AgentSpeak: Hard and Fast

August 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on AgentSpeak: Hard and Fast

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 […]

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AgentSpeak: Alarmingly Top-Heavy With Fiction

August 11th, 2005 · 3 Comments

Top heavy sounds good, you know, when it’s someone else’s problem. When it’s yours? Well, you apparently pretend it’s a bad thing, while secretly thinking “nyah, nyah, nyah.” Or other thoughts inappropriate for this blog. Thus is the problem at the Aaron M Priest Literary Agency. Agents Aaron Priest, Molly Friedrich, Lucy Childs, Lisa Erbach […]

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Note: Guarantees Are Like Red Flags

July 19th, 2005 · 1 Comment

It appears that someone out there is impersonating agent Deidre Knight by sending letters to authors, assuring publication and a low agency commission. Let us assure you that The Knight Agency doesn’t need to drum up additional business — this is a scam, and someone is trading on Knight’s sterling reputation. Do not fall for […]

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This Just In: New York No Longer Center of Universe

July 12th, 2005 · 6 Comments

There is, if you can believe it, a debate that rages long and loud: to New York agent or not to New York agent. The crowd on the left believes proximity makes for good agenting. The crowd on the rights notes new technologies like airplanes, telephones, and even something we hear is called “electronic mail.” […]

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This One’s For The Kids

July 11th, 2005 · Comments Off on This One’s For The Kids

Here’s one we missed — an agency looking for a wide range of projects, including (yes, kids, it’s true) children’s and young adult fiction. Jennifer DeChiara and Stephen Fraser are incredibly picky, but if they like your work, expect lots of loving care from the agency. Vitals: The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, 254 Park Avenue […]

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AgentSpeak: Bold Voices

June 28th, 2005 · Comments Off on AgentSpeak: Bold Voices

There were lots of words we didn’t understand in MediaBistro’s profile of Larry Weissman Literary LLC. Media landscape, cultural taste-trackers, that sort of thing. What we did understand that there’s an agent out there eager to represent bold young journalists who specialize in literary narrative nonfiction (something, we presume, you know when you see it). […]

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Talkin’ Agent Blues

June 16th, 2005 · 3 Comments

The Author’s Guild is asking members who were clients of Nancy Ellis (Bell), formerly of Litwest Group to contact them regarding the agent’s possible withholding of monies due. Ellis recently settled a suit with one her clients; since then, others have filed suit against her or alleged withholding. While we’re add it, now seems to […]

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AgentSpeak: The Complete Life of A Book

May 31st, 2005 · 2 Comments

When we last checked in with Joe Veltre, he’d struck out on his own. No wait, when we last checked in with Veltre, Diane Bartoli had joined him at the Artists Literary Group. Has it really been a year? We could check the archives, but why? Time is construct for people who aren’t like us. […]

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Found: One Clueless Literary Agent

May 21st, 2005 · 3 Comments

Without reading a word, we can guarantee there’s at least one author out there who’s probably not going to be published. Unless he or she finds a real angent. For the record, if your agent is contacting bloggers (even really smart bloggers like Sarah Weinman) for advice, your agent doesn’t have the necessary contacts or, […]

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We Pause For A Quick Game of Musical Chairs

May 18th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Laurence J. Kirshbaum is leaving Time Warner Books. This probably won’t affect many authors. David Young will succeed him. Ditto. Kirshbaum will take an appropriate period of time to reflect upon his success (his house is raking in the bucks!) before embarking on a more genteel career: literary agent. This will affect more than a […]

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