Thursday, August 26, 2010

Adam Friedstein joins Anderson Literary, seeks debut authors

Anderson Literary Management
12 West 19th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
Website here

Adam Friedstein has joined Anderson Literary Management as an agent primarily representing debut literary fiction, literary thrillers and suspense, young adult fiction, and narrative and serious nonfiction (politics, education, biographies and more). Just to be clear: "debut authors" means "first time authors."  In other words, he's looking for you. 

What Adam has to say  for himself:
"What draws me to literary writing is a certain reverence for and inventiveness with language that's on par in resonance with the attention to the novel's arc and structure. There's a creative, artistic intent you could say, and great literary fiction can transmit truths no other writing can.

Concerning young adult fiction: "I have never been a big sci-fi or fantasy guy. I do go for YA on the historical side. I like YA on the darker, older side as well—quirky stories that remind me of the pathos of adolescence in a creative way."

Concerning nonfiction: "What I consider to be serious nonfiction are biographies, histories, extrapolated critical essays, travel books, etc. Books researched and written by authors with appropriate qualifications, sure. While I'm not that interested in celebrity memoirs or prescriptive dating and weight loss books, I am interested in pop science writing, idea books in technology, politics, education. Memoir, and pop culture books as well."

Other stuff he'd like to see: "I love the sport of pool, and hustler lore. I'd love to see a novel centered on that. I'd also love to see a narrative nonfiction book about the pool tables, bars, and halls of New York City. I'd also like to see a humorous novel about the transition from college to the workplace."

Adam was previously at Trident Media Group.  He's a trained jazz percussionist.

Submissions:
For fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir, please submit a query letter, a brief (1-3 page) synopsis, up to the first 50 pages, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a response.
For nonfiction: Please submit a query letter, a proposal, up to the first three chapters, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a response.
Other agents at Anderson insist that you query by mail, but Adam prefers email queries, to:   adam@andersonliterary.com

Note: Brian Henry has a "How to Get Published" workshop coming up in Mississauga on December 4, with guest Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid literary agency. (Details here).
For information about all of Brian's upcoming writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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