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Pitching an Agent: Nicholas Ellison, Inc.

A specialist in commercial fiction with a sideline in intelligent nonfiction.

By Rebecca Onion - January 4, 2005

Number of agents: Three
Number of clients: About 60
Notable clients: Nelson DeMille, writer of suspense novels including The General's Daughter and its sequel Up Country; bestselling humorist Christopher Moore (Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal); and the estate of Olivia Goldsmith, author of The First Wives' Club.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: Less than 5 percent
Fiction vs. nonfiction: 85-90 percent fiction; 10-15 percent nonfiction

Background: Before creating his own agency twenty years ago, Nicholas Ellison walked the executive halls of book publishing as editor-in-chief ...

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