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Address:71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10019
212-807-7040 fax: 212-807-9555
Born: October 1966, New York, New York.
Education: BS, New York University.
Career history: All with John Hawkins & Associates: began as bookkeeper, promoted to rights director, and currently general manager/literary agent of the agency.
Hobbies/personal interests: Comics, basketball, jigsaw puzzles.
Categories/subjects that you are most enthusiastic about agenting: Multi-cultural, gay fiction, literary fiction.
What you don’t want to agent: Poetry, children’s, military, mafia fiction.
If you were not an agent, what might you be doing instead: Running a bed and breakfast.
What’s the best way for writers to solicit your interest: Query letter, with sample chapters, or email query.
Do you charge reading or management fees: No.
Can you provide an approximation by percent of what you tend to represent by category: Multicultural: 50 percent, fiction—mysteries, literary, science fiction/horror: 30 percent, science/business: 10 percent, other: 10 percent.
What are the most common mistakes writers make when pitching you: Pitching more than one project. Misspelling agent’s name, information.
How would you describe the client from hell: Having unrealistic ideas about publishing industry.
How would you describe the perfect client: Good manners, patience, a bit of attitude, and a great sense of humor.
How and why did you ever become an agent: I fell into the business through a client of the agency.
What, if anything, can a writer do to increase the odds of your becoming his or her agent: [Have] patience and be a great storyteller.
How would you describe to someone (or something) from another planet what it is that you do as an agent: I help place ideas onto various formats, film, books, magazines for mass distribution around the planet.
What are your favorite books, movies, TV shows, and why: Mary Tyler Moore Show, great cast, writing—timeless; All About Eve, best movie about art, theater, and people; The Stand, probably one of the best epic books about humanity.
On a personal level, what do you think people like about you and dislike about you: I’m brutally honest.
Please list representative titles you have sold: Tarnished Beauty (Atria Books); White Nights (St Martin’s/Minotaur); Red Bones (St. Martin’s/Minotaur).