New Literary Agent Alert: William Boggess of Barer Literary

UPDATE: As of June 2015, it appears that William is no longer agenting.
Do not query him.


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




About William: William Boggess began his career at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, before working at Barer Literary until 2010. After a stint in editorial at Little, Brown and Company, where he worked with renowned authors such as Sam Kean, Alan Weisman, Edna O’Brien, and Tom Wolfe, he has returned to Barer Literary to represent literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. He grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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He is seeking: “In fiction, I’m looking for strong voices that have the authority to draw me into a different world—even if that just means a fresh perspective on the world we live in day to day. I like novels of many different styles—Larry McMurtry, Ann Patchett, Walker Percy, Evelyn Waugh, and Daniel Woodrell are some favorites—but I always appreciate authors who strive for that challenging balance between inspired, inventive prose and a gripping, detailed story. Being a native North Carolinian, I love southern fiction, and would be proud to help keep the tradition going strong. I also have a soft spot for story collections, although the market for them is very tough these days. In nonfiction, I’m interested in literary memoir, popular science, narrative history, and smart sports writing. I am not interested in practical nonfiction (cookbooks, diet books, how-to), YA, or genre romance/thrillers/fantasy.”

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How to submit: [As of June 2015, it seems William is no longer agenting.]


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  1. malflj

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