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


"The world's liquid freshwater resides in rivers and lakes, in underground aquifers, and in the sky. Eight-tenths of the world's freshwater is frozen. Another three thousand trillion gallons drifts in the atmosphere. But to say that it drifts does not do it justice. The water cycles through, riding thermals, now as a vapor, now as a droplet, now as a speck of ice coalesced around a particle of dust nine miles high in the troposphere. It is now in the air as mist, now as rain within a cloud, now in the Pacific, now as a downpour falling on hot pavement in south Georgia, now on the northern pack ice. It might rise up from the equator, sink down as a driving rain in the horse latitudes, drift for a while in the Gulf Stream. Rising again to travel farther north, it eventually makes its way poleward and falls as snow, then melts, running off into the North Atlantic to follow currents carrying it downward, finding its way to an upwelling, then drifting on the surface until it evaporates once more, only to wind up God knows where. In geological time, water molecules have been grand travelers, each finding its way everywhere, touching down everyplace, like irrepressible tourists on a four-and-a-half-billion-year junket."

Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places, Copyright © 2009 by Bill Streever


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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