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Agent Spotlight: Michael Bourret

This week's Agent Spotlight features Michael Bourret of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC.
Status: Open to submissions.
staff_mikeAbout: "Michael joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret as an intern while studying film and television production at New York University, and began at the agency full-time in 2000. After ten years as an agent in the New York office, Michael now works in Los Angeles in the West Coast office of DG&;B.  There, he continues to represent his own list of bestselling and award-winning clients while also aggressively pursuing new film and television opportunities.
Michael wants to see more…Thrillers” (Link)

About the Agency:
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC was founded in 1994 by Jane Dystel, who has been a respected figure in publishing for over 30 years — first as an editor, then as a publisher, and finally as a savvy and successful agent. The agency is the product of her innovative vision of author representation as a full-service enterprise.
“DG&B was launched with a quickly growing roster of Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, celebrated experts in fields as diverse as parenting, women’s health, and cooking, acclaimed literary and commercial fiction writers, and an eclectic and exciting list of titles. The primary goal of the agency was and is to offer not just financial and contractual advice to its clients, but also editorial guidance and support.
“Being involved in every stage of putting together a non-fiction book proposal, offering substantial editing on fiction manuscripts, and coming up with book ideas for authors looking for their next project is as much a part of our work as selling, negotiating contracts, and collecting monies for our clients. We follow a book from its inception through its sale to a publisher, its publication, and beyond. Our commitment to our writers does not, by any means, end when we have collected our commission. This is one of the many things that makes us unique in a very competitive business.” (Link)

Web Presence:
DG&B website.
Twitter @MichaelBourret.
AAR profile.
DG&B Twitter.
DG&B Facebook.
What He's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Fiction, African-American, Gay + Lesbian, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Thrillers, Women's Literature, Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir, Business, Investment, Crafts, Hobbies, DIY, Health, Diet, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Science, Technology, Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grade, Young adult. (Link)
"He specializes in children's books, from picture books through young adult. He is actively seeking children's books of all kinds, but especially commercially-minded (though not necessarily commercial) young adult and books for boys." (Link)
Manuscript Wish List  Via Twitter (06/2013):
“I want a YA western. But a modern one. Think McCabe & Mrs. Miller or Cormac McCarthy. #MSWL” (Link)
“I want challenging, original, literary, smart, books that are still engaging and readable. #MSWL” (Link)
“If everyone tells you “you can write that for teens,” I probably want to see it. #MSWL” (Link)
From an Interview (03/2013):
“I'd love to see anything that's new, original, daring, different, out-of-the-ordinary, that pushes boundaries, that's uncompromising. I'm actively looking for both MG and YA, and I like a challenge. If you've written a book that breaks the mold, that doesn't sound like other things on the market, please be in touch. It can be realistic or fantasy, but it can't be familiar.” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
Christian Literature, Erotica, Poetry, Puzzles, Games, Romance, Textbooks, Dramatic Works
Editorial Agent?
A list of clients is available on the website.
Mr. Bourret’s clients include: Brodi Ashton, Marcy Beller Paul, Emma Carlson Berne, Bryan Bliss, James Dashner, Gayle Forman, James Hankins, Rhoda Janzen, A.S. King, Stephanie Kuehn, Malinda Lo, Richelle Mead, Lisa McMann, James Riley, Anne Rockwell, Suzanne Selfor, N. H. Senzai, Bernadette Shustak, Andrew Smith, Nova Ren Suma, Molly Wizenberg, Sarah Zarr, among others.
Query Methods: E-mail: Yes (only).
Snail-Mail: No.
Online Form: No.
Submission Guidelines:
Send a query and sample chapter. No attachments. Query only one agent at the agency. 
See the DG&B website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Query Tips:
"I hate when my name is spelled wrong, I hate typos in the first sentence, I hate being queried by writers who haven’t done their research.  But in the end, none of that really matters if the query is compelling.  As I’ve mentioned on our blog, the details aren’t the most important thing, the idea, the narrative, the storytelling – that’s what hooks me." (Link)
Response Times:
The agency's stated response time for queries is 6-8 weeks and 8 weeks for requested material. If you do not hear back within the stated timeframe, feel free to resend (Link). Stats available on the web appear consistent with these numbers, though Mr. Bourret often responds much quicker.
What’s the buzz?
Michael Bourret has been with DG&B since 2010 and has a very impressive list of authors and sales. He is regularly a Top Dealmaker on Publisher’s Marketplace and his clients are very loyal, suggesting happy partnerships all around. For what it’s worth, Bourret makes my personal list of tip-top agents.
I recommend following him on Twitter @MichaelBourret for further insight.
Worth Your Time:
Interview with Agent Michael Bourret at All the Write Notes (03/2013).
LitChat Interview: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management at LitStack (10/2012).
Interview with Michael Bourret, agent at Laurie Ann Thompson (04/2010).
Interview with Michael Bourret at client Joelle Anthony's blog (02/2010).
Interview with Michael Bourret at Alice's CWIM Blog (08/2008).
Around the Web:
Before querying, I recommend reading all the pages on the DG&B website, including a great FAQ and What’s New section.
Please see the Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC website for additional contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last Updated: 6/12/17.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 6/13/2017.
Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's/teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.


  1. This is a HECK of a roundup! Thank you! Keep 'em coming!

  2. love the summaries! thx casey. he has a full out of mine but he has been nothing but professional. I have heard he has long response times but I thing he's worth the wait.

  3. Casey,

    I'm just going to leave this anonymous, but I want to add something to what you posted above about Michael not getting back to a writer (yeah that was me). The thing that was really distressing about it was that when I emailed him I told him I had another agent who only took exclusives waiting to read my full, so I need a definitive answer from him. I phrased it all very professionally and politely. He didn't get back to me. You'd think that no matter how busy a person is, he'd at least have the compassion and professionalism to not keep a writer's career hanging when they had other options. I've had other rejections and had other agents take their time with responses, but this is the only one that I feel truly bitter about.

  4. Hello Anon!

    I'm sorry I didn't get that in there for you. I wasn't sure you wanted it in so I opted to leave it out just in case. I'm glad you chimed in and added it though! The more information and feedback on an agent the better.

    Good luck on that full Shelli!

    Thanks for the comments everyone!

  5. I just saw that Michael was in the agent spotlight. I ADORE him. I queried Michael with several projects and other than the first manuscript, all the rest had great feedback. He was funny, charming, and had excellent advice.

    On the last manuscript I queried him, he didn't respond. I later talked to him and found out it accidentally went into his spam!! When he didn't respond, I ended up signing with another agent. But he's very high up on my agent list!!!!!

    Maybe some of his non-responses have to do with his email issues he was having at the time??

    Michael B. Rocks! haha

  6. This is fantastic. I love that you include possibly not-so-great writer feedback to balance things out. Great job and keep it up!

  7. You know, I've thought about querying this agent in the past, but I can't get past this: It is so unnecessarily negative. I get it - lots of queries are written unprofessionally. But you know what else is unprofessional? Taking an accusatory tone with the people who ultimately provide your income.

  8. Minor typo Casey: "He’s a mehe sells about 30-40 books per year, although some of those are multiple-book deals. He also has a charming obsession with bran mber of AAR, andmuffins."

    Perhaps should be:

    "He’s a member of AAR, and sells about 30-40 books per year, although some of those are multiple-book deals. He also has a charming obsession with bran muffins."

  9. Thanks Kyle! Looks like I had an accidental drag and drop when I went in to edit stuff last month.

    I went ahead and updated the profile completely. Added his new bio since founding the West Coast office, new submission guidelines (e-queries only), and updated for recent interviews, quotes, sales, etc.

  10. I want to echo what anonymous said about the submission page. Technically, this agent looks like a great fit for me, but every time I go to query I get stuck on that page and have a major rage attack. Then I think about the email I'd like to send whoever wrote that, and by that point I am in no mood to query.