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Agent Spotlight: Christopher Schelling

This week's Agent Spotlight features Christopher Schelling of Selectric Artists Literary and Talent Management.

Status: Open to submissions.

9622522_origAbout 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)

Web Presence:

Selectric Artists website.

Selectric Artists Facebook.

Twitter @CRSRipley.

Roadswell Editions.



What He's Looking For:

Literary fiction, commercial fiction, young adult, narrative nonfiction, memoir, humor, pop culture. (Link, Link)

What He Isn't Looking For:

Romance, picture books, dramatic works.

Editorial Agent?

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.

Query Methods:

E-mail: Yes (only).

Snail-Mail: No.

Online-Form: No.

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.  

Query Tip:

“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)

Response Times:

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.

Mr. Schelling keeps a relatively low profile online but can be found on Twitter @CRSRipley and the agency’s Facebook page.

Worth Your Time:


Roadswell and THE CIPHER: Q&A with Christopher Schelling and Kathe Koja(06/2012).

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:

Christopher Schelling at P&E ($).

Selectric Artists at P&E.  

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.

Profile Details:

Last Updated: 10/10/13.

Last Reviewed By Agent? N/A.


Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at agentspotlight(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's/teen fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.


  1. Great spotlight, Casey. Thanks!

  2. He'll take a manuscript attached to the query? That's rare.

  3. he has some prestigious clients...

  4. Thanks for sharing this. I love Cinda Williams Chima and would love to have him as a agent for that reason alone.

  5. Well laid out info. It's always good to see good agents highlighted.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  6. If he's Cinda's agent he must be awesome!!! :D

  7. I'll check out the links.