Archive for Agent Info

New Lit Agency Launches

A couple of different sources reported that Ryan Fischer-Harbage left Vigliano Associates to launch an eponymous agency. I can’t seem to find a website for the new Fischer-Harbage Agency just yet, so I can’t tell you anything about the new agency’s submission guidelines.

But a search of the invaluable Publishers Marketplace deal archives shows that Fischer-Harbage represented country music star Trace Adkins, magazine editor and journalist Louise Sloan, among others. Fischer-Harbage also previously worked at Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

Keep an eye out for a new website in the coming days and weeks. Most experts agree that it’s a good idea to query new agents (and agencies) as they are liable to be a bit more receptive to potential new clients. Although Fischer-Harbage might have taken some current clients from Vigliano Associates, there’s always a good chance that the new agency will need to bulk up its roster.

Folio Lit Website Up and Running

Back in early January, I mentioned that agent extraordinaire Jeff Kleinman had banded together with Scott Hoffman and Paige Wheeler to form Folio Literary Management. At the time, the company had only registered the domain name but no website was ready.

Tonight, I was surfing around and noticed that the company’s website is now up and running. It looks like the agents got to keep some of their big-name clients and they’ve also built an informative submission guidelines page. Be sure to check it out and see if Folio is a good fit for your work.

But here’s the thing… and I say this is my best serious-dad-tone, don’t go wasting their time with queries about 1,500 page epics on the magical kingdom of cockroaches under your bathroom sink. Don’t pitch a novel about a demonic yoga instructor who leaves his victims in contorted knots. Especially don’t pitch that novel if it’s not finished. And don’t suggest a novel that is going to prove how The Da Vinci Code “got it all wrong.”

In short, follow the rules, people. Kleinman is one of the good guys. Let’s show our thanks by respecting the company’s submission guidelines.

Agent Moves

A couple of outlets reported on two agent moves yesterday. A Publishers Lunch report that was picked up by Mediabistro stated that Bob Shuman has joined the Peter Rubie Literary Agency as an agent. Shuman has previously worked at an editor for several publishers including Kensington, Macmillan, and Morrow.

Mediabistro also reported that Rachel Vater joined Lowenstein-Yost Associates Inc as an literary agent. Vater was previously employed as an assistant agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Jeff Kleinman Part of a New Literary Agency

GalleyCat reported on Friday about Folio Literary Management, the newest superagency. The new agency is reported to feature three agents: Scott Hoffman (formerly of PMA Lit & Film), Jeff Kleinman (formerly of Graybill & English), and Paige Wheeler (founder of Creative Media Agency). 

Contact information has not yet been announced, nor has anything been said about which of their current clients will follow the agents to the new firm.

But I was glad to see this bit of good news for Jeff Kleinman. You may recall our Slushpile interview with Kleinman. I’ve always found him to be responsive, respectful, approachable, polite, and incredibly caring about literature. In short, he’s one of the good guys.

So congratulations Jeff and best of luck with your new venture.

Ellman Joins the Laura Dail Literary Agency

Aspiring author alert… last week, there were various that Tamar Ellman joined the Laura Dail Literary Agency. One report said “she will develop her own client list and sell foreign rights.” Ellman was previously at Sanford Greenburger Associates. This might be a good chance to catch on with an agent looking to build her list. I don’t know anything about her personal preferences and tastes… anyone out there have any info on Ms. Ellman that would help us target submissions?

Lots of Book and Mag Job Changes

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There were a whole bunch of changes in the publishing and magazine world last week. Big names leaving positions, big names starting new gigs, changes all around.

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McCormick & Williams Open for Business

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Collins McCormick Literary Agency was disbanding. The news at the time was that David McCormick was leaving the firm, that the split was amicable, and that Nina Collins would continue under her own name. The agency was home to authors such as Elizabeth Kostova, Matthew Sharpe, Julie Hecht, Rick Marin, Elizabeth Wurtzel, and others.

On Wednesday, there were numerous published reports that put a whole new spin on this story. Manhattan media, news, and gossip site Gawker reported that an email sent to publishing industry insiders might have come as a bit of a surprise to Collins. The email announced the launch of McCormick & Williams literary agency, led by Mr. McCormick and well-known agent Amy Williams. The agency’s staff is fleshed out by managing partner Leslie Falk, PJ Mark serving as senior agent and foreign rights director, and Gillian Linden as the office assistant. What’s so salacious about that? As Gawker writes “McCormick. Williams. Falk. Mark. Linden. Um, that would be everyone who worked at Collins McCormick. Except for Collins. And her assistant.” Oops. Variety reported on the split and stated there was “tension between the two partners.” Well, yeah, evidently.

Meanwhile, Publishers Marketplace continued its great service to aspiring authors everywhere by reporting that the new agency’s phone number is 212-721-3482. Reports are also that the agency will follow the protocol of first initial, last initial at mccormickwilliams.com for email purposes. Publishers Weekly reported that the agency is temporarily located at 104 West 70th Street in New York for those of you using snail mail. Although I’d recommend that you guys at least let them settle in before bombarding them with submissions.

Collins McCormick Literary Agency Disbands

GalleyCat, a blog that’s part of MediaBistro’s operation, is reporting that Collins McCormick Literary Agency is disbanding. The firm was launched in 2002 when Nina Collins joined forces with former New Yorker editor David McCormick. The firm’s website doesn’t mention any split just yet, but reports are that the separation was amicable and that Collins will continue in her agenting endeavors as Collins Literary.

Editor and Agent Moves

There has been a number of press items about editors and agents moving here and there. Here’s a roundup:

MediaBistro reported that Maureen Graney has been named executive editor of The Globe Pequot Press. The website also reported that Steve Zeitchik is leaving Publishers Weekly after a tenure of nearly seven years in order to join Variety.

A number of outlets such as MediaBistro, Publishers Weekly, and Publishers Marketplace reported that Bill Shinker was promoted to president of Gotham Books, a Penguin imprint. Shinker retained his title of publisher, but got a promotion to senior vice president. One of these days, I’m going to track down an explanation of exactly what the publisher position does as opposed to the various editors and presidents and what have you. I think the publisher is like the CEO of a company, but I’ll find out for sure.

Publishers Lunch reported that Kate McKean was hired as an agent at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management and that Doug Jones joined Putnam and Riverhead as vice president/marketing director. He was previously a sales director at Random House.

Meanwhile, the graffiti outside my apartment in Baltimore reported that Crackhead Carl has accepted a new position on a different corner. He will now be featured doing the dope-fiend-lean on the corner of Pratt and Calvert.

Personal Editor Tastes and Company Decisions

Someone recently asked me “if I’m supposed to target editors or agents because their personal tastes are so different, then what’s wrong with sending my manuscript to multiple people at the same publishing company or house? Why can’t I keep trying until I find someone who wants my book?” I didn’t have an answer, but I told my interrogator I would try and find an explanation for him.

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