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New Agent Alert: Stefanie Rossitto of the Tobias Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Stefanie Rossitto of the Tobias Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Originally from the German Alps, Steffi used to spend hours in quaint bookstores as a child. She went on to study English language, American literature and medieval history at Regensburg University and Edinburgh University. Her master's thesis was based on a New York Times article on modern day ‘suburban’ novelists and how these authors shaped American suburban culture. After graduation, she moved to New York City where she started out at three different literary agencies before moving on to Random House to explore the corporate side of the business. At Doubleday and Crown, she worked in their subsidiary rights departments for over five years and dealt with foreign and domestic licensing for every genre.


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Before coming to Tobias Literary Agency, she spent five years as a freelance reader evaluating German fiction and non-fiction for the US and international market, while raising her two young daughters. Steffi combines experience in agenting with corporate publishing and a keen understanding of foreign fiction and what will translate into the US market.

Currently Seeking

Steffi is currently looking for historical fiction, and funny, modern romances. She also enjoys anything and everything medieval as well as exciting historical romances and/ or fiction based on real characters.

How to Submit

Steffi only accepts queries through Query Manager.


How to Catch an Agent's Interest with Your First Few Pages

Writing strong first pages requires a great hook, a strong voice, and a clear premise. The first sentence should immediately catch the reader's attention, while the subsequent text should leave the reader wanting to dive further into the pages of the manuscript. But making the first pages of your story absolutely un-putdownable takes practice, patience, revision, and an eye for detail. Which is why we're here: to discuss what to do (and not to do) to make your opening pages stand out.

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