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About Kinney Literary

Kinney Literary Agency is dedicated to representing select children’s book authors and illustrators. As a boutique agency, we are committed to building enduring relationships, providing editorial input, handling contract negotiation & rights management, and assisting our clients in building careers with longevity. We are passionate about bringing books to life!


Rian Kinney has a Bachelor of Arts, in English, from the University of Florida and years of experience as an intellectual property and entertainment attorney. After negotiating on behalf of numerous clients, Rian saw an opportunity to combine her English and Legal backgrounds with her lifelong appreciation of children’s literature to launch Kinney Literary Agency, which represents children’s authors and illustrators. Rian is actively seeking compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her and stories she wants to see in the world.


I am seeking fiction, in all genres, that educates and inspires children. I'm inspired by stories that take young readers on an adventure and leave a lasting impression.


Rian Kinney



At Kinney Literary Agency we focus solely on writers and illustrators of children's books. Although we make every attempt to reply to each query, unfortunately there is not always time to do so. If you do not hear from us after 6 weeks, we have decided that we are not the right agency for your work.

If you choose to submit to us, please note the following:

  • All queries must be sent through the digital form below (submissions to our personal e-mail addresses will be automatically deleted).
  • We will only consider one project at a time. If we would like to see more of your work, we will request it.
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