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Pitching an Agent: Kneerim & Williams

The biggest and most prestigious agency in New England is looking for great writers of narrative nonfiction (among other things) to add to its already impressive roster of clients.

- January 11, 2005

Number of agents: Four
Number of clients: About 150
Notable clients: Best-selling thriller writer Brad Meltzer, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joe Ellis, Children's Blizzard author David Laskin, National Book Award nominee Stephen Greenblatt (Will in the World), former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, Florence Nightengale biographer Gillian Gill, and literary novelist Vyvyane Loh.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted:About 10 percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 20 percent fiction; 80 percent nonfiction.

Background: The 15-year-old Kneerim & Williams agency, now a subsidiary of the Boston intellectual property firm Fish & Richardson, is generally considered the largest (and, some say, most prestigious) literary agency ...

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