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Pitching an Agent: The Susan Golomb Literary Agency

A small agency known for making smart, adventurous choices.

By Jill Singer - September 28, 2004

Number of agents: Three
Number of clients: About 90
Notable clients: National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen, New York Times bestsellers Harry S. Dent Jr. and Glen David Gold, William T. Vollman, and Gwyn Hyman Rubio, author of Oprah Book Club pick Icy Sparks.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: About 5 percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 30 percent fiction; 70 percent nonfiction

Background: As a young agent in the late 1980s, Susan Golomb's first client was a young, unpublished Jonathan Franzen. It was risky move—Franzen was nowhere near the literary map at the time—but it paid off when Franzen's sprawling 2001 novel ...

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