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Pitching an Agent: Richard Curtis Associates

This 40-year book-biz veteran says fiction is a hard sell, but he's up for nearly any nonfiction subject you can name.

By Jill Singer - August 10, 2004

Number of agents: One
Number of clients: About 100
Notable clients: Science fiction and fantasy writers Greg Bear, Harlan Ellison, Dan Simmons, and Elizabeth Haydon; thriller writer Barbara Parker; romance writers Janet Dailey, Jennifer Blake, and Laura Kinsale; best-selling medical cowriter Carol Colman; and movie critic Leonard Maltin.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: Less than 1 percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: Curtis handles an equal amount of both, but the majority of unsolicited queries that get accepted are nonfiction.

Background: Richard Curtis has been in the business for more than 40 years. He started agenting soon after graduating from college, and, after seven ...

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