Rachel Beck

Literary Agent

Rachel Beck has been in the publishing industry since 2009. After completing an internship with two literary agencies, reading mostly young adult and thrillers, she then worked as an editor for Harlequin, acquiring category romance, contemporary romance, multicultural romance and women’s fiction. She has decided to transition her skills to the agenting world in order to be an advocate and champion for her authors because she loves finding new talent and helping authors’ dreams of publication come true.

Rachel’s career highlights include helping her authors achieve prestigious romance book nominations and two selective awards, including the National Readers Choice Award, and several top reviews in Romantic Times magazine for her books.

Follow Rachel on Twitter at @Rachel_Burkot.

Read an interview with Rachel.

Some of Rachel’s career highlights include:

RITA Nominated Titles

  • A House Full of Hope, Missy Tippens, Harlequin/HarperCollins
  • The Cowboy’s Reluctant Bride, Deb Cowan, Harlequin/HarperCollins
  • Mistletoe Justice, Carol Post, Harlequin/HarperCollins

RT Book Reviews Top Pick

  • Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Teri Wilson, Harlequin/HarperCollins
  • Mistletoe Justice, Carol Post, Harlequin/HarperCollins


Rachel is drawn to voice-driven fiction, particularly in young adult; quirky, three-dimensional, flawed characters, including and especially secondary characters; beautiful writing; dark themes; books that explore good people in morally complicated situations; and complex, detailed plots.

Rachel is interested in representing:

  • Women’s fiction, especially upmarket/book club fiction, such as Emily Giffin, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain
  • Contemporary romance with a humorous voice and subplots in addition to the romance, such as Kristan Higgins
  • Young adult, especially emotional/deep issue (even dark) stories (no historical, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi or middle-grade please), such as Jandy Nelson and Courtney Summers
  • Psychological, character-driven women’s suspense/thrillers, such as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Mary Kubica
  • Southern fiction, such as Elaine Hussey


Email a brief query and the first 15 pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email to submissions@hollowayliteraryagency.com In the email subject header, write: Rachel/Title/Genre. You can expect a response in 4 to 6 weeks.

If you feel that more than one agent at Holloway would be interested in your work, please only send to one agent at a time. Once you receive a response from the first agent you queried, then you may submit to another agent. Any queries sent to more than one agent at the same time will be deleted.

If Rachel is interested, she’ll respond with a request for more material. Due to the number of emails we receive, she will only respond if she’s interested.