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Agent Spotlight: Nathaniel Jacks

This week's Agent Spotlight features Nathaniel Jacks of InkWell Management.

Status: Accepting submissions.

nathanieljacks_235_156_c1_center_top_0_0_1About: “Nathaniel Jacks graduated from Columbia University with a BA in literature. He represents a variety of writers and is also InkWell’s contracts manager. He welcomes submissions in most categories, including fiction (literary and commercial, women's, young adult, historical, short story, among others) as well as memoir, narrative nonfiction, biography, travel, religion, entertainment, food & wine, history, humor, current affairs and business.” (Link)

About the Agency:

"InkWell is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, proudly representing major literary prize winners as well as many of the world's bestselling and best-loved authors. We enjoy a considerable international reputation as a significant and innovative player in the industry.

“In addition to its full-time agents and their assistants, the InkWell team includes a tireless foreign rights department, a dedicated social media, marketing and publicity expert, and a meticulous contracts manager. We also join forces with leading literary agencies in every foreign market and have agents based in Australia, Boston, and Dallas. We continue to be excited by—and on the lookout for—original ideas, riveting stories and great writing….” (Link)

Web Presence:

InkWell Management website.

WeBook profile.


What He's Looking For:


Fiction: Literary, commercial, women’s, young adult, historical, short story.

Non-Fiction: Memoir, biography, narrative, travel, religion, food & wine, history, current affairs, business. (Link)

What He Isn't Looking For:

Screenplays, picture books.

Editorial Agent?



A list of InkWell Management clients is available on the website.

Mr. Jack's clients include: Matt Gross, Maria Mutch, Donald Ray Pollock, Molly Knight Raskin, Richard La Ruina, Lise Saffran, Sara Leigh Walsh, Brook Wilensky-Lanford, among others.


As of this posting, Mr. Jacks is listed on Publisher's Marketplace as having made 3 deals in the past 12 months and 16 overall. Recent deals include 4 debut fiction, 3 general fiction, 7 non-fiction, and 1 YA fantasy.

NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (only).

Snail-Mail: No.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

In the body of an e-mail include a query letter and short writing sample of one to two chapters.

Please see the Inkwell Management website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines and terms of agreement.

Response Times:

The agency has a stated response time of up to two months (link) but Mr. Jacks often responds within 1-2 weeks. Stats on requested material are limited but show a range of 1-3 months.

What's the Buzz?

I couldn't find much information on Mr. Jacks beyond what’s on the agency website, but he’s actively making sales and his clients have good things to say. Nothing suggests an interest in middle grade but he does represent select YA projects including Sara Leigh Walsh’s DARKLIGHT (Simon Pulse).

Worth Your Time:


None found.

Around the Web

Inkwell Management thread at AbsoluteWrite.


Please see the InkWell Management website for contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last updated: 11/1/12.

Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.

Last Reviewed By Agent? N/A.


Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's and/or teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.


  1. Even though I now have an agent, I still love reading these profiles.

  2. I'll have to pass his name along to some of my YA friends. :)

  3. Thanks for a great spotlight for YA authors.

  4. Great spotlight, Casey. Nathaniel sounds wonderful.

  5. I can't imagine how much work goes into creating these posts. Thanks, Casey, for another great spotlight.

  6. It's always great to see the agent spotlights to help with guiding the beginning of the query process.

  7. Thanks! I'll keep an eye open for more stuff from him.