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Pitching an Agent: Joëlle Delbourgo Associates, Inc.

Joëlle Delbourgo knows how to sell your book. She spent more than 25 years buying them.

- July 26, 2005

Number of agents: Three
Number of clients: Between 80 and 100
Notable clients: Novelist and teacher Peter Friedman (Ideal Marriage), fitness trainer and columnist Joe Decker (The World's Fittest You), professor and essayist Elaine Neil Orr (Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life), and feminist Phyllis Chesler (The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It).
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: About three percent.
Fiction v. nonfiction: 30 percent fiction; 70 percent nonfiction.

Background: Joëlle Delbourgo spent 25 years in publishing before opening her agency in 1999. She was at Ballantine for 15 years, ultimately as editor-...

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