Editor's note (Summer 2011): Natalie has left
the Dijkstra Agency and joined the
Laura Bradford Agency.
Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Natalie Fischer at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
About Natalie: Natalie is the submissions manager at the agency. She also handles foreign tax and permission requests. She started as an intern at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Literature/Writing, Natalie started as a columnist at the San Diego Union Tribune writing book reviews and author profiles. She recently returned to work full time at the agency, and currently still contributes freelance for the Books department at the Tribune.
She is seeking: "historical and narrative nonfiction (including memoir, biography, and popular science/culture) and literary and creative fiction in these areas: historical, young adult/teen, women’s, romance (contemporary and historical), cross-cultural, and select paranormal. She is looking for hard-working, talented new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook."
How to contact: For fiction, send a query/cover letter, a 1-2 page synopsis, and a sample of your manuscript (no more than the first 50 pages, double-spaced, single-sided, and unbound). For nonfiction, send a proposal (an overview, a detailed chapter outline, author bio, 1-2 sample chapters, and a brief analysis of readership and similar titles). Hard copy (snail mail) submissions only. No e-queries. Send submissions to Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, PMB 515, 1155 Camino del Mar, PMB 515, Del Mar, CA 92014. Only responds to submissions if interested, so include no SASE or materials that need returned. Responds in 8 weeks or fewer if interested.
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