Michael Psaltis is a literary agent in New York City. He works with both fiction and nonfiction authors through his own literary agency, and also heads up a division of Regal Literary that is dedicated solely to food writers and cookbook authors.
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Hmm. The mpsaltis.com link baffles me a little. When you go there do you just get a page with a couple bits of not-so-useful text and no active links, or is my browser misbehaving?
Also - looking at Regal Literary, with which Psaltis is supposedly affiliated - their site doesn't mention him. Thoughts?
Yes, I've had dealings with Michael. Out of the dozen or so agents who requested partials and fulls from me, he is the only one (ever) to email me back with comments, telling me why it didn't work for him. All told, after about 90 queries/synopsis, he was the lone contact last year.
"I'm going to write some day."
(There's no day of week named some day)
Rejection Pledge 13/20
Left off at 66,740
This is a solid agent with significant sales (including six-figure deals) to Doubleday, Wiley, Thomas Dunne, Gotham, Avery, and others. Looks like he was with the Ethan Ellenberg agency until 2004, when he broke out on his own, then teamed up with Regal and called his division "The Culinary Cooperative." Most sales are cooking-related, but he's also sold memoirs, biographies, how-to, and other categories.
You can see a couple of his sales reported at Publishers Weekly:
OK. Thanks, all, for the information!