Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities
for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always
make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies
that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage.
About Susan: Susan Finesman began scouting books, plays and narrative non-fiction
for Tri-Star Pictures in 1986. Five years later, she moved on to SAVOY Pictures followed
by a long and award-winning stint at HBO where highlights included an Emmy for Ernest
Gaines’ A LESSON BEFORE DYING. In 2010, she decided to build a seat of her own at Fine
Literary, introducing great writers first to publishers and then, not as an afterthought
but as part of a coordinated plan, pursue film, television and Internet opportunities.
She is seeking: “I continue to be interested in
all kinds of books but tend to be compelled by work that features characters that
I cannot shake. I challenge authors to make me laugh or cry and you will have certainly
won me over by doing both. I love the twists and turns of a great page-turner, can
be seduced by a truly honest memoir and am delighted when transported by historical
fiction. Regarding nonfiction: cookbooks and lifestyle are a particular area of interest,
but I can be compelled to consider almost any subject that is honest and thoughtful.
At this time, we are not representing children’s picture books or work composed for
the stage or screen.”
How to contact: Submissions by either e-mail or
mail are regarded equally. Send to query(at)fineliterary.com Be sure to include the
words QUERY and the title of your work in the subject line. For fiction, send a query
letter, a brief synopsis and the first 20 pages pasted into the body of the e-mail.
For nonfiction, send a query letter, your publishing history & platform, and brief
overview of the work. Tell us why you are writing this book and where it fits in the
the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents.
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Want more on this subject?
New agent seeking kids fiction & adult nonfiction: Kathleen
Rushall of Waterside.
New agent seeking adult fiction: Jessica
Alvarez of BookEnds.
New agent seeking fiction, nonfiction & Christian works: Sarah
Sper McLellan of Folio.
New agent seeking fiction & nonfiction: Monika
Verma of Levine Greenberg.
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