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Pitching an Agent: 'Willing to Help Guide Authors' Careers'

"I want to have a small clientele of people I can work with over time," says this agent who promotes his writers even after their books get published.

By Rachel Kramer Bussel - February 28, 2007

Name/ agency: Sam Hiyate, The Rights Factory
Number of agents: One
Number of clients: 30
Notable clients: Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek (The Piano Teacher, Greed), David Gilmour (A Perfect Night to Go to China, The Film Club), Imogen Lloyd Webber (The Single Girl's Guide), Jules Bass (Headhunters), Ho Che Anderson (King), Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (Skim), Tamara Faith Berger (A Woman Alone at Night), Andrew Boyd, Kathryn Borel
Amount of unsolicited material accepted: 5 to 10 percent
Fiction versus nonfiction: 2:1

Background: Hiyate was a literary magazine editor and publisher for 12 years, during which he launched Canadian indie publishing house Gutter Press,...

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