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New Agent Alert: Sophia Seidner of Judith Ehrlich Literary Management

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: strong literary fiction and nonfiction including self-help, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and biography. Areas of special interest include medical and health-related topics, science (popular, political and social), animal welfare, current events, politics, law, history, ethics, parody and humor, sports, art and business self-help.

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

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About Sophia
: OK, so Sophia's not technically a "new" agent, but she just moved from Wiley to Judith Ehrlich Literary Management, and seems to be transitioning more from international sales to taking on domestic clients (and this is a good thing for writers). Sophia worked in the literary division of International Management Group, starting as an assistant to the literary agent Julian Bach, working with clients such as Pat Conroy and Jan Morris. After Julian Bach’s retirement, Sophia continued as an assistant agent, and contracts and subsidiary rights manager, working on behalf of clients such as Jack Welch, Ken Blanchard, Marshall Goldsmith, Peter Drucker, Bill O’Reilly, Pearl Jam, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, and Elvis Costello. Next Sophia joined John Wiley & Sons, Inc. as an international rights manager for three years. At Wiley, she focused on selling translation rights for Wiley's extensive list of business, technology and culinary titles.

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Seeking: strong literary fiction and nonfiction including self-help, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and biography. Areas of special interest include medical and health-related topics, science (popular, political and social), animal welfare, current events, politics, law, history, ethics, parody and humor, sports, art and business self-help.

How to Submit: sseidner@judithehrlichliterary.com. For nonfiction, query and include an explanation of platform. For fiction, query with brief synopsis and a small representation of the writing (7-15 pages pasted in the e-mail). "If we are sufficiently intrigued by your project, we will ask for samples or the complete proposal or manuscript. Due to the volume of submissions, we regret that we cannot respond to all e-mail. We do not represent children’s books, novellas, poetry, textbooks, plays or screenplays."

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