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Pitching an Agent: The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

These agents aren't concerned with a writer's age or previous publishing experience—but if you don't have the writing chops to back up your query, don't come calling

- June 14, 2005

Number of agents: Two
Number of clients: About 80
Notable clients: Brent Hartinger, who writes edgy young-adult novels and middle-grade fantasy (Geography Club; The Last Chance Texaco); screenwriter, young-adult novelist, and former head of creative affairs for Miramax Michael Apostolina; and children's picture-book illustrator and writer Chris Demarest.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: About one to five percent
Fiction vs. nonfiction: The agency handles an equal amount of both.

Background: In the course of one interview, Jennifer DeChiara cheerfully refers to herself as "a champion of the underdog" and "the Statue of Liberty of publishing: Give ...

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