Wolf Literary Services LLC is a full-service literary agency specializing in dynamic, quirky books written for all ages. As an agency, we have a deep respect for the place where “low” art meets high art—we like a good story, regardless of genre.
Our agency specializes in the kinds of books that meaningfully connect with their readers—the stories that keep you up all night so you know what happens next. We are excited by books that are provocative within a familiar context—we love writers that can subvert a reader’s expectations.
If it’s surprising, weird, fresh, dark, heart-breaking, tear-jerking, or side-splitting, we want to see it. From blood-drenched ghosts (Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake) to experimental mind-openers (Fra Keeler by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi and Binary Star by Sarah Gerard) to high-low mashups (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher) to illustrated inspiration (Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than), we are our authors’ biggest fans.
We’re always looking for new voices to add to our exciting, genre-busting list of authors, which includes debut writers, author/illustrators, television personalities, popular bloggers, and creative professionals who are leaders in their fields.
Our consulting division works with an ever-growing list of literary agencies and media companies, which assures that we have our finger on the pulse of all the current issues in the publishing industry. Our experience and network of contacts make us uniquely suited to ensure that our clients aren’t left behind in the constantly changing media world, especially with the increasingly fluid role of digital rights.
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 signing new authors.
Kate Johnson is a literary agent at Wolf Literary Services, based in New York and the UK. Prior to joining Wolf Literary Services, 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.
Kate is on the hunt for literary fiction, particularly character-driven stories, psychological investigations, modern-day fables, international tales, magical realism, and historical fiction. She likes moral ambiguity and vivid settings, from the Midwest to Moldova, and would love to read a good Southern gothic or Glasgow noir. Nonfiction-wise, she’ll read just about anything about food, feminism, parenting, art, travel and the environment, and she loves working with journalists. When she’s not reading, Kate can be found painting, writing letters, cooking, or running—but not as fast as Allison.
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 moved to New York from Austin, where she was a graduate of the University of Texas and an intern at the Harry Ransom Center. She previously worked at 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; illustrated novels or memoir; and narrative nonfiction that uses a particular niche topic to explore larger truths about our culture.
She’s run two 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 commercial fiction and YA. She’s interested in stories that defy genre conventions and play with reader expectations, and particularly enjoys dystopian, eco-fiction, and apocalyptic narratives, as well as anything with a scientist protagonist. She’s also looking for international fiction, political fiction that explores big ideas through compelling narrative, and stories from traditionally underrepresented voices. She loves stories about women by women.
In non-fiction she’s interested in tech, futurism, psychology, and science, and isn’t adverse to prescriptive non-fiction from authors with a strong professional background in their topic of choice.
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)