This week's Agent Spotlight features Eric Myers of The Spieler Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “The Spieler Agency, under the ownership and direction of Joseph Spieler, has been in existence for nearly thirty years, specializing in a wide variety of adult and juvenile books. Eric Myers joined as an agent in 2002, having authored three books (UNCLE MAME, SCREEN DECO, and FORTIES SCREEN STYLE) and having worked as a publicist on numerous feature films. His journalism has appeared in such publications as THE NEW YORK TIMES, TIME OUT NEW YORK, VARIETY, OPERA NEWS, QUEST, and ART AND AUCTION.” (Link)
What He's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Juvenile fiction, Biography, History, Mind/Body/Spirit, Health, Thrillers, Memoir, Pop culture. (Link)
From an Interview (09/2010):
“I’m always open to good thrillers. Unfortunately, I’m less open to mysteries these days, as they have become hard to sell. I’m always looking for good YA and middle-grade fiction. The non-fiction projects I take on tend to fall within the realm of biographies, pop culture, history, and self-help.” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
Poetry, plays, screenplays, short-story collections, children's picture books. (Link)
On his ideal client:
“Patience, patience, and patience. Things move at a glacial pace in this business. It can take an editor a long time to respond to a pitch or a submission. I always appreciate it when a client understands that. It’s also great to have clients who are willing to work with their editors for the good of the book. I’m happy to say that every one of my clients, past and present, has exemplified these qualities, and I consider myself very lucky for that.” (Link)
For writerly advice, see the rest of his interview at Middle Grade Ninja.
As of this posting, Mr. Myers is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 4 deals in the last 12 months, 1 six-figure+ deal, and 28 overall. Recent deals include 1 middle grade, 1 mystery/crime, 1 health, 1 pop culture.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Mr. Myers only responds if interested. When he does respond it is often within hours to a few days. Response times on requested material range from days to a couple months.
What's the Buzz?
I hadn’t heard of Eric Myers until he was requested for Agent Spotlight, but he seems like an agent worth being aware of. He has a growing list of clients and sales and his clients seem happy under his representation. It looks like he attends a conference or two each year, so keep an eye out for those. In the realm of children’s literature he’s interested in middle grade and young adult fiction.
Worth Your Time:
7 Questions For: Literary Agent Eric Myers at Middle Grade Ninja (09/2010).
Around the Web:
Client Kim Stagliano’s agent story at The Debutante Ball (01/2011).
Please see Mr. Myers Publisher’s Marketplace page and the query databases above for contact and query information.
Last updated: 6/2/11.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 6/2/11.
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