Bold Ideas, Bold Agency

August 18th, 2004 · 3 Comments
by Booksquare

We have been thinking quite a bit about big literary agencies versus small. There is something to be said for an agent who makes the scene, literarily and otherwise. If you’re looking for that kind of excitement (and we must admit to a certain thrill), then Vigliano Associates may be your dream agency. MediaBistro gets the lowdown on David Vigliano, Andrea Somberg, and part-time agents, Michael Harriot and Elisa Petrini.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • David Thayer // Aug 19, 2004 at 4:18 pm

    Is the Vigliano Agency the one that snatched Alicia Keyes away from Noah Lukeman? I seem to recall a flurry of point-counterpoint over her proposed memoir.

  • booksquare // Aug 19, 2004 at 4:26 pm

    Yes — there was some question as to what sort of agreement Keyes had with Lukeman. He maintains it was a handshake deal (which is very common for agents), while her side maintains a deal never existed. I recently attended an agents panel where one agent said, and I paraphrase, if you’re letting someone else touch your money, you should get the deal in writing. Having worked in Hollywood for far too long and having seen far too many litigations over deal points that weren’t memorialized, I say a written contract is the way to go.

    It sure would have saved Lukeman and Keyes a lot of time and money.

  • booksquare // Aug 19, 2004 at 5:04 pm

    I guess I should have mentioned that I met with someone from Vigliano (since gone, I believe), and found her to be very enthusiastic and likeable. However, after doing further research, I felt the agency wouldn’t be the right fit for me, and didn’t pursue it. I think I need a little less boldness from my agent.