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Pitching an Agent: Elaine Markson Literary Agency

At this venerable boutique agency, three generations of women are looking for new voices.

By Jill Singer - March 23, 2004

Number of agents: Three
Number of clients: About 200
Notable clients: Vogue columnist Plum Sykes, novelist Frederick Busch, The Dive From Clausen's Pier author Ann Packer, historian Walter Russell Meade, and best-selling author Alice Hoffman. The agency also handles Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans' estate.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: The agency rarely accepts unsolicited material, but it's not impossible to break in.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: The agency handles an equal amount of both.

Background: When Elaine Markson started her eponymous agency in the late 1970s, it was a fairly pioneering move. Most literary agents at the time were ...

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