...has worked in publishing since the 1970's, first at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and then at The Viking Press. She decided she needed more involvement with authors and became a literary agent, a profession she has practiced for over twenty years. She is known for her upmarket fiction and non-fiction. Her literary agency, Mary Evans, Inc., is located in the East Village in New York City. Along with Tanya McKinnon, the other full agent at Mary Evans, Inc., she tries to have the art her clients produce satisfy publishers' needs of commerce. Mary Evans' clients include Michelle Chalfoun, Kristin Duisberg, Christopher Castellani, Nicholas von Hoffman and Michael Chabon.
...has been a literary agent at Mary Evans Inc. for 7 years and has over 50 clients. Before becoming an agent, she was a foreign scout in New York and the youngest senior editor at South End Press in Boston. She holds an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School, a B.A. in English from Tufts University and has been profiled in The New York Times, The New York Observer, and Savoy Magazine. A lifelong fan of children's literature, Ms. McKinnon's list includes authors of picture books, middle-grade readers and young adult books.
Hi Fuwanna, thank you for your detailed and revealing post.
I just received a query response from Kevin Sparks at Mary Evans. They are insisting on a hard copy submission of my novel, which is very unusual at this time in the business. But after reading your post, I'm wondering if I really want to spend the $32 to copy and send/return postage the manuscript to them...
As someone who's worked at several literary agencies, I can attest to the fact that it's still very common to request a hard copy of a manuscript.