Agency Profile: Collins Literary Agency

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Collins Literary Agency

30 Bond St., New York NY 10012. Phone: (212)529-4909. Fax: (212)358-1055. Web site: Agents: Nina Collins (memoir, literary fiction, lifestyle, young adult, travel, psychology, and women and/or mother/daughter issues); Matthew Elblonk (literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, music, young adult and anything that is slightly quirky or absurd); Ayesha Pande (literary to popular fiction, including women’s fiction, African-American and international fiction; nonfiction interests include biography, history, popular culture, multicultural, science, and some how-to). Seeking new and established writers. Prior to opening her agency, Ms. Collins was a literary scout for foreign publishers and American film companies. Established: 2005. Represents 30 clients. 40% of clients are new/unpublished writers.

How to submit: Query with SASE. Send queries via snail mail. No e-mail or fax queries. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Responds in 2 weeks to queries; 1 month to manuscripts. Returns materials only with SASE. Recent sales: Why the Devil Chose New England to Do His Work, by Jason Brown (Open City Books); The Mother Daughter Project, by Hamkins & Schulz (Hudson St. Press); Over the Hill and Between the Sheets, by Gail Belsky (Warner); Evo-lution, by Stephanie Staal (Bloomsbury); Gonzo Gardening, by Katherine Whiteside (Clarkson Potter). Agent receives 15% commission on domestic sales; 20% commission on foreign sales. Offers written contract.

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