Graphic from Unterzakhn,
© 2012 Leela Corman


“We practice wonder by resisting the temptation to hurry past things worth seeing, but it can take work to transcend our preconceived standards for what that worth might be. In the disturbed urban landscape, this is particularly challenging. Unless we happen into a zoo, or unless something goes badly awry, we are not normally going to be seeing bears, cougars, or even deer. Without the hope of a meaningful sighting to keep us on our toes, our watching must delve one layer, or several, deeper. This is one of the blessings of the urban nature project: without the overly magnificent to stop us in our tracks, we must seek out the more subversively magnificent. Our sense of what constitutes wildness is expanded, and our sense of wonder along with it.”

Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, Copyright © 2009 by Lyanda Lynn Haupt


“Most of us think of nature as the plants and animals big enough to see with the naked eye. We too hang on to this tendency. When we look at a tree, we see branches sweeping upward and the shape and color of leaves against the blue of the sky. But in our mind’s eye we see so much more that was hidden before. For as unique as we each may be, we have never been alone. The living roots of the grandest tree of all, nature herself, plunge deep beneath our feet and throughout our bodies. Nature is not out there in some distant and faraway land. She is closer than we ever imagined, right inside of us.”

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, Copyright © 2016 by David Montgomery and Ann Biklé


Wales Literary Agency represents quality works of fiction and narrative nonfiction. The Agency is especially interested in story-driven narratives, new voices, and progressive cultural points of view.

The agency does not represent self-help, how-to, children’s books, romance, genre in general (including mysteries), or screenplays.

Clients live across the country and overseas, with a core group coming from the Northwest, Alaska, and the West Coast.

“There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.”

—Moby-Dick; or, The Whale,
by Herman Melville


How to submit:

Our agency accepts only digital submissions.

Queries should be emailed without attachments to

In approximately one page, tell us who you are, what your book is about, and why we and other readers might be interested.

We will respond to queries within three weeks if at all possible. If we request a full manuscript or proposal, we will get back to you as soon as possible, and likely within two months. Requested submissions may include PDF, JPG, and DOC or DOCX attachments.

Tel. (206) 284-7114. Please do not query by phone.

Thank you for your interest.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long before I receive a response to my query?

One to three weeks.

What is your response time for requested manuscripts or work?

Usually within two to three months.

How should I format my manuscript?

Double spaced, in an easy-to-read font, and please include contact information somewhere on the manuscript or cover letter.

May I submit to Wales Agency while also submitting to other agencies?

Yes, multiple submissions are okay. However, please be transparent: keep us and any other agent reading your work “in the loop.”

Why was my query returned?

Our decisions reflect on the agency’s business needs, reading interests, and enthusiasms. Also, we can only take up work for which we have the time. Please do not expect us to provide detailed comments in response to queries—it is simply not possible.

What are your policies on commissions and other business policies?

They are in keeping with AAR guidelines and its Canon of Ethics.

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