This week's Agent Spotlight features Christopher Schelling of Selectric Artists Literary and Talent Management.
Status: Open to submissions.
About the Agent: “Christopher Schelling represents a wide-ranging list of fiction and nonfiction authors, including #1 New York Times bestselling writers Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors, This Is How) and Haven Kimmel (A Girl Named Zippy), as well as highly respected literary fiction (Louis Bayard's The Black Tower) and upscale nonfiction (Hanne Blank's Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality). His specialty in memoir has also brought writers like Robert Wilder (Daddy Needs a Drink) and John Elder Robison (Look Me in the Eye) to his list. In addition, he represents a number of young adult authors, including Cinda Williams Chima (The Gray Wolf Throne) and Kathe Koja (Buddha Boy). Schelling has been representing writers since 1997, and started his own agency, Selectric Artists, in 2011. Prior to being an agent, he held Executive Editor positions at both Dutton and HarperCollins.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“Selectric Artists is an agency for literary and creative management founded and run by Christopher Schelling. Selectric's client list includes best-selling and critically-acclaimed authors in many genres, as well as a few New York pop-rock musicians. Schelling has been an agent for over fifteen years and previously held Executive Editor positions at Dutton and HarperCollins.” (Link)
What He's Looking For:
What He Isn't Looking For:
Romance, picture books, dramatic works.
No direct quote available. Clients describe him as being collaborative and have mentioned revisions. He also has an editorial background.
There is a page of clients on the agency website. These include:
Louis Bayard, Stephen Baxter, Hanne Blank, Augusten Burroughs, Cinda Williams Chima, Shawn Decker, Briana Karp, Jon Katz, Haven Kimmel, Kathe Koja, Ellen Kushner, Stewart Lewis, John McNally, Tulika Mehrotra, Phyllis Raphael, Alice Ripley, Robert Rodi, Rainbow Rowell, The Skivvies, Michael Marshall Smith, Sarah Smith, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Wilder, Eric G. Wilson, Terri Windling, Paul Witcover, and Jenna Woginrich.
E-mail: Yes (only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
“Email your query letter with manuscript attached as .doc, .pdf or .txt”
See the Selectric Artists website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
“Sometimes I feel that the query letter is more difficult to write than anything else. Mirror the tone of the book. I do like a little personality to emerge in that. It's about the voice. That's what I'm looking for first.” (Link)
Stats on the web show a response range of just days to a couple months.
What's the Buzz?
Christopher Schelling is a successful literary agent, representing a number of best-selling and critically-acclaimed authors. His clients seem very happy with his representation, some of which have been with him for years.
Worth Your Time:
A 1/2 Dozen for Christopher Schelling at Baggot, Asher, Bode (03/2011).
Q and A with a Literary Agent by Nancy Stetson at Florida Weekly (10/2007).
Around the Web:
What’s an Agent For? Praise by client Kathe Koja at her blog (10/2007).
Please see the Selectric Artists website for additional contact and query information.
Last Updated: 10/10/13.
Last Reviewed By Agent? N/A.
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