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Pitching An Agent: The Irene Goodman Literary Agency

Score representation at this shop with a marketable narrative for fiction or non

- February 22, 2010
Number of agents: Four. They also have a very active and successful foreign rights agent and a movie agent in L.A.
Number of clients: More than 100.
Notable clients: Linda Lael Miller, Boyd Morrison, Keri Arthur, Karen Chance, Larissa Ione, Susan Donovan, Celeste Bradley, Lilith Saintcrow, Lauren Destefano.

Amount of unsolicited material selected: About 5 percent a year
Fiction vs. nonfiction: Approximately 60 percent fiction, 40 percent nonfiction

Background: Irene Goodman got the agent bug more than 25 years ago after first breaking through as an editorial assistant at a publishing house. It was while later working at a small, but powerful agency (they represented Stephen King at the time) that she began taking on some of the clients the primary agent didn't have time for. Within a year, the former medieval studies major was in business for herself. ...

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