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.

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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 am also looking for thrillers, mysteries, horror, and literary fiction. It is a positive if you have some publishing credits. I do not handle Science Fiction or Young Adult books.


THE EROTIC FIRE OF THE UNATTAINABLE, by Gay Walley, to be published by Skyhorse, February 2015. As of April 2014, the indie feature film based on the book is in post production. It stars Irina Bjorklund, Harry Hamlin, and Kevin Kilner. Further details to be announced in the next few months.

Submission Guidelines: For novels, send complete manuscript as attachment along with cover letter. For nonfiction, send query letter and proposal, along with sample chapter or chapters. Please DO NOT mail hard copy. Please send attachments as Word files to