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Pitching An Agent: The Strothman Agency

Established journos, scholars and scribes with an arresting voice have a leg-up at this agency

By Jeff Rivera - January 31, 2011

Number of agents: Two
Number of clients: 75
Notable clients: Anthony Lewis, James Galbraith, the estate of Barbara Cooney, Jodi Meadows, Frances Jensen, Walter Lewin, Benjamin Taylor, Donald Hall, Martha A. Sandweiss, David Blight, David Brion Davis
Amount of unsolicited material selected: Less than one percent
Fiction vs. Nonfiction: 15 percent fiction, 85 percent nonfiction

Background: This two-person agency began when principal agent Wendy Strothman ran Beacon Press for 12 years and followed that with heading up the trade and reference division of Houghton Mifflin for seven. After her company was sold, Strothman decided to form her own literary agency. Her partner, Lauren MacLeod joined years later after graduating from Emerson College's undergraduate publishing program and interning at Beacon Press' editorial department. It was there that MacLeod realized she loved working closely with authors and became Strothman's assistant. She has been working at the agency as a full-time literary agent ever since.

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