Chris Fortunato

Literary Agency

Looking for an Agent Who Responds Quickly?

I will respond to your submission within three weeks. Writers deserve the courtesy of a response, not months of silence.

Since 1979, I have worked in sales, in the publisher’s office (Berkley Books), as an acquisitions editor (Dodd,Mead), managing editor (Bantam), and packager for such publishers  as McGraw-Hill,  Doubleday, and Fairchild. I started my agency in 2011. In 2015, I will start my agency imprint, Wayland Square Editions,  which will focus exclusively on writers who have had a series discontinued by one of the large publishers. The first publication will be The Nassau Secret, by Gregg Loomis, in May 2015. Translation rights to this book have already been sold to publishers in Holland and Turkey.

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What am I looking for?

I am especially looking for narrative nonfiction, biographies, and books on history, literary lives, and science.  It helps if you are an expert on your subject and that you have a platform.

I have STOPPED reviewing thriller and mystery submissions as of February 12. Any submissions from today onward will not be opened and will not be responded to. I will not consider thrillers and mysteries again until Thriller Fest in July. It has been almost impossible to keep up with the volume of submissions. 


THE IRONIC CHRISTIAN'S COMPANION: Finding the Marks of God's Grace in the World, by Patrick Henry (Penguin / Riverhead), hardcover released in 2000; ebook just released January 2015.

BLOOD IN THE SOIL: The True Tale of a Serial Killer, a Porn Baron, a Country Lawyer, and the Determination of a Small-Town Detective, by Carole Townsend, to Skyhorse, for 2016 publication.

GASPING FOR AIR: How Breathing Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It, by Kevin Glynn, M.D., to Rowman & Littlefield for possible 2016 publication.

THE POISON SECRET and THE NASSAU SECRET: Dutch rights sold for the next two books in Gregg Loomis's Lang Reilly series. Czech translation rights sold for the first two books in the Lang Reilly series, THE PEGASUS SECRET and THE JULIAN SECRET.

Submission Guidelines: For novels, send complete manuscript as a Word attachment along with cover letter. There should be one attachment for the manuscript, not ten separate files. For nonfiction, please send query letter and complete proposal. Please DO NOT mail hard copy. Please send attachments as Word files to