submission guidelines

The Gernert Company accepts queries by e-mail. Please send us a query letter describing the work you'd like to submit, along with some information about yourself and a sample chapter if appropriate.

  • Queries by e-mail should be directed to:

  • Please indicate in your letter which agent you are querying. You can visit the OUR TEAM section of this website to get a sense of who might be a good fit for your work. If you have previously corresponded with one of our agents and choose to query another, please let us know of any communication history in your letter.

  • Please do not send e-mails directly to individual agents, even if their email addresses are available elsewhere online.

  • We ask that you do not phone the office regarding unsolicited manuscripts for any reason.

We regret that due to the volume of submissions we receive, it's our policy to respond to your query only if we are interested in seeing more material, usually within 4-6 weeks. Please do not send us original copies of your work, as queries sent by regular mail will not be returned. We look forward to reading your work. 

Rebecca Gardner and Courtney Gatewood are closed to queries. Erika Storella will be closed to queries from August 15 - January 1, 2020.