Rachel Kramer Bussel talks with Matthew Carnicelli at Carnicelli Literary. A stickler for detail, he toils over clients’ book proposals until they’re ‘ironclad’. Do pitch popular and serious nonfiction, which can include current events, cultural and social issues, history, biography/memoir, science, business, sports, health, spirituality, and psychology, as well as a limited amount of literary fiction. However, for nonfiction you must demonstrate why you’re an expert in your field. Carnicelli’s also very interested in cultural and social issues, or what he calls “nonfiction that changes the world.” What not to pitch: Juvenile books, science fiction, romance, novelty books, coffee-table books. Carnicelli has some words of wisdom for authors submitting to him, so that their emails don’t get deleted right off the bat. “It’s very important that authors present themselves in a formal and professional way. Frankly, I hate sloppy, overdressed materials and when people write ‘Dear Matthew’ without even knowing me.” More here.