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Thread: how do you find published author's agents?

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    christinedg
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    how do you find published author's agents?

    i think i'm having a dumb attack. i am trying to track down the agents of several authors. i've found their names in acknowledgements and am researching them on the web but i seem to be getting nowhere.

    is there a trick to this?

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    aka eraser
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    Re: how do you find published author's agents?

    Perhaps you need to narrow the parameters of your search. The easiest way I know is by using quotation marks. If the agent is Richard Brown and he represents John Author then you might enter: "Richard Brown" "John Author" in the Google search thingy (sorry for the technospeak). This would bring up every website which mentions both of them.

    "Richard Brown" "literary agent" would similarly bring hits in which both terms appear on a site's page. Then you'd eliminate every Richard Brown who had nothing to do with agenting.

    If you've already been doing this and getting zero results, then I'm baffled too. Perhaps you found the only few agents left on the planet without a web presence.

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    SimonSays
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    how do you find published author's agents?

    Chris - once you have the name of the agent you can also check sites like Preditors and Editors or everyonewhosanyone to find out what agency the agent is with.

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    vstrauss
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    Re: how do you find published author's agents?

    Who are the agents, Christine? Someone here might know something.

    - Victoria

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    christinedg
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    Re: how do you find published author's agents?

    at this point, i'm looking for virginia barber and lizzie grossman. i've googled both of them and their names do come up in searches but, so far, only anecdotally.

    thanks if you can point me in the right direction!

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    DaveKuzminski
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    Re: how do you find published author's agents?

    Christine, are you seeking information on them because they represent the kind of writing you have to offer or because you like particular authors?

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    SimonSays
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    Virginia Barber

    Christine -

    Virginia Barber is with William Morris - www.wma.com.

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    maestrowork
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    Re: Virginia Barber

    Speaking of authors... if you know the author's address, should you contact them directly, or should you go through their agents anyway?

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    snarzler
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    Re: Virginia Barber

    It would depend on what you wanted from them but general rule of them is to go through agent or publisher until invited to contact them directly.
    Its just nicer.

    Andrea 0]

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    christinedg
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    thank you!

    thanks for the info!

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    DeePower
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    I contacted the author's directly

    We interviewed quite a few authors for our new book. If the author has a website and many do, they usually have a contact page. Even the authors who declined to be interviewed were very nice.

    You can also contact the publisher. The publicity departments can be quite helpful.

    Dee Power
    The Making of a Bestseller, Dearborn Trade, April 2005
    www.BrianHillAndDeePower.com

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    snarzler
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    Re: I contacted the author's directly

    Dee and everyone

    If an author has a site, they are inviting contact-especially when they display snail or email addresses. I got the impression the original poster was working from a list of authors and had culled their publicists or publishers' addresses and/or possibly some author addresses and was curious as to which address to use.

    For example:
    Ursula LeGuin and Janet Evanovich have websites with addresses and encourage contact. JD Salinger does not.

    If I had an address for Mr. Salinger and one for his agent, I would use the one for his agent until some response said "contact him directly and here is the ...".

    The majority of writers enjoy interaction with their fans and like some form of contact. The ones who don't should have their choice respected and not be invaded because their information is available.

    So, as a clarification of my previous advice, I would contact them directly if they clearly want it. If they don't or you don't know their policy, go through their publisher or agent or publicist.

    Andrea 0]

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    Stace001
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    Re: I contacted the author's directly

    I sent an email to Janet Evanovich personally to find out who her agent was, as i write similar novels, and she emailed me right back with the name of her agent.

    Usually if they have contact details on their website, one would assume they are open to being contacted.

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    Robert Parker's agent?

    Some time ago I was assisted in finding the agent name for a writer.

    Can anyone verify for the who is the agent for Robert Parker (the mystery novelist and creator of the "Spenser" private detective series).

    Thanks
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    I googled "Robert B. Parker" and "Literary Agent" and came up with a lawsuit from 2001 that lists Helen Brann of the Helen Brann Agency as his agent.

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    Publisher's Marketplace has it listed as Helen Brann of the Helen Brann Agency too.

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    Well there you go!

    Perhaps I should start re-pinging questions that didn't get immediate answers and subsequently got buried a few pages. I wonder what will be learned then!
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    How to find a published author's agent.

    FYI, ya gotta add something for the search engine to find.
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    Don't just run around "pinging." Post an on-topic comment, full of information, that contains many of the key search words.

    For example, to find the name of Robert Parker's agent, it might be useful to go to Google and search on "Robert Parker" and "represented by."

    Consider too that he might have both a literary agent and a film agent.

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