Linda Chester

The Linda Chester Literary Agency

Linda Chester began her publishing career at Doubleday. After earning a Masters in Communications, she established The Linda Chester Literary Agency in La Jolla, California in 1990. In 1992 Linda opened a new headquarters in New York City, and then moved the company back to California in 2020. Linda represents a wide range of genres (from Wally Lamb’s best-selling classic She’s Come Undone to Pamela Keogh’s love letter to Audrey Hepburn, AudreyStyle to Winston S. Churchill’s collection of his grandfather’s inspirational speeches, Never Give In!). She is especially interested in literary fiction, impactful biography/memoir, current events/politics, health and beauty, the fine and performing arts, and business. She has served on the boards for the Salk Institute, The National Center for Families Learning (formerly The National Center for Family Literacy), The La Jolla Music Society, and the Board of Directors for The La Jolla Playhouse.

Submissions Open

Subject Focus

Fiction: Debut
Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Fiction: General/Other Fiction
Fiction: Literary
NF: Biography



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How to successfully present your work

Darlene Chan is accepting queries at Please include a short synopsis along with the first two chapters in the body of the email, and check out her specific areas of interest (cited on the “About” page). Submissions to Darlene Chan via regular mail will not be reviewed. Please note that Linda Chester and Laurie Fox have full client lists and are solely considering recommendations from colleagues and clients.