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Pitching an Agent: Ben Salmon / Rights Unlimited

An eclectic list of bestselling authors and a domestic rights arm still in its infancy makes this agency an ideal launchpad for authors seeking extra attention

By Rachel Kramer Bussel - June 13, 2006

Number of agents: Five
Number of clients: Over 100
Notable clients: New York Times bestselling author Norman Bogner; renowned actor, director, producer and civil rights activist, Robert Hooks; AWP Best Novel winner Duff Brenna; Olympic silver medalist Sam Hall; fourth-generation linguist and charitable foundation head Lin Berlitz-Hilton
Amount of unsolicited material accepted: While they ultimately accept a small proportion of submissions, agent Ben Salmon encourages them, describing desired manuscripts as, "anything that blows our socks off."
Fiction vs. nonfiction: About 50/50

Background: Founded 21 years ago as an international rights agency, Rights Unlimited has represented a number of bestselling authors internationally,...

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