Agency Profile: Liza Dawson Associates

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Liza Dawson Associates, a good AAR-member agency, just put up a cool new Web site. On that note, I figured I would post an updated profile of this agency. Note all the different agents and their varied tastes.

Liza Dawson Associates

350 Seventh Ave., Ste. 2003, New York NY 10001. Phone: (212)465-9071. Fax: (212)947-0460. Web site: www.lizadawsonassociates.com.

Member Agents:Liza Dawson (plot-driven literary fiction, historicals, thrillers, suspense, parenting books, history, psychology - both popular and clinical - as well as politics, narrative nonfiction and memoirs); Caitlin Blasdell (science fiction, fantasy - both adult and young adult- as well as parenting, business, thrillers and women's fiction); Anna Olswanger (gift books for adults, young adult fiction and nonfiction, children's illustrated books, and Judaica); Havis Dawson (business books, how-to and practical books, spirituality, fantasy, Southern-culture fiction and military memoirs); David Austern (fiction and nonfiction, with an interest in young adult, pop culture, sports, and male-interest works). Seeking new and established writers.

Prior to becoming an agent, Ms. Dawson was an editor for 20 years, spending 11 years at William Morrow as vice president and 2 years at Putnam as executive editor. Ms. Bladell was a senior editor at HarperCollins and Avon. Ms. Miller is an Essence-bestselling author and niche publisher. Ms. Olswanger is an author. Member of AAR, MWA, Women's Media Group. Represents 50+ clients. 15% of clients are new/unpublished writers. Writer's Guidelines:www.lizadawsonassociates.com/submission.html.Specializes in: This agency specializes in readable literary fiction, thrillers, mainstream historicals, women's fiction, academics, historians, business, journalists and psychology. Currently Handles: 60% nonfiction books; 40% Novels

How to submit: Query with SASE. Individual query e-mails are "query[agentfirstname]@lizadawsonassociates.com." Responds in 3 weeks to queries. Responds in 6 weeks to manuscripts. Sold 40 titles in the last year. Recent sales:Going for It, by Karen E. Quinones Miller (Warner); Mayada: Daughter of Iraq, by Jean Sasson (Dutton); It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Social Skill Problems at Home and at School, by Richard Lavoie (Touchstone); WORDCRAFT: How to Write Like a Professional, by Jack Hart (Pantheon); ...And a Time to Die: How Hospitals Shape the End of Life Experience, by Dr. Sharon Kaufman (Scribner); Zeus: A Biography, by Tom Stone (Bloomsbury).

Terms:Agent receives 15% commission on domestic sales; 20% commission on foreign sales. Offers written contract. Charges clients for photocopying and overseas postage.

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