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Ask the Pro: Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner

Super-agent Rachelle Gardner shares the inside scoop on her pet peeves, the worst query she's ever received and what her dream client would be like.
by Kara Gebhart Uhl


Ask the Pro: Literary Agent Chris Richman

Agent Chris Richman shares the best query he ever received, his biggest pet peeve and his dream project.
by Kara Gebhart Uhl


Ask the Pro: Assistant Agent Suzie Townsend

Assistant Agent/Executive Assistant Suzie Townsend answers 10 questions to give you a better understanding of what agents want.
by Kara Gebhart Uhl


Ask the Pro: Literary Agent Ted Weinstein

Founder of Ted Weinstein literary management, this agent says he loves being surprised by great projects on topics he hasn’t thought about before.
by Kara Gebhart Uhl

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