I don’t really. In some ways, it was a shame, really, because they were books I would have loved to have had a chance to pitch to New York houses. Join QueryTracker to access more query and agent information, including... To read more comments about this agent, or to leave comments of your own, become a QueryTracker member. Of all the things that have changed in publishing, I don’t think choosing an agent has. Does she write popular articles or blogs? The agent will always work to narrow those as much as possible, but you still need to understand them before self-publishing to prevent putting yourself in a position where you are in breach of contract. She represents several Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, distinguished politicians, and award-winning novelists. Does she speak to hundreds of people each month who will potentially buy the book? E-Mail notifications whenever new agents are added to QueryTracker or whenever their profiles are updated. That being said, we have taken backlists from authors and republished the material using their new, more successful, author brand. — Terri Apter, Times Literary Supplement  "An impressive book, lyrical and erudite even as some of the topics Friedmann broaches are disturbing . Would 30,000 copies in sales for a business/finance book still be enough to attract the attention of a traditional publisher? On the nonfiction side, she’s partial to journalistic accounts and memoirs that dwell in conflicts and truths from which most of us instinctively distance ourselves. . Check out the “submissions” page and the “what I’m looking for” page before you send me a proposal. Chris graduated as a Morehead-Cain scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English and Italian. I think, as with anything, you need to be careful before making a commitment to anyone. Why go through what might be an endless cycle of sending out query letters—and pay an agent’s commission—when it’s so easy to publish a book independently? Authors who have done this have done it both under their own names and pseudonyms. An agent will also make sure you aren’t getting yourself into a situation, contractually, that could cause problems down the road. I think publishing is a business, and how you choose to run and grow your business depends on you. She loves to read all sorts of books for kids and adults. There are so many different examples: it could involve the same characters, the timeline for which you can publish something different, the type of book or genre you can publish. Typically a contract with a publisher will have both an option clause and a non-compete. I have to confess that I’m not representing nearly as much nonfiction as I used to, so I haven’t tried to sell a self-published book in a while, and fiction and nonfiction would be very different when it comes to selling a self-published work to a traditional house. On the adult side, she is eager to represent more upmarket commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. It’s also incredibly user friendly. A native Londoner with a stereotypical love for tea, Chris now lives in Brooklyn. Originally from Australia, Nell holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and an MFA in Fiction from The New School in New York. Work with any third-party services? Jennings Melissa Kantor K.L. Mary represents literary and upmarket fiction, voice-driven nonfiction, and memoir. On the children’s side of her list, she represents young adult and middle grade fiction, and the occasional picture book. Yes, and I got hit hard by this when I first started Beyond the Page. She’s also passionate about middle grade stories that recognize just how astute and multi-dimensional kids are. Over the course of her career, Sarah has had the pleasure of editing many talented and award-winning authors such as: Lauren Groff, Katherine Howe, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Kasie West, Michael Buckley, and Claudia Gray. Nadyne joined Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. in 2009, and oversees the financial, human resource and operational affairs of the company. You need to know what you want from your career (and understand that will likely change as your career evolves) and you need to choose an agent who has the same vision as yours. Neeti represents a wide range of authors, among them #1 New York Times best sellers Lisa Lillien (Hungry Girl) and Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess), biographer Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, journalist Pamela Newkirk, artist Rajiv Surendra and novelist Tommy Hays. Elizabeth’s current submission wish list includes high-concept young adult novels, especially from underrepresented voices, accessible middle grade novels that will foster a love of reading (think: fun, funny, or both! It's possible this agency is no longer functioning. The essential publishing industry newsletter for authors. Jessica R. Friedman (Yale Law School 1984, Princeton University 1981) has practiced copyright, trademark, literary property, and licensing law in New York City for 25 years and has handled matters that relate to Internet start-ups since approximately 1995. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please feel free to email your questions. I think using a pseudonym can help you try new things without potentially damaging your current brand or turning off your current audience. I started as an editor for two academic publishers in the early 1970s before setting up my own publishing company. She is looking for literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, character-driven young adult novels, and books about language and linguistics. In both fiction and nonfiction, she gravitates toward work that employs a strong and/or unfamiliar voice. For unagented writers who are considering working with an established literary agency that has a self-publishing arm or side business? Jenny grew up on an island in Maine and studied English and film at Colby College. 115 Broadway, Suite 1602. What’s an example of such a contractual problem? Originally from Budapest, Hungary but raised in Sweden, Szilvia splits her time between New York City and Austin, Texas. I wanted to make sure I had something to offer those clients who might be interested in diving into that world, but didn’t want to do it on their own, so I launched Beyond the Page. Established authors who have been dropped by their publishers—or who want leave their longtime publishers (Cornelia Funke)? She is particularly drawn to incisive, voice-driven writing and underrepresented narratives. Authors she represents include James McBride, author of The Color of Water, The Good Lord Bird, winner of the National Book Award, and Deacon King Kong; the late Richard Ben Cramer, author of What It Takes and Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life; the late Senator John McCain, author of The Restless Wave, Faith of My Fathers, Why Courage Mattersand Character Is Destiny; Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name, and Barbara Demick author of Eat The Buddha and Nothing to Envy. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, Delicious Foods by James Hannaham, Bobcat by Rebecca Lee, The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak, Kingdomtide by Rye Curtis, and The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess, among others. I don’t mean actually sell, but what her reach is. A New York City-based literary agency, founded in 1952. The thing to note is that Debbie sold 30,000 copies of her print book at print prices ($14.99 or so), which is a lot different from selling an ebook at varying price points, or giving it away for free. QueryTracker Members can view the data gathered by all other members, organized into reports showing... © 2007-2020 QueryTracker. Some publishing professionals feel that the idea of an agent-publisher is a conflict of interest—a vanity press in disguise. Some publishers have really nailed this, and others are still working on it. There’s nothing worse than trying to sell a client’s newest project only to have an editor call and pass because of the self-published works you had no idea the client was doing. Readers are fickle and unpredictable, and in some ways that’s what is so amazing about this business. Check out the “submissions” page and the “what I’m looking for” page before you send me a proposal. In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Nadyne is responsible for the strategic planning, budgeting and supervision of the daily functions of the agency, as well as the training and guidance of staff and management of all vendor relationships. Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is an interview with literary agent Jessica Faust(‪@BookEndsJessica‪) by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, who runs her own editorial services company. I understand how decisions are made and why some decisions are made. Sarah graduated with a B.A. Her clients have been excerpted in the New Yorker, finalists for prizes, and have multiple foreign sales. I think bestselling authors or authors with a track record will have an easier time finding success. Tools to help you stay organized and error free. In addition, Jenny represents select literary estates on behalf of the agency, including the estate of National Book Award winning author Gloria Naylor. A veteran of publishing, Jessica began her career in 1994 as an acquisitions editor at Berkley Publishing, Macmillan, and Wiley. Be sure to sign up for email updates, so you don’t miss any posts. Doug has been an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. since 2003. He has represented 17 books by Mary Gordon, 46 by Ruth Rendell, and 19 by William Trevor. Jessica joined Sterling Lord Literistic in 2020, having worked previously as an agent at The Wylie Agency. That can change, of course, and likely will, but knowing what kind of team you want, if you’d like a team, and what your goals are now and in the future can help you make the decisions that are right for you. But in light of the benefits these publishers provide—and the challenges other publishing paths may present—are they worth considering? I do. Can you provide an example of a specific publisher that’s nailed its portal? — Terri Apter, Times Literary Supplement  "An impressive book, lyrical and erudite even as some of the topics Friedmann broaches are disturbing . Her recent titles include Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig, Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez, and The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly by Meredith Tate.