, she’s interested in a broad range of topics, including examinations of contemporary culture, pop science, and modern feminist perspectives; humor and blog-to-book; and narrative nonfiction that uses a particular niche topic to explore larger truths about our culture.
She’s run some marathons, is a synesthete, and lives in Brooklyn.
To submit a project to Allison, please follow the instructions here.
Rachel Crawford is a literary agent and film rights manager at Wolf Literary. Hailing from sunny Brisbane, Australia, Rachel moved to New York in 2011. She worked previously at Sterling Lord Literistic and as an associate at Fletcher and Company, and has a background in rights and marketing.
Rachel is looking for literary and upmarket fiction and YA. She’s interested in stories that defy genre conventions and play with reader expectations, and particularly enjoys eco-fiction and near future narratives, as well as anything with a scientist protagonist. She’s looking for international fiction, stories that explore big ideas through compelling narrative, and manuscripts from traditionally underrepresented voices. She loves stories about women by women.
In non-fiction she’s interested in tech, futurism, psychology, the environment, and pop science.
To submit a project to Rachel, please follow the instructions here.
WLS Foreign Co-Agents:
Greece: Read n’ Right Agency (Nike Davarinou)
Indonesia, Malaysia: Maxima Creative Agency (Santo Manurung)
Russia: Van Lear Agency (Elizabeth Van Lear)