New Literary Agent Alert: Jesse Finkelstein of Transatlantic Literary

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




About Jesse: Last fall, Jesse joined fellow Page Two principal Trena White in forming an alliance with The Transatlantic Agency. At Page Two, the two publishing experts consult authors and businesses on both traditional and non-traditional publishing strategy. As associate agents of Transatlantic, Finkelstein and White also secure book deals for authors of adult nonfiction whose books have strong trade potential and can benefit from the backing of an established, respected literary agency. Follow Jesse on Twitter: @j_finkelstein

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She is seeking: Upmarket, accessible nonfiction that challenges current conceptions, whether through a “big ideas” book or narrative. “I am drawn to entrepreneurs and people who are innovators in their fields and writing about current affairs, business, culture, politics, technology, religion, and the environment,” she says. “I am most interested in authors who have an existing platform.”

How to submit: Query jesse [at] with a cover letter in the body of your email and an attachment of your work (maximum 20-page writing sample/excerpt in Microsoft Word document form) along with a publishing history and synopsis. Please note if other agents are also considering the project.

(How can writers compose an exciting Chapter 1?)

Are you open to representing all writers (US / UK / Canada)? Yes.


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