This week's Agent Spotlight features Peter Rubie of FinePrint Literary Management.
Status: Open to submissions, not actively seeking new clients.
About: “Peter Rubie specializes in a broad range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction. In non-fiction he specializes in narrative non-fiction, popular science, spirituality, history, biography, pop culture, business and technology, parenting, health, self help, music, and food. He is a ‘sucker’ for outstanding writing.
“In fiction he represents literate thrillers, crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy, military fiction and literary fiction, middle grade and some boy oriented young adult fiction.
“Rubie is a former BBC Radio and Fleet Street journalist and for several years was the director of the publishing section of the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. He was a member of the NYU faculty for 10 years, and taught the only university-level course in the country on how to become a literary agent.
“Prior to becoming an agent he was a publishing house editor for nearly six years, whose authors won prizes and critical acclaim. He has also been the editor-in-chief of a Manhattan local newspaper, and a freelance editor and book doctor for major publishers. He was a regular reviewer for the international trade magazine Publishers Weekly, and is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction. He is a member of AAR, and regularly lectures and writes on publishing and the craft of writing, and was once a professional jazz musician.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“FinePrint Literary Management is a full service literary agency based in New York City. FinePrint launched in September 2007 as the merger of the Peter Rubie Literary Agency and the Imprint Agency. We represent both fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. Our agency maintains active memberships with AAR, RWA, MWA, SFWA, WNBA, and SCBWI.” (Link)
What He’s Looking For:
Fiction: Middle grade, boy oriented YA, thrillers, crime fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, military fiction, and literary fiction.
Non-Fiction: Narrative, popular science, spirituality, history, biography, pop culture, business/technology, parenting, health, self help, music, and food.
From an Interview (06/2013):
“It takes me an age to get to new material because I'm constantly looking at stuff from clients. You'll much more likely catch my eye with a piece of non-fiction these days.
“But there are clearly exceptions. Fiction is my first love, after all.” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
Christian literature, comics, graphic novels, erotica, LGTB, poetry, puzzles, games, romance, arts, cinema, photography, crafts, hobbies, DIY, home, garden, music, musicals, professional, reference, sports, technical, how-to, textbooks, picture books, dramatic works. (Link)
There is a list of FinePrint clients on the website.
Mr. Rubie’s clients include: Patrick Carman, P.W. Catanese, Marisha Chamberlain, Nora Charles, Stephen Chambers, Andrew Grant, Christine Goff, Richard Herman, K.W. Jeter, Louise Marley, Luke McCallin, Chandler McGrew, Bill Milkowski, Thomas Guzman-Sanchez, Malcolm Shuman, Elizabeth and Charles Schmitz, Randall Silvis, Aimee and David Thurlo, Lissa Warren, among others.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query letter, synopsis, and the first two chapters of your manuscript in the body of an e-mail. No attachments unless requested.
See the FinePrint Literary website for complete, up-to-date submissions guidelines.
Mr. Rubie occasionally sends rejections but otherwise only responds if interested. (Link)
What's the Buzz?
Peter Rubie is a veteran of the industry and highly respected. At present, Mr. Rubie is CEO of FinePrint Literary, Founding Partner of Lincoln Square Books, and an author of several fiction and nonfiction titles.
Previously, he was the director of the publishing section of New York University's Summer Publishing Institute, a member of NYU's faculty, an editor, book doctor, and reviewer.
Though he is not looking for new clients, he remains open to submissions.
Worth Your Time:
Literary Agent Peter Rubie at FictionAddiction.net (06/2013).
Author Salon Reviews the Lit Scene with Peter Rubie (10/2012).
Interview with Peter Rubie and Fine Print Literary Management at The Eerie Digest (12/2009).
The 7 Question Interview with Peter Rubie by Writing Raw – download (2009).
Looking To Fall in Love - A Conversation With Peter Rubie by Michael Neff at Write to Market.
Around the Web:
Peter Rubie at P&E ($, AAR).
FinePrint Literary Management at P&E ($, Highly recommended).
FinePrint Literary Management thread at AbsoluteWrite (2004 – present).
How to Land a Literary Agent in an Indie World — Peter Rubie from Fine Print Literary at Jeff Rivera’s site (04/2013).
Episode 5: Guest: Literary Agent Peter Rubie at Lets Talk About Books at BlogTalkRadio (07/2011).
ADVICE FROM AN AGENT - Peter Rubie at Fiction Writer’s Connection.
Please see FinePrint Literary website for contact information.
Last updated: 6/6/13.
Last Reviewed By Agent? N/A.
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