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Agent Spotlight: Bill Contardi

This week's Agent Spotlight features Bill Contardi of Brandt and Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. 
Status: As of 5/12/2020, Mr. Contardi is no longer listed as an agent with this agency or any other literary agency.
Bill-Contardi About: "Bill Contardi has expanded upon a long career as an editor and dramatic rights agent to include literary representation. His areas of interest are voice-driven young adult and middle grade fiction, commercial thrillers and general fiction, psychological suspense, spirituality and memoir. " (Link-No longer listed as an agent)
What He's Looking For:
FICTION: literary fiction, commercial fiction, thrillers, middle grade, young adult
NONFICTION: Religion, spirituality, multi-cultural, memoir
From AgentQuery:
"I am looking for a fresh, smart voice, in control of the story which has some resonance to today. A story that hits the ground running with drama and fully developed characters and takes me to a new place. Writers, including multi-cultural, with a point of view, something to say which will appeal to an audience that enjoys wit and intelligence." (Link)
What He's Not Looking For:
Comix, Graphic novels, Erotica, Poetry, Puzzles, Games, Romance, Business, Investment, Cooking, Food, Wine, Crafts, Hobbies, DIY, Health, Diet, Home, Garden, Mind, Body, Spirit, Music, Musicals, Parenting, Family, Politics, Current affairs, Professional, Reference, Relationships, Family, Science, Technology, Early readers
Editorial Agent?
Yes, he requests revisions and editorial changes as needed.
Web Presence:
AgentQuery, QueryTracker
Gregory Funaro, Robert Beatty, Alyson Noel, Helena Ku Rhee, Cindy Pon, Sorayya Khan, Mary Jane Nealon among others.
Query Methods: 
E-mail: Yes (preferred).
Snail-Mail: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify): Mr. Contardi is no longer a literary agent.
E-mail:  Query only.
Snail-mail:  No.
Response Times:
Mr. Contardi generally responds within minutes to a few days, occasionally taking longer.  His response time on requested material seems to fall within days to a couple weeks.  Despite his quick turnaround, don’t be too hasty to followup if you don’t hear back right away.  Agent response times fluctuate.
What's the Buzz?
In the business of books and dramatic rights for over 40 years.
Please see the Brandt and Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. website for contact information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 1/10/18 Updated again on 5/12/2020
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes on 1/10/2018
Last Reviewed by Agent: 1/22/18
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 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.


Elana Johnson said...

I queried him at the beginning of the summer season, and haven't heard. Maybe I'll try again at the three month mark. Is that a respectable amount of time? :)

Casey Something said...

I think three months is perfectly respectable, Elana, especially given his normal speed. Good luck!

Mame said...

I think you found my dream agent. Did you say MOVIES?? LOL.

Casey Something said...

Slim chance at film rights, Aimee, even with an agent involved in them. Though, I imagine chances are slightly better, given connections.

: )

Mame said...

I know, but a girl can DREAM. (This girl does all the time)

Casey Something said...

This girl does too. :)

Crystal said...

Thanks for another great profile, Casey!

Christina Farley said...

Another great write up. You answered a lot of questions I had about him. I also like it when you find pictures of these agents. It's nice to see a face to a name.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up; I sent him a query letter.

Anonymous said...

You know what's always so disappointing....comments like "slim chance at film rights" Really? Have you read her manuscript? Did the film industry completely stop making movies based on books? How about trying "Who knows?" or something positive. We face enough discouragement as writers don't we?

You girls are NOT Stephenie Meyer. said...

@Anonymous , April 27th: Casey was just being realistic. More writers need to try that. Everybody (especially female writers) think they're going to scribble maybe a vampire romance, for example, and suddenly become the next Stephenie Meyer, making millions of bucks. No. Truth is Aimee will be lucky to get an agent. It's okay to dream but to turn the dream into a reality the first thing you need to do is wake up. I think Bill Cosby said that. Yes, the writing biz is full of discouragement, so here's some more: if you don't like the writing biz then quit; no one is making you stay.

Robin Reul said...

I am so excited to have just signed with Bill this week. I found him to be lightning fast in his communication (from query to call was about a month and he was on vacation in the middle of it.) He is smart, savvy, funny, and most of all, has fantastic enthusiasm and vision. I couldn't be more excited to work with him.

Anonymous said...

He doesn't do picture books, by the way.

Joshua David Bellin, Sci-Fi Author said...

I queried him at 9:30 last night and received a response by 10:15. It was a rejection, but still, that’s service!

While I’m at it, I’ve been meaning to thank you, Casey, for all the work you do. I’ve been using your site for a month, and I’ve got a couple nibbles from agents I’ve found here. So thank you!

Casey McCormick said...

You're welcome, Joshua! Glad to hear you're finding Agent Spotlight useful. Good luck with the agents you're out with. Let me know if you get good news. : )

Phiroozeh Petigara said...

Hi Casey,
Thank you so much for this spotlight. I'm about ten (very long) days into the agent hunt and already feeling burned out. Bill's agency has no website, which always makes me a little weary, and your webpage, so fabulously laid out, was such an amazing end of week treat for my (very very shattered) nerves.
Thank you for your hard work.


Casey McCormick said...

You're very welcome, Phiroozeh. Good luck with Bill. I hope your agent hunt isn't a long one. Do let me know when you find an agent!


Unknown said...

I'm sure Ms. Myers, James, and Rowling were told the same thing.

Kristan said...

First, just FYI they appear to have a website now: http://brandthochman.com/

Second, I've been using your site as one of the top resources for my agent search; it's FABULOUS. Thanks for putting in all this hard work for the benefit of fellow writers. <3

John Schoffstall said...

Alert: the 'conference bio from late 2008' statement that Contardi doesn't want middle grade fiction seems to be wrong. Middle grade is listed as one of his areas of interest on the B & H website.

DonnaGalanti said...

Bill is my agent and represent my middle grade fantasy series out this year. YES, he does do middle grade - among many other genres. Check out his bio on Brandt & Hochman's website. He is lovely to work with! Very low key but diligent, fast to respond, and presents options for you to make the best decision for your career with his guidance. He also has a strong background in dramatic rights too. I'm very glad to be working with him!