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. 


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

THE FIRE OUTSIDE MY WINDOW: Second printing, August 2014!

THE POISON SECRET and THE NASSAU SECRET: Dutch rights sold for the next two books in Gregg Loomis's Lang Reilly series.

THE EROTIC FIRE OF THE UNATTAINABLE, by Gay Walley, to be published by Skyhorse, February 2015. As of August 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 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 (which should include a list of all of your publications, your affiliations relevant to publication of your book, an evaluation of the competition, and an explanation why your book is unique) along with sample chapter or chapters. Please DO NOT mail hard copy. Please send attachments as Word files to