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Literary Agents

Literary Agent Robert Brown a "Renaissance Man"

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

Author Representative Robert Brown loves to take risks, and sees opportunities where many people worry about failure. In this interview, he tells us ...

Lit Agent Bill Gladstone Might Work Harder Than "Any Other Literary Agent Alive Today"

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

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Lit Agent Frances Goldin Does Not Want To See "Romances, Horror, Violence, Supernatural, Spy Stories"

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

President Frances Goldin fits into the progressive category. In this interview she explains that an inventive query is her favorite kind, and that wr...

Lit Agent Christy Fletcher Takes the "360 Degree Approach"

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

Owner and Literary Manager Christy Fletcher isn't interested in trends, and she tells us in this interview why she wants a writer who is the "whole pa...

Lit Agent Caren Bohrman Seeking "Classic" Projects

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

CEO-Partner Caren Bohrman sees economic challenge as an opportunity instead of a problem. She advises writers in this interview to write constantly, ...

3 Key Elements of a Great Query Letter

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

There is no fast and simple rule that applies to all literary agents. However, there are some key elements you should include in your query letter to them.

Book Scout Maria Campbell "Loves" Her Job

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

Book Scout Maria Campbell uses this interview to explain her career, how she got started as a book scout, and why she is fascinated by books in transl...

Lit Agent David Nelson Thinks That Publishing "Is Being Revolutionized"

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

Literary Agent David Nelson says that his experience in the industry is what sets him apart. In this interview, he tells us why new technologies are ...

Lit Agent Ashley Grayson Wants Writers Who Think of their Books as "an Investment"

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

Ashley Grayson, the founder of the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency, understands the business of publishing. In this interview, he explains how he helps...

Lit Agent Lucy Childs Thinks Authors Need To Know Their Success is Not "Guaranteed"

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

Literary Agent Lucy Childs likes literary fiction, not werewolves and vampires. In this interview, she suggests that authors keep their query letters...

Lit Agent Daniel Bial Says Publishing is Facing "A New Economic Reality"

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Rivera

Literary agent, Daniel Bial has nearly two decades of experience as an agent. He tells us in this interview, why he's not really excited about ebooks...

Adam Langer, Author of "The Thieves of Manhattan": Exclusive Huffington Post Interview

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

The Thieves of Manhattan (Spiegel & Grau, July 13), a very funny satire on the publishing industry, is full of such insider references as an atwood (M...

Seattle Dispatch: The Richard Hugo House

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ming Holden

If you're at a writing conference at the Richard Hugo House, Seattle's literary hub, and a cheerful, chestnut-curled woman strides into the overfilled workshop room and announces, "We're going to O-Rama!" you've probably found Alix Wilber.

Wylie Agency Puts All eBook Negotiations On Hold

Harvard Magazine | Craig A. Lambert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Wylie's negotiations with publishers on the book industry's version of the iPod, e-books, are currently on hold across the board. He's dissatisfied wi...

Politics And Prose Bookstore For Sale; Hoardes Of Agents, Authors, Investors Vie For Chance To Take Over

The New York Times | YEGANEH JUNE TORBATI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

First came shock -- the venerated Politics and Prose bookstore here was up for sale. Then, almost immediately, the fantasies started -- what would it ...

Andrew Wylie, King Of The Literary Jungle

The Guardian | Robert McCrum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Wylie has now become something far more menacing in the literary undergrowth. In a business environment where many of the principal publishers, bookse...

An Analog Industry in the Digital World: Why Publishing is Embracing Social Networking

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

With book coverage dwindling it has become more important than ever for publishers to create and explore alternative avenues in which to engage readers. And, perhaps surprisingly, publishers are responding.

The Rejection Letter of the Future Will Be Silence (And Why This is a Good Thing)

Nathan Bransford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nathan Bransford

One of the more challenging aspects of being a literary agent is dealing with the incredible deluge of submissions that pour in every single day, twen...

David Rosenthal To Leave Simon & Schuster, Jonathan Karp To Step In Says Publishers Marketplace

The New York Times | Julie Bosman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

David Rosenthal, the publisher of Simon & Schuster, is leaving the company, he said on Wednesday. Simon & Schuster is expected to announce Mr. Rosenth...

Literary Agents Esther Newberg And Andrew Wylie Clash Over Poached Authors

The New York Post | KEITH J. KELLY, JENNIFER GOULD KEIL and MICHAEL GRAY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

One of the most powerful agents in the literary world, Esther Newberg, blasted rival super agent Andrew "The Jackal" Wylie for what she claims is his ...

Iowa Writers' Workshop Graduate Spills It All: Interview with John McNally, Author of "After the Workshop"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.

An Agent's Prerogative and an Author's Frustration

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I continue to write with a sense of determination that I get my first novel into print -- with or without some gatekeeper's discourteous blessing.

Apple vs. Amazon: Apple Made Deals With Publishers, Amazon Pursues Literary Agents

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Apple and Amazon could be creating an interesting turf war over the future of books and whether eBook or print will be the primary launch format. Most...

The Editorial Role: An Agent's View

Jean Naggar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jean Naggar

As corporate structures have gulped down and digested independent publishing houses and imprints, their corporate agendas have brought about a slow steady erosion of reliance on the editor's skill and intuitive vision.

A Short History of a Tall Jew: A Tale of Self-Publishing

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

I am the world's worst Jewish businessman. I don't understand why I'm so bad with money. So self-publishing my novel was something most of my friends and family warned me against.