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Pitching An Agent: Waterside Productions

'We are always looking for very competent experts, and we are always interested in big names'

By Jeff Rivera - August 17, 2010
Number of managers: Eight
Number of clients: 400
Notable clients: Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Thom Hartmann and the creators of the For Dummies series
Amount of unsolicited material selected: About one percent
Fiction vs. nonfiction: One percent fiction, 99 percent nonfiction

Background: Originally set up as a film company, Waterside Productions morphed into a literary agency when its founder William Gladstone began getting requests for representation from authors he'd once worked with as a senior editor for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. After early success selling David Loye's The Sphinx & the Rainbow, an opportunity opened up which changed Gladstone's career forever. Through a relationship with Kaypro Computers, Waterside began receiving multiple queries from documentary writers looking to publish books on computer software and programs. The agency ended up placing several thousand technical titles, including guides for the popular For Dummies series. ...

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