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Pitching an Agent: The Paul Bresnick Literary Agency

A one-man shop headed by a former editor who's looking for books that in some way convey what it is to be American.

- November 23, 2004

Number of agents: One
Number of clients: About 45
Notable clients: Newly appointed New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, New York Times reporter John Leland, Yiddish with Dick and Jane author and humorist Ellis Weiner, and Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Terry McDermott.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: About 1 percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 25 percent fiction; 75 percent nonfiction.

Background: In the first and longest phase of his publishing career, Paul Bresnick was a somewhat high-profile book editor. His name is familiar to music junkies—they know him as the series editor of Da Capo's yearly "Best Music Writing"...

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