Laura Bradford, Agent and Founder

Laura Bradford

Laura Bradford, Agent and Founder

Laura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. She considers herself an editorial-focused agent and takes a hands-on approach to developing proposals and manuscripts with her authors for the most appropriate markets. The mission of Bradford Literary Agency is to form true partnerships with their clients and build long-term relationships that extend from writing the first draft through the length of the author’s career. Laura’s clients include both debut and award-winning and best-selling authors and she strives to showcase diverse voices in all genres and would love to bring more LGBTQ+ and BIPOC authors (and protagonists!) into the publishing world. She is actively building her client list and represents work in the following categories: romance (historical, romantic suspense, category, contemporary, erotic), speculative fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, young adult, upper middle grade, illustration as well as some select non fiction. She is especially interested in acquiring graphic novels, anything #ownvoices, and recent items on her wish list include: plus-sized heroines, manuscripts with disabled rep, a mystery/suspense series with a female protagonist that is an expert in a thinky field (like the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs), deep, juicy middle grade with a lot of emotional gravitas, a historical mystery series with a slow burn romance, multigenerational women's fiction with some cool time periods and settings, middle grade with non-traditional family dynamics, stories of Black joy (any age), funny, escapist YA, forced proximity survival stories (stranded on an island? plane crash in the mountains? snowed in? Any age. I loved Baby Island AND Six Days, Seven Nights).

She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and is an RWA-recognized agent.

Twitter: @bradfordlit.com

Q by Christina Dalcher
Emblem Isle: Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster
The Long Path Home by Ellen Lindseth
The Marrriage Game by Sara Desai
Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Solomon
Q by Christina Dalcher
Emblem Isle: Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster
The Long Path Home by Ellen Lindseth
The Marrriage Game by Sara Desai
Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Solomon
Her recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Sourcebooks, Hyperion, and many others. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following categories:
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Romance

  • Historical
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Category
  • Contemporary
  • Erotic
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    Fiction & Non-Fiction

    • Speculative Fiction
    • Women’s Fiction
    • Mystery
    • Thrillers
    • Young Adult
    • Upper Middle Grade
    • Illustration
    • Non-Fiction
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    Laura is NOT looking for:

    • Chapter Books
    • Inspirational Novels
    • Poetry
    • Screenplays

    For fiction and non-fiction, see our agency submission guidelines.