This week's Agent Spotlight features Katherine Boyle of Veritas Literary Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “Founder Katherine Boyle attended Stanford and Berkeley and worked at a variety of Bay Area independent publishers and literary agencies before establishing Veritas in 1995. A member of the AAR and the Authors Guild, she is an inveterate champion of the written word and hopelessly addicted to the hundreds of books lining her shelves.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“Veritas is a full-service literary agency specializing in select literary and contemporary fiction and nonfiction. Founded on the premise that literature is one of the best carriers of truth—both emotional and literal—in the world today, the agency cultivates strong, innovative books that extend the boundaries of thought and expression.
“With active contacts in film, media and foreign markets, we actively pursue the channels that enable a title to reach its widest audience and realize its full potential. Veritas maintains the structure and spirit of old school literary agencies, where a close relationship between author and agent continued through all stages of a writer’s career. By maintaining a selective, manageable list we can ensure that every author and title receives enough energy and resources. Accessibility is always a priority.” (Link)
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Biography/ Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Popular Science, Popular Culture/ Cultural History, Health and Wellness, History, Natural History, Mysteries/ True Crime, Politics/ Current Affairs, Historical Fiction, Women’s Issues, Science Fiction, Fantasy , Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, Young Adult. (Link)
“Specialties: narrative nonfiction, both dramatic and humorous; adult and YA literary fiction; select art, business, science and health books.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Romance, erotica, military history, Christian literature, horror, puzzles/games, western, home/garden, professional/reference, sports, technical/how-to, textbooks, picture books, poetry, dramatic works. (Link/Link)
There is a list of representative titles on the website.
Ms. Boyle’s clients include: Lawrence Allen, Frieda Arkin, Kathy Braidhill, Robert Friedel, Meredith Gould, Julie Gregory, John Haule, Marc Hartzman, Jay Kinney, Joy Jordan Lake, Janine Latus, Sylvia Lewis, Demitria Lunetta, Joe Loya, Tom McAllister, Melissa Mohr, Rachel Pine, Ty Roth, Franklin Schneider, among others.
As of this posting, Ms. Boyle is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 4 deals in the last 12 months, 4 six-figure+ deals, and 16 overall. Recent deals include 1 debut, 1 thriller, 1 narrative, 1 young adult.
NOTE: PM is usually not a complete representation of sales.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
“Fiction: Please include a cover letter listing previously published work, a one-page summary and the first two chapters.
“Nonfiction: If you are sending a proposal, please include an author biography, an overview, a chapter-by-chapter summary, and an analysis of competitive titles.
“If you are sending a proposal or a manuscript after a positive response to a query, please write ‘REQUESTED MATERIAL’ on the subject line and include the initial query letter.” (Link)
Please see the Veritas Literary website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
“We do our best to review all queries within 4-6 weeks. However, during periods where there is an especially high volume of queries, we may not be able to respond personally. If you haven't heard from us within 12 weeks please assume that your project was not a match for the agency.” (Link)
Stats on the web show Ms. Boyle responding to most queries within 1 week, though not always, and requested material within 1-6 weeks.
What's the Buzz?
Katherine Boyle specializes in mostly adult fiction and non-fiction genres, but she is also actively seeking young adult projects. Her clients appear loyal and happy with her representation. Veritas Literary has been in business seventeen years now and represents several bestselling authors.
Worth Your Time:
Ask a literary agent: Katherine Boyle at Examiner (03/2009).
Around the Web:
Katherine Boyle at P&E ($, AAR).
How I Got My Agent: Stacy Pershall at Guide to Literary Agents (03/2011).
How I Got My Agent: Tom McAllister at Guide to Literary Agents (03/2010).
Please see the Veritas Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Last updated: 5/31/12.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 5/31/12.
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