Erin Harris


I’m an agent who loves to champion the careers of debut and established authors.  I represent YA, literary and upmarket commercial fiction, and narrative non-fiction.

My life in publishing began in 2007 when I interned for the literary agent William Clark of WM Clark Associates.  In 2008, I joined the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency, where I first experienced the thrill of advocating for books I believed in and writers I admired.

Early on, it became apparent to me that there was a need for agents who could think like writers.  I’d studied literature at Trinity College (Hartford, CT), but I was eager to hone my creative and editorial skills. This desire led me to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School.  I now see myself as a kind of interpreter, an agent conversant in both the language of the writer and the language of the industry, whose job it is to help you navigate publishing’s shifting landscape.

Outside of the office, I’m an active participant in New York’s literary community.  I’m a member of PEN American Center and Women’s Media Group, as well as a founder and host of H.I.P. Lit, a literary event series based in Brooklyn.

Some of my authors include:

Muriel Becker Award winner and YA author Greg Takoudes; YA BEA Buzz Panel author Marie Marquardt; YA psychological suspense novelist Emiko Jean; Rona Jaffe Award winner and co-author of the YA debut A 52-Hertz Whale Natalie Haney Tilghman;Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA graduate and author of the forthcoming YA debut A Psalm for Lost Girls Katie Bayerl; 2015 National Book Award Finalist Carla Power; New York Times Editor’s Choice novelist Daniel Levine.



I am actively seeking authors with whom I can build long-term professional relationships.

I represent books in the following categories: YA, Literary and Upmarket Commercial Fiction, and Narrative Non-Fiction.


Regarding YA:

wheel Contemporary

  • Voice-driven novels that approach the universal experience of being a teenager from a surprising or an unlikely perspective
  • Novels with unique love stories at their core
  • Diverse characters
  • Original settings
  • Issue-driven novels with fresh stories
  • Contemporary novels with a touch of magical realism

wheel YA Psychological Suspense/Mystery

wheel YA Fantasy

wheel YA Sci-Fi

wheel YA Retellings of classic tales

Some favorite non-client authors in this category:

Gayle Forman, Jandy Nelson, Laurie Halse Anderson, Perter Cameron, John Green, John Corey Whaley, A.S. King, Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, Victoria Aveyard, Sabaa Tahir, Danielle Paige.

Regarding Literary and Upmarket Commercial Fiction, I tend to gravitate toward:

wheel Novels set against the backdrop of another time, place, or culture.

wheel Beautifully written contemporary novels about love, friendship, family, and overcoming adversity.

wheel Novels that incorporate some kind of surreal or fantastical element.

wheel Novels with mystery and suspense in their DNA.

Some favorite non-client authors in this category:

Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, Jennifer Egan, Maria Semple, Tana French, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Karen Russell, Téa Obreht, Sue Monk Kidd, Paula McLain.

Regarding NON-FICTION:

Memoirs that illuminate another culture or explore cross-cultural conflict

“Big idea” books that reveal underlying yet unexpected truths about our society


Some favorite non-client authors in this category:

Geraldine Brooks, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cheryl Strayed, Patti Smith, Roxanne Gay, Leslie Jamison, Jennifer Percy.


Paranormal Romance, New Adult, Screenplays, Poetry, Flash Fiction, Prescriptive Non-fiction.


I am passionate about books, and I am passionate about advocacy; put the two together and being a literary agent is a dream job!


Please submit queries to Please include the query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript or proposal in the body of the email. Please be sure to write QUERY in the subject line as this will ensure I do not miss your letter. N.B.: This email address is for queries and submissions only. For all other inquiries, please call (212) 400-1494.  You can find me on Twitter here: @ErinHarrisFolio