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Agent Advice: Shira Hoffman of McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

This interview features Shira Hoffman of McIntosh & Otis, Inc. Shira began her career in publishing as an intern at Tor Books and has been with M&O since 2007. In 2013, she took over as Director of Subsidiary Rights. She also Tweets @ShiraSHoffman. She is seeking: mainstream commercial fiction, mystery, literary fiction, women’s fiction, romance,...


Agent Advice: Brooks Sherman of FinePrint Literary Management

This installment features Brooks Sherman of FinePrint Literary Management. After a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in bucolic West Africa and a one-year stint in the savage jungles of Hollywood, he is thrilled to be living once more in Brooklyn. As befitting his chosen career in publishing, he subsists on a diet of...


Literary Agent Interview: Laura Dail of Laura Dail Literary Agency

This interview features Laura Dail of Laura Dail Literary Agency. The Duke University graduate received her Master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College. She has served on the board of the Association of Authors Representatives (AAR) and currently chairs the AAR Royalties Committee. She also Tweets. She is seeking: Laura’s now especially interested in historical...


Agent Advice: Sara D’Emic of Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC

This installment features Sara D’Emic of Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC. The Emerson College grad has been an editorial/PR intern for Last Light Studio and an editorial intern for Hanging Loose Press, and she’s excited to be extending her client base. She also Tweets. She is seeking: In fiction, she accepts adult and YA fantasy,...


How I Got My Agent: Dennis Mahoney

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Dennis Mahoney, author of the 2013 literary novel FELLOW MORTALS. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks,...


Literary Agent Interview: Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency

This interview features Michelle L. Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency. She is a literary agent, the founder of Inklings Literary Agency (formerly of the Corvisiero Literary Agency), and she has a business administration background in addition to a lifetime of working with books (sales, editing, and writing) and authors (marketing, promoting, event planning). She...


How I Got My Agent: Nicole Steinhaus

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog. This installment is with young adult writer Nicole Steinhaus. "... Fast forward a year, two more manuscripts, three SCBWI events, an embarrassing amount of research on agents and writing craft, and I was ready to query manuscript number three....

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My Adventures in … Reno (2011)

I just got back from the 2011 Reno Writers Conference at Truckee Meadows Community College. I have to praise organizer Kathy Berry for putting together a smooth event that had its best attendance ever, even in trying economic times. Well done. This writers conference happens every spring (usually April) and I highly recommend it....

Agent Suzie Townsend Puts Out Call For Adult Fiction

The very cool Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary (formerly of FinePrint Literary Management) contacted me yesterday with news that she is looking to acquire more adult fiction works to complement her love of juvenile fiction. See Suzie's entire explanation of her needs on the post itself. (Also learn how she wants to...


Agent Scott Eagan On: Romance vs. Women’s Fiction

When I first opened Greyhaus Literary Agency in 2003, I decided to focus simply on romance and women’s fiction. Since that time, I honestly don’t know how many times I have been asked “What is the difference between romance and women’s fiction?” It seems that, in my humble opinion, the line has really been...


Agent Advice: Elisabeth Weed of Weed Literary

This installment features Elisabeth Weed of Weed Literary. She previously worked at Curtis Brown and Trident before starting her own agency. She is seeking: She handles "upmarket women’s fiction as well as an eclectic mix of non-fiction, with an emphasis on narrative, investigative and women’s issues from the humor driven to the thought...


Agent Advice: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary

This installment features Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary. She is seeking:"chap books to upper YA (non-fiction, contemporary, humor, historical and fantasy *fantasy/sci-fi needs to really stand out, unique), romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary), fantasy (women's, urban, steampunk, unique), up-market fiction (dark, literary, horror, dark comedies, speculative fic), narrative non-fiction (pop culture, environmental, foodie)."