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Pitching an Agent: Julie Barer, Barer Literary LLC

Though she has a soft spot for short stories, this agent is looking to add to her list with some nonfiction, too

By Aileen Gallagher - January 24, 2006

Number of agents: One
Number of clients: 35
Notable clients: Gina Ochsner (People I Wanted to Be); Lauren Grodstein (Reproduction is the Flaw of Love); John Beckman (The Winter Zoo); and Megan Crane (Everyone Else's Girl).
Percentage of unsolicited material accepted: Three—Barer gets most of her clients via referral.
Fiction v. nonfiction: Seventy - thirty.

Julie Barer's career began, unofficially, at the independent bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in New York City. Today, she wishes everyone in publishing could work at a smaller bookshop. "At an independent bookstore, people still come in and ask booksellers for recommendations. I did a tremendous ...

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