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Pitching an Agent: Tessler Literary Agency

This one-woman shop is looking for quality projects that work on several different levels.

By Jill Singer - October 5, 2004

Number of agents: One
Number of clients: About 55
Notable clients: One of the New York Post's top five fiction writers to watch Amanda Eyre Ward, best-selling author Paul Collins, scientist Frans de Waal, history writer Michael Knox Beran, and acclaimed natural history writer Hannah Holmes.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: About 2 percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 10 percent fiction; 90 percent nonfiction

Background: Is agenting, with the salesmanship it entails and the leaps of faith it requires, really all that different from starting up a small business? Michelle Tessler, the agent who founded this brand-new boutique agency in July ...

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