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Thread: Urban/Street Lit Agents

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    Urban/Street Lit Agents

    06-13-2006, 01:52 PM
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    Urban/Street Lit Agents

    Hello everyone. Really need your help. I'm looking for agents who specifically handle the genre of URBAN/"STREET LIT." I've found only just a few at, etc. Any assistance is appreciated.

    06-13-2006, 03:58 PM
    James D. Macdonald
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    What in the world is "Urban/Street Lit"? Could you give a few titles?
    06-13-2006, 04:26 PM
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    Well, you've found Strebor Books already, which is probably what you want. For agents, you might want to go to the bookstore and find some titles that fit your genre and skim the first few pages. Authors often will give an acknowledgement to their agent. It's a little minor detective work but worth the trouble.

    Any agent recommendation from another writer will be qualified by their own experience and not necessarily good for you. It's very important to pitch the one specific to your genre.
    06-13-2006, 06:38 PM
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    What is street lit

    "Street Lit" is one of the newest, quickly growing, hottest genres going. It was created by African-Americans to chronicle the gritty side of life in the street: "gangstas," drugs, etc. Several street lit/urban authors have gone mainstream. Check out Zane, Darren Coleman, Teri Woods.

    06-13-2006, 08:44 PM
    James D. Macdonald
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    Why "specifically"? I'd think that any agent who handled contemporary/mainstream or african-american fiction might be interested.

    The best strategy is always to find agents who've sold books like yours and submit to them first.
    06-14-2006, 01:50 PM
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    To James on Street Lit


    Why not "specifcally?'' If you can indeed get an agent who specifically handles your genre, whatever it is, you're better off. No doubt. Much less to chance. Like anything else, not every agent who handles multicultural, ror example. handles urban lit.

    I have a sound strategy, and have been and continue doing what you suggest. And, I appreciate your input. And as I'm sure you do, I believe in acquiring and exhausting every good, meaningful lead to reach my ultimate goal.

    06-15-2006, 09:40 PM
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    I don't think that qualifies as a marketing category -- not yet, at any rate.

    Get a good general agent.
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    06-16-2006, 10:07 AM
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    Many (I'd say most, but I'm not 100% sure) urban/street lit publishers and imprints take submissions direct from authors and don't require that they be agented. If you get a contract offer you should always have it checked out by a knowledgeable person--but this is a genre, like romance, where it's very feasible to submit unagented. In fact, given the newness of the genre and the very, very small number of agents who deal with it, I actually think it would make more sense to go direct to the publishers, rather than spending time looking for an agent.

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    I just finished off a requested partial to Strebor. They don't just want African-American stuff, but any ethnic group. My book deals a lot with Native Americans--Inde (Apache) and Tohono O’Odham (Papagao). I queried them a couple weeks ago and they replied and requested a partial. They are busy right now, so it will take a while, I am sure.

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    Hey there Popeyesays,

    Congratulations with that partial. I hope it goes all the way. You're in great hands with Strebor as it is a Simon and Schuster imprint. It was originally headed by author Zane but I'm not sure if she still runs it. In any case, you can't go wrong with S&S. Best of luck. I'm rooting for you!

    I, too, write Urban Fiction. I'm Black Latina so my characters tend to be also, which fits the Urban Fiction mold more accurately. Urban Fiction or Street Lit or Hip Hop Lit or Gangsta Lit or Ghetto Lit (I wish they'd choose one and stick to it) is really catching on rapidly these days. Most of it is self-published, which explains why most of it is crap. But there are a few gems like Jeff Rivera's "Forever My Lady". He originally self-published then the novel was picked up by Warner Books. If you or anyone else is interested in learning more about this "genre" below is a link to a pretty good article on the subject.


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