Mail    Print   Share Share

Pitching An Agent: Laura Langlie

This agent wants literary fiction she can believe in

- March 20, 2012
Number of agents: One
Number of clients: 35
Notable clients: Meg Cabot, Mignon F. Ballard, Sarah Dooley, Thomas Maltman, Cheryl L. Reed and Meg Tilly
Amount of unsolicited material accepted: 5 percent
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 75 percent fiction, 25 percent nonfiction

Background: Langlie comes to agenting with a lifelong passion for publishing; as a youngster, she asked for a subscription to Publishers Weekly one Christmas. "There's nothing like a new book, especially one I agented," said Langlie, who worked at Zebra Books (now Kensington) and Carroll & Graf in production and editorial positions, respectively, before moving to literary agency Kidde, Hoyt & Picard in 1995. After six years there, she started her own agency in 2001.

While Langlie is a one-woman firm, she has co-agents for dramatic rights (Bill Contardi), UK rights (Annette Green Authors' Agency), Japanese rights (Tuttle-Mori Agency, Inc.), German rights (Thomas Schlück Agency), and retains The Marsh Agency, Ltd. in London for rights in all other territories.

Her determination sets her apart from other agents. "I'm very persistent," Langlie said. "It took me four years to sell one book, a biography of a ballet dancer. I'm not alone in that, but I'm quite dogged. I don't give up because [once I take on a book], I do believe in the book and that somehow I'm going to find someone else who does."...

AvantGuild Sign Up Now!Sign Up Now!

The How to Pitch series is worth its weight in gold. In just the first month I'd already benefited enough to consider the cost of joining well worth it. -- Gaen Murphree
AvantGuild benefits give you access to:
  • Premium content, including our How to Pitch Guides, an indispensable tool for freelance writers. view sample >
  • Savings of up to $35 per class on mediabistro.com courses and seminars.
  • Insurance discounts for freelancers and small businesses, including medical, dental, auto and home.
  • Lots of other professional discounts, including ZipCar (a $50 value) and your choice of magazine subscriptions (a $10 value).

... and much more! View all benefits or Sign up now!

Already an AvantGuild member?

Log in here to view the full page.

Email
remember me
Password
forgot your password?