Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Andy Kifer of The Gernert Co.) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
About Andy: Andy joined The Gernert Company in 2012 after two years working for Aram Fox, Inc., where he scouted books for foreign publishers. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, lived in North Carolina for five years, and worked briefly as a cross-country coach at a boarding school before starting his career in publishing. He lives in Brooklyn and runs in Prospect Park.
He is seeking: "I'm looking for literary fiction, smart genre fiction (in particular, high-concept thrillers or sci-fi), and nonfiction with a strong narrative bent. I'm a sucker for love stories and inventive narrative structure."
How to submit: Please query me by following The Gernert Company's submission guidelines (see www.thegernertco.com): send a query letter to info [at] thegernertco.com, with "Attn: Andy Kifer " in the e-mail's subject line. I'd prefer to see the first few chapters pasted into the body of the e-mail. Snail mail queries to The Gernert Company's office, addressed to me, are fine too! I promise I read everything that comes my way, though at Gernert we tend to respond only if something piques our interest.
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