This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to colleagues, clients or customers, use the Reprints tool at the top of any article or visit:

Back to Previous Page

 Mail    Print   Share Share

Pitching an Agent: JoŽlle Delbourgo Associates, Inc.

JoŽlle Delbourgo knows how to sell your book. She spent more than 25 years buying them.

By Aileen Gallagher - July 26, 2005

Number of agents: Three
Number of clients: Between 80 and 100
Notable clients: Novelist and teacher Peter Friedman (Ideal Marriage), fitness trainer and columnist Joe Decker (The World's Fittest You), professor and essayist Elaine Neil Orr (Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life), and feminist Phyllis Chesler (The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It).
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: About three percent.
Fiction v. nonfiction: 30 percent fiction; 70 percent nonfiction.

Background: JoŽlle Delbourgo spent 25 years in publishing before opening her agency in 1999. She was at Ballantine for 15 years, ultimately as editor-...

AvantGuild Sign Up Now!Sign Up Now!

The How to Pitch series is worth its weight in gold. In just the first month I'd already benefited enough to consider the cost of joining well worth it. -- Gaen Murphree
AvantGuild benefits give you access to:
  • Premium content, including our How to Pitch Guides, an indispensable tool for freelance writers. view sample >
  • Savings of up to $35 per class on courses and seminars.
  • Insurance discounts for freelancers and small businesses, including medical, dental, auto and home.
  • Lots of other professional discounts, including ZipCar (a $50 value) and your choice of magazine subscriptions (a $10 value).

... and much more! View all benefits or Sign up now!

Already an AvantGuild member?

Log in here to view the full page.

remember me
forgot your password?