New Literary Agent Spotlight: Britt Seiss of Martin Literary

About this New Literary Agent Spotlight series: We love spotlighting and profiling new literary agents —such as Britt Seiss of Martin Literary Agency — because they are actively seeking new writers and constructing a client list.

Britt Seiss

Literary Agent Bio: Britt Siess has seen all aspects of the publishing industry. She is a former bookseller, has interned for the Taryn Fagerness Agency, Wales Literary Agency, and Martin Literary & Media Management. Prior to joining Martin Literary as an Associate Literary Manager, she was with the sales division of The Quarto Group where she worked in domestic and foreign book sales.

Britt is a native of the Pacific North West but has never gotten used to the rain. She usually escapes the weather by popping into her local comic book shop or settling into a cafe with an extra-large coffee and a piece of cake.

Britt tweets publishing tips, news, and tidbits about her life as an agent @BrittSiess.To find out more about what she’s looking for, check out her blog brittsiess.com.

What to Submit to Britt: She looks for stories that are character driven and full of strong, resonating themes. She’s interested in literature that completely immerses readers into new worlds and that is imaginative and diverse. She’s passionate about bringing more #OwnVoices stories onto bookshelves, and so she’s particularly drawn to literature that makes us reflect on our own society and confront the choices we’ve made. Britt is currently accepting MG, YA, and Adult submissions for manuscripts that fall under the Fantasy or Science Fiction umbrella, as well as MG and YA graphic novels. She is currently accepting Adult Fiction submissions in the Fantasy, and Horror/Thriller (women led) genres

Middle grade: Britt would love to see manuscripts by #OwnVoices authors that are diverse, character focused, and feature an unforgettable adventure. Fantasy that’s rooted in the real world or children stumbling upon a magical world is a plus. Contemporary stories that take on tougher issues are also welcome! 

Adult: In Adult fiction, Britt’s looking for Fantasy stories that are inspired by cultures that are traditionally underrepresented, and that keep her turning the pages. She loves rich worldbuilding and immersive storytelling. She’d also like to see female driven thrillers that explore a woman’s experience in the world. Give her complex women! At this time, Britt is NOT looking for Science Fiction.

Graphic Novels: Britt is particularly interested in graphic novels for young readers. As an avid comics and graphic novel reader herself, her tastes range from contemporary stories that take on tough topics, to epic adventures in other realms. She welcomes any genre here! Author/illustrator submissions only please.

How to Query Britt:​ For all queries, please include a query letter, a detailed synopsis of your story, and the first chapter of your work pasted into the body of your email. Please also include a link to your blog, website, Instagram, and/or Twitter account. ​Please send your queries to Britt@MartinLit.com

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