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Pitching An Agent: After 'Experts In Various Subjects'

Nine agents who want poignant, pithy pitches to sell an editor on your book

- April 25, 2007

Name: Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency
Number of agents:
Number of clients: 300-400
Notable clients: Ha Jin (Waiting, War Trash), Donna Van Liere (The Christmas Home), Leslie Epstein (San Remo Drive), Benoit Denizet-Lewis (America Anonymous), Chris Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness), Kirby Larsen (Hattie Big Sky)
Amount of unsolicited material accepted: Less than 1 percent
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 40 percent fiction, 60 percent nonfiction

Background: This full-service literary agency formed in 1996 by Lane Zachary and Todd Shuster, with Esmond Harmsworth joining six months afterward. Harmsworth was an attorney and "voracious reader" who was "looking to do something more fun." Agenting was ...

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