This week's Agent Spotlight features Gina Maccoby of the Gina Maccoby Literary Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “An Honors graduate of Harvard College, I've been a literary agent for 31 years, the last 26 as Principal of the Gina Maccoby Literary Agency, representing authors of high quality fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. I am serving my third term on the Board of Directors of the Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc. I am a member of the Contracts and Ethics subcommittees and Board liaison to the Royalties subcommittee; previously I was Board liaison to the Foreign Rights subcommittee. I'm a long-time member of the Authors Guild.”
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.
What She Isn't Looking For:
Christian literature, erotica, horror, poetry, puzzles, games, romance, science-fiction, fantasy, western, arts, cinema, photography, business, investment, cooking, food, wine, crafts, hobbies, DIY, home, garden, mind, body, spirit, music, musicals, professional, reference, sports, technical, how-to, textbooks, dramatic works, screenplays. (Link)
“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.
E-mail: Yes (preferred).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query by e-mail with the word “QUERY” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post with a SASE.
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:
Gina Maccoby Literary Agency at P&E ($, AAR).
Please see Ms. Maccoby’s Publisher’s Marketplace page for contact and query information.
Last updated: 11/29/12.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 11/30/12.
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