Frances Goldin Literary Agency
Ayla Zuraw-Friedland joined the Frances Goldin Literary Agency in 2022 after starting her agenting career at The David Black Agency in 2019. Previously, she worked as an editorial assistant and assistant editor at Beacon Press in Boston, and as a development editor for encyclopedias at Oxford University Press. She received her BA in English and Creative Writing from Connecticut College in 2015, and her writing can be found or is forthcoming in The Drift, Excerpts Magazine, The Financial Times, GAY the Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and The Cape Cod Poetry Review. She is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction that inspect big questions about queer identity, class, community, and art & technology through a personal lens, as well as poetry and a limited number of graphic or hybrid projects. To give a sense of her taste, a few of her favorite contemporary writers are Carmen Maria Machado, Kristen Arnett, Hanif Abdurraqib, Helen Oyeyemi, Daniel M. Lavery, Raven Leilani, Candice Carty-Williams, Alexander Chee, Akwaeke Emezi, Rivka Galchen, Becky Cooper, and Venita Blackburn. Her current clients include Haley Jakobson (OLD ENOUGH, Dutton 2023), James Frankie Thomas (IDLEWILD, Abrams 2023), Jamie Hood (UNTITLED, Pantheon 2025; how to be a good girl, Grieveland 2020), Shelly Jay Shore (BODIES IN WATER, Ballantine 2024).
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How to successfully present your work
Via email. For fiction, memoir, essays, or narrative nonfiction, please send a query letter and the first 10-15 pages in the body of your email. For all other nonfiction (e.g. history, biography, technology, etc.), please send a query letter. If you have a proposal prepared, please send it as an attachment. Word is preferred but not required.