I am a new literary agent
who just opened up her own literary agency in Boston, Massachusetts and am currently working to build her list of fiction and non fiction clients. Fees: 15% domestic, 17% international, and 20% for film
. I only charge the standard fee for selling a manuscript to a publishing house or to a production company.
I represent new unpublished authors and published authors from all over the world. Only submissions by email will be considered. A full synopsis and one sample chapter must be included. I respond to all email queries upon receiving them personally, whether or not I will ask them to read their work. I need two weeks review time and MUST BE THE ONLY AGENT READING THE MANUSCRIPT AT THE TIME OF THE SUBMISSION. I will sign the author to a contract only once I have successfully gotten their manuscript published and secured them a publishing contract. I will send the author's manuscript to my editorial contacts at the publishing houses and to the production companies within one week of agreeing to represent them.
I am not a publicist and do not have any experience in publicity. My only experience is in being a literary agent and representing literary works to major publishing houses. All of my clients will have to find their own publicist to help them publicize their work once published. I opened my own literary agency because too many good authors who are hard working and dedicated and talented and have stories to tell either never get the chance to show their work to the world because no agent is willing to give them the chance they deserve and represent them or their agents under-represent them so they never get published and the agent eventually moves on to other clients that produce more money for them and leave them out in the cold.
I want to change this and I thought the best way for me to change this was to open my own literary agency.