This week's Agent Spotlight features Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency.
About: "Caitlin Blasdell has been a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates since 2002. As a former senior editor at Harper and Avon, Caitlin acquired and published New York Times best-selling authors such as Kyle Mills, Anne McCaffrey, Kevin J. Anderson, and William Shatner. While at HarperEntertainment, Caitlin established the X-Files Publishing Program, as well as several other branded series. Caitlin is a Williams College graduate. She lives in Westchester with her husband and four sons, ages 9, 6, 3, and 1, which leads her to suspect she will be agenting more books on sports in the future." (Link)
Status: Accepting submissions.
What She's Looking For:
Interests: "Specializing in: quality commercial fiction including science fiction & fantasy (adult, young adult, and middle grade), urban fantasy, historical, mysteries, thrillers, and women's fiction." (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Picture books, illustrators, screen plays, poetry collections.
About the Agency:
"At Liza Dawson Associates, we know book publishing. We've launched first-time novelists onto The New York Times bestseller list. We've lifted established, successful writers to new, higher levels of success. And we've helped journalists and academics discover the nonfiction book they're truly excited to write – and that mainstream publishers are eager to acquire. We're a full-service literary agency based in New York City." (Link)
Yes, she is a former editor and several of her clients have mentioned doing revisions with her before submission.
There are lists of client titles on the website. Ms. Blasdell's clients include: Leah Bobet, John Brown, Harry Connolly, Greg van Eekhout, Jack Hart, Merrie Haskell, John Jarrold, Jon Levitt, Rachel Neumeier, Sarah Prineas, Charles Stross, Rebecca Zanetti, among others.
As of this posting, Ms. Blasdell is listed on Publisher's Marketplace as having made 5 deals in the last 12 months, 6 six-figure+ deals, and 30 overall. Recent deals include 3 sci-fi/fantasy, 1 middle grade, and 1 reference.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
Other Sales Info:
"Charles Stross was Caitlin's first science fiction sale. Stross has since earned four Hugo nominations, ten hardcover deals, and sales into twelve languages.
"Caitlin’s recent sales include: Greg van Eekhout's middle grade fantasy KID VS. SQUID (Bloomsbury Children's Books), Harry Connelly's urban fantasy/thriller CHILD OF FIRE trilogy pre-empted in a six figure deal (Del Rey), Jack Hart's STORYCRAFT: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO NARRATIVE NONFICTION (University of Chicago Press.), Rachel Neumeier's LORD OF THE CHANGING WINDS and three sequels in the Griffin Mage series (Orbit Books/Little Brown), Sarah Prineas's MAGIC THIEF trilogy (HarperCollins), foreign language rights now sold in 15 countries." (Link)
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query ONLY. Include a SASE for snail-mail.
See the Liza Dawson Associates website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Fast! Ms. Blasdell usually responds within a week on e-queries and within 2 or 3 on snail-mail. Response times on requested material range from a week to a couple months. There are occasional instances of longer or no response.
What's the Buzz?
Ms. Blasdell seems to be a fabulous agent. She works for a well-respected agency, has invaluable editorial experience, and is recommended by P&E standards. Her clients come across as very loyal and happy with her representation. While her list includes mainly adult titles, she has made several sales in the children's market and has a particular interest in sci-fi/fantasy.
Worth Your Time:
None that I could find.
Around the Web:
Check out the agency's FAQ page.
How I Got My Agent: Kevin Sheridan, agented by Ms. Blasdell (07/2010).
Agency Profile: Liza Dawson Associates at the Guide to Literary Agents Blog (10/2007).
Please see the Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
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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.