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Pitching an Agent: The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

This small, established agency is looking for quality adult trade projects, but has one very unique trait: All of the agents also represent children's books.

By Jill Singer - June 15, 2004

Number of agents: Five
Number of clients: About 200
Notable clients: The Clan of the Cave Bear series writer Jean M. Auel, Newbery medallist and poet Nancy Willard, New York Times bestseller Philip Margolin, National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner nominee Mary McGarry Morris, and MacArthur fellow Carl Safina.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: About five percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: About two-thirds fiction and one-third nonfiction.

Background: This small agency, now in its 25th year, began like so many agencies do—in the corner of somebody's living room. Before opening her eponymous shop, Jean Naggar had been ...

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