New Agent Alert: Susan Finesman of Fine Literary

eminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Susan Finesman of Fine Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.


About Susan: Susan Finesman began scouting books, plays and narrative non-fiction for Tri-Star Pictures in 1986. Five years later, she moved on to SAVOY Pictures followed by a long and award-winning stint at HBO where highlights included an Emmy for Ernest Gaines’ A LESSON BEFORE DYING. In 2010, she decided to build a seat of her own at Fine Literary, introducing great writers first to publishers and then, not as an afterthought but as part of a coordinated plan, pursue film, television and Internet opportunities.

She is seeking: “I continue to be interested in all kinds of books but tend to be compelled by work that features characters that I cannot shake. I challenge authors to make me laugh or cry and you will have certainly won me over by doing both. I love the twists and turns of a great page-turner, can be seduced by a truly honest memoir and am delighted when transported by historical fiction. Regarding nonfiction: cookbooks and lifestyle are a particular area of interest, but I can be compelled to consider almost any subject that is honest and thoughtful. At this time, we are not representing children’s picture books or work composed for the stage or screen.”

How to contact:
Submissions by either e-mail or mail are regarded equally. Send to query(at) Be sure to include the words QUERY and the title of your work in the subject line. For fiction, send a query letter, a brief synopsis and the first 20 pages pasted into the body of the e-mail. For nonfiction, send a query letter, your publishing history & platform, and brief overview of the work. Tell us why you are writing this book and where it fits in the marketplace.


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