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Pitching an Agent: The Gernert Company

Five agents with widely differing tastes means there's room for almost any project you can imagine at this esteemed boutique agency.

By Jill Singer - March 1, 2005

Number of agents: Five
Number of clients: About 60
Notable clients: Ex-lawyer turned publishing powerhouse John Grisham; award-winning fantasy and horror writer and occasional Stephen King collaborator Peter Straub; acclaimed pop-music writer Peter Guralnick; Motley Crue drummer-cum-rapper-cum-reality television star Tommy Lee; 24-year old debut memoirist Koren Zailckas (Smashed); St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa; and award-winning novelist Stewart O'Nan.
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted:About 15 percent.
Fiction vs. nonfiction: A breakdown by agent: Principal David Gernert handles mostly fiction,...

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