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Sydnie Thornton is a literary agent with Word One Literary Agency. A native Memphian, Sydnie majored in English Literature at Rhodes College. Every summer, she escaped the Memphis heat to intern at various NYC agencies and eventually joined Irene Goodman Literary Agency in 2021. She’s thrilled to move to Word One Literary and excited about its future. When her eyes get blurry from reading manuscripts, she likes to go explore all the seasonal activities and endless pastry shops in the city.


Sydnie is interested in YA across all genres: fantasy, historical fiction, contemporary that leans literary, as well as thrillers with upmarket qualities and distinctive characterization. As for the adult side, Sydnie is actively looking for transportive, complex historical fiction and whimsical contemporary fantasy. 

“Regardless of genre, she’s very likely to connect with manuscripts that bridge the YA/Adult divide. She’s also committed to amplifying the voices of disabled creators.”


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

“To send us (Word One Literary) a submittal please:

  • Send your query letter and the first 10 pages of your work in the body of an email addressed to the agent of your choice. 

  • Provide contact names/ emails/ phone#’s needed for submitting.”

Sydnie currently accepts submissions via Query Manager – you can find her page here.

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