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Agent Spotlight: Gina Maccoby

This week's Agent Spotlight features Gina Maccoby of the Gina Maccoby Literary Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.

About: "Gina Maccoby is a New York literary agent representing authors of literary and upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction for adults and children, including New York Times bestselling and award-winning titles. First and foremost she is captured by an engaging, compelling voice; across all forms she is looking for strong storytelling and fresh perspectives. Areas of interest in nonfiction include history, biography, current events and popular science. In fiction she is looking for upmarket novels, mysteries and thrillers, middle grade, and young adult.
"Gina served four terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Authors' Representatives and is a member of both the Royalties and Contracts Committees. She is a long-time member of the Authors Guild and belongs to SCBWI.
"Prior to establishing her own agency in 1986, she was a literary agent at Russell & Volkening for six years where she handled her own clients as well as first serial, foreign, and movie rights for the agency. Gina grew up mostly in Northern California and graduated with Honors from Harvard College." (Link)
Web Presence:
Publisher’s Marketplace page.
AAR profile.
What She's Looking For:
General fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense/thriller, women’s literature, children’s books, picture books, middle grade, young adult.
Narrative nonfiction, biography, memoir, history, health, parenting, family, politics, current affairs, pop culture, entertainment, natural history. (Link, Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Cookbooks, computer books, science fiction, and screenplays (Link)
Editorial Agent?
“I work closely with clients to help them craft a persuasive proposal before sending it out.  I read manuscripts carefully and often suggest changes before submitting to publishers.  It depends on what's needed to make the submission ready to be seen by publishers.  There's usually just one  bite at the apple, so we want the material to be in as good shape as possible before it goes out.” (via e-mail 11/12)
Linda Barnes, John Beeson, Lee Goldberg, Donald L. Miller, Joi L. Morris and Ora K. Gordon, Jean Fritz, Mary Ann Hoberman, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Janet Taylor Lisle, Laura Krauss Melmed, Estate of Lewis Mumford, Rick Riordan, Susan Stockdale, Lono Waiwaiole, among others.
A list of recent sales and forthcoming titles is available on Ms. Maccoby’s PM page.
Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (preferred).
Snail-Mail: Yes.
Online-Form: No.

Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query by e-mail with the word “QUERY” in the subject line to query@maccobylit.com, or by post with a SASE. No attachments.
See Ms. Maccoby’s Publisher’s Marketplace page and AAR profile for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Times:
Ms. Maccoby only responds if interested (Link). Stats on the web show a response range of days to a few months.
What's the Buzz?
Gina Maccoby is a veteran of the industry and a passionate author’s advocate. She represents Rick Riordan, Mary Ann Hoberman, Janet Taylor Lisle, and Jean Fritz among other prominent children’s book authors.
Worth Your Time:
None found online.
Around the Web:
Please see Ms. Maccoby’s Publisher’s Marketplace page for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/13/2020.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 11/30/12.
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 and/or teen 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.


Angela Brown said...

This agent sounds like a wonderful agent to get snatched up by. Years of experience and a great client list. Thanks for the spotlight :-)

Candace said...

Yikes, looks like you got hit bad with spam with this one!

I have a friend who is always asking me what her brother, who has wrote several books, should do to try to sell them. I have given her some ideas, but I really don't know much. I should send her over here to check out this feature.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Gina sounds like a great agent. I checked her page on PM. Thanks Casey for this profile.

David P. King said...

She unfortunately isn't looking for the genre I write, but nonetheless sounds like a fantastic agents. Thanks for the spotlight, LR team! :)

Vijaya said...

Casey, I've dipped my toes into queryland and discovered your blog. You're making it much, much easier for me to wade in further. Hopefully I will not drown :) Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.

Dorine White said...

Great review of this agent. There are so many out there, it's hard to know who to query.

Casey McCormick said...

Thank you, everyone! I'm so glad these profiles are helpful.

Stina said...

Thanks for another great round up, Casey. I don't know how you do it. :D

Tammy Theriault said...

wow, thanks for the info, that is awesome!