AgentSpeak: Hard and Fast

August 23rd, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

James Fitzgerald and Anne Garrett believe in the awesome power of the Internet. So much so that their agency utilizes things like the web and email to do business. It’s almost enough to bring a tear of joy to our jaded eye. The agents like email, they like brief, action-packed pitches, and they like the modern world, so much so, that, uh, Fitzgerald has developed an interest in the Old West.

What interests us, however, was the way the agency works:

The Internet also aids Fitzgerald in finding writers. About 50 percent of his projects start with Fitzgerald’s own ideas, and the agents “try to go find someone who’s in that area to see if they’d be interested in writing a book. A lot of people, surprisingly, are not interested in writing a book because it takes too much time and there’s not enough money. Those who are interested, we take them through the trappings of teaching them how to write a proposal, then help them write the proposal and go back and forth and back and forth until we have something that’s viable, then we go out with it,” Fitzgerald says.

Vitals: James Fitzgerald Agency, 136 E 57th St, 14th Fl, New York, NY 10022-2940, (212) 308-1122.

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