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Pitching an Agent: The Lazear Agency

This boutique Midwestern agency is known for its social commentary and looking to expand its fiction list.

- September 14, 2004

Number of agents: Three
Number of clients: About 200
Notable clients: Air America host and political pundit Al Franken, NPR's "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross, NPR commentators Bailey White and Andrei Codrescu, renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, Animal Planet star Jeff Corwin, New York Times bestseller Margaret Weis, and television host and stylist B. Smith.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: About 10 percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 20 percent fiction, 80 percent nonfiction.

Background: The Lazear Agency was formed in the mid-'80s when Jonathan Lazear and his wife, Wendy, left their positions at New York publishing houses to move to Minneapolis and work with ...

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