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Pitching an Agent: Denise Shannon Literary Agency

This New York-based agency has a reputation for working with newcomers and is looking for the freshest voices in publishing.

By Jill Singer - April 27, 2004

Number of agents: Two
Number of clients: About 40
Notable clients: The Russian Debutante's Handbook author Gary Shteyngart, National Book Award finalist and Harper's contributing editor Francine Prose, fiction writer and MacArthur fellow Lydia Davis, and international bestselling author Samuel Huntington, author of The Clash of Civilizations.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: Less than one percent, says Shannon, "if you're really talking about things that just come in over the transom. But that may be because I do have a website and I get a lot of stuff that's totally inappropriate. Of the categories that I represent,...

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