West Coast Agents Do It Just Fine

March 30th, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

How many times have you heard that the only good agent is a New York agent? Probably as often as you’ve heard you must have 25 lines per page, Courier, 12 point. Also, one inch margins. No exceptions to the rule.

Agent Sandra Dijkstra scoffs at the notion that one must be Back East to be effective. Oh sure, she rubs it in. . .extolling the bliss that is California. But being the focused sorts, she immediately returns to business and the benefits of living in the Pacific Standard (soon to be Daylight) Time zone:

Our days are blissfully lunch-free, most of the time. When the odd editor ventures out here, the rule is broken, but mostly our noontimes are NY primetime, and we are womaning the phones. This reduces our calorie intake and sharpens our appetites for meaty deals with editors sleepy from long lunches. And, when we flash through New York, we are consumed, though mostly in expensive restaurants.

Vitals: Sandra Dijkstra Litereary Agency, 1155 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92104-2605. Alas, no full-service website, but a helpful Publisher’s Marketplace listing does exist.

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