Submission Guidelines


FICTION: In fiction we represent thrillers, all types of mysteries and suspense, women's fiction, historical fiction and book club fiction.

NONFICTION: The agency represents authors of narrative nonfiction across a wide range of categories, including but not limited to history, immersive journalism, and current events.

PLEASE ALSO SEE THE FAQ for more detail on what we represent.

WHAT WE DON'T HANDLE: We don't handle children's books, fantasy, poetry, or screenplays.

PLEASE QUERY VIA EMAIL using the email address on the Contact page. Be sure to include the word "query" in the subject line, and specify whether the query is addressed to John Talbot or Gail Fortune. Below your query letter please paste in the first five pages of your manuscript. While queries are important, sample text is the best way for us to get to know your writing and to evaluate your work.

TIPS & REMINDERS: If you have been referred by someone please note this by including the word "referral" in the subject line of your email. Please remember to include your daytime phone number and return email address as well as your physical mailing address. Also remember to include the title of your book and the approximate word count. Note any previous publications you have had, plus any relevant writing experience.

Please send proposals, partials, or complete manuscripts as email file attachments in Microsoft Word or as a PDF to the return address of the email you receive.

Thank you and good luck.

Happy writing!

John Talbot and Gail Fortune
The Talbot Fortune Agency