ABOUT US

For almost 20 years, Andrea Hurst Literary Management has represented both high-profile and up-and-coming new authors to worldwide publishing markets. Her clients and their books have appeared on the Oprah Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, National Geographic Network, Amazon Charts, and in the NY Times.

In response to the ever-competitive publishing climate, and to continue helping authors realize their publishing goals, Andrea has expanded her professional services to writers not represented by her literary agency. If you’re interested in taking your manuscript and writing career to another level, please view our services on the book editing page.

Thanks to my developmental editor, Andrea Hurst, who suggested ALL THE CHANGES. She made me rewrite the stuff that sucked until it didn’t, and it’s a much better novel for that. ~Marko Kloos bestselling author of Terms of Enlistment and the Frontline Series

ANDREA HURST – President of Andrea Hurst & Associates - Andrea Hurst Literary Management

Andrea Hurst is the Founder and President of Andrea Hurst & Associates Literary Management. As a literary agent and developmental editor, Andrea brings over 25 years of experience in the publishing industry. She has worked with major publishers, both domestic and international. Overall, her focus is to help authors polish their book, obtain publication, and build their author brand. Some of her clients include bestsellers such as Dr. Bernie Siegel, Boo Walker, Marc Edelheit, Hannah Jayne, Penny Warner, Ashley Farley, Chef John Ash, and Suzanne Kelman. Her clients and their books have appeared on the Oprah Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, National Geographic Network, Amazon Charts, and in the NY Times.

Andrea Hurst
Andrea Hurst

ndrea began her career in the entertainment business working in product development and marketing with Columbia Records, but eventually found her passion in book publishing. She teaches classes at writing conferences and MFA programs, and has presented webinars for Writer’s Digest, where she offers valuable insight as an agent, editor, and author of ten books, both in fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent novel, House of Dreams, releases in April 2024.

Manuscript Wishlist:

I am currently seeking well-crafted, commercially viable fiction titles. My preferred genres are women’s fiction, upmarket and book club fiction, domestic suspense/thrillers, family drama, psychological suspense, crime fiction, historical fiction, rom-com, and romance. I am always open to working with underrepresented voices and stories.

  • Crime novel that plays games with the psyche – no police procedurals
  • Rom-com with a diverse set of characters and an idealistic setting (like novels by Abby Jimenez)
  • In terms of literary fiction, I am drawn to works like Beartown by Fredrik Backman, which contains strong character development, powerful themes, and overcoming both internal and external conflicts.
  • Historical fiction set in the Georgian era (Austen’s time), Gilded Age, or early 1900s like Downton Abbey and WWII.
  • Contemporary romance with strong tropes and series potential.
  • Fast-paced, twisty domestic suspense (like novels by Freda McFadden or Harlan Coben)
  • Atmospheric, high-conflict, high-stakes thriller similar to The Guestlist by Lucy Foley
  • Dramatic thrillers with family dynamics similar to The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  • Psychological suspense with a surprise ending like The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Anything along the same vein as the series The Morning Showor Defending Jacob on Apple TV+ 
  • As always, I’m enthralled by stories that challenge me, where the mystery is seemingly impossible to figure out, and the reader never knows the truth until the very end. However, believability is of upmost importance.

Please keep in mind, I am not a right fit for titles that deal with espionage, the military, explicit gore or carnage, high-fantasy or sci-fi, erotica, poetry, young adult, or middle-grade.

CONTACT INFORMATION: info@andreahurst.com

Andrea was a great agent to work with, especially for a first time author such as myself. With her years of experience in the business, she found me the perfect publisher for my memoir…I highly recommend her without hesitation.~ Craig Carlson, Pancakes in Paris

KATIE REED – Senior Agent and Developmental Editor

Katie Reed began her career in publishing with Andrea Hurst Literary Management while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English at Sacramento State and has worked in the publishing field for over a decade. Katie lives in Lewiston, Idaho with her husband, three children, a Bichon Frise, a Golden Retriever, and two obstinate cats.  In the summer you can find her on the beach upriver in Hells Canyon, preferably with a good book.

Katie Reed
Katie Reed

Katie is actively building her client list and looking for standout projects to champion. She is interested in stories that hit that sweet spot between commercial and literary, where strong, poignant prose, complex characters, and twisty, high stakes plot intersect. Katie is especially drawn to books with universal human themes that resonate with readers and characters that reach through the pages and grab hold of her heart. She is a sucker for popular tropes and can’t resist anything with a high concept hook she hasn’t seen before, or a twist she doesn’t see coming. Across genres, she tends to prefer edgy, emotional, and sharp to sweet and light. Katie is looking for underrepresented voices in publishing in any genre.

She is open for submissions in the following genres:

Upmarket and Commercial Women’s Fiction with a fresh, magnetic voice, emotionally complex narrative, and fast pace (think Boo Walker, Barbara Davis)

Book Club Fiction—particularly drawn to anything with a unique concept or fresh spin, like Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. The Echo of Old Books by Barbara Davis was her favorite book of 2023.

Historical Fiction akin to Taylor Jenkins Reid, Ruta Sepyts, Kristin Hannah, Kate Quinn. She loved Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll and, of course, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by TJR.

Suspense/Psychological Thriller (in the vein of Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, Lisa Jewell, Stacey Willingham); she will also look at thriller with genre blending elements, like Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter or Gillian McAllister’s Wrong Place, Wrong Time.

Fiction with a fantastical angle (a la The Midnight Library by Matt Haig or The Measure by Nikki Erlick) or an interesting spin (Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman)

Retellings, similar to Circe by Madeline Miller or Lies We Sing to the Sea by Sarah Underwood

Under the romance umbrella:

Contemporary Romance or “Rom-Coms”—favorite authors include Emily Henry and Abby Jiminez (must be voice driven)

Edgy romance with series potential (loved The Ravenhood Series by Kate Stewart)

Steamy, small-town romance similar to The Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Other subgenres she enjoys include historical, paranormal, fantasy, and suspense.

A note on romance submissions: Katie is open to considering a range of heat levels in the romance genre but does not accept submissions that are classified full erotica. She generally prefers slow burn, delayed gratification, with lots of buildup of tension and angst. If you refer to this guide on heat levels in romance, she tends to read somewhere between heat levels three and five, avoiding wholesome/clean/sweet or excessive smut bordering on erotica. If your book falls in the middle of these two ends, it’s probably a good match for her tastes.

Select speculative fiction (for her list, she is looking for “accessible fantasy,” meaning that readers who think they don’t love fantasy would pick it up and enjoy it. In accessible fantasy, there is still imaginative and enchanting worldbuilding, but usually the plot and characters lean more commercial and take center stage, and the book is not buried in heavy concepts. She converted her lifetime best friend to fantasy via Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros, to give an example.) Subgenres include:

Fantasy with a strong dash of romance (can be classified “romantasy” like Sara J. Maas’s ACOTAR, or more fantasy focused but with a strong romance included, like her Throne of Glass series.)

Anything with dragons, time travel, fae, and medieval or epic fantasy (prefers a faster pace)

Stories set in our world but with a fantasy twist (The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab)

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal (again, must have a fast plot)

Dystopian, but only if it has a completely new and different story concept

Limited YA (currently only look at fantasy that has crossover potential to the adult audience) Favorites include The Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Please do not send: Heavy Sci-fi, Space Opera, Spy/Military/Government/Conspiracy/Eco Thillers (ONLY looking for speculative or psychological thrillers), Middle Grade, Chapter or Picture books, Memoir, or Nonfiction

Please send queries to Katie’s query email: querykatie@andreahurst.com. Please include a query letter and paste the first five pages into the email.  **PLEASE NOTE: Because of the high volume of queries received, Katie will only respond to those she is interested in. Check her socials for updates on her current query status.

Editorial:

As a developmental editor, Katie has experience editing a wide range of genres and levels, from authors who are ready to put the final polish on their novel for pitching, to new authors who seek to learn more about the art of story through an editorial collaboration, and everything in between. Many of her clients have enjoyed successful careers in the publishing industry. Her mission as an editor is to provide honest and knowledgeable feedback on a manuscript to help strengthen it while also preserving the author’s voice and vision. Katie’s ultimate goal is for her authors to enter the revisions process feeling inspired, confident, encouraged, and motivated about their work, with professional, quality edits to guide them along the way.

CONTACT: Katie@andreahurst.com

SEAN FLETCHER – Agent Scout and Developmental Editor

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Sean manages the Texas office and works directly with Andrea as an agent scout along with managing editorial and consulting services for clients. Along with Andrea he has co-written a piece in Writer's Digest, and teaches at writers conferences and workshops all over the country.

During his bachelor’s program at Tarleton State University, he studied the craft of fiction extensively and completed four practice novels before embarking on his professional writing career. He’s an Amazon-bestselling author of multiple YA fantasy series, and an award-winning author of middle grade fantasy.

SEAN FLETCHER
Sean Fletcher

As a developmental editor, Sean primarily focuses in developmental book editing in the areas of adult and YA fiction, specializing in the following genres: Sci-Fi, fantasy, thriller, and most areas of contemporary fiction. He assists authors in building multidimensional characters, engaging plots, original voices, and deep themes across all age groups. When not writing or editing he can be found out hiking, biking or traveling.

LYDIA CAUDILL - Agent Scout and Editorial Assistant

Bio

Lydia Caudill is an agent scout and editorial assistant with Andrea Hurst & Associates. She began her editorial internship with the agency in September of 2022 before being brought on in a professional capacity.

Originally from a small town in Kentucky, Lydia spent most of her childhood toting around a book, looking for any spare moments to read. Later in life, she completed her B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at NC State University. When she’s not editing or sifting through submissions, you can find her doing fun crafts with her friends, tutoring Spanish, working on her own writing, or enjoying a long walk with her dog, Rocky.

Lydia Caudill
Lydia Caudill

Wishlist

Lydia is not currently open to unsolicited queries, but she loves romance in both the contemporary and historical spaces, adult fantasy, YA fiction, suspense thrillers with an unexpected twist, murder mysteries with a villainous victim, stories with an unforgettable heroine, and any story that lingers with her for days after she finishes it.

MICHELLE DAVIS – Operations Manager

A graduate of NC State, Michelle has 20 years of experience in business operations and financial analysis. She is responsible for the functionality of the business and overall office management operations including contract oversight, client intake and portfolio management, royalty disbursements, payment processing, and project scheduling assistance.

She is also an avid reader of women’s upmarket and book club fiction and enjoys the opportunity to assist with proof reading, beta reading, and submission support when needed.

MIchelle Davis
MIchelle Davis

GENEVA AGNOS – MARKETING

Geneva has 15 years of experience in management and implementation consulting, book publishing and marketing.

For author marketing and virtual assistance, Geneva can also be contacted privately at: Geneva.agnos.va@gmail.com

We do not offer literary representation to authors that we have worked with privately or in a consulting capacity, as this could be a conflict of interest.

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Geneva Agnos
Geneva Agnos

TARYN FAGERNESS – Foreign Rights Agent

The agency partners exclusively with Taryn Fagerness Agency for our foreign rights.

From Our Clients

Before I contacted you for help with my manuscript, I was feeling discouraged. Now, after all of your insightful and personalized feedback on both the manuscript itself and in our phone consultation, I'm more excited about my book than ever. Your expertise as an editor, agent, and writer helped me take my story to a professional level. Now, I have a much better chance of getting published. So thank you, Andrea! I'm very lucky to have found you.
~ Alan Owens – Novelist

I feel extremely fortunate to have had Andrea Hurst guiding the course of this book with her with her masterful balance of insight, experience and practicality.
~ Dr. Murray Clarke, author of Natural Baby – Healthy Child

Working with Andrea and Sean has been a wonderful experience. There are a lot of editors who can look at your work for content and make sure it “looks right.” It is rare to find someone who can help capture the heart of your story and help you make it something to be truly proud of.
~ Dr. Sean Adleman – Novelist

Faith in our contemporary culture is a wonder to behold, and abiding faith a miracle. Working with Andrea continues to be a Psalm of Faithfulness. She is passionate, confident, meticulous, and, most importantly, immeasurably generous. I am blessed to work with Andrea–she remains a marvelous guide and ally.
~ Gloria Burgess, PhD, Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside

“Thanks so much, Andrea. I think if I hadn’t found you I might have thrown in the towel with my novel. Once again, thank you for your clarity, objectivity and guidance.”
~ Sandy Flanders, author of Night Harvest