This week's Agent Spotlight features Logan Garrison of The Gernert Company.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “Logan joined the Gernert Company in 2010 after three years as an English and Musical Theatre teacher at Northern High School in Durham, North Carolina. A native of the South and a graduate of both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, she currently lives in Brooklyn and has a particular interest in fiction for children and young adults.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“The Gernert Company is a literary agency located in Manhattan. Our client list is as broad as the market; we represent equal parts fiction (commercial and literary writers, both well-known and soon-to-be, whether writing for adults or younger readers) and nonfiction (biographers, memoirists, journalists, essayists, bloggers, and writers of trade and scholarly nonfiction in subjects ranging from sports and history to current events and science). We sell domestic, foreign, and subsidiary rights for our clients and partner with subagents in select foreign markets and in the film/TV industry.
“The Gernert Company was founded in 1996 by David Gernert after he left his post as Editor-in-Chief of Doubleday to become an agent. The agency currently represents more than 125 authors and has five full-time agents.” (Link)
What She's Looking For:
Middle grade, Young adult (see bio).
“I'm currently looking almost exclusively for ya, though if a manuscript is smart and voice-driven, I'm always happy to have a further look at the query.” (via e-mail 1/27/12)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Picture books, screenplays (info via e-mail).
She has requested revisions from potential clients, so I imagine she will revise with clients as needed as well.
As of this posting, Ms. Garrison does not appear to be a member of Publisher’s Marketplace.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
“Please send a query letter, either by mail or email, describing the work you’d like to submit, along with some information about yourself and a sample chapter if appropriate. Please do not send emails to individual agents, even if their personal email addresses are available elsewhere online. […] Indicate which agent you’re querying.” (Link)
See the Gernert Company website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
The agency’s policy is to respond only if interested, usually within four weeks (Link), though Ms. Garrison often takes the time to send rejections.
Her response time on requested material generally ranges one to three weeks.
What's the Buzz?
Logan Garrison joined the Gernert Company in 2010. She is assistant to Sarah Burnes and just beginning to build a client list. Can’t wait to see her develop a list and start making sales!
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Please see The Gernert Company website for contact and query information.
Last updated: 1/26/12.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 1/27/12.
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