Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

One Union Square West
Suite 904
New York, NY 10003

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management was founded in 1994 by Jane Dystel, who has been in publishing for over 30 years – first as an editor, then as a publisher, and finally as a successful agent.

Among its clients, Dystel & Goderich has a roster of Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, celebrated experts in fields as diverse as parenting, women's health, and cooking, and acclaimed literary and commercial fiction writers.

The agency says its primary goal is to offer not just financial and contractual advice to its clients, but also editorial guidance and support.  "Being involved in every stage of putting together a non-fiction book proposal, offering substantial editing on fiction manuscripts, and coming up with book ideas for authors looking for their next project is as much a part of our work as selling, negotiating contracts."

The agency takes your queries very seriously, as they discovered many of their most talented authors in the slush pile. The agency reads everything sent to them, whether they decide to represent it or not.

Submissions: Write your cover letter in the body of your email and attach an outline or brief synopsis of the work (with word count if possible) and a sample chapter. Double space everything other than the cover letter. Submit to only one agent at the agency.  List of Dystel & Goderich agents and their emails here:
Full submission guidelines here:

Note: In the spring, Brian Henry will be leading a number of "How to Get Published" workshops: in Gravenhurst on April 17, Moncton, NB, on April 23, in Peterborough on April 24, Kingston on April 25, Uxbridge on May 8, and (as noted) in Hamilton on May 15.

For information about all of Brian's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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