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Pitching an Agent: Lippincott McQuilkin & Co.

This new agency is helmed by two publishing vets who know the business inside and out.

By Jill Singer - June 22, 2004

Number of agents: Two
Number of clients: About 45
Notable clients: UCLA psychology professor and author of The Tending Instinct Shelley Taylor, pioneering epidemiologist and adjunct Harvard professor Sir Michael Marmot, World War II historian Bryan Mark Rigg, 2004 O. Henry Prize finalist Liza Ward, and National Book Award finalist Kim Addonizio.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: Varies, but typically anywhere from two to five percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: Will Lippincott handles only nonfiction; Rob McQuilkin handles an equal amount of both.

Background: Even though the principals at this relatively new agency knew from an early age that they would somehow ...

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