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Agent Spotlight: Marianne Merola

This week's Agent Spotlight features Marianne Merola of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.

About: Marianne Merola is a veteran literary agent with Brandt & Hochman, a century-old boutique agency in New York.  Along with representing an established list of clients, she handles foreign rights for the agency.

Status: Open to submissions.

What She's Looking For:

Genres/Specialties: Children's middle grade and young adult, adult literary fiction, and narrative and engaging non-fiction. (Link)

Quotables:

Via Bill Contardi, another agent at B&H: "We don't have a website because frankly we spend professional time being agents and occasionally editors rather than maintaining a website. We have great clients and loads of talented new writers through references and reputation. And as you know Google tells the story these days, for better and sometimes for worse."  (Link)

Her client, Sunshine O'Donnell, says: "Marianne is tough and fabulous—honest, incredibly professional, and clearly someone who loves literature." (Link)

Editorial Agent?

Unknown.  However, Ms. Merola’s client Kerry Madden mentions she’s an excellent “reader/editor” in this interview.

Web Presence:

No website.

AAR member.

AgentQuery, QueryTracker, & AuthorAdvance.

Clients:

Ron Carlson, Judy Gelman, Heather Gudenkauf, Tim Johnston, Vicki Levy Krupp, Kerry Madden, Joyce Maynard, Heather Millar, Shannon Moffett, Sunshine O'Donnell, Patricia Williams, among others.

Sales:

Ms. Merola does not actively list on Publisher’s Marketplace. Some old listings can be found in the archives but nothing recent. 

NOTE: PM is rarely a complete representation of sales.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes.

Snail-Mail: Yes.

Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):

E-mail:  Query only.

Snail-mail:  Query and SASE.

Response Times:

Ms. Merola generally responds within hours to a week but there are longer instances of up to a few weeks.  Requested material usually gets a response within days to a couple months.

What's the Buzz?

In line with the agency as a whole, Ms. Merola’s web presence is minimal. However, Brandt & Hochman is a well-respected agency and Ms. Merola, a member of the AAR, is an established agent in the business with many sales under her belt.  Her clients seem happy with her representation. 

Worth Your Time:

Interviews:

None that I could find online.

Around the Web:

Marianne Merola on P&E ($ AAR). Brandt & Hochman Literary on P&E.

Brandt & Hochman Literary thread on AbsoluteWrite.

If you have a paid membership with AvantGuild, you may be able to find more information on Ms. Merola with this article, Pitching an Agent: Brandt & Hochman.  Note, however, its from 2004.

Contact:

Please see Ms. Merola's AAR profile or one of the query databases above for contact and query information.

Profile Details:

Last updated: 3/16/11

Agent Contacted For Review? Yes

Last Reviewed by Agent:  N/A

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Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(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.

10 comments:

  1. Perfect for me, I'm going to check her out! Thanx.

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  2. How disappointing that they don't have a better web presence. Thanks for doing the research, so we could learn a bit more about Marianne.

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  3. Fantastic. Love your informative posts.

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  4. I love the Agent Spotlights - thanks!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by everyone! Good luck with Ms. Merola if you query her, T. Anne!

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  6. I love these agent spotlights. Thanks, Casey

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  7. Thanks again for another fabulous spotlight, Casey!

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  8. Thanks for much for posting this. I sent Marianne a query based on your post and she sent this sincere and professional response:

    "Thank you for writing to me about your novel. I'd be glad to take a look at the first 100 pages of the manuscript to see if I think that I can be of help to you on it.

    Please send the material via regular mail (instead of email) and be sure to enclose return postage if you'd like it returned to you. I'll try to be as prompt as possible with my reply.

    In the meantime, I look forward to reading your work."

    If we end up working together, I'll owe a big chunk of that to you. Thanks, Casey! I love your rambles.

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  9. That's fabulous Alicia! Best wishes to you. I hope Marianne loves it. Do let me know how it turns out!

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  10. Hi Casey, I know this entry is a few years old, but I thought I'd let you know that Brandt & Hockman does have a website now, at http://brandthochman.com. Thanks for all you do.

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