The Margret McBride Literary Agency has been in business for over 30 years and has successfully placed over 300 books with mainstream publishers such as Hachette/Hyperion, HarperCollins, Penguin/Random House, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan/McGraw Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Workman and Thomas Nelson. We are always looking for new and interesting projects to get excited about. For information on how to submit your work to us for consideration, please see our Submission Guidelines page.


Margret McBride


Margret gained eight years experience in the publishing industry prior to establishing her San Diego agency in 1980. She worked in the marketing departments of Random House and Ballantine Books in New York. Later, she became the Director of Publicity at Warner Books, and Director of Publicity, Promotions and Advertising for Pinnacle Books. She is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR) and the Author’s Guild. She also serves on the La Jolla Playhouse Board at the University of California at San Diego.

Margret previously served on the Library Board of the University of California at San Diego and under her five-year direction, the UCSD Writers Conference attracted a distinguished faculty of publishers, editors and agents, as well as international participants.

Margret’s initial success as a literary agent began in 1981 with the sale of the New York Times bestseller, THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson M.D., which has been an international bestseller for over 30 years.

Margret is interested in a wide range of commercial fiction and nonfiction, especially historical fiction, medical suspense, legal thrillers, and stories featuring strong female protagonists. She is not interested in sci-fi or fantasy.

Her nonfiction interests include biographies and memoirs, travel, history, psychology, health, self-improvement and business, especially entrepreneurship, management, and finance. She also has a weakness for business parables.


Faye Atchison

Associate Agent and Assistant to Margret McBride

Faye handles correspondence between publishers, authors and the agency, and provides liaison, continuity and logistics for Ms. McBride. She handles the flow of manuscripts inside the office and with the publisher. She has a BA in Fine Arts from San Diego State University. If you have a question, from submissions within the office to working with the publisher after the sale, Faye will find your answer.

Faye is interested in in both commercial and niche fiction and nonfiction. Fiction interests include YA, speculative fiction, commercial fantasy, women’s fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, paranormal, unconventional westerns, and anything with unique, well-drawn characters and a dark or offbeat sense of humor. 

Her nonfiction interests include pop-culture, music, history, health, inspirational (but not spiritual), and extremely well-written narrative nonfiction.