This week's Agent Spotlight features Evan Gregory of the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “Evan Gregory began at the agency in 2008 as an Assistant. He currently manages subsidiary rights for the agency in addition to his duties as an agent and general office manager. He is accepting clients, for more information see his listing at the Association of Authors Representatives or visit him on Twitter.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency was established in 1984 by Ethan Ellenberg who was a contracts manager for Berkley and associate contracts manager for Bantam. Since its inception the agency has represented several bestselling authors, career novelists, and professional writers. In addition to new and published authors, the agency also represents rights on behalf of publishers and literary estates. The agency is an independent full-service agency with robust sales in subsidiary rights and partnering agents all over the world. The agency is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives, an affiliate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s of America, and an associate member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Romance Writers of America, and the Mystery Writers of America.” (Link)
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What He’s Looking For:
Literary fiction, horror, mystery/thrillers, science-fiction, fantasy, women’s literature, narrative nonfiction, arts/cinema/photography, biography, business/investment, cooking/food/wine, health/diet, history, nature/ecology, parenting/family, politics/current affairs, pop culture, entertainment, science/technology, sports, travel/world cultures, children’s books including picture books, early readers, middle grade, and young adult. (Link)
From an Interview (07/2012):
“Our agency represents a lot of genre fiction, so those are the submissions we tend to get the most. Don’t get me wrong, I love that stuff, but not at the exclusion of everything else. I love non-fiction about science and I love working with academics, but I have to hunt that stuff down, it hardly ever shows up in my inbox. I also want more literary fiction, but then every agent says that. I get a few mystery, crime, and thriller submissions, but I want more. Please, however, keep sending me your SF, and your fantasy, and your YA, and your MG novels. I can never get enough.”
“I tend to prefer YA/MG fantasy over contemporary, though I enjoy both. Perhaps that’s just because as a kid I was a bigger fan of Madeline L’Engle than Beverly Cleary.”
“I love picture books, but it is a small and very competitive market. I went to an art school (albeit not for art), so I have a keen eye for good illustration, and thus I am very picky. It’s also tough because sometimes I’ll like an illustrator but often I won’t like their story. It’s a delicate balance, and it’s hard to do right. Nonetheless, I invite children’s book authors and illustrators to give it a shot and submit to me. I also enjoy graphic novels, so please send them my way.” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
There is a list of Ethan Ellenberg Agency clients on the website.
Mr. Gregory’s clients include: Alan Averill, Noah Beit-Aharon, Patty Blount, Patricia S. Bowne, Adam Connell, Coscom Entertainment, Adam Harmon, Jeff Howe, Brian Jay Corrigan, Marko Kloos, Dr. Travis Langley, B.V. Larson, Robin S. Rosenberg, among others.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
For fiction, paste a query letter, 1-2 page synopsis, and the first 50 pages of your manuscript into the body of an e-mail or send via post with SASE.
For non-fiction, paste a proposal and sample chapters in the body of an e-mail or send via post with SASE.
For picture books, paste your completed manuscript and a link to sample illustrations (if applicable) in an e-mail or send via post with SASE.
For illustrators, send a portfolio of your work via e-mail or post with SASE (no original artwork).
The agency only responds if interested, usually within two weeks (Link).
What's the Buzz?
Evan Gregory joined The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency in 2008. He began building his client list early 2011 and continues to seek new talent. He is an Associate member of the AAR, presumably sponsored by Mr. Ellenberg, and the agency is recommended by P&E. No known conflicts or complaints.
Worth Your Time:
Literary Agent Interview: Evan Gregory of The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency at Guide to Literary Agents (07/2012).
Around the Web:
Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency at P&E ($, AAR, Recommended).
Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency thread at AbsoluteWrite (Mr. Gregory comes in on page 42).
An Interview with Jeff Howe - A QueryTracker Success Story (May 4, 2013)
An Interview with Noah Beit-Aharon - A QueryTracker Success Story.
Please see the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Last updated: 5/9/13.
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