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Lee O’Brien (he/they) is an associate agent at Looking Glass Literary.
Lee started his career at Irene Goodman Literary Agency in 2019, where he first worked as an assistant to Victoria Marini and later began building his own list as a junior agent, after completing his MA in English literature at UC Davis and moving back to New York full time in 2020.

When not working as an agent, Lee writes YA fantasy about trans kids, magic, and monsters of all kinds as Lee Paige O’Brien.


As an agent, Lee’s list focuses on MG, YA, and Adult, and he’s interested in a range of genres, from fantasy to thrillers to romcoms. Within the genres he represents, he’s especially looking for stories with a strong commercial hook or a compelling high-concept, and he loves anything full of twists and turns, an unforgettable cast of characters, or a mystery he can’t put down.

“He’s actively seeking diverse books and marginalized voices, and has a particular love for anything queer.”

Please visit Lee’s Manuscript Wishlist for an in-depth description of what he’s looking for.


As always, please review the agent’s submission guidelines before you submit.

“To query me, please send your query to, along with the first 10 pages in the body of the email. Please don’t send or follow up on queries through the contact form on this site—I’m only able to respond to queries that come in through my query inbox.”


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