New Agent Alert: Natalie Fischer at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Editor’s note (Summer 2011): Natalie has left
the Dijkstra Agency and joined the
Laura Bradford Agency.


Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Natalie Fischer at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.



About Natalie
: Natalie is the submissions manager at the agency. She also handles foreign tax and permission requests. She started as an intern at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Literature/Writing, Natalie started as a columnist at the San Diego Union Tribune writing book reviews and author profiles. She recently returned to work full time at the agency, and currently still contributes freelance for the Books department at the Tribune.

She is seeking: “historical and narrative nonfiction (including memoir, biography, and popular science/culture) and literary and creative fiction in these areas: historical, young adult/teen, women’s, romance (contemporary and historical), cross-cultural, and select paranormal. She is looking for hard-working, talented new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook.”

How to contact: For fiction, send a query/cover letter, a 1-2 page synopsis, and a sample of your manuscript (no more than the first 50 pages, double-spaced, single-sided, and unbound). For nonfiction, send a proposal (an overview, a detailed chapter outline, author bio, 1-2 sample chapters, and a brief analysis of readership and similar titles). Hard copy (snail mail) submissions only. No e-queries. Send submissions to Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, PMB 515, 1155 Camino del Mar, PMB 515, Del Mar, CA 92014. Only responds to submissions if interested, so include no SASE or materials that need returned. Responds in 8 weeks or fewer if interested.


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0 thoughts on “New Agent Alert: Natalie Fischer at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

  1. Melissa

    I agree with Seraphine…I queried Natalie only four weeks ago, and she sent some very positive feedback even though she said no. I think it’s her agency’s policy not to respond, since they are so big, not just hers, but it’s not like I was sitting around waiting for her to respond. There are so many agencies, anyway, that if I get rejections from half and don’t hear from the other, I probably need to re-work the query or start on a new book…

  2. Seraphine

    it’s not like dating. don’t sit by the phone for weeks after your submission, hoping she’ll call. move on with your life: color your nails, give your mother a call (she’s been waiting by the phone for *your* call. it’s almost christmas). work on your skills.
    tomorrow, while you’re drinking your low-fat latte and improving the hook for your next query letter, look around you. that guy at the next table- the one that looked right at you as he blew on his coffee- how would he feel if you turned your notebook around towards him and showed him a nicely-worded rejection message?

  3. WriterChic

    I agree with Don as well. I like to know for certain one way or another so I can mark that agency off my list. It doesn’t matter if it’s e-mail or snail mail, it’s fairly easy to send off a form rejection if the material doesn’t suit what you are looking to represent.

  4. Matt

    I concur with Don… if an agent is too overwhelmed to hit ‘print’ on a form letter, fold the 8×11, and slide into an SASE. Then they should probably go to email queries… which seems to be the norm these days.

    I’ve found the rejection form letters a decent record of who I’ve sent queries too. It seems if you’re an agent starting out, you’d probably want to extend the courtesy to the writer community.


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