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Matt Belford (he/him) is a literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media.

Matt received his MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, back when he thought he wanted to be a writer. He’s since learned the error of his ways and is thrilled to instead be working with authors to help bring their ideas to life. Prior to joining the team at New Leaf, Matt has worked at several literary agencies and publishers and joins the team with a decade of experience across formats and genres.


He is primarily looking for nonfiction projects with unique takes and fresh ideas to be explored. In the adult science fiction and fantasy realm, as well as the adult graphic novel space, he is looking for character-driven works that get to the heart of emotionality; he wants to laugh and cry with your characters. 

“No matter the genre, Matt is looking for under-represented voices.”


New Leaf Literary & Media accepts queries via QueryManager — Matt Belford’s Query Submission Page.


“Only query us for fiction when your manuscript is COMPLETE. Only query us for nonfiction when your proposal is COMPLETE. Do not query more than one agent at New Leaf Literary & Media. International submissions are welcome. Please DO update QueryManager if you have received an offer from another agent or an editor (or email us with ‘Offer of Representation’ in the subject). You will receive an auto-response confirming receipt of your query. We only respond if we are interested in seeing your work. If we have requested your proposal and/or manuscript please do not contact us for updates any time before eight weeks.”

If you’re having difficulties with QueryManager, please query at The word “Query” must be in the subject line, plus the agent’s name. Please also include the category (ie, PB, chapter book, MG, YA, adult fiction, adult nonfiction, etc.), ie – Subject: Query, Matt Belford – Adult Nonfiction. Please include up to 5 double-spaced sample pages within the body of the email.

NO ATTACHMENTS, unless specifically requested.

Include all necessary contact information.


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