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New Agent Alert: Lisa Gallagher of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: "As an agent, Gallagher is looking to represent both fiction and nonfiction authors, and whilst she inevitably will be attracted to the same kinds of books she was passionate about as a publisher—accessible literary fiction, quality commercial women's fiction, suspense/thrillers, lively narrative nonfiction; she knows that sometimes it is a book that you don't know that you are looking for that becomes the one you can't put down."

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Lisa Gallagher of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

About Lisa: Formerly SVP & Publisher of William Morrow, Lisa has worked with numerous New York Times best-selling authors, including novelists Brunonia Barry, Marisa de los Santos, Neil Gaiman, Andrew Gross, Kim Harrison, Joe Hill, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, Laura Lippman, Gregory Maguire, and Christopher Moore; and nonfiction writers Bruce Feiler (Where God Was Born), Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives), and Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Freakonomics). Prior to joining WM in 2000, Gallagher moved to New York in 1998 to open the U.S. office of Bloomsbury Publishing, having worked in their London office for several years before that. Born and raised in England, she was educated at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK.

She is seeking: "As an agent, Gallagher is looking to represent both fiction and nonfiction authors, and whilst she inevitably will be attracted to the same kinds of books she was passionate about as a publisher—accessible literary fiction, quality commercial women's fiction, suspense/thrillers, lively narrative nonfiction; she knows that sometimes it is a book that you don't know that you are looking for that becomes the one you can't put down."

How to contact: "E-queries accepted (lgallagher[at]sjga[dot]com). Submit query in the body of an email and the following as Word attachments: the first three chapters of the manuscript (for fiction), a book proposal (for nonfiction), a synopsis of the work, and a brief bio or résumé. If you plan to send a hard copy query: Please submit a query letter, the first three chapters of the manuscript (for fiction), a book proposal (for nonfiction), a synopsis of the work, a brief bio or résumé, and a SASE for reply. Original artwork is not accepted. (55 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10003) Responds in 6-8 weeks."

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