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Pitching an Agent: Laura Dail Literary Agency

This small agency is looking for a mix of prescriptive and narrative nonfiction, high-concept fiction, and witty YA.

By Jill Singer - August 31, 2004

Number of agents: Two
Number of clients: About 40
Notable clients: New York Times bestseller Mary Jane Clark, Amores Perros and 21 Grams author Guillermo Arriaga, supermodel and raw foodist Carol Alt, Sports Illustrated writer Rick Lipsey, CBS News medical correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin, and novelist Elizabeth Flock and Sarah Mlynowski
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: Between one and two percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 60 percent fiction, 40 percent nonfiction.

Background: A quick glance at the Laura Dail Literary Agency's backlist reveals a particular Hispanic and Latin influence, and it's no coincidence. Dail started her publishing career in the foreign rights department ...

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